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Post Date: 2021-12-27

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  Quote btea265 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Topic: New Desktop Configuration Advice
    Posted: 27 Dec 2021 at 7:20pm
Hi all! I’m looking to buy my first desktop after working on a MacBook Pro the last 12 years. I want something that is powerful and will last a while. I’ve never had a desktop built before so this is all pretty new to me. Any sort of feedback would be GREATLY appreciated!

Under $3,500

High powered desktop that is great for multiple uses with no slow downs and will last a very long time.

AAA Gaming & Video/Image editing

Chassis Model: Digital Storm Velox
Exterior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Trim Accents: - Standard Factory Finish
Processor: Intel Core i9-12900K (5.2 GHz Turbo) (24-Thread) (16-Core) 3.2 GHz (Alder Lake)
Motherboard: ASUS ROG Strix Z690-A Gaming D4 (Wi-Fi) (Intel Z690) (Up to 3x PCI-E Devices) (No SLI) (DDR4)
System Memory: 32GB DDR4 3200MHz Digital Storm Performance Series
Power Supply: 850W Digital Storm Performance Series (Modular) (80 Plus Gold)
Expansion Bay: Firmware TPM Activation - Windows 11 Upgrade Ready - (BIOS)
Optical Drive: External USB - Blu-Ray Writer & Player (Blu-Ray 6x) & DVD/CD Writer
Storage Set 1: 1x SSD M.2 (1TB Samsung 970 EVO PLUS) (NVM Express)
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 GTX 1660 6GB (VR Ready)
Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio
Add On Card: - 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)
Software Control: - No Thanks
Chassis Mods: - No Thanks
Noise Reduction: - No Thanks
LaserMark: - No Thanks
CPU Boost: Stage 1: Overclock CPU - Up to 4.7GHz on All CPU Cores
Graphics: Yes, Overclock the video card(s) as much as possible with complete stability
OS Boost: Yes, Disable and tweak all of the non-crucial services on the operating system
Operating System: 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: Digital Storm Premium Mouse Pad (Standard Size) (Stitched Edges)
Display: ASUS 24 inch VG248QG (165Hz Refresh) (1ms Response) (1920x1080)
Surge Shield: - No Thanks
Speakers: Digital Storm (Wired) Gaming Headset + RGB Stand With USB/Audio Passthrough
Keyboard: Digital Storm MasterKeys Lite Bundle (RGB) Keyboard & Mouse
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 4 Year Limited Warranty (4 Year Labor & 2 Year Part Replacement)
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  Quote Cretae Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 28 Dec 2021 at 5:26am
No major problems here. Good job. If you are ordering Win 11, you do not have to pay for the motherboard TPM activation. That's to prep the board for a future upgrade to Win 11 for those who order Win 10 here.

It would appear you have some other storage you will migrate into this build. If that's the case, you should consider a 980 PRO for primary drive. The 500GB costs less, and the 1TB is not that much more for an SSD that is almost twice as fast.

Your GPU choice is curious for "AAA Gaming and Video/image editing". It's quite weak for both purposes. Since it's well within the budget, I'd recommend the 3060 Ti. you won't have to overclock it and fight heat to get amazing performance at 1080p, and very strong performance at 1440p monitor resolutions. Have a look at this:


You will not regret having this card for a very long time. If your strategy is to go cheap and wait for the next round of GPUs, I can't argue with that.

Have a look at this stronger build under your budget:


Do not overclock this GPU. If you can save money on storage, please do. I do highly recommend the lean and mean 500GB 980 PRO for your primary drive. It will benefit everything you do from your operating system and productivity apps. IMHO it makes little sense to overclock your CPU and leave out the 2x speed SSD.

Hope it helps.
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  Quote Onkel_Ken Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 28 Dec 2021 at 8:02pm

That is a BEAST of a system you laid out in his budget!!!!

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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