Building a Compact Gaming PC with the i5-12600K

After spending the last several generations playing it safe and letting AMD enjoy the CPU spotlight, Intel finally decided to provide a more robust competition with their recent 12th-generation Alder Lake chips. New DDR5 RAM support, much smaller lithography, and lots more cores await to provide plenty of gaming and multitasking performance this holiday season.

Today, we’ll be looking at a build including the i5-12600K that focuses on being compact yet powerful—capable of fitting in a tight space, or moving with relative ease from house to office (or from home office to entertainment room). As we’ll see, the i5-12600K is a multitasking master for a great price, so this will be a gaming-workstation hybrid in a nice tight package.

Before we begin, let’s explore the 12600K in a bit more depth so we know what we’re working with!

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Building a Quiet Gaming PC with the Intel i7-12700K

 

With Intel releasing their new 12th-generation chips into a market still saturated with scalpers peddling $2000 GPUs, it’s fair to say that most people interested in this new hardware are looking to upgrade just their CPU (and motherboard) rather than putting together an entirely new build.

But it’s a lot easier to conceptualize what to upgrade when you see how the part fits into an entire build. And maybe some wild people out there are looking to build an entirely new PC regardless of the difficulties. For those reason, the ongoing graphics card woes won’t stop us from having a little fun and planning a handful of creative builds with Intel’s Alder Lake series of CPUs! For this specific build, we’ll be looking to make a quiet PC capable of letting you game in peace (without it sounding like a passenger jet is preparing for takeoff right on your desk).

First, let’s take a close look at the star of the PC: the i7-12700K!

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The BEST 2021 Cyber Monday Deals on PC Hardware!

Cyber Monday 2021 Sales! These are Logical Increments’ picks for the best 2021 Cyber Monday deals from Newegg and Amazon.

A while after Black Friday caught on, online retailers introduced Cyber Monday in order to get in on the action. Over time, it became established, and now Cyber Monday is basically just a second Black Friday that happens a few days later!

Newegg has been one of the most consistent sources for Cyber Monday sales on PC hardware, but there are a handful of worthwhile deals on Amazon as well. So we’ve taken a look at what both sites have available, and narrowed it down to their best-listed PC hardware deals.

Please note: Some of the best 2021 Cyber Monday deals are dependent on rebates. Such rebates are reliable, but only if you follow the instructions exactly and submit everything on time, so better be careful!

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The BEST 2021 Black Friday Deals on PC Hardware!

2021 Black Friday is upon us, with deals from Amazon, Newegg, and more! These are Logical Increments’ picks for the best 2021 Black Friday deals on computer hardware, from Amazon, Newegg, and B&H Photo Video.

Black Friday is a weird ‘holiday’ where a large number of retailers all around the world have their biggest sales of the year. Newegg has been one of the most consistent sources for Black Friday sales on PC hardware, but there are a few good offers to be found on Amazon and B&H as well.

This list includes 2021 Black Friday sales from Amazon, Newegg, and B&H mixed in together. Basically, we’ve taken a look at what all three sites have available, narrowed them down to the best 2021 Black Friday deals on computer parts overall, and listed them all right here on a single convenient page.

Please note: Some of the best deals are dependent on rebates. Such rebates are reliable, but only if you follow the instructions exactly and submit everything on time, so better be careful!

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Table of Contents for Amazon and Newegg Black Friday Deals:

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Best Newegg Black Friday Week Deals 2021

Newegg Black Friday 2021 Week sales! These are Logical Increments’ picks for the best Newegg Black Friday Week 2021 deals.

Black Friday is the day where a large number of retailers all around the world have the biggest sales of the year. Some outlets (like Newegg) will also have pre-Black Friday sales, so we have taken a look at what is on sale so far this year.

Please note: Some of the best deals are dependent on rebates. Such rebates are reliable, but only if you follow the instructions exactly and submit everything on time, so better be careful!

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Intel’s Alder Lake: The Phoenix Emerges

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Ever since Intel won every race in the universe with the launch of Sandy Bridge back in 2011, they have been slacking. AMD’s tortoise needed six long years, but it overtook the sleeping Intel hare in 2017, leaving behind a lot of room for jokes at Intel’s expense.

But Intel, like all other large tech corporations, does have a solid engineering team tucked away. And the only thing that engineers need is time. Intel has been trailing AMD for four years, but that changed with the Alder Lake CPU launch a few nights ago.

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Living Room Gaming Comparison: Docked Handhelds vs. Standard Consoles vs. Desktop Gaming PCs

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In this comparison article, we’ll briefly examine three solutions that let you game from the comfort of your very own couch. We’ll be taking a look at dockable handhelds, including the Nintendo Switch and the Steam Deck; home consoles, including the Xbox Series S/X and the PlayStation 5; and a full-blown home theater and gaming PC right smack in your living room.

The pros and cons of each category of system will be weighed to help guide you to the best partner for your big living room television. Let’s begin!

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The “GPU Prices are Not Improving Fast Enough” Update

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GPU prices started going up (roughly) in March of 2020 when all hardware went up in price or went out-of-stock. It happened slowly at first, then faster and faster, until widespread unavailability became the norm!

During the worst of the worst, it was so bad that you could not buy most graphics cards, no matter what price you were willing to pay! I am very glad that the worst is over.

But we aren’t out of the woods just yet.

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Best Beginner’s Guide to CPU Specifications

When buying and picking your CPU, you want to get the best you can get for your money, as well as the CPU that best fits your needs. When sifting through the available CPUs to satisfy those goals, you are bombarded with numerous technical terms and specifications.

In this article, I aim to clear up what those terms mean, and (roughly speaking) how their specs translate into performance.

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