Need A new PC...looking for advice on part list

So my current system is:
AMD Phenom II x6 (3.2Ghz)
8Gb Dual Channel DDR3
AMD Radeon R9 280x …(I think; CPUID isn’t giving me the full model)

and some storage

It’s pretty clear it’s time to start looking toward building something new…hopefully by May. Here is the list I have the plan was to build this as a starting point then make upgrades as I can afford them.

Any suggestions?

I would spend some more on cpu and get a 2600 or 2600x.


A 2200G is a sidegrade in performance.
Like @sanfordvdev said, get a Ryzen5 2600 or 2600X.

And I am not a fan of the current XFX cards, thermal performance is not that good.

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2200G and a dedicated GPU is a bit of a waste.

As others have said spend the extra $50-60 and massively upgrade to the 2600 or 2600x.

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I’d stay off the msi 580, and I’m still a little off base about msi mobo’s from my phenom and fx dream days. Tho the mobo is my personal bs, its probably fine.

Have you thought about a 1060 at all? Some of them have come down in price.

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Better 580 for less money:

$70, 650W gold, fully modular, Superflower unit (EVGA branding), no mail-in-rebate to deal with:

Two 140mm case fans in the front would be nice to get the parts cooled well. The case comes with two 120mm… one in the back and one in the front. The front one would be installed at the top as an exhaust. so two 140mm in the front (intakes), and a 120mm exhaust in the back and one in the top.

The case in this RTX 2060 example build has three 140mm fans included for $50:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 2600X 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Walmart)
Motherboard: ASRock - B450M PRO4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill - Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Patriot - Burst 480 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Zotac - GeForce RTX 2060 6 GB GAMING Video Card ($348.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Fractal Design - Arc Midi ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $863.93
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-02-10 11:41 EST-0500


I made some revisions. I added some case fans. I’m pretty set on the Meshify (I know I could cut some cost by swapping that. But I figured if it’s the one I really want I should get it since swapping a case is much more involved than swapping internal parts.)

edit: I want to thank everyone for the advice so far I’m getting pointed in the right direction.

I am so sorry, I linked a 4GB RX580 instead of an 8GB.

I also messed around a little. You only need two 140mm fans as the case comes with two 120mm fans:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor ($164.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte - B450 AORUS PRO WIFI (rev. 1.0) ATX AM4 Motherboard ($104.89 @ OutletPC)
Memory: G.Skill - Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung - 860 Evo 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($77.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate - FireCuda 1 TB 2.5" 5400RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: XFX - Radeon RX 580 8 GB GTS XXX ED Video Card ($189.95 @ B&H)
Case: Fractal Design - Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case ($93.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic - EVO Edition 620 W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Fractal Design - SSR3-140-WT 56.1 CFM 140mm Fan ($8.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case Fan: Fractal Design - SSR3-140-WT 56.1 CFM 140mm Fan ($8.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $844.75
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-02-11 18:20 EST-0500

Eh? a sidegrade from what?

A 2200G will smash a Phenom II? It also has DDR4 support, m.2 support (in the platform), PCIe 3.0 support, USB3.x support which will help a lot.

Also has an upgrade path.

But yeah, if you have discrete video you can use already, a 2600 makes more sense.

I really like the idea of having onboard graphics for troubleshooting. Having access to your PC even if you GPU dies is a nice thing.

Ryzen 2, 6 cores with onboard graphics is what I am staring at (waiting for).

Anyone have thoughts on the Powercolor RX 580?

Edit: Just read some reviews on Newegg. Definitely a no go for me.

Forgive me, but if you aren’t planning to build out until May, and you obviously prefer to have systems with long legs considering your time between builds, why is everyone suggesting 1-2yr old hardware?
The 3rd gen Ryzen (Zen 2) chips are due out in May and look to be a huge boost up from 1st gen Ryzen and the pure clock boosted minor refresh.
Additionally, I’m not happy about Nvidia’s piss poor price gouging behavior with upper tier 20-series, but the 1660/ti and 2060’s so far look to be good buys for their price to performance and will have general availability within the next month or two.
Of course, wait for final pricing and independent reviews, but I think that the pressure from actual competition in the lower tiers will keep things honest.

Honestly I was unaware that 3rd gen ryzen was coming. So waiting will probably be wise. I can update this thread when the time gets closer…

A PhenomII x6 1055t does 540 points in CBr15
A Ryzen3 2200G does 560 points in CBr15

Yes, Ryzen is a more modern platform.
Yes, the 2200G wipes the floor with the PhenomII in single threaded.
No, the system will not be an upgrade.

So from what I understand the gen 3 ryzen will continue to us AM4…so theoretically the part list would be nearly identical except the cpu…granted I guess as the time comes newer mobos in a similar price rang will also pop up.

Edit: I just wanna make sure I get a meshify lol

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To recap:

  • You want a Fractal Design Meshify C
  • You are looking to spend arround $1000 (lower is of course better)

Some use case (gaming, productivity, combination & etc.) would be useful aswell as special requirements (silence, wifi, etc.).

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My goal is gaming. But I want to make sure I have a viable upgrade path to get me through the next few years. This system has lasted me about 8 with upgrades along the way. So I guess:

  • Meshify
  • ~$1000 budget (Lower is better)
  • Gaming (biggest bang for buck)
  • I have almost always favored the red team ever since my first 1.2Ghz Athlon build
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What resolution?


2560×1440 ideally

2600x will be fine for that running a 1600x here at same resolution 144hz and doing well.
I would spend the money on a GTX 1070ti.
Edit. Mine is overclocked to 3.9