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Post Date: 2022-01-01

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    Posted: 01 Jan 2022 at 3:14pm
Don't care about fancy lights and RGB, I'd prefer functionality and sink more money into the hardware side. Somewhat concerned with the case size I've got for future upgrades.

Primarily for gaming at 1080...will want to upgrade monitor later and play at 1440 one day.

Budget 5k

https://www.digitalstorm.com/configurator.asp?id=4243171

Chassis Model: Digital Storm Slade X
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: MSI MPG Z690 Carbon (Wi-Fi) (Intel Z690 Chipset) (Up to 3x PCI-E) (No SLI) (DDR5)
System Memory: 32GB DDR5 5200MHz FURY Beast (BACKORDERED ETA END OF DECEMBER)
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 Seagate FireCuda 520) (NVM Express) (Gen4 PCIe)
Storage Set 2: 1x SSD M.2 (1TB Seagate FireCuda 520) (NVM Express) (Gen4 PCIe)
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 3070 Ti 8GB (VR Ready)
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: - No Thanks
Airflow Control: - No Thanks
Chassis Mods: - No Thanks
Noise Reduction: - No Thanks
LaserMark: Option Not Available
Boost Processor: Stage 1: Overclock CPU - Up to 4.7GHz on All CPU Cores
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 Professional (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: - 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 4 Year Limited Warranty (4 Year Labor & 2 Year Part Replacement)

Edited by Diesel - 01 Jan 2022 at 3:18pm
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  Quote MrCheetah Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 01 Jan 2022 at 10:13pm
I will attempt to keep this simple/brief. However, I operate on the mentality that the more facts the better, showing how one came to their conclusion. So, the comments will be at least somewhat technical.

Processor: Intel Core i9-12900K (5.2 GHz Turbo) (24-Thread) (16-Core) 3.2 GHz (Alder Lake)

1080p/1440p gaming does put a lot of workload on the CPU because processing graphics at those resolutions requires (generally) low effort for current GPUs. Indeed, the 12900K is a chart topper.

Intel Core i7-12700K & 12700KF CPU Review, Benchmarks, & Efficiency | Gamers Nexus (YouTube)
(Gaming benchmarks begin at time index 12:15)

With that said, I would recommend switching to the 12700K as it is ultimately a better value.

Storage Set 1: 1x SSD M.2 (1TB Seagate FireCuda 520) (NVM Express) (Gen4 PCIe)
Storage Set 2: 1x SSD M.2 (1TB Seagate FireCuda 520) (NVM Express) (Gen4 PCIe)

I suggest switching to this storage setup:
Storage Set 1: 1x SSD M.2 (500GB Samsung 980 PRO) (NVM Express)
Storage Set 2: 1x SSD M.2 (2TB Samsung 970 EVO PLUS) (NVM Express)

The concept is based on organization/management. The main/OS drive is then "lean and mean," as @Cretae would say, and you would have a large bin (2TB) for your games library. Unless you have a different plan/intetion, that is. Additionally, this combination is $26 cheaper. The second drive could be a 2TB 980 Pro, but it's not worth the cost as you might gain a few seconds at best in loading times.

Graphics Card(s): 1x GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 8GB (VR Ready)

The 3070 Ti is the top 1440p GPU. So, if you're demanding the highest quality graphics and frame rates at QHD, it's a solid choice. However, if the idea is future proofing... Forget it. Pick the card that best fits or will slightly exceed your foreseeable expectations.

Nvidia RTX 3070 vs 3060 Ti: how do they compare? | Rock Paper Shotgun

Nvidia RTX 3070 vs 3070 Ti: how much faster is Nvidia's latest GPU? | Rock Paper Shotgun

Boost Processor: Stage 1: Overclock CPU - Up to 4.7GHz on All CPU Cores

Today's motherboards will automatically push CPUs to optimal peaks -- not bleeding edge but extract the majority of performance with practically no instability. Admittedly, this option could be DS ensuring those optimal auto-overclock settings are enabled/set -- which is really all you need nowadays. So, I cannot say with certainty this is unnecessary, although, I did want to note it for you.

Edited by MrCheetah - 01 Jan 2022 at 10:16pm
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  Quote Onkel_Ken Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 01 Jan 2022 at 10:25pm
MrCheetah,

I am impressed!

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  Quote Diesel Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 02 Jan 2022 at 12:31am
Changed the case as the ANTEC seems to allow for a little more room for GPU/CPU height/width for any future upgrades. Also threw in a new monitor into the mix as budget was 5k. Any areas I can make valid improvements, i.e. "worth juice for the squeeze" would be appreciated.

Configuration Code: 4243897
Total Price with Instant Savings: $4,312.00

Direct Load URL: https://www.digitalstorm.com/configurator.asp?id=4243897

Specifications:
Chassis Model: Antec Performance Series P101 <br><strong></strong>
Exterior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Trim Accents: - Standard Factory Finish
Processor: Intel Core i7-12700K (4.9 GHz Turbo) (20-Thread) (12-Core) 3.6 GHz (Alder Lake) <br><strong></strong>
Motherboard: MSI MPG Z690 Carbon (Wi-Fi) (Intel Z690 Chipset) (Up to 3x PCI-E) (No SLI) (DDR5)
System Memory: 32GB DDR5 5200MHz FURY Beast (BACKORDERED ETA END OF DECEMBER)
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 (500GB Samsung 980 PRO) (NVM Express)
Storage Set 2: 1x SSD M.2 (2TB Samsung 980 PRO) (NVM Express) (Gen4 PCIe)
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 3070 Ti 8GB (VR Ready)
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: - No Thanks
Airflow Control: - No Thanks
Chassis Mods: - No Thanks
Noise Reduction: - No Thanks
LaserMark: Option Not Available
Boost Processor: 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 Professional (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 27 inch VG27AQ (G-SYNC) (2K Resolution) (165Hz Refresh) (1ms Response) (2560x1440) (HDR10)
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 4 Year Limited Warranty (4 Year Labor & 2 Year Part Replacement)
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  Quote Cretae Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 02 Jan 2022 at 4:15am
MrCheetah gave you very sound advice. I'm happy for you that it made sense to you. I have just a couple of things to add. Monitors may often be had a bit cheaper elsewhere. There is a convenience to ordering here, but you might want to shop a bit. The Asus is a good monitor.

More importantly, you should be aware your GPU choice will be obsolete by Summer. I don't use that word lightly. Have a look at this:

https://gpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Nvidia-RTX-3060-Ti-vs-Nvidia-RTX-2070S-Super/4090vs4048

That is last generations 1440p "supercard", and it can't beat a3060 Ti for speed, and the 3060 has GEN 2 ray tracing and DLSS which are both quite a leap forward from first gen.

And now this:

https://gpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Nvidia-RTX-3060-Ti-vs-Nvidia-RTX-2080-Ti/4090vs4027

That is the TOP CARD from last gen which also struggles to beat out a 3060 Ti!

In about 6-10 months, your 3070 Ti will suffer similar humiliation from what the next gen will bring. They will have better memory management and 3RD GEN raytracing and DLSS. Plus be faster at every level. I'd keep my $430 in my pocket, get VERY GOOD performance from a 3060 Ti at 1440p or lights out performance at 1080p, and see what miracles Nvidia has in store a few months from now.   

Edited by Cretae - 02 Jan 2022 at 4:16am
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