Budget gaming build

Hello I am trying to assist a friend who wants to upgrade the rig I gave him. He currently has a 1060 6gb, ssd for os and mechanical drives for storage(so no need for gpu or storage). They will be using it for gaming and regular use. The budget is $400 usd. I want to know what you all think and if you have any suggestions. I am trying to make it the best it can be within budget. This is what I was thinking:

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/HRmyDc

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Is the intel system cheaper or at par with Ryzen pricing?

seems to be cheaper. that is one of the reasons I posted here.

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Seems fine on a first glance so far. Will your friend overclock stuff? I guessing he wont?

no OC

You should be good. I cant think of any issues so far.

On a separate note, I’m gonna be that guy and suggest that you maybe convince your friend to try linux if you know how to linux yourself. :wink:

Definitely wont be doing linux. too many issues with gaming. they already are used to windows. Thanks for the help! Still open to others thoughts and suggestions.

Ah if this is about anticheat issue, then I can definitely understand.

Anyway cheers and enjoy! Obligatory future post of the picture of the finished system is required here. :sunglasses:

Stay safe out there.

thanks. I will try to get the picture, parts are going to him and not me most likely.

Wait, he knows how to assemble it properly, right?

yes or I will do it for him.

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This will work, feels very bare bones though. I would probably go with an 11400F and relocate a few bucks to a Gold PSU, the 11400F should be around $175 if you can wait until stock refills (since out of stock it’s right now at the same price as the regular 11400). You can also shave down to a 10400F which is like, 2-3% worse for $25 less.

The cheapest 600W gold PSU I could find was this one for $45, so with the 10400F and the better PSU you’d save $5 bucks.

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/B2MwrH/thermaltake-toughpower-gx1-600-w-80-gold-certified-atx-power-supply-ps-tpd-0600nnfagu-1

Of course, $100 would buy you a lot more as the good stuff starts at $550. The problem I see with your build is that you will need to upgrade RAM, CPU and GPU within two years in order to keep up with latest AAA.

See the following two examples for computers that would last you at least three years or more (recommend updating GPU after ~18 months):

$550 AMD Ryzen 5 5600G build

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 5600G 3.9 GHz 6-Core Processor $259.00 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI B550M PRO-VDH WIFI Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $119.99 @ Newegg
Memory Team T-Create Classic 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 CL22 Memory $98.99 @ Amazon
Case DIYPC F2 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $43.95 @ Newegg
Power Supply Thermaltake Toughpower GX1 600 W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply $45.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $577.92
Mail-in rebates -$10.00
Total $567.92
Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-12-19 09:58 EST-0500

$700 Intel i5 12600K build

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-12600K 3.7 GHz 10-Core Processor $299.98 @ Newegg
CPU Cooler ARCTIC Freezer i13 X CPU Cooler $29.52 @ Amazon
Motherboard Asus PRIME Z690M-PLUS D4 Micro ATX LGA1700 Motherboard $189.99 @ Newegg
Memory Team T-Create Classic 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 CL22 Memory $98.99 @ Amazon
Case DIYPC F2 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $43.95 @ Newegg
Power Supply Thermaltake Toughpower GX1 600 W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply $45.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $718.42
Mail-in rebates -$10.00
Total $708.42
Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-12-19 09:55 EST-0500

So, if you can stretch your budget a little extra somehow, then that is what I’d recommend. If the budget is locked, though, then yeah it is what it is.

thank you for the recommendations. unfortunately the budget is at $400 usd.