[SOLVED] Guidance on the first new build since 2015

sheehan469

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I've been holding out on upgrading for quite a while now as my current PC has been more than enough for most of my use cases since I built it back in 2015 or so. I've made a few (important) changes but otherwise the system has been the same. I held out upgrading last year because of the AM5 rumours - considering how well AMD chips were performing it seemed worth the wait. Now my system is chugging through a lot of tasks and games (cough BF 2042 cough Postscriptum cough cough). The largest driver for an upgrade is last winter I managed to get my hands on an Aorus RTX 3080 by some miracle for msrp at less than a grand (amazing, I know! bless newegg and refreshing their app every 5 minutes for 3 weeks). It's very severely bottlenecked and a change is due.

The current system is as follows:

Intel i7-4790k
Corsair h110i cpu cooler
Asus Z97 Pro wifi-AC
Aorus RTX 3080 XTREME 10GB
32 (8x4)GB Corsair Vengeance 1866Mhz
An array off HDDs and SSDs - WD Black 6Tb and Blue 1TB, Samsung 850 Evo 500 GB and 1TB
Corsair 850W Gold PSU
2x generic 1920x1080 60hz 27" monitors

Here's the PCPartpicker for what the system is (less the new GPU and HDD)

In lieu of the press events this week I'm thinking the upgrade has come due. I'm split between going for the newest Intel chips and waiting for the AM5 to release at some point 6+ months from now. I doubt I'll buy into DDR5 immediately (I imagine it won't be available enough to reliably and affordably get anyway), but the option would be nice just in case it is acceptable in the next couple years. I future proofed the last system as much as I could and honestly it worked out for me (aside from LGA1150 going out of style immediately, thus no upgrades to CPU/MOBO) so having the potential to upgrade down the road is preferable, but I don't know whether it will worth it for the price in the near future.

The only things moving forward to the new system will be the GPU, maybe the PSU if it's still good enough power wise, and the HDDs/SSDs (though I will be replacing the 500GB SSD with a higher storage M.2 I think - M.2 seems like the standard these days?). I'll be upgrading monitors to either 1440p or 4k, I haven't settled my choice there yet. Everything else sits on the crux of the chip. I've tried to dissect the Intel vs AMD arguments and it seems like both are excellent in nearly all cases. I'm open to whatever but I think an i7 level chip is where I want to stay in terms of quality and budget. I mostly game on this particular machine, but it needs to be up to scratch for professional photo editing, and I will be jumping into 4k video editing when I have the new rig. My current PC is too old to handle HEVC.265 right now... It will be run on Windows 10 or 11. It also has to work with the fact that I am an easily distracted multi-tasked who will always have 100+ chrome tabs open and who will never have a short processes list.

Does anyone have recommendations for a direction in which to go? I haven't done parts research in 6-7 years now and I'm definitely out of the loop -- any advice would be super helpful!! Thanks for reading!
 

Why_Me

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Pair this cpu up with a B660 DDR4 board. The B660 boards should be showing up any day now on sites such as Newegg, Bestbuy, Amazon, etc ... btw you want to use Windows 11 with this cpu.

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

https://www.newegg.com/corsair-32gb-288-pin-ddr4-sdram/p/N82E16820236596
CORSAIR Vengeance LPX DDR4 3600 32GB (2x16GB) CL18 $139.99

or if you prefer faster RAM (lower latency/better timings)

https://www.newegg.com/ballistix-32gb-288-pin-ddr4-sdram/p/N82E16820164174
Crucial Ballistix DDR4 3600MHz 32GB (2x16GB) CL16 $199.69

https://www.newegg.com/super-flower-leadex-iii-sf-850f14hg-850w/p/1HU-024C-00005
Super Flower Leadex III 850W 80+ Gold Modular Power Supply $149.99

B660 DDR4 board + i7 12700F > AMD Ryzen 7 5800x

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydgN4W97Esk
 
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Why_Me

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Pair this cpu up with a B660 DDR4 board. The B660 boards should be showing up any day now on sites such as Newegg, Bestbuy, Amazon, etc ... btw you want to use Windows 11 with this cpu.

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

https://www.newegg.com/corsair-32gb-288-pin-ddr4-sdram/p/N82E16820236596
CORSAIR Vengeance LPX DDR4 3600 32GB (2x16GB) CL18 $139.99

or if you prefer faster RAM (lower latency/better timings)

https://www.newegg.com/ballistix-32gb-288-pin-ddr4-sdram/p/N82E16820164174
Crucial Ballistix DDR4 3600MHz 32GB (2x16GB) CL16 $199.69

https://www.newegg.com/super-flower-leadex-iii-sf-850f14hg-850w/p/1HU-024C-00005
Super Flower Leadex III 850W 80+ Gold Modular Power Supply $149.99

B660 DDR4 board + i7 12700F > AMD Ryzen 7 5800x

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydgN4W97Esk
 
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Why_Me

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Case worth having a look at.

https://www.newegg.com/black-lian-li-lancool-ii-performance-atx-mid-tower/p/2AM-000Z-00086
LIAN LI LANCOOL II MESH C PERFORMANCE $109.99


Monitor worth having a look at.

https://www.amazon.com/ASUS-Gaming-VG27AQ-G-SYNC-Monitor/dp/B07WQ4FXY9/
ASUS TUF Gaming 27" 2K HDR Gaming Monitor (VG27AQ) - WQHD (2560 x 1440) IPS 165Hz 1ms G-SYNC Compatible $337.57

 
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Why_Me

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Here's a few of those B660 DDR4 boards to have a look at.

https://us.msi.com/Motherboard/MAG-B660-TOMAHAWK-WIFI-DDR4

https://www.gigabyte.com/Motherboard/B660-AORUS-MASTER-DDR4-rev-10#kf

 

sheehan469

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Thank you for all the recommendations! Sorry it's taken me a while to reply, I won the Corona lottery 😅

Honestly everything you linked looks great, and in doing a ton of trawling through everyone else asking similar questions it seems like not much has changed as far as tiers and lines go - just everything is much faster these days lol.

Definitely planning on the i7-12700, probably one of the K skus though. Never played too too much with overclocking in the current rig but I think I will for this next one. Maybe that facilitates different cooling, we'll see. GPU doesn't have a water block so a nice AIO and a lot of case fans are probably the option there.

Also thanks for the lead on that case - it put me down the rabbit hole of Lian Li builds and now I'm thinking (like the rest of the world, apparently) of using the O11. Or maybe one of the Corsair 4000/5000 cases.

Also I opened that monitor fully expecting to find it wasn't up to my standards on color accuracy but tbh I can't find any faults so thanks for that too!!
 

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