Thoughts on this Rig: i9, 3080, DDR5

megabeans

Member
I'm looking for a good gaming and work PC - generally, the gaming side is what tends to stretch the specifications as you all know.

I'm a bit out of the game - having built my last few PCs, but nothing in the last 4 years.

My initial questions are around:
- Motherboard Strix F vs Maximus Hero (+£137 to go for Hero)
- Any thoughts on the case? I'm happy to spend 100-150, but I'd like to cap it there.
- Apparently I may need more fans if I go for this case.
- Can anyone make the case for an upgrade to the 3080ti 15% for £400?
- Processor cooler Corsair H100x Hydro Series High Performance CPU Cooler currently selected, could go for 150i if there's a compelling reason to do so.
- Any other thoughts?

Thank you in advance for any help / advice,

Best,

Megabeans

Case
COOLERMASTER MASTERBOX MB540 ARGB GAMING CASE
Processor (CPU)
Intel® Core™ i9 16-Core Processor i9-12900K (3.2GHz) 30MB Cache
Motherboard
ASUS® ROG STRIX Z690 F WIFI (LGA1700, USB 3.2, PCIe 5.0) - ARGB Ready (Hero would increase by £137)
Memory (RAM)
32GB Corsair DOMINATOR PLATINUM DDR5 5600MHz (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)
Power Supply
CORSAIR 750W 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
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 Professional 64 Bit - inc. Single Licence [MUP-00005]
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 - Subject to stock availability on pre-order products

Price: £3k ish

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JUNI0R

VALUED CONTRIBUTOR
I'm looking for a good gaming and work PC - generally, the gaming side is what tends to stretch the specifications as you all know.

I'm a bit out of the game - having built my last few PCs, but nothing in the last 4 years.

My initial questions are around:
- Motherboard Strix F vs Maximus Hero (+£137 to go for Hero)
- Any thoughts on the case? I'm happy to spend 100-150, but I'd like to cap it there.
- Apparently I may need more fans if I go for this case.
- Can anyone make the case for an upgrade to the 3080ti 15% for £400?
- Processor cooler Corsair H100x Hydro Series High Performance CPU Cooler currently selected, could go for 150i if there's a compelling reason to do so.
- Any other thoughts?

Thank you in advance for any help / advice,

Best,

Megabeans
Heya! We'll need some info before we're able to help fully on the spec

What's your budget for the whole system? it's a lot easier to have a number to work towards
What does work entail? Is it anything especially intensive or is it your usual MSFT Office, Zoom, Teams and the like?
What monitor will go with the system? Either make and model or resolution and refresh rate would be ideal, or do you have a budget planned for a monitor to pair?

To answer some of your questions:
- Motherboard Strix F vs Maximus Hero (+£137 to go for Hero
I'd personally stick to the STRIX F, there's been a few issues with the Maximus Hero board. It's a small sample size (6 boards if I remember correctly, but best to avoid if you can)

- Any thoughts on the case? I'm happy to spend 100-150, but I'd like to cap it there.
The MB540 is a poor case and not one I'd recommend. The Fractal meshfiy S2 is a solid choice and one I'd happily recommend. If you're after a bit of RGB sparkle, then the Corsair 5000X would take my recommendation

- Apparently I may need more fans if I go for this case.
If you go with either the Meshify S2 or 5000X and an AIO, you wouldn't need extra fans

- Can anyone make the case for an upgrade to the 3080ti 15% for £400?
For gaming, it really doesn't make much sense. It's £400 more for an average of 8FPS @ 4K (which is what you should be using with this tier of card) or about £50 a frame!! So no, I can't really make a case for it. This is assuming the extra VRAM wouldn't be useful for your work uses

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- Processor cooler Corsair H100x Hydro Series High Performance CPU Cooler currently selected, could go for 150i if there's a compelling reason to do so.
The Intel 12th gen CPU's run pretty hot and the h100X AIO's are a couple of generations old now. I'd strongly recommend spending the extra for a PRO XT or Capellix for the increased cooling performance, stronger pump and quiter operation
 

megabeans

Member
Thanks for coming back to me!

Budget isn't really a concern - I like to try to find the sweet spot before things get silly expensive (e.g. paying 30% more for a 2% gain). If I had to put a number on it I'd have said ~3k.

My work is varied, your usual office apps and browsing but also things like video editing, running server software locally (e.g. data services). I do a lot of multi-tasking.

I run 3 screens currently - 27" 2560x144 & 2x 24"'s. I'm going to be moving to a setup with the Samsung 49" (5120x1440) paired with my 27" (2560x1440) in portrait.

STRIX F - another reason to stick with that. Decision made, thanks.
ractal meshfiy S2 - "

Will swap cooler for the "H150i RGB Pro XT" as you suggested.
 
