Just ordered this machine, any thoughts?

Harry123

Member
Case
BE QUIET! BASE 601 TOWER GAMING CASE
Processor (CPU)
Intel® Core™ i9 16-Core Processor i9-12900K (3.2GHz) 30MB Cache
Motherboard
ASUS® ROG STRIX Z690-F GAMING WIFI (LGA1700, USB 3.2, PCIe 5.0) - ARGB Ready
Memory (RAM)
32GB Corsair DOMINATOR PLATINUM DDR5 5200MHz (2 x 16GB)
Graphics Card
10GB NVIDIA GEFORCE RTX 3080 - HDMI, DP, LHR
1st M.2 SSD Drive
1TB SAMSUNG 980 PRO M.2, PCIe NVMe (up to 7000MB/R, 5000MB/W)
1st Storage Drive
2TB Samsung 870 QVO 2.5" SSD, SATA 6Gb/s (up to 560MB/sR | 530MB/sW)
Power Supply
CORSAIR 1000W RMx SERIES™ MODULAR 80 PLUS GOLD, ULTRA QUIET
Power Cable
1 x 1 Metre UK Power Cable (Kettle Lead)
Processor Cooling
CORSAIR iCUE H150i ELITE LCD Display RGB CPU Cooler
Thermal Paste
ARCTIC MX-4 EXTREME THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY COMPOUND
Extra Case Fans
3x Corsair LL120 RGB LED Fan + Controller Kit
Sound Card
ONBOARD 6 CHANNEL (5.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO (AS STANDARD)
Network Card
10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN PORT
USB/Thunderbolt Options
MIN. 2 x USB 3.0 & 2 x USB 2.0 PORTS @ BACK PANEL + MIN. 2 FRONT PORTS
Operating System
Windows 10 Home 64 Bit - inc. Single Licence [KUK-00001]
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
BullGuard™ Internet Security - Free 90 Day License inc. Gamer Mode
Browser
Google Chrome™
Warranty
3 Year Silver Warranty (1 Year Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour)
Insurance
Simplesurance Purchase Protection inc. Accidental Damage & Theft
Delivery
TIMED DELIVERY TO UK MAINLAND - MON-FRI (BEFORE 10.30AM)
Build Time
Standard Build - Subject to stock availability on pre-order products
Welcome Book
PCSpecialist Welcome Book - United Kingdom & Republic of Ireland
Logo Branding
PCSpecialist Logo
 

DarTon

Well-known member
Hi.

It would be good if could provide some info on the use case for the machine (gaming, productivity etc), the monitor you will be using (model ideally but resolution and frequency if not) and the budget. It's also very helpful to provide a configuration link so that forum members can edit this.
 

Harry123

Member
Hi DarTon,

Thanks for the reply! this Pc will be used for both gaming and productivity, I have ordered a Samsung odyssey g7 27 inch and will pair it with a 60hz 4k monitor (Productivity monitor). I also did not know about the configuration link aspect so here it is! https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/saved-configurations/intel-z690-ddr5-pc/5u64NF!Y4h/

Of course this seems like overkill however I have now started a 4 year PhD involving intensive software so I thought why not.
 

DarTon

Well-known member
I'm seeing your spec coming in at around £3,200 so assuming that you are happy with that number then I think the build is essentially sound. I've made a few minor tweaks

Case
FRACTAL MESHIFY 2 LIGHT TEMPERED GLASS - 12900K is thermally pretty brutal so I really think an airflow case is better.
Processor (CPU)
Intel® Core™ i9 16-Core Processor i9-12900K (3.2GHz) 30MB Cache
Motherboard
ASUS® ROG STRIX Z690-F GAMING WIFI (LGA1700, USB 3.2, PCIe 5.0) - ARGB Ready
Memory (RAM)
32GB Corsair DOMINATOR PLATINUM DDR5 5200MHz (2 x 16GB)
Graphics Card
10GB NVIDIA GEFORCE RTX 3080 - HDMI, DP, LHR
1st M.2 SSD Drive
1TB SAMSUNG 980 PRO M.2, PCIe NVMe (up to 7000MB/R, 5000MB/W) - Consider switching this for Firecuda 530 for a little extra
1st M.2 SSD Drive
2TB INTEL® 670p M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD (up to 3500MB/sR | 2700MB/sW) - I cut the SATA SSD since M2 PCIe SSDs are far faster and basically the same price
Power Supply
CORSAIR 1000W RMx SERIES™ MODULAR 80 PLUS GOLD, ULTRA QUIET
Power Cable
1 x 1 Metre UK Power Cable (Kettle Lead)
Processor Cooling
CORSAIR iCUE H150i ELITE LCD Display RGB CPU Cooler - H150i is good idea but you don't have to go with the LCD one.
Thermal Paste
STANDARD THERMAL PASTE FOR SUFFICIENT COOLING - Coolers come with pre-applied paste so don't want the Artic paste.
Extra Case Fans
3x Corsair LL120 RGB LED Fan + Controller Kit
Sound Card
ONBOARD 6 CHANNEL (5.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO (AS STANDARD)
Network Card
10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN PORT
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 - Dont touch Bullguard with a bargepole. It causes problems and Windows Defender is fine.
Browser
Google Chrome™
Warranty
3 Year Silver Warranty (1 Year Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour)
Delivery
TIMED DELIVERY TO UK MAINLAND - MON-FRI (BEFORE 10.30AM)
Build Time
Standard Build - Subject to stock availability on pre-order products
Price: £3,194.00 including VAT and Delivery
Unique URL to re-configure: https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/saved-configurations/intel-z690-ddr5-pc/!6hvFUHzDb/

At a broader level though I'm going to question whether you really need to pay this much. I'd agree with you it seems like overkill!

DDR5 adds significant cost but doesn't add performance in many cases. There are a few specfic applications where the higher frequency more than offsets the much higher primary timings and you do achieve higher performance but in most apps (and games especially) it's a tie vs. DDR4. You are really buying a DDR5 compatible board so that you can buy faster DDR5 RAM later.

I'd also question whether you need the 12900K. It's only adds an additional 4 Gracemont E cores over a 12700K and to achieve that extra performance you need the best cooler, motherboard and a good case. For gaming it's really marginal, a few percent at most. For some productivity apps (where time is money) then it can justify itself.

Finally, a 1440p G7 doesn't really need a 3080 for gaming (assuming you aren't using the 4K 60Hz monitor attached for gaming at the same time). You could get away with a 3070 or 3070Ti.
 

Harry123

Member
Hi DarTon,

The idea around the DDR5 Ram is the future-proof aspect, I feel pretty fortunate being accepted for this PhD so I thought why not treat myself! I am aware the difference is minor and I may save some cash purchasing DDR5 in the future however I thought it would just be simpler to buy it now. This is also a similar situation with the CPU, I am extremely impatient and knowing I will be dealing with quite high CPU intensive software in the 4 year span of my PhD I thought I can't go wrong with the 12900k, last thing I want is my CPU not being able to handle tasks, even though the 12700k is most likely more than capable.

Thanks a lot for your other guidance though, you make a very good point regarding the thermal brutality of the 12900k and the Bullguard software. I have amended the storage ideas to fit yours as it seems much more efficient and removed the bullguard software, along with the thermal paste (I kind of like the idea of a LCD screen :ROFLMAO:)
 
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