My rig (4th gen Intel built in 2014) appears to be bricked (stuck in a power startup loop, see other thread) so it’s time for an overdue replacement. I need to make some quick decisions since I’d like to get the parts this week and build it over the upcoming Labor Day weekend. I have a local Microcenter so I will get everything there if at all possible.
My build strategy is usually to go for stability and efficiency, kind of a solid mid-range rig. Here’s my list so far. Feedback appreciated.
CPU: Intel Core i5-12600K
Cooler: Noctua NH-U12S chromax.black or OG beige
(I’ve always used the Intel stock cooler LOL so this will be a first for me.)
Mobo: ASUS - Z690-PLUS TUF Gaming WiFi DDR4
(Does anyone here have this mobo? I was considering the MSI Tomahawk but I trust ASUS a little more. My previous 2 rigs have been Gigabyte but I’m ready for a change. I’d go ASUS ROG Strix but apparently their huge VRM shrouds make them incompatible with the Noctua coolers, whoopsie!)
GPU: ASUS - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 TUF Gaming V2
(I usually prefer EVGA but realistically I will get whatever Microcenter has in stock for 3060-Ti or 3070.)
RAM: Corsair - Vengeance LPX 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4-3200 PC4-25600 CL16
(Something quality without any bling or massive heat spreaders to get in the way.)
PSU: Seasonic USA - FOCUS GX-850, 850W 80+ Gold
Case: Fractal Design - Meshify 2 Compact Black No Window
(I’ve had my eye on this case for a while.)
SSD: Samsung - 970 EVO Plus SSD 1TB M.2 NVMe
(Should I go for the 2TB unit right away? Game installs seem to be getting massive.)
Sound: Mobo sound or Creative Labs Sound BlasterX AE-5 Plus Sound Card?
(I’ve always gotten the current gen Sound Blaster card for my rigs, but I haven’t seen anyone include a sound card in their build in ages. Is current gen mobo sound really that robust, or does everyone just use headphones with USB DACs? I have an adequate 2.1 Logitech speaker setup.)
O/S: I think I will just stick with Win 10 Home until Win 11 matures, though I’ve read that Win 11 is supposed to include some efficiencies for Intel 12th gen CPUs.