Question Ryzen 5600x/AM4 versus i5-12600k/LGA1700 for a gaming PC?

dud

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I build a new PC to game every 5-10 years. Knowing that my PC (3770K w/1660Ti) was getting a little long-in-the-tooth, my very gracious son sent me a new EVGA 3060Ti. We talked, and decided that either an AMD 5600x or the new Intel 12600K would be the best for me. Both have positives and negatives. While the AM4 platform is getting on in years, it is still very competitive. The Alder Lake 12600K is about the same price, but requires one to purchase a heatsink/fan and a (relatively) expensive LGA1700 MB.

I can afford either option but I am leaning toward the Ryzen alternative, mainly because it is proven and is much more efficient (65W versus 150W). I would appreciate ANY advice/experience from other users as to which way you would recommend.

Thank you!
 

DAPUNISHER

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Either are great picks, you really can't go wrong. Both will push that 3060ti for all its got. But I lean toward the 5600x myself, mostly because of the huge selection of good boards to choose from. And depending on what cooler you are using with that old i7, you may be able to get a AM4 mounting kit for free or close to it.
 

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