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First time PC builder, need help planning a game development PC

Budget (including currency): $1,500 minimum, $2,000 maximum

Country: United States, I live close enough to a MicroCenter that I could make my purchase there.

Games, programs or workloads that it will be used for: 

  • Game Development, should be able to run programs such as game engines, image editing software, audio recording and editing, screen recording, and video editing.
  • I am not looking for a gaming PC as I have a steam deck.

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): 

  1. I don't have a parts list ready, needs to be able to use bluetooth and wifi, RBG is also optional.
  2. My current monitor is a 32inch curved Acer brand, 1920p, 240 Hz
  3. I am upgrading from a Surface Pro 7.
  4. I intend on making my purchase for the parts in a few weeks.
  5. I am upgrading due to my current laptop not being able to handle certain things such as video editing and screen recording.

 

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Even if you're not gaming I suppose you need a midrange GPU for video editing, I'd suggest this for $1,700

Plenty of power, lots of RAM and storage (WD SN850 as boot drive, 970 Evo for stuff), great board, manageable thermals, capable GPU, nice serious looking case 🙂

 

 

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

 

CPU: Intel Core i7-12700 2.1 GHz 12-Core Processor  ($342.98 @ B&H) 
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U14S 82.52 CFM CPU Cooler  ($79.95 @ Amazon) 
Motherboard: Asus ProArt B660-CREATOR D4 ATX LGA1700 Motherboard  ($199.99 @ Newegg) 
Memory: Patriot Viper 4 Blackout 64 GB (2 x 32 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory  ($187.99 @ Amazon) 
Storage: Western Digital Black SN850 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive  ($83.60 @ Amazon) 
Storage: Samsung 970 Evo Plus 2 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive  ($187.99 @ Newegg) 
Video Card: MSI GeForce RTX 3060 12 GB VENTUS 3X OC Video Card  ($379.99 @ B&H) 
Case: Corsair 5000D AIRFLOW ATX Mid Tower Case  ($129.99 @ Newegg) 
Power Supply: Corsair RMx (2021) 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply  ($134.99 @ Amazon) 
Total: $1727.47
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2022-08-12 20:27 EDT-0400

System : AMD R9 5900X / X570 AORUS PRO/ 2x16GB Corsair Vengeance 3600CL18 (OCed to CL16)/ RTX3080 Gigabyte EAGLE GPU/ Phanteks P600S case / Customized Watercooling Eisbaer 280mm + Eiswolf2 360mm + VPP755 pump  and 150mm reservoir0.5TB Sabrent Rocket + 2TB WD SN850 NVme Gen4 + 4TB Toshiba X300 HDD drives/ Corsair RM850x PSU/ 34" 120Hz 3440x1440p Alienware AW3420DW monitor / Logitech G915TKL keyboard (wireless) / Logitech G PRO X Superlight mouse

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PCPartPicker Part List: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/8ZcCC6

CPU: Intel Core i5-12600 3.3 GHz 6-Core Processor  ($229.98 @ B&H) 
CPU Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock 4 CPU Cooler  ($74.90 @ Amazon) 
Motherboard: MSI MAG B660 TOMAHAWK WIFI DDR4 ATX LGA1700 Motherboard  ($189.99 @ Amazon) 
Memory: TEAMGROUP T-Force Vulcan Z 64 GB (2 x 32 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory  ($189.99 @ Newegg) 
Storage: Samsung 970 Evo Plus 2 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive  ($187.99 @ Newegg) 
Video Card: Zotac GeForce RTX 3060 Ti LHR 8 GB GAMING Twin Edge OC Video Card  ($445.58 @ Amazon) 
Case: Corsair iCUE 4000X RGB ATX Mid Tower Case  ($144.99 @ Amazon) 
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA GA 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply  ($79.99 @ EVGA) 
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 11 Home OEM 64-bit  ($119.95 @ Adorama) 
Total: $1663.36
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2022-08-12 21:23 EDT-0400

 

The case that @PDifolco mentioned is not really necessary and you can go with the 4000x additionally, if u get a power supply that's more realistic like a 650w psu which is more than enough for ur build u can get a better gpu I squeezed an 3060ti for a way lower price compared tp the build suggested above 

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PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i7-12700F 2.1 GHz 12-Core Processor  ($312.99 @ Amazon) 
CPU Cooler: Deepcool AK620 68.99 CFM CPU Cooler  ($64.98 @ Amazon) 
Motherboard: MSI MAG B660 TOMAHAWK WIFI DDR4 ATX LGA1700 Motherboard  ($189.99 @ Amazon) 
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory  ($88.49 @ Newegg) 
Storage: Western Digital Black SN770 2 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive  ($199.99 @ Amazon) 
Video Card: Asus GeForce RTX 3060 Ti LHR 8 GB DUAL OC V2 Video Card  ($499.99 @ Amazon) 
Case: Corsair 4000D Airflow ATX Mid Tower Case  ($94.99 @ Amazon) 
Power Supply: Phanteks AMP 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply  ($74.99 @ Newegg) 
Total: $1526.41
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2022-08-12 21:58 EDT-0400

80+ ratings certify electrical efficiency. Not quality.

