Current Build Configs

COMPONENT ORDERING RULES:

  • Always secure the GPU first, then worry about the rest of the parts. If GPU pricing deviates from below, or if the delivery time is unreasonable, then a substitution should be made.
    • MSRP RTX 4090: $1,599 | RTX 4080: $1,199 | RTX 4070 Ti: $799 | RTX 3070 Ti: $599 | RTX 3070: $499 | RTX 3060 Ti: $399
    • RTX 3080 is no longer recommended, it has been succeeded by RTX 4070 Ti in price and performance.
    • RTX 3060 Ti however is a significantly better value offering about half the performance for less than half the money, set to be succeeded by RTX 4060 Ti when it releases in April.
    • Recommend MSi and nVidia (Founders Edition) GPU brands only. Avoid ASUS, Gigabyte, PNY, Zotac.
    • Do NOT purchase a used GPU, they are typically used for mining, have a significantly decreased lifespan, and have no warranty as you must provide the original proof of purchase for service.
    • Do NOT purchase a GPU that ships from China. It is either counterfeit or used with significantly decreased lifespan being sold as new and I will refuse to proceed with the build.
  • If component pricing on rest of parts deviates from the various config prices listed below, or if the delivery time is unreasonable, then a substitution should be made.
  • Almost all cases are available in alternate colors such as white, if you desire a color other than black let me know so I can adjust your build accordingly.
    (e.g. white motherboard, white power supply / cables, white fans, white CPU cooler, white GPU, white GPU support, etc.)
  • If your build features a Corsair water cooler, make sure you get a Pirate Dog ARGB adapter so I can integrate the case ARGB lighting into the Corsair iCue software.
    This way you will not need another app to control them.
  • If you chose a K-series Intel, make sure you get a Thermalright contact frame so I can maximize your cooling efficacy.
  • With lower end air-cooled builds, you can get away with the low performance stock case fans.
    • With any X or K series CPU, recommend to upgrade fans. Especially if paired with RTX 4000 series GPU. These are not included in below parts lists due to varying requirement and desire of RGB/non-RGB, fan color preference, and budgetary restrictions.
    • Recommend Corsair ML120/140 (black frame, grey blades) for non-RGB, and Corsair iCue ML120/140 RGB Elite (black or white frame, frosted blades) for RGB.
    • Fan size and quantity needed varies by case and config.
(Updated Jan 21 2023)

ITX Value DDR4:
₪ Core i5 13500
₪ ASRock B760
₪ 16GB 3.6GHz
₪ WD SN770
₪ Hyte Revolt 3
₪ Hyte 700w Gold
~ $825 excl. GPU
PCPartPicker Link

ATX Value DDR4:
₪ Core i5 13500
₪ MSi B760
₪ 16GB 3.6GHz
₪ WD SN850X
₪ Vetroo V5
₪ NZXT H510 Flow
₪ Corsair 850 Gold
~ $845 excl. GPU
PCPartPicker Link

ATX Balanced DDR4:
₪ Core i5 13600KF
₪ MSi Z790
₪ 16GB 3.6GHz
₪ WD SN850X
₪ Corsair H150
₪ Corsair 4000D
₪ Corsair 1000 Gold
~ $1,233 excl. GPU
PCPartPicker Link

ATX Balanced DDR5:
₪ Core i5 13600KF
₪ MSi Z790
₪ 32GB 6.4GHz
₪ WD SN850X
₪ Corsair H150
₪ Corsair 4000D
₪ eVGA 1000 Platinum
~ $1,557 excl. GPU
PCPartPicker Link

E-ATX Performance DDR5:
₪ Core i9 13900KF
₪ MSI Z790
₪ 32GB 7.2GHz
₪ WD SN850X
₪ Corsair H170
₪ Fractal Torrent
₪ eVGA 1300 Platinum
~ $2,194 excl. GPU
PCPartPicker Link

(Updated Jan 18 2022)

Value AM5:
₪ AMD Ryzen 7600
₪ MSi B650
₪ 16GB 6GHz DDR5
₪ WD SN850X
₪ Hyper212
₪ NZXT H510 Flow
₪ Corsair 850 Gold
~ $823 excl. GPU
PCPartPicker Link

Performance AM4:
₪ AMD Ryzen 5800X3D
₪ MSi X570S Tomahwk
₪ 16GB 3.6GHz DDR4
₪ Samsung 980 Pro
₪ Corsair H150
₪ Corsair 4000D Airflow
₪ Corsair 1000 Gold
~ $1,468 excl. GPU
PCPartPicker Link

Balanced AM5 DDR5:
₪ AMD Ryzen 7700X
₪ MSi X670
₪ 32GB 6GHz DDR5
₪ WD SN850X
₪ Corsair H150
₪ Corsair 4000D Airflow
₪ Corsair 1000 Gold
~ $1,313 excl. GPU
PCPartPicker Link

