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Question I am looking for input on my 1st time pc, I was building with a budget of $900 or less for the tower and OS

Dread Lore

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My two cents
If you can swing the extra for a 3700x or 5600 it would be a worthwhile upgrade. 2k series Ryzens are good but not great. If you stay with the 2600 make sure the memory is supported.
You can find windows 10 cheaper than $110 if you shop around a bit.
Lastly I would go 32GB ram if budget permits because we are at the end of 16GB being the standard. I am assuming there will be gaming involved with this build.
I love my seasonic power supply, great choice, I love my phantex case. Yours looks like a good choice, my 1660ti which is basically a 1660 super is a good card. Your card at with that monitor may equal medium to medium high settings on that monitor but to me that’s good enough.
The Wifi card looks decent but I don’t know much about them, I go wired as much as possible. I am cursed regarding WiFi cards or USB adapters. I have had at least five fail over the years. I have given up on them. This is just bad luck on my end so don’t let it freak you out.
 

MalVeauX

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Heya,

I would argue for a 3000 series Ryzen at least at this point, like the 3600x.

You can get Win 10 Home on Ebay for $30. I just bought another license on there, a system builder OEM key with a disc, and it activates with no trouble at all. I use the Win 10 download tool from microsoft and get the latest install onto a USB drive. Install Win 10 fresh. Once installed, activate with your OEM key. It will work without any extra fuss. Saves you a bundle that can then translate into a better long term CPU (3600x).


Add more RAM later as you can to get into 32Gb. But not needed up front.
1660 Super is a great choice in this range, but not for $330~340, that's over-priced.

Look into a 1660Ti for significantly less, like this:


Or, if you want to spend $340, move to a RTX 2060 instead:


Very best,
 

Campy

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PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($219.99 @ B&H)
Motherboard: MSI B450M BAZOOKA MAX WIFI Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($93.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16 Memory ($74.91 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Blue SN550 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($53.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT 8 GB MECH OC Video Card ($349.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Phanteks Eclipse P400A ATX Mid Tower Case ($76.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA GD (2019) 500 W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $939.83
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-11-22 23:16 EST-0500


Here are my choices, albeit over budget. A little bit better on almost everything and a lot better graphics card at much better value than the one you had. I second the suggestion of getting a cheap Win10 license, you can find them for around 10-15 bucks quite easily.
 

Steltek

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PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($219.99 @ B&H)
Motherboard: MSI B450M BAZOOKA MAX WIFI Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($93.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16 Memory ($74.91 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Blue SN550 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($53.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT 8 GB MECH OC Video Card ($349.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Phanteks Eclipse P400A ATX Mid Tower Case ($76.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA GD (2019) 500 W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $939.83
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-11-22 23:16 EST-0500


Here are my choices, albeit over budget. A little bit better on almost everything and a lot better graphics card at much better value than the one you had. I second the suggestion of getting a cheap Win10 license, you can find them for around 10-15 bucks quite easily.
CPU is out of stock at B&H and has been for a while (PcPartPicker's stock check has been off for this). Unless you have access to a Microcenter (some of them apparently still have some stock), next best thing I've found still in stock is an R5-3600X at B&H for $249.99 or an R5-3600XT at $249.99 from Antonline.com. Bestbuy also has the R7-3700X on Black Friday special and still in stock at $279.99 if the budget can be extended a little.
 
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CPU is out of stock at B&H and has been for a while (PcPartPicker's stock check has been off for this). Unless you have access to a Microcenter (some of them apparently still have some stock), next best thing I've found still in stock is an R5-3600X at B&H for $249.99 or an R5-3600XT at $249.99 from Antonline.com. Bestbuy also has the R7-3700X on Black Friday special and still in stock at $279.99 if the budget can be extended a little.
Related to this and this is my opinion only.
I don’t think the 5700XT brings $100 worth of value vs the 1660 Super. I’m no longer a video card expert but I believe these have an over heating problem then they throttle to a lower speed.
I’m not sure of OP gaming expectations, just saying the $100 saved could be applied elsewhere. Personally I think a 1660 Super should be good enough for medium to medium high game settings at 2k. Don’t expect ultra settings and don’t expect Uber high FPS scores.
 

Campy

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CPU is out of stock at B&H and has been for a while
Weird. It went into the list fine last night so perhaps they had stock very temporarily. I haven't really been keeping track of stock in the US so I thought it was no issue.

I don’t think the 5700XT brings $100 worth of value vs the 1660 Super.
The 5700XT rivals the 2070 and even the 2070 Super in many instances, which is quite a few notches above the 1660 Super/Ti. OP has a 1660 Super for $323 in his list, meaning the 5700XT is 27 dollars more. The cheapest 1660 Super/Ti on PCPartpicker right now that is in stock costs $280, and from my perspective there is no contest in value between a 1660 super for $280 and a 5700XT for $350, especially considering the OP has a 165Hz 1440p monitor. He's gonna need all the GPU grunt he can get.

All these cards will probably look stupid in a few months anyway when the new low-mid range RDNA2 and Ampere cards launch, but that doesn't help OP if he's buying now.
 
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Weird. It went into the list fine last night so perhaps they had stock very temporarily. I haven't really been keeping track of stock in the US so I thought it was no issue.



The 5700XT rivals the 2070 and even the 2070 Super in many instances, which is quite a few notches above the 1660 Super/Ti. OP has a 1660 Super for $323 in his list, meaning the 5700XT is 27 dollars more. The cheapest 1660 Super/Ti on PCPartpicker right now that is in stock costs $280, and from my perspective there is no contest in value between a 1660 super for $280 and a 5700XT for $350, especially considering the OP has a 165Hz 1440p monitor. He's gonna need all the GPU grunt he can get.

All these cards will probably look stupid in a few months anyway when the new low-mid range RDNA2 and Ampere cards launch, but that doesn't help OP if he's buying now.
I was running with the $100(ish) price difference but appears I was wrong and I agree the your last part
 
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Plus, RX 5700(XT) gets 49-51MH/sec on ETH, whereas a GTX 1660Ti only gets 26MH/sec out of the box, and 29-30MH/sec with some tweaking.
 

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