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~3000 euro 4K Gaming PC

Steijn
  • 52 months ago

-Edit- I just bought the parts! Check my comment below for my final build. Thanks for the help!


Hi!

I'm planning to build myself a new gaming pc, capable of playing most games at at least decent fps (4k). The pc I'm currently using is a 3 year old pc I built myself, but it doesn't really like 4k resolution that much, so I thought it was time for an upgrade ;)

Current pc:

  • CPU: i7 4770k (watercooled, because it started overheating (while idle) after 2 years)
  • GPU: Gigabyte GTX 770 4GB
  • MB:Gigabyte Z87X-UD4H
  • RAM: 2x8 GB Kingston HyperX blu DDR3
  • Storage: Samsung 840 Pro 256 GB (SSD) and some HDDs
  • Case: Cooler Master Haf X
  • PSU:?

  • Monitor: Philips BDM4065UC (4k, 60Hz)

  • Keyboard: Ducky Shine 5
  • Mouse: Corsair Raptor M45

I won't use old parts for my new pc (except for my SSD+peripherals).

What I need:

  • CPU (i7-6700K?)
  • GPU(SLI 980ti? Wouldn't really know what brand to go for though)
  • Motherboard
  • Power Supply
  • RAM
  • Storage (1-4 TB HDD and/or a 256-512GB SSD would be nice)
  • Case (although this is more a matter of taste, I'd like to hear some recommendations ;) )
  • Aftermarket Cooling (I would prefer to have something more silent & cooler than the stock coolers (at least the CPU))

I know SLI generates a lot more heat, so I don't really know if I need to go for watercooling for one or both GPUs.

  • Budget:3000 euro (a bit less would be nice, a bit more may also be acceptable)
  • Location: Netherlands
  • Use (Gaming, Rendering, etc): 4K Gaming, some rendering
  • Peripherals required (monitor, keyboard/mouse, etc): None
  • Operating System required: No
  • Overclocking: Not immediately, maybe in the future

Would like:

  • Red color scheme
  • Quiet (doesn't have to be completely silent :P )
  • Intel + Nvidia over AMD

I hope I didn't forget any important information, otherwise let me know!

Thanks in advance!

Comments

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Unless you are doing content creation, you do not need the hyper threading in the i7's. The i5-6600k is mire than enough for just gaming. 4TB HDD for you to store everything. 8GB RAM is more than enough for gaming. The Titan X will be able to handle 4K with ease. Although I did not put to Titans in SLI, the 850W PSU will give you the headroom to put another if your heart so chooses.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor €248.32 @ Mindfactory
CPU Cooler NZXT Kraken X61 106.1 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler €164.37 @ Mindfactory
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z170X-Gaming 5 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard €182.55 @ Mindfactory
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory €48.61 @ Mindfactory
Storage Western Digital BLACK SERIES 4TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive €219.19 @ Mindfactory
Video Card Palit GeForce GTX Titan X 12GB Video Card €1049.78 @ Mindfactory
Case NZXT H440 (Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower Case €119.90 @ Caseking
Power Supply XFX PRO Black Edition 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply €148.42 @ Mindfactory
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total €2181.14
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-02-17 15:34 CET+0100
  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I like this parts list, only thing I would add to it is a SSD for boot.

If you wanted more power to add to this build, you could swap out the CPU for either the 6700k or the 5930k depending on CPU needs. Also doubling the ram is a good investment but not required for pure gaming.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Eh but that GPU isn't powerful enough for some games by itself, 2 980ti's are still better

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

He is keeping his SSD

"I won't use old parts for my new pc (except for my SSD+peripherals)."

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I wouldn't recommend reinstalling a new form of OS on the same drive. I've done it and it can lead to drive corruption.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

i did not know that. Learn something new everyday it seems.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Going 4K doesn't have to be that expensive, just get a 750w power supply, a 390x2 and a 4K monitor, bam 4K 60Hz freesync for nowhere near €3000.

