Building a PC for my brother

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Im building a pc for my brother
Budget: £2000
He will be mainly playing games so it will need:
  • A lot of space
  • A good CPU
  • Fast RAM
  • Good GPU
You can cross the line but not by a lot 😅🤞
 
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PHANTEKS ECLIPSE P360A Mid-Tower PC Case £79.00

Exhaust fan for that case.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07GB5JRTZ/
ARCTIC P12 PWM 120mm 4-Pin Case Fan £8.50

Seasonic Focus GX 650W 80+ Gold Modular Power Supply £79.55

MSI PRO B660M-A DDR4 £130.96

https://infinite-computing.co.uk/product/intel-core-i5-12400f
Intel Core i5 12400F £169.75

https://www.scan.co.uk/products/deepcool-gammaxx-gte-v2-cooler-1x-120mm-rgb-fan-single-tower-aluminium-fins-4x-heatpipes-intel-amd
DEEPCOOL GAMMAXX GTE V2 CPU Cooler £19.99

https://global.deepcool.com/1700MountingUpgrades/index_global.aspx
DEEPCOOL LGA-1700 Mounting Kit £0.00

https://www.box.co.uk/Crucial-Ballistix-16GB-(2x-8GB)-3200MHz-_2892161.html
Crucial Ballistix DDR4 3200MHz 16GB (2x8GB) CL16 £50.99

Windows SSD

Samsung 980 500GB PCIe 3.0 NVMe M.2 Internal SSD £57.48

Storage SSD

https://www.ebuyer.com/989514-samsung-870-qvo-sata-iii-2-5-inch-2tb-ssd-mz-77q2t0bw
Samsung 870 QVO SATA III 2.5 inch 2TB SSD £168.48

https://www.amazon.co.uk/EVGA-GeForce-08G-P5-3663-KL-DualFan-Backplate/dp/B098PB1K97/
EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti XC GAMING 8GB Graphics Card £669.99

ASUS VG258QR, 25 Inch (24.5 Inch) FHD (1920x1080) IPS 165Hz G-Sync Esports Gaming Monitor £176.78

https://www.scan.co.uk/products/refurbished-corsair-hs60-pro-headset-carbon-stereo-71-surround-sound-50mm-drivers-wired-35mm
Corsair Refurbished HS60 Pro Stereo/7.1 Carbon Wired Gaming Headset £37.99

https://www.scan.co.uk/products/refurbished-corsair-gaming-harpoon-rgb-optical-fps-gaming-mouse-rgb-back-lit-250-6000dpiwiredusb
Corsair Harpoon Optical RGB FPS Refurbished Gaming Mouse £9.98

https://www.scan.co.uk/products/corsair-k60-rgb-pro-low-profile-mechanical-keyboard-cherry-mx-speed-switches-n-key-rollover-anti-gho
Corsair K60 RGB PRO Low Profile Mechanical Keyboard £79.98

Total: £1740 inc VAT



https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/PRO-B660M-A-DDR4




Reviews of that cpu w/benchmarks.

https://www.guru3d.com/articles-pages/core-i5-12400-processor-review,1.html


View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_P_AGv-DJbU
 
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PHANTEKS ECLIPSE P360A Mid-Tower PC Case £79.00

Exhaust fan for that case.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07GB5JRTZ/
ARCTIC P12 PWM 120mm 4-Pin Case Fan £8.50

Seasonic Focus GX 650W 80+ Gold Modular Power Supply £79.55

MSI PRO B660M-A DDR4 £130.96

https://infinite-computing.co.uk/product/intel-core-i5-12400f
Intel Core i5 12400F £169.75

https://www.scan.co.uk/products/deepcool-gammaxx-gte-v2-cooler-1x-120mm-rgb-fan-single-tower-aluminium-fins-4x-heatpipes-intel-amd
DEEPCOOL GAMMAXX GTE V2 CPU Cooler £19.99

https://global.deepcool.com/1700MountingUpgrades/index_global.aspx
DEEPCOOL LGA-1700 Mounting Kit £0.00

https://www.box.co.uk/Crucial-Ballistix-16GB-(2x-8GB)-3200MHz-_2892161.html
Crucial Ballistix DDR4 3200MHz 16GB (2x8GB) CL16 £50.99

Windows SSD

Samsung 980 500GB PCIe 3.0 NVMe M.2 Internal SSD £57.48

Storage SSD

https://www.ebuyer.com/989514-samsung-870-qvo-sata-iii-2-5-inch-2tb-ssd-mz-77q2t0bw
Samsung 870 QVO SATA III 2.5 inch 2TB SSD £168.48

https://www.amazon.co.uk/EVGA-GeForce-08G-P5-3663-KL-DualFan-Backplate/dp/B098PB1K97/
EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti XC GAMING 8GB Graphics Card £669.99

ASUS VG258QR, 25 Inch (24.5 Inch) FHD (1920x1080) IPS 165Hz G-Sync Esports Gaming Monitor £176.78

https://www.scan.co.uk/products/refurbished-corsair-hs60-pro-headset-carbon-stereo-71-surround-sound-50mm-drivers-wired-35mm
Corsair Refurbished HS60 Pro Stereo/7.1 Carbon Wired Gaming Headset £37.99

https://www.scan.co.uk/products/refurbished-corsair-gaming-harpoon-rgb-optical-fps-gaming-mouse-rgb-back-lit-250-6000dpiwiredusb
Corsair Harpoon Optical RGB FPS Refurbished Gaming Mouse £9.98

https://www.scan.co.uk/products/corsair-k60-rgb-pro-low-profile-mechanical-keyboard-cherry-mx-speed-switches-n-key-rollover-anti-gho
Corsair K60 RGB PRO Low Profile Mechanical Keyboard £79.98

Total: £1740 inc VAT



https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/PRO-B660M-A-DDR4




Reviews of that cpu w/benchmarks.

https://www.guru3d.com/articles-pages/core-i5-12400-processor-review,1.html


View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_P_AGv-DJbU
I updated the list by a little more than a bit


Will definitely keep the same GPU
But any other suggestions?
 
