Build Advice Do you approve of this Intel Comet Lake i9 + 3070 Gaming PC Build?

Diflexster12

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Hello all,

I’m planning on building a new PC from scratch after 5 years. I had referred to this forum when planning my first build and you all were so generous with your knowledge/advice that I’m hoping for the same 2nd time around! For those that are curious this is my current build. I was on a budget at the time, and it ran me $1500 CAD in late 2016 including OS and peripherals. This time I’m not necessarily on a budget (but trying not to go crazy) and I’ve been trying to do thorough research to prevent any issues.

I’m located in Ontario, Canada and my budget is around $3000-3500 CAD. I do some gaming (1080p only) and video editing (4K 60fps). My goal is to have a fan-only build (not interested in liquid cooling and the maintenance associated with it, personal preference). My main concern is reliability and compatibility of the parts I’ve chosen. I don't care about RGB or aesthetics. I would like this build to last me at least 4 years. I know today's market is absolutely insane right now and with that in mind, if y’all think now is a bad time I can hold off no prob. My plan was to start buying parts on Black Friday/Christmas with the GPU last and the planned build date would be late spring/early summer 2022. I've just chosen the ROG STRIX 3070 as a placeholder. I'm not sure what card I'll actually land with but I'm definitely shooting for a 3070.


This is what I've planned so far:

CASE: Lian Li LANCOOL II Mesh ATX Mid Tower Case - I like the features and the main seller is good airflow + friends are very happy with it. One thing though, I may replace the stock fans at the front to ensure proper cooling, and I read that the case fan controller is essentially useless when you do that, so now I'm not sure what to do in that situation? Can you remove it and replace with different controller? (I'm completely new to replacing fans)

MOTHERBOARD: MSI Z490-A PRO ATX LGA1200 Motherboard - Good reviews people seem to be happy with it. I read it has 6 fan headers which is good because I plan on adding fans to the top/rear of my case. Do you approve of this part?

PROCESSOR: Intel Core i9-10900 2.8 GHz 10-Core Processor - Chose this processor because I'm not interested in overclocking and the complexity that comes with it & I feel like this will tackle current and future games no problem? I read that the new intel chips run hot so I want to make sure to cool it properly.

CPU COOLER: Scythe FUMA 2 51.17 CFM CPU Cooler - I had originally gone with the Be Quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 but I'm worried I'll have clearance issues with my RAM...PCPartPicker doesn't have a retailer to purchase the FUMA 2 from so I might have to change it. I don't care about noise I just want my CPU to be properly cooled. Are there any coolers you'd recommend that can accommodate RAM without clearance issues?

MEMORY: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory - I used G.Skill RAM on my first build and it had no issues so I figured I'd stick with the brand that has been solid to me. Only thing I'm concerned with is clearance issues with CPU cooler.

GRAPHICS: Asus GeForce RTX 3070 8 GB ROG STRIX GAMING OC Video Card - As stated above I'm not sure if I'll actually land this particular 3070, but I'm definitely aiming for a 3070 as the GPU. Is there a specific one you'd recommend?

STORAGE: Samsung 970 Evo Plus 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive - I chose 1TB NVME as it should be more than enough for my OS and games (I have a 500gb Samsung Evo 860 2.5" SSD that I'll be adding from my old PC)

POWER SUPPLY: EVGA SuperNOVA GA 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply - PCPartPicker shows estimated wattage @ 404W so I figured I'll use 750W 80+ Gold just to be safe. With that in mind is it worth/should I get platinum rated PSU'S? EVGA still a solid brand?

O/S: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit

I just want to reiterate that I definitely want to add fans to the case and (based on your advice) replace the stock fans on the case with better ones if needed. With that in mind I've never actually replaced fans before so I was wondering if you can provide some solid choices that would be compatible and effective with my build? This will be my first time building a PC solo :oops:


Some extra info:

Approximate Purchase Date: I plan to start buying parts on Black Friday and the rest possibly March-April but that could change to May-June depending on supply and costs (I know it’s crazy right now)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I’m ok with all websites, however I’ve never used Vuugo (not sure about them)

Location: Toronto, ON, Canada

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I’ve had my current build for almost 5 years and I think it’s starting to catch up to me. I’m saying this mainly because my PC does not meet the minimum requirements for Battlefield 2042. So far I’ve been able to play all my games at medium-high at 60fps no problems (Warzone, Battlefront II, Sea of Thieves). I'm going to play 2042 next week on low settings and see how it is!

