[SOLVED] Build advice for simracing PC

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Hi all!

While I work in the IT industry, I haven't actually built a PC in the last 10 years, so I need a bit of an advice. I have been doing some research, but would really appreciate your help.

I will mainly use the PC with my sim rig (racing sims with Assetto Corsa Competizione being the most demanding hardware-wise, I assume). Other than that, I will do normal desktop stuff (web browsing, etc) and maybe a bit of programming and video editing, but only as secondary purposes. On my sim rig, I have a 1080p 144Hz monitor (LG 27GL650F). I won't use (don't even have the space for) triple screens or VR. Obviously, I would ideally want to get over 144fps on most titles, or at least definitely over 60fps on the most demanding ones, always speaking at 1080p, of course. Will add another monitor for desktop use, probably an LG 24GN600.

I don't think it makes sense to post budget, because I'm in Argentina, where the prices and completely different (a lot more expensive, unfortunately) than in the US. But I will list the parts I'm thinking of, so you will get an idea.

Processor: I would most likely go with a Ryzen 7 5800x. The 5600x would probably be more than enough considering the rest of the build, but racing sims are some of the most CPU demanding games due to physics, number of cars on track, etc. Please let me know if I'm wrong.

CPU Cooler: Will probably go with an air cooler like Cooler Master 212 Hyper, rather than an AIO, unless you suggest otherwise.

Motherboard: B550 or X570 chipsets as I want an M.2 NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD. From what I've seen, X570 is not worth the price difference, do you agree? If so, which B550 motherboard brand/model would you recommend? Unless it comes with new BIOS, I probably need one with BIOS flashback feature, since I don't have any older Ryzen CPUs to flash it with.

Memory: Should I go with a 2x 8 GB or 2x 16 GB kit? Which brands do you recommend? Which memory speed, 3600MHz?

Storage: I would want at least 1 TB of quick storage, was thinking about the WD Black SN750 1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD. Maybe I could add a normal 2.5' SATA SSD as secondary storage.

GPU: My options here are a 3060 or a 3060 Ti. 3070 and better are above budget. Which one would you pick? Which brands/models do you recommend? I won't use it for mining, so LHR models are ok.

Case: I would want to go with a budget mid-tower with good airflow and decent build quality. What do you think of the Lian Li Lancool 205 Mesh, for example? Which others should I consider?

PSU: 650W? 750W? 80+ Gold? Which brands do you recommend? Seasonic?

Thank you for your help, any advice is really appreciated!
 
Look at a set of 2x8GB or 2x16GB 3200mhz or 3600mhz DDR4 CL16 RAM. The B660 boards just started showing up on US sites last night. Most all of those boards should be listed on sites such as Newegg within the next 7 - 10 days. Look at the B660 DDR4 boards.

This board in the link should retail for right around $150.

https://www.gigabyte.com/us/Motherboard/B660M-GAMING-X-DDR4-rev-10#kf

https://www.newegg.com/black-phanteks-eclipse-p400a-atx-mid-tower/p/N82E16811854085
Phanteks Eclipse P400A Mid Tower Computer Case $74.99

Exhaust fan for that case.

https://www.amazon.com/ARCTIC-ACFAN00119A-P12-Black-Pressure-Optimized/dp/B07GB5JRTZ/
ARCTIC P12 PWM 120mm 4-Pin Case Fan $7.00

550w for the RTX 3060

https://www.newegg.com/super-flower-leadex-iii-sf-550f14hg-550w/p/1HU-024C-00008
Super Flower Leadex III 550W 80+ Gold Modular Power Supply $54.99 Save: $50.00 (47%)

650w for the RTX 3060 Ti

https://www.newegg.com/seasonic-focus-plus-650-gold-ssr-650fx-650w/p/N82E16817151186
Seasonic FOCUS GX-650, 650W 80+ Gold Modular Power Supply $119.99 Save: $10.00 (7%)

https://www.newegg.com/intel-core-i5-12400f-core-i5-12th-gen/p/N82E16819118360
Intel Core i5-12400F $179.99

or ...

https://www.newegg.com/intel-core-i7-12700f-core-i7-12th-gen/p/N82E16819118359
Intel Core i7-12700F $329.99

https://www.amazon.com/Thermaltake-TOUGHAIR-Pressure-Performance-CL-P075-AL12BL/dp/B08XN6LLJG/
Thermaltake TOUGHAIR 510 180W TDP CPU Cooler $59.99

