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R5-3500X Gaming PCs: GTX 1660 $599 / RX 5700 XT $999 / 2080 SUPER $1499 + $29 Delivery @ TechFast

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3500X-1660-BD3500X-5700XT-BD3500X-2080S-BD

Hi folks, continuing the Box Day sales starting early, we have 3 x Ryzen 5 3500X systems I think you'll like.

Ryzen 5 3500X / GTX 1660 Budget Gaming PC

A $10 lower starting point than previous deals for this budget 1080P gaming system. We have a new smaller form factor case that is replacing the phasing out standard Leaper, the Leaper Flair (specs here), with an RGB strip at the top, 120mm front intake fan and 80mm exhaust fan, so will be thermally much better than the Leaper which didn't have an exhaust fan included.

Ryzen 5 3500X
NVIDIA GTX 1660 6GB (likely Galax 1-click OC)
8GB 2666 RAM (16GB upgrade $69)
120GB 2.5" SSD
Biostar A320 motherboard
550W PSU
Leaper Flair Case

Price: $599 after 3500X-1660-BD
Link: https://techfast.com.au/products/amd-ryzen-5-3500x-gtx-1660-...

Ryzen 5 3500X / RX 5700 XT Gaming PC

The highlight of this deal is the reduction in price for this base spec 5700 XT with an MSI Mech dual fan card at an all-time low of $999. Even after upgrading to 16GB RAM for $69 it's still around $100 cheaper than our previous best price.

Ryzen 5 3500X
MSI Mech RX 5700 XT 8GB
8GB 2666MHz RAM (16GB upgrade $69)
240GB 2.5" SSD
Biostar B45M2 B350 Motherboard
Allied 750W Power Supply (Gigabyte G750H 80+ Gold Upgrade $69)
Leaper Pro RGB Case (Deepcool Tesseract SW and Matrexx 55 upgrades available)

Price: $999 after 3500X-5700XT-BD
Link: https://techfast.com.au/products/amd-ryzen-5-3500x-rx-5700-x...

Ryzen 5 3500X / RTX 2080 Super Gaming PC

A price drop of $30 from the similar system offered on Black Friday with a couple of spec tweaks. UPDATE 30/12: 240GB —> 480GB SSD, GPU guaranteed MSI Ventus. Price: $1499

Ryzen 5 3500X
Likely Galax 1-click OC RTX 2080 Super (guaranteed MSI Ventus for + $39) MSI Ventus RTX 2080 Super
16GB 2666MHz RAM (3200MHz upgrade $29)
240GB 2.5" SSD 480GB 2.5" SSD
Biostar B45M2 B350 Motherboard
Allied 750W Power Supply (Gigabyte G750H 80+ Gold Upgrade $69)
Leaper Pro RGB Case with 2 intake fans (Deepcool Tesseract SW and Matrexx 55 upgrades available)

Price: $1469 $1499 after 3500X-2080S-BD
Link: https://techfast.com.au/products/amd-ryzen-5-3500x-rtx-2080-...

Reminder of my previous Boxing Day system post:

R7-3800X with GPU from RX 580 8GB: From $999
R7-3800X with RTX 2080 Super: $1799

Systems will start to ship from the second week of January onwards once production recommences.

Cheers and merry Christmas

Luke

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  • +2 votes

    Thanks for all the posts and deals =)

    Hope you guys get the next two days off at least (even though there'll be quite a job queue afterwards lol).

    Merry Christmas!

  • I know nothing about gaming computers. Can I get away with the common games with $599 PC or should I stick to console?

    • You will be fine for most games you just need to upgrade the Sdd, for gaming 500gb is the minimum I would get.

      • Doesn't need to 'upgrade', just needs more storage.

        It'd be cost effective just adding another ssd or given the budget price probably a 3.5 drive.

    • Consider upgrading RAM to 16GB if your budget allows, it really helps.

    • Yeah it is very capable far nicer than a console but you need to add another $70 for the RAM (not a need but a strong reccomend) and then about $80 for a HDD. Yes most here will tell you to go SSD but you just can't argue with 2TB under $100 as long as you can deal with loading speeds. Unless your games can fit in 500GB then grab an SSD

    • Thanks for the replies, appreciated

  • Hi luke,
    I ordered the system with the code 3500X-1660-BD. Then, I realise It is 240 GB SSD =)) in my order history. Is it 240 GB because I chose local pick up ?.

    Cheers,

  • Would it at all be possible to get the 5700xt deal or similar but with a 2060 Super or 2070. I love the deal and would buy it but I really need CUDA (and tensor cores).

    • I don't think so. Our pricing on 2060 and 70 isn't anywhere near as good so "deals" aren't as doable.

