[SOLVED] Can this budget build be any better?

Mojofingers1

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Greetings folks,
I am using the Toms 1k budget PC guide to build a gaming CPU until I can afford the 4080ti series cards and the proper parts to go with it in a couple of years

Are there any current improvements or cheaper options currently? Due to a string of bad luck, I'm kinda strapped for cash.

Current PC
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-6700K CPU @ 4.00GHz, 4001 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 8 Logical Processor(s)
BaseBoard Manufacturer: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.
BaseBoard Product : Z170-HD3 DDR3-CF
16igigs ram
1070 8gig card
1tb SSD HD

Approximate Purchase Date: next monthish
Budget Range: $1,200 - $1,300 CND
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming
Are you buying a monitor: No, the current monitor is 1440p
Parts to Upgrade: Everything but PS. I have a 750 EVGA gold fully modular PS, new
Do you need to buy OS:
no
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.ca Canadacomputers.com bestbuy.ca amazon.ca
Location:
CambridgeOntario Canada
Parts Preferences: None
Overclocking:
Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: No
Your Monitor Resolution: 2560 x 1440
Additional Comments:
only looking to keep it 1.5 to 2 years ,


What I have picked out from Toms's Budget guide.
GPU - Bestbuy.ca $520
EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 XC 12GB DDDR6 Video Card
Motherboard - Newegg.ca $135
GIGABYTE H610M S2H DDR4 H610 Intel LGA 1700 Micro ATX Motherboard with DDR4, Single M.2
Ram -canadacomputers.ca $75
TEAM T-FORCE ZEUS 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz CL22
CPU - Newegg.ca $230
Intel Core i5-12400F - Core i5 12th Gen Alder Lake 6-Core 2.5 GHz LGA 1700 65W
Storage - newegg.ca $168
SAMSUNG 970 EVO PLUS M.2 2280 1TB PCIe Gen 3.0 x4, NVMe 1.3 V-NAND 3-bit MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-V7S1T0B/AM
Case- newegg.ca $115
NZXT H510 - Compact ATX Mid-Tower PC Gaming Case - Front I/O USB Type-C Port - Tempered Glass Side Panel - Cable Management System
Power Supply - Have new. EVGA Supernova 750g3 Gold
https://www.newegg.com/evga-supernova-750-g3-220-g3-0750-x1-750w/p/N82E16817438093
Total $1,234.00 CND
Thank you for all of your advice and time in advance.

Kind Regards
Mojofingers
 

Nighthawk117

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Just in case your not aware, there are new CPU's from Intel (October) and AMD (announced 29th of August) releasing over the next couple of months. If you were to wait you might get something more powerful or the older stuff cheaper.

In terms of the build, it's a pretty nice little machine. If it were me I'd prefer a better board, something like:
https://www.newegg.ca/p/N82E16813144522?Description=B660M&cm_re=B660M-_-13-144-522-_-Product
or
https://www.newegg.ca/p/N82E16813145385?Description=B660M&cm_re=B660M-_-13-145-385-_-Product

You could swap the 970 Evo for a Samsung 980 instead and spend a little bit more on the board:
https://www.newegg.ca/samsung-1tb-980/p/N82E16820147804?Description=1tb nvme&cm_re=1tb_nvme-_-20-147-804-_-Product

The case you have there is fine, but it's not very good for AIO liquid coolers as you can only mount them in the front. If you think you might want an AIO with a more powerful CPU at a later date then I would look at something else. Other than that I quite like the look of the H510.

I do note though you say you only want this machine for 1.5 to 2 years so it might not be worth the above. May I ask what games you play and at what refresh rate, just curious why you want the 4080 Ti?
 

Nighthawk117

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Just in case your not aware, there are new CPU's from Intel (October) and AMD (announced 29th of August) releasing over the next couple of months. If you were to wait you might get something more powerful or the older stuff cheaper.

In terms of the build, it's a pretty nice little machine. If it were me I'd prefer a better board, something like:
https://www.newegg.ca/p/N82E16813144522?Description=B660M&cm_re=B660M-_-13-144-522-_-Product
or
https://www.newegg.ca/p/N82E16813145385?Description=B660M&cm_re=B660M-_-13-145-385-_-Product

You could swap the 970 Evo for a Samsung 980 instead and spend a little bit more on the board:
https://www.newegg.ca/samsung-1tb-980/p/N82E16820147804?Description=1tb nvme&cm_re=1tb_nvme-_-20-147-804-_-Product

The case you have there is fine, but it's not very good for AIO liquid coolers as you can only mount them in the front. If you think you might want an AIO with a more powerful CPU at a later date then I would look at something else. Other than that I quite like the look of the H510.

