Question Thoughts on this complete newbie build?

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Hello, it's time to replace my failing laptop that has served me well for many years, and I'd like to dive into the world of building a custom PC. I'm a complete newbie to any of this and was tempted to go pre-built, but suspect it's more affordable and future-proof to build something myself. With that in mind, please let me know if I've made any huge blunders or missteps in my component selection, or just if you have any advice at all. I used PC Part Picker and tried to select mid-to-high range components that seemed widely popular. My goal was to create an affordable, straightforward, semi-portable build that would still have good gaming performance and good longevity, with the capability to upgrade in the future.

PCPartPicker Part List: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/HWP9nt

CPU: Intel Core i7-10700K 3.8 GHz 8-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X53 73.11 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler
Motherboard: MSI MPG B560I GAMING EDGE WIFI Mini ITX LGA1200 Motherboard
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3600 CL18 Memory
Storage: Samsung 970 Evo Plus 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3070 LHR 8 GB GAMING OC Rev 2.0 Video Card
Case: HYTE REVOLT 3 Mini ITX Tower Case
Power Supply: Corsair SF 450 W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully Modular SFX Power Supply
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 11 Home OEM 64-bit
 

punkncat

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As a start you should consider a 650W power supply. A 450 is not going to run a 3070.

Unless you found the CPU and mobo at an astounding price, I would suggest aiming a bit newer on 12th gen and a 6xx mobo. Even with the selection you have it's a K skew processor on a board that has a very limited ability to OC, if at all. (I think they did allow some ability to do so with the B5xx chipsets as a "help sell" feature.

I honestly think with some of the users here ability to build out systems, they can likely come up with a more compelling list for you at that budget.
 
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As a start you should consider a 650W power supply. A 450 is not going to run a 3070.

Unless you found the CPU and mobo at an astounding price, I would suggest aiming a bit newer on 12th gen and a 6xx mobo. Even with the selection you have it's a K skew processor on a board that has a very limited ability to OC, if at all. (I think they did allow some ability to do so with the B5xx chipsets as a "help sell" feature.

I honestly think with some of the users here ability to build out systems, they can likely come up with a more compelling list for you at that budget.
Thank you for the quick response; I'll definitely bump up the power supply. Appreciate the thoughts on the CPU and motherboard as well, I'm not looking for the most cutting edge parts but I definitely want to get decent ones that will hold up for a few years, so I'll do some more research on those.

If you or anyone else wants to suggest a different list, my ears are open! I'm trying to stay under/around $1,800 and the only component I'm attached to is the case, because I want that small, portable form factor.
 

logainofhades

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I wouldn't get 10th gen at this point, and you have 0 upgrade path. We have 13th gen coming sometime this year, so if you buy 12th gen now, you could upgrade to 13th gen, if you felt the need. 450w is not enough for that build. RX 6800 is faster, at a similar price, and doesn't have the transient power spike issues, that RTX 3000 has. Ever so slightly over $1800, but you can squeeze an even faster 6800xt into this.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i7-12700F 2.1 GHz 12-Core Processor ($312.95 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: be quiet! Pure Loop 280 Liquid CPU Cooler ($104.90 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte Z690I AORUS ULTRA LITE DDR4 (rev. 1.0) Mini ITX LGA1700 Motherboard ($150.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Crucial P5 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($119.99 @ Best Buy)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon RX 6800 XT 16 GB Red Dragon OC Video Card ($669.99 @ Amazon)
Case: HYTE REVOLT 3 Mini ITX Tower Case ($129.00 @ HYTE)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 850 GM 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular SFX Power Supply ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 11 Home OEM 64-bit ($99.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1802.78
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2022-08-17 14:02 EDT-0400


The non XT puts you back within the $1800 budget.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i7-12700F 2.1 GHz 12-Core Processor ($312.95 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: be quiet! Pure Loop 280 Liquid CPU Cooler ($104.90 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte Z690I AORUS ULTRA LITE DDR4 (rev. 1.0) Mini ITX LGA1700 Motherboard ($150.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Crucial P5 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($119.99 @ Best Buy)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon RX 6800 16 GB Red Dragon OC Video Card ($579.99 @ Amazon)
Case: HYTE REVOLT 3 Mini ITX Tower Case ($129.00 @ HYTE)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 850 GM 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular SFX Power Supply ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 11 Home OEM 64-bit ($99.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1712.78
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2022-08-17 14:03 EDT-0400
 
