Question What CPU, RAM, MOBO to pair with the RTX 3060TI?

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I still got 1,5 years of warranty for my old prebuilt. However past that mark I am going to have to upgrade it if I still cannot sell it until then.

Current specs: acer predator po3-620 motherboard

i5 10400f,

2x8 GB DDR4 2667Mhz
 

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Here's one solid option:

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CPU: Intel Core i5-13600K 3.5 GHz 14-Core Processor ($314.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15S chromax.black 82.51 CFM CPU Cooler ($109.95 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI PRO Z790-P WIFI ATX LGA1700 Motherboard ($199.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston FURY Beast 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR5-5200 CL36 Memory ($75.12 @ Amazon)
Total: $700.05

Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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If you need more CPU power, go with Core i7 or i9. If less, i5-13400 is also great option. i5-13600K is the best middle option, by also leaving door open for CPU OC.
You can also go with MoBo that supports DDR4 RAM, if you want to reuse your current RAM (and save some money).
CPU cooler is beefy but is selected to consider possible CPU OC. Going with i5-13400 means no need for aftermarket CPU cooler (CPU comes with one) and another money save. Also, non-K CPU would mean B- or H-series MoBo, which is another money save compared to Z-series MoBo.

So, it all depends on what you use your PC for and what is your budget.
 
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Hucka2

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Here's one solid option:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i5-13600K 3.5 GHz 14-Core Processor ($314.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15S chromax.black 82.51 CFM CPU Cooler ($109.95 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI PRO Z790-P WIFI ATX LGA1700 Motherboard ($199.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston FURY Beast 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR5-5200 CL36 Memory ($75.12 @ Amazon)
Total: $700.05

Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2023-05-20 13:59 EDT-0400


If you need more CPU power, go with Core i7 or i9. If less, i5-13400 is also great option. i5-13600K is the best middle option, by also leaving door open for CPU OC.
You can also go with MoBo that supports DDR4 RAM, if you want to reuse your current RAM (and save some money).
CPU cooler is beefy but is selected to consider possible CPU OC. Going with i5-13400 means no need for aftermarket CPU cooler (CPU comes with one) and another money save. Also, non-K CPU would mean B- or H-series MoBo, which is another money save compared to Z-series MoBo.

So, it all depends on what you use your PC for and what is your budget.
With this rig, my goal is 1440P 60-120FPS High Preset gaming in AAA titles older and newer
 

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With this rig, my goal is 1440P 60-120FPS High Preset gaming in AAA titles older and newer
Most of the times, GPU defines your FPS, not CPU.

RTX 3060 Ti, 2 years ago (when it launched), was able to do ~110 FPS on 1440p with Ultra. Today, not so much. ~52 FPS on 1440p with Ultra.
High preset, despite being lower than Ultra, won't double your FPS in current AAA titles.

With GPU explained, CPU wise, you'd be fine with i5-13400. Heck, even i3-13100 would be enough when paired with RTX 3060 Ti,
comparison: https://cpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Intel-Core-i5-10400F-vs-Intel-Core-i3-13100/4079vsm2011672

But if you plan to upgrade to e.g RTX 4070, i5-13600K would be nice match to it.
 

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Most of the times, GPU defines your FPS, not CPU.

RTX 3060 Ti, 2 years ago (when it launched), was able to do ~110 FPS on 1440p with Ultra. Today, not so much. ~52 FPS on 1440p with Ultra.
High preset, despite being lower than Ultra, won't double your FPS in current AAA titles.

With GPU explained, CPU wise, you'd be fine with i5-13400. Heck, even i3-13100 would be enough when paired with RTX 3060 Ti,
comparison: https://cpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Intel-Core-i5-10400F-vs-Intel-Core-i3-13100/4079vsm2011672

But if you plan to upgrade to e.g RTX 4070, i5-13600K would be nice match to it.
Okay, not 1440p then. What about 1080P 120FPS in most games, AAA titles, High Preset
 
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What about 1080P 120FPS in most games, AAA titles, High Preset

With RTX 3060 Ti? Unlikely.

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Do note that RTX 3060 Ti is ~6% weaker than RTX 3070.
You might hit ~120 FPS with Medium settings on 1080p.

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Source: https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/nvidia-geforce-rtx-4070-review/5
 

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