Question Need help on $1,500 - $2,000 budget gaming PC build

Feb 1, 2023
Approximate Purchase Date: This Week

Budget Range: ($1,500 - $2,000) / After Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, watching movies, home

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon or Newegg

Location: Canada

Overclocking: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1080P

Games: Cities skyline, Crusader Kings 3, Civ, Bannerlord

Hello, I'm looking at getting a new pc within the week. I already have a GPU (3060TI) that a friend is giving me.

Ive come up with this potential build that ive linked below. But if i can improve it or if someone can give me a better build that would be greatly appreciated


Noctua 12a if you want more room and performs similarly to D15, not far behind. More than enough for 13600k if that's what you're settling for. 12a can also handle i7 and i9 to give you some idea of it's performance. 1700

I agree with ram idea going 32gb off the bat. 16gb has been enough for along time but 32gb is nearing the new normal.

For case, maybe look at Lian Li instead if you're still considering d15 cooler. It's a little wider and can accommodate raised fan to clear ram slots. Which you won't need to do with the 12a. Lian Li Mesh Performance is a nice case though, have worked with three of these, very nice. Just make sure it comes with usbc cable already connected to front panel header because it is optional.

Something like this?

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D 3.4 GHz 8-Core Processor ($429.50 @ shopRBC)
CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X63 98.17 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($199.99 @ Memory Express)
Motherboard: MSI MAG X570S TOMAHAWK MAX WIFI ATX AM4 Motherboard ($269.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Memory: TEAMGROUP T-Force Delta RGB 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3600 CL18 Memory ($119.99 @ Canada Computers)
Storage: Corsair MP600 GS 2 TB M.2-2280 PCIe 4.0 X4 NVME Solid State Drive ($208.44 @ Amazon Canada)
Video Card: EVGA XC GAMING GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 8 GB Video Card
Case: Corsair 4000D Airflow ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Power Supply: Corsair RM750 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($163.05 @ Vuugo)
Total: $1510.95
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2023-02-02 07:10 EST-0500
So you're recommending DDR4 for a $2000 (Canadian) build?

If it's for the AMD build, yes. Is that an issue of some type?

At 1080p with the GTX 3060 both the 5800x3d and 13600k max out the gpu. Get what's cheaper.


I built almost the same pc (see signature) a couple of weeks ago but I'm using a GTX 40470 TI for 1440p gaming. The performance is quite amazing.