I do note though you say you only want this machine for 1.5 to 2 years so it might not be worth the above. May I ask what games you play and at what refresh rate, just curious why you want the 4080 Ti?
 

Mojofingers1

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Just in case your not aware, there are new CPU's from Intel (October) and AMD (announced 29th of August) releasing over the next couple of months. If you were to wait you might get something more powerful or the older stuff cheaper.

In terms of the build, it's a pretty nice little machine. If it were me I'd prefer a better board, something like:
https://www.newegg.ca/p/N82E16813144522?Description=B660M&cm_re=B660M-_-13-144-522-_-Product
or
https://www.newegg.ca/p/N82E16813145385?Description=B660M&cm_re=B660M-_-13-145-385-_-Product

You could swap the 970 Evo for a Samsung 980 instead and spend a little bit more on the board:
https://www.newegg.ca/samsung-1tb-980/p/N82E16820147804?Description=1tb nvme&cm_re=1tb_nvme--20-147-804--Product

The case you have there is fine, but it's not very good for AIO liquid coolers as you can only mount them in the front. If you think you might want an AIO with a more powerful CPU at a later date then I would look at something else. Other than that I quite like the look of the H510.

I do note though you say you only want this machine for 1.5 to 2 years so it might not be worth the above. May I ask what games you play and at what refresh rate, just curious why you want the 4080 Ti?
I play games like rdr2 and gta 5 and woukd like to play these type of games on max when rdr3 and gta6 come out. I may wait 3 years to upgrade. Depending on funds. Rear ended at 100km and a contractor take me for a large chunk of cash and running away I'm kinda broke the next few years and won't be able to build the PC of my dreams for a few .
 

Nighthawk117

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I play games like rdr2 and gta 5 and woukd like to play these type of games on max when rdr3 and gta6 come out. I may wait 3 years to upgrade. Depending on funds. Rear ended at 100km and a contractor take me for a large chunk of cash and running away I'm kinda broke the next few years and won't be able to build the PC of my dreams for a few .
I don't know when those games will come out but I would expect you to be able to get good results with the system above, just not with everything set to max. It's still a very good system that should easily last you a few years.

My only caveat is as before, newer stuff coming, the CPU's aren't far away. The GPU's look like they are coming this year but I don't know for certain on the timetable and what availability will be like. Your current 6700K system isn't bad, if you wait you may find you can get a better system for similar money.
 
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Mojofingers1

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I don't know when those games will come out but I would expect you to be able to get good results with the system above, just not with everything set to max. It's still a very good system that should easily last you a few years.

My only caveat is as before, newer stuff coming, the CPU's aren't far away. The GPU's look like they are coming this year but I don't know for certain on the timetable and what availability will be like. Your current 6700K system isn't bad, if you wait you may find you can get a better system for similar money.
Thank you, this answers me perfectly.
I may wait the couple months and see what happens. Only issue with the new GPU is they won't be releasing the budget ones until early 2023. But the new CPUs would be worth the month or 2 wait for new tech or a price drop.

I appreciate your time in helping make this informed decision. . Thank you.
 

Nighthawk117

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Thank you, this answers me perfectly.
I may wait the couple months and see what happens. Only issue with the new GPU is they won't be releasing the budget ones until early 2023. But the new CPUs would be worth the month or 2 wait for new tech or a price drop.

I appreciate your time in helping make this informed decision. . Thank you.
Yes I was just thinking that, you may have to wait a while for the 4060 and then people might scalp them and what have you. Last time Intel's CPU's launched in October, the high end K chips and boards were available but the mid level and lower end parts were not available until early the following year, I think it was January.

I'm guessing you probably don't want to wait 6 months, what I would say though, we are nearly at the end of August, on the 29th AMD announce their new CPU's. You should then get an idea of when the whole line will become available to buy and at what sort of price. From that perhaps make an educated guess on whether it's worth waiting any longer.

Your welcome.
 
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