[SOLVED] i7 12700K Build - Budget $1300 no gpu

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Could anyone give a quality part list for an i7 12700K build please? I currently have an i5 4690k and GTX 970. I want to upgrade the whole PC except the 970 graphics card, i'll continue using this card until i find a need for a new graphics card.
My budget would be around ~$1,300.

What I do: i play fortnite and some older games. I want to get high fps (144) on fortnite, but my i5 4690k is bottlenecking my 970, and i understand the 970 will bottleneck the i7, but will get better frames. I want to get into streaming and video making as well, hence going for an i7. Is an i7 12700k a good choice for a gaming/streaming build or would Ryzen be more efficient/cheaper? Resolution: 1080p

Should I be getting DDr5 RAM, and a liquid cooler for this i7? How big of a power supply should i be going for, considering i may upgrade to a better graphics card eventually, nvidia 3000 series. I was told that a quality power supply is very important for a build, what should I specifically be looking for in a quality psu other than wattage?

Any help would be greatly appreciated. I used Toms hardware to build my last PC, which was 7 years ago and it's still running, just getting slow. Thought I would come back for advice before making any purchases!

Thank you in advance!!
 
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Why_Me

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Could anyone give a quality part list for an i7 12700K build please? I currently have an i5 4690k and GTX 970. I want to upgrade the whole PC except the 970 graphics card, i'll continue using this card until i find a need for a new graphics card.
My budget would be around ~$1,300.

What I do: i play fortnite and some older games. I want to get high fps (144) on fortnite, but my i5 4690k is bottlenecking my 970, and i understand the 970 will bottleneck the i7, but will get better frames. I want to get into streaming and video making as well, hence going for an i7. Is an i7 12700k a good choice for a gaming/streaming build or would Ryzen be more efficient/cheaper?

Should I be getting DDr5 RAM, and a liquid cooler for this i7? How big of a power supply should i be going for, considering i may upgrade to a better graphics card eventually, nvidia 3000 series. I was told that a quality power supply is very important for a build, what should I specifically be looking for in a quality psu other than wattage?

Any help would be greatly appreciated. I used Toms hardware to build my last PC, which was 7 years ago and it's still running, just getting slow. Thought I would come back for advice before making any purchases!

Thank you in advance!!
PNY CS2130 1TB M.2 PCIe NVMe Gen3 x4 Internal SSD $102.99

This psu is manufactured for Phanteks by Seasonic.

https://www.amazon.com/Phanteks-80PLUS-Supply-Modular-Certified/dp/B07W8ZS9HF
Phanteks AMP Series 650W 80+ Gold Modular Power Supply $83.16

Here's a few cheaper options to have a look at while getting similar performance. This cpu uses less power and creates less heat than the 'K' version.

https://www.newegg.com/intel-core-i7-12700f-core-i7-12th-gen/p/N82E16819118359
Intel Core i7-12700F $315.98

https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/products/134592/intel-core-i712700f-processor-25m-cache-up-to-4-90-ghz.html

https://www.amazon.com/ASUS-TUF-H670-PRO-D4-Motherboard/dp/B09NWFPC34
ASUS TUF GAMING H670-PRO WIFI D4 $229.99

https://www.asus.com/Motherboards-Components/Motherboards/TUF-Gaming/TUF-GAMING-H670-PRO-WIFI-D4/

or ...

https://www.amazon.com/GIGABYTE-B660-AORUS-DDR4-Motherboard/dp/B09QNVD2SW/
GIGABYTE B660 AORUS Master DDR4 $209.99

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

or ...

https://www.amazon.com/MSI-Tomahawk-Gaming-Motherboard-Socket/dp/B09PXL3ZZB/
MSI MAG B660 Tomahawk WiFi DDR4 $189.99

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

https://www.amazon.com/quiet-Dark-Rock-BK022-Cooler/dp/B07BY6F8D9/
be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 250W TDP CPU Cooler $89.90

https://www.bequiet.com/en/contact/lga1700mounting
be quiet! LGA-1700 Mounting Kit $0.00

or ...

https://www.newegg.com/p/2YM-004H-00041
ARCTIC Liquid Freezer II 240 A-RGB AIO and Intel LGA1700 Upgrade Kit Bundle $151.99

https://www.newegg.com/corsair-32gb-288-pin-ddr4-sdram/p/N82E16820236758
CORSAIR Vengeance LPX DDR4 3600MHz 32GB (2x16GB) CL16 $164.99

Review of that cpu w/benchmarks.


