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Post Date: 2021-11-24

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  Quote Kfd314 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Topic: Build help
    Posted: 24 Nov 2021 at 9:11pm
[Trying to stay under 4500]

[Run most games at max settings]

[Mainly gaming]

Special Needs:
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Saved Ticket #:4184792

Chassis Model: Digital Storm Velox
Exterior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Trim Accents: - Standard Factory Finish
Processor: Intel Core i9-10900X (10-Core) (Boost Up to 4.5 GHz)
Motherboard: ASUS Prime X299-A II (Intel X299 Chipset) (Up to 3x PCI-E Devices) (ThunderboltEX Optional) (No SLI)
System Memory: 32GB DDR4 3200MHz Digital Storm Performance Series
Power Supply: 850W Digital Storm Performance Series (Modular) (80 Plus Gold)
Expansion Bay: - No Thanks
Optical Drive: - No Thanks
Storage Set 1: 1x SSD M.2 (1TB Digital Storm M.2 Performance Series)
Storage Set 2: - No Thanks
Storage Set 3: - No Thanks
RAID Config: - No Thanks
RAID Card: - No Thanks
Internet Access: High Speed Network Port (Supports High-Speed Cable / DSL / Network Connections)
Graphics Card(s): 1x GeForce RTX 3080 10GB (VR Ready) <br><strong></strong>
Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio
HPC Processor: - No Thanks
Extreme Cooling: H20: Stage 2: Digital Storm Vortex Liquid CPU Cooler (Dual Fan) (Fully Sealed + No Maintenance)
HydroLux Tubing Style: - Not Applicable, I do not have a custom HydroLux liquid cooling system selected
HydroLux Fluid Color: - Not Applicable, I do not have a custom HydroLux liquid cooling system selected
Cable Management: Premium Cable Management (Strategically Routed & Organized for Airflow)
Chassis Fans: Standard Factory Chassis Fans
Internal Lighting: Remote Controlled Advanced LED Lighting System (Multiple RGB Color Modes)
Airflow Control: - No Thanks
Chassis Mods: - No Thanks
Noise Reduction: - No Thanks
LaserMark: Option Not Available
Boost Processor: Stock Factory Turbo Boost Advanced Automatic Overclocking
Boost Graphics Card(s): - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my video card(s)
Boost OS: - No Thanks, Please do not tweak the services on the operating system
Windows OS: Microsoft Windows 11 Home (64-Bit)
Recovery Tools: USB Drive - Windows Installation (Format and Clean Install)
Virus Protection: Windows Defender Antivirus (Built-in to Windows)
Office: - No Thanks
Mouse Pad: - No Thanks
Display: - No Thanks
Surge Shield: - No Thanks
Speakers: - No Thanks
Keyboard: - No Thanks
Mouse: - No Thanks
Branded Gear: - No Thanks
Priority Build: - No Thanks, Ship Within 14-21 Business Days After Order Is Successfully Processed
Warranty: Life-time Expert Care with 3 Year Limited Warranty (3 Year Labor & 1 Year Part Replacement)]
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  Quote Cretae Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 25 Nov 2021 at 4:10am
Welcome to the Forum.

Saved Ticket:4184792 is not the system you posted.

The one you listed is not a gaming rig. You don't want a workstation CPU for today's games. Those packages are 2 years old or more, and will not perform well.

Here's much better idea within your budget:


Note the CPU is a 12700K. It is better for gaming because the additional cores in the 12900K don't help you. It's a cutting edge chip just out, and saves $230.

The 980 PRO is one of the fastest NVMe SSDs around. 500GB allows for a lean and mean "C" drive that you can copy, clone and scan with ease. The Digital Storm SSDs are all SATA drives, not NVMe. The 980 Pro is up to 9 times faster. A slightly slower NVMe drive in Secondary for a games library. Configure this how you want, but get a 980 PRO for your primary drive.

I see the DDR5 memory is backordered. If you don't think you can wait until end of December to begin building, it's certainly understandable. In that case, you can save a bit more and get a perfectly capable gaming rig that competes well with the DDR5 model here:


I can't say DDR5 is worth the wait, but it is a pretty good improvement over DDR4. Since you'll know only the performance you own, it is not likely you'll even know the difference in any games. The 12700K/DDR4 combo is faster than anything that has come before.

A word about GPUs. If you do not intend to game at 4K resolutions, or have a wide-screen, the 3080 is overkill. GPUs are selling across the board at more than double MSRP, so it's a real waste to buy more card than you need. For 1440p, a 3070 is right. We are probably just 8-10 months from the next gen from Nvidia, and a 4070 then will likely render the 3080 obsolete! Fingers crossed pricing adjusts itself, and you could have one for $600 if a 3070 would disappoint, but I doubt it would IMHO.   
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  Quote Onkel_Ken Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 25 Nov 2021 at 7:54am
I followed Cretae's advice myself on the SSDs when I got my new system last week.

I am using a 500MB 980 PRO for my primary OS drive
500GB 980 PRO: Up to 6,900 MB per second

For my game library I am using a 1TB 970 EVO Plus
1TB 970 EVO Plus: Up to 3,500 MB per second
Velox X/AMD 5900X/MSI X570 Pro Carbon MB/32GB DDDR 3200 DSPS/850W PS/500GB Samsung 980 Pro/1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus/Sound Blaster AE-7/EVGA FTW3 Ultra RTX 3080 10GB/Liquid CPU cooler dual fan/
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