Question Help needed with $2,000 Intel build

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CPU: Intel Core i5-12600K 3.7 GHz 10-Core Processor ($309.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI PRO Z690-A WIFI DDR4 ATX LGA1700 Motherboard
Storage: Samsung 970 EVO Plus 2 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($229.90 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Meshify 2 Compact ATX Mid Tower Case ($137.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic FOCUS GX 1000 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $797.86
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-11-20 22:48 EST-0500


My friend wants to build a $2,000 USD gaming rig (excluding monitor), although I suspect that he may have some wiggle room to increase budget if really necessary. Budget excludes the monitor / keyboard / mouse / windows key, and parts will be purchased in the US.
What's needed: Build needs a GPU, CPU cooler, and a RAM kit; Which DDR4 RAM speed & CL is ideal for an Intel build?
 
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CPU: Intel Core i5-12600K 3.7 GHz 10-Core Processor ($309.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI PRO Z690-A WIFI DDR4 ATX LGA1700 Motherboard
Storage: Samsung 970 EVO Plus 2 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($229.90 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Meshify 2 Compact ATX Mid Tower Case ($137.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic FOCUS GX 1000 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $797.86
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-11-20 22:48 EST-0500


My friend wants to build a $2,000 USD gaming rig (excluding monitor), although I suspect that he may have some wiggle room to increase budget if really necessary. Budget excludes the monitor / keyboard / mouse / windows key, and parts will be purchased in the US.
What's needed: Build needs a GPU, CPU cooler, and a RAM kit; Which DDR4 RAM speed & CL is ideal for an Intel build?
DDR4 3200mhz CL16 works fine with Alder Lake. 360mm AIO and the gpu depends on his resolution.

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