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Hi, This is a present to myself as i approach my 60th birthday and intend to carry-on gaming for a few years yet. I have created & repaired pc's in my younger days but due to ill health have had to make changes in that department. Therefore I have to let someone else build the machine i require.
The build i am hoping for is on the list below (if anyone has any advice or ideas then please leave a message). Thanks

Price will be around £3000.00+ (US$4000)
Case: Lian-Li O11 Dynamic XL (ROG Certified) Aluminium Midi-Tower - White
CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5800X Eight Core 4.7GHz (Socket AM4) Processor
CPU Cooler: Alpenföhn Glacier Water 360 High Speed ARGB - 360mm
PSU: Seasonic Focus GX-850 850W 80+ Gold Modular
Motherboard: MSI MPG X570 GAMING PRO CARBON WIFI (AMD AM4) DDR4 X570 Chipset ATX
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 PC4-29200C18 3600MHz Dual Channel Kit - Black
Graphics Card: Asus GeForce RTX 3080 ROG Strix Gaming OC 10GB GDDR6X
M.2 SSD: Corsair Force MP600 series 2TB NVMe PCIe Gen4 M.2 Solid State Drive (CSSD-F2000GBMP600) (Primary Drive)
HDD1: 4TB Barracuda HDD 5400RPM 256MB Cache
Case Lighting: Phanteks RGB LED Strip Starter Kit (PH-LEDKT_CMBO)
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If this system you going to keep for a while and not swapping parts a bit later on
i suggest changing the ram to 3600mhz instead of the 3200mhz
Grab a 2tb nvme ssd, games are starting to come at 100gb sizes..
 
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Thanks Hyderz, i'll take that advice onboard.... cheers

[List researched and amended]
 
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The Pro carbon isn't very great for it's typical asking price the VRM is budget tier worse than the majority of B550.... The Tomahawk is the chespest X570 board MSI makes that is good.. The majority of their B550 boards are also pretty decent.

 
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Hi, This is a present to myself as i approach my 60th birthday and intend to carry-on gaming for a few years yet. I have created & repaired pc's in my younger days but due to ill health have had to make changes in that department. Therefore I have to let someone else build the machine i require.
The build i am hoping for is on the list below (if anyone has any advice or ideas then please leave a message). Thanks

Price will be around £3000.00+ (US$4000)
Case: Lian-Li O11 Dynamic XL (ROG Certified) Aluminium Midi-Tower - White
CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5800X Eight Core 4.7GHz (Socket AM4) Processor
CPU Cooler: Alpenföhn Glacier Water 360 High Speed ARGB - 360mm
PSU: Seasonic Focus GX-850 850W 80+ Gold Modular
Motherboard: MSI MPG X570 GAMING PRO CARBON WIFI (AMD AM4) DDR4 X570 Chipset ATX
Memory: Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 PC4-25600C16 3200MHz Dual Channel Kit
Graphics Card: Asus GeForce RTX 3080 ROG Strix Gaming OC 10GB GDDR6X
M.2 SSD: 1TB Corsair Force MP600 series NVMe PCIe Gen4 M.2 (CSSD-F1000GBMP600)(Primary)
HDD1: 4TB Barracuda HDD 5400RPM 256MB Cache
Case Lighting: Phanteks RGB LED Strip Starter Kit (PH-LEDKT_CMBO)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Professional - Systems
Speakers: Z623 2.1 Channel Multimedia - 200W RMS
Just curious, how much is 4000$ according to your country?
 
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If this system you going to keep for a while and not swapping parts a bit later on
i suggest changing the ram to 3600mhz instead of the 3200mhz
Grab a 2tb nvme ssd, games are starting to come at 100gb sizes..
I agree that 500GB or 1TB won't cut it with todays or tomorrow's games.
But there is no need for a single large NVMe SSD.

Just food for thought...

He can buy the 500GB model for the OS alone, and as many SATA SSDs he can/want for games, page file and anything else.
There is minimum difference between NVMe (Gen3/4) and SATA SSDs when it comes to loading games.


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1x Corsair Force MP600 series 2TB NVMe PCIe Gen4 = £328

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1x Corsair Force MP600 series 500GB NVMe PCIe Gen4 = £89
1x Samsung 870Evo 2TB SATA-III SSD = £199

Sum: £288

£40 less and 0.5TB more space and the fact that NVMe is working (fast) only for OS. No games on it or page file to pile up writes.

