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Titanium/Silver Themed Ultrawide Gaming Build

keiratec

38 months ago

Hello everyone,

I am just about to pull the trigger on my first build and wanted some opinions. I was planning on waiting until the 1080TI, but having a gaming PC over the winter months would be great. I'll either try to sell the 1080 when the TI is realized or buy another 1080 for SLI when the prices start to drop.

One question I had was in regards to the CPU cooler/radiator. I was planning on mounting this to the front of the case as an intake. Will this be okay? I see a lot of others with this case are mounting it on the top, but I don't like how it hangs over the motherboard. :/ My plan is to have two intake fans in the front (connected to radiator) and then two fans exhausting out the top and one out the back.

Any critiques would be welcome! Thanks in advance, this community has been a great resource.

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $328.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard MSI Z170A MPOWER GAMING TITANIUM ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $228.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory G.Skill TridentZ Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $204.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $158.57 @ B&H
Storage Samsung 950 PRO 512GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $315.62 @ Amazon
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Superclocked Gaming ACX 3.0 Video Card $644.99 @ B&H
Case Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX ATX Mid Tower Case $166.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply Corsair 850W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $163.88 @ OutletPC
Headphones Razer KRAKEN 7.1 CHROMA 7.1 Channel Headset $83.99 @ B&H
Other Windows 10​ Home OEM ​64-Bit $28.00
Other 34" Class 21:9 UltraWide® Full HD IPS Curved Gaming Monitor $699.99
Other EK-XLC Predator 240 $159.99
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $3184.99
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-10-05 15:20 EDT-0400

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  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Let me help you with that formatting.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $328.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard MSI Z170A MPOWER GAMING TITANIUM ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $228.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory G.Skill TridentZ Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $204.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $158.57 @ B&H
Storage Samsung 950 PRO 512GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $315.62 @ B&H
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Superclocked Gaming ACX 3.0 Video Card $644.99 @ B&H
Case Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX ATX Mid Tower Case $166.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply Corsair 850W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $163.88 @ OutletPC
Headphones Razer KRAKEN 7.1 CHROMA 7.1 Channel Headset $83.99 @ B&H
Other Windows 10​ Home OEM ​64-Bit $28.00
Other 34" Class 21:9 UltraWide® Full HD IPS Curved Gaming Monitor $699.99
Other EK-XLC Predator 240 $159.99
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $3184.99
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-10-05 15:16 EDT-0400

I would say 32GB of RAM, that power supply, and having an Sata SSD and an M.2 SSD are all overkill.

Also, don't know were you are planning to get an OEM copy of Windows 10 for $28 dollars, but it's most likely grey market at best.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, finally figured out the formatting issue! :) I plan to get the M.2 SSD first and eventually add the Sata SSD down the road if/when I need more space. I was also planning on eventually getting under 1080 for SLI so figured I might need 850W?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I missed your plan regarding adding a second card, so the PSU makes perfect sense.

As far as the storage. M.2 is nice, but unless you plan on doing large file transfers a lot the extra speed is not really going to be noticed. For the price of that M.2 drive you could get a 1TB Sata drive.

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/RbvZxr/samsung-internal-hard-drive-mz75e1t0bam

Just an idea.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

yes, you can put the cooler in the front. top exhaust fans in this case don't do much, the top exhaust ports are so very tiny after all, more air bouncing off the top panel and going back into the case does nothing to improve temps, in fact achieves the opposite result. this all looks good and well, but a few things need be corrected, because they aren't quite "correct"in a would be premium build.

  • the Z170 MPower Titanium looks nicer than the Xpower, but the pci-e slots are so low on that board, SLI in a mid tower with 7 slots and a solid mid plate/basement cover is going to be tight and uncomfortable. with this motherboard I suggest reference cards that exhaust out the back of the case.
  • I recommend a smaller M.2 drive like a 256GB 950 Pro and a 1-1.1 TB Sata SSD like the MX300, Mushkin Reactor or 850 EVO (not really worth the premium over the other two though)
  • the HXi 850 is in fact unnecessary even for 1080 SLI. a 650 watt would handle that setup with much ease and breathing room. the Seasonic Prime 650 or 750 at most, is what I'd suggest.
  • finally, no way, no way you're gonna pay $700 for a 1080p monitor, an AMD freesync one at that so the adaptive sync won't even function with your gpu.
  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for your input! So would you not even bother putting exhaust fans on the top of this case? Just have one exhaust fan on the back?

I'll probably switch to a 256GB M.2 drive like you mentioned, I'll also look into blower cards instead.

Do you have any suggestions for a good Ultrawide monitor?

Thanks again!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

you're welcome. yes, the one exhaust fan is fine. this case actually comes with it's optimal fan setup right out of the box. If you're sticking with a single 1080 at least go with the FTW version too. monitor is gonna be pricey if you want the high refresh rate. but the increased resolution is a better trade off most of the time IMO. this one is fine: http://pcpartpicker.com/product/yhM323/dell-monitor-u3415w

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