 

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PCPartPicker Part List: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/7KKHpH

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5800X 3.8 GHz 8-Core Processor  ($299.99 @ Amazon) 
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9S 46.44 CFM CPU Cooler  ($59.95 @ Amazon) 
Motherboard: ASRock B550M PG RIPTIDE Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard  ($99.99 @ Newegg) 
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 64 GB (4 x 16 GB) DDR4-3600 CL18 Memory  ($204.99 @ Newegg) 
Storage: Samsung 970 Evo Plus 2 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive  ($187.99 @ Newegg) 
Video Card: Asus GeForce RTX 3070 LHR 8 GB KO GAMING OC V2 Video Card  ($503.99 @ Amazon) 
Case: Thermaltake Versa H18 MicroATX Mini Tower Case  ($49.99 @ Amazon) 
Power Supply: EVGA BQ 650 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply  ($54.99 @ EVGA) 
Case Fan: Noctua A14 PWM 82.5 CFM 140 mm Fan  ($23.95 @ Amazon) 
Case Fan: Noctua A14 PWM 82.5 CFM 140 mm Fan  ($23.95 @ Amazon) 
Total: $1509.78
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2022-08-12 22:08 EDT-0400

 

A very powerful cpu, 2tb of ssd,, 64gb of ram, a 3070, and all the other good parts for only 1500.


Cheaper than the other lists, and with a faster cpu and gpu.

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17 hours ago, PDifolco said:

Even if you're not gaming I suppose you need a midrange GPU for video editing, I'd suggest this for $1,700

Plenty of power, lots of RAM and storage (WD SN850 as boot drive, 970 Evo for stuff), great board, manageable thermals, capable GPU, nice serious looking case 🙂

 

 

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

 

CPU: Intel Core i7-12700 2.1 GHz 12-Core Processor  ($342.98 @ B&H) 
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U14S 82.52 CFM CPU Cooler  ($79.95 @ Amazon) 
Motherboard: Asus ProArt B660-CREATOR D4 ATX LGA1700 Motherboard  ($199.99 @ Newegg) 
Memory: Patriot Viper 4 Blackout 64 GB (2 x 32 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory  ($187.99 @ Amazon) 
Storage: Western Digital Black SN850 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive  ($83.60 @ Amazon) 
Storage: Samsung 970 Evo Plus 2 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive  ($187.99 @ Newegg) 
Video Card: MSI GeForce RTX 3060 12 GB VENTUS 3X OC Video Card  ($379.99 @ B&H) 
Case: Corsair 5000D AIRFLOW ATX Mid Tower Case  ($129.99 @ Newegg) 
Power Supply: Corsair RMx (2021) 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply  ($134.99 @ Amazon) 
Total: $1727.47
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2022-08-12 20:27 EDT-0400

I forgot to put in my post, but this should be ae to handle simple 3D modeling in blender?

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6 minutes ago, vulty said:

I forgot to put in my post, but this should be ae to handle simple 3D modeling in blender?

Well I don't use it, but according to Blender scoreboard https://www.cgdirector.com/blender-benchmark-results-updated-scores/ the 3060 is as good as a 2080 and half the score of a 3080.. but for half the price 🙂, so it has the better perf/price ratio (tho the 3080 price dropped recently more than the 3060's)

So imo the best choice for your budget

AMD 6000 cards may work with Blender but I'm not competent enough to confirm

System : AMD R9 5900X / X570 AORUS PRO/ 2x16GB Corsair Vengeance 3600CL18 (OCed to CL16)/ RTX3080 Gigabyte EAGLE GPU/ Phanteks P600S case / Customized Watercooling Eisbaer 280mm + Eiswolf2 360mm + VPP755 pump  and 150mm reservoir0.5TB Sabrent Rocket + 2TB WD SN850 NVme Gen4 + 4TB Toshiba X300 HDD drives/ Corsair RM850x PSU/ 34" 120Hz 3440x1440p Alienware AW3420DW monitor / Logitech G915TKL keyboard (wireless) / Logitech G PRO X Superlight mouse

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