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First gaming build help

KipTheRip
  • 52 months ago

Okay my goal is to have a gaming computer that will last 5ish years before upgrading. My budget is between 2000 and 2500 Canadian. The games I generally play are Starcraft 2, League of Legends, World of Tanks, Dark souls 2, Ark Evolve, Minecraft etc... I need a setup that would allow me to play these games and more in full HD with high to extreme setting at 60 or more FPS. I want a system that isn't overkill, but will give me the ability to upgrade without tossing half the system.

Ps: I like Asus and Intel.

Thanks for the help.

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  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Peripherals? OS? Monitor?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

OS windows 10 home, monitor LG 27MP35HQ-B 60hz or an ASUS VG248QE 144hz. I have headset, mouse and keyboard

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

This will probably be your best option. Latest Skylake line of CPU's, and the best Skylake CPU that you can get. Only 2 sticks of ram, so there is the option to upgrade in the future as well, as well as SLI capability. The GTX 970 will perform the best for 1080p gaming so that is all that is really needed for now. I chose a well reviewed, quiet case as well, but you can always pick the side panel version of it as well. If you have any more questions, just ask :)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $514.98 @ DirectCanada
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $39.15 @ Vuugo
Motherboard Asus Z170-A ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $209.99 @ Newegg Canada
Memory Kingston HyperX Fury Black 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $99.99 @ Canada Computers
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $65.98 @ DirectCanada
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Video Card $489.98 @ NCIX
Case Fractal Design Define R5 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $124.99 @ NCIX
Power Supply EVGA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $139.99 @ NCIX
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $27.54 @ DirectCanada
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) $127.99 @ Newegg Canada
Monitor Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor $369.98 @ BestDirect
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $2210.56
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-02-23 18:06 EST-0500
  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

If I don't want to overclock because I heard it only makes a 5% to 15% gaming performance difference at 1440p and will not help 1080p is it really worth the 6700k, z170 and going for DDR4?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Your idea/want towards overclocking may change over time, so it can always be a worthwhile investment. Plus, the 6700k comes clocked in at 4.0 GHz compared to the 6700 only at 3.4, so without messing with it at all, it's already faster than the 6700. Z170? Absolutely, especially when it comes to future proofing, always having the overclocking capability and are generally higher quality. DDR4, not necessarily, but its needed for Skylake. There isn't much difference between DDR4 and DDR3 but you can't use DDR3 with Z170. So, technically if you wanted to be "futureproof" yes it is all worth it.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Getting an i7-6700 with a less epxensive motherboard will run for a few years.

Games dont really utilise the CPU that much anymore and even less for hyperthreading since they instead rely on the GPU which is where one gains the most performance overall.

Note however that stuff like web browsing benefits from a higher clock boost the 6700K can reach and the hyperthreading helps for rendering and editing.

The DDR4 memory still has yet to be fully utilized at its full speed so futureproofing is one thing but its more about an enthousiast build at this point in time than a necessity

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Your budget is similar to mine and I went with the following build buying the pieces on special as they came up over the last 2-3 months.

http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/C97C3C

My overall cost was about $2300 but I already had a monitor.

For 1080P you can easily downgrade the card to an nVidia 970 or go to Team Red (AMD) for similar and/or better performance at that price point.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the i5 reduced threads hinder the performance compared to i7 technology for gaming specifically?

I heard the GTX 970 has a bug where it only uses 3.5 GB when it is a 4 GB card any problems with GTX 980?

I have never had liquid cooling is there regular maintenance required that is costly? I am used to fans where you just have to clean filters of dust.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

The 970 using only 3.5 GB of VRam is only a problem when at 1440p, but the monitors you recommended were 1080p, so that is not a problem at all. If you were to go 1440p, that is where the GTX 980/980 Ti come into play. The 970 will work just fine with the monitor you listed and will perform nicely.

With AIO (All in one) liquid cooling, there typically isn't regular maintenance, and when there is it isn't costly. I prefer air coolers because the only maintenance that they ever require is just blowing the dust out of it, which isn't hard. If you were to choose liquid cooling, it is better to go with the higher end, such as the H100i or NZXT makes a fair line of AIO's as well. The lower end, single fan radiator liquid cooler's are not really worth it compared to lower end liquid coolers.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

The i5 will perform just as well for gaming as the i7 equivalent.

Sure the i7 might get a small amount of performance but nothing really noticeable as far as gaming is concerned.

The GTX 970 should crush 1080P even with the "bug". The 980 would be overkill for 1080P unless you go maxt settings on the latest AAA games with stuff like hairworks on.

I like the temperatures I get with the water cooling when overclocking. The CPU runs cool and I dont get as much heat generated in my case although my air flow is pretty good at the moment and wouldn't really be an issue.

  • 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 $535.19 @ Newegg Canada
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $47.11 @ BestDirect
Motherboard Asus Z170-A ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $209.99 @ Newegg Canada
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $125.98 @ Newegg Canada
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $225.98 @ Newegg Canada
Storage Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $95.98 @ Newegg Canada
Video Card Asus Radeon R9 390 8GB Video Card $463.98 @ Newegg Canada
Case Deepcool KENDOMEN Black ATX Mid Tower Case $69.98 @ Newegg Canada
Power Supply EVGA 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $199.98 @ Newegg Canada
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $29.00 @ BestDirect
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) $127.99 @ Newegg Canada
Monitor Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor $369.98 @ BestDirect
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $2531.14
Mail-in rebates -$30.00
Total $2501.14
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-02-23 18:43 EST-0500

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $535.19 @ Newegg Canada
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $47.11 @ BestDirect
Motherboard Asus Z170-A ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $209.99 @ Newegg Canada
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $125.98 @ Newegg Canada
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $130.98 @ Newegg Canada
Storage Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $95.98 @ Newegg Canada
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon R9 390X 8GB Video Card $551.98 @ Newegg Canada
Case Deepcool KENDOMEN Black ATX Mid Tower Case $69.98 @ Newegg Canada
Power Supply EVGA 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $199.98 @ Newegg Canada
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $29.00 @ BestDirect
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) $127.99 @ Newegg Canada
Monitor Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor $369.98 @ BestDirect
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $2524.14
Mail-in rebates -$30.00
Total $2494.14
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-02-23 18:45 EST-0500
  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

White theme :)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $345.15 @ Vuugo
CPU Cooler Phanteks PH-TC12DX 68.5 CFM CPU Cooler $69.99 @ NCIX
Motherboard Asus SABERTOOTH Z170 S ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $279.00 @ Canada Computers
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $118.98 @ Newegg Canada
Storage Sandisk Z400s 128GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $60.40 @ DirectCanada
Storage Seagate 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive $91.98 @ DirectCanada
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Video Card $889.98 @ DirectCanada
Case Fractal Design Define R5 w/Window (White) ATX Mid Tower Case $153.96 @ Amazon Canada
Power Supply Fractal Design Newton R3 1000W 80+ Platinum Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $326.50 @ Vuugo
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $2335.94
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-02-23 19:31 EST-0500

Note : white PSU optional , can change to more cheaper one :)

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

White isn't my style usually, but this build is pretty cool. Thanks for the ideas :)

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