[SOLVED] New Mid Build PC ( £1000) *updating my pc from 2013 haha.....*

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Hey guys,

I last used this site in 2013 to get opinions on my last pc build. In retrospect, that was the best money I've ever spent but I need to finally update my pc as I'm getting back into PC gaming versus just work.

Like most others, I've been put off for several months due to massively over inflated GPU prices (looking at you nvidia)...

Anyways, as requested I'll use the template:


Approximate Purchase Date: Tomorrow 27/01/2022

Budget Range: £1000 (roughly)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Content creation (youtube videos), mid-level pc gaming (e.g. running at 1080p- no 4k business atm). I will be aiming to swap out the GPU to something higher end eventually (once the market calms down) but I don't anticipate this to happen until earliest Q1 of 2023. I'll be mainly playing BF2042 and strategy games (e.g. Warhammer Total War 3). From my own research, it appears the 12th generation intel CPUs are a good choice if you want something to last a few years before upgrading (though I might be wrong). For reference, my previous build was an AMD FX 6300 + ASUS GTX 770 really loved this pc

So to summarize, I basically want something that can play top titles with 60 FPS at 1080p comfortably and something I could use for work for several years. I would hate the idea of forking out quite a bit of money for something that would have to be completely replaced in 2 years. I'd be happy to run most games on medium graphics, I'm not in the business of being able to run all games on ultra.

Any input on how to improve this build would be great. Cheers in advance!

Are you buying a monitor: Not at the moment.



Parts:

Intel Build

CPU: Intel i5 12600 @ 224.99
GPU: Nvidia RTX 3050 @ 250 (wishful, I know)
Motherboard: Gigabyte Z690 DDR4 Motherboard @ 198.99
PSU: EVGA 650w Bronze @ 62.95
DDR4: Crucial Ballistix 16gb 3600 ddr4@ 82.98
Memory: WB 1TB SSD @71.95
CPU Cooler:Cooler Master ML240L @ 59.99 + bracket (9.99)
IOS: Windows 11
Case: ? Unsure, something sleek and not too flashy. Think more matt black than multicolored space ship.....

Total: £1000 (roughly)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: AWD-IT

Location: UK

Parts Preferences: No preference, just feel intel may be better deal at my current buy date.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
 
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Right now its not possible to hit 1000 pounds and a 12600k;

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i5-12600KF 3.7 GHz 10-Core Processor (£260.00 @ Infinite Computing)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12S redux 70.75 CFM CPU Cooler (£50.15 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: MSI PRO Z690-A DDR4 ATX LGA1700 Motherboard (£189.98 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16 Memory (£62.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Blue SN550 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (£68.86 @ Box Limited)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 1660 6 GB VENTUS XS OC Video Card (£339.00 @ Computer Orbit)
Case: BitFenix Nova Mesh SE ATX Mid Tower Case (£44.77 @ More Computers)
Power Supply: SeaSonic FOCUS GX 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply (£75.59 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £1091.34
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2022-01-26 17:52 GMT+0000


But this is possible and still 95% as good CPU wise;

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i5-12400F 2.5 GHz 6-Core Processor (£173.00 @ Infinite Computing)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12S redux 70.75 CFM CPU Cooler (£50.15 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: MSI PRO B660M-A DDR4 Micro ATX LGA1700 Motherboard (£130.96 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16 Memory (£62.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Blue SN550 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (£68.86 @ Box Limited)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6 GB DUAL EVO OC Video Card (£399.00 @ Computer Orbit)
Case: BitFenix Nova Mesh SE ATX Mid Tower Case (£44.77 @ More Computers)
Power Supply: SeaSonic FOCUS GX 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply (£75.59 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £1005.32
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2022-01-26 17:55 GMT+0000

Alternative better gpu pick;

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i5-12400F 2.5 GHz 6-Core Processor (£173.00 @ Infinite Computing)
Motherboard: MSI PRO B660M-A DDR4 Micro ATX LGA1700 Motherboard (£130.96 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory (£50.99 @ Box Limited)
Storage: Western Digital Blue SN550 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (£68.86 @ Box Limited)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon RX 6600 8 GB PULSE Video Card (£450.79 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Case: BitFenix Nova Mesh SE ATX Mid Tower Case (£44.77 @ More Computers)
Power Supply: SeaSonic FOCUS GX 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply (£75.59 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £994.96
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2022-01-26 17:59 GMT+0000
 
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Right now its not possible to hit 1000 pounds and a 12600k;

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i5-12600KF 3.7 GHz 10-Core Processor (£260.00 @ Infinite Computing)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12S redux 70.75 CFM CPU Cooler (£50.15 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: MSI PRO Z690-A DDR4 ATX LGA1700 Motherboard (£189.98 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16 Memory (£62.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Blue SN550 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (£68.86 @ Box Limited)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 1660 6 GB VENTUS XS OC Video Card (£339.00 @ Computer Orbit)
Case: BitFenix Nova Mesh SE ATX Mid Tower Case (£44.77 @ More Computers)
Power Supply: SeaSonic FOCUS GX 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply (£75.59 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £1091.34
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2022-01-26 17:52 GMT+0000


But this is possible and still 95% as good CPU wise;