View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydgN4W97Esk&t=708s


 
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Lafong

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As far as I know, a 12700k is OK on air cooling unless you want a heavy overclock or simple personal preference/hobbyist intentions in favor of liquid.

Better that you get a high quality 550 watt PSU than a random 800 watt unit.

DDR5 is still very high priced. Maybe you can squeeze it in at your 1300 budget? Probably 2 sticks of 8 gb each in a matched kit.

You might be able to save 100 if you are OK with a micro ATX board, but there aren't many around yet.

How many drives and what capacities do you need? SSDs near mandatory for all drives, but not a lot of variation among them in real world use.

No Windows license to be paid for from that 1300?

No monitor, keyboard, mouse?

Case preference is highly personal. Maybe you want a side window? Maybe you want a lot of bling? Maybe you don't much care what it looks like? Some cases will limit CPU cooler choice due to relatively narrow width.

Where will you buy the parts? What vendor?
 
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Hello Lafong! Thank you for the reply.

I am thinking of going for a liquid cooler this time around.
I have an 750w evga bronze b2. I'm thinking i could just reuse this one, but its 7 years old and probably should get a new one.
There isn't anything wrong with going with ddr4 instead of the ddr5 for future proofing it right? Thinking 16gb is enough for me.
I want to get a full-sized motherboard.
I want to get a 1tb SSD that goes into the motherboard, instead of plugging it in with a cable and laying it in the bay in the case. This is better right?
I bought windows 8.1 and upgraded it to windows 10 on my current build, i cant reuse the code from 8.1 and get 10 again on the new build right? It's only for one build at a time? I'm assuming i'll need a new code.
No monitors, keyboard or mice!
I'm going to be going to a micro center this weekend!
 

Lafong

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Hello Lafong! Thank you for the reply.

I am thinking of going for a liquid cooler this time around.
I have an 750w evga bronze b2. I'm thinking i could just reuse this one, but its 7 years old and probably should get a new one.
There isn't anything wrong with going with ddr4 instead of the ddr5 for future proofing it right? Thinking 16gb is enough for me.
I want to get a full-sized motherboard.
I want to get a 1tb SSD that goes into the motherboard, instead of plugging it in with a cable and laying it in the bay in the case. This is better right?
I bought windows 8.1 and upgraded it to windows 10 on my current build, i cant reuse the code from 8.1 and get 10 again on the new build right? It's only for one build at a time?
I'm going to be going to a micro center this weekend!
Link to your particular Microcenter store might help if all parts will come from there in a face to face transaction.

I'd guess nearly everyone here would say to get a new PSU, given the existing is 7 years old. Seasonic is usually a good choice, but you need to specify what model specifically.

I don't believe in so called vague "future proofing". If your budget was unlimited, yeah get DDR5, but the chances of you noticing the difference if you didn't know which was inside are very small. If you go with DDR4, will you have buyer's remorse 6 months from today?? I don't know, you might?

I can't help you on liquid cooling. Others can. Multiple choices available, but your chosen case will affect your cooling choice.

Yes, SSDs are trending toward cable-less variety. Usually M.2 2280 specification that connects directly to the board. Some boards can accept 1 of them; some 2, some 3. But performance differences outside of benchmarks are minimal. But, all the cool kids want the latest and greatest, so..............

I'd at least consider 2 hard drives. One for Windows and applications; the other for personal data and/or backup. But that's up to you.

You should certainly have a sound backup plan regardless. That may involve a second internal drive, an external drive, or both.

I don't think you'll have any Windows licensing issues, but I'm not an authority on the topic. Let others comment.

Microcenter this weekend? Might be too soon, pending how much info you can get in the next couple of days. Better to delay a week if need be to be sure you make the best choice.
 

Why_Me

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Could anyone give a quality part list for an i7 12700K build please? I currently have an i5 4690k and GTX 970. I want to upgrade the whole PC except the 970 graphics card, i'll continue using this card until i find a need for a new graphics card.
My budget would be around ~$1,300.

