Looking to upgrade my over-a-decade-old rig with my tax rebate. I priced out a beautiful Rocket Lake system for about $1450. Yes I make them expensive but damn they last a long time. My current machine is a Gen 3 and it is just now getting to the point where I should (but don’t have to) upgrade.
Out of curiosity, I looked at the price on a 12700K. That’s odd, its only $25 more than the 11700K. A relatively low end AS Rock or ASUS Z690 mobo is less than $200. What’s this?! This AS Rock board takes DDR5 memory but that’s gotta be expensive, right? Some great memory is only $380 for 32 gigs. OK that’s twice the cost of the DDR4 RAM on the Rocket Lake build but if I can have the bleeding edge machine for only $200 more (and DDR5 memory will only improve over the years when needing to upgrade) the why wouldn’t I do it?
So here is the build
Intel 12700K CPU
ASRock Z690 Phantom Gaming 4/D5 motherboard
32GB DDR5 G.SKILL Z5 RAM
Corsair 5000D Airflow Tempered Glass Mid-Tower ATX PC Case
(2) Cooler Master MasterFan SF360R fans. It’s three 120mm fans in one frame.
(3) be quiet! Shadow Wings 2 - 120mm PWM fans specifically for more motherboard cooling
Leaving one fan that comes with the case in the rear.
Noctua NH-U12A chromax.black, 120mm Single-Tower CPU cooler. Apparently this air cooler is good enough even for 12th gen.
Corsair 750W 80 PLUS Gold PSU. Yes it’s overkill.
Samsung 980 PRO (PCIe 4) 500 GB for my programs and booting
Samsung 970 EVO PLUS (PCIe 3) 250 GB to store my files
All for $1680 + tax
Please explain to me why I shouldn’t build this machine.