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Gaming PC $3500 AUD - Advice

Budget (including currency): $3500 AUD (equiv. ~$2500 USD) 

Country: Australia

Games, programs or workloads that it will be used for:¬†Gaming - (Heavily modded Minecraft (maybe with shaders?¬†ūü§®)), and possible newer titles Cyberpunk 2077 and¬†Microsoft Flight Sim¬†at around ~144-165fps 1440p

 

Hey guys,

I am looking to build a gaming pc but I feel I need some guidance regarding the parts I have chosen as it is my first time.

I am going for a primarily white build with either white or blue lighting

My budget currently is $3500 AUD but I am willing to spend more if need arises

Feel obliged to critique the components below and suggest improvements/optimisations 

 

Current Monitors: 2x Acer 27" QHD 165hz Gaming Monitors (Model #UM.HV1SA.S01-RY0)

 

 

                                                                   The Build

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Part List: https://au.pcpartpicker.com/list/LPW66r

 

$599 - CPU: Intel i7-12700K (Umart)

$260 - CPU Cooler: Corsair iCUE H150i Elite Capellix 360mm ARGB AIO Liquid CPU Cooler - White (Umart)

$549 - Motherboard: Asus ROG Strix Z690-A D4 (Umart)

$209 - Memory: Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 32GB (2x16GB) 3200MHz CL16 DDR4 White (PC Case Gear)

$299 - Storage: Samsung 2TB 970 EVO Plus M.2 NVMe SSD (Umart)

 

$999 - GPU: RTX 3070 Ti 8 GB Vision OC (Umart)

                      OR

$1099            ASUS Radeon RX 6900 XT TUF OC (PC Case Gear)

 

$109 - Case: Corsair Carbide 275R Airflow (Umart) - REQUIRED

$209 - PSU: Corsair RM850x (PC Case Gear)

 

$3163 to 3263 - TOTAL

$337 to 227 - Under Budget

 

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Questions:

1. Is the Rx 6900 xt worth the extra $100?

2. Am I over spending on the motherboard?

3. Are the chosen components good and can it be improved?

4. Are there similar/ better alternatives for cheaper?

5. Is the PSU sufficient?

 

 

Listed prices in AUD
Part suggestions don't have to be white or include RGB

don't be dissuaded to suggest parts that would push the total on or over budget

If you have any questions for me feel free to shoot me a reply

 

Thanks,

Benjamin¬†ūüĎć

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1. 6900XT is worth the extra $100 if you only care for raw performance, but you'll lose NVidia software/DLSS/RT

Can't you get a 3080 for the price of the 6900XT ? it'll settle the issue ūüôā

2. YES you overspend !! All Z690 boards are good VRM wise, sure you get fancy features with an hi end board but you'll have the same performance with a $350 board like the Gigabyte Elite or MSI Tomahawk

3./4. Components are fine, the thing I'd like less is the case but you seem to really want it ... It's an ok case but quite mid range and your rather hi end build could use something more premium - Corsair 5000, Lian Li O11, Fractal Torrent... Or a nice ITX case like Phanteks Evolv Shift!

5. It's ok but a bit on the weak side esp. with a 12th gen Intel K skew, I'd get the 1000W version, not much more expensive

 

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Just wanna add on that if you currently do have a PC thats you would be comfortable based on the current roadmap for Nvidia GPUs, and past release dates, its belived that the 4000 series GPUs will release this fall (August, September, October for the 4090,4080, and 4070) and with the massive drop in crypto prices and some coins completely falling apart most speculate that we will see much fairer prices with this launch compared with the 3000 series.

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Are you going to overclock? 

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4 minutes ago, Omar.B said:

Are you going to overclock? 

Nah, probably not. I don't have the best cooling in my house and I live in Australia and I'm not in the market for a space heater atm. 

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6 minutes ago, BenjaminSexyBoy said:

Nah, probably not. I don't have the best cooling in my house and I live in Australia and I'm not in the market for a space heater atm. 

So you wont overclock because of cooling concerns? You can get a good cooler and do some light overclocking without concerns.

If you are not going to over clock at all then you should get an F CPU with good b660 mobo.

For the GPU as said above you can wait if you are not in a rush because the 4000 series on the way means cheaper and better performance  

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20 minutes ago, Omar.B said:

So you wont overclock because of cooling concerns? You can get a good cooler and do some light overclocking without concerns.

If you are not going to over clock at all then you should get an F CPU with good b660 mobo.

For the GPU as said above you can wait if you are not in a rush because the 4000 series on the way means cheaper and better performance  

Yeah true, Its probably beneficial if I overclock at least to some degree so I can get more out of the build, I've also heard a few people talk about the 4000 series so I'll probably just hold out until they release, also thanks for the recommendation¬†ūüôā

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9 minutes ago, BenjaminSexyBoy said:

Yeah true, Its probably beneficial if I overclock at least to some degree so I can get more out of the build, I've also heard a few people talk about the 4000 series so I'll probably just hold out until they release, also thanks for the recommendation¬†ūüôā

Sure no problem always happy to help!

