Question Best Computer To Build For Budget Of £3,500

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danielm175

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Dear tomshardware,

Can someone build me a custom PC on pcpartpicker for a budget of max £3,500? What is the best system I can possibly get for this price, I want the system to run tripple A games at max performance with best graphics possible.

I want a very big case like the obisidian 1000d to have lots of harddrives to upragde in the future.

Thanks.
 

keith12

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Dear tomshardware,

Can someone build me a custom PC on pcpartpicker for a budget of max £3,500? What is the best system I can possibly get for this price, I want the system to run tripple A games at max performance with best graphics possible.

I want a very big case like the obisidian 1000d to have lots of harddrives to upragde in the future.

Thanks.
Hey there,

Is this to include monitor/s and/or OS too? Or just the base system?

What monitor are you paring the system with? Are we talking 1440p or 4k?
 

keith12

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Something like this:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i9-12900K 3.2 GHz 16-Core Processor (£531.96 @ Laptops Direct)
CPU Cooler: Corsair iCUE H150i ELITE CAPELLIX 75 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (£144.99 @ AWD-IT)
Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX Z690-E GAMING WIFI ATX LGA1700 Motherboard (£449.98 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Trident Z5 RGB 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR5-6400 CL32 Memory (£445.20 @ Newegg UK)
Storage: Samsung 970 Evo Plus 2 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (£183.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti 12 GB FTW3 ULTRA GAMING LE iCX3 Video Card (£1406.10 @ Box Limited)
Case: Corsair Obsidian 500D RGB SE ATX Mid Tower Case (£108.99 @ AWD-IT)
Power Supply: Corsair RMx (2021) 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply (£104.99 @ AWD-IT)
Total: £3376.20
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2022-05-21 13:53 BST+0100


I'm sure some posters will have alternatives, or different component choices, so wait for a few more options provided by the community.

Edit: Couldn't get the Obsidian 1000 in PCpartpicker, but I'm sure it's possible to get from other stores in the UK.
 
Dear tomshardware,

Can someone build me a custom PC on pcpartpicker for a budget of max £3,500? What is the best system I can possibly get for this price, I want the system to run tripple A games at max performance with best graphics possible.

I want a very big case like the obisidian 1000d to have lots of harddrives to upragde in the future.

Thanks.
First of all getting a large case to fit in huge number of HDDs is bad. Next I highly recommend external storage instead. Something like WD My Cloud EX4100 and use it to run RAID setup. I specifically recommend RAID 1. I know it is expensive but is safe.
 

danielm175

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Something like this:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i9-12900K 3.2 GHz 16-Core Processor (£531.96 @ Laptops Direct)
CPU Cooler: Corsair iCUE H150i ELITE CAPELLIX 75 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (£144.99 @ AWD-IT)
Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX Z690-E GAMING WIFI ATX LGA1700 Motherboard (£449.98 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Trident Z5 RGB 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR5-6400 CL32 Memory (£445.20 @ Newegg UK)
Storage: Samsung 970 Evo Plus 2 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (£183.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti 12 GB FTW3 ULTRA GAMING LE iCX3 Video Card (£1406.10 @ Box Limited)
Case: Corsair Obsidian 500D RGB SE ATX Mid Tower Case (£108.99 @ AWD-IT)
Power Supply: Corsair RMx (2021) 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply (£104.99 @ AWD-IT)
Total: £3376.20
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2022-05-21 13:53 BST+0100


I'm sure some posters will have alternatives, or different component choices, so wait for a few more options provided by the community.

Edit: Couldn't get the Obsidian 1000 in PCpartpicker, but I'm sure it's possible to get from other stores in the UK.

Hi,

Thank you for this. Yes I am only looking at the system build and a cheap OS to put on it.

I already have a monitor which is 2K, 144HZ, IPS pannel.

As I can see you went with the RTX 3080-TI, do you think this is a better option then comapired to the RTX 3090 or RTX 3090-TI ?

Thanks
 

danielm175

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First of all getting a large case to fit in huge number of HDDs is bad. Next I highly recommend external storage instead. Something like WD My Cloud EX4100 and use it to run RAID setup. I specifically recommend RAID 1. I know it is expensive but is safe.

Why is this a bad idea to get a huge case for? And what is wrong with internal storge as a second HDD for games and using like a M.2 SSD for main OS drive?

Thanks
 

danielm175

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First of all getting a large case to fit in huge number of HDDs is bad. Next I highly recommend external storage instead. Something like WD My Cloud EX4100 and use it to run RAID setup. I specifically recommend RAID 1. I know it is expensive but is safe.

So you use WD My Cloud EX4100 intead of internal storge to store games onto. This is a first for me, may I ask why do you do this instead of just having a second drive in your PC system?
 

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Why is this a bad idea to get a huge case for? And what is wrong with internal storge as a second HDD for games and using like a M.2 SSD for main OS drive?