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I wouldn't get 10th gen at this point, and you have 0 upgrade path. We have 13th gen coming sometime this year, so if you buy 12th gen now, you could upgrade to 13th gen, if you felt the need. 450w is not enough for that build. RX 6800 is faster, at a similar price, and doesn't have the transient power spike issues, that RTX 3000 has. Ever so slightly over $1800, but you can squeeze an even faster 6800xt into this.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i7-12700F 2.1 GHz 12-Core Processor ($312.95 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: be quiet! Pure Loop 280 Liquid CPU Cooler ($104.90 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte Z690I AORUS ULTRA LITE DDR4 (rev. 1.0) Mini ITX LGA1700 Motherboard ($150.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Crucial P5 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($119.99 @ Best Buy)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon RX 6800 XT 16 GB Red Dragon OC Video Card ($669.99 @ Amazon)
Case: HYTE REVOLT 3 Mini ITX Tower Case ($129.00 @ HYTE)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 850 GM 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular SFX Power Supply ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 11 Home OEM 64-bit ($99.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1802.78
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2022-08-17 14:02 EDT-0400


The non XT puts you back within the $1800 budget.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i7-12700F 2.1 GHz 12-Core Processor ($312.95 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: be quiet! Pure Loop 280 Liquid CPU Cooler ($104.90 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte Z690I AORUS ULTRA LITE DDR4 (rev. 1.0) Mini ITX LGA1700 Motherboard ($150.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Crucial P5 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($119.99 @ Best Buy)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon RX 6800 16 GB Red Dragon OC Video Card ($579.99 @ Amazon)
Case: HYTE REVOLT 3 Mini ITX Tower Case ($129.00 @ HYTE)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 850 GM 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular SFX Power Supply ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 11 Home OEM 64-bit ($99.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1712.78
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2022-08-17 14:03 EDT-0400
Thank you, I especially appreciate the consideration for the "upgrade path" since that's an option I'd like to keep open. Was there a specific performance reason for swapping out the cooling, or is it just equivalent performance at a better price?
 

geofelt

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Are you space restricted and need a small ITX format?
Otherwise, a more conventional case will have better ventilation and can install less expensive parts. What do you mean by semi portable?
Do you mean weight size or???


A current 12th gen I5-12400 @$200 or so will be stronger, particularly for gaming. It will come with a stock cooler, no need for liquid cooling.
But most will install a quiet tower type air cooler for quieter operation.
Here is a review of the 12400 as a gamer:
https://www.tomshardware.com/news/intel-core-i5-12400-review

Most any B660 ddr4 motherboard will do; they sell for about $100.

On the psu, it is usually best to overprovision a bit when using 3000 series graphics cards. They can have unusual power spikes.
I would think about 750w.
With a more conventional case, you can use a standard ATX psu which gives you more quality choices.
I like the ram.
 
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Are you space restricted and need a small ITX format?
Otherwise, a more conventional case will have better ventilation and can install less expensive parts. What do you mean by semi portable?
Do you mean weight size or???


A current 12th gen I5-12400 @$200 or so will be stronger, particularly for gaming. It will come with a stock cooler, no need for liquid cooling.
But most will install a quiet tower type air cooler for quieter operation.
Here is a review of the 12400 as a gamer:
https://www.tomshardware.com/news/intel-core-i5-12400-review

Most any B660 ddr4 motherboard will do; they sell for about $100.

On the psu, it is usually best to overprovision a bit when using 3000 series graphics cards. They can have unusual power spikes.
I would think about 750w.
With a more conventional case, you can use a standard ATX psu which gives you more quality choices.
I like the ram.
I'd like to be able to easily move the tower from my living room (where it would be connected to the TV for gaming) to my office (where it would be connected to monitor/mouse/keyboard for working). I'd also like to be able to occasionally bring it over to a friends house. This case's portability and aesthetics really appealed to me, and my research into the different case/mobo sizes gave me the impression that it would be a good fit since I'm not building anything especially fancy.
 

geofelt

Titan
ITX it is then.
Look at the lian-li TU150.
It is made of aluminum and has a carrying handle.
Here is a review:
Using a 12400, not much cooling is needed. There is sufficient headroom for any one of the noctua tower coolers.
The TU150 also needs a sfx psu.
Here is a seasonic focus SGX-750 with a 10 year warranty:
https://www.newegg.com/seasonic-focus-sgx-750-750w/p/N82E16817151252?quicklink=true

The graphics card will fit, the case can handle up to 320mm
 
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ITX it is then.
Look at the lian-li TU150.
It is made of aluminum and has a carrying handle.
Here is a review:
Using a 12400, not much cooling is needed. There is sufficient headroom for any one of the noctua tower coolers.
The TU150 also needs a sfx psu.
Here is a seasonic focus SGX-750 with a 10 year warranty:
https://www.newegg.com/seasonic-focus-sgx-750-750w/p/N82E16817151252?quicklink=true

The graphics card will fit, the case can handle up to 320mm
Thank you, I'll look into this case!
 

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