New build advice - £600 - £700 budget Micro ATX

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Evening all,

Just needing a bit of advice from you lovely folks on a new build I've thrown together. Primarily it will be used for browsing with a side helping of gaming - WoW, Overwatch, Battlefield 5.

Budget is between £600 - £700, though the lower the better with this one. Already have a PSU sat about for this (SuperFlower Leadex 80+ Gold 650w) but still need to chuck in a copy of Windows on top of the budget. They are wanting something small and have a need for WiFi due to where this will live in the house.

How is this looking? Hoping to get this ordered in the next few days, so any suggestions on changes I can make to this would be awesome!

Thanks in advance!

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if you wish you could consider the ryzen 5 3600. I now have two and they are good. Ok they may not be as fast as the intel in some benchmarks but typically the benchmarks try to bottleneck the cpu by being at a low res of 1080 with a very powerful gpu (like a 2080). For you however a 3600 may not be the bottleneck but perhaps your gpu. A 3600 may become more powerful over the next few years as more software utilises more threads. my 3600 briefly uses all 12 threads but not at the same time - depends on the software (strangely world of warships seems to tax it more than total war warhammer 2 at times).
 
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You really should consider AMD. That Intel will bottleneck and you'll be stuck with an unusable system. The 1151 platform is dead at this point and you'd be better off with something like this. It would also give you an upgrade to zen3.

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Thanks guys. As far as future proofing goes then, the Ryzen 5 3600 is the way to go then it seems. Switching out the cooler to something a little cheaper will help with this too as the aim is to keep the build as cheap as possible, with the hope that this will last a few years without much need of any upgrades.
 
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I'm looking at a similar build. Wondering why not go with the slightly more expensive motherboard:
B450 GAMING PRO CARBON AC (Socket AM4) DDR4 ATX Motherboard £119.99
which has built in ac wifi and bluetooth, rather than buying the Asus AC56 for £34.99 on top of the £98.99 B450 Tomahawk?
Is the built in one not as good?
 
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I'm looking at a similar build. Wondering why not go with the slightly more expensive motherboard:
B450 GAMING PRO CARBON AC (Socket AM4) DDR4 ATX Motherboard £119.99
which has built in ac wifi and bluetooth, rather than buying the Asus AC56 for £34.99 on top of the £98.99 B450 Tomahawk?
Is the built in one not as good?

That board would need a bios update for the 3xxx series so a spare 2xxx cpu would (might?) be needed for the bios update
 
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Two forum members have very recently purchased B450 Pro Carbons from OcUK and they were Ryzen 3000 ready. In any case, since they have BIOS Flashback feature, it can be updated without a CPU.
 
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rather than buying the Asus AC56 for £34.99 on top of the £98.99 B450 Tomahawk?
Is the built in one not as good?

The onboard is better (faster).


802.11ac 2x2 160MHz enables 1733 Mbps maximum theoretical data rates, 2X faster than standard 802.11ac 2x2 80MHz (867Mbps)

https://www.intel.com/content/www/u...less-products/dual-band-wireless-ac-9260.html

The former is the dual band AC-9260 which the motherboard has, the latter is the max speed of the Asus PCE-A56. It's theoretical as it states, so might not always get that speed, plus every link in the chain (router etc) has to be equally fast obviously.
 
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