Question New gaming build help, please?

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Hello there,

I'm saving for a gaming build based around a RTX 3060 for modest settings 1440p/4K gaming. I'm going with a Ryzen 5 3600 and Corsair Vengance DDR4 16gb for the cpu and ram. Unless you guys can suggest parts that are just as good for my purposes at a lower cost. Would the i3-12100f be a better option?

I was hoping you guys could point me towards an SSD and Motherboard (preferably one with an M.2 slot for the SSD) that is somewhere around the £100 mark for the motherboard and £50 for the SSD (UK pounds). Also suggestions for a decent PSU and case to fit it all in would be most appreciated.

Kind regardsnd thanks in advance. (y)
 
Hello there,

I'm saving for a gaming build based around a RTX 3060 for modest settings 1440p/4K gaming. I'm going with a Ryzen 5 3600 and Corsair Vengance DDR4 16gb for the cpu and ram. Unless you guys can suggest parts that are just as good for my purposes at a lower cost. Would the i3-12100f be a better option?

I was hoping you guys could point me towards an SSD and Motherboard (preferably one with an M.2 slot for the SSD) that is somewhere around the £100 mark for the motherboard and £50 for the SSD (UK pounds). Also suggestions for a decent PSU and case to fit it all in would be most appreciated.

Kind regardsnd thanks in advance. (y)
What's your total build budget? You can likely get a 6650xt for less than a 3060. The 3060 has been a terrible value for almost it's whole life. A 3600 this late is a poor idea. 5600 or 12400f would be solid choices. If you throw me a budget I can make you a list.
 
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What's your total build budget? You can likely get a 6650xt for less than a 3060. The 3060 has been a terrible value for almost it's whole life. A 3600 this late is a poor idea. 5600 or 12400f would be solid choices. If you throw me a budget I can make you a list.
Hey there bmockeg. Thanks for getting back to me so promptly.

I can pick up a 12400f for around £125 on ebay, so i might go that way if you think that's a better option. My remaining budget for Motherboard, SSD, PSU and a case to fit it all in is around £350. Not a lot now i think about it... But doable with some good advice i'm thinking

Cheers mate (y)
 
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Hey there bmockeg. Thanks for getting back to me so promptly.

I can pick up a 12400f for around £125 on ebay, so i might go that way if you think that's a better option. My remaining budget for Motherboard, SSD, PSU and a case to fit it all in is around £350. Not a lot now i think about it... But doable with some good advice i'm thinking

Cheers mate (y)
https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/tDDhd9

Tell me what you think of this
 
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To answer the cpu part of your question:

A reasonable way to compare processors is to look at the passmark ratings.
The R5-3600 has 12 processing threads and a rating of 17815.
That is when all threads are fully busy. Not so likely when gaming, more so for batch apps.
The single thread rating is 2570 which is more applicable to gamers.
https://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=AMD+Ryzen+5+3600&id=3481
By comparison, the I3-12100/f only has 8 threads, with a total rating of 14346 but a much stronger single thread rating of 3560 that a gamer will want:
https://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Core+i3-12100&id=4687
i3-12100 is likely a better option for gaming.
Here is a review:

https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/intel-core-i3-12100-12100f-review/5

If you can, buy the non F version to get integrated graphics.
That lets you get started while shopping for a graphics card.
And, it is invaluable if you should ever have a graphics card issue.

Any LGA1700 DDR4 motherboard will do. Look for B660 if you can, lesser boards are usually the cheapest built.
Some might not have wifi for example.
All LGA1700 cards will support pcie m.2 devices.

If you can find a much cheaper conventional 2.5" ssd, do not chase m.2.
You will not see any difference.

Your psu wattage requirements will be minimal.
Here is a handy chart:
http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page362.htm
You are looking at 550w for a 3060.
But, buy something stronger up front.
The 12100 can run a much stronger card, up to the 3090 used in the review above.
You will find small differences in psu price as you go up to 650/750/850w.
Above all DO NOT buy a cheap psu.
Look for a psu with at least a 5 or 7 year warranty.

3060 is a very appropriate graphics card; apparently the most popular.
Competition in that market is going to get stronger with the launch of Intel A770 cards.
https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/intel-arc-a770-limited-edition-review

Cases are a personal thing.
Look for one with the looks you love.
Your parts are not overly hot so two 120mm front intakes will give you good airflow. 140mm intakes are better and quieter.

If you want to get started, you do not need a case.
Just put the parts out on a table.
If you have curious cats or kids around, get a case.
 
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