[SOLVED] Looking for advice/opinions on a new build

Atarax1A

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I am building a new PC as a late Christmas present for myself, and am looking for advice/any thoughts on the best I can push for with a budget between £1,000 to £1,500.
I need to be able to run Valorant and CSGO at 300+ FPS consistently.
I currently have a rough idea of a few things that I have set my sights on:

Lian Li Lancool II Mesh Case
Going with a Ryzen CPU, maybe 5600X?
Nvidia 3 series card? (Have a 1060 that can be used if a better GPU is not worth the price hike right now)
16GB 3600MHZ DDR4 Ram
PCIE Gen 4.0 support

Any suggestions or thoughts on the build are welcome, as long as compatibility is no concern.
 
I would do something like this, you will still get around 300 fps with a 12600k.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i5-12600KF 3.7 GHz 10-Core Processor (£252.18 @ Technextday)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12S redux 70.75 CFM CPU Cooler (£51.90 @ Alza)
Motherboard: MSI PRO Z690-A DDR4 ATX LGA1700 Motherboard (£189.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16 Memory (£67.98 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Blue SN550 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (£67.90 @ Box Limited)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon RX 6700 XT 12 GB NITRO+ Video Card (£729.99 @ AWD-IT)
Case: Lian Li Lancool II Mesh ATX Mid Tower Case (£95.00 @ Computer Orbit)
Power Supply: Corsair RMx (2018) 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply (£84.99 @ AWD-IT)
Total: £1539.92
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2022-01-06 17:03 GMT+0000


Not worth the trade offs but you can go with an AMD CPU.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor (£259.99 @ Currys PC World Business)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12S redux 70.75 CFM CPU Cooler (£51.90 @ Alza)
Motherboard: Gigabyte B550 AORUS ELITE V2 ATX AM4 Motherboard (£106.88 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16 Memory (£67.98 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Blue SN550 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (£67.90 @ Box Limited)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon RX 6700 XT 12 GB NITRO+ Video Card (£729.99 @ AWD-IT)
Case: Lian Li Lancool II Mesh ATX Mid Tower Case (£95.00 @ Computer Orbit)
Power Supply: Corsair RMx (2018) 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply (£84.99 @ AWD-IT)
Total: £1464.63
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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punkncat

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As you are surely aware you cannot buy a really high end graphics card, alone, for that budget. You can build a really nice system in expectation of finding a card later, and continue to use the 1060. It will be your limiting factor.

I would base that desire against the system you are using now and it's utilization for use case and go from there.
 

natcha12

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Hows this? I put a 5900x instead of 5600x, just to make sure you get the 300fps.

PCPartPicker Part List: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/CnnY68

CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 5900X 3.7 GHz 12-Core Processor (£453.90 @ Alza)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (£99.99 @ Currys PC World)
Motherboard: Gigabyte X570S AERO G ATX AM4 Motherboard (£286.82 @ Technextday)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-4000 CL18 Memory (£148.23 @ Newegg UK)
Storage: Samsung 970 EVO Plus 2 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (£204.90 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6 GB Founders Edition Video Card (Purchased For £0.00)
Case: Lian Li Lancool II Mesh ATX Mid Tower Case (£89.59 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Power Supply: Corsair RM (2021) 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply (£99.99 @ AWD-IT)
Total: £1383.42
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2022-01-02 19:34 GMT+0000

The mobo has 4, yes 4, m.2 ssd slots, and wifi ax built in. PSU should be ok for "up to" 3090 lol

If you do get a 5600x instead of the 5900x, just put the leftover £500 towards the gpu mate, you're going to need it!
 
I'd wait until next week (January 6th) when Intel's locked Alder Lake cpu's are due for release and read the reviews w/benchmarks on sites such as Tom's Hardware, Tech Power Up and Guru3d. If those chips are a hit like some of us expect then I'd pair up one of those cpu's with a B660 board. Those boards will be released the same day as those cpu's.

https://hothardware.com/news/core-i5-12400f-leaked-benchmark-with-6-p-cores

https://www.techpowerup.com/289923/intel-core-i5-12400-early-review-dubs-it-a-game-changer

https://www.techpowerup.com/290116/intel-65-w-alder-lake-s-pricing-confirmed

You can replace the board and cpu with a B660 board + locked Alder Lake cpu and keep the rest of this build the same.

