So I have a 800 to 1000€ PC+monitor budget for vidya and making YTP/senseless drivel videos in Sony Vegas to amuse myself. I’m gonna do a Mint+Windows 10 dual boot for OS
I’m gonna get most stuff from Amazon’s german site, but might also take a look on the Facebook marketplace.
For gaming I want good performance in Dolphin, PCSX2 and Xenia, but I also play some modern stuff without problem. I want to play at 1080p60 as stated in the topic but I want the screen to have minimal ghosting, latency, good darks/blacks and feature “proper” HDR, as I understand it some monitors feature faux solutions to give an HDR-like effect. Plain and simply I would prefer image quality and response time over refresh rate and resolution. I also would like a curved 21:9 monitor but that is lowest in the priority list of things stated. The monitor in general is where I could make the most sacrifices for budget constraints.
I have already sourced a 980 Ti of my friend for 170€ so that leaves about 600-800 for the rest of my budget. I have a small SSD from my current computer I want to salvage, but I also want to get a NVMe drive to boot one of the OS’s from and a 1TB SATA SSD for quicker than HDD mass storage.
I have been looking at some cheap B450 boards but I don’t know what would be too cheap. I’m not planning to do overclocking and want something smaller than ATX. Two candidates include ASRock B450 M Pro4 M-ATX and MSI B450M PRO-M2 MAX.
For a case I want a small tower like a Fractal Design Core 1000 or SilverStone PS12, but I feel kinda lost in a sea of options. Preferably nothing bigger than those.
On CPUs I’m undecided on whether I should go for Zen 1 to save some money or Zen 2 and get better per core performance for my emulation. Zen 2 feels kinda overpriced compared to older Zen processors but since Dolphin and PSCX2 loves single thread grunt I’m torn.(Zen 2 had like 25% better performance over Zen/+ in that regard right?)
I don’t care if the PSU isn’t modular unless that quality of life upgrade costs peanuts.
But the build so far in summary:
--------------- stuff I got ---------------
- GTX 980 Ti 170€
- (W10)240 GB Kingston SSD organ harvested from other PC
--------------- non-acquired parts ---------------
- Ryzen CPU
- B450 Budget MoBo
- 1TB SATA SSD
- (Mint)128/256GB NVMe SSD
- mATX/ITX Tower
- 16GB of RAM at least(don’t think I’d need more)
- PSU that won’t burn my house down
- 1080p monitor
Thanks ahead of time