Haven't built a machine in years. How does this look?


Hi All,

I haven't built a machine in a long while and wanted some input into the parts list below. The PC builder says this will all work together. Is water cooling really necessary? Will all this fit in a mini tower case?

Thanks for the input.

CPU: Intel Core i9-12900KS Alder Lake 3.4GHz Sixteen-Core LGA 1700 Boxed Processor

Motherboard: ASUS Z690-F ROG Strix Gaming WiFi DDR5 Intel LGA 1700 ATX Motherboard

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR5-5600 PC5-44800 CL36 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit CMK32GX5M2B5600

Case: Lian Li O11 Air Mini Tempered Glass ATX Mini Tower Computer Case

Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 850 GA 850 Watt 80 Plus Gold ATX Fully Modular Power Supply

Video Card: EVGA NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti FTW3 Ultra Gaming LHR Triple-Fan 8GB GDDR6 PCIe 4.0 Graphics Card

M.2 / NVMe SSD: Seagate FireCuda 530 1TB 3D TLC NAND PCIe Gen 4 x4 NVMe M.2 Internal SSD

Optical Drive: ASUS 90DD0200-B20010 Internal Blu-Ray Writer (16x BD-R (SL), 12x BD-R (DL), 16x DVD+/-R), BDXL

Thermal Compound: Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut Thermal Grease - 1g

Water Cooling Kits: Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML240L RGB V2 240mm Water Cooling Kit


  • Ian
    Ian admin
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    Greetings, What's your intended budget and intended use for your PC?

  • magarity
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    edited June 2022

    Make sure you do get the "Air" version of that case and not accidentally pick up the glass version.

    Cooler Master AIOs are kinda "meh". 2 year warranty. Consider a Corsair or NZXT both of which I think are 5 year. Water cooling is not required, but a 240 AIO is superior for that i9 CPU you've picked out and the small case.

    Does that case really have a space for an internal CD drive?

  • GardinersBay
    edited June 2022

    The budget is around 3 grand and the machine is primarily for gaming with some streaming and light video editing. I was looking at the smaller case since there's not a lot of real estate on my desk for a monster machine. Thanks for the advice on the Air version of the case and the cooler.

    Dropping the CD drive since I already have an external one.

  • magarity
    magarity ✭✭✭✭
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    Those mini-tower cases are squat and square, so if literally the footprint on the desk is important then a normal tower may be better.

    Lian Li O11 Air Mini: 11 inches wide by 16 inches deep by 15 inches tall

    Corsair 4000D Air: 9 inches wide by 17 inches deep by 18 inches tall

    So is minimizing width or depth or height more important? I had a Corsair 280X which is similar to the 011 Mini because I thought smaller would fit better but in reality the thing was just too fat despite being short. I switched to a tower that's a lot taller but have more room on my desk now.

  • GardinersBay

    The constraint is width and depth. I'll recheck the available options. Thanks @magarity

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