Thanks
Because you can get 10-12-16-18TB drives quite easily.
No need to have a lot of smaller drives.

Or, offload a lot of that spinning HDD space to a NAS box.

My main PC is 6x drives, all SSD. 6TB, NVMe and SATA III.
My NAS is 12 drives, (almost) all HDD. ~80TB.
 

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Because you can get 10-12-16-18TB drives quite easily.
No need to have a lot of smaller drives.

Or, offload a lot of that spinning HDD space to a NAS box.

My main PC is 6x drives, all SSD. 6TB, NVMe and SATA III.
My NAS is 12 drives, (almost) all HDD. ~80TB.

One question then about the NAS drives, would this be a security risk for people to look at your information on the drives?

As this is new to me the NAS drives, do you have to connect this to your router? Meaning other people in your house hold can look at your drives without you knowing?

Thanks
 

USAFRet

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One question then about the NAS drives, would this be a security risk for people to look at your information on the drives?

As this is new to me the NAS drives, do you have to connect this to your router? Meaning other people in your house hold can look at your drives without you knowing?

Thanks
I have a QNAP TS-453A, plus 2 4 bay external enclosures.
The only systems and users that can access it are those that have actually been given login details.

Yes, it is connected to the router.
But no...it is not just "open".

Its a small server, with a full permission model.
If you don't have the right credentials, you can't get in.

And it will tell you how many times access has been tried.
 
Here is the list:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i9-12900K 3.2 GHz 16-Core Processor (£531.96 @ Laptops Direct)
CPU Cooler: ARCTIC Liquid Freezer II 360 56.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (£99.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: Asus TUF GAMING Z690-PLUS WIFI D4 ATX LGA1700 Motherboard (£228.99 @ Box Limited)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance RGB RT 64 GB (2 x 32 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory (£236.71 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Black SN850 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (£108.98 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Asus GeForce RTX 3090 Ti 24 GB TUF GAMING OC Video Card (£1969.99 @ Box Limited)
Case: Phanteks Enthoo 719 ATX Full Tower Case (£185.00 @ Currys PC World)
Power Supply: Corsair RMx (2021) 1000 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply (£139.99 @ AWD-IT)
Total: £3501.60
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2022-05-21 16:20 BST+0100


Very high quality. Best performance you can get currently.

But should you be going ahead with it. I doubt it. In 2 Days AMD gonna announce Ryzen 7000 series in its Keynote. It is rumored that RTX 4000 series gonna be announced in Mid July which is not that far away. With all this going on I don't think it is really a good time to drop that kind of Money on it. If possible hold it off. And add to it as much as possible. Because okay even if Scalpers purchase and sell the new stuff for $200 over budget go for it. And no I think this time NVIDIA as well as AMD is going to hit with High production numbers hard for Scalpers to control the Market.
Anyways. I highly recommend holding off for now.
 
So you use WD My Cloud EX4100 intead of internal storge to store games onto. This is a first for me, may I ask why do you do this instead of just having a second drive in your PC system?
Because NVMe storage has become affordable and you can get 2TB NVMe easily and I bet you are not gonna play more games than what the storage can handle at a time. And you can easily on and off load the games you plan to play from External storage onto Main storage whenever you want. Not a hard thing to do. Better reliability and Easy maintenance.
 

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Here is the list:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i9-12900K 3.2 GHz 16-Core Processor (£531.96 @ Laptops Direct)
CPU Cooler: ARCTIC Liquid Freezer II 360 56.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (£99.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: Asus TUF GAMING Z690-PLUS WIFI D4 ATX LGA1700 Motherboard (£228.99 @ Box Limited)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance RGB RT 64 GB (2 x 32 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory (£236.71 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Black SN850 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (£108.98 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Asus GeForce RTX 3090 Ti 24 GB TUF GAMING OC Video Card (£1969.99 @ Box Limited)
Case: Phanteks Enthoo 719 ATX Full Tower Case (£185.00 @ Currys PC World)
Power Supply: Corsair RMx (2021) 1000 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply (£139.99 @ AWD-IT)
Total: £3501.60
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2022-05-21 16:20 BST+0100


Very high quality. Best performance you can get currently.

But should you be going ahead with it. I doubt it. In 2 Days AMD gonna announce Ryzen 7000 series in its Keynote. It is rumored that RTX 4000 series gonna be announced in Mid July which is not that far away. With all this going on I don't think it is really a good time to drop that kind of Money on it. If possible hold it off. And add to it as much as possible. Because okay even if Scalpers purchase and sell the new stuff for $200 over budget go for it. And no I think this time NVIDIA as well as AMD is going to hit with High production numbers hard for Scalpers to control the Market.
Anyways. I highly recommend holding off for now.

