3070 gaming build, advice on spec pls - new thread pls do not merge | PCSPECIALIST

3070 gaming build, advice on spec pls - new thread pls do not merge

chrbuc805

Active member
Hi All

Posted on here a couple of times, was going to order a while back but decided to wait till the new nvidia cards have been released on everyone's advice (the wait is killing me!)
Last thread got merged into an old unrelated thread please do not merge

This is the spec I've put together. Can't spec the 3070 yet in the builder.
Will be used for 99% gaming QHD, variety of games, AAA etc.

Monitor is lg-32GK650F-B

Want to keep the cost to less than £1600

I do have a 500gb SSD which i'm thinking of using as OS drive and then the 1tb M2 for games..

Case

COOLERMASTER MASTERCASE H500 ARGB GAMING CASE
Processor (CPU)
AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT Six Core CPU (4.5GHz/35MB CACHE/AM4)
Motherboard
ASUS® TUF GAMING B550-PLUS (DDR4, USB 3.2, 6Gb/s) - ARGB Ready!
Memory (RAM)
16GB Corsair VENGEANCE RGB PRO DDR4 3200MHz (2 x 8GB)
Graphics Card
8GB NVIDIA GEFORCE RTX 2060 SUPER - HDMI, DP - VR Ready!
1st M.2 SSD Drive
512GB PCS PCIe M.2 SSD (2000 MB/R, 1100 MB/W)
1st M.2 SSD Drive
1TB SAMSUNG 970 EVO PLUS M.2, PCIe NVMe (up to 3500MB/R, 3300MB/W)
Power Supply
CORSAIR 650W TXm SERIES™ SEMI-MODULAR 80 PLUS® GOLD, ULTRA QUIET
Power Cable
1 x 1 Metre UK Power Cable (Kettle Lead)
Processor Cooling
PCS FrostFlow 240 Series RGB High Performance Liquid Cooler (AMD)
Thermal Paste
STANDARD THERMAL PASTE FOR SUFFICIENT COOLING
Sound Card
ONBOARD 6 CHANNEL (5.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO (AS STANDARD)
Wireless/Wired Networking
WIRELESS 802.11N 300Mbps/2.4GHz PCI-E CARD
USB/Thunderbolt Options
MIN. 2 x USB 3.0 & 2 x USB 2.0 PORTS @ BACK PANEL + MIN. 2 FRONT PORTS
Operating System
NO OPERATING SYSTEM REQUIRED
Operating System Language
United Kingdom - English Language
Windows Recovery Media
NO RECOVERY MEDIA REQUIRED
Office Software
FREE 30 Day Trial of Microsoft 365® (Operating System Required)
Anti-Virus
NO ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE
Browser
Google Chrome™
Warranty
3 Year Silver Warranty (1 Year Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour)
Home Installation
NONE
Delivery
STANDARD INSURED DELIVERY TO UK MAINLAND (MON-FRI)
Build Time
Standard Build - Approximately 8 to 10 working days
Price: £1,359.00 including VAT and Delivery (will be about £1550 with the 3070 card)

Unique URL to re-configure: https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/saved-configurations/amd-am4-gen3-pc/6Gbg5SRq!Z/


Thanks all!
Chris
 

Nursemorph

Author Level
Have retooled the spec slightly which brings it to £1529 including the 3070.

Have removed the PCS M2 as you have your own SSD. However, you really want your operating system on the fastest drive and then the games on the slower drive (difference for loading between an SSD and an M2 will be negligible); put in a better motherboard which will support a longer period for CPU upgrades if necessary; dropped the cooler as the 3600XT stock cooler is excellent (has RGB lighting as well); upped the Wi-Fi card to a better one:


Case
COOLERMASTER MASTERCASE H500 ARGB GAMING CASE
Processor (CPU)
AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT Six Core CPU (4.5GHz/35MB CACHE/AM4)
Motherboard
ASUS® TUF X570-PLUS GAMING (USB 3.2 Gen 2, PCIe 4.0, CrossFireX) - ARGB Ready!
Memory (RAM)
16GB Corsair VENGEANCE RGB PRO DDR4 3200MHz (2 x 8GB)
Graphics Card
8GB NVIDIA GEFORCE RTX 2070 SUPER - HDMI, 3x DP GeForce - RTX VR Ready!
1st M.2 SSD Drive
1TB SAMSUNG 970 EVO PLUS M.2, PCIe NVMe (up to 3500MB/R, 3300MB/W)
Power Supply
CORSAIR 750W RMx SERIES™ MODULAR 80 PLUS® GOLD, ULTRA QUIET
Power Cable
1 x 1 Metre UK Power Cable (Kettle Lead)
Processor Cooling
STANDARD AMD CPU COOLER
Thermal Paste
STANDARD THERMAL PASTE FOR SUFFICIENT COOLING
Sound Card
ONBOARD 6 CHANNEL (5.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO (AS STANDARD)
Wireless/Wired Networking
WIRELESS INTEL® Wi-Fi 6 AX200 2,400Mbps/5GHz, 300Mbps/2.4GHz PCI-E CARD + BT 5.0
USB/Thunderbolt Options
MIN. 2 x USB 3.0 & 2 x USB 2.0 PORTS @ BACK PANEL + MIN. 2 FRONT PORTS
Operating System
NO OPERATING SYSTEM REQUIRED
Operating System Language
United Kingdom - English Language
Windows Recovery Media
NO RECOVERY MEDIA REQUIRED
Office Software
FREE 30 Day Trial of Microsoft 365® (Operating System Required)
Anti-Virus
NO ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE
Browser
Google Chrome™
Warranty
3 Year Silver Warranty (1 Year Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour)
Home Installation
NONE
Delivery
STANDARD INSURED DELIVERY TO UK MAINLAND (MON-FRI)
Build Time
Standard Build - Approximately 7 to 9 working days
Price: £1,472.00 including VAT and Delivery
Unique URL to re-configure: https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/saved-configurations/amd-am4-gen3-pc/u3DvmVFdeU/
 

