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$2000 CAD Gaming PC built around the Acer XB271HU

Aquilon
  • 53 months ago

I've been humming and hawing over building a rig for months and decided to wait for the monitor QC issues to sort out before buying in. Made a topic back in July and I think all that info might be outdated. I'd prefer Skylake for future proofing I have a little leeway in the budget if need be. Looking for a 980ti to go with the monitor. I don't need any peripherals.

Edit: I also need wifi as I have no easy access to the router

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  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

This monitor, right?

https://pcpartpicker.com/part/acer-monitor-xb271hubmiprz

Is the cost of the monitor included in the budget? Do you need a copy of Windows?

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Monitor excluded from budget. And yes I need a copy of Windows

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

This is what I came up with...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $275.25 @ shopRBC
Motherboard ASRock H170 Pro4S ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $147.24 @ DirectCanada
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $98.98 @ Newegg Canada
Storage Sandisk SSD PLUS 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $63.05 @ Vuugo
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $64.99 @ Canada Computers
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB FTW ACX 2.0+ Video Card $919.98 @ Newegg Canada
Case Fractal Design Define S w/Window ATX Mid Tower Case $132.98 @ NCIX
Power Supply EVGA 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $119.98 @ DirectCanada
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home Full - USB (32/64-bit) $135.00 @ shopRBC
Wireless Network Adapter Gigabyte GC-WB867D-I 802.11a/b/g/n/ac PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter $44.99 @ Canada Computers
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $2002.44
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-01-15 11:47 EST-0500
  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $358.05 @ Vuugo
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $39.75 @ Vuugo
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z170-HD3P ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $158.50 @ Vuugo
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $62.54 @ DirectCanada
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $109.05 @ Vuugo
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $64.99 @ Canada Computers
Video Card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB WINDFORCE 3X Video Card $868.50 @ Vuugo
Case NZXT S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $97.05 @ Vuugo
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA GS 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $124.06 @ DirectCanada
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) $123.00 @ shopRBC
Monitor Acer XB271HU bmiprz 165Hz 27.0" Monitor $0.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $2005.49
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-01-15 11:40 EST-0500
  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't get a lesser build, The 6700K admittedly expensive is Top-dog..

http://us.hardware.info/comparisontable/products/192811-315137-220715-315132

By far one of the best performing boards in the Z170 chipset..

http://us.hardware.info/comparisontable/products/316437-316326-316333-317174-317176

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $531.05 @ Vuugo
CPU Cooler Noctua NH-U12S 55.0 CFM CPU Cooler $79.95 @ Amazon Canada
Motherboard MSI Z170 Krait Gaming ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $204.00 @ Canada Computers
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $114.99 @ NCIX
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $109.05 @ Vuugo
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $63.05 @ Vuugo
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB FTW ACX 2.0+ Video Card $909.98 @ Newegg Canada
Case BitFenix Neos ATX Mid Tower Case $74.99 @ Canada Computers
Power Supply EVGA 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $99.98 @ NCIX
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) $123.00 @ shopRBC
Wireless Network Adapter TP-Link Archer T4U 802.11a/b/g/n/ac USB 3.0 Wi-Fi Adapter $43.12 @ DirectCanada
Monitor Acer XB271HU bmiprz 165Hz 27.0" Monitor $0.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $2393.16
Mail-in rebates -$40.00
Total $2353.16
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-01-15 15:27 EST-0500

I wouldn't recommend getting a 980Ti at the moment, with NVIDIA PASCAL releasing in a few months time.. At the moment AMD's GPUs with Async shader Support are better..

WCCFtech -- AMD R9 Fury X Leaps Ahead Of Nvidia GTX 980 Ti With The Latest Windows 10 Drivers – All AMD GPUs Get A Sizable Performance Boost..

http://wccftech.com/amd-r9-fury-x-performance-ahead-nvidia-980-ti-latest-drivers/

AMD's advantage in DirectX 12(windows 10)

http://wccftech.com/async-shaders-give-amd-big-advantage-dx12-performance-oxide-games/

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I like the look of this build, but it's pushing the upper limit of what I'd like to spend. After some gpu research I'm inclined to go for the Gigabyte 980ti over the EVGA but it's really stretching the budget. So what I'm wondering is should I compromise on the processor or the gpu? If I went with the Gigabyte 980ti which processor should I step down to?

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't compromise on the GPU.. The next natural choice would be the unlocked i5-6600K.. The NH-U14S is so powerful that it can easily push 4GHZ+.. Get the best thermal paste of them all, The Coollaboratory Liquid Ultra..

THERMAL PASTES COMPARISON @ IDLE -- NO LOAD

THERMAL PASTES COMPARISON @ FULL LOAD -- PRIME95 for 15 minutes

See Full Report: https://www.techinferno.com/index.php?/forums/topic/5863-tested-all-of-thermal-paste-range-best-of-them/

ACTUALLY.. PREMIUM TOP-'O-THE-LINE PC builds would do better to wait for the intel Broadwell-E scheduled to release in Q1 2016 - 2-3 months down the line and NVIDIA PASCAL scheduled to release Q2 2016..

NVIDIA PASCAL 1000 series is reportedly a QUANTUM LEAP over the current GTX 960/970/980 MAXWELL..

Just go thru it once if u haven't already seen it..

Nvidia : Pascal Is 10X Maxwell, Launching in 2016 – Features 16nm, 3D Memory, NV-Link and Mixed Precision

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll think on it but I don't think I'm going to wait. There's always something better down the line and you'll always be able to justify waiting another few months. I'll be waiting forever. Besides, it seems lately these companies have been overselling their new technology. Or maybe thats just Intel.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

As u see fit bud, take care :-D

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you just doing 2D Cad? Like AutoCAD CAD? Then the 6700K is your best bet- highest clock speed, mostly single threaded app. If you are doing 3d modeling in CAD and rendering- then you need as many cores as you can get, so I would recommend an overclocked 5820K in an X99 build.

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

Sorry for lack of clarity. CAD for Canadian dollar.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Oops sorry about that. Are you thinking $2000 CAD total including the cost of the monitor or without it? Never mind- I see the responses above now. :)

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Over budget because of the GPU but it is one hell of a GPU and worth the extra money. Of course if you can't afford that just swap it for any of the GPUS from the other builds.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6600 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor $306.50 @ shopRBC
Motherboard Asus H170 PRO GAMING ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $174.98 @ DirectCanada
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $65.98 @ Newegg Canada
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $109.05 @ Vuugo
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $66.50 @ Vuugo
Video Card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Video Card $1061.98 @ Newegg Canada
Case Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case $72.99 @ NCIX
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA GS 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $124.06 @ DirectCanada
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) $123.00 @ shopRBC
Wireless Network Adapter Gigabyte GC-WB867D-I 802.11a/b/g/n/ac PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter $44.99 @ Canada Computers
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $2150.03
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-01-16 21:51 EST-0500
  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/6KBpf7 This is basically my build with a 980ti graphic card. Smooth 55fps with heaven benchmark. Going to be a beast if you are going to use 980ti

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