Gaming build request

poopsie77

New member
Hello folks,

I would like to ask for your assistance with brainstorming a desktop PC build that would suit my needs. Please let me know if my details are too vague, but I'm going to try to answer what I've noticed were common questions in other threads where people asked for help.

The PC would primarily be used for light gaming in the evenings, with a few games that I'd like to enjoy regularly:
World of Warcraft (Classic versions and retail)
Battlefield V
Fallout 76
(Potentially other online shooters and MMOs)

The CPU would preferably be AMD, as I'm getting the impression that they're delivering better products than Intel, judging purely by market reactions.

The monitor I'd like to use (I do not currently own one) would be a 1440p 144+Hz one, between 27" and 32". As much as I'd love to go for 4k, I understand that it would require a pretty expensive and probably out-of-budget GPU to run games with high FPS on high settings in 4k.
Running high settings with high FPS is somewhat of a priority for me (and it's something I've never experienced cause my previous PCs were always crap :p), so I'm ready to sacrifice a bit of image quality.
For example, is this any good: https://www.buyitdirect.ie/p/aoc-cq32g2se-32-qhd-165hz-1ms-freesync-gaming-monitor-cq32g2sebk ?
Suggestions for other screens are welcome.

A thing that I'd love to incorporate in the build is a sound card for some extra immersion or "edge" in online shooters. Again, something I've no previous experience of using, but was recommended by someone into competitive FPS games. Is it worth it?

My budget is around €2100 without the monitor. Potentially I could flex it for 10% or so, but only if it would bring significant improvement in specs.

TL;DR:
AMD build
1440p monitor 27"+
High FPS on games a few years old, mostly online shooters
Sound card desired
Budget ~€2100 or slightly more (monitor not in budget)

Thanks to everyone for taking time to assist me and please let me know if my expectations are not realistic. Have a good one!
 

sck451

VALUED CONTRIBUTOR
This is definitely possible. Let's go through it in order. For the monitor, I'd suggest you probably want 27", rather than 32", because the pixel density is greater so the images appear sharper. At 32", 1440p is a little blurry. Looking at that website (I've no idea where you should buy monitors in Ireland!) I'd suggest the AOC Q27G2SU at around €300, as it's a decent IPS panel.

AMD and Intel are pretty neck-and-neck for most things. Intel maybe just about have the performance edge, but not by a significant margin. AMD's 5800X3D, however, probably is the single best gaming CPU, so it's definitely a good call. And AMD's platform in general is superior to Intel's. (Also, while Intel will definitely have another CPU generation on their current platform, there are rumours that AMD might too, which would be very exciting...)

You don't need a sound card. Internal sound cards are not significantly different (sometimes not even slightly different) to motherboard onboard sound these days. If you find the onboard sound isn't good enough for you, get either a good USB headset (as they don't use your PC's sound system anyway) or an external DAC/interface.

I'll post a suggested build in a separate post.
 

sck451

VALUED CONTRIBUTOR
Case
CORSAIR 5000D AIRFLOW TEMPERED GLASS GAMING CASE Excellent, if large and unspectacular, case. Other options are available if you prefer something flashier
Processor (CPU)

AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D Eight Core CPU (3.4GHz-4.5GHz/100MB CACHE/AM4) Top gaming CPU. You could save a bit with the 5800X instead, but in some games that would lose you performance
Motherboard

ASUS® TUF GAMING B550-PLUS (DDR4, USB 3.2, 6Gb/s) - ARGB Ready! A very good motherboard even for the 5800X3D. If you can stretch a little further, the Tuf X570 would be a good bet.
Memory (RAM)

16GB Corsair VENGEANCE DDR4 3200MHz (2 x 8GB) Ideal for gaming
Graphics Card

8GB NVIDIA GEFORCE RTX 3060 Ti - HDMI, DP, LHR Excellent 1440p graphics card
1st M.2 SSD Drive

