Rate My Ryzen 3600 Build

Been out of the building game for a little while and would appreciate a second opinion on this build.

https://au.pcpartpicker.com/user/Eightimmortals/saved/#view=...

This will not be for gaming, hence the low spec GPU but will be used for some heavy office work hence the 32gb ram. Please feel free to suggest any improvements or if I have way overspecced it (or missed anything?).

Cheers

Comments

  • +4 votes

    Considered using an NVMe SSD in the M.2 slot of the motherboard instead of one of the 2.5" SATA SSDs?

    • +2 votes

      This, SSDs reached a point where the cable became the bottleneck. the NVMe's plug straight into the mobo and the performance & less cables to manage is well worth it, isn't even that much more expensive now.

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        Yep around $150-$170 depending on the brand for 1TB.

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          Cheers, that's definitely an option.

          The other thing I noticed is that that motherboard doesn't seem to have any mounting holes for the aftermarket cooler (212), should I consider a different cooler?

  • +1 vote

    I give it eight out of ten immortals.

  • +2 votes

    No need for aftermarket CPU cooler.

    Maybe drop to a 3400G apu ? and remove GPU.

    Maybe drop to a bronze psu?

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      The stock 3600 cooler is crap. They will be doing cpu heavy loads so it makes sense.

    • +1 vote

      Spot on.

      If your case airflow and wire management are good, get some decent Noctua fans and keep the stock cooler. Really don't make much difference. Unless your office is super quiet and your PC is 30cm away from you and you really really hate a bit of noise. It's quieter than my macbook pro 2018 while doing photoshop work.

  • +1 vote

    Not sure if CPU cooler is needed. My 3600x is surviving with the box cooler just fine and is really quiet.

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      The cooler on the 3600x is better than the 3600 cooler I think your cooler has a copper core? I was getting up to 90+ degrees on Aida64 stress test with the stock 3600 cooler. The older coolers on the 1600 and 2600 have a copper core and weight more than the 3600 cooler.

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        Yep, I think you are right.

  • +2 votes

    This looks like a gaming rig geared for overclocking, just minus GPU. It's a strange build. If you're planning to game in the future then go with this. If not, then you could probably save quite a bit by a) going with the b450 a-pro-max instead of the Tomahawk (unless you really need to have a USB-C from the mobo), b) just go with the stock cooler, c) find a cheaper RAM like Kingston/KLEVV, and d) use a cheaper/lower wattage/bronze PSU.

    • +1 vote

      Cheers, yep, like I said, been out of the building loop for a bit. :) Was just going for a fairly solid build that will last them for 5 years or so. Will look into the a-pro-max.

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        All good mate, your build is basically my ideal 'bang-for-buck' build + 5700xt if I had the money. If budget's not that much of an issue then just go for this one.

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    You can probably pick up a B550 board for around this price and as said above you probably don't need a gold rated psu.

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    Use bronze PSU instead, save some money.

    Use NVMe (Like Kingston A2000, don't go with Crucial P1) as boot drive and the rest can be cheaper SSD (Avoid Samsung tax) or even hard disk for files/documents.

    Case for work probably very optional, i'm sure you can find something cheaper.

    Ditch the 212 cooler if can, stock is not that bad if your case and fans are perfect. Shave off a few dollar and invest into quiet quality fans like Noctua (super quiet and really push a lot of air as well. Find a case with better airflow intake, you'll be fine.

    Again, for office work pc really dont need Tomahawk MAX (don't need quality VRM for OC). Go with something cheaper B450 Msi (hence you need to know how to flush/update the bios the Ryzen gen3 chip).

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      Thanks, I was actually looking at the 860 evo as their backup ssd, if not Samsung then what would be just as good? As for the BIOS update should that work out of the box for this CPU?

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        Not all B450 work out of the box, but MSI has a flash button you have to use usb to update it. otherwise choose any of "MAX" msi boards, or B550.

        Samsung is additional pricy for SSD, not ideal for backup purpose I think. Up to your budget if you want to save a bit more. QVO is also another optional for backup, cheaper Samsung SSD (depending on deals). - Other brands can consider ofcourse: Crucial, Kingston, Sandisk, WD. All pretty much the same, check the read/write speed atleast.

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    I would beef up the GPU, I mean you don’t want it for gaming, but why not have the option that you could if you want to down the track.

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      It's not for me, it's for someone else to do serious office work on it and wont be gaming on it at all. :)

      • +1 vote

        Fair enough mate, but yeah looks like a solid build, I use my Ryzen 2600 and have a Few VMs running in my lab environment and has so far been rock solid so your should be even better.

        Good luck with the build hope it all goes together smoothly.

        Get some extra case fans to keep everything nice and cool as well though. Recommend noctua if you want quiet.

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    That GPU is absolute crap. Most inbuilt graphics with carp all over it. Especially a Vega integrated graphics.

    If this is just a office rig, drop to a 3400G and drop the graphics card.