I have the following and everything works smoothly
1x Samsung 970Pro NVMe 512GB Gen3 (OS)
1x Samsung 850Pro SATA-III 1TB (Page file, general storage, games installed)
1x Samsung 860Evo SATA-III 1TB (games installed)
 
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5900x-5950x in that price range & I'd suggest waiting for GPU prices to cooldown a bit? They're taking a disproportionate piece of anyone's build right now, can't say what it costs in UK atm but won't be pretty that's for sure.
 
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Did you check the RAM on the motherboard's QVL list? Corsair Vengeance LPX is known to have compatibility and/or stability issues with Ryzen even when on the list. I'd consider something like G.Skill Ripjaws V 3600 MHz C16.
5900x-5950x in that price range
OP mentioned he'll be playing games, it's going to be a pricy overkill. 5600X is just enough for today's games. 5800X will be somewhat more future proof.
For the GPU, I'd try getting a used low to mid tier for now. There's no point in paying scalper fees. Maybe soon we'll have more normal prices. You could try playing the lottery in the meantime and try to buy directly from the manufacturer, if available.
 

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Nice build, it's just the graphics card availability that's gonna be the problem, unfortunately.
 
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Nice build, it's just the graphics card availability that's gonna be the problem, unfortunately.
I'm using overclockers.co.uk for my system build...
 

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I'm using overclockers.co.uk for my system build...
I've just checked and they don't have any 3080 cards either. This is a worldwide shortage.
 
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All that power but what monitor are you planning on using? Please get a high refresh rate 1440p or 4k this would be way overkill for 1080p. Oh and congrats on retiring!
 
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All that power but what monitor are you planning on using? Please get a high refresh rate 1440p or 4k this would be way overkill for 1080p. Oh and congrats on retiring!
I'll just be using my 32" Samsung widescreen until my wife lets me use one of our 55" tv's... ;-)
 
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Aluminium/copper AIO. Trash.

Get the EK or Alphacool AIO and you get a pure copper system that also performs better.

Or just get a Noctua U12A and save the cash while getting the same performance.
 
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Aluminium/copper AIO. Trash.

Get the EK or Alphacool AIO and you get a pure copper system that also performs better.

Or just get a Noctua U12A and save the cash while getting the same performance.
I wouldn't say it was trash, but that's your opinion...
 
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It leads to galvanic corrosion, regardless of additives to the coolant which eventually stop working. Hence trash. There's no good reason to use aluminium radiators over pure copper other than cost savings.

And even if you're going the cost savings route, simplest way is just to have a pure aluminium loop.
 

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Aluminium/copper AIO. Trash.

Get the EK or Alphacool AIO and you get a pure copper system that also performs better.

Or just get a Noctua U12A and save the cash while getting the same performance.
It's probably quieter, too. My NH-D14 has been running silently for a decade now with fantastic cooling performance. Absolutely epic. It was expensive, but oh-so worth every penny.
 
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Just a thought - are there any pre-built such as cyberpower in UK/Scotland ? That might be the simpler solution and a way to get the GPU amid the shortage.
 
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Aluminium/copper AIO. Trash.

Get the EK or Alphacool AIO and you get a pure copper system that also performs better.

Or just get a Noctua U12A and save the cash while getting the same performance.
To say it is trash is alittle unfair. The product will cool effectively for very long. Now every AIO will fail at some point but this will alittle sooner. That being said I would totally get an EK as well (what I'm currently using) because it will last longer but this is by no means trash. And a noctua cooler is also a great option because well the heatsink isn't gonna fail and fans are easily replace with no risk of damage. But I'm guessing OP got it for the looks which is totally a valid reason.
 
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System Name Ryzen Monster
Processor Ryzen 5 5600X
Motherboard Asus ROG Crosshair Hero VII WiFi
Cooling Corsair H100i RGB Platinum
Memory Corsair Vengeance 32GB (4x8GB) 2400Mhz (CMK16GX4M2A2400C16 kit x 2)
Video Card(s) Asus ROG Strix RX5700XT OC 8Gb
Storage WD Black 500GB NVMe 250Gb Samsung SSD, OCZ 500Gb SSD WD M.2 500Gb, plus three spinners up to 1.5Tb
Display(s) LG 32GK650F-B 32" UltraGear™ QHD/Samsung C27F591 curved
Case Cooler Master Storm Trooper
Audio Device(s) Supreme FX on board
Power Supply Corsair RM850X full modular
Mouse Corsair M65 Pro
Keyboard Corsair Strafe RGB Silent
Software Windows 10 x64 Start 10
Benchmark Scores 3DMark Time Spy 4532 (9258 March 2021)
I've got no advice to offer except to say that I have two AIOs, one of which has been running just fine for the last six years.(Corsair H100i)
Enjoy your retirement gift with relish!
 
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