Question Build help: I7-13700k vs Ryzen 7 - 7800X3D and mobo pairing


Junior Member
Aug 25, 2023
Hi Folks,

Looking to upgrade my motherboard, processor, and ram. Need some help with mobo and processor pairings.

Looking for best bang for the buck, OC if i need it (possibly), will be used for gaming and as my plex server (must have at least 6 sata ports). ATX mobo. Want it powerful enough to last a long time without upgrade.

Any advice is helpful.

Side question is open box worth the risk?

A few possible set ups


I7-13700K overclocked (ideal) $365
I5-13600K overclocked (budget) $286


Asus ROG Maximus Z790 Hero (ideal) $590 or $353 open box
Asus ROG Strix Z-690E (budget) $260 or $237 open box



Ryzen 7 - 7800X3D (ideal) $385
Ryzen 7 - 5800X (budget) $215


Asus ROG Crosshair X670E Hero (Ideal) $639 or $394 open box

Currently running:

Mobo: Asus P8Z68-V Pro
CPU: i7-3770K ocd to 5.2 - aircooled
Ram: corsair dominator platinum 16GB DDR3 2133 MHZ
PS: 1000w EVGA 1000 P2 supernova
GC: AMD 5600XT
Main drive: crucial mx500 2TB SSD
Storage: 48TB assorted drives
Case: Antec DF-85 Black Steel ATX full tower. 3 x 120mm fans front, 1 x 120mm fan rear, 2 x 140mm fans top.

Current setup is from about 2011 and served me well but its time. Some things have been upgraded over time but mostly the same.
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Tech Junky

Diamond Member
Jan 27, 2022
plex server
That's how I use my setup but also as my router / AP / etc. in the same box.

For SATA ports ASRock seems to be the best bet w/o using an HBA which opens the door to any MOBO brand. HBAs are cheap @ ~$50 for 8 ports w/o raid.

I tend to stick with ASR though since changing to them a few years back on a rebuild. I've also done well with MSI other than a recent project. Tried a GB more recently and it was alright.

For AMD I'm just diving into them more recently since I'm storage centric and AMD does PCIE bifurcation cheaper than Intel ever will.

So, I spec'd out a 7900X/16GB Ram/X670E/Cooler and it comes out to ~$700 shipped w/ an open box MOBO. If you get away from Asus you'll see more options that are feasible for budget.

As for storage I just switched to a U.3 from Micron which is 16TB @ Gen4 NVME speeds for ~$1100 w/ PCIE adapter and currently moving data between drives @ 2.5GB/s from a WD SN850. It should be faster but, CP/MV add some overhead vs real world use. It's moving faster than the copy from the R0 from 2x1TB Gen3 drives which topped out around 1.5GB/s going to the SN850.

So, I use for figuring out things and pricing parts and a general overview of a system build. The reviews posted there tend to be a bit more candid than the store sites.

As for cases w/ that many drives I would probably go with a Meshify 2 as it has an internal drive rack that holds up to 13 drives. If you could getaway with mATX then I would be using a Node 804 that holds 8 drives and compartmentalizes them from the MOBO.

Fans - I use Arctic P12/P14 PWM PST as they offer daisy chaining and are virtually silent even at higher speeds. 5-packs on Amazon usually run about $40

For the thermal between the CPU / Cooler though I switched to using graphite pads because it's easier to deal with when making frequent changes and they perform well

DDR 4 v 5.... prices have come down and you can get both for about the same price now vs when DDR5 launched and there was a lack of supply. I picked up 16GB for my rebuild recently and it was on par for DDR4 prices. However when you bump the speed up you'll see it costing a bit more.


Golden Member
Mar 21, 2007
Something to keep in mind if you go the AMD route is that the 7800X3D isn't really an OC friendly CPU. Spending $700 on the motherboard for it to get extra OC features is a waste IMO. Unless there is some specific feature that you need you can get a much cheaper option and/or possibly drop down to a B650 chipset. I have a B650 board with my 7700 and it does everything I need it to. I prefer MSI motherboards, ASUS has had some issues lately. This board for instance has 6 SATA ports, a B650 chipset, and is $220.
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Ken g6

Programming Moderator, Elite Member
Dec 11, 1999
I don't think I've ever gotten an open-box item that didn't have some problem. It's usually something non-essential or even cosmetic, but there's almost always something. I can't think of anything non-essential that could go wrong with LGA CPUs, though. (That's Intel and Socket AM5 AMD.)

What's your overall budget?


No Lifer
Feb 26, 2006
1. Open box items are "Ya pays yer money and takes yer chances." Personally, I won't take the chance. Been burned once too many times.

2. I know zip, zilch, nada about plex servers, but either of those Intel processors would be great for gaming. They both are notorious for being somewhat hard to cool. I have the i5-13600K. It's hella good, but my Arctic Cooling Liquid Freezer II 280 struggles to keep it cool.

3. ASUS's Intel boards have been pretty hit-or-miss recently. LOTS of complaints. I went with a MSI Z690 Tomahawk DDR4 board for my recent build. It's not terrible...but has some glitches. (Intel i225 network adapter is a PITA)

4. As for the AMD idea. Not my thing.