Help! I want to build a PC, but don’t know where to start

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Hey everyone, I’m very new to the PC world, I know next to nothing but I want to build a gaming PC. I have about a $3500 budget, I prefer to use Amazon to purchase everything. I’d like to be able to game at 240 fps on games like Call of Duty Warzone. I’d like to start right away it also just depends. I believe I’d like to overclock, although I don’t know what it is I heard you need it to game at a high FPS.
 
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Welcome to the forum :)

We have some very knowledgeable people here, who should drop by shortly. Here are a few tips from an amateur to get you started:

A. Use PCpartPicker.com—it'll protect you from choosing incompatible case, motherboard, CPU and RAM.
B. Don't build all in one go—test as early as you can, and 2-3 times more before you tighten all the screws.
C. Keep it as simple as possible first time—if you can skip eg water cooling or fancy stuff like RGB, do so and add them later once your build is working reliably. The fewer variables you have, the easier it is to troubleshoot.
D. Use something anti-static, eg wrist-strap or floor mat.
E. Do whatever you can to minimize heat & dust—heat is THE big enemy, and dust increases it. Keep cables out of the airflow, and make sure your fans are working together, not against each other.
 
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Two components on here (case, motherboard) aren't linked to Amazon.

https://www.newegg.com/black-lian-li-lancool-ii-performance-atx-mid-tower/p/2AM-000Z-00086
LIAN LI LANCOOL II MESH C PERFORMANCE $119.99

https://www.amazon.com/Corsair-RM850x-Fully-Modular-Supply/dp/B08R5JPTMZ/
Corsair RM850x (2021) 850W 80+ GOLD Modular Power Supply $139.99

https://www.newegg.com/p/N82E16813144512
MSI MAG Z690 TOMAHAWK WIFI $269.99 + $40 off w/ promo code MSMB274, limited offer

https://www.amazon.com/Intel-i7-12700KF-Desktop-Processor-Unlocked/dp/B09FXKHN7M/
Intel Core i7-12700KF $377.98

https://www.amazon.com/Noctua-NH-D15-chromax-Black-Dual-Tower-Cooler/dp/B07Y87YHRH/
Noctua NH-D15 chromax.Black Dual-Tower CPU Cooler $109.95

CORSAIR Vengeance DDR5 5600 32GB (2x16GB) CL36 $229.99

O/S SSD

https://www.amazon.com/PNY-CS2130-500GB-Internal-Solid/dp/B0869BW8MH/
PNY CS2130 500GB M.2 PCIe NVMe Gen3 x4 Internal SSD $49.99

Storage SSD

https://www.amazon.com/PNY-CS2130-Internal-Solid-State/dp/B0869C35V2/
PNY CS2130 2TB M.2 PCIe NVMe Gen3 x4 Internal SSD $174.99

https://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-12G-P5-3955-KR-Cooling-Backplate/dp/B0979GYMHP/
EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti XC3 Ultra Gaming 12GB Graphics Card $1,099.99

Microsoft Windows 11 (USB) $139.00

https://www.amazon.com/ASUS-VG27AQ1A-Supports-Compatible-DisplayPort/dp/B08CZ8QJTX/
ASUS TUF Gaming 27" 2K HDR (VG27AQ1A) - QHD (2560 x 1440), IPS, 170Hz, 1ms, Extreme Low Motion Blur, Speaker, G-SYNC Compatible Gaming Monitor $312.99

Total: $2980.85 *including promo code

A better look at those components.





https://www.asus.com/us/Displays-Desktops/Monitors/TUF-Gaming/TUF-GAMING-VG27AQ1A/

 
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Hi Zbritt00,

When I build gaming PCs (on a budget) for clients I will often look at the specification of the games the client wishes to play. Knowing this I can then build a PC that will (at least) meet their current requirements and ideally (budget allowing) see them a few years down the road.
 
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Hi Zbritt00,

When I build gaming PCs (on a budget) for clients I will often look at the specification of the games the client wishes to play. Knowing this I can then build a PC that will (at least) meet their current requirements and ideally (budget allowing) see them a few years down the road.
The OP stated CoD Warzone.
 
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I just noticed that you plan on overclocking so I changed the cpu + cooler in that build up above.

The case for going with an Nvdia card + G-Sync monitor. Warzone takes advantage of both DLSS and Reflex.


I appreciate it!!! It says that I may need to get an adapter for the cooler to fit in the motherboard
 
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Any extra cables or anything like that I may need? I appreciate y’all’s help, it’s pretty overwhelming just searching online.
 
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Any extra cables or anything like that I may need? I appreciate y’all’s help, it’s pretty overwhelming just searching online.
Nope ... you're all good with that build although I'd suggest spending $10 on this down below for better thermals if you plan on overclocking sometime in the future.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/134129530671
Thermalright LGA1700-BCF 12th CPU Bending Corrector Frame $9.99

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cogCj3MFOmk



Grizzly makes one of those also but at $35 it's a bit of a hose job imo.

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ysb25vsNBQI
 
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So if I order these things I’ll be ready to game? (I’ve already purchased a g-sync compatible monitor). Sorry, just want to be sure. And can somebody verify that they are all compatible?

G.Skill Trident Z RGB Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin SDRAM (PC4 25600) DDR4 3200 CL14-14-14-34 1.35V Dual Channel Desktop Memory Model F4-3200C14D-32GTZR https://a.co/d/hWfU6qu

PNY CS2130 500GB M.2 PCIe NVMe Gen3 x4 Internal Solid State Drive (SSD), Read up to 3,500 MB/s - M280CS2130-500-RB https://a.co/d/0hNXFdM

PNY CS2130 2TB M.2 PCIe NVMe Gen3 x4 Internal Solid State Drive (SSD), Read up to 3,500 - M280CS2130-2TB-RB https://a.co/d/gjiUiIE

EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti FTW3 Ultra Gaming, 12G-P5-3967-KR, 12GB GDDR6X, iCX3 Technology, ARGB LED, Metal Backplate https://a.co/d/gWj6txP

Microsoft Windows 11 (USB) https://a.co/d/8tX0dLc

Corsair 4000D Airflow Tempered Glass Mid-Tower ATX PC Case - Black https://a.co/d/9IJCk17

Noctua NH-D15 chromax.Black, Dual-Tower CPU Cooler (140mm, Black) https://a.co/d/j9cdF9W

Intel Core i7-12700KF Desktop Processor 12 (8P+4E) Cores up to 5.0 GHz Unlocked LGA1700 600 Series Chipset 125W https://a.co/d/iluKO1z


MSI MAG Z690 Tomahawk WiFi Gaming Motherboard (ATX, 12th Gen Intel Core, LGA 1700 Socket, DDR5, PCIe 5, 2.5G LAN, M.2 Slots, Wi-Fi 6E) https://a.co/d/iML4FRn

Corsair RMx Series (2021), RM850x, 850 Watt, GOLD, Fully Modular Power Supply (CP-9020200-NA) https://a.co/d/3dgGB9y
 
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