THANK YOU ALL FOR READING AND HELPING ME. APPRECIATE YOU ALL :love:
 
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Hear about GA psu from EVGA can have issues with higher power draw from certain gpu's, would just get one of these,
the Bitfenix is a good psu too, but an older one, wonder how they stil have a supply of that,
https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/product/wmJkcf/bitfenix-whisper-m-750w-80-gold-certified-fully-modular-atx-power-supply-bp-wg750umag-7fm

See no price for the Fuma, but this one should do fine as well with that cpu,
https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/product/TyBhP6/be-quiet-pure-rock-2-black-cpu-cooler-bk007
not that expensive in Canada which is nice too.
 
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I would advice against buying that MSI mobo, not because of performance issues, I had it , it worked perfectly with my 10600K , but because the lack of bios flashback plus option. Take a look at this thread


MSI are rolling bios that can brick your mobo . You would get it back yourself if they had the bios flashback plus option.
 
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And there's always this option ..

https://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=4_65_3860&item_id=201281
Intel Core i7-12700KF $499.99

Pair it up with a Z690 DDR4 board in the $250 range along with a be quiet dark rock pro 4 and Windows 11.

https://www.canadacomputers.com/index.php?cPath=26&sf=:3_9&mfr=&pr=



View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B14h25fKMpY
 
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And there's always this option ..

https://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=4_65_3860&item_id=201281
Intel Core i7-12700KF $499.99

Pair it up with a Z690 DDR4 board in the $250 range along with a be quiet dark rock pro 4 and Windows 11.

https://www.canadacomputers.com/index.php?cPath=26&sf=:3_9&mfr=&pr=



View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B14h25fKMpY

Thanks for the info! It makes sense to get a 12th gen chip and board so I'm ready for Windows 11. I made some tweaks in the build, how does it look now?

https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/user/Diflexster12/saved/NBTXkL

CASE: Lian Li LANCOOL II Mesh ATX Mid Tower Case

MOTHERBOARD: Gigabyte Z690 UD AX DDR4 ATX LGA1700 Motherboard - Gigabyte a solid brand for motherboards? Or should I stick with this MSI one? The reply from @7medd has me concerned about MSI boards...

PROCESSOR: Intel Core i7-12700KF 3.6 GHz 12-Core Processor

CPU COOLER: be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 50.5 CFM CPU Cooler - happy as long as the RAM will fit :)

MEMORY: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory

GRAPHICS: EVGA GeForce RTX 3070 8 GB FTW3 ULTRA GAMING Video Card - Friend recommended EVGA FTW graphics cards

STORAGE: Samsung 970 Evo Plus 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive

POWER SUPPLY: Corsair RMx (2021) 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply - My friends have Corsair PSU in their builds so I picked one that was highly rated (stuck with 80+ gold cert). I was also told Seasonic has solid PSU's with long warranties as well. What would you pick between the two?

O/S: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit
 
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Thanks for the info! It makes sense to get a 12th gen chip and board so I'm ready for Windows 11. I made some tweaks in the build, how does it look now?

https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/user/Diflexster12/saved/NBTXkL

CASE: Lian Li LANCOOL II Mesh ATX Mid Tower Case

MOTHERBOARD: Gigabyte Z690 UD AX DDR4 ATX LGA1700 Motherboard - Gigabyte a solid brand for motherboards? Or should I stick with this MSI one? The reply from @7medd has me concerned about MSI boards...

PROCESSOR: Intel Core i7-12700KF 3.6 GHz 12-Core Processor

CPU COOLER: be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 50.5 CFM CPU Cooler - happy as long as the RAM will fit :)

MEMORY: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory

GRAPHICS: EVGA GeForce RTX 3070 8 GB FTW3 ULTRA GAMING Video Card - Friend recommended EVGA FTW graphics cards

STORAGE: Samsung 970 Evo Plus 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive

POWER SUPPLY: Corsair RMx (2021) 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply - My friends have Corsair PSU in their builds so I picked one that was highly rated (stuck with 80+ gold cert). I was also told Seasonic has solid PSU's with long warranties as well. What would you pick between the two?

O/S: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit
Seasonic makes the upper end psu's for Corsair including the RMx line so you can't go wrong with either one. Get whichever is cheapest between the two. Also you can get by with a 750w psu if you so choose. As far as MSI vs Gigabyte ... tough choice tbh.
 
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Me myself would go for the RMx.

Think that MSI will do fine since i think you said you won't be overclocking anyway and it has that bios flashback feature that that was mentioned above which i'm not too worried about, but is a handy thing anyway.

Might with the Dark Rock Pro 4 cooler that the front fan might have to be raised to get the ram underneath since it has a clearance of 40mm where the ram is 42mm tall.
 

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