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megabeans

Member
Revised spec:

Case

FRACTAL MESHIFY 2 LIGHT TEMPERED GLASS
Processor (CPU)
Intel® Core™ i7 12-Core Processor i7-12700K (3.6GHz) 25MB 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 5600MHz (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)
Power Supply
CORSAIR 850W RMx SERIES™ MODULAR 80 PLUS® GOLD, ULTRA QUIET
Power Cable
1 x 1 Metre UK Power Cable (Kettle Lead)
Processor Cooling
Corsair H150i RGB PRO XT Hydro Series High Performance CPU Cooler
Thermal Paste
ARCTIC MX-4 EXTREME THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY COMPOUND
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 Professional 64 Bit - inc. Single Licence
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 - Subject to stock availability on pre-order products
Price: £2,782.00 including VAT and Delivery

Unique URL to re-configure: https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/saved-configurations/intel-z690-ddr5-pc/YRxgwAtJzT/
 

Scott

Behold The Ford Mondeo
Moderator
Looks well reasoned. The only changes I would recommend are the PSU, OS and the Paste.

The PSU needs a bump up. You're spending well, there's no reason you won't get a GPU upgrade in there during the life of the system but the limiting factor is going to be the PSU. I tend to recommend 1000w as a minimum for high end gaming now. You'll get the benefit with the better efficiency etc too.

With the OS I would stick with 10 for now. 11 will be a free upgrade at any point anyway. Win 11 is having some minor gaming issues that you're as well waiting on being ironed out. There's no downside with 10 at the moment.

With the high end Corsair coolers you don't need the paste. It's an added step and complication that I wouldn't bother with. They have hih end paste pre-applied.

I would also consider the LCD option on the cooler.... because it's just so cool!
 

JUNI0R

VALUED CONTRIBUTOR
Thanks for coming back to me!

Budget isn't really a concern - I like to try to find the sweet spot before things get silly expensive (e.g. paying 30% more for a 2% gain). If I had to put a number on it I'd have said ~3k.

My work is varied, your usual office apps and browsing but also things like video editing, running server software locally (e.g. data services). I do a lot of multi-tasking.

I run 3 screens currently - 27" 2560x144 & 2x 24"'s. I'm going to be moving to a setup with the Samsung 49" (5120x1440) paired with my 27" (2560x1440) in portrait.

STRIX F - another reason to stick with that. Decision made, thanks.
ractal meshfiy S2 - "

Will swap cooler for the "H150i RGB Pro XT" as you suggested.
Thanks for this info! These are the changes I'd personally recommend with the spec

Case
FRACTAL MESHIFY 2 LIGHT TEMPERED GLASS
Processor (CPU)
Intel® Core™ i9 16-Core Processor i9-12900K (3.2GHz) 30MB Cache With savings made in other areas, we've been able to afford the 12900K within your £3K budget
Motherboard
ASUS® ROG STRIX Z690-F GAMING WIFI (LGA1700, USB 3.2, PCIe 5.0) - ARGB Ready
Memory (RAM)
32GB Corsair DOMINATOR PLATINUM DDR5 5600MHz (2 x 16GB)
Graphics Card
10GB NVIDIA GEFORCE RTX 3080 - HDMI, DP, LHR Definetly the right choice for the Samsung G9
1st M.2 SSD Drive
500GB SAMSUNG 980 PRO M.2, PCIe NVMe (up to 6900MB/R, 5000MB/W) It makes more sense to go for a dual setup drive, this one being for Windows and applications
1st M.2 SSD Drive
1TB INTEL® 670p M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD (up to 3500MB/sR | 2500MB/sW) This one being for your games
Power Supply
CORSAIR 1000W RMx SERIES™ MODULAR 80 PLUS GOLD, ULTRA QUIET The 12900K and 3080 are rather power demanding components and the configurator rather under estimates the power they use, I'd recommend 1000W for smooth running (with the option for a 1200W for better future upgradability)
Power Cable
1 x 1 Metre UK Power Cable (Kettle Lead)
Processor Cooling
Corsair H150i RGB PRO XT Hydro Series High Performance CPU Cooler
Thermal Paste
STANDARD THERMAL PASTE FOR SUFFICIENT COOLING The Corsair units come with high quality thermal paste pre-applied
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] Are there any features in Windows Pro that you know you need for your work? if not, I'd stick to Home. I'd also keep with W10 while W11 is in it's infancy and still a bit buggy
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)
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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 - Subject to stock availability on pre-order products
Price: £2,943.00 including VAT and Delivery

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megabeans

Member
Thanks both. I'll make most changes.

I'll decide at the basket stage about i7 vs i9.

On the SSD I have a 980 pro in hand so I'm going to run two 1 gbs, just hadn't mentioned.
 

megabeans

Member
Still waiting for the 3080 to get in stock (around 110 ahead of me in the queue).

I have done some reading and it looks like the firecuda 530 may be a slight improvement on the 980 pro and it will save me £2. Anyone disagree?
 

sck451

MOST VALUED CONTRIBUTOR
Still waiting for the 3080 to get in stock (around 110 ahead of me in the queue).

I have done some reading and it looks like the firecuda 530 may be a slight improvement on the 980 pro and it will save me £2. Anyone disagree?
It's probably not something you'll ever notice, but the 530 is technically rated for greater data written, so it may have a longer lifespan. I think it's slightly the superior drive, but it's really not a choice you can go wrong on
 
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