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  1. Posts : 1,475
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit 20H2 19042.844

    While i haven't ever built my own system as yet, i am learning slowly on hardware type things even myself still, back in June 2020 after buying a newer video card for my old I7 7700 Pre Built Desktop, Discovered new video card didn't fit too well in that case, and was overheating.

    So i decided to visit local computer shop initially was just gonna transfer all the old I7 7700 and items from old case to new one, i changed mind after they said the other boards input/output shield wouldn't work with newer case

    So then opted for a Intel 10700, Kept my same 16gb of ram, the new video card, and power supply, wifi 6 pcie x1 card, Eventually upgrading the ram to 32gb i think, and think i should be good
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  2. Posts : 2,487
    Windows 10 Home, 64-bit

    I just configured a PC at Puget Systems, the OP's preferred vendor.

    1868.31; with a 6 week wait; possibly plus tax and shipping.

    No OS, monitor, video card, sound card, keyboard or mouse.

    Nearly all components are the cheapest offered in their category. A minimal system by Puget standards.

    Asus ROG Strix Z490 G
    Intel i7-10700K
    32 GB Crucial DDR4-3200 RAM; 16 GB not offered
    500 GB Samsung 860 EVO SATA SSD
    Fractal Design Define 7
    Super Flower Leadex Platinum 850 watt; none lower available
    Noctua NH-U12AP cooler
    Arctic Cooling MX-2 thermal paste
    1 year parts warranty; lifetime tech support and labor; base offering

    Sample prices for a few upgrades if you wanted them:

    NVidia RTX 3070 8 GB Open Air video card: add 693

    2 TB Samsung 860 EVO SATA; add 309

    500 GB Samsung 980 Pro NVMe; add 215; the only non-SATA drive available

    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit; add 181

    Office 2019 Home and Business; add 305

    I didn't check what those components would cost at PCPartPicker, but it looks pretty high to me, considering the wait time and relatively few choices. It's good stuff, but they charge well for it.

    Forgot; you also get a "free" T-shirt.
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  3. Posts : 173
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 (Build 22631.2715)

    If your not into Gaming/Overclocking = Z spec boards = lots of $$$, I would go for H570 chipset , ok not so popular but I did notice that the UK price for a Asrock H570m Pro4 board has dropped by nearly 50%!! ASRock > H570M Pro4
    So you could pair this with a i7 10700, ddr3200 (normal clock speed of i7) and a M.2 drive (Samsung).
    Power supply would be at most 650w depending on make!
    Cases these days don't tend to have DVD drive openings in them, so if this is a must, you need to factor in this when buying

    Note that i7 10700 not K (Overclockable) or KF version(no graphics) but will go to 4.8Ghz
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  4. Posts : 2,068
    Windows 10 Pro

    As others have stated, building right now is very hard as you won't be able to find a video card. It's not just the high end stuff, its everything. Current gen cards, last gen cards,they are all gone. People are pulling out 3-4 year old cards out of boxes and selling them at 2x the price they were at retail

    For example, last week Nvidia launched the RTX 3060 card. This is the low-end card. It's a $329 card. It's not for 4k gaming, it's not even great at 2k gaming (1440p), its mostly for 1080p stuff. It's the budget friendly version of the new 3000 series cards. (3060Ti is better ($400 msrp) 3070 is better yet ($499 msrp, 3080 is awesome ($699 msrp), and 3090 is over the top($1499 msrp).

    The issue is that everybody wants a card because they are working from home, scalpers are buying everything with bots, and cryptomining folks are buying cards by the pallet. Scalpers who are out of work, are standing in line daily at Microcenter and the like to buy whatever they can to just turn around and sell it for big profits.

    So that new $329 nvidia 3060 that came out last Thursday, is gone everywhere. (Newegg, best buy, amazon, microcenter, you name it), but look at Ebay and facebook marketplace. These $329 cards are listed between $750 and $950. That is insane, it is NOT worth it from a performance standpoint. The 3070s are going for $1300ish, the 3080s are going for about $2k and 3090s are listed for $3200.
    These cards came out in september of 2020. It's now march of 2021 and they are selling for this much over retail. I dont know about you, but I dont want to pay $1850 for a card that should have been available for $799 at the store.
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  5. WXC
    Posts : 13,156
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 22H2 19045.4046
    Thread Starter

    Thank you sincerely, to all that have replied.

    I have found that the advice from each of you is spot on. The pricing and lack of availability is an issue.

    I think I will allow more time, before taking the leap.

    Thank you all, again.
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  6. Posts : 2,068
    Windows 10 Pro

    my advice right now, is to determine a budget that you would like to be in. Then, determine what video card could fit that budget. Then, shop for that video card. Sign up for stock trackers, get in on the newegg shuffle, etc until you are able to obtain the card that fits your budget. once you have that card, you can get the rest of your components relatively easily (as long as you aren't dead set on something like a Ryzen 9-5900x or Ryzen 9-5950x...those can still be tricky). Many of the other CPU's are readily available.
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