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    Posted: 06 Jan 2023 at 11:25pm
Just put in my first order for a Digital Storm build, and I've never been more excited about a new PC! I last built a computer back in 2010 with a GTX 460 and a first gen i7 930, and kept that machine going with upgrades for over a decade. I decided to go with a prebuilt machine this time as I unfortunately don't have the time/energy to enjoy the process myself. This forum is a goldmine of information -- the helpfulness and attention to detail from everyone is amazing. Kudos to you all, especially the veterans.

Chassis Model: Digital Storm Lynx
Processor: Intel Core i5-13600KF (5.1 GHz Turbo) (20-Thread) (14-Core) 3.5 GHz (Raptor Lake)
Motherboard: ASUS Prime Z790-P D5 (Wi-Fi) (Intel Z790 Chipset) (Up to 3x PCI-E Devices) (No SLI) (DDR5)
System Memory: 16GB DDR5 5200MHz Kingston FURY Beast
Power Supply: 850W Corsair RMx Series (Modular) (80 Plus Gold)
Storage Set 1: 1x SSD M.2 (500GB Samsung 980 PRO) (NVM Express)
Graphics Card(s): 1x GeForce RTX 3070 8GB (VR Ready)
Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio
Extreme Cooling: H20: Stage 2: Digital Storm Vortex Liquid CPU Cooler (Dual Fan) (Fully Sealed + No Maintenance)
Cable Management: Premium Cable Management (Strategically Routed & Organized for Airflow)
Chassis Fans: Digital Storm Performance Series (RGB Fans)
Internal Lighting: Remote Controlled Advanced LED Lighting System (Multiple RGB Color Modes)
Software Control: - No Thanks
CPU Boost: Turbo Boost Advanced Automatic Overclocking
Graphics: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my video card(s)
OS Boost: - No Thanks, Please do not tweak the services on the operating system
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 11 Home (64-Bit)

The machine is built for gaming only, currently at 1080p but with the option of going up to 1440p if I can get a good monitor. I'm quite comfortable with my 24" UHD monitor but would like to try 1440p, and will most likely not go up to 4K. The hardest decision for me was between a 3070 and 3080, but I couldn't quite justify the extra cost of a 3080 when I haven't even tried 1440p yet. I decided to save the GPU $$ and get the 13th gen chip instead. I know the CPU is end of line, but given that my 1st gen i7 is still running, I'm willing to bet that the new i5 will hold up pretty well. The machine will have space for it if I choose to upgrade the GPU later, but I'll probably have to swap out the PSU if I want to upgrade to the RTX 4000 series.

I added a few specs for speed and general capability as recommended by others in this forum: a 13th gen core i5 13600KF, DDR5 RAM (getting an additional stick for 32GB total), and a 500GB Samsung 980 Pro for the OS drive (adding another NVMe SSD separately). Budget target was $2500 and I'm very happy to have stayed under it.

Happy to get your thoughts, and thanks again for all the help this forum has already been. Rock on y'all.
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  Quote db188 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 07 Jan 2023 at 1:08pm
i wouldn't worry about increasing the wattage of your PSU.  850W is more than sufficient for anything other than a 4090.    the 4080 only requires 750W and the 7900XTX requires 800W.  in fact, unless you plan to move up to 4K in the future with this pc you don't need an 850W PSU.

recommended 1440p gaming monitor:  at $299 the Gigabyte M27Q-P (Pro) is a good buy at the budget end.  an upgrade would be the MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD ($408 Amazon).  increasing panel size to 32", the Corsair Xeneon 32QHD165 ($399.99 Best Buy) or Gigabyte G32QC A ($329.99 Best Buy). at the premium end would be the curved screen Samsung Odyssey G7 32" 240Hz WQHD ($584 Amazon).  the fastest/best (but most expensive) 1440p monitor is the Asus ROG Swift PG27AQN 360Hz, however, i don't recommend spending a $1k on a monitor in this class/resolution.  i typically recommend spending about equally to the price of your graphics card on a monitor.  for you that would be a monitor in the $500 range.  go a little lower with the Corsair model i listed or try the Samsung curved G7, both are 32" screens. 

edit:  i think Best Buy has the same sku/model of Corsair for $399.99 right now.




Edited by db188 - 07 Jan 2023 at 1:12pm
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  Quote EncasedFire Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 07 Jan 2023 at 5:10pm
Interesting. The Digital Storm guys over chat had suggested a 1000W PSU if I ever were to move up to the 4000 series, and also encouraged me to pick the 3080 for 1440p (even suggesting a 12400 CPU to stay closer to budget). Is that just overspeccing the system?

Thanks much for the 1440p screen recs!
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  Quote db188 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 07 Jan 2023 at 7:28pm
i got a 3080 for my previous 2K monitor, but i had a 1000W PSU.  the specs on the 3080 are for a 750W PSU.  i still wouldn't worry about the 850W PSU as you probably won't even see transient 500W power spikes while gaming.  now, if you plan to upgrade down the line to the high end 4000/7900 cards, you might want more room, especially if you try to up-scale to 4K, but for your current plans/needs i don't see the need.  swapping out a PSU down the road is no big deal when/if you do upgrade to 4K. 

the problem for me is the scalper pricing going on now.  the only value 3000 series card, imo, is the 3060ti, but that's not really going to fit your needs.  unless DS is going to sell you a 3080 for $700, i wouldn't spend what they're going for right now.  i'd probably just have DS put in the base card (or none) and buy a graphics card from Amazon/Best Buy/Newegg.  i'd also skip Nvidia cards right now.  nothing but scalper prices out there.  you can get a Radeon RX 6800 for $520 with its 16GB vram buffer (more than sufficient to drive your 2K monitor) on Newegg from PowerColor. 

ray tracing is middling, but i'm not sure that should be a driving consideration at this tier.  up-scaling is still probably better with Nvidia, but not by much these days or in the near future.  i'd mention it to DS and see what they'd sell you the 3080 for and compare, tbh.  a 6800XT sells for around the (normal) 3080 price.  there are 2 versions of the 3080 as well, a 10GB and 12GB models.  the more vram the better textures/image quality the card can handle.  so it effects up-scaling more if you try to stretch into 4k on these cards.  i upgraded to a 4K monitor and it's hit or miss with my 3080, especially as it's being bottlenecked by a Skylake I7 (you really need a modern 6 or 8 core proc to pair with anything above a 3060ti). 

hope this advice helps!
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  Quote db188 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 07 Jan 2023 at 8:14pm
i'd prob stick with the I5 13600KF.  you can drop the motherboard down to a B660 and ram to DDR4 to save some money.  i've configured it with a 3080 for $2319.  if you move up to a 360mm cpu cooler it's $2359.  gives you more room to tune the cpu for some add'l performance. 

 
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  Quote Cretae Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 08 Jan 2023 at 3:36pm
db188's right on the money. The 4000 series GPUs are coming in at lower power usage than the 3000s. For anything 1440p, 850W will be fine.    
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