The 6700k is not a big upgrade to the 4770k not worth the money.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
Video Card PowerColor Radeon R9 390X2 16GB Devil 13 Video Card €769.00 @ Amazon Deutschland
Power Supply EVGA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply €127.89 @ Amazon Deutschland
Monitor LG 27MU67 60Hz 27.0" Monitor €524.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total €1420.89
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-02-17 17:35 CET+0100
  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly you'll be fine with just upgrading your GPUs and power supply.

If you're dead-set on building an entirely new computer, however, this list should do you just fine.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor €248.12 @ Mindfactory
CPU Cooler be quiet! Dark Rock Advanced C1 50.5 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler €55.24 @ Amazon Deutschland
Motherboard MSI Z170A GAMING M5 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard €171.77 @ Mindfactory
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws 4 series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory €75.43 @ Mindfactory
Storage Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive Purchased For €0.00
Storage Western Digital Blue 4TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive €134.00 @ Amazon Deutschland
Storage Western Digital Blue 4TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive €134.00 @ Amazon Deutschland
Video Card XFX Radeon R9 Nano 4GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) €504.82 @ Mindfactory
Video Card XFX Radeon R9 Nano 4GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) €504.82 @ Mindfactory
Case Phanteks Enthoo Pro M ATX Mid Tower Case €82.15 @ Mindfactory
Power Supply EVGA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply €127.89 @ Amazon Deutschland
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total €2038.24
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-02-17 19:41 CET+0100

CPU

When it comes to gaming there's no need for an i7. There's no two ways about it. Why would you spend €100+ over an i5 on a CPU that gets you almost no performance gains? People will try to tell you that i7s are more "future-proof" because they are Hyperthreading-enabled, but that's not how Hyperthreading works.

All Hyperthreading does is address how instructions are handed to the CPU. It boils down to this; if the CPU can sideload an additional instruction onto one of its cores it will do so and if not then it functions exactly the same as an i5. Unfortunately this matters almost exclusively when executing mixed-integer workloads, which gaming is not currently nor will it be in the future.

An i5 nets you the same performance for less, and that is what matters.

Cooler

be Quiet!, as their name suggests, is very well-known for their whisper-quiet air coolers. The C1 is medium-sized, quiet, performs well enough to keep that i5 cool under any load, and with the added benefit of looking fabulous.

Motherboard

With the requirement of a black/red scheme there's any of a number of motherboards to choose from. The Gaming M5 is a great motherboard that has more features than you can shake the proverbial stick at. NVMe-ready M.2 slots, six SATA connections in the form of two standard and two SATA-Express ports, on-board USB 3.1, and a 3.1 Type-C.

RAM

Honestly, RAM is RAM. The only differences you'll see is exactly what you'll see. It's for that reason I went with a 16GB kit; because it's more aesthetically pleasing than a single 8GB stick.

Storage

There's really no need to replace the 840 Pro you have now. It's a good drive that should last you quite some time. As far as the mechanical storage goes, however, I don't know what you have currently so I cannot really tell you to reuse it. I will say, though, that if it works for you now then there's probably no reason to replace it.

If you do replace it then I would go with a good-sized mirrored pair of disks. I've suggested two 4TBs since that was the upper limit of your requirement and there's more than enough budget for it.

GPUs

This is where I break away from your requirements.

I understand that you prefer NVidia cards, but as the market stands there are very few reasons to go with them. Since you are using UHD it's really not possible to run games on a single card at anything close to decent settings, so you're going to need two or more GPUs. In multi-GPU setups the 390X is beating the 980 while being cheaper, and both Furies are either trading blows with or out-and-out beating the 980 Ti, again while being cheaper. You get a heck of a lot of power for not a lot of money.

Case

Phanteks' Pro M is the case to beat right now. The thing is an absolute value powerhouse. You get nearly every single feature you would normally find only in much more expensive cases, but not the price tag of the more expensive cases. It has fully-filtered intakes, a PSU shroud, 2.5" mounts, 3.5" mounts, great water cooling support, excellent air flow, great looks, fully-grommeted cable management cutouts, and as I already said, a deliciously low price.