https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computing-accessories/components-upgrades/tower-cases/phanteks-eclipse-p400a-atx-mid-tower-pc-case-10205481-pdt.html
PHANTEKS Eclipse P400A ATX Mid Tower PC Case £64.99

https://www.scan.co.uk/products/650w-corsair-rm-series-rm650-full-modular-80plus-gold-single-rail-54a-140mm-fan-atx-psu-refurbished
Corsair RM650 650 Watt 80+ Gold Modular PSU £49.99

https://www.scan.co.uk/products/msi-mag-b560m-bazooka-intel-b560-s-1200-ddr4-pcie-40-sata3-2x-m2-crossfire-25gbe-usb-32-gen2x2-m-atx
MSI MAG B560M BAZOOKA £99.98

https://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/int...cket-lake-processor-bx8070811400f/version.asp
Intel Core i5 11400F £142.97

https://www.scan.co.uk/products/deepcool-gammaxx-gte-v2-cooler-1x-120mm-rgb-fan-single-tower-aluminium-fins-4x-heatpipes-intel-amd
DEEPCOOL GAMMAXX GTE V2 CPU Cooler £19.99

https://www.ebuyer.com/1258410-cors...-2-3200mhz-ddr4-memory-kit-cmk16gx4m2e3200c16
Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200MHz 16GB (2x8GB) CL16 £49.98

https://www.ebuyer.com/947319-wd-blue-sn550-1tb-nvme-m-2-2280-pcie-gen3-ssd-wds100t2b0c
WD Blue SN550 1TB NVME M.2 2280 PCIe Gen3 SSD £69.98

https://computerorbit.com/collections/nvidia-graphics-cards/products/8gb-asus-rtx-3060-ti-dual-oc-v2
ASUS RTX 3060 Ti 8GB DUAL OC V2 £699

Total: £1198 inc VAT

https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/MAG-B560M-BAZOOKA

http://www.phanteks.com/Eclipse-P400A.html

Reviews of that cpu with benchmarks.

https://www.guru3d.com/articles-pages/intel-core-i5-11400f-processor-review,1.html

 
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Atarax1A

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I'd wait until next week (January 6th) when Intel's locked Alder Lake cpu's are due for release and read the reviews w/benchmarks on sites such as Tom's Hardware, Tech Power Up and Guru3d. If those chips are a hit like some of us expect then I'd pair up one of those cpu's with a B660 board. Those boards will be released the same day as those cpu's.

https://hothardware.com/news/core-i5-12400f-leaked-benchmark-with-6-p-cores

https://www.techpowerup.com/289923/intel-core-i5-12400-early-review-dubs-it-a-game-changer

https://www.techpowerup.com/290116/intel-65-w-alder-lake-s-pricing-confirmed

You can replace the board and cpu with a B660 board + locked Alder Lake cpu and keep the rest of this build the same.

https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computing-accessories/components-upgrades/tower-cases/phanteks-eclipse-p400a-atx-mid-tower-pc-case-10205481-pdt.html
PHANTEKS Eclipse P400A ATX Mid Tower PC Case £64.99

https://www.scan.co.uk/products/650w-corsair-rm-series-rm650-full-modular-80plus-gold-single-rail-54a-140mm-fan-atx-psu-refurbished
Corsair RM650 650 Watt 80+ Gold Modular PSU £49.99

https://www.scan.co.uk/products/msi-mag-b560m-bazooka-intel-b560-s-1200-ddr4-pcie-40-sata3-2x-m2-crossfire-25gbe-usb-32-gen2x2-m-atx
MSI MAG B560M BAZOOKA £99.98

https://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/int...cket-lake-processor-bx8070811400f/version.asp
Intel Core i5 11400F £142.97

https://www.scan.co.uk/products/deepcool-gammaxx-gte-v2-cooler-1x-120mm-rgb-fan-single-tower-aluminium-fins-4x-heatpipes-intel-amd
DEEPCOOL GAMMAXX GTE V2 CPU Cooler £19.99

https://www.ebuyer.com/1258410-cors...-2-3200mhz-ddr4-memory-kit-cmk16gx4m2e3200c16
Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200MHz 16GB (2x8GB) CL16 £49.98

https://www.ebuyer.com/947319-wd-blue-sn550-1tb-nvme-m-2-2280-pcie-gen3-ssd-wds100t2b0c
WD Blue SN550 1TB NVME M.2 2280 PCIe Gen3 SSD £69.98

https://computerorbit.com/collections/nvidia-graphics-cards/products/8gb-asus-rtx-3060-ti-dual-oc-v2
ASUS RTX 3060 Ti 8GB DUAL OC V2 £699

Total: £1198 inc VAT

https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/MAG-B560M-BAZOOKA

http://www.phanteks.com/Eclipse-P400A.html

Reviews of that cpu with benchmarks.

https://www.guru3d.com/articles-pages/intel-core-i5-11400f-processor-review,1.html

Referring to this video:
View: https://youtu.be/ubGuTbn14TU


So with the Alder Lake CPUs out now, it looks like for the games I play the Ryzen CPUs outperform the Intel ones.


