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First Time Gaming Build (help appreciated!)

cgeese

38 months ago

http://pcpartpicker.com/list/Vyf4pb ==> old (http://pcpartpicker.com/list/Mp4v4C)

This is my first time building a PC. This build is more or less based on this build : http://pcpartpicker.com/b/CRm8TW I may have just made a decent build worse, idk haha. I thought I would make it cheaper in other areas because of my inclusion of the 1070 (btw, is this a good choice of custom 1070?) Also is the sound card good? I have no experience with cooling, especially water cooling. But I've read that water cooling is not much more difficult than fan cooling and has many advantages, so I kept the water cooling unit, I'm just unsure if that's the unit I should purchase.

I would prefer to keep a smaller build size (micro-atx), as I'd like to be able to transport it somewhat easily and I like the visual, but if it would better to move up to a mid tower then I'm open to the idea.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA4JH1NB1871 is the monitor I was looking to add to this build, the reviews seem to indicate the purchase carries a bit of risk, but is worth it. I'm not entirely sure of the Hz of this monitor, I just read that it can be OC'ed to about 120? If this is a bad choice, I'd like a monitor that is still around $200-300.

Including the monitor, I'd like to keep the overall cost $1600 or below if possible (although I'd rather buy quality than save $$), the lowest while still being highly powerful being best of course. Any help is greatly appreciated!! Sorry if the build is a mess (or if I'm a mess lol)

EDIT: took some advice, switched motherboard and also PSU. Is my case a good choice? Also, I realized my SSD had the same speed as a regular SATA drive, does anybody recommend a certain PCI-E SSD or should I just go with a regular SATA 2.5"? Also, does anybody recommend a water cooler over the one included?

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  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

I'd rather have the wifi separate myself as usb or add-in card. Wifi standards change, and then you can just buy a new card later if needed. I'm not familiar with that cooler but water isn't like it used to be with pumps and you connecting hoses etc. They are closed loop systems and you just install like a regular cooler, just that the fan is mounted separate. Case/mb size are up to you really. It will all work the same, just you get more room in a bigger case, and depending on the board you can get more features depending what you choose. ie: they will all have usb but how many connectors will vary, all have sata but qty changes etc. If you don't need all the extras, then it's fine. I prefer mid/full tower, others don't, but neither is wrong.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I think I'll just get a separate wifi adapter that incorporates bluetooth. If I was to get a motherboard that was H170 or something, do those support overclocking or are they just not as good at it as Z170? I have minimal knowledge about mobos haha.

Also would you say the choice of video card is good or should I go for EVGA or MSI or something? And is the monitor good for this build?

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

If you are overclocking you need the z170 motherboard and the 'K' CPU. H170 won't overclock and just features are a bit different. Z is the enthusiast version so has a few extra bells/whistles usually.

I've had EVGA cards before and never any issues, I'd buy one again and they have very good reputation. Never seemed to pick up anything MSI so I don't have a lot to say about it, but they seem good too.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the tips :)

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

I would just change the psu to the Corsair RMx if you wanted a gold rated psu. The Rmx is superior to the CSM for a few dollars more.

http://pcpartpicker.com/product/3zNypg/corsair-power-supply-cp9020090na

You could also just stick with the corsair CXM 550W if you wanted to save a bit of money. The CXM for $39.99 is a bargain! The efficiency doesnt matter too much anyway.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I think I'll go for that RMx actually, thanks

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