What I do: i play fortnite and some older games. I want to get high fps (144) on fortnite, but my i5 4690k is bottlenecking my 970, and i understand the 970 will bottleneck the i7, but will get better frames. I want to get into streaming and video making as well, hence going for an i7. Is an i7 12700k a good choice for a gaming/streaming build or would Ryzen be more efficient/cheaper?

Should I be getting DDr5 RAM, and a liquid cooler for this i7? How big of a power supply should i be going for, considering i may upgrade to a better graphics card eventually, nvidia 3000 series. I was told that a quality power supply is very important for a build, what should I specifically be looking for in a quality psu other than wattage?

Any help would be greatly appreciated. I used Toms hardware to build my last PC, which was 7 years ago and it's still running, just getting slow. Thought I would come back for advice before making any purchases!

Thank you in advance!!
PNY CS2130 1TB M.2 PCIe NVMe Gen3 x4 Internal SSD $102.99

This psu is manufactured for Phanteks by Seasonic.

https://www.amazon.com/Phanteks-80PLUS-Supply-Modular-Certified/dp/B07W8ZS9HF
Phanteks AMP Series 650W 80+ Gold Modular Power Supply $83.16

Here's a few cheaper options to have a look at while getting similar performance. This cpu uses less power and creates less heat than the 'K' version.

https://www.newegg.com/intel-core-i7-12700f-core-i7-12th-gen/p/N82E16819118359
Intel Core i7-12700F $315.98

https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/products/134592/intel-core-i712700f-processor-25m-cache-up-to-4-90-ghz.html

https://www.amazon.com/ASUS-TUF-H670-PRO-D4-Motherboard/dp/B09NWFPC34
ASUS TUF GAMING H670-PRO WIFI D4 $229.99

https://www.asus.com/Motherboards-Components/Motherboards/TUF-Gaming/TUF-GAMING-H670-PRO-WIFI-D4/

or ...

https://www.amazon.com/GIGABYTE-B660-AORUS-DDR4-Motherboard/dp/B09QNVD2SW/
GIGABYTE B660 AORUS Master DDR4 $209.99

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

or ...

https://www.amazon.com/MSI-Tomahawk-Gaming-Motherboard-Socket/dp/B09PXL3ZZB/
MSI MAG B660 Tomahawk WiFi DDR4 $189.99

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

https://www.amazon.com/quiet-Dark-Rock-BK022-Cooler/dp/B07BY6F8D9/
be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 250W TDP CPU Cooler $89.90

https://www.bequiet.com/en/contact/lga1700mounting
be quiet! LGA-1700 Mounting Kit $0.00

or ...

https://www.newegg.com/p/2YM-004H-00041
ARCTIC Liquid Freezer II 240 A-RGB AIO and Intel LGA1700 Upgrade Kit Bundle $151.99

https://www.newegg.com/corsair-32gb-288-pin-ddr4-sdram/p/N82E16820236758
CORSAIR Vengeance LPX DDR4 3600MHz 32GB (2x16GB) CL16 $164.99

Review of that cpu w/benchmarks.


View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydgN4W97Esk&t=708s


 
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Lafong

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Looking over Overland Park Microcenter stock:

Boot drive; available in various sizes; WD SN750, WD SN850, and Samsung 970 EVO Plus are all good choices; no need for the 850 unless your motherboard supports PCIe 4.0 and even then the difference from the 750 is minimal.

You might want to add a heatsink to it.

Power supplies; Seasonic Focus series is OK the last I heard. I see 650 and 750 watt models. Some EVGAs are OK, I don't know which.

Motherboard; I see 14 full ATX socket 1700 that would accept the 12700 CPU; but only 3 for DDR4; 2 from MSI, and 1 Asrock. I suppose that is because they are often out of stock and in high demand because they can't sell the DDR5 boards because of the high prices for DDR5 RAM:

https://www.microcenter.com/search/search_results.aspx?Ntk=all&sortby=pricelow&N=4294966996+4294807161+4294807251+4294818573+4294818900+4294818349+4294816440+4294814289+4294810661+4294813239+4294810662+4294810798&myStore=true

The DDR5 boards begin at 230 bucks. Most are 300 and up.

Does any of that change your mind about anything?

Microcenter Overland Park ONLY possible source?

