New Gaming PC

Kal

New member
Hi all,

Looking to upgrade my gaming PC and keep it reasonably future-proof for a few years - particularly on the GPU side, hence the 3080ti.

Gone a little above what I need on the PSU intentionally but think I have gone a bit overboard with the RAM and can probably drop that down to 32GB?

Monitor is 1440p at 144hz, 16:9.

Budget is £3-4k but can probably go a little higher if the value is there.

Any comments or suggestions would be great!

Case
COOLERMASTER MASTERCASE H500M GAMING CASE
Processor (CPU)
Intel® Core™ i9 10 Core Processor i9-10900X (3.7GHz) 19.25MB Cache
Motherboard
ASUS® ROG STRIX X299-E GAMING II: ATX, USB 3.2, SATA 6 GB/s, Wi-Fi AC - ARGB Ready
Memory (RAM)
64GB Corsair VENGEANCE DDR4 2400MHz (4 x 16GB)
Graphics Card
12GB NVIDIA GEFORCE RTX 3080 Ti - HDMI, DP, LHR
1st M.2 SSD Drive
4TB CORSAIR MP400 NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD (up to 3480 MB/R, 3000 MB/W)
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 H100x Hydro Series High Performance CPU Cooler
Thermal Paste
ARCTIC MX-4 EXTREME THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY COMPOUND
Extra Case Fans
1x 120mm Black Case Fan (configured to extract from rear/roof)
Sound Card
ONBOARD 8 CHANNEL (7.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO (AS STANDARD)
Network Card
10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN PORT
USB/Thunderbolt Options
MIN. 2 x USB 3.0 & 6 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
Firefox™
Surge Protection
6 Socket 2m Surge Protector
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 9 to 12 working days
Price: £3,573.00 including VAT and Delivery

Unique URL to re-configure: https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/saved-configurations/intel-x299-pc/f7ufgHwkhm/
 

sck451

VALUED CONTRIBUTOR
You can definitely do better than this: first and most importantly, by moving away from the X299 platform, which is a bad platform especially for gaming. Intel's mainstream twelfth generation is where you want to be. And then there are a host of other changes I'd suggest (RAM, storage, cooling in particular).

But the biggest thing is the display. 1440p 144Hz is lovely (it's what I have) but this system is grossly overpowered for it. What actual display do you have? It might be worth considering an upgrade if you have this kind of budget. A 3080 Ti is a waste of money for a 1440p 144Hz display: you won't see signficant performance increases over a 3070 because the display is just not capable of it.

You could get a 4K 144Hz display for around £750, and then a £3000-3200 top-of-the-line system for a thorough rig overhaul that will do you far better than you're currently looking at!
 

Kal

New member
Thanks for the comment!

Yes a monitor upgrade is definitely next on the list! I'm just getting this part of it sorted first and will then get a new monitor at a later date.

I would pick another motherboard however the only other option on the list is the Gigabyte x299 UD4 Pro, and of the two I would prefer the ASUS :)
 

MrWilson

MOST VALUED CONTRIBUTOR
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 DDR4 3200MHz (4 x 8GB)
Graphics Card
12GB NVIDIA GEFORCE RTX 3080 Ti - HDMI, DP, LHR
1st M.2 SSD Drive
500GB SEAGATE FIRECUDA 530 GEN 4 PCIe NVMe (up to 7000MB/R, 3000MB/W)
1st M.2 SSD Drive
2TB INTEL® 670p M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD (up to 3500MB/sR | 2700MB/sW)
1st Storage Drive
2TB SEAGATE BARRACUDA SATA-III 3.5" HDD, 6GB/s, 7200RPM, 256MB CACHE
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 H115i 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 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
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 9 to 12 working days
Price: £3,118.00 including VAT and Delivery

Unique URL to re-configure: https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/saved-configurations/intel-z690-pc/yj7CWRsVFm/
 

MrWilson

MOST VALUED CONTRIBUTOR
You said that you've got a budget of up to 4k so there's room in the above for a monster monitor as well. If you want to stay in standard 16:9 resolution monitors like the Gigabyte M28U or M32U are great options. If you're not playing competitive e-sports titles you should also consider the Samsung G9, a behemoth 32:9 display which is unparalleled in immersion.

This gives you a modern Intel CPU that gives top gaming performance, downgraded to 32GB of fast RAM that will cover you for games.
Readjusted your storage with a super fast drive for OS and programs, the Intel drive for games, and the HDD for general storage such as photos and music.
Given you a modern cooler with plenty of RGB loveliness, the H100x is a few years old now and you need a hefty updated design to deal with the heat that the 11700k puts out. The Arctic paste isn't needed as the corsair coolers come with high quality paste pre-applied.
Finally, when dealing with a build this expensive spending £5 on silver warranty is well worth it.
 

Kal

New member
That's great, thank you very much for the advice :)

Out of curiosity, why go for the i7 over an i9?

I also take it that Windows 11 isn't recommended at the moment?
 

AgentCooper

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Moderator
That's great, thank you very much for the advice :)

Out of curiosity, why go for the i7 over an i9?

I also take it that Windows 11 isn't recommended at the moment?
For your uses, the i7 would be more than adequate. Eight performance cores is plenty for gaming and the four e-cores won’t be utilised. It seems to match the i9 for gaming performance so it’s the sensible choice 👍

As Windows 11 is still a baby it’s got teething issues so sticking with 10 gives you a much more stable platform.
 

Bigfoot

VALUED CONTRIBUTOR
That's great, thank you very much for the advice :)

Out of curiosity, why go for the i7 over an i9?

I also take it that Windows 11 isn't recommended at the moment?
The i7 selected by @MrWilson is 2 generations newer than the i9 you originally selecte.
 

Kal

New member
For your uses, the i7 would be more than adequate. Eight performance cores is plenty for gaming and the four e-cores won’t be utilised. It seems to match the i9 for gaming performance so it’s the sensible choice 👍

As Windows 11 is still a baby it’s got teething issues so sticking with 10 gives you a much more stable platform.
Gotcha, thank you for the advice!
 
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