$2,000 Gaming PC (with borrowed parts)

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With parts pricing normalizing I would like to buy the components for my 2nd PC build to replace the first system I put together back in 2013. I would love any advice or comments on the parts I am picking based on my use. I have given myself a budget of $2,200 though I think I can build for a lot less by moving the GTX 1070 from my current machine and delaying a new graphic card to later in the year as well as moving some storage drives.

Main Use: Daily driver, 2K Gaming (Tomb Raider, Assassins Creed, Far Cry, etc..)
Desired Features: Stability, quiet, responsive, longevity (8 years+ of use), expandability
Don’t need: Overclocking, RGB, portability

I picked my parts based on advice from https://www.pcgamer.com/ and am keeping the list at https://pcpartpicker.com/list/68qxcb


ComponentItemNotesCost
CPUIntel CoreI7 12700K$375
CoolerNoctua NH-D15 chromax.black$110
MotherboardGigabyte Z690 AORUS ELITE AX DDR4 ATX LGA1700 MotherboardH670 motherboard instead?$240
MemoryPatriot Viper Steel 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3600 CL18 Memory$125
Boot DriveWestern Digital Black SN850 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME SSD$150
Game DriveCrucial MX500 1TB SSD SATA 6GBMove from current PC$0
Data Drives2 x Western Digital WD Green WD30EZRX 3TBMove from current PC$0
GPUMSI GAMING GeForce GTX 1070 8GB RAMMove from current PC, future upgrade to RTX 3070$0
CaseBe Quiet 500DX$110
Power SupplyThermaltake Toughpower GF1 PE 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply$110
Optical DriveNone$0
Displays2x GIGABYTE G27Q 2KMove from current PC$0
KeyboardLogitech G610 Orion BrownMove from current PC$0
MouseRazer DeathAdder ChromaMove from current PC$0
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 11 Home$120
Total$1,340
 
If you don't plan on overclocking then I'd look to make these changes in your build and btw you'll never see a Thermaltake psu recommended on any tech site worth its salt.

Super Flower Leadex III 850W 80+ Gold Modular Power Supply $109.99 + $5 off w/ promo code HPTGD238, limited offer By Super Flower

https://www.newegg.com/p/N82E16813144522
MSI MAG B660M MORTAR WIFI DDR4 $179.99

https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/MAG-B660M-MORTAR-WIFI-DDR4

or ...

https://www.newegg.com/p/N82E16813144520
MSI MAG B660 TOMAHAWK WIFI DDR4 $189.99


Intel Core i7-12700F $312.96


Review of that cpu with benchmarks.


CPU cooler worth having a look at.

https://www.amazon.com/DeepCool-AK620-High-Performance-Dual-Tower-Dissipation/dp/B09CSXS3X4
DeepCool AK620 CPU Cooler $64.99

 
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If you don't plan on overclocking then I'd look to make these changes in your build and btw you'll never see a Thermaltake psu recommended on any tech site worth its salt.
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Good feedback thank you. I had discounted the i7-12700F because I have had a video card fail on me and want some kind of onboard video in case I need to troubleshoot. I hadn't read up on the Thermalake, thank you for the heads up!
 
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Good feedback thank you. I had discounted the i7-12700F because I have had a video card fail on me and want some kind of onboard video in case I need to troubleshoot. I hadn't read up on the Thermalake, thank you for the heads up!
Here's your integrated graphics.

https://www.newegg.com/intel-core-i7-12700-core-i7-12th-gen/p/N82E16819118368
Intel Core i7-12700 $349.99

https://ark.intel.com/content/www/u...12700-processor-25m-cache-up-to-4-90-ghz.html
Processor Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 770
 
Welcome to the forum :)

Boot Drive—Western Digital Black SN850 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME SSD$150
If this is only for Windows & software, 256GB is more than enough.

longevity (8 years+ of use), expandability
If the expandability might include future graphics cards—eg 40XX, 50XX—then consider a more powerful PSU. It sounds a bit like they'll need their own dedicated PSU soon!

You'll probably want DDR5 RAM when it stabilizes and drops in price in a few years, so make sure current parts will play with it—I'm no expert, so can't tell :)
 
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Welcome to the forum :)


If this is only for Windows & software, 256GB is more than enough.


If the expandability might include future graphics cards—eg 40XX, 50XX—then consider a more powerful PSU. It sounds a bit like they'll need their own dedicated PSU soon!

You'll probably want DDR5 RAM when it stabilizes and drops in price in a few years, so make sure current parts will play with it—I'm no expert, so can't tell :)
Thank you. Good note on the boot drive, I will reduce the size of it.
For the PSU the 850 should be enough for a 3070 which is the most likely next card. By the time a 40xx or 50xx comes along we might have different power distribution so... maybe for a future system.
I thought about DDR5 but it is MUCH more expensive at the moment and from what I can tell the performance uplift is nominal..
 
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