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Previous build lasted me 10 years, I have not looked at components since then.

Budget (including currency): usd $2500

Country: USA

Games, programs or workloads that it will be used for: WoW, video editing for fun and training videos (could be lengthy).

Other details (existing parts lists, whether any peripherals are needed, what you're upgrading from, when you're going to buy, what resolution and refresh rate you want to play at, etc): 


I need a PSU, CPU cooling that will fit in the case, preferably air cooled and quiet. And I still need some RAM, looking at probably 6400 32GB. Any input would be great, main concern is compatibility. Thanks everyone!


Here is my list: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/W2vJtn.


Here is what I have so far:
















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Does your editing use more CPU than GPU?

Do you only play WoW?

The GPU you have in the system is pretty weak.


Why do you have 3 separate 1TB SSDs?


DDR5 isn't really that beneficial right now, so it might be worth going with a DDR4 board and saving some money.


Welcome to the forum.

CPU: Ryzen 9 5900 Cooler: EVGA CLC280 Motherboard: Gigabyte B550i Pro AX RAM: Kingston Hyper X 32GB 3200mhz

Storage: WD 750 SE 500GB, WD 730 SE 1TB GPU: AMD Radeon 6700XT 12GB PSU: Corsair SF600 Case: Streacom DA2

Monitor: LG 27GL83B Mouse: Razer Basilisk V2 Keyboard: G.Skill KM780 Cherry MX Red Speakers: Mackie CR5BT


MiniPC - Sold for $100 Profit


CPU: Intel i3 4160 Cooler: Integrated Motherboard: Integrated

RAM: G.Skill RipJaws 16GB DDR3 Storage: Transcend MSA370 128GB GPU: Intel 4400 Graphics

PSU: Integrated Case: Shuttle XPC Slim

Monitor: LG 29WK500 Mouse: G.Skill MX780 Keyboard: G.Skill KM780 Cherry MX Red


Budget Rig 1 - Sold For $750 Profit


CPU: Intel i5 7600k Cooler: CryOrig H7 Motherboard: MSI Z270 M5

RAM: Crucial LPX 16GB DDR4 Storage: Intel S3510 800GB GPU: Nvidia GTX 980

PSU: Corsair CX650M Case: EVGA DG73

Monitor: LG 29WK500 Mouse: G.Skill MX780 Keyboard: G.Skill KM780 Cherry MX Red


OG Gaming Rig - Gone



CPU: Intel i5 4690k Cooler: Corsair H100i V2 Motherboard: MSI Z97i AC ITX

RAM: Crucial Ballistix 16GB DDR3 Storage: Kingston Fury 240GB GPU: Asus Strix GTX 970

PSU: Thermaltake TR2 Case: Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX

Monitor: Dell P2214H x2 Mouse: Logitech MX Master Keyboard: G.Skill KM780 Cherry MX Red



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It's not necessary, but it would be pretty helpful to know what you're upgrading from to know if there's anything that you can save. 


As for some specifics for the system, there are a lot of things you should know. 

  1. The difference between the 12700K and the 12900K is 4 E cores and about 200-300MHz. The performance differences are measurable, but they're not noticeable, and definitely not worth the $250 to anyone but extreme overclockers, people with too much money, and people who use the system to make money where the extra 5 minutes it saves on a compile time actually makes sense (for just fun that it sounds like you're doing, it's not worth the extra cost). Plus, the 12900K is super hard to cool, so if you want an air cooler (like you want if you want your system to last 10 years again, I wouldn't trust an AIO to last more than 3-5) you'll have to undervolt it to prevent thermal throttling. The 12700F or 12700K, on the other hand, is actually coolable with an air cooler under full load, so for a system like this it just makes more sense. 
  2. DDR5 is a pain to work with. If you want the super impressive speeds like 6400MHz CL32, odds are the XMP won't work and you'll have to manually overclock the RAM. Plus, those super high speed kits run real hot, so you will need a fan pointed at your RAM to prevent it from cooking itself. Plus, the 4 DIMM motherboards in general kinda suck, you're usually limited to 6400MHz with a bit of tuning. If you want the high speed kits to work, you should really be aiming for a 2 DIMM board like the Unify-X, Tachyon, or the ITX boards. Your other option is to just go DDR4 instead, it's a lot easier to work with, in games the performance is actually about the same if not slightly better thanks to its better latency, plus the cost is a lot less. If you don't wanna have to deal with issues getting the RAM to work at impressive speeds, just stick to DDR4, a kit of 2x16GB 3600MHz CL14 should perform pretty well at stock and the XMP profile should be very compatible, but it's guaranteed Samsung B die so if you want to overclock your RAM in the future it's an option. 
  3. The GPU is not exactly a good option for a system of this budget. You can easily rearrange the budget and get a 3080 with a 12700F, a CPU that is 90% the performance of the 12900K and a GPU that is over double the performance of the 3060. 
  4. The EVGA GA series has issues with 30 series transients. It'll be fine with a 3060, but if you want to go for a 3080 or God forbid the rumored 4080/4090, you need something better. Good 850W minimum for a 3080/3090, for a system like this I'd probably aim for a 1000W just to be safe. 
  5. Storage config really makes no sense. First, Gen 3 vs. Gen 4 performance is not noticeable for most consumers unless you're doing very specific workloads. Hobbyist video editing and gaming are not those workloads. Second, the 970 Evo Plus 2TB is a faster drive than the 1TB models, it costs less, and lets you keep more NVMe slots open for future expansion. I'm assuming you're carrying the 850 Evo over from your old system, that's fine, it would make a pretty good OS drive, then have the 2TB 970 Evo for games and an Adobe scratch disk. Realistically the difference in performance in OS applications between good SATA and NVMe drives is basically unnoticeable. 



This would be such a better system for what you're trying to do, would still perform very well but would cost less. 

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