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Jun 26, 2008
Hello all !

It time to upgrade my existing desktop. The prior build is about 6 years old and showing its age.
So here is what I picked out for the upgrade. The computer would be used for gaming and some work -_-
My gaming is mainly at 1080. I am not sure my Asus 34” curved monitor would support 4k.

Please look at the build and give me your suggestions. Thank you in advance.

-Not sure if the Corsair H100i V2 CPU cooler can be used on the new build, so I did pick out a new cooler.
-I have had good luck with Asus, Corsair, Gskill, but open to your input.

My budget is around $2500 USA.

Preferred site:

Overclocking: never done it, but may do it with this build

Intel Core i5-13600K - Core i5 13th Gen Raptor Lake 14-Core (6P+8E) 3.5 GHz LGA 1700 125W Intel UHD Graphics 770 Desktop Processor - BX8071513600K

CORSAIR CW-9060060-WW iCUE H150i RGB ELITE Liquid CPU Cooler

ASUS ROG Strix Z790-F Gaming WiFi 6E LGA 1700(Intel® 13th&12th Gen) ATX gaming motherboard(16 + 1 power stages,DDR5,four M.2 slots, PCIe® 5.0,WiFi 6E,USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Type-C® with PD 3.0 up to 30W)

ASUS TUF Gaming NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 V2 OC Edition Graphics Card (PCIe 4.0, 10GB GDDR6X, LHR, HDMI 2.1, DisplayPort 1.4a, Dual Ball Fan Bearings, Military-grade Certification, GPU Tweak II)

CORSAIR Vengeance RGB 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR5 6000 (PC5 48000) Desktop Memory Model CMH32GX5M2D6000C36


G.Skill Trident Z5 RGB Series (Intel XMP) 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin SDRAM DDR5 6000 CL36-36-36-96 1.35V Dual Channel Desktop Memory F5-6000J3636F16GA2-TZ5RK (Matte Black)

SK hynix Platinum P41 2TB PCIe NVMe Gen4 M.2 2280 Internal SSD l Up to 7,000MB/S l Compact M.2 SSD Form Factor SK hynix SSD - Internal Solid State Drive with 176-Layer NAND Flash


SAMSUNG 970 EVO PLUS M.2 2280 2TB PCIe Gen 3.0 x4, NVMe 1.3 V-NAND 3-bit MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-V7S2T0B/AM

? not sure

Equipment that I have and planning on keeping in the new build:

Full Lian Li Tower Case

Corsair HX Series, HX1000, 1000 Watt, Fully Modular Power Supply, 80+ Platinum Certified,

Corsair Hydro Series H100i V2 Extreme Performance Water / Liquid CPU Cooler. 240mm (CW-9060025-WW)

Sound Blaster AE-5 Plus Sound Card

ASUS Republic of Gamers Swift PG348Q 34" 21:9 Curved Ultra-Wide G-Sync IPS Monitor
• In-Plane Switching (IPS) Technology
• HDMI + DisplayPort Inputs
• 3440 x 1440 Resolution
• 1000:1 Static Contrast Ratio

Old Equipment that is available:

SAMSUNG 960 EVO M.2 250GB NVMe PCI-Express 3.0 x4 Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-V6E250BW

WD 1 TB Hard Drive


Dec 13, 2022
Another question...

1. I was able to change the order to an i7-13700K. I otherwise kept the other components (Z790 Mobo, 4070Ti GPU, etc.)
Looking at CPU spec sheet, it supports DDR5 up to 5600, my memory that I ordered was DDR5 6000.

G.SKILL Trident Z5 RGB Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR5 6000 (PC5 48000) Desktop Memory Model

So is this going to be an issue ?

THX again all.

Well it isn't guaranteed whether it will run at 6000MT/s but it if not you can just run it at 5600MT/s


Jun 26, 2008

Whew ! Everything is in the mail from NewEgg.
I was able to make a last minute change to the i7-13700k CPU.

i7-13700k; 4070ti, DDR5 32 mb, 500 mb/2 TB SSD’s, Z790 mobo, CPU water cooler.

Again thanks to all who helped out. The guidance and help was very much appreciated.

I would think this thread, can be switched to “solved”

I will post pictures once 🥵I get it up and running.

So say we all
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OK; good job,

Good that you got the K model with integrated video. Make sure you can figger out how to go back and forth from integrated video to video card. May require some fiddling in BIOS?

Maybe update your BIOS? Maybe not?

Got a backup plan idea?
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Jun 26, 2008
Final update, to close the loop !!!

I did get everything installed, and the computer up and running. :D

The physical component installation was fun and went relatively smoothly except, the GPU almost did not fit in my full tower LianLi case 😲. I was sweating it a bit, but I was able to do a little JerryRig case mod to get the GPU installed. The software installation was, however, the hardest of all the computer upgrades/builds that I have done.
The initial startup of the rig, yielded no graphic output to the monitor. I then had to flash the MOBO bios and install a LAN driver, to be able to install Windows 11. For some reason, the second 2 TB SSD would not be seen by WIndows. With some time and effort, I finally got Windows to see the SSD (at this point not sure exactly what I did to solve it).
Lastly, I then had pull out some hairs to get the audio card working.

The final build was:
CPU: i7-13700K
GPU: Asus 4070ti
Memory: GSkill Trident Z5 RGB DDR5 6000 32 GB
Mobo: Asus Z790-A Prime
Cooler: Corsair iCUE H100 Elite LCD
Storage: Samsung 980 Pro M2 500 GB boot and 2 TB Data

I was able to use existing components including my LianLi Full tower case, Corsair 1000W PSU, Sound Blaster X5

Picture of the build, if I did link right....


I was then able to use the "old" components to build my wife a desktop work computer. I did have to order a new case, the ancient Cosmos S case, front top control unit went south :(

Again, thanks to all who contributed. Why Me, LaFong, etc, you are awesome !
I really appreciate the guidance and help.