Question i7-12700 or i5 12600k with a B660 Motherboard?

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Goal - My current spec built-in 2013 i5-3330 CPU planning to upgrade to the latest series Intel 12th gen but have a few considerations mentioned below. So need help on what will be the best option for me.

What work I do -
I do play games mostly Valorant, GTA V & planning to play AAA titles on 1080p with average FPS.
I do office work that involves heavy multitasking.
Heavy Multimedia consumption & very little video editing.

My Take - I Earlier planned for i5-12400 but it made sense to get better items to future proof it for the next 4/ 5 years, so already extended my budget and can go ahead with i5-12600k/f or i7-12700/f but this will limit me to getting a Z690 Mobo which cost 100$ more in India.

Below are the specifications I am going ahead with do check and suggest something as per the considerations.

Current PCPlanned PC
CPU i5-3330CPUi5-12600k/f or i7-12700/f
GPU Asus 1060 3GBGPUAsus 1060 3GB (will upgrade to RTX 3070 or equivalent in next year)
MotherboardGigabyte B75m-d3hMotherboard MSI PRO B660M-A or MSI MAG B660M MORTAR DDR4
Ram8 GB (1333 MHz)Ram16Gb = 8 GBx2 (3200MHz)
PSUCorsair VS650PSUCorsair VS650 (will upgrade with GPU)
SSDCrucial BX500SSDCrucial BX500 and add WD SN570 250GB
Air CoolerDEEPCOOL GAMMAXX 400 PRO dual fan

Considerations -
Not planning to overclock, but just to improve the performance can play with the power limits to get the most out of the CPU. Confused with the K version or non-K version as it involves overclocking & I heard buying a K version with B660 is useless.
So does 12600k underperform on the B660 board compared to the Z690 if not overclocking if yes the 12700/f will be better?
Can I play with PL limits on 12700 and get better performance than locked 65W with an Air cooler to handle throttling with increased power?
Open to all suggestions with future-proofing with RTX 3070~ & B660 MOBO!!!
 
The K-series should allow a higher power level to be maintained over a non-K processor, especially on a Non-Z mainboard....

A comparison I found on YT showed the 2 CPUs (12600K vs. 12700) to be humming along at near identical average FPS, with the occasional lead taken by the 12600K....(likely to higher clock speeds on average due to higher stock TDP of 12600K), or by the 12700, perhaps when the extra cores/threads helped more in some games

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


I'd personally go 12600K and Z690 if at all possible, but, it will cost you a tad more for a decent cooler if planning on tinkering in higher average TDP-levels/clock speeds...

(With a 3060, even at 1080P, there'd likely be no discernable differences in either rig)

Good luck with your build.

I would try to find a decent 650 watt PSU, as mentioned earlier (better to have 150-200 watts to spare than run a 450W unit at 430 W load peaks, hoping it does not 'let go'); be sure to NOT mix up or attempt to re-use any modular cables between old PSU and new one
 
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kaustubbhh

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The K-series should allow a higher power level to be maintained over a non-K processor, especially on a Non-Z mainboard....

A comparison I found on YT showed the 2 CPUs (12600K vs. 12700) to be humming along at near identical average FPS, with the occasional lead taken by the 12600K....(likely to higher clock speeds on average due to higher stock TDP of 12600K), or by the 12700, perhaps when the extra cores/threads helped more in some games

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


I'd personally go 12600K and Z690 if at all possible, but, it will cost you a tad more for a decent cooler if planning on tinkering in higher average TDP-levels/clock speeds...

(With a 3060, even at 1080P, there'd likely be no discernable differences in either rig)

Good luck with your build.

I would try to find a decent 650 watt PSU, as mentioned earlier (better to have 150-200 watts to spare than run a 450W unit at 430 W load peaks, hoping it does not 'let go'); be sure to NOT mix up or attempt to re-use any modular cables between old PSU and new one
Which CPU from both will perform better on a B660 Mobo?
No budget for a Z690, it costs 265$ for an entry-level Z690 in India
 

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