I seriously cannot think of a reason not to get it, and I'm not sure anybody else could, either.

PSU

EVGA's G2-series PSUs are simply amazing. They're not super expensive, offers great voltage regulation, fulfills my "80+ Gold" requirement, and offers more than enough wattage to run what I have suggested.


I'm around to answer any questions you or others may have.

  • 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 €360.63 @ Mindfactory
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Nepton 240M 76.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler €108.29 @ Mindfactory
Motherboard MSI Z170A GAMING M9 ACK ATX LGA1151 Motherboard €371.08 @ Mindfactory
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory €97.05 @ Mindfactory
Storage Samsung 950 PRO 256GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive €186.86 @ Mindfactory
Storage Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive €96.02 @ Mindfactory
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) €689.87 @ Mindfactory
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) €689.87 @ Mindfactory
Case Corsair 780T ATX Full Tower Case €187.84 @ Mindfactory
Power Supply SeaSonic X Series 1050W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply €177.84 @ Mindfactory
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total €2965.35
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-02-17 19:56 CET+0100

Should more than exceed 4k gaming and rendering requirements. All in one place to shop at too (this is why i like Europe its so simple!)

Case has plenty of fans preinstalled for tons of airflow add more / swap out as needed.

AMD does have an advantage in crossfire vs SLI but 2 980ti's will dominate 4k gaming.

PSU is a tier 1 PSU nothing to worry about at all.

CPU Cooler should keep the 6700k very cool with little to no issues.

6700k Best performance to price in this price range (the I5 has similar performance but you will want the hyper threading)

The M.2 SSD.... for your boot. This is an extremely fast SSD allowing you to use the 840 EVO for a game storage drive or anything else you want on hand quickly. 3 TB HDD for mass storage add on as needed ofc.

On top of all this this computer should be very quiet underload. Atleast until the GPU fans spin up but thats most GPUs.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for all the advice!

After reading your comments and doing some more research, I went with this build: PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $379.98 @ Newegg
CPU Cooler NZXT Kraken X61 106.1 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $139.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard MSI Z170A GAMING M5 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $169.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Kingston HyperX Fury Black 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $149.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive Purchased For $0.00
Storage Western Digital BLACK SERIES 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $154.99 @ B&H
Video Card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) $676.98 @ Newegg
Video Card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) $676.98 @ Newegg
Case Corsair 750D Airflow Edition ATX Full Tower Case €162.90
Power Supply Corsair 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $149.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $2525.89
Mail-in rebates -$40.00
Total $2485.89
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-02-17 18:17 EST-0500

I did want the i7 instead of the i5, because I have to do some rendering in 3D programs for my education. The rest is a mix up of things you guys posted and some personal preference (the case). I ended up going for the Gigabyte 980 ti version, because it has a higher clock speed, good reviews and I had good experiences with Gigabyte (current build), so I paid some extra for it (over MSI). I went with Nvidia SLI instead of AMD CFX because I read that SLI has more compatible games + SLI compatability is faster than CFX support + 2x 980ti is a bit faster in most games than 2x Fury X (at least thats what I read). The 32GB ram... All the slots filled looks kinda cool :P It'll also be more than enough if I decide to run a small game server for some friends. I paid just below 2800 bucks for it, so it's even a bit below my budget :)

Some may call me crazy for some of these unnecessary expensive parts, but at least I'm happy with it ;)

Thanks again for your help guys!

