Question i7-13700k high resolution VR Gaming Desktop Build


Jun 24, 2014
I'm considering buying a gaming desktop for 4K gaming, VR gaming on the HP Reverb G2, possibly working in the Unity game engine, and some other software development. I'm hoping to make this Desktop last 6 or 7 years, possibly with a GPU upgrade and RAM capacity upgrade halfway through that time.

Things I have narrowed down:
CPU: Intel 13600k or 13700k
RAM: 32GB (Should I go with DDR4 or DDR5?)
SSD: 2TB PCIe 4.0 SSD (I thought I should go with PCIe 4.0 to take advantage of DirectStorage that might be coming to games in the near future, or should I just choose a PCIe 3.0 SSD instead?)
GPU: From what I understand of VR gaming, I will need at least an RTX 3080 for the games I want to play.

Case: I like these two cases because they have been rated highly in this video from Gamers Nexus(
Fractal Design Torrent Compact( &
Lian Li Lancool III(

I'd like an optical drive too, though it doesn't need to be anything fancy.

I'm looking forward to your advice and build suggestions. Thanks!

I'm also using the sticky thread template for asking for build advice from Dark Lord of Tech below.

Approximate Purchase Date: Sometime between now and April, 2023.

Budget Range: $2000-$2500 USD

System Usage from Most to Least Important: HP Reverb G2 VR gaming, software development, 4K gaming, working in the Unity game engine.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes / No
Yes, I need two monitors actually.

Parts to Upgrade: I don't currently own any parts for the actual Desktop.

Do you need to buy OS:
Yes. I want Windows 11 Home.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon

United States

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU. I'm leaning toward an Nvidia GPU but I am open to AMD.

Overclocking: Maybe, it depends on the performance benefits.

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: I need two 4K monitors. 60hz refresh rate should be fine.

Additional Comments:
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Approximate Purchase Date: Sometime between now and April, 2023.

+1 for the Lian Li Lancool III

With your budget I'd be looking at 1440P IPS high refresh rate monitors.

Intel will release the less expensive locked cpu's along with the B760 boards this coming January 3rd. Keep your eyes peeled on this site and others for the reviews of the i7 13700 / 13700F and the i5 13400 / 13400F. By then DDR5 will have fallen even more in price.
PNY CS2140 2TB M.2 PCIe Gen 4 x4 NVMe Internal SSD $134.99