Any Expert Tips on Part Picking for Custom Made Gaming PC?

Hi OzBargainers.

I'm thinking of upgrading my current PC and I'm a bit lost with part picking + value for money + overkill + compatibility.

If anyone has links or recommendations on businesses that can build custom made PC.

Or maybe just any recommendations on which part to get?

I'm looking at building a (good) gaming PC to play either online games (Wazone / Fifa / Civ6)
But also VR proof for the near future.

Budget wise I'd like to keep everything around the $2000 / $2500 mark

Oh, and I'd like to keep the case as plain as possible ( I personally love the NZXT cases)

Comments

  • What are your specs? Do you want to use any of your existing parts like the case?

    Most PC places will build a custom PC. Scorptec, PC Case Gear, Centrecom and so on.

  • There have been some PC's offered on here in recent weeks.. sometimes makes you wonder how they do it for price.

  • Check out pcpartpicker and the popular builds others have made on that site.
    Availability of graphics cards is going to be your main issue.
    I agree, NZXT make cool cases :)

    For me, I would probably go with a B550 board and an AMD 3600 CPU. Would love a 3080 but they are impossible to find.

    • See, that's the kind of tips I need.
      I have no idea what's good and what's not.

      I'll take the B550 board and CPU tip Thanks!

  • +3 votes

    Best place to start is asking yourself about your requirements. Gaming is one but do you plan on doing any video editing, 3D rendering, mining? Also think about AMD vs Intel.

    • CPU - will you require more core/threads (doing multiple things at once or use apps that are multi-threaded?)
    • GPU performance - is 1440p sufficient or do you want options for 4k gaming?

    Once your requirements are set, think about the form factor you want,

    • ATX vs mATX vs ITX

    After you decide that, weigh up the benefits of money vs performance.

    • CPU - 3070 ($1100) vs 3080 ($1400) - is the x% increase worth $300?
    • GPU - 3600 ($300) vs 5600X ($470) - is the x% increase worth $170?
    • RAM - 3200Hz ($170) vs 3600Hz ($200) - is the x% increase worth $30?

    Once that's done, think about cooling and aesthetics.

    • Is the stock cooler enough or do you need an aftermarket cooler?
    • Do you need more fans in your case?
    • RGB?

    That should be a good start to building your next PC. This was my latest build

    If I had the option to go back in time, I would've bought the RTX 3080 build that techfast offered.

    Hope this helps.

    • Thanks heaps jpv.

      Video editing - yes (a little bit
      3D rendering - Nope
      1440p is sufficient - My current monitor is not 4k
      Form factor doesn't bother me, but as I said, I'm keen on the NZXT towers
      CPU GPU and RAM - That's where I need advice
      More fans - yes maybe
      Aftermarket cooler - Yes - I find that Brisbane gets hot / humid - I don't mind paying $100 more for a better cooling system

      Thanks for the latest build link

      Does anyone know Aftershock PC

      Their prices and custom PC builder seem pretty good to me.

      I'm playing with it right now and can build something in my budget with your recommendations.
      Pretty happy with it

      (until I post it here and you guys shit on it of course)

  • That's what I built so far. - AUD 2,663.00 (INC delivery)

    CHASSIS : HYPERGATE ELITE : NZXT H510 ELITE : White
    MOTHERBOARD : For AMD - GIGABYTE B550 GAMING X
    CPU : AMD RYZEN 5 3600X | 4.4 GHZ | 6 Cores 12 Threads
    GRAPHICS CARD : ULTRACORE : GIGABYTE GAMING RTX 3060ti OC Edition - 8GB OUT OF STOCK Happy to wait?
    THERMAL COMPOUND : Premium Enthusiast Grade Thermal Compound
    RANDOM ACCESS MEMORY (RAM) : DESKTOP : 16GB DDR4 3600 MHz Memory ( 2X8GB | Dual Channel ) KLEVV BOLT X
    CPU COOLING SYSTEM (DESKTOP) : WATERCOOLING : AFTERSHOCK Spectra Glacier Mirror Edition 280mm
    PRIMARY M.2 SSD : DESKTOPS : 1TB M.2 NVME SSD (R: 3500 | W: 3000)
    SECONDARY SOLID STATE DRIVE BAY : None
    FIRST HARD DRIVE : DESKTOP : 2TB Seagate BarraCuda 7200RPM HDD 3.5"
    SECOND HARD DRIVE : DESKTOP : None
    CASE LIGHTING : NZXT Advanced RGB Case Lights (Multicolor | Software configurable)
    CUSTOM CABLE SLEEVES : Pure White Cable Sleeves
    CHASSIS UNDERCARRIAGE LIGHTING : None
    CHASSIS FANS (HYPERGATE) : NZXT AER2 RGB Premium Fans X 4 (2 x 140mm + 2 x 120mm)
    POWER SUPPLY UNIT : GIGABYTE 750W 80+ Gold Premium

    • Gigabyte are great for GPUs and motherboards. They are new to the PSU market and I would swap to something better from Corsair, Seasonic or Superflower.

