38 months ago
EDITED Just wanted to ask for some feedback about this PC Build List I have come up with below. I am not a hardcore gamer but would like to be able to play the latest and greatest racing games (Forza, NFS) and Starcraft. I also do a lot of creativity work (Adobe Creative Suite), Designing (Autodesk programs) and looking to get into Website design in the near future.
Here is the list I have come up with after doing a lot of research and reading reviews. after your suggestions below and further research I have changed my list, please take a look and let me know what you think http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/6tx3RG
Some extra details/reason behind the items I have chosen:
planning to use the 500GB SSD as the boot drive and install the programs on
planning to use two of the 2TB drives as a Raid1 or windows mirror to act as my main data storage (music, documents, etc)
3rd 2TB drive would be use for backing-up boot drive & storing/accessing Dropbox 1TB via desktop app.
I figured 16GB RAM will be plenty to start off but may add 1 more 8GB stick for 24GB in total (is this a good idea or no)? Also I didnt find much difference performance wise in ram sticks above DDR4-2133? Are these sticks the best option?
I went with the i7 6700K as based on reviews and research it seems to be the better choice for multitasking and content creation over the i5 6600k
I haven't done any overclocking before but not sure if I will attempt it with this system but would like to have that feature available should I decide otherwise.
- I went with the EVGA GTX 1060 6GB SC card versus the other EVGA 2 fan cards like GTX 1060 SSC because it seems that the single fan one has the better (& More) reviews and performs just as well as the 2 fan ones. I do want to go with EVGA and looking to hook up 3 monitors via Displayports which this card has 3 displayports. Plus, this card seemed like the best value/performance in the GTX 1060 range (I am not looking to go 1070 or 1080 yet). I've decided to future proof my build a little more and spend the money and go with the EVGA GTX 1070 SC
- Fractal Design case was picked due to a friend using the same case and indicating that it is very quiet and clean looking. I also like the dust filters that it comes with as well.
- Picked the NZXT CPU liquid cooler over the corsair ones as it seems to have the better rating and looks better in my opinion. I was considering the Cryorig H7 (https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/product/93Crxr/cryorig-cpu-cooler-h7) if i went with Air cooling but after watching videos and reading reviews, it seems that liquid cooling is the best option for the i7 6700K CPU. Any reason I should go back to Air Cooling? I have changed to the Phantek CPU cooler after your comments and future research - Planning to mount the NZXT rad and fan at the back top of the case and moving the back case fan to the front so that there are two fans at the front. Does anyone know if mounting this NZXT rad/fan as I have indicated will interfere with the Z170A mobo I/O cover?
Asus mobo seems to be the best option for my build and I wanted an easy to use BIOS (which I have read that Asus provides the most user-friendly)
last but not least, I do not want anything "red" in this case as it is my least favourite colour and I don't need lights and all that jazz.
I look forward to hearing your feedback/suggestions as I want to make sure I am on the right track to building a great system for my needs. Thanks!