Question Intel build spec i5-11600k PC for gaming / productivity

I would go with current generation for better specs. and performance, along with some better parts...

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU | Intel Core i5-12600K 3.7 GHz 10-Core Processor | $249.99 @ Newegg
CPU Cooler | Noctua NH-L9x65 33.84 CFM CPU Cooler | $59.95 @ Amazon
Motherboard | Gigabyte B660I AORUS Pro DDR4 Mini ITX LGA1700 Motherboard | $249.99 @ Newegg
Memory | Corsair Vengeance LPX 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16 Memory | $109.99 @ Newegg
Storage | Samsung 970 Evo Plus 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive | $104.99 @ Adorama
Video Card | Gigabyte Radeon RX 6700 XT 12 GB EAGLE Video Card | $459.98 @ Newegg
Case | NZXT H210 Mini ITX Tower Case | $73.98 @ Amazon
Power Supply | Corsair RMx (2021) 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply | $115.13 @ Amazon
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total | $1424.00
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2022-07-09 00:45 EDT-0400 |
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Please have a look at this build and suggest and improvements or cost savings.

I would do something more like this.
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor ($174.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: ARCTIC Liquid Freezer II 240 RGB 48.8 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($115.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte B550I AORUS PRO AX Mini ITX AM4 Motherboard ($189.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: TEAMGROUP T-Force Delta RGB 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3600 CL18 Memory ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Blue SN570 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($49.80 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 980 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($94.19 @ MemoryC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon RX 6700 XT 12 GB Fighter Video Card ($469.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT H210 Mini ITX Tower Case ($79.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Phanteks AMP 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.98 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Cooler Master MasterFan MF Halo 47.2 CFM 120 mm Fan ($21.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1381.89
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2022-07-09 00:58 EDT-0400

There is no reason to go with Intel 11th Gen. It is slower and hotter than AMD 5000 series and Intel 12th Gen. I would recommend Intel 12th but don't know any good mITX boards.

The dual SSD is to separate your OS and games onto different drives. The 980 is a very good SSD and worth the extra $1.

The Phanteks AMP is a rebadged Seasonic Focus GX and much better than the EVGA GT.

The Arctic Liquid II is one of the best AIOs. Only question is if it will fit in the case. Do note that the 5600X in no way needs an AIO.

No reason to go 16GB RAM in a mITX case anymore. Go with 32GB right away and be done.
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Fractal Design Pop Mini Air RGB White TG mATX High-Airflow Clear Tempered Glass Window Tower Computer Case $89.99
Phanteks AMP 650W 80+ Gold Modular Power Supply $79.99 + $10 off w/ promo code FTPBU596, limited offer
Intel Core i5-12400F $154.99 + $5 off w/ promo code FTPBU8562, limited offer

Enermax ETS-T50 Axe ARGB White 230W TDP CPU Cooler $49.99
CORSAIR Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200MHz 32GB (2x16GB) CL16 (White) $117.99
PNY CS2130 2TB M.2 PCIe NVMe Gen3 x4 Internal SSD $174.99
PowerColor Fighter AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT 12GB Graphics Card $469.99

Total: $1127.93 *including promo codes
Microsoft Windows 11 (USB) $139.00

A better look at those components.


i5 12400 / 12400F gaming benchmarks.

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I wouldn't put a $250 CPU cooler on a build of this level (or on anything but the highest-end hardware, for that matter). Even if you planned to overclock, the real-world performance benefits would be minimal compared to running the processor at stock. And you could get more performance while spending less just by going with a higher-end CPU. Even at stock clocks on an inexpensive tower cooler, the 12600K mentioned above should be faster than an overclocked 11600K. Or even the locked 12400 or a 5600X might be a reasonable alternative to an 11600K, though the 12600K's additional low-power cores will also provide more multithreaded performance for heavily multithreaded software like video encoders, or potentially future games that might benefit from them down the line. I wouldn't spend over $100 to cool any of these CPUs though, and even most $50 coolers should work fine.

And while the 12th-gen CPUs do offer motherboards that support DDR5, any semi-reasonably priced kits of DDR5 will be outperformed by DDR4 in games, making them a poor value, so I would stick with the DDR4 models. DDR4-3600 or 3200 will likely offer the best value to performance ratio, and while you might be able to get away with 16GB today, you may want more for multitasking, and it probably won't be too long before some games need more for optimal performance, so 32GB is probably best for the long-term. The extra RAM should be a better use of funds than an expensive cooler, at the very least.

And of course, a better graphics card will contribute more to performance in most games than anything else, so shifting more of the budget toward that might be a good idea as well.
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