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Thoughts on this build for my 13 yr old daughter?

Svneo

29 days ago

A friend of mine helped me put this together. I was planning on buying these parts for my daughter for Christmas. I have a microcenter near me so some of the prices may be a little better. She's mostly been playing fortnite, minecraft, sims, so this is probably plenty for her with room to grow. Obviously RGB is important for her so we picked a few parts that had some color. Any thoughts?

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-9400F 2.9 GHz 6-Core Processor $144.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI MPG Z390 GAMING EDGE AC ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $164.52 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill Trident Z RGB 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $86.99 @ Newegg
Storage Crucial P1 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive $95.99 @ Amazon
Video Card MSI GeForce RTX 2060 6 GB VENTUS XS OC Video Card $329.99 @ Newegg
Case Cooler Master MasterBox Pro 5 RGB ATX Mid Tower Case $67.98 @ Amazon
Power Supply EVGA BQ 600 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply $55.98 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $98.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1080.43
Mail-in rebates -$35.00
Total $1045.43
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-11-12 09:02 EST-0500

Comments

  • 29 days ago
  • 3 points

I would suggest going for an AMD build, the reason being that this platform is upgradable and you get more for your money.

The 9400F is OK for gaming but in a $1000+ build seems a little lacking in performance, this only a 6 core 6 thread processor and the frequency is locked so you can't overclock it and it comes with a rather poor stock cooler. The Ryzen 2700X, (8 cores 16 threads), would make a far better alternative and comes with a very good Wraith Prism RGB stock cooler.

The RTX 2060 used to be a good value graphics card, the RTX 2060 Super now appears much better value by comparison.

The MasterBox Pro 5 is OK, but doesn't have the best airflow.

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 7 2700X 3.7 GHz 8-Core Processor $189.59 @ Amazon
Motherboard Asus PRIME X570-P ATX AM4 Motherboard $127.50 @ Amazon
Memory Team T-Force Delta RGB 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $70.98 @ Newegg
Storage Crucial P1 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive $95.99 @ Amazon
Video Card NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8 GB Video Card $399.99 @ Best Buy
Case Phanteks Eclipse P400A Digital ATX Mid Tower Case $97.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA BQ 600 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply $64.98 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $98.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1146.00
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-11-12 09:43 EST-0500
  • 29 days ago
  • 1 point
  1. Ryzen 5 is cheaper while being nearly the same in performance.

  2. Look, 1TB of NVMe is WAYYY too much. Try 1TB of HDD and 240-256GB of NVMe.

  3. rx5700 wins gg. Like, for real.

  • 29 days ago
  • 1 point

Is there a downside to NVMe? Price probably wouldn't change that much.

  • 29 days ago
  • 1 point

I can't recommend a hard drive to anyone unless you need multiple TB of storage, or need to scrape away every last cent in expense. Stick to the 1 TB of SSD. NVMe vs SATA is more or less irrelevant; the m.2 form NVMe drives are convenient and only a few dollars more.

  • 29 days ago
  • 1 point

If you decide to stick with Intel, you can shave a bit since the 9400F is a locked (non overclockable) processor. You don't need a Z-series board, and then in turn the non-Z boards max out memory speed at 2666 MT/s. None of this will impact performance much. The PSU you listed is OK but I put down a better one for your consideration.

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-9400F 2.9 GHz 6-Core Processor $144.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock B365M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $78.98 @ Newegg
Memory Team T-Force Delta RGB 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2666 Memory $58.99 @ Newegg
Storage Crucial P1 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive $95.99 @ Amazon
Video Card MSI GeForce RTX 2060 6 GB VENTUS XS OC Video Card $349.99 @ Amazon
Case Cooler Master MasterBox Pro 5 RGB ATX Mid Tower Case $67.98 @ Amazon
Power Supply Antec Earthwatts Gold Pro 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply $63.76 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $98.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $959.67
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-11-12 10:57 EST-0500

If you like, you can bling it up a bit more with an RGB CPU cooler, say one of the Deepcool Gammaxx. Pretty much any cooler over $20 will do as well as the stock junk.

  • 29 days ago
  • 1 point

thanks, I'm guessing for the types of games she plays this should be plenty.

  • 29 days ago
  • 1 point

TBH for the games listed, you could go with a 1660 Super GPU, save money, and still have perfectly good frame rates. Combine it with a 144Hz refresh rate, adaptive sync monitor (freesync over displayport) and she will have very little to complain about.

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