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ZB_Bubba

40 months ago

Biggest concern is the case and video card.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6600 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor $215.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $24.99 @ Newegg
Thermal Compound Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste $4.58 @ OutletPC
Motherboard MSI Z170A GAMING M5 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $152.98 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $74.99 @ Newegg
Storage Crucial BX100 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $89.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $65.99 @ SuperBiiz
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Video Card $339.99 @ B&H
Case Phanteks Enthoo Pro ATX Full Tower Case $99.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA G2 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $99.89 @ OutletPC
Optical Drive Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer $40.98 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Pro OEM (64-bit) $124.78 @ B&H
Case Fan Corsair Air Series AF120 Quiet Edition (2-Pack) 39.9 CFM 120mm Fans $24.13 @ OutletPC
Keyboard Corsair Vengeance K70 Wired Gaming Keyboard $109.99 @ Best Buy
Mouse Corsair Raptor M45 Wired Optical Mouse $59.88 @ OutletPC
Other Corsair Gaming MM200 Cloth Gaming Mouse Mat - Extended $29.99
Other BitFenix BFA-ACL-30RK15-RP 30cm 15 LEDs Alchemy $21.95
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1596.08
Mail-in rebates -$15.00
Total $1581.08
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-02-03 12:50 EST-0500

Comments

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

are you planning to OC the CPU? If yes, maybe go with a larger CPU cooler like a Cryorig R1 Universal. I prefer MX-4 paste to the Silver 5. Instead of Red LED fans, I might switch to regular fans and buy some LED strips. I'm using the Bitfenix Alchemy 2.0 and they are great; magnetic so you can place them anywhere, daisy chain multiple strips, etc.

The reason to do strips is that LED fans typically are a little noisier and don't move quite as much air as the non-LED versions from the same company. Go with Phanteks fans- they will match your case and perform just as well if not better than the Corsair versions.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I completely forgot about OC'ing. I will not be doing that, so I changed the CPU....I've been looking for LED strips, but was having trouble finding a good set. I'll definitely check your suggestion out.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah- the Bitfenix Alchemy 2.0 strips are great. I used the red ones here: http://pcpartpicker.com/b/6HHNnQ

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

What is it about the case that has you concerned? Your GPU is perfect for 1080p gaming at high settings for any current and near future game. If you want/need moar power, go with the 980ti if you are allergic to AMD.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm fairly certain I won't need more power. I'll be starting on the low-end of the gaming spectrum. I'll worry about more power when I get a higher quality monitor.....I've probably switched cases twenty times. I'm worried about looks vs. ease of use. Meaning, I want a decent looking case, but I need a case that has plenty of space for future part upgrades and cable management. I'm a guy with larger than average hands, and need the space to put things together.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Look at the case in my build below- Enthoo Evolv ATX. Swimming in space, can easily support fully liquid cooled system for future use and up to triple GPU setup.

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