Need help selecting parts around 3070ti/12700k/ddr4

Mar 6, 2022
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Needed a second opinion on this build from a lifelong gaming laptop user. I am not super well versed with the latest happenings in the PC world but I want to optimize for low noise and good thermals [ both of which are major gaming laptop pain points ]. Budget is flexible ~3.5k. Don't need RGB at all. Prefer a minimalistic look. I don't plan on overclocking ( don't think I need the K version of Intel's CPU ). Want to play heavily modded Skyrim, Cyberpunk 2077 maxed out etc.

I am not sure about the Motherboard choice. Seems it is a bit too flimsy from some of the reviews to withstand the cooler. Is there anything better

Do I need the mounting kit for the Noctua CPU cooler and is it the correct one.

Is the choice of the CPU cooler correct or should I swap it out for something else. I strongly prefer air CPU coolers and don't want to deal with any liquid solutions. I am wagering whether I should go with the NH-U12A instead of NH-D15.

How do I know if the CPU cooler fits into the case. The dimensions from the website are h = 165mm for the cooler and the case dimensions are 453 x 230 x 466 but I am not clear how much clearance from the edges etc is needed for the mobo .. I am also getting this warning at the bottom of the website ( Note:Some physical dimension restrictions cannot (yet) be automatically checked, such as cpu cooler / RAM clearance with modules using tall heat spreaders. )

Do I need extra case fans or is the CPU cooler + case enough. I plan on using both at the back of the case.

I play a lot of older games ( kotor, aoe etc ) and the 6TB hdd was for that. Don't know if I should get rid of this and swap it out for another 2TB SSD. I also don't know if SSD has any measurable speed difference for older games.

What other peripherals ( apart from keyboard and mouse ) would I need to buy to get the entire setup working? I know the GPU to Monitor HDMI ( output display ) cable is needed but I think this already comes with the monitor. Is the build all inclusive

Any other parts that I need to swap out. I am more or less set on 3070Ti / 12700 / DDR4. Anything else I am ok to change. For example I picked Gigabyte 3070 TI only because it was first. I am not sure how well Gigabyte is regarded around these parts and whether I should go for a different option for better warranty / customer service / longevity etc


1. CPU: Intel 12700k

2. GPU: Gigabyte 3070ti

3. CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 82.52 CFM CPU Cooler

4. MOBO: Asus PRIME Z690-P WIFI D4 ATX LGA1700 Motherboard

5. CASE: Corsair 5000D AIRFLOW ATX Mid Tower Case
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That Noctua cooler comes with thermal paste so no need to purchase more. That Corsair case comes with 1x120mm fan up front so I'd go to the Corsair site to see what fan (model #) comes with that case and order one or two more to add up front and you're good for fans with that case. You can most likely order them off of Newegg, Amazon or the Corsair site. I'd also look for RAM with low profile heat spreaders so it doesn't impede your cpu cooler.

Here's an optional build to have a look at. The psu in this build is manufactured for Phanteks by Seasonic and the case in this build needs no extra case fans not to mention it comes with a built in fan controller. That cpu down below uses less power and creates less heat than the 12700K and btw the difference between 3600mhz RAM and 4000mhz is slim to none. The big difference is the graphics card ... the RTX 3080 10GB smokes the RTX 3070 Ti 8GB.

Phanteks AMP 850W 80+ Gold Modular Power Supply $137.99
ASUS TUF Gaming H670-PRO WiFi D4 $229.00
Intel Core i7-12700F $312.97
DeepCool AK620 CPU Cooler $64.99
CORSAIR Vengeance LPX DDR4 3600 32GB (2x16GB) CL18 $135.66

SAMSUNG 970 EVO Plus 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD $205.50
Samsung 870 EVO 2TB 2.5" SATA III Internal SSD $229.99

ASUS RTX 3080 TUF Gaming OC V2 10GB Graphics Card $1,524.00оws-available/dp/B09Q8RBL2G/
Window 10 Home USB | 1 PC | Free Upgrade to Windоws 11 $109.00
LG 27GL83A-B 27" Ultragear QHD IPS 1ms NVIDIA G-SYNC Compatible Gaming Monitor $368.27

Total: $3199

A better look at those components.

Review of that cpu w/benchmarks.


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