Current Build Configurations

(Updated May 2022)

Value:
Intel Core i5 12400F
MSi B660M-A
16GB 4GHz DDR4
Samsung 970 EVO+
Corsair H115 Pro XT
Phanteks P300 Mesh
Corsair 750 Gold
~$900 excl. GPU
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Balanced:
Intel Core i5 12600KF
MSi Z690 Edge
16GB 4GHz DDR4
Samsung 970 EVO+
Corsair H150 Capellix
Corsair 4000D Airflow
eVGA 1000 Gold
~$1,400 excl. GPU
PCPartPicker Link

Performance DDR5:
Intel Core i9 12900KF
MSi Z690 Unify X
32GB 6.4GHz DDR5
Samsung 980 Pro
Corsair H170 Capellix
Fractal Design Torrent
Corsair 1200 Platinum
~$2,468 excl. GPU
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Performance Ryzen:
AMD Ryzen 5800X3D
MSi X570S Tomahwk
16GB 3.6GHz DDR4
Samsung 970 EVO+
Corsair H170 Capellix
Corsair 4000D Airflow
Corsair 1000 Gold
~$1,451 excl. GPU
PCPartPicker Link

Performance DDR4:
Intel Core i9 12900KF
MSi Z690 Unify X
16GB 3.6GHz DDR4
Samsung 970 EVO+
Arctic Liq Freezer 420
Fractal Design Torrent
Corsair 1200 Platinum
~$1,738 excl. GPU
PCPartPicker Link

  • The Ryzen 5800X3D is a viable alternative to the 12900KF as its only $449 vs. $573 for 12900KF, however you can get the 12900K for $499 at Microcenter in Dallas or Houston which further closes the price gap.
  • If playing at 4k, your CPU choice matters very little and is budget better spent on GPU. At 1440p it matters a little, 1080p it matters a lot.
  • DDR5 is fast however in its infancy so the cost premium over mature DDR4 kits is very hard to justify and is budget better spent on GPU.
  • 32GB of memory is the minimum when buying DDR5, but there is no advantage over 16GB for gamers and is budget better spent on GPU.
  • Gen3 nVMe SSD’s are already very fast, Gen4 offers little to no perceptible advantage and is budget better spent on GPU.
  • SATA SSD should be avoided entirely as superior nVMe drives have exceeded them in both value and performance.

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