Build Advice Critique on my low budget gaming build ?

Sep 5, 2023
I am looking to build a gaming computer. My laptop just can't handle it anymore lol. I am not a hardcore gamer but I want the games I run to run well. I usually play RPG with open world type interactions and high graphics. I am trying to stay as low budget as I can so my spouse doesn't have a cow. Specifically I am wondering about my graphics card 8GB vs 12GB what role that would play for me I do want to stay with NVIDIA (I think) I have heard better reviews. Also the power supply I have 850 W but would an 750 W work? any other advice is appreciated too.

Case: SAMA Sama-M2-BK Black USB3.0 Steel ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case w/4 x 120mm Autoflow Rainbow LED Fans (Pre-Installed)
Processor: Intel Core i5-13400F Desktop Processor 10 cores (6 P-cores + 4 E-cores) 20MB Cache, up to 4.6 GHz - Box
Motherboard: ASRock B760M-HDV/M.2 LGA 1700 DDR4 Micro ATX Motherboard
Graphics card: ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 4070 Twin Edge OC Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse Inspired Graphics Card Bundle, ZT-D40700H-10SMP
Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Desktop Memory Model F4-3200C16D-32GVK
Storage: SAMSUNG 970 EVO PLUS M.2 2280 1TB PCIe Gen 3.0 x4, NVMe 1.3 V-NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-V7S1T0B/AM
Power Supply: SAMA 850W Power Supply 80 Plus Gold Full Voltage Full Modular FDB Silent Fan ECO Mode 12V PSU ATX Power Supply for ALL Graphics Cards Black
Monitor: Acer 27" 100 Hz IPS FHD gaming monitor 1ms FreeSync (AMD Adaptive Sync), 1920 x 1080, 99% sRGB, VGA, HDMIx2, QG271 Ebii


It would help to know where you are coming from as this is more of a high end system than budget.

RTX 4070 for 1080p will certainly last a while.

Not a PSU brand I am familiar with. With 40 series cards, I tend to lean towards power supplies with the native 12-pin power cable. Corsair RM750e is usually the best priced one and of decent quality.

Monitor is a poor choice I think. You want something with Display Port so you can use G-Sync Compatible mode with an Nvidia card. Otherwise you should stick to an AMD card.

Building today, I would probably go for DDR5. A little more upfront cost, but should be worth it in the long run.

Always recommend an aftermarket CPU cooler, even for locked chips. They are typically quieter and let the CPU boost longer under a load.

I would start with something like this:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i5-12600K 3.7 GHz 10-Core Processor ($192.00 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Thermalright Assassin X Refined SE ARGB V2 66.17 CFM CPU Cooler ($18.59 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI PRO Z690-A WIFI ATX LGA1700 Motherboard ($154.00 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws S5 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR5-6000 CL36 Memory ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 970 Evo Plus 2 TB M.2-2280 PCIe 3.0 X4 NVME Solid State Drive ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Zotac Twin Edge OC GeForce RTX 4070 12 GB Video Card ($599.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Lian Li Lancool II Mesh C RGB ATX Mid Tower Case ($106.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair RM750e (2023) 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VG279Q1A 27.0" 1920 x 1080 165 Hz Monitor ($184.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1531.53
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2023-09-05 14:33 EDT-0400


Jun 8, 2022
Are you planning to buy a CPU cooler? I'm not very familiar with Intel's newer stock coolers, but most stock coolers can get a bit noisy under load. If it were me, I'd look for a cheap tower cooler (off the top of my head - Deepcool AK400, Vetroo V5, and Thermalright Assassin.)

750W would be plenty for that build.

Other than that, I think the build looks great!
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the case, mobo, power supply, monitor choices are not great.

The RX 7800 XT is launching for 500 USD in a few days. I would read the reviews and decide between the 4070 and the 7800XT

Some good cheap alternatives:

PCPartPicker Part List

Motherboard: MSI MAG B760 TOMAHAWK WIFI DDR4 ATX LGA1700 Motherboard ($169.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Montech AIR 903 MAX ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Thermaltake Toughpower GF3 TT Premium 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Gigabyte G27F 2 27.0" 1920 x 1080 170 Hz Monitor ($169.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $504.95
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2023-09-06 04:16 EDT-0400