Yes I have been hearing about this new RTX 4000 series cards coming out soon. But as the point you have given about production, some people are saying they will sell out like mad. Then people will buy the RTX 3000 series as they wont be able to get the RTX 4000 series then both the 3000 and 4000 series cards will be out of stock...

Do you think the new Ryzen 7000 series CPU is going to out perform the intel I9-12900K CPU then.
 
Yes I have been hearing about this new RTX 4000 series cards coming out soon. But as the point you have given about production, some people are saying they will sell out like mad. Then people will buy the RTX 3000 series as they wont be able to get the RTX 4000 series then both the 3000 and 4000 series cards will be out of stock...

Do you think the new Ryzen 7000 series CPU is going to out perform the intel I9-12900K CPU then.
3000 series demand has fallen off compared to production and supply even before the rumors started.

Ryzen 7000 will most definitely outperform i9-12900K. But by how big of a margin is yet to be see. Heard that 7000 series gonna be absolute insane performance jump over the 5000 series. But only time will tell.
 

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3000 series demand has fallen off compared to production and supply even before the rumors started.

Ryzen 7000 will most definitely outperform i9-12900K. But by how big of a margin is yet to be see. Heard that 7000 series gonna be absolute insane performance jump over the 5000 series. But only time will tell.

Is the Ryzen 7000 coming out in September 2022 then. Is it worth getting DDR-5 or DDR-4 RAM for a budget of £3,500 later this year or early next year? As DDR-5 Ram is very expensive comapired to DDR-4 RAM.
 

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Is the Ryzen 7000 coming out in September 2022 then. Is it worth getting DDR-5 or DDR-4 RAM for a budget of £3,500 later this year or early next year? As DDR-5 Ram is very expensive comapired to DDR-4 RAM.
Your parts selection window should be no more than 30-60 days before actual buying.

"early next year" is totally irrelevant right now.
 

Why_Me

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@danielm175 best to start these threads 7 - 10 days before you plan to purchase. FYI the 12900K is not a good buy for a gaming build. It's what we would call here in the states a 'hose job'. Same goes for the RTX 3090. This build down below gives you a rough idea of what you're looking at for a banger of a gaming build for your resolution (1440P).

https://www.box.co.uk/Lancool-II-mesh-performance-Lian-Li-Lancool-II-Mesh-Performance-Temp_2994935.html
Lian Li Lancool II Mesh Performance £94.99

https://www.box.co.uk/Seasonic-Focus-GX-850W-80-Plus-Gold-Full_2736977.html
Seasonic Focus GX 850W 80+ Gold Modular PSU £94.96

https://www.box.co.uk/MAG-Z690-TORPEDO-MSI-MAG-Z690-TORPEDO-Motherboard_4088737.html
MSI MAG Z690 TORPEDO £209.99 + UP TO £80 STEAM VOUCHER

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B09MDHZ2YQ
Intel Core i7 12700F £309.98

https://www.awd-it.co.uk/components/cooling-silencing/cpu-coolers/deepcool-ak620-high-performance-dual-tower-intel-amd-cpu-cooler.html
DeepCool AK620 CPU Cooler £49.99

https://www.technextday.co.uk/product/corsair-vengeance-32gb-2x16gb-ddr5-5600mhz-ram-memory-kit-black
Corsair Vengeance DDR5 5600MHz 32GB (2x16GB) CL36 £245.93

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07MLJD32L?tag=pcp0f-21&linkCode=ogi&th=1
Samsung 970 EVO Plus 2TB PCIe NVMe M.2 Internal SSD £183.99

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08PC5ZYB1
Samsung 870 EVO 2TB 2.5” SATA SSD £180.18

https://www.awd-it.co.uk/components/graphics-cards/nvidia/nvidia-geforce-rtx-3080-ti/gigabyte-nvidia-geforce-rtx-3080-ti-gaming-oc-12gb-gddr6x-pci-express-graphics-card.html
Gigabyte Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti OC 12GB Graphics Card £1,249.99

https://www.scan.co.uk/products/windows-11-home-edition-64-bit-english-international-usb
Windows 11 Home Edition 64-bit USB - English £110.99

Total: £2731.99 inc VAT

A better look at those components.

https://lian-li.com/product/lancool-ii-mesh/

https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/MAG-Z690-TORPEDO

https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/deepcool-ak620-review

https://www.guru3d.com/articles-pages/gigabyte-geforce-rtx-3080-ti-gaming-oc-review,1.html

https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/products/134592/intel-core-i712700f-processor-25m-cache-up-to-4-90-ghz.html
 
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Why_Me

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https://www.currys.co.uk/products/asus-tuf-vg27aq1a-quad-hd-27-ips-lcd-gaming-monitor-black-10220251.html
ASUS TUF Gaming VG27AQ1A Gaming Monitor – 27 inch QHD (2560 x 1440), IPS, 170Hz, 1ms MPRT, Extreme Low Motion Blur, G-SYNC Compatible £309.00

 
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