Build Advice $1500 - $2000 New Intel Build Advice


Apr 21, 2014
Good afternoon, and thanks in advance for comments and assistance.

I'm planning on purchasing components for, and building, a new desktop computer in January-February 2023. The primary resource-intensive use for the system is non-competitive home gaming (ranging from Cyberpunk 2070/Witcher remaster to Paradox games [e.g. Stellaris]). The goal is to obtain both very high graphical settings and low-lag performance for processor-intensive games such as modded Stellaris. A secondary desire would be high-quality WiFi components.

I would welcome recommendations for an Intel-based system capable of supporting the RTX 3080 GPU. I have good familiarity with the basics of relevant components but would especially welcome recommendations on how to make the best complementary system (e.g., specific memory and motherboard considerations to complement CPU/GPU, choosing between manufacturer variants (e.g. MSI EDGE vs. PRO). I am anticipating a system ranging between $1500 - $2000 but an open to a less-expensive build.

The predecessor build was constructed in 2019, and includes the following components (
  • CPU: i7-9700k 3.6 8-Core
  • Cooler: Arctic Liquid Freezer 120
  • MB: MSIMPG z390 Gaming Edge AC
  • Memory: 2x Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB DDR-3200
  • Storage:
    • WD Caviar Blue 1TB HD
    • Samsung 970 Evo 500GB NVME SSD
  • GPU: Nvidia RTX 2060
  • PSU/Case: EVGA SuperNova 750 G2 80+/Corsair Carbide 200R ATX
Buying a Monitor: Most likely not, but depending on tower build, possibly.
Parts to Upgrade: PSU is in good state and would like to reuse SSD and HD. All other components subject to replacement.
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website: Newegg where possible, but not a requirement.
Location: Pacific Northwest, United States
Parts Preferences: Intel for RTX purposes.
Overclocking: Not a priority.
SLI or Crossfire: No
Your Monitor Resolution: 3440x1440
Additional Comments: RGB and branding not a significant consideration.
Intel is due to release their locked cpu's and B760 boards January 3rd. I would look at the i5 13400 / 13400F ($225 if I had to guess). You can expect a decent B760 board w/WiFi 6 for less than $200. Keep your eyes peeled on this site and others for the reviews of those cpu's when they're released. Nvidia is due to release the RTX 4070 Ti later this month or early January.

You can most likely get by with air cooling for that cpu.

DeepCool AK620 CPU Cooler $64.99
Team T-Force Vulcan DDR5 5600 32GB (2x16GB) CL36 $129.99 ETA Date: 12/2/2022
LIAN LI LANCOOL 216 X Mid Tower Computer Case $99.90 Release Date: 12/5/2022

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