Mistakes were made and lessons were learnt, check this 1440p spec

Wizz219

Member
Morning all,

To cut a long story short I get a discount at HP through work so thought I'd save a few quid and order a system through them, it will probably come as no surprise that this was returned within the first two weeks so now I'm doing what I should have done from the start and ordering with PCS.

Budget: Around £2500

Use: Pure gaming with the occasional web browsing and office documents. Games will be MS Flight Sim, Total War series and Triple A games such as Cyberpunk, The Outer Worlds e.t.c

Monitor: 32" Samsung G7 1440p 240Hz

Case
CORSAIR iCUE 5000X RGB MID TOWER GAMING CASE
Processor (CPU)
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D Eight Core CPU (3.4GHz-4.5GHz/100MB CACHE/AM4) - Gone with the 3D for the gaming advantages
Motherboard
ASUS® TUF GAMING B550-PLUS (DDR4, USB 3.2, 6Gb/s) - ARGB Ready! - Does this suffice or should it be one of the x570 boards?
Memory (RAM)
32GB Corsair VENGEANCE RGB PRO DDR4 3600MHz (2 x 16GB) - 32GB due to Flight Sim
Graphics Card
10GB NVIDIA GEFORCE RTX 3080 - HDMI, DP, LHR - I've read the threads on how the 3080 is overkill at 1440p but I thought it would help with Flight Sim and won't be restricted by the monitor I have, I also have the budget for it
Graphics Card Support Bracket
PCS ARGB GRAPHICS CARD SUPPORT BRACKET
1st M.2 SSD Drive
500GB SAMSUNG 970 EVO PLUS M.2, PCIe NVMe (up to 3500MB/R, 3200MB/W) - Drive for the OS
1st M.2 SSD Drive
2TB SAMSUNG 970 EVO PLUS M.2, PCIe NVMe (up to 3500MB/R, 3300MB/W) - Drive for games
Power Supply
CORSAIR 1000W RMx SERIES™ MODULAR 80 PLUS GOLD, ULTRA QUIET - Gone with 1000W as gives overheads for any GPU upgrades down the line
Power Cable
1 x 1.5 Metre UK Power Cable (Kettle Lead)
Processor Cooling
Corsair iCUE H150i ELITE CAPELLIX RGB Hydro Series High Performance CPU Cooler - Don't know if this is overkill for this system but seems to be one that is recommended by many on here
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
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
STANDARD INSURED DELIVERY TO UK MAINLAND (MON-FRI)
Build Time
Standard Build - Subject to stock availability on pre-order products
Price: £2,535.00 including VAT and Delivery - This will be £2505 with a discount code applied

Unique URL to re-configure: https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/saved-configurations/amd-am4-gen3-pc/5sBFRXGpUP/
 

Steveyg

VALUED CONTRIBUTOR
For your cash at 1440p this would be where I'd go mate

Case
CORSAIR iCUE 5000X RGB MID TOWER GAMING CASE
Processor (CPU)
Intel® Core™ i7 12-Core Processor i7-12700K (3.6GHz) 25MB Cache
Motherboard
ASUS® ROG STRIX Z690-A GAMING WIFI D4 (LGA1700, USB 3.2, PCIe 5.0) - ARGB Ready
Memory (RAM)
32GB Corsair VENGEANCE RGB PRO DDR4 3600MHz (2 x 16GB)
Graphics Card
8GB NVIDIA GEFORCE RTX 3070 Ti - HDMI, DP, LHR
1st M.2 SSD Drive
500GB SAMSUNG 980 PRO M.2, PCIe NVMe (up to 6900MB/R, 5000MB/W)
1st M.2 SSD Drive
1TB SEAGATE FIRECUDA 530 GEN 4 PCIe NVMe (up to 7300MB/R, 6000MB/W)
Power Supply
CORSAIR 1000W RMx SERIES™ MODULAR 80 PLUS GOLD, ULTRA QUIET
Power Cable
1 x 1.5 Metre UK Power Cable (Kettle Lead)
Processor Cooling
Corsair iCUE H150i ELITE CAPELLIX RGB Hydro Series High Performance CPU Cooler
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
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
STANDARD INSURED DELIVERY TO UK MAINLAND (MON-FRI)
Build Time
Standard Build - Approximately 4 to 7 working days
Price: £2,446.00 including VAT and Delivery

Unique URL to re-configure: https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/saved-configurations/intel-z690-pc/kRQxeEbxjr/
 

Scott

Behold The Ford Mondeo
Moderator
With FS2020 the 5800X3D is going to get a big advantage so I would probably stick with that personally. Good value in these systems now, which is good to see.