I'm not worried either way, as long as I can run Valorant and CSGO at a stable 300 FPS without dropping below 240.
 
I would do something like this, you will still get around 300 fps with a 12600k.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i5-12600KF 3.7 GHz 10-Core Processor (£252.18 @ Technextday)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12S redux 70.75 CFM CPU Cooler (£51.90 @ Alza)
Motherboard: MSI PRO Z690-A DDR4 ATX LGA1700 Motherboard (£189.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16 Memory (£67.98 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Blue SN550 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (£67.90 @ Box Limited)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon RX 6700 XT 12 GB NITRO+ Video Card (£729.99 @ AWD-IT)
Case: Lian Li Lancool II Mesh ATX Mid Tower Case (£95.00 @ Computer Orbit)
Power Supply: Corsair RMx (2018) 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply (£84.99 @ AWD-IT)
Total: £1539.92
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2022-01-06 17:03 GMT+0000


Not worth the trade offs but you can go with an AMD CPU.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor (£259.99 @ Currys PC World Business)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12S redux 70.75 CFM CPU Cooler (£51.90 @ Alza)
Motherboard: Gigabyte B550 AORUS ELITE V2 ATX AM4 Motherboard (£106.88 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16 Memory (£67.98 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Blue SN550 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (£67.90 @ Box Limited)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon RX 6700 XT 12 GB NITRO+ Video Card (£729.99 @ AWD-IT)
Case: Lian Li Lancool II Mesh ATX Mid Tower Case (£95.00 @ Computer Orbit)
Power Supply: Corsair RMx (2018) 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply (£84.99 @ AWD-IT)
Total: £1464.63
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2022-01-06 17:08 GMT+0000
 

Atarax1A

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I would do something like this, you will still get around 300 fps with a 12600k.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i5-12600KF 3.7 GHz 10-Core Processor (£252.18 @ Technextday)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12S redux 70.75 CFM CPU Cooler (£51.90 @ Alza)
Motherboard: MSI PRO Z690-A DDR4 ATX LGA1700 Motherboard (£189.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16 Memory (£67.98 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Blue SN550 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (£67.90 @ Box Limited)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon RX 6700 XT 12 GB NITRO+ Video Card (£729.99 @ AWD-IT)
Case: Lian Li Lancool II Mesh ATX Mid Tower Case (£95.00 @ Computer Orbit)
Power Supply: Corsair RMx (2018) 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply (£84.99 @ AWD-IT)
Total: £1539.92
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2022-01-06 17:03 GMT+0000


Not worth the trade offs but you can go with an AMD CPU.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor (£259.99 @ Currys PC World Business)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12S redux 70.75 CFM CPU Cooler (£51.90 @ Alza)
Motherboard: Gigabyte B550 AORUS ELITE V2 ATX AM4 Motherboard (£106.88 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16 Memory (£67.98 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Blue SN550 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (£67.90 @ Box Limited)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon RX 6700 XT 12 GB NITRO+ Video Card (£729.99 @ AWD-IT)
Case: Lian Li Lancool II Mesh ATX Mid Tower Case (£95.00 @ Computer Orbit)
Power Supply: Corsair RMx (2018) 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply (£84.99 @ AWD-IT)
Total: £1464.63
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2022-01-06 17:08 GMT+0000
I appreciate your help greatly, I would prefer to stick with my 1060 6GB for now, which is why I was wondering which CPU would allow me 300+ FPS with that card in CPU intensive games like Valorant and CSGO, i'd be more comfortable with getting a higher end CPU and upgrading the GPU later on this year.
 
I appreciate your help greatly, I would prefer to stick with my 1060 6GB for now, which is why I was wondering which CPU would allow me 300+ FPS with that card in CPU intensive games like Valorant and CSGO, i'd be more comfortable with getting a higher end CPU and upgrading the GPU later on this year.
I just wanted to show that you have options at or close to your budget right now, cheers.
 
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