You can ask me anything.

And I made you a list just in case to help you with the parts also I noticed you want white build so :

 

PCPartPicker Part List: https://au.pcpartpicker.com/list/XCJGxs

CPU: Intel Core i7-12700F 2.1 GHz 12-Core Processor  ($479.00 @ Amazon Australia) 
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML360L ARGB V2 62 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler  ($119.00 @ PCByte) 
Thermal Compound: Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut 1 g Thermal Paste  ($9.00 @ PCCaseGear) 
Motherboard: Gigabyte B660M AORUS Pro AX DDR4 Micro ATX LGA1700 Motherboard  ($199.00 @ Amazon Australia) 
Memory: Corsair CMW32GX4M4C3200C16W 32 GB (4 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory  ($195.00 @ I-Tech) 
Storage: Kingston NV1 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive  ($66.00 @ Centre Com) 
Storage: Corsair MP400 2 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive  ($239.00 @ BPC Technology) 
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 8 GB Vision OC Video Card  ($899.00 @ Amazon Australia) 
Case: Corsair 4000D Airflow ATX Mid Tower Case  ($119.00 @ Amazon Australia) 
Power Supply: Corsair CP-9020232-NA 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply  ($189.00 @ Amazon Australia) 
Total: $2513.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2022-07-01 22:31 AEST+1000

Better overall also cheaper 

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White ATX Motherboards are expensive, there is a gray one for like $100 less:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i7-12700F 2.1 GHz 12-Core Processor  ($479.00 @ Amazon Australia) 
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML360L ARGB V2 62 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler  ($119.00 @ PCByte) 
Motherboard: ASRock Z690 Steel Legend ATX LGA1700 Motherboard  ($299.00 @ JW Computers) 
Memory: Corsair CMH32GX4M2E3200C16W 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory  ($192.00 @ I-Tech) 
Storage: Kingston NV1 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive  ($66.00 @ Centre Com) 
Storage: Corsair MP400 2 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive  ($239.00 @ BPC Technology) 
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon RX 6750 XT 12 GB Red Devil OC Video Card  ($933.52 @ Amazon Australia) 
Case: Corsair 4000D Airflow ATX Mid Tower Case  ($119.00 @ Amazon Australia) 
Power Supply: Corsair CP-9020232-NA 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply  ($189.00 @ Amazon Australia) 
Total: $2635.52
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2022-07-01 23:18 AEST+1000

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2 hours ago, BenjaminSexyBoy said:

Questions:

1. Is the Rx 6900 xt worth the extra $100?

2. Am I over spending on the motherboard?

3. Are the chosen components good and can it be improved?

4. Are there similar/ better alternatives for cheaper?

5. Is the PSU sufficient?

 

 

1. Yes. It's a good price for that GPU.

2. Yes, but if you want the white aesthetic it's about the only reasonable choice.

3. Yes and yes. ūüôā

4. Yes, see below.

5. Yes.

 

Consider going with a locked i7-12700F. With good cooling and liberal power limits performance is very close to its unlocked sibling.

 

I have included the RX 6900 XT despite its clashing colour scheme.  For higher resolution gaming the added performance will make a difference compared to the RTX 3070 Ti. The current price is very good by today's standards.

 

The white PSU while it is hidden comes with white cables for a more harmonious appearance.

 

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i7-12700F 2.1 GHz 12-Core Processor  ($479.00 @ Amazon Australia) 
CPU Cooler: Lian Li GALAHAD AIO 240 RGB UNI FAN SL120 EDITION 58.54 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler  ($235.00 @ BPC Technology) 
Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX B660-A GAMING WIFI D4 ATX LGA1700 Motherboard  ($339.00 @ BPC Technology) 
Memory: Corsair CMK32GX4M2B3200C16W 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory 
Storage: Samsung MZ-V7S2T0B/AM 2 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive  ($298.00 @ Centre Com) 
Video Card: Asus Radeon RX 6900 XT 16 GB TUF GAMING OC Video Card  ($1099.00 @ PCCaseGear) 
Case: Lian Li O11 Air Mini ATX Mid Tower Case  ($169.00 @ Centre Com) 
Power Supply: Corsair CP-9020232-NA 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply  ($189.00 @ Amazon Australia) 
Total: $2808.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2022-07-02 00:03 AEST+1000

 

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Budget (including currency): $3500 AUD (equiv. ~$2500 USD) 

Country: Australia

Games, programs or workloads that it will be used for: Gaming - Heavily modded Minecraft, and possible newer titles like Cyberpunk 2077 and Microsoft Flight Sim at around ~144-165fps 1440p

 

Hey guys,

I was on here yesterday asking for advice on improvements for my 1st PC I am planning to build, thanks to everyone who responded¬†ūüôā

I have made changes to the list following your advice and was wondering if the build was good

Planning on a primarily white build with the lighting set to either light blue or white (Feel free to suggest parts that go against this)

I still have a few questions which I'll leave below the list.

