Which one should I choose

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The tracer has pretty much the same specs as the extreme but for $200 cheaper. With that said there's no mention of the psu as in model and wattage, no mention of the RAM speed and no mention of what motherboard is being used. A system such as those ones require a 650w psu, 2x8GB of 3200Mhz CL16 dual channel RAM and a B560 motherboard with decent VRM's. If it's a cheap board with sucky VRM's then that system will throttle down as soon as the cpu kicks into turbo boost and the VRM's heat up.
 
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Everyone of the prebuilts on Bestbuy fails to mention the model of psu, board, etc .. and I looked at almost all of them just now. I also noticed most of the cases used for them have horrible front ventilation/airflow. Unless you have a line of credit at Bestbuy I'd order the parts and build it myself or take the parts to a local PC shop and pay them to build it for you. You can also order the parts from Bestbuy and have them or a local shop build it. Check Amazon and Ebay for new gpu's such as an RTX 3060, 3060 Ti or 3070. 550w psu for an RTX 3060 and 650w psu for a 3060 Ti and 3070.

https://www.newegg.com/black-phanteks-eclipse-p400a-atx-mid-tower/p/N82E16811854085
Phanteks Eclipse P400A $74.99 + $5 off w/ promo code PH53679A, limited offer

Exhaust fan for that case.

https://www.amazon.com/ARCTIC-ACFAN00119A-P12-Black-Pressure-Optimized/dp/B07GB5JRTZ/
ARCTIC P12 PWM - 120mm 4-Pin Case Fan $7.00

https://www.newegg.com/super-flower-leadex-iii-sf-550f14hg-550w/p/1HU-024C-00008
Super Flower Leadex III 550W 80+ Gold Modular Power Supply $69.99 + $10 off w/ promo code BFCM247, limited offer By Super Flower

https://www.newegg.com/p/N82E16813144396
MSI MAG B560M BAZOOKA $99.99 Save: $40.00 (29%)

Intel Core i5-11400F $197.97

DEEP COOL GAMMAXX GTE V2 CPU Air Cooler $29.99

https://www.newegg.com/corsair-16gb-288-pin-ddr4-sdram/p/N82E16820236540
CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 3200 CL16 $59.99 Save: $16.00 (21%)

WD Blue SN550 NVMe M.2 2280 1TB PCI-Express 3.0 x4 3D NAND Internal SSD $83.99 Save: $46.00 (35%)

Total: $624 not including rebates & promo codes

https://www.newegg.com/seasonic-focus-plus-650-platinum-ssr-650px-650w/p/N82E16817151192
Seasonic FOCUS PX-650, 650W 80+ Platinum Modular Power Supply $83.99 Save: $56.00 (40%) $68.99 after $15.00 rebate card

https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/MAG-B560M-BAZOOKA


Review of that cpu w/benchmarks

https://www.guru3d.com/articles-pages/intel-core-i5-11400f-processor-review,1.html

 
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