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First time PC Gaming Build (Under $2K)

chrisguy46

37 months ago

So I'm looking to build a new PC Gaming Rig. Monitor below $500 pref.

How can I optimize my build so that I get the absolute best I can for under a budget of max $2.5K? Also, a black/red theme will be nice :)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $328.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $24.88 @ OutletPC
Thermal Compound Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste $6.88 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Asus Z170-A ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $144.99 @ B&H
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory $78.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $164.99 @ B&H
Storage Western Digital BLACK SERIES 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $118.99 @ SuperBiiz
Video Card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 8GB G1 Gaming Video Card $598.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case NZXT S340 (Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower Case $66.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $74.99 @ Jet
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $83.89 @ OutletPC
Sound Card Creative Labs Z PCIe 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card $69.99 @ Newegg
Wireless Network Adapter TP-Link TL-WDN4800 PCI-Express x1 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi Adapter $38.89 @ OutletPC
Case Fan Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm Fan $17.88 @ OutletPC
Case Fan Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm Fan $17.88 @ OutletPC
Monitor Asus MG279Q 27.0" 144Hz Monitor $549.99 @ B&H
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $2408.20
Mail-in rebates -$20.00
Total $2388.20
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-11-18 01:15 EST-0500

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  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $328.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 3 67.8 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler $59.90 @ Newegg
Motherboard MSI Z170A GAMING M5 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $149.88 @ OutletPC
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $93.99 @ Newegg
Storage PNY CS1311 480GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $104.99 @ Newegg
Storage Hitachi Deskstar 7K2000 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $57.82 @ Amazon
Video Card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 8GB G1 Gaming Video Card $598.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Fractal Design Define R5 Blackout Edition w/ Window ATX Mid Tower Case $94.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA G2 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $73.98 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $83.89 @ OutletPC
Wireless Network Adapter TP-Link TL-WDN4800 PCI-Express x1 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi Adapter $38.89 @ OutletPC
Case Fan Rosewill Hyperborea 89.5 CFM 140mm Fan $13.19 @ OutletPC
Case Fan Rosewill Hyperborea 89.5 CFM 140mm Fan $13.19 @ OutletPC
Keyboard Razer Blackwidow Tournament Edition Wired Gaming Keyboard $77.99 @ Newegg
Mouse Logitech G502 Wired Optical Mouse $57.51 @ Jet
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1898.19
Mail-in rebates -$50.00
Total $1848.19
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-11-18 01:18 EST-0500
  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Is the case change to accommodate space for the heatsink?

Thanks for the reply btw!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

It is one of of the chief reasons yes. You could go with an AIO liquid cooler, but most dual tower air coolers outperform them and run quieter

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

If I had $100 to upgrade the motherboard, what would be a suitable upgrade?

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

It's not really worth spending more to be honest. If it was just for looks more than anything I really like my Gaming M7 which is the next step up from this board.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I looked up this Fractal case and it has 9 fan slots. Where would you recommend putting those two Rosewill Fans?

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Run them both in the front. You can move the fans that come with the case to have one exhausting out the back and another out the top. Or have 3 intake one exhaust.

I can never remember if its positive or negative air pressure to have

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I looked up the cooler and it seems like it only fits low profile RAM cards. Is the Corsair Vengeance low enough to fit under that huge cooler?

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Vengeance is the lowest profile DDR4 RAM if I remember right. I can check in a minute if it clears, though I'm almost completely positive it does

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Also, would you recommend a M.2 SSD over the PNY for no cabling and faster speeds?

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

The CPU cooler isn't a good choice. AS5 isn't good and isn't needed. The Evo 850 isn't of good value. The Black HDD is of terrible value. The Nex isn't good and is overpriced. You won't need a sound card and that money could go towards a better motherboard. Those case fans aren't good.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

What are you referring to when you say "The Black is of terrible value."?

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

The Black HDD you have.

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