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I updated the list by a little more than a bit


Will definitely keep the same GPU
But any other suggestions?
What resolution does your brother plan on using .. 1080, 1440 or 4k? btw you want a Z690 board for that unlocked cpu you have in your build and that Corsair RM psu is made in china with cheap resistors not to mention you want 4-pin case fans, not 3-pin or you won't be able to use the curve in the bios to adjust the fan speed.
 
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What resolution does your brother plan on using .. 1080, 1440 or 4k? btw you want a Z690 board for that unlocked cpu you have in your build and that Corsair RM psu is made in china with cheap resistors.
He will go for 1440p
Go for the Z690
About the PSU any better options?
 
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What abaut the Z690 motherboard?
Should i go for 2021 RMx or 2018 RMx?
2021 seeing how it was revised for the RTX 30XX series cards due to the power spikes bricking psu's.

I'd look at these changes.

Better case than that Corsair.

Lian Li Lancool II Mesh RGB - BLACK £96.95

https://lian-li.com/product/lancool-ii-mesh-rgb/

It only needs one more fan ... an exhaust fan.

https://www.scan.co.uk/products/120mm-fractal-aspect-12-rgb-pwm-addressable-led-7-blade-500-2000rpm-13-56cfm-rifle-bearing-black-fra
Fractal Designs Aspect 12 RGB 4-pin PWM Cooling Fan £12.98

Less than 10% of PC users will ever use that extra PCI slot that comes with a full size ATX board. This board down below has the Realtek 1200 audio codec along with WiFi 6.

https://computerorbit.com/products/msi-mag-b660m-mortar-wifi-ddr4-micro-atx-lga1700-motherboard
MSI MAG B660M MORTAR WIFI DDR4 £179.99

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

Review of that board.

https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/msi-mag-b660m-mortar-wifi-ddr4

Unlike the AIO you have in your build, this one has RGB and seeing how you have a thing for that ..... btw this cooler will easily handle the cpu posted down below it and it comes with the LGA1700 bracket.

https://www.scan.co.uk/products/cooler-master-masterliquid-ml240l-v2-rgb-240mm-all-in-one-hydro-cpu-cooler-2x120mm-pwm-rgb-fans-alum
Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML240L V2 RGB £69.98

With that money you saved you can go big on your cpu. Just remember you want to use Windows 11 for these new Alder Lake cpu's with the big/little cores.

https://www.scan.co.uk/products/04-01intel-core-i7-12700f-s-1700-alder-lake-12-cores-20-threads-21ghz-49ghz-turbo-25mb-cache-65w-ret
Intel Core i7 12700F £339.98


Review of that cpu w/benchmarks.

https://www.techspot.com/review/2391-intel-core-i7-12700/

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydgN4W97Esk&t=708s


 
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Here's one other thing to think about if your brother plans on playing first person shooter games such as CoD Warzone. Games such as CoD and BF are all about frames per second. A 3060 Ti will get you a boatload of FPS on those games at 1080P but the 3070 Ti not so much at 1440. It's closer to a 3070 than it is a 3080 in that regard. I follow a few Brit CoD Warzone players on youtube .. two of them being VikkStar and Benny Central. Both of those guys play with what we call the Scottish Sweatlords ... four Scots that all play on 1080P because they refuse to drop 2000+ quid on a 3080 Ti. They all run 3060 Ti's. Those Scots play in money tournaments and it's a rare day they get less than a dozen kills a match. They normally drop 20 bombs (kills) in public servers.
 
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Here's one other thing to think about if your brother plans on playing first person shooter games such as CoD Warzone. Games such as CoD and BF are all about frames per second. A 3060 Ti will get you a boatload of FPS on those games at 1080P but the 3070 Ti not so much at 1440. It's closer to a 3070 than it is a 3080 in that regard. I follow a few Brit CoD Warzone players on youtube .. two of them being VikkStar and Benny Central. Both of those guys play with what we call the Scottish Sweatlords ... four Scots that all play on 1080P because they refuse to drop 2000+ quid on a 3080 Ti. They all run 3060 Ti's. Those Scots play in money tournaments and it's a rare day they get less than a dozen kills a match. They normally drop 20 bombs (kills) in public servers.
He will play like a lot of survival offline good looking games too so we dont know what to really do!
But he will 100% play cod too
 
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If that's the case then I'd lean towards 1080P.
Spoke to him and he agreed to lean to 1080p so we will have to find a good monitor the rest of the equipment are all set.


Mouse:ASUS ROG Gladius III Wired Gaming Mouse, 19K Optical Sensor, 19,000 DPI, 6 Programmable Buttons, RGB Lighting, ROG Switch Socket Design, Swappable Switches, Ergonomic, Black.


Headset:MSI IMMERSE GH50 Gaming Headset 'USB, 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound, Black, Ambient RGB, inline audio controller, 40mm Drivers, detachable Mic, MSI Center.


Keyboard:Corsair K55 RGB PRO Wired Membrane Gaming Keyboard (Dynamic Per-Key RGB Backlighting, 6 Macro Keys w/Elgato Software Integration, IP42 Dust and Spill-Resistant, Detachable Palm Rest) QWERTY, Black.
 

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