chrbuc805

Active member
Thanks @Nursemorph
Realised my SSD is 1TB, so will change the primary from a 1TB to the EVO 500GB M2 for the OS and my existing 1TB for games.
Suggestions all make sense, will adjust to those. Comes out at just under £1500 which is great.

Will i need any extra case fans?
Assume the 3600XT will meet performance needs for games?
 

Nursemorph

Author Level
No case fans should be needed, no.

As to the 3600XT, majority of games are on the GPU rather than the CPU so will be fine. Games like flight sims that require more CPU power would benefit from a higher CPU
 

chrbuc805

Active member
Hi All

Might be a bit soon for this but wondering if you have any suggestions regarding the CPU cooler for the 5600X and is 650w enough?

this is the current spec, which will be swapped for 3070 & 5600X.

praying there are no long delays come 5th nov!

thanks
 

Tom_P

Member
Looks like the 5600X comes with a Wraith Stealth cooler, which is the smallest of AMD's three stock coolers (for reference, the 3600X came with a Wraith Spire, which is the next step up). The built-in cooler is probably fine for gaming use as the AMD ones have generally been ok in the past - but if you're planning on playing games which would stress the CPU over long periods then a better cooler would probably be worthwhile.

In terms of power supply, I believe 650W is the minimum suggested PSU for the 3070, so your system should work. However general consensus is that overspeccing the PSU is worthwhile, so given the relatively small cost increase (£9) personally I'd go for minimum 750W. The 850W is a bigger stretch, so up to you and your budget if you want to go that extra step further.
 

AgentCooper

Damn fine cup of coffee!
If you're going for 750w, it's worth paying extra for the RMx variant, fully modular and semi passive so there's less wires trailing around and the fan only kicks in when it's under load.
 

chrbuc805

Active member
thanks both, in that case, 750 RMx is fine, any suggestions for CPU cooler?
i want decent performance (won't be overclocking) but keen on keeping the noise down.
 
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AgentCooper

Damn fine cup of coffee!
If you can budget the extra £107 for it, the Corsair H100i RGB Platinum is excellent. I’ve got it in mine and it’s whisper quiet 👍
 

chrbuc805

Active member
H100i admittedly very good but seems a tad overkill and was hoping to not drop 100 on a cooler if i didnt have to.
How does the PCS frostflow 240 compare in performance and volume?

Also considering switching the COOLERMASTER MASTERCASE H500 for the NZXT H511, any suggestions on which is better?
I like the NZXT for it's smaller size but the H500 just looks cool.
 

Nursemorph

Author Level
Cooler: If you don't want to go with the H100i, then I'd split the difference and get the Coolermaster 240 Lite....only £8 more than the Frostflow. Of course, the Coolermaster is not RGB if that's important

Case: The H500 is a better case as it has more airflow. Personally, I wouldn't want to put one of the newer GPUs in a smaller case due to the higher thermals but that's just me
 

chrbuc805

Active member
ok thanks @Nursemorph , I'll stick with the H500, re. the cooler if the frostflow is going to be similar performance and noise i'll prob go for the frostflow.
Reviews online for the Coolermaster suggest it can be quite noisy.
Very tempted by the CORSAIR H100X /W QUIET FANS but quite expensive.
 

AgentCooper

Damn fine cup of coffee!
The H100i RGB has the near silent ML (magnetic levitation) fans that are even quieter than the H100X. £11 more expensive but well worth it 👍
 

Nursemorph

Author Level
ok thanks @Nursemorph , I'll stick with the H500, re. the cooler if the frostflow is going to be similar performance and noise i'll prob go for the frostflow.
Reviews online for the Coolermaster suggest it can be quite noisy.
Very tempted by the CORSAIR H100X /W QUIET FANS but quite expensive.

If you are going for the H100x then, as suggested above, I'd still spend the extra £11 for the H100i RGB...the H100x is an older model fo cooler so the heatsink is not as good which means it has to work a bit harder to remove the same amount of heat
 

chrbuc805

Active member
Never had rgb in the past but fancy it this time, but RGB on the CPU, RAM and case fans, is a light strip overkill?

dont want a night club in the case, just some nice lighting
 

AgentCooper

Damn fine cup of coffee!
I’ve got all of the above, and you don’t have to have the RGB spewing out loads of rainbow unicorn vomit. I tend to set mine to a single colour to cast a nice warming glow across my desk when I’m working. And then crank up the effects when I fancy some high octane gaming 😁
 

chrbuc805

Active member
I’ve got all of the above, and you don’t have to have the RGB spewing out loads of rainbow unicorn vomit. I tend to set mine to a single colour to cast a nice warming glow across my desk when I’m working. And then crank up the effects when I fancy some high octane gaming 😁
so include the light strip? :D
 
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