Performance AM5 DDR5:
₪ AMD Ryzen 7950X
₪ MSi X670E Carbon
₪ 32GB 6.4GHz DDR5
₪ Samsung 980 Pro
₪ Corsair H170
₪ Fractal Torrent
₪ eVGA 1300 Platinum
~ $2,295 excl. GPU
PCPartPicker Link

Case / Form Factor

ITX

  • If space is a luxury, or you want portability.
  • Pros: Portability, Small footprint
  • Cons: Pricier PSU and Mobo, limited cooling options




TOP PICKS:
₪ Hyte Revolt
₪ Meshlicious
₪ NZXT H1

ATX

  • If price to performance ratio is most important.
  • Pros: Value, 360MM AIO Support, high airflow potential
  • Cons: Large footprint, not portable



TOP PICKS:
₪ Corsair 4000D Airflow
₪ NZXT H510 Flow
₪ Fractal Pop Air
₪ NZXT H9 Flow

E-ATX

  • If system longevity / cooling is more important than portability and price.
  • Pros: 420MM AIO Support, maximum airflow, oversized GPU support
  • Cons: Large footprint, not portable, may need assistance moving


TOP PICKS:
₪ Fractal Torrent
₪ NZXT H7

Component Choices

  • PROCESSOR
    Intel is currently dominating the market in value and performance. The Core i5 13400F or 13600KF is my go to recommendation. The 13500 and 13600 non-Ks are also viable options.
    • INTEL
      • Unlocked Intel (K series) is not recommended without water cooling.
      • Recommend K for creators (for Intel Quick Sync), recommend F or KF for gamers. (cheaper, better OC)
    • AMD
      • The Ryzen 7000 X series has unusually high operating temperatures which has historically lead to decreased system lifespan. If you must have AMD, avoid the X.
      • AMD might think the absurdly high temperatures are okay, but they only stand to make money if they decrease the lifespan of their products by blanket accepting abnormally high operating temperatures. This is why I don’t recommend X series.
      • The Ryzen 7000 X series is not recommended unless the processor is delidded and / or water cooled.
      • The Ryzen 5800X3D is a viable alternative for someone who already has an AM4 platform, as its only $379 and avoids the AM5/LGA1700 platform entry cost. However, AM4 is a dead end and no further processors will be released for it.
      • The upcoming 3D versions of the 7000 series may present AMDs best offerings yet, depending on the price.
  • CPU COOLER:
    • If the CPU is locked (AMD non-X or Intel non-K) then air cooling is all you need. Vetroo V5 is a good budget option.
    • If the CPU is unlocked (AMD X or Intel K) then you need water cooling, and your highest attainable clocks will be limited by the cooler chosen.
    • 76000X / 13600k = H115 or H150 (280mm/360mm)
      7700X / 13700k = H115 or H150 (280mm/360mm)
      7950X / 13900k = H150 or H170 (360mm/420mm)
  • DISPLAY RESOLUTION
    If playing at 4k, your CPU choice matters the least and is budget better spent on GPU as you are most entirely GPU bound.
    • At 1440p CPU matters more, at 1080p it matters a lot.
      • As you become more CPU constrained (lower resolution) the CPU choice matters more. However, I wouldn’t recommend going higher than 13500 for 1080p.
    • Resolution significantly impacts GPU load, see below:
      • 1080p = 2,073,600 pixels
      • 1440p = 3,686,400 pixels
      • 2160p = 8,294,400 pixels
  • DDR5 VS DDR4
    DDR5 has decreased significantly to parity with DDR4 and DDR4 is no longer a sensible option unless on a budget constraint.
    • For example, 16GB DDR5-6000 kits can be had for under $100, that’s only $40 more than 16GB DDR4-3600.
  • MEMORY CAPACITY
    There is no advantage over 16GB for gamers and is budget better spent on GPU. Recommend 16GB if on budget constraint or 32GB if planning to play upcoming AAA titles.
    • The more memory capacity you get, the higher the latency.
    • It’s better to have less capacity with low latency than unnecessarily high capacity with high latency.
  • SOLID STATE DRIVES
    • Capacity: 2TB recommended. You can go up to 20TB (5x4TB) or 40TB (5x8TB) with some motherboards and unify them as one massive drive with RAID.
    • SATA SSD should be avoided entirely as superior nVMe drives have exceeded them in both value and performance.
    • Sabrent just launched the Rocket G series which uses DirectStorage, this, the WD SN850X, the Crucial P5 Plus, and the Samsung 990 Pro are among the fastest options currently available.
  • POWER SUPPLY
    • Efficiency falls off a cliff around 50-60% load. To stay in any given power supplies peak efficiency curve, get a power supply with a rating of double the load.
    • 80 PLUS Gold, Platinum, and Titanium are references to efficiency. This metric represents how much of the power is lost to heat in conversion from AC to DC.
    • The more you spend on a power supply, the less you’ll spend on power bills to run it. While paying less for a power supply can seem appealing to get your build completed at a certain budget, you stand to save money in the long term by spending more on a unit with higher efficiency.

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