WD_BLACK 1TB SN750 SE NVMe Internal Gaming SSD $104.99

https://phanteks.com/Eclipse-P400A.html

https://www.thermaltakeusa.com/toughair-510-cpu-cooler.html

Reviews of those cpu's with benchmarks.

https://www.guru3d.com/articles-pages/core-i5-12400-processor-review,1.html

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydgN4W97Esk
 
Look at a set of 2x8GB or 2x16GB 3200mhz or 3600mhz DDR4 CL16 RAM. The B660 boards just started showing up on US sites last night. Most all of those boards should be listed on sites such as Newegg within the next 7 - 10 days. Look at the B660 DDR4 boards.

This board in the link should retail for right around $150.

https://www.gigabyte.com/us/Motherboard/B660M-GAMING-X-DDR4-rev-10#kf

https://www.newegg.com/black-phanteks-eclipse-p400a-atx-mid-tower/p/N82E16811854085
Phanteks Eclipse P400A Mid Tower Computer Case $74.99

Exhaust fan for that case.

https://www.amazon.com/ARCTIC-ACFAN00119A-P12-Black-Pressure-Optimized/dp/B07GB5JRTZ/
ARCTIC P12 PWM 120mm 4-Pin Case Fan $7.00

550w for the RTX 3060

https://www.newegg.com/super-flower-leadex-iii-sf-550f14hg-550w/p/1HU-024C-00008
Super Flower Leadex III 550W 80+ Gold Modular Power Supply $54.99 Save: $50.00 (47%)

650w for the RTX 3060 Ti

https://www.newegg.com/seasonic-focus-plus-650-gold-ssr-650fx-650w/p/N82E16817151186
Seasonic FOCUS GX-650, 650W 80+ Gold Modular Power Supply $119.99 Save: $10.00 (7%)

https://www.newegg.com/intel-core-i5-12400f-core-i5-12th-gen/p/N82E16819118360
Intel Core i5-12400F $179.99

or ...

https://www.newegg.com/intel-core-i7-12700f-core-i7-12th-gen/p/N82E16819118359
Intel Core i7-12700F $329.99

https://www.amazon.com/Thermaltake-TOUGHAIR-Pressure-Performance-CL-P075-AL12BL/dp/B08XN6LLJG/
Thermaltake TOUGHAIR 510 180W TDP CPU Cooler $59.99

WD_BLACK 1TB SN750 SE NVMe Internal Gaming SSD $104.99

https://phanteks.com/Eclipse-P400A.html

https://www.thermaltakeusa.com/toughair-510-cpu-cooler.html

Reviews of those cpu's with benchmarks.

https://www.guru3d.com/articles-pages/core-i5-12400-processor-review,1.html

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydgN4W97Esk
 
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* Edit .. I just noticed you are located in Argentina so forget about those prices in the links.
Don't worry, thanks for your input! 😀

I'm not sure about Intel 12th gen though. At least here in Argentina, even the i7 12700KF is almost 20% more expensive than the 5800x. The 12400F is indeed cheaper than a 5600x though. Motherboards are an issue, however. B660 will probably take a while to arrive here, and even the cheapest Z690 board is quite a bit more expensive than X570 boards.
 
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If I stay on the AMD side, this is what I'm currently leaning towards right now... https://ar.pcpartpicker.com/list/tR26nL

Prizes are from real Argentinian retailers. Total for that build would be 340.000 ARS (around 1700 USD). Yeah, I know it's a lot of money for that build, but import taxes, government-imposed exchange restrictions, etc... :confused_old: Ideally, would want to go about 10% lower. What would you sacrifice?

What do you think of the chosen parts? Any parts that you think are not good and I should change? Thanks!

Edit: https://ar.pcpartpicker.com/list/Q8XhDc
Since cooling was not enough for 5800x and I need to cut some costs rather than continue to add more, I think I will actually swap the 5800x for a 5600x, which I can get OEM without the stock cooler for around 20.000 ARS (100 USD) less. Simulators probably won't use the extra 2 cores at all, and the (small) clock and cache differences are probably not worth the extra 100 USD.
 
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