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First Gaming PC Build ($2K - 2.5K budget)

mkaacher
  • 52 months ago

Hello,

I would like some help with building my first Gaming PC. I have some general knowledge regarding parts, but I haven't build my own PC since 2005 and am a little rusty. I intend to use it mainly for gaming and some photo editing.

Budget: $2000 - $2500

Location: Canada

Use (Gaming, Rendering, etc): Gaming, Photo Editing

Peripherals required (monitor, keyboard/mouse, etc): Keyboard, mouse

Operating System required: Windows 10

I would potentially like to use the Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor, as the CPU. But I am open to suggestions.

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  • 52 months ago
  • 3 points

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $534.26 @ Vuugo
CPU Cooler Corsair H100i GTX 70.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $130.98 @ Newegg Canada
Motherboard MSI Z170A PC MATE ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $159.98 @ NCIX
Memory Kingston HyperX Fury Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $59.99 @ NCIX
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $113.26 @ Vuugo
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $69.99 @ NCIX
Video Card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB WINDFORCE 3X Video Card $864.59 @ Amazon Canada
Case Phanteks Enthoo Pro M ATX Mid Tower Case $110.99 @ Amazon Canada
Power Supply EVGA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $154.16 @ shopRBC
Optical Drive LG GH24NSC0 DVD/CD Writer $17.95 @ Vuugo
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) $129.94 @ shopRBC
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $2346.09
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-01-30 18:59 EST-0500

Something like this?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-5820K 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor $551.26 @ Vuugo
CPU Cooler NZXT Kraken X61 106.1 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $159.00 @ Vuugo
Motherboard Asus X99-A ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard $347.80 @ shopRBC
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR4-2800 Memory $173.99 @ Canada Computers
Storage Crucial MX200 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $132.54 @ shopRBC
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $69.99 @ NCIX
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Video Card $465.38 @ Amazon Canada
Case Fractal Design Define S w/Window ATX Mid Tower Case $126.98 @ NCIX
Power Supply Corsair RM 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $164.88 @ Canada Computers
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) $129.94 @ shopRBC
Keyboard Logitech G710 Plus Wired Gaming Keyboard $132.99 @ Amazon Canada
Mouse Logitech G502 Wired Optical Mouse $85.98 @ Newegg Canada
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $2540.73
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-01-31 01:04 EST-0500

This is actually one of my dream build. When it comes to rendering, 5820k outperforms the i7 6700k this is why I am using a X99 motherboard for this build.

For CPU Cooler, I suggest NZXT Kraken X61, which is one of the most powerful water cooler in this price range. This allows you to overclock the CPU to a pretty high standard.

For RAM, I choose Corsair 4x4GB for something like gaming + streaming, Photo editing, this RAM will definitely a good option to choose.

Storage I choose MX200 Crucial SSD, just because I love them :P and a 1TB HDD where you can store all your documents, photos and videos.

For video card I choose GTX 970 because this can basically run all games at 1080p in ultra high setting around 50-60 fps stable.

Fractal Design Define S w/ window is just a beautiful case with good airflow.

Nothing to say about power supply 750w can give you extra space for future upgrade.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $534.26 @ Vuugo
CPU Cooler NZXT Kraken X61 106.1 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $159.00 @ Vuugo
Motherboard Asus Z170-A ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $219.98 @ Newegg Canada
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $135.89 @ DirectCanada
Storage Crucial MX200 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $225.98 @ Newegg Canada
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $67.26 @ Vuugo
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Video Card $465.38 @ Amazon Canada
Case Fractal Design Define S w/Window ATX Mid Tower Case $126.98 @ NCIX
Power Supply Corsair RM 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $164.88 @ Canada Computers
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) $129.94 @ shopRBC
Keyboard Logitech G710 Plus Wired Gaming Keyboard $132.99 @ Amazon Canada
Mouse Logitech G502 Wired Optical Mouse $85.98 @ Newegg Canada
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $2448.52
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-01-31 01:16 EST-0500

If 6700k is what you want this is the one

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey guys. Thanks for the great builds. It has given me a lot of think about.

  • 52 months ago
  • 0 points

I7 as per request

Liquid cooler so you can overclock

Asus motherboard

16gb of RAM since you had the budget for it

SSD for OS and HDD for mass storage

390 will push 1080p gaming

Good case to handle the radiator and make cable management easy

850W PSU for any future upgrades like SLI and overclocking which is modular for even easier cable management

Win 10

Mouse and keyboard are good quality, could always go with the Devastator Bundle if you don't really care about them

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $534.26 @ Vuugo
CPU Cooler Corsair H100i GTX 70.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $130.98 @ Newegg Canada
Motherboard Asus Z170 PRO GAMING ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $239.99 @ BestDirect
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $120.98 @ Newegg Canada
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $113.26 @ Vuugo
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $66.95 @ DirectCanada
Video Card MSI Radeon R9 390 8GB Video Card $478.98 @ Newegg Canada
Case Phanteks Enthoo Pro ATX Full Tower Case $149.98 @ NCIX
Power Supply EVGA 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $188.94 @ shopRBC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) $129.94 @ shopRBC
Keyboard Logitech G710 Plus Wired Gaming Keyboard $132.99 @ Amazon Canada
Mouse Logitech G502 Wired Optical Mouse $85.98 @ Newegg Canada
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $2373.23
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-01-30 18:54 EST-0500
  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't you mean crossfire?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

For Radeon GPUs, yes, it is crossfire. SLI is the nVidia term for their version.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, im aware

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

yea, mistakes happen

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

sure no problem :) just wanted to make sure...dont worry about it

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