500GB SEAGATE FIRECUDA 530 GEN 4 PCIe NVMe (up to 7000MB/R, 3000MB/W) Super-fast boot drive
1st M.2 SSD Drive

1TB INTEL® 670p M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD (up to 3500MB/sR | 2500MB/sW) Game storage drive
Power Supply

CORSAIR 1000W RMx SERIES™ MODULAR 80 PLUS GOLD, ULTRA QUIET Excessive, but plenty of room for later graphics upgrades in a few years' time
Power Cable

1 x 1.5 Metre UK Power Cable (Kettle Lead)
Processor Cooling
Corsair iCUE H100i RGB PRO XT Hydro Series High Performance CPU Cooler Ideal for the 5800X3d
Thermal Paste

STANDARD THERMAL PASTE FOR SUFFICIENT COOLING
Sound Card
ONBOARD 6 CHANNEL (5.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO (AS STANDARD)
Network Card
10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN PORT
Wireless Network Card
WIRELESS INTEL® Wi-Fi 6 AX200 2,400Mbps/5GHz, 300Mbps/2.4GHz PCI-E CARD + BT 5.0 You could lose this if you don't need WiFi or Bluetooth
USB/Thunderbolt Options

MIN. 2 x USB 3.0 & 2 x USB 2.0 PORTS @ BACK PANEL + MIN. 2 FRONT PORTS
Operating System
Windows 11 Home 64 Bit - inc. Single Licence [KUK-00003]
Operating System Language
United Kingdom - English Language
Windows Recovery Media
Windows 10/11 Multi-Language Recovery Image - Unlimited Downloads from Online Account
Office Software
FREE 30 Day Trial of Microsoft 365® (Operating System Required)
Anti-Virus
NO ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE
Browser
Microsoft® Edge
Warranty
3 Year Silver Warranty (1 Year Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour)
Delivery
2 - 3 DAY DELIVERY TO REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Build Time
Standard Build - Approximately 4 to 7 working days
Price: €2,260.00 including VAT and Delivery
Unique URL to re-configure: https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/saved-configurations/amd-am4-gen3-pc/fshYnDSjKs/
 

poopsie77

New member
This is definitely possible. Let's go through it in order. For the monitor, I'd suggest you probably want 27", rather than 32", because the pixel density is greater so the images appear sharper. At 32", 1440p is a little blurry. Looking at that website (I've no idea where you should buy monitors in Ireland!) I'd suggest the AOC Q27G2SU at around €300, as it's a decent IPS panel.

AMD and Intel are pretty neck-and-neck for most things. Intel maybe just about have the performance edge, but not by a significant margin. AMD's 5800X3D, however, probably is the single best gaming CPU, so it's definitely a good call. And AMD's platform in general is superior to Intel's. (Also, while Intel will definitely have another CPU generation on their current platform, there are rumours that AMD might too, which would be very exciting...)

You don't need a sound card. Internal sound cards are not significantly different (sometimes not even slightly different) to motherboard onboard sound these days. If you find the onboard sound isn't good enough for you, get either a good USB headset (as they don't use your PC's sound system anyway) or an external DAC/interface.

I'll post a suggested build in a separate post.
Glad to hear this is possible! Think I'll stick to a 27" monitor then, but I'll definitely go see what they look like in a shop first... Cheers
 

poopsie77

New member
Case
CORSAIR 5000D AIRFLOW TEMPERED GLASS GAMING CASE Excellent, if large and unspectacular, case. Other options are available if you prefer something flashier
Processor (CPU)

AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D Eight Core CPU (3.4GHz-4.5GHz/100MB CACHE/AM4) Top gaming CPU. You could save a bit with the 5800X instead, but in some games that would lose you performance
Motherboard

ASUS® TUF GAMING B550-PLUS (DDR4, USB 3.2, 6Gb/s) - ARGB Ready! A very good motherboard even for the 5800X3D. If you can stretch a little further, the Tuf X570 would be a good bet.
Memory (RAM)