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i5-12400F 2.5 GHz 6-Core Processor (£173.00 @ Infinite Computing)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12S redux 70.75 CFM CPU Cooler (£50.15 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: MSI PRO B660M-A DDR4 Micro ATX LGA1700 Motherboard (£130.96 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16 Memory (£62.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Blue SN550 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (£68.86 @ Box Limited)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6 GB DUAL EVO OC Video Card (£399.00 @ Computer Orbit)
Case: BitFenix Nova Mesh SE ATX Mid Tower Case (£44.77 @ More Computers)
Power Supply: SeaSonic FOCUS GX 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply (£75.59 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £1005.32
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2022-01-26 17:55 GMT+0000

Alternative better gpu pick;

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i5-12400F 2.5 GHz 6-Core Processor (£173.00 @ Infinite Computing)
Motherboard: MSI PRO B660M-A DDR4 Micro ATX LGA1700 Motherboard (£130.96 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory (£50.99 @ Box Limited)
Storage: Western Digital Blue SN550 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (£68.86 @ Box Limited)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon RX 6600 8 GB PULSE Video Card (£450.79 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Case: BitFenix Nova Mesh SE ATX Mid Tower Case (£44.77 @ More Computers)
Power Supply: SeaSonic FOCUS GX 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply (£75.59 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £994.96
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2022-01-26 17:59 GMT+0000
 
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https://www.ebuyer.com/1144839-corsair-rm550x-550-watt-fully-modular-80-gold-psu-power-supply-cp-9020197-uk
Corsair RM550x 550W 80+ Gold Modular Power Supply £74.99

MSI PRO B660M-A DDR4 £130.96

https://infinite-computing.co.uk/product/intel-core-i5-12400f
Intel Core i5 12400F £173.00

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 Cooler £19.99

https://global.deepcool.com/1700MountingUpgrades/index_global.aspx
DEEPCOOL LGA-1700 Mounting Kit £0.00

https://www.box.co.uk/Crucial-Ballistix-16GB-(2x-8GB)-3200MHz-_2892161.html
Crucial Ballistix DDR4 3200MHz 16GB (2x8GB) CL16 £50.99

https://www.box.co.uk/WD-Blue-SN550-1TB-NVME-M.2-2280-PCIE-Gen_2847832.html
WD Blue SN550 1TB NVME M.2 2280 PCIE Gen3 SSD £68.86

https://gamingco.co.uk/3060/9476-inno3d-nvidia-geforce-rtx-3060-twin-x2-oc-12gb-dual-fan-graphics-card-835168001725.html
INNO3D NVIDIA GEFORCE RTX 3060 TWIN X2 OC 12GB GRAPHICS CARD £529.99

Total: £1049 inc VAT

https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/PRO-B660M-A-DDR4

Reviews of that cpu w/benchmarks.

https://www.guru3d.com/articles-pages/core-i5-12400-processor-review,1.html

 
Thanks for the responses everyone. Is there any reason not to use a Intel i5 2600 + Z690 motherboard for my use case?
That would be a major ripoff imo. Gaming is all about frames per second and you don't want to throttle your budget and screw yourself out of a decent graphics card by blowing your money on an overpriced cpu + board. If you do anything, order that gpu I posted ASAP! People read these threads all the time including a lot of Brits and when they see a deal on here they order it.
 
Hey guys,

I last used this site in 2013 to get opinions on my last pc build. In retrospect, that was the best money I've ever spent but I need to finally update my pc as I'm getting back into PC gaming versus just work.

Like most others, I've been put off for several months due to massively over inflated GPU prices (looking at you nvidia)...

Anyways, as requested I'll use the template:


Approximate Purchase Date: Tomorrow 27/01/2022

Budget Range: £1000 (roughly)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Content creation (youtube videos), mid-level pc gaming (e.g. running at 1080p- no 4k business atm). I will be aiming to swap out the GPU to something higher end eventually (once the market calms down) but I don't anticipate this to happen until earliest Q1 of 2023. I'll be mainly playing BF2042 and strategy games (e.g. Warhammer Total War 3). From my own research, it appears the 12th generation intel CPUs are a good choice if you want something to last a few years before upgrading (though I might be wrong). For reference, my previous build was an AMD FX 6300 + ASUS GTX 770 really loved this pc

So to summarize, I basically want something that can play top titles with 60 FPS at 1080p comfortably and something I could use for work for several years. I would hate the idea of forking out quite a bit of money for something that would have to be completely replaced in 2 years. I'd be happy to run most games on medium graphics, I'm not in the business of being able to run all games on ultra.

Any input on how to improve this build would be great. Cheers in advance!

Are you buying a monitor: Not at the moment.



Parts:

Intel Build

CPU: Intel i5 12600 @ 224.99
GPU: Nvidia RTX 3050 @ 250 (wishful, I know)
Motherboard: Gigabyte Z690 DDR4 Motherboard @ 198.99
PSU: EVGA 650w Bronze @ 62.95
DDR4: Crucial Ballistix 16gb 3600 ddr4@ 82.98
Memory: WB 1TB SSD @71.95
CPU Cooler:Cooler Master ML240L @ 59.99 + bracket (9.99)
IOS: Windows 11
Case: ? Unsure, something sleek and not too flashy. Think more matt black than multicolored space ship.....

Total: £1000 (roughly)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: AWD-IT

Location: UK

Parts Preferences: No preference, just feel intel may be better deal at my current buy date.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
The 12400/500/600 should be fine.
I don't think you need a Z series mobo...$$$.
A B series should work fine....save a buck.
If you get the boxed cpu it comes with a cooler you might not need an extra cooler....save a buck.
 
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