  • Merry Christmas to you too, Luke.

  • the new cases and choices of, looks like a nice addition to their builds

  • +3 votes

    Is there anywhere on OZB where I can leave buyer's feedback on this seller? I recently bought a system from the Black Friday sale period and have a few words to say about my experience.

    • The forums would be a logical place ..or even just here.

      • +13 votes

        Alright, mods please feel free to move to a more appropriate location as needed.

        Caveat, I am not a PC-guy. Just buying a gaming rig for my son as his XMAS present.

        Received my build on Friday. Turned it on and immediately ran into problems - system glitches, stutters, BSODs (with stopcodes SYSTEM_THREAD_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED, PFN_LIST_CORRUPT, CLOCK_WATCHDOG_TIMEOUT and a few others that I failed to take a photo of). The audio was also staticy/noisy/janky. In summary, the machine cannot be used and would not stay on for any longer than 10-30 minutes before BSOD kicks in and reboots.

        Phoned and emailed Techfast support as soon as I could Friday afternoon. It was reasonable that I did not get a response that afternoon.

        After persevering with reboots and doing Windows updates as well as driver updates to everything I could, the issues didn't go away. My last resort was a BIOS update. As a result of system instability, BIOS update did not go well and crashed halfway (in hindsight, that wasn't the smartest move on my behalf).

        Tried resetting the CMOS jumper pins as well as removing the m/board battery but no luck.

        Come Monday afternoon, I still not no response from Techfast. Tried calling via telephone but still had no response - just voicemail. Desperation kicked in as I wanted this thing as a functional XMAS present. I went out and got a new motherboard and swapped the components over. Computer now works FINE!!!

        Received email reply on Monday evening and Techfast acknowledged that from the descriptions and BSOD photos that the system was faulty and needed to be sent back to Techfast for repairs. I told them that I've already swapped out the motherboard and asked whether I can either get a partial refund for the board or get an RMA for it.

        The response was along the lines, "we cannot provide partial refund" (which I partly understand) and "send back the board and I'll check with management to see whether we can fix it" (this sounds quite non-committal). Not sure where this is going to go, but I'm happy to just cut my losses and be happy with a happy kid with a working computer. The cost of the board isn't much (about $100??? - but this is about the principles of the circumstances).

        Long story short, keep in mind that (as with most computer purchases) these are Return-to-Base warranty arrangements. Either have the ability to fix problems yourself or be willing to wait and ship bulky boxes back and forth. Also, keep in mind that this is a sample size of one, so your experience will probably be different (for better or worse). Just that it was super disappointing to have a system built by a Seller that is obviously very popular here on OZB (hence my decision to take a punt) to have a faulty system delivered. Again, your mileage may vary.

        Good luck with all your major purchasing decisions.

        • Here is proof they don't check their units before shipping. There is no quality control system in place - Simply unprofessional!

          • @BongoOB: Here is a faulty mobo in amongst hundreds of others shipped this time of year, and some slower than ideal response times Bongo.

            • @luketechfast: Your techs must be blind if they failed to pick up a BSODs during "testing". It's clear you guys are just too busy to check every unit, hence the occasional complaint on here.

          • @BongoOB: Geeze that's a bit harsh. Could easily have been damaged in transit after testing? The occasional complaint amongst hundreds of orders is not bad.

            I received mine last week, fully functioning and no problems at all. Had clearly been tested by Techfast as they'd logged in and set up Windows, and there were some log files from running benchmarking software (otherwise entirely clean). Nonetheless I did Windows reset to to set up as a new computer. Computer was well packed too with airbags stuffed in the case.

            @hhunungg: Sorry to hear that you had a rough run with yours; would have sucked in the lead up to Christmas. Hopefully Techfast can sort you out, Luke and co have been very helpful and obliging with my pre-purchase enquiries and subsequent corro.

        • +2 votes

          Thanks for the write up. Tricky one. Totally get the disappointment of a system arriving with faults not picked up in testing, and then the feeling of urgent need to have it resolved to be a Christmas present.
          On the other hand, it was absolute peak season with hundreds of systems shipping and dozens of support requests of all manner, and I know because I was one of them, that our support team did the best job they could to respond and solve issues in as short a time as possible. And, we have our own warranty procedures to adhere to or at least examine case by case, not included in which is compensating or allowing customers to swap components in as they choose, be it to solve a fault or otherwise. I think most people can see the potential minefield here with other components, end user installation without instructions, etc.

          I think that in any other time of year, a few days to allow us to get in touch, send a replacement and work with the customer, would be a reasonable outcome, the inconvenience of a faulty end product notwithstanding. But at this time of year, an immediate turnaround is not possible despite how much everyone would obviously want it.

