New Build Review

MukhyD

New member
Just looking for some feedback regarding the following build:

Case
CORSAIR 5000D AIRFLOW TEMPERED GLASS GAMING CASE
Processor (CPU)
Intel® Core™ i5 10-Core Processor i5-12600K (3.7GHz) 20MB Cache
Motherboard
GIGABYTE Z690 AORUS ELITE DDR4 (LGA1700, USB 3.2, PCIe 5.0) - ARGB Ready
Memory (RAM)
16GB Corsair VENGEANCE DDR4 2666MHz (2 x 8GB)
(+ another 2 8GB DDR4 2666Mhz from elsewhere)
Graphics Card
12GB NVIDIA GEFORCE RTX 3080 - HDMI, DP, LHR
Graphics Card Support Bracket
PCS GRAPHICS CARD SUPPORT BRACKET
1st M.2 SSD Drive
250GB SAMSUNG 970 EVO PLUS M.2, PCIe NVMe (up to 3500MB/R, 2300MB/W)
Power Supply
CORSAIR 750W RMx SERIES™ MODULAR 80 PLUS® GOLD, ULTRA QUIET
Power Cable
1 x 1.5 Metre UK Power Cable (Kettle Lead)
Processor Cooling
Corsair H100x 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 [KK3-00027]
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
Google Chrome™
Warranty
3 Year Standard Warranty (1 Month 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: £2,226.00 including VAT and Delivery

Additional Info:
Monitor - Dual, 1440p 165Hz
Uses - Mainly gaming, some modelling and simulation (Solidworks, Ansys)
Budget - £2500

Unique URL to re-configure: https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/saved-configurations/intel-z690-pc/kajem8mjME/
 
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MukhyD

New member
Welcome to the forum

Some more information is needed to advise properly...have a read through this and edit with the relevant information:


Could you also go back in to the post to forum page and include the Unique Configurable URL at the bottom please? Makes it easier to just edit the spec rather than doing the whole spec from scratch. Thanks
Thanks, have added the extra info and URL
 

MrWilson

MOST VALUED CONTRIBUTOR
I wouldn't recommend the build in its current state.
GPU is overspecced for 1440p gaming, a 3070 would be a much better fit.
Your RAM selection is very slow, 3200mhz is the sweet spot nowadays. I would also caution you against you mixing and matching RAM as it can cause compatibility issues and end badly.
Do you have any storage drives that you're going to add to the system? The 250GB drive will be enough for the OS and that's about it. If you want to put your programs on there too I would recommend a larger drive, as primary SSDs start to slow down a lot after reaching 50% capacity.
Your PSU and Cooler choices are also slightly underspecced and I wouldn't recommend proceeding with those choices.

If we can clarify the above, we can then work out exactly what you need and spec accordingly.
 

MukhyD

New member
I wouldn't recommend the build in its current state.
GPU is overspecced for 1440p gaming, a 3070 would be a much better fit.
Your RAM selection is very slow, 3200mhz is the sweet spot nowadays. I would also caution you against you mixing and matching RAM as it can cause compatibility issues and end badly.
Do you have any storage drives that you're going to add to the system? The 250GB drive will be enough for the OS and that's about it. If you want to put your programs on there too I would recommend a larger drive, as primary SSDs start to slow down a lot after reaching 50% capacity.
Your PSU and Cooler choices are also slightly underspecced and I wouldn't recommend proceeding with those choices.

If we can clarify the above, we can then work out exactly what you need and spec accordingly.
Thanks for the help. RE storage, already have a 2TB and 4TB 2.5" SSD's that I'll be adding. Am open to a 3070, and to 3200MHz RAM, this was just a first pass I wanted to get some opinions on. What would you recommend for PSU / Cooler?
 

MrWilson

MOST VALUED CONTRIBUTOR
Thanks for the extra info. This would be where I would land based on that. Taking out the 3080 means we have a bit of extra budget free. Good options here include going for a 12700K CPU, or opting for a second m.2 drive for games and projects. With direct storage starting to be implemented having a dedicated games drive will begin to have noticeable effects on load times in the next couple of years.
You can also just pocket the savings towards a GPU upgrade in a couple of years time.

Case
CORSAIR 5000D AIRFLOW TEMPERED GLASS GAMING CASE
Processor (CPU)
Intel® Core™ i5 10-Core Processor i5-12600K (3.7GHz) 20MB Cache
Motherboard
ASUS® TUF GAMING Z690-PLUS WIFI D4 (LGA1700, USB 3.2, PCIe 5.0) - ARGB Ready
Memory (RAM)
32GB Corsair VENGEANCE DDR4 3200MHz (2 x 16GB)
Graphics Card
8GB NVIDIA GEFORCE RTX 3070 - HDMI, DP, LHR
Graphics Card Support Bracket
PCS GRAPHICS CARD SUPPORT BRACKET
1st M.2 SSD Drive
500GB SAMSUNG 980 PRO M.2, PCIe NVMe (up to 6900MB/R, 5000MB/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 H100i RGB PRO XT 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 [KK3-00027]
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
Google Chrome™
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: £1,969.00 including VAT and Delivery

Unique URL to re-configure: https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/saved-configurations/intel-z690-pc/Y9Nbr5mb8x/
 

MukhyD

New member
Thanks for the extra info. This would be where I would land based on that. Taking out the 3080 means we have a bit of extra budget free. Good options here include going for a 12700K CPU, or opting for a second m.2 drive for games and projects. With direct storage starting to be implemented having a dedicated games drive will begin to have noticeable effects on load times in the next couple of years.
You can also just pocket the savings towards a GPU upgrade in a couple of years time.

Case
CORSAIR 5000D AIRFLOW TEMPERED GLASS GAMING CASE
Processor (CPU)
Intel® Core™ i5 10-Core Processor i5-12600K (3.7GHz) 20MB Cache
Motherboard
ASUS® TUF GAMING Z690-PLUS WIFI D4 (LGA1700, USB 3.2, PCIe 5.0) - ARGB Ready
Memory (RAM)
32GB Corsair VENGEANCE DDR4 3200MHz (2 x 16GB)
Graphics Card
8GB NVIDIA GEFORCE RTX 3070 - HDMI, DP, LHR
Graphics Card Support Bracket
PCS GRAPHICS CARD SUPPORT BRACKET
1st M.2 SSD Drive
500GB SAMSUNG 980 PRO M.2, PCIe NVMe (up to 6900MB/R, 5000MB/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 H100i RGB PRO XT 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 [KK3-00027]
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
Google Chrome™
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: £1,969.00 including VAT and Delivery

Unique URL to re-configure: https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/saved-configurations/intel-z690-pc/Y9Nbr5mb8x/
Awesome, thank you
 
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