I wouldn't really make too many changes but I would definitely opt for the better motherboard. I've tweaked the storage to offset the costs as there's no real benefit having the 970 in play over the Intel. The Firecuda 530 would be a proper upgrade if you wanted to spend the extra dough.

Case
CORSAIR iCUE 5000X RGB MID TOWER GAMING CASE
Processor (CPU)
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D Eight Core CPU (3.4GHz-4.5GHz/100MB CACHE/AM4)
Motherboard
ASUS® TUF X570-PLUS GAMING WIFI (USB 3.2 Gen 2, PCIe 4.0, CrossFireX) - RGB Ready!
Memory (RAM)
32GB Corsair VENGEANCE RGB PRO DDR4 3600MHz (2 x 16GB)
Graphics Card
10GB NVIDIA GEFORCE RTX 3080 - HDMI, DP, LHR
Graphics Card Support Bracket
PCS ARGB GRAPHICS CARD SUPPORT BRACKET
1st M.2 SSD Drive
500GB SAMSUNG 980 PRO M.2, PCIe NVMe (up to 6900MB/R, 5000MB/W)
1st M.2 SSD Drive
2TB INTEL® 670p M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD (up to 3500MB/sR | 2700MB/sW)
Power Supply
CORSAIR 1000W RMx SERIES™ MODULAR 80 PLUS GOLD, ULTRA QUIET
Power Cable
1 x 1.5 Metre UK Power Cable (Kettle Lead)
Processor Cooling
Corsair iCUE H150i ELITE CAPELLIX RGB Hydro Series High Performance CPU Cooler
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
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
STANDARD INSURED DELIVERY TO UK MAINLAND (MON-FRI)
Build Time
Standard Build - Subject to stock availability on pre-order products
Price: £2,559.00 including VAT and Delivery

Unique URL to re-configure: https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/saved-configurations/amd-am4-gen3-pc/8eBCk7MRX7/
 
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Wizz219

Member
Thanks for the comments, I'll go with the changes you suggested Scott. Just had two questions before I pull the trigger:

1. Do I need to add an extra fan for the rear of the case, is it even needed? (I'm under the impression it just comes with the 3 at the front)

2. Does anyone know what the special offers are for the 5800X3D and the Intel SSD? Is it simply that they're at a discounted price at the minute?
 

Scott

Behold The Ford Mondeo
Moderator
Thanks for the comments, I'll go with the changes you suggested Scott. Just had two questions before I pull the trigger:

1. Do I need to add an extra fan for the rear of the case, is it even needed? (I'm under the impression it just comes with the 3 at the front)

2. Does anyone know what the special offers are for the 5800X3D and the Intel SSD? Is it simply that they're at a discounted price at the minute?

No, the recommended cooler has 3 fans on it as well so you will be more than covered. A slight positive pressure is ideal when not under load.

Special offers typically refer to price when mentioned in the dropdown. Any further offers, such as free games or etc, are typically mentioned in the banners.
 

Wizz219

Member
With this now dispatched (brilliant turnaround by the PCS team) I was wondering if people could give me application/program recommendations (preferably free) for checking system vitals or boosting the system for gaming sessions? I think I used "Game Booster" (original name I know) in the past but I've been out the PC gaming sphere for a few years.
 
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Ryzen Master is a useful tool for monitoring temps etc...it's AMD's own program (it's actually an overclocking program but can be used for monitoring non-overclocked systems...I use it on my non-overclocked 3600):


I presume it still works with newer CPUs though not 100%.

For a benchmark tool when you first get the system, TimeSpy (part of 3DMark) is decent:


Links to download found at the bottom (the free version on Steam is listed as a "Download Demo" about 25% down the page on the right hand side)
 
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