Building a new computer, and I'm completely lost!


I am building a computer, and I am completely lost on what to do. I built a computer for ~1300$, but I want to lower that by a hundred hopefully (if possible). If anyone could help me pick out parts, I would be thankful. I mostly am thinking of downgrading the CPU and GPU, but not by much hopefully.

  • Intel Core i5 - 11600K
  • B560M-PLUS TUF Gaming WiFi Intel LGA 1200 microATX Motherboard
  • G.Skill - Ripjaw V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4 -3200
  • Lian Li - Lancool 215 Tempered Glass eATX Full Tower Computer Case
  • EVGA - 650BQ 650 Watt 80 Plus Broze ATX Semi-Modular Power Supply
  • MSI - Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Gaming X Dual Fan 8GB
  • Samsung - 970 EVO Plus SSD 1TB M.2 NVMe
  • Cooler Master - Hyper 212 RGB Black Universal CPU Cooler
  • Microsoft Windows 10 Home 32/64-Bit - USB

I'm looking to use this computer for gaming, preferably 1080P high graphics settings, although this can be lowered. I may use this for occasional GFX / 3D Modeling, although that won't be the main use.

The CPU fan is currently not compatible, but at the same time I've heard that the Thermaltake UX100 (I think) is rather weak.



  • Yingdong
    Yingdong ✭✭✭
    First Anniversary First Comment First Answer 5 Likes

    I would advice you to give 11th gen intel cpu a skip. Make the decision between 12th gen intel(performance) or Ryzen 5000 series(price). Don't bother with that UX100 thing, I doubt if it's any better than the stock cooler that comes with i5/r5. Don't go with MSI 3050, it is waaaaay over priced, it was supposed to be a $250 card, or $330 premium max.

    This is my suggested part list

    CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 5600x (currently $200 at microcenter)

    motherboard: B550 aorus elite(currently $150 at microcenter, bundle and get the $20 off)

    ram: Crucial Ballistix 16gb x 2 @3200mhzCL16(Crucial c9 series E-die great for overclocking, ~$115 at amazon)

    GPU: RTX 3060 12GB(~$430 to ~$520 where ever you can get one for retail price)

    PSU: EVGA 700 GD 80+ gold ($75 at newegg, OEM by FSP

    m2: Team Group MP33 1TB(~$80 at newegg)

    Cooler: Stock amd wraith stealth is good enough, if you don't want to use it, I'd suggest you go with Thermalright FS140 WHITE RGB at ~$60, I promise you would be impressed)

    Case: NZXT H510 is good enough($85)

    Thermal paste: FS140 comes with Thermalright TF7


  • Yingdong
    Yingdong ✭✭✭
    First Anniversary First Comment First Answer 5 Likes

    If you really like intel that much, just replace the 5600x+b550 with 12600k + any z690 that supports ddr4, purchase a LGA1700 mounting kit for another $10, the rest will work flawlessly

  • magarity
    magarity ✭✭✭✭
    First Anniversary 5 Up Votes First Comment First Answer

    I have to say you've done a really good job of picking out that initial list. If you need to save some a few $ you can get the non-K version of the i5 and it comes with a heatsink.

  • TAPEthan

    This is my suggested build. I think the GPU will still bottleneck the CPU, so you're fine going with a older 6 Core/12 Thread from the 10th Gen for some savings here, so I disagree with Yingdong here. Also, all these parts are in stock at Micro Center, so yeah! This is a decent build for under 900 before tax.

    Configure Your PC:

    CPU: (1) Intel Core i5-10400 Comet Lake 2.9GHz Six-Core LGA 1200 Boxed Processor - Intel Stock Cooler Included ($129.99 EACH)

    Motherboard: (1) MSI B560M Pro-E Intel LGA 1200 microATX Motherboard ($89.99 EACH)

    RAM: (1) Crucial Ballistix 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 PC4-24000 CL15 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit BL2K8G30C15U4B - Black ($59.99 EACH)

    Case: (1) Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L mATX Mini Tower Computer Case - Black ($49.99 EACH)

    Power Supply: (1) Gamdias RGB 750 Watt 80 Plus Bronze ATX Non-Modular Power Supply ($49.99 EACH)

    Video Card: (1) Sapphire Technology AMD Radeon RX 6600 Pulse Lite Edition Dual Fan 8GB GDDR6 PCIe 4.0 Graphics Card ($429.99 EACH)

    M.2 / NVMe SSD: (1) Intel 660p 1TB SSD 3D NAND QLC M.2 2280 PCIe NVMe 3.0 x4 Internal Solid State Drive ($84.99 EACH)

    Total: $894.93

    Generated by Micro Center (3/22/2022 10:15:27 AM)

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