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It's been over 5 years since I built a PC, so I wanted to get some input in my courageous journey of building a PC again... I'm not a gamer but looking at all the PC being built made me really want to build something for myself, mostly used to do office work and internet. My plan is to buy all the components by Cyber Monday and built it as a project with my two kids (6 and 8 years old)... will give us something to do inside during cold winter and holiday break.

Not sure on AMD or Intel, but do want to build something that looks really nice with lights and glass case.

What I already bought:
SSD - I'm going to pull this out of my existing PC
Power Supply - Seasonic FOCUS Plus Series SSR-650FX 650W 80+ Gold ATX12V & EPS12V Full Modular 120mm FDB Fan Compact 140mm Size Power Supply [amazon.com]

What I'm planning to buy:
Case - Phanteks Eclipse P400S PH-EC416PSTG_BK Silent Edition Satin Black Tempered Glass/Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case [newegg.com]
CPU Fan - CRYORIG H7 Tower Cooler For AMD/Intel CPU [newegg.com]
Case Lighting - NZXT HUE+ & Aer RGB140 Fans Bundle Pack RGB 2x 140mm Aer Fans Included [amazon.com]
GPU - have no plan to buy it and just use onboard video output from motherboard, which I assume will be 1080, which is enough for me for now
Motherboard - ????
CPU - ????
Memory - 16gb Total, would prefer something with LED unless it's too expensive then just without LED

My questions are related to motherboard and CPU. I would like to buy ASUS with AURA, not necessarily for functionality but it has those RGB colors. I see many motherboard but can't figure out the difference. Also, depending on the motherboard, what Intel CPU would I choose? Also, depending on what I plan to use, I would like to stick with the least expensive cause I see Asus-aura motherboard ranging from $130 to $400, as long as it has aura/led.

Am I the only one trying to build for looks rather than functionality, in which case hopefully u won't laugh but help me out 😀😀😀. Any suggestions is appreciated... thanks
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Don't get the cryorig cooler with a ryzen. The box does NOT include the necessary ryzen baseplate. They will send you one for free after proving you bought the cryorig AND a ryzen. It's been a few weeks and I still don't have mine in hand. My mobo came with a backplate that won't work with the cryorig, but with a little drilling, I managed to make it work (drilling the backplate, not the mobo LOL).

If you buy a Ryzen, you MUST buy a graphics card. The mobo will have graphics output ports, but 1st gen Ryzen have NO graphics capability and therefore, you will get no graphics at all.

IMHO, LEDs are silly looking. My build has red LEDs on the mobo, blue case fans, and my graphics card has white LEDs. I don't want ANY LEDs. My computer is for computing, not for looking like the underside of a 1990s sports car.

For a motherboard, get 4 dimm slots, not 2. Even if you only want 16gb of RAM, buy 2x8 and leave the other two free. You'll want more RAM later, we always do.

For case fans, worry about cfm and bearings, not silly colors. The thought of spending $80 for silly light effects makes me cringe. Of course, we all like different things.

I'd rather have a stock-looking car that can blow the doors off anything else on the street than have a souped-up looking car with a stock engine.

How much will your computer be on? If it's going to run 24x7, I'd suggest an RX580 graphics card with 8gb of RAM and make that thing mine for you. It's easy to set up and as long as you're around 10c/kw or less, it'll pay for itself easily.

I was recently in this situation and with a Ryzen, had to get a graphics card. Knowing that it stays on 24x7, I went with the rx580 and use nicehash.

I very intentionally chose Ryzen over Intel because of the lack of innovation and price gouging that Intel has done over the last several years. I'd rather pay AMD to make competing chips to help drive prices down across the board. Competition is a good thing.

As for which Ryzen.... I went with the 1700x (it was on sale for 269). Do I need 8 cores and 16 threads? Nope, but it's nice to have. LOL. The 1600x is only about 100 cheaper on sale, so again, I'd rather buy horsepower than lights. That's just me.
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What is your overall budget?

For a non gaming PC where your doing office and internet stuff I don't see you making this a slickdeal. I would buy one of the decent Dell Outlet systems and throw an SSD into it and call it a day pocketing the difference. Gamers, high end video or photography work, 3d rendering etc it can make sense to build vs buy but for lower end generic task machines you can't beat the big OEM's in terms of price.

PCPartspicker is your friend if you do build..
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What is your overall budget?

For a non gaming PC where your doing office and internet stuff I don't see you making this a slickdeal. I would buy one of the decent Dell Outlet systems and throw an SSD into it and call it a day pocketing the difference. Gamers, high end video or photography work, 3d rendering etc it can make sense to build vs buy but for lower end generic task machines you can't beat the big OEM's in terms of price.

PCPartspicker is your friend if you do build..
Iagree

Also, OP, do you have a Windows license? If not, don't forget to include that in your budget.
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What is your overall budget?

For a non gaming PC where your doing office and internet stuff I don't see you making this a slickdeal. I would buy one of the decent Dell Outlet systems and throw an SSD into it and call it a day pocketing the difference. Gamers, high end video or photography work, 3d rendering etc it can make sense to build vs buy but for lower end generic task machines you can't beat the big OEM's in terms of price.

PCPartspicker is your friend if you do build..
Agree... as much as I like the idea of the project with your kids.. it's gonna end up costing you.

With the $ you save why not pick up a Raspberry Pi and do some fun projects with it?
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Intel or bust. It will last you longer. Everyone says this generation of AMD is somehow magical, well they've been saying it for 20 years. They tricked me last time, never going back. When I had a 6 year AMD processor that could barely play new games and people with 6 year old Intels are doing just fine, that's a sign.
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This was a gun free zone. The shooter didn't care. Gun free zones only hurt honest citizens. If someone was armed there could've been 1 less death.
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if it's an old PC you have laying around, you may be able to use the license for the OS on that machine, if it has a the license/OEM sticker. Newer have it built in and can't be reused. Hoping it's Win7 or later
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