    • +1 vote

      Just some quick feedback.

      • If you need WiFi, you might need a WiFi Adaptor.
      • Do you need the 3600X? Is a 3600 sufficient enough?
      • Elite comes with 2 fans and an RGB strip already. Do you need the additional fans?

      You might be better off with this (build)[https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/593842] and changing cases if you really want the NZXT.
      I can say that I regret getting the NZXT as the front intake slots aren't as good as other cases.

      • If you need WiFi, you might need a WiFi Adaptor.- no nned for Wi Fi now, but will think about it
        Do you need the 3600X? Is a 3600 sufficient enough? They're the same price on their website
        Elite comes with 2 fans and an RGB strip already. Do you need the additional fans? No, I just like fans I guess :D

  • This build is a good starting point and leaves you with ~$1500 for CPU and GPU.

    https://au.pcpartpicker.com/list/NZ9RMv

  • What would be the difference between a 6gb and 8gb graphics card?

    Like between this one: ASUS TUF RTX 3070 OC Gaming - 8GB
    And this one: Gigabyte GTX 1660 Super OC Edition 6GB

  • Would this be a good deal for $2864 delivered?

    CHASSIS DESIGN : HYPERGATE : NZXT H510
    Minimalist Stealth White Chassis
    MOTHERBOARD (PREMIUM RANGE) : For AMD -
    GIGABYTE B550 GAMING X
    CPU (HIGH PERFORMANCE DESKTOPS) : AMD RYZEN
    5 3600X | 4.4 GHZ | 6 Cores 12 Threads
    GRAPHICS CARD : PREMIUM RANGE : ASUS TURBO
    RTX 3070 - 8GB
    THERMAL COMPOUND : Premium Enthusiast Grade
    Thermal Compound
    RANDOM ACCESS MEMORY (RAM) : DESKTOP : 16GB
    DDR4 3600 MHz Memory ( 2X8GB | Dual Channel )
    KLEVV BOLT X
    CPU COOLING SYSTEM (DESKTOP) : WATERCOOLING
    AFTERSHOCK Spectra Glacier Mirror Edition 240mm
    PRIMARY M.2 SSD : DESKTOPS : 1TB M.2 NVME SSD
    (R: 3500 | W: 3000)
    SECONDARY SOLID STATE DRIVE BAY : None
    FIRST HARD DRIVE : DESKTOP : 2TB Seagate
    BarraCuda 7200RPM HDD 3.5"
    SECOND HARD DRIVE : DESKTOP : None
    CASE LIGHTING : None (NZXT advanced RGB comes
    default with H510i chassis)
    CUSTOM CABLE SLEEVES : Pure White Cable Sleeves
    CHASSIS UNDERCARRIAGE LIGHTING : None
    CHASSIS FANS : AFTERSHOCK S1 ARGB Fans x 3
    POWER SUPPLY UNIT : GIGABYTE 750W 80+ Gold
    Premium
    WIRELESS LAN : DESKTOP : INTEL W-iFi 6 AX200 (AX
    WIFI + BLUETOOTH 5.0)
  • Would this be a good build?

    1 x AMD RYZEN R5 3600, 6C 12T, 35MB CACHE, 65W TDP
    1 x Asus ROG STRIX B550-F GAMING AM4 ATX Motherboard
    1 x Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB (2X16GB) 3200MHz DDR4 Desktop RAM - Black
    1 x Seagate BarraCuda 2TB 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
    1 x Crucial P1 1TB 3D NAND NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD
    1 x NZXT H510i Smart Mid Tower Case - Matte White/Black
    2 x Cooler Master MasterFan Lite 120mm Case Fan - White LED
    1 x Cooler Master 80+ Gold MWE 750W Power Supply
    1 x PC Assembly Labour (All In One Water Cooler)
    1 x CoolerMaster MasterLiquid Lite ML120L V2 RGB CPU Cooler
    1 x Asus GeForce RTX 3070 Dual OC 8GB Graphics Card

    • CoolerMaster MasterLiquid Lite ML120L

      Do those sealed units require any maintenance? I went away from (custom) liquid cooling a few years back cos I CBA flushing and cleaning things. :)
      I'm kinda in the same position as the OP in maybe doing an upgrade this year so the more info the better.
      Cheers.

      • I have one in my current PC (a Corsair AIO watercooler) and have not done anything to it in the past 4 years.
        Still cools the CPU like day 1

        • Thanks!

          Been looking into them and they seem good, might go for the arctic cooler though. The biggest problem is my i5 system is working fine and is only a bit dated so I feel guilty upgrading right now. :)

  • Should I wait a few months for a "possible" 3080 GPU or just go with the 3070 now?