16GB Corsair VENGEANCE DDR4 3200MHz (2 x 8GB) Ideal for gaming
Graphics Card

8GB NVIDIA GEFORCE RTX 3060 Ti - HDMI, DP, LHR Excellent 1440p graphics card
1st M.2 SSD Drive

500GB SEAGATE FIRECUDA 530 GEN 4 PCIe NVMe (up to 7000MB/R, 3000MB/W) Super-fast boot drive
1st M.2 SSD Drive

1TB INTEL® 670p M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD (up to 3500MB/sR | 2500MB/sW) Game storage drive
Power Supply

CORSAIR 1000W RMx SERIES™ MODULAR 80 PLUS GOLD, ULTRA QUIET Excessive, but plenty of room for later graphics upgrades in a few years' time
Power Cable

1 x 1.5 Metre UK Power Cable (Kettle Lead)
Processor Cooling
Corsair iCUE H100i RGB PRO XT Hydro Series High Performance CPU Cooler Ideal for the 5800X3d
Thermal Paste

STANDARD THERMAL PASTE FOR SUFFICIENT COOLING
Sound Card
ONBOARD 6 CHANNEL (5.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO (AS STANDARD)
Network Card
10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN PORT
Wireless Network Card
WIRELESS INTEL® Wi-Fi 6 AX200 2,400Mbps/5GHz, 300Mbps/2.4GHz PCI-E CARD + BT 5.0 You could lose this if you don't need WiFi or Bluetooth
USB/Thunderbolt Options

MIN. 2 x USB 3.0 & 2 x USB 2.0 PORTS @ BACK PANEL + MIN. 2 FRONT PORTS
Operating System
Windows 11 Home 64 Bit - inc. Single Licence [KUK-00003]
Operating System Language
United Kingdom - English Language
Windows Recovery Media
Windows 10/11 Multi-Language Recovery Image - Unlimited Downloads from Online Account
Office Software
FREE 30 Day Trial of Microsoft 365® (Operating System Required)
Anti-Virus
NO ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE
Browser
Microsoft® Edge
Warranty
3 Year Silver Warranty (1 Year Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour)
Delivery
2 - 3 DAY DELIVERY TO REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Build Time
Standard Build - Approximately 4 to 7 working days
Price: €2,260.00 including VAT and Delivery
Unique URL to re-configure: https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/saved-configurations/amd-am4-gen3-pc/fshYnDSjKs/
Great! Looks good to me... Thanks for taking the time to put it together... Now, one more question... What would changing from 8GB 3060Ti to 8GB 3070Ti bring me performance wise?
 

sck451

VALUED CONTRIBUTOR
Great! Looks good to me... Thanks for taking the time to put it together... Now, one more question... What would changing from 8GB 3060Ti to 8GB 3070Ti bring me performance wise?
A bit. Maybe 20% more frames per second. I'm not sure it's value for money, to be honest, but I'm not sure what the price difference is right now.
 

poopsie77

New member
A bit. Maybe 20% more frames per second. I'm not sure it's value for money, to be honest, but I'm not sure what the price difference is right now.
Well, if you snoop around the web a bit, you are able to find a 3070Ti for about the same price PC Specialist charges for 3060Ti... Was just an idea... :p
 

MrWilson

MOST VALUED CONTRIBUTOR
Well, if you snoop around the web a bit, you are able to find a 3070Ti for about the same price PC Specialist charges for 3060Ti... Was just an idea... :p
Yep, GPU prices are finally falling which is great to see. There might well be cheaper options elsewhere. What is great about PCS is that they have an open box policy: you are able to open up your PC and swap out components without affecting your warranty. The GPU is one of the easiest components to swap out, so if you are comfortable doing it it’s definitely an option.
Just remember, as you’re buying the GPU from a vendor other than PCS it won’t be covered under PCS warranty if anything goes wrong with it 🙂
 
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