 

Just a to clear up a few things:

  • I'm not overclocking but am heavily considering it
  • I understand I am missing out on¬†NVidia software/DLSS/RT
  • I understand the 4000 series is releasing soon and if I wait and send a bit more I can get one (but I'm too impatient)

 

Current Monitors: 2x Acer 27" QHD 165hz Gaming Monitors (Model #UM.HV1SA.S01-RY0)

 

Build:

 

PCPartPicker Part List: https://au.pcpartpicker.com/list/m7VyVw 

CPU: Intel Core i7-12700F 2.1 GHz 12-Core Processor  ($479.00 @ Amazon Australia) 
CPU Cooler: Corsair iCUE H150i ELITE CAPELLIX 75 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler  ($260.00 @ Amazon Australia) 
Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX B660-A GAMING WIFI D4 ATX LGA1700 Motherboard  ($339.00 @ BPC Technology) 
Memory: Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 32 GB (4 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory  ($195.00 @ I-Tech) 
Storage: Samsung 970 Evo Plus 2 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive  ($298.00 @ Centre Com) 
Video Card: Asus Radeon RX 6900 XT 16 GB TUF GAMING OC Video Card  ($1099.00 @ PCCaseGear) 
Case: Corsair iCUE 5000X RGB ATX Mid Tower Case  ($235.00 @ Amazon Australia) 
Power Supply: Corsair RMx (2021) 1000 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply  ($261.00 @ BPC Technology) 
Total: $3166.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2022-07-02 18:49 AEST+1000

 

Questions:

1. Is selecting the Rx 6900 xt a good decision? or should I just get a 3080 ($200-300 more)

2. Do I want a better CPU? or is the one I've selected enough

3. Are the chosen components good/ balanced?

4. is there benefit in getting a CPU with integrated graphics for my build?

5. Is a 1000w PSU too much?

6. Would it be better if I send a bit more to get an unlocked CPU and Motherboard to overclock?

 

Listed prices in AUD
Part suggestions don't have to be white or include RGB

don't be dissuaded to suggest parts that would push the total on or over budget

If you have any questions for me feel free to shoot me a reply

 

Thanks,

Benjamin¬†ūüĎć

 

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This is just my opinion, so long as you're having fun and done your research you do you.

 

I would swap out the aio cpu cooler for a fan cooler.

 

Start with 16gb ram and 1tb m.2 and put that money to a better CPU. I'm not up to date with Intel's CPUs.

 

I think 1000w PSU is overboard.unless you're planning to expand the PC a lot, I reckon go do a PC wattage calculator, I think PC part picker even estimates it. And add 150 to whatever they say. Money saved on PSU can also go to CPU.

 

I think gpu choice is fine

 

If you're down to be buying a gpu, I wouldn't worry about integrated graphics (though it was torture when the only thing left to get was the GPU and I had the whole pc set up haha)

 

For the uses you've listed, i don't think overclocking should be on your radar and as far as I can tell overclocking is just for the fun of it, overclocking to get increased performance for long periods of time I believe just wears things down and makes a lot of heat for not a lot of noticeable differences in gaming.

 

There is a lot of information out there. And it can be hard to get it all to mesh together. But I would certainly start with looking up good CPU and GPU pairings.

 

Also I'm a slut for fractal design cases and the meshify c is getting cheap and it's sexy and awesome airflow

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51 minutes ago, BenjaminSexyBoy said:

 

Questions:

1. Is selecting the Rx 6900 xt a good decision? or should I just get a 3080 ($200-300 more)

Yes its good just a personal preference I would say, for me I would go with the 3080 12gb .

51 minutes ago, BenjaminSexyBoy said:

2. Do I want a better CPU? or is the one I've selected enough

Yes its enough for everything no need for more.

51 minutes ago, BenjaminSexyBoy said:

3. Are the chosen components good/ balanced?

There's some stuff you overpaying on you don't need.

51 minutes ago, BenjaminSexyBoy said:

4. is there benefit in getting a CPU with integrated graphics for my build?

No, you won't gain anything.

51 minutes ago, BenjaminSexyBoy said:

5. Is a 1000w PSU too much?

Yes its too much also you can get a 1000w for cheaper.

1000W PSU a good one or Phanteks or NZXT.

51 minutes ago, BenjaminSexyBoy said:

6. Would it be better if I send a bit more to get an unlocked CPU and Motherboard to overclock?

I don't think you will need much to pay over your budget to get something to over clock 

51 minutes ago, BenjaminSexyBoy said:

Part suggestions don't have to be white or include RGB

PCPartPicker Part List:

White Build

Best bang for the buck  you can maybe get 3080ti

Overclock

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