They have 1 kit of 2 x 8 DDR5 RAM:

Corsair Dominator Platinum for 390.


DDR4 kits begin at 55.
 
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Why_Me

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This psu is manufactured for Phanteks by Seasonic.

https://www.amazon.com/Phanteks-80PLUS-Supply-Modular-Certified/dp/B07W8ZS9HF
Phanteks AMP Series 650W 80+ Gold Modular Power Supply $83.16

Here's a few cheaper options to have a look at while getting similar performance. This cpu uses less power and creates less heat than the 'K' version.

https://www.newegg.com/intel-core-i7-12700f-core-i7-12th-gen/p/N82E16819118359
Intel Core i7-12700F $315.98

https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/products/134592/intel-core-i712700f-processor-25m-cache-up-to-4-90-ghz.html

https://www.newegg.com/p/N82E16813119537
ASUS TUF GAMING H670-PRO WIFI D4 $229.99

https://www.asus.com/Motherboards-Components/Motherboards/TUF-Gaming/TUF-GAMING-H670-PRO-WIFI-D4/

or ...

https://www.amazon.com/GIGABYTE-B660-AORUS-DDR4-Motherboard/dp/B09QNVD2SW/
GIGABYTE B660 AORUS Master DDR4 $209.99

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

or ...

https://www.amazon.com/MSI-Tomahawk-Gaming-Motherboard-Socket/dp/B09PXL3ZZB/
MSI MAG B660 Tomahawk WiFi DDR4 $189.99

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

https://www.amazon.com/quiet-Dark-Rock-BK022-Cooler/dp/B07BY6F8D9/
be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 250W TDP CPU Cooler $89.90

https://www.bequiet.com/en/contact/lga1700mounting
be quiet! LGA-1700 Mounting Kit $0.00

or ...

https://www.newegg.com/p/2YM-004H-00041
ARCTIC Liquid Freezer II 240 A-RGB AIO and Intel LGA1700 Upgrade Kit Bundle $151.99

https://www.newegg.com/corsair-32gb-288-pin-ddr4-sdram/p/N82E16820236758
CORSAIR Vengeance LPX DDR4 3600MHz 32GB (2x16GB) CL16 $164.99

Review of that cpu w/benchmarks.


View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydgN4W97Esk&t=708s


https://www.antonline.com/Evga/Computers/Video_Cards/Graphic_Cards/1443678
EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti XC GAMING 8GB GDDR6 LHR Graphic Card + EVGA SuperNOVA 750W GA 80+ Gold Fully Modular Power Supply + EVGA X17 Wired Customizable Gaming Mouse + EVGA Z12 RGB USB 2.0 Gaming Keyboard $727.96

https://www.amazon.com/GIGABYTE-REV2-0-WINDFORCE-GV-N306TGAMING-OC-8GD/dp/B09BKBJ14W/
GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Gaming OC 8GB (REV2.0) Graphics Card $845.00

https://www.amazon.com/MSI-Optix-MAG274R2-Adjustable-Compatible/dp/B093WMSLQQ/
MSI Optix MAG274R2 Full HD Gaming Non-Glare Super Narrow Bezel 1ms 1920 x 1080 165Hz FreeSync G-Sync Compatible 27” IPS Gaming Monitor $265.99

https://www.msi.com/Monitor/Optix-MAG274R2
 
There you go...

PCPartPicker Part List

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
CPU | Intel Core i7-12700K 3.6 GHz 12-Core Processor | $374.99 @ B&H
CPU Cooler | Deepcool ASSASSIN III 90.37 CFM CPU Cooler | $79.98 @ Amazon
Motherboard | Asus PRIME Z690-P WIFI D4 ATX LGA1700 Motherboard | $219.99 @ Newegg
Memory | Corsair Vengeance LPX 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16 Memory | $164.99 @ Newegg
Storage | Samsung 970 Evo Plus 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive | $109.00 @ Amazon
Case | Corsair 4000D Airflow ATX Mid Tower Case | $94.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply | Corsair RMx (2021) 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply | $79.99 @ Newegg
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total (before mail-in rebates) | $1143.93
| Mail-in rebates | -$20.00
| Total | $1123.93
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2022-02-16 22:29 EST-0500 |

All good quality parts used.
 

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