  • 52 months ago
  • 0 points

This has a I7-6700K, a big aftermarket water cooler for CPU, a high-end gaming motherboard, 16GB of RAM, a PCIe M.2 512GB SSD, a 3 (or 4 TB) HDD, 2 Fury Xs in Crossfire, quiet case, and top-tier PSU. I chose the Fury Xs over the 980ti because they are a little cheaper, and perform 10-15% better at 4k. They all come water cooled as well, so there shouldn't be much hot air in your case. All of these parts are in a red/black theme.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor €362.63 @ Mindfactory
CPU Cooler Corsair H100i GTX 70.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler €125.36 @ Mindfactory
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z170X-Gaming 7 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard €212.96 @ Mindfactory
Memory Kingston HyperX Fury Black 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory €74.78 @ Mindfactory
Storage Samsung 950 PRO 512GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive €319.07 @ Mindfactory
Storage Western Digital BLACK SERIES 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive €169.47 @ Mindfactory
Video Card XFX Radeon R9 Fury X 4GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) €647.86 @ Mindfactory
Video Card XFX Radeon R9 Fury X 4GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) €647.86 @ Mindfactory
Case Corsair 780T ATX Full Tower Case €187.84 @ Mindfactory
Power Supply Corsair 1000W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply €184.43 @ Mindfactory
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total €2932.26
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-02-17 15:31 CET+0100
  • 52 months ago
  • 0 points

my suggestion :)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-5930K 3.5GHz 6-Core OEM/Tray Processor €617.84 @ Mindfactory
CPU Cooler Thermaltake Water 3.0 Performer C + LNC 81.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler €54.90 @ Amazon Deutschland
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-X99-Gaming 5P EATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard €277.74 @ Mindfactory
Memory Kingston Savage 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory €105.85 @ Mindfactory
Storage Samsung 950 PRO 512GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive €319.07 @ Mindfactory
Storage Seagate 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive €100.39 @ Mindfactory
Video Card XFX Radeon R9 Fury X 4GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) €647.86 @ Mindfactory
Video Card XFX Radeon R9 Fury X 4GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) €647.86 @ Mindfactory
Case NZXT Phantom 530 (Red) ATX Full Tower Case €119.90 @ Caseking
Power Supply SeaSonic X Series 1050W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply €177.84 @ Mindfactory
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total €3069.25
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-02-17 16:45 CET+0100
  • 52 months ago
  • 0 points

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $394.99 @ Newegg
CPU Cooler Corsair H60 54.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $59.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI Z170A GAMING M5 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $169.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $69.99 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $69.99 @ Newegg
Storage PNY CS1211 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $59.00 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $89.99 @ Newegg
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) $649.99 @ B&H
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) $649.99 @ B&H
Case Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case $59.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply EVGA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $99.99 @ Amazon
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $17.78 @ OutletPC
Case Fan Cooler Master SickleFlow 69.7 CFM 120mm Fan $6.99 @ Directron
Case Fan Cooler Master SickleFlow 69.7 CFM 120mm Fan $6.99 @ Directron
Case Fan Cooler Master SickleFlow 69.7 CFM 120mm Fan $6.99 @ Directron
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $2402.65
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-02-17 11:28 EST-0500

This should go above and beyond for just about any game excluding battlefront That goes around 54-60 FPS but that's still plenty and I stayed well below your budget for ya

Edit: This equates to 2105.97 Euro

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Dual 980Ti's get well over 60 fps in all games at all settings.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Not on battlefront on 4k

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you have benchmarks showing that? Battlefront is really easy to run.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol dude that's a single 980ti

  • 52 months ago
  • 0 points

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor €360.63 @ Mindfactory
CPU Cooler Corsair H100i GTX 70.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler €125.36 @ Mindfactory
Motherboard MSI Z170A GAMING PRO ATX LGA1151 Motherboard €150.84 @ Mindfactory
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory €97.05 @ Mindfactory
Storage Samsung 850 EVO 500GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive €167.32 @ Mindfactory
Storage Western Digital BLACK SERIES 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive €134.86 @ Mindfactory
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) €689.93 @ Mindfactory
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) €689.93 @ Mindfactory
Case Corsair 760T Black V2 ATX Full Tower Case €188.90 @ Amazon Deutschland
Power Supply SeaSonic 1050W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply €250.26 @ Mindfactory
Optical Drive LG BH16NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer €78.90 @ Amazon Deutschland
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) €103.63 @ Mindfactory
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total €3037.61
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-02-17 17:49 CET+0100
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