          I'm happy to look further into it when we get back, early next week. Can you PM me to get it started? Thanks and merry Christmas, Luke.

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            @luketechfast: Hey Luke,

            no ill feelings here, as I understand the business desire to fulfill orders over this busy period. Just wanted to share my one-off experience and to highlight some often-overlooked issues when doing a major purchase online/interstate.

            As for background/facts, I'm happy to forward my email communications with TECHFAST so far if you PM me your direct work email address (alternatively, Callum has been the POC).

        • I'm sorry to hear about your rough experience. i think TechFast should have handled this better, but also, for the budget prices everyone is paying, I think only standard RMA (ACL) should be expected. i.e. you wait for RMA, ship it back, they fix it; I would not expect them to go "yea we'll reimburse you for another part".

          It is really not good that they shipped a broken unit though…

    • Please do it here. Cheers.

  • Woo thanks for posting this after the first deal Luke! This way my parents let me get the other deal

  • Just to confirm, you are still happy to ship components separately (with original packaging) so I can have all the fun of building a PC myself right?

    • Correct, enter SHIP UNASSEMBLED in the Notes field on the Cart page before Checkout.

      • What's the pickup address?

        • We're in Beverley, SA. If you purchase a system we'll provide an address and time for pickup when ready.

      • Just wondering if turnaround time is quicker on unassembled systems or do you still assemble orders that were placed first before shipping unassembled ones?

        • You'll save the build and testing time, so 1-2 days, but we pick every order placed on a date at the same day, to be fair to everyone.

  • If Luke from techfast or someone else is able to answer my question, I know that techfast provides a one year return to base warranty.

    I would also assume that all components come with their standard manufacturer's warranty Such as the GPU being 3 years etc… the 3500X is not sold in Australia as far as i'm aware so what is the warranty on that part?

    also if i can find out the manufacturer's warranty on the Biostar Mobo can't seem to locate it.

    • We'll assist with Biostar warranty as they don't have a local rep. I'd have to look it up when we're back in the office though for the exact period.

      3500X warranty is the same as other chips. It is sold in Australia - we sell it. 😀

      • Thanks for the reply Luke.

        So the 3500X would have 3 Years warranty that's neat, if i could find out the warranty for the Biostar or what Techfast will do if there is a Mobo problem would be nice.

        Cousin is looking to purchase one of these systems, would be more comfortable recommending the system knowing what is offered in terms of RMA.

  • Hello Luke or other experts. I am looking for a moderate build with 90% focus on Adobe Premiere Pro 4k Editing.Footage are not RAW, rather HEVC/H264 from Digital Cameras/iPhone or GoPro. 10% May try some occasional gaming.

    What are your thoughts on the below build which comes to about $1,185? Is there something I can downgrade and still get decent experience?

    AMD Ryzen 5 3500X | GTX 1660 6GB Gaming Desktop PC [Base]

    Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 3500X Processor
    Case: Leaper Flair RGB
    Motherboard: MSI Mortar B450 M-ATX Motherboard (Requires Larger M-ATX Case)
    Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB Graphics Card
    Memory: 32GB DDR4 [3200MHz] (2 x 16GB) [Requires Minimum B350 Motherboard]
    Solid State Drive: 240GB m.2 NVME SSD [NOTE: Requires Minimum B350/B360 Motherboard]
    Power Supply: 550W Power Supply
    Processor Cooling: Stock CPU Fan

    • Once you start piling on upgrades the value proposition of the TechFast builds drifts quite a bit. Their base configurations with these deals are generally really good, but your list deviates moderately from that and the pricing reflects it. Here's a same-spec build (2600 instead of 3500X, as the 3500X is OEM-only, and the 2600 is about the closest substitution price-wise) https://au.pcpartpicker.com/list/Vbyck6 (I'm not recommending this specific parts list - it's just for the purpose of comparison)

      I'd strongly consider sticking to a SATA-based SSD so that you can double-dip savings with the motherboard upgrade as well. If you're comfortable doing it (easy enough to follow with a YouTube video or something even if it's your first time!), buy the extra RAM and a larger second SSD separately somewhere else, then install them yourself. This will also let you make use of a dual-drive configuration, which can speed up Premiere quite significantly (especially when dealing with already-encoded footage as you've mentioned).

      You can also probably stick with just the regular 1660 as well and save that $100, as it appears that the relative impact of a faster GPU is quite small vs the cost increase - particularly when we're talking about a build that's only around $1000 to begin with. Both cards have 6GB of VRAM so you're fortunately not having to drop down on that spec. You'll lose 10-15% gaming performance dropping down to the 1660 vs the 1660 SUPER but if gaming is a very much secondary concern than 10-15% to save $100 sounds like a great deal.

