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This is just a starting point. There will be plenty to consider, such as Intel vs AMD, etc. Regardless of the form factor you choose, start with a quality case.

Here's a starting point for a mid-ATX build (with current Newegg prices listed):

Fractal Design Define 7 Case $115 + 16 S/H = $131

ASUS TUF B550-PLUS WIFI II AMD AM4 ATX Motherboard $174

AMD Ryzen 7 5700G - Ryzen 7 5000 G-Series Cezanne CPU $297

G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 32GB PC RAM DDR4 4000 (PC4 32000) $130

Samsung 980 PRO M.2 2280 500GB PCIe Gen 4.0 x4, NVMe Internal SSD $100

EVGA 650 B5, 80 Plus Bronze 650W Fully Modular PSU $90

Build total: $906 or $791 excluding the case (price does not include OS, dedicated video card, additional SSD, CD/DVD, etc.)

Here are a couple considerations for a Gold standard PSU:

Fractal Design Ion SFX 650G 80 Plus Gold Certified 650W PSU $110

CORSAIR RM650 650W ATX 80 Plus GOLD Certified PSU $120

And, here's a Platinum standard PSU:

Fractal Design Ion+ 2 ATX 80 Plus Platinum Certified 660W PSU $125

Gold PSUs will have higher quality components than Bronze, and Platinum PSUs will have higher quality components than Gold. As the quality goes up, the efficiency goes up, and the heat generated (which equates to lost power) will go down.

Other motherboard considerations:

ASUS TUF GAMING B550-PRO AM4 ATX Motherboard (non-WiFi, PRO edition) $160, with promo code ASUSJUN333

The PRO version has some extra USB ports, including a USB-C 3.1 port for the case, which the PLUS version does not have. More at ASUS:

   TUF Gaming B550-PLUS (non-WiFi)

   TUF Gaming B550-PRO (non-WiFi)

Both have dual M.2 slots, with heatsinks, so there is no need to spend extra on SSDs with a preinstalled heatsink.

The PRO version is the way to go, if nothing else just for the USB-C port for your case.

Here's an MSI WiFi 6 mobo worth considering as well, which includes a USB-C 3.1 port for the case:

MSI MPG B550 GAMING EDGE WiFi AM4 B550 ATX Motherboard $199

When selecting your NVMe SSDs, keep in mind that the primary M.2 slots on these motherboards support PCIe 4.0 x4, but the secondary M.2 slots only support PCIe 3.0 x4.

For a primary drive, consider Samsung 980 PRO M.2 2280 500GB PCIe Gen 4.0 x4, NVMe Internal SSD $100

For a secondary NVMe, something like this will work fine: Samsung 980 M.2 2280 1TB PCIe Gen 3.0 x4, NVMe Internal SSD $100

For additional SATA SSD storage, consider something like this: SAMSUNG 870 EVO Series 2.5" 1TB SATA Internal SSD (SSD) $100

Or something larger, like this: SAMSUNG 870 EVO Series 2.5" 2TB SATA Internal SSD (SSD) $205

Corsair Vengeance RAM, currently on sale at Newegg:

CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 3600 $120


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