Build Advice Stuck on CPU (10700k, 11600k, 5600x) for a ~1K 'Hobby' Build


Mar 25, 2012
Hello, I'm working on a system for someone and the objective of this build is:

A $1k 'hobby' computer, something where they can work from home when needed without it being painful (they use Adobe Premier Pro mostly along with other Adobe products), but they would also like to be able to play games on it (they specifically mentioned Monster Hunter World [a apparently GPU heavy game...and I'm reserving about $350-400 for them down the line]).

I've hit a road block on choosing the CPU. Currently, the 10-700k, 11-600k, and 5600x are priced at $220, $230, and $250 respectively. Looking at cooler requirements, it looks like the 5600x will take about $30 and the Intels about $60, so the total price is effectively the same.

As far as what I've seen, the latest Puget bench for APP (0.95.3) had Intel with a lead in APP in general due to some sort of hardware level abilities that APP can utilize. As far as games go, it looks like all of these trade spots back and forth, perhaps with the 5600x having higher averages, but the 10 / 11 having better 1% lows. 'Production' tasks are also a mixed bag usually between the 10 and 5600x with the 11 being within range (while sometimes being fairly behind), though again, they've only ever mentioned APP.

Realistically, I'd go with a B-series motherboard, x2 16gb ram sticks (they can either get 2 more sticks or 2 higher capacity sticks if they want it down the line or not). That ram will likely be 3200/16 | 3600/18 rated specs, but I am willing to work on a ram OC (but not forever).

So I'm just stuck, general 'feel' seems to be 5600x > 11600k, but APP currently favors Intel and I do value 1% lows, but the Intels are power monsters ($) and don't have a ton of OC room, while I might be able to get notably better performance from the 5600x with solid memory tuning...

I've also considered just getting 'old' parts on ebay since they will likely need to wait a year or two for GPUs to come back down to Earth, but I'm not sure anything too old would satisfy the APP requirement, and at least a solid cpu would satisfy the production side of his immediate needs.

Any thoughts?
GIGABYTE Z690 UD DDR4 $199.99

or ...
MSI PRO Z690-A DDR4 $219.99 | $209.99 after $10.00 rebate card
Intel Core i5-12600K $299.99
Cooler Master MasterLiquid Lite 240 AIO CPU Cooler $59.99
CORSAIR Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 32GB (2x16GB) CL16 $139.75
WD Blue SN550 NVMe M.2 2280 1TB PCI-Express 3.0 x4 3D NAND Internal SSD $83.99

i5 12600K = best overall cpu & best gaming cpu for 2021