      Doing all of that should put the full build closer to $850 and it should perform the same (or better with the dual-drive config!) in Premiere.


      Also note that for Premiere specifically the 3500X is fine since Premiere has fairly weak multi-threaded scaling, but the same may not be true if you change programs etc since the 3500X has a limited number of threads. Just something to keep in mind depending on your planned use case - but again if you're definitely sticking with just Premiere and games you'll be fine.

  • +2 votes

    To all the people adding Bundled products to their cart for $0 and paying the $29 shipping fee thinking they'll get a free GPU: No.

  • Ryzen 5 3500X / GTX 1660 Budget Gaming PC

    How would this go at handling games like COD:MW and CS:GO?

    • For csgo easily over 200 fps maxed i'd say for cod mw (i haven't played) high settings 60 minimum i'd assume.

      You can check on youtube for an accurate answer searching something like gtx 1660 call of duty modern warfare etc..

    • I like this guys videos for figuring out fps although it is cod mw beta. Seems to be 90 to 100 fps on high.

      https://youtu.be/6Tpc1Jh4pdI

      You can check the description to see when he changes settings to try and get higher fps and what his changing (what settings impact fps the most)

  • thinking about get the Ryzen 5 3500X / RX 5700 XT Gaming PC over the Ryzen 7 3800X with 5700 XT , but because luke said system doesn't ship till the 2nd week of January , should i wait for another week or so in case there is better deal come up?

    • Pricing for 5700 XT won't get better than this for a long time. We just negotiated mad pricing, not sure it can go lower until a big tech change.

  • When are these deals valid until?

  • Hi Luke, Does Biostar B350M have M.2 Slot for a future upgrade since you upgrade option of 240gb M.2 requires a minimum of B350 Motherboard. If not I'll just stick to B320. Thank you and Merry X Mas.

  • My dad just wants a computer which can handle heavy Photoshop use, like RAW files etc. Are these computers any good for that?
    Can you tell I know nothing about PC specs…

  • NOTE: OS not included. Just factor this in when purchasing.

  • Oof that 5700 XT system is already 100 bucks cheaper than when I bought it on black Friday. That hurts.

  • Hey Luke. Merry Christmas mate. Just wondering, does the Leaper Flair have a side window? Thanks

  • When will this end?

  • Can I customise it by removing components?
    I don't need PSU and SSD

    • No sorry, full systems only. You would need to onsell anything you didnt want or need to recoup any cost.

  • Any cheaper for bulk.
    Interested in buying
    4x GTX 1660 Budget Gaming PC all with upgraded RAM
    Thanks

    • I can probably do a little better on the shipping, but not the systems. This is already lowest in market by several hundred dollars.

  • Would be keen on the 1660 deal with an RX 590 instead. I rarely upgrade and would be worried about the longevity of the card with 6gb ram, thoughts anyone?

    Edit: I realise the 1660 is a better card.

    • Techfast seem to try to stick to what they sell a lot of, allowing them to not have to stock lots of different hardware, invariably driving up overall cost I would imagine
      The 590 was not a card that got stocked by most retail/wholesale suppliers in Australia at any point, so finding one anywhere here would be a bit difficult
      6gb is plenty of future proofing over and above the effective future proofing of the GPU architecture itself
      the 1660 is a rock solid 1080p, 60fps card, will do 1440 well enough, and even 4k if you want to try to break it :)
      you would need a better card than either to maybe, just maybe require more than 6gb, it is a bit of a gimmick much like loading up on more than 8gb of ram, though everybody please keep doing it, it is what keeps the industry able to do what it does for us :) I certainly do

  • Hi Luke, I'm interested to buy the Ryzen 5 3500X / GTX 1660 Budget Gaming PC. Just wanted to clarify if the included ram is a 8GB 2666 RAM or 8GB 2400 RAM? It says 8GB 2400 RAM on your website but is advertised as 8GB 2666 RAM here…Thanks mate!

  • Will windows come installed if the activation is paid for?

    • Windows is always installed, along with drivers and it has been stress tested. You'll get a Windows activation code kit if you order it.

  • Just confirming that the included On-Board Network Port means that I can only use a wired Ethernet cable, so if i needed WiFi i need to purchase the adapter.
    Thanks

  • So weird that if you want surround sound then you'd have to get another mobo, which the upgrades make it like you're paying for two of em

  • Hi Luke, can you tell me what is the USB Wi-Fi Adapter that is offered with the PCs?