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SBM (Gaming / Editing PC, Plug-n-Play with no fuss)

smallbutmighty
  • 56 months ago

Part pickers,

I've only built a handful of rigs in the past and, while I love technology and the research just as much as the building, I'm not one to fuss with overclocking, tuning, or dealing with watercooling.

What I'm looking for is an Intel based rig using Nvidia supporting G-Sync for up to 3-monitors without having to fuss with overclocking, etc. Sure, the part could support that option, but I want to spend my time gaming and editing video vs. tuning the machine. Questions for the forum:

  1. My current build includes a i5-3570k Ivy Bridge @ 3.4Ghz, 16GB DDR3 RAM, and GeForce 680. Does upgrading to x99 or Skylake provide enough bang for the buck?

  2. If so, which option would you recommend (x99 or Skylake)?

  3. Regarding GPU, would a bump to GTX 950 be sufficient, or, would a leap to 980ti be worth my while?

Thanks, SBM

Comments

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

First off, I can tell you that the 950 is less powerful than the 680. So definitely don't make that transition.

What type of budget do you have for the upgrade? I think that, in addition to gaming expectations, will largely determine whether x99 or Skylake is the better option.

As for a GPU upgrade that would be worthwhile, I do think the 980ti is your best bet for triple monitor gaming. If the gaming is only taking place on one monitor with two others for background stuff, then a 980 will be fine. 970 and 970 SLI are both decent options as well, obviously the single 970 would have the most strain for gaming.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I went ahead and made the overkill build. It's mainly to show you the cost of an x99 platform with a 980ti.

I think the x99 platform could be a worthwhile investment. I don't know how heavy you get into editing and such, but it definitely has proven itself to have a solid gaming performance.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-5820K 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor $319.99 @ Micro Center
CPU Cooler RAIJINTEK AIDOS BLACK 48.6 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $19.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-X99-UD3 ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard $187.99 @ Directron
Memory G.Skill NT Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $86.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $84.89 @ OutletPC
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $45.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card Zotac GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB AMP! Omega Edition Video Card $649.99 @ Amazon
Case Fractal Design Define R5 Blackout Edition w/ Window ATX Mid Tower Case $120.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA GS 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $94.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1611.71
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-10-21 18:33 EDT-0400
  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Assume budget isn't a significant concern - other than convincing my better 1/2.

Gaming would occur on all three monitors.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright, and what is the resolution you aim to game at?

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

2K max. 4k, to me, doesn't seem necessary. Besides, the expense to get 4k running at a solid 60fps isn't worth the hassle.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Unfortunately, I have made the discovery that a 980ti is barely capable of running triple 2k monitors. By comparing the raw pixel numbers, triple 1440p monitors require roughly double the throughput of a single 4k monitor, so you'd need at least two 980ti's to run a triple setup with decent settings. You can get away with a single 980ti if the gaming occurs on only one screen, but for 3, you'd need the double sli.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $365.99 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler RAIJINTEK AIDOS BLACK 48.6 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $19.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z170X-Gaming 3 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $143.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory G.Skill NT Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $86.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $84.89 @ OutletPC
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $45.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card Zotac GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB AMP! Omega Edition Video Card (2-Way SLI) $649.99 @ B&H
Video Card Zotac GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB AMP! Omega Edition Video Card (2-Way SLI) $649.99 @ B&H
Case NZXT H440 (Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower Case $99.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply EVGA 850W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $94.99 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $2242.70
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-10-23 14:45 EDT-0400
  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you game on 1 or 3 screens personally? If 1, any chance you are using an ultra wide monitor. If so, how's that experience?

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

if money isnt really an issue..take a look at this

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-5960X 3.0GHz 8-Core Processor $999.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler be quiet! Dark Rock Advanced C1 50.5 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler $158.00 @ Amazon
Thermal Compound Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste $6.39 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock X99 Extreme4 ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard $154.98 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws 4 series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $117.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung XP941 Series 512GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $312.90 @ Amazon
Storage Samsung 850 EVO 2TB 2.5" Solid State Drive $699.99 @ NCIX US
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) $649.99 @ Amazon
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) $649.99 @ Amazon
Case Cooler Master Cosmos II (Black) ATX Full Tower Case $306.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply SeaSonic Platinum 860W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $145.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $17.89 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) $96.45 @ OutletPC
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $4367.54
Mail-in rebates -$50.00
Total $4317.54
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-10-23 20:43 EDT-0400

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