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Advice on major upgrade

TheKDoge

39 months ago

I'd like someone to take a thorough look at the fourth revision of my planned upgrade. This will be my second build.

My current PC and first build, for reference

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $229.00 @ B&H
CPU Cooler Corsair H55 57.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $59.99 @ B&H
Thermal Compound Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste $11.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-H110M-A Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $57.76 @ Amazon
Memory Mushkin Blackline 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $59.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $76.77 @ Amazon
Video Card PNY GeForce GTX 960 2GB XLR8 Elite OC Video Card $183.98 @ Newegg
Case Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case $29.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply SeaSonic 520W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $64.99 @ B&H
Optical Drive Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer Purchased For $0.00
Monitor Acer H236HLbid 23.0" 60Hz Monitor $129.99 @ B&H
Other Windows 7 Professional with Service Pack 1 32/64-bit (English) - Microsoft Imagine $0.00
Other Samsung 250GB 750 EVO $69.99
Other Autodesk 3DS Max 2014 - Student Edition Purchased For $0.00
Other Kerbal Space Program Purchased
Other Space Engineers
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $994.44
Mail-in rebates -$20.00
Total $974.44
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-09-16 16:27 EDT-0400

I don't really know what I'm doing wrong with the budget, but the closer to $800 the better.

Priorities, in order:

  • Mid-low maintenance for 4 years; ideally, this will last me through college
  • Potentially run CAD software
  • Average 60 FPS in Space Engineers in space, mid-high graphics settings or better.
  • Average 30 FPS, minimum 20 FPS in Space Engineers on planets, mid-high graphics settings or better. Periodic framerate drops acceptable.
  • Run KSP in realtime [1 physics engine second == 1 real world second].
  • Rendering with Autodesk 3DS Max [NVIDIA mentalray, which uses CPU, or NVIDIA iray, which uses a CUDA-equipped GPU]

Both games will be modded. I love me some modding.

Part reasons: (please tell me how my choices are good/not so good/bad)

  • CPU: Better performance than the non-overclockable version. May overclock someday.
  • CPU Cooler: It's supposed to be very quiet, and should serve me well if I want to overclock. As far as I know, the colder you can keep your CPU, the longer it will last.
  • Thermal paste: Supposedly this stuff is all the rage.
  • MOBO: My needs are simple. This was cheap and has good reviews.
  • Storage: Combination SSD for boot + important programs and HDD for mass storage.
  • Memory: DDR4 RAM, and fast. Bonus points for being red.
  • Video card: Haz me some CUDA cores for rendering and meets the recommended requirements for all the games that I want to play on it. Cheaper (barely) than an R9 380 and ~$50 cheaper than the supposedly equivalent RX 480.
  • Case: Has filters. I should be able to set this up with positive pressure.
  • Power Supply: Fully modular.
  • Optical drive: I already own it and it has it's uses, so why not?
  • Monitor: Supposedly a really good monitor. 1920x1080 + IPS.
  • OS: Windows 7, free courtesy of Microsoft Imagine. Yay for student discounts? Possibly to be dual-booted with Linux.

As this is a learning experience for me, please do not post part lists without an explanation of the choices you made and why you made them.

Comments

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

You shouldn't be able to overclock without a z170 MOBO.

You could go with the H110 now and upgrade later, but replacing the MOBO is almost like rebuilding the pc. At least go with a B150.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Xeon E3-1230 V5 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $251.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-X150M-PLUS WS Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $63.98 @ Newegg
Memory GeIL EVO POTENZA 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $53.99 @ Newegg
Storage Corsair Force LE 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $58.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $45.88 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GT OC Video Card $249.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case $29.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply SeaSonic S12II 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $58.99 @ SuperBiiz
Optical Drive Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer Purchased For $0.00
Monitor AOC i2369V 23.0" 60Hz Monitor $99.99 @ Best Buy
Other Windows 7 Professional with Service Pack 1 32/64-bit (English) - Microsoft Imagine $0.00
Other Autodesk 3DS Max 2014 - Student Edition Purchased For $0.00
Other Kerbal Space Program Purchased
Other Space Engineers
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $953.79
Mail-in rebates -$40.00
Total $913.79
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-09-16 19:02 EDT-0400

CPU = 8 threads for CAD

Mobo = non-overclocking

RAM = cheaper, won't run faster than 2133M/T on this Motherboard.

Thermal Paste = pre-applied, or supplied with the stock CPU Cooler.

CPU Cooler = not needed, use the stock one.

SSD = cheaper.

HDD = cheaper: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWD0g43ZoEk

GPU = kills the GTX 960.

Monitor = cheaper

PSU = cheaper - still Seasonic

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

According to reviews on Amazon, color calibration tools that I don't have are recommended for use with that monitor.

I don't care what brand the PSU is as long it isn't crap. What I do care about: It needs to be at least semi-modular.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

If you don't like my choices, you are welcome to go with yours.

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  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I am aware of the first point. The second point is a surprise to me. That...is interesting...about the RAM.

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