Compatibility and Performance concerns, building my first PC


Hi, so I'm building my first PC partly because I've always wanted to and have never had the funds or know how, and mostly because I saw some Star Citizen content that got me motivated enough to start learning about the process and buying parts. 

I jumped into everything pretty quickly so this is what I have purchased so far:

Intel Core I7 12700k Alder Lake CPU

Nvidia MSI GeForce RTX 3050 Gaming x 8g Graphics Card

MSI Mag CoreLiquid c280 280mm All-in-one water cooling kit 


This is the rest of the parts list I've put together:

MSI Z690 MPG Edge WiFi DDR4 Intel LGA 1700 ATX Mother board

Crucial - Ballistix Gaming RGB 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4-3200 PC4-25600 CL16 Dual Channel desktop memory kit 

PowerSpec - 650 Watt 80 Plus Bronze ATX Semi-modular power supply active PFC SLI Crossfire Ready gaming PC computer switching PSU

Intel - 670p Series 1TB SSD 3D QLC NAND Flash M.2 2280 PCle NVMe 3.0 x4 Internal Solid State Drive

ASUS - VG248QG 24" G-SYNC Gaming Monitor 165Hz 1080p 0.5ms

Phanteks - Eclipse P500a high airflow, ATX midtower, 140mm D-RGB case fans


I'm primarily interested in a smooth performance while playing Star Citizen and making sure everything works together. If you have any suggestions or corrections please let me know and thank you so much for your help!


  • Ian
    Ian admin
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    Greetings. Looking over your parts list, everything there would be compatible, you wouldn't run into any issues with those parts.

  • magarity
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    At some point you may want to upgrade that 3050 so I would only suggest more than a 650W power supply. Maybe a 750 or 850. Because a good psu will last a long time and can go from one PC to the next without needing to buy a new one. If in a year you want a 4060 ti (or whatever there is on the market then) it'll almost certainly want more than 650W.

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