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Budget(non-gaming) i7 6700k build?

Armadillo3

37 months ago

Hi,

My plan was to get an i7 6700k and give it a gentle overclock to 4.4-4.5. I'm an audio guy, so really don't want to spend much on a GPU. Although I do occasionally game, so if I could run some fairly recent games at 1080p, medium settings, I wouldn't complain.

I have just purchased 16 GB DDR4 RAM and already have a couple of HDD and SSD's.

So I started to add bits and pieces together and came up with a remaining price of just under £800, which unfortunately is more than I planned to spend. So the question is, say if I want to cut £50-150 off that price...would I be best off:

  1. Getting a 2nd hand GPU, in which case, which one?
  2. Forgetting the whole overclock thing and getting a much cheaper mobo? 2b. Perhaps I can then get away with a cheaper PSU as well?
  3. Maybe a cheaper case as well?

I mean, if I can save a fair bit of money by running the CPU at 4.0 Ghz, then to be honest, I'll probably be ok skipping the whole overclock thing.

Any thoughts?

Thanks. http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/2DFfFd

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor £309.98 @ Aria PC
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler £29.10 @ Eclipse Computers
Motherboard Asus Z170-A ATX LGA1151 Motherboard £129.99 @ Ebuyer
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card £89.99 @ Novatech
Case Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case £54.98 @ Novatech
Power Supply Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply £60.24 @ Aria PC
Optical Drive LG GH24NSC0B DVD/CD Writer £18.99 @ Amazon UK
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit £84.98 @ Novatech
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total £778.25
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-11-18 20:32 GMT+0000

Comments

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

If you're gonna skip overclocking get an i7-6700 non-K and an H chipset motherboard. The GTX750Ti is all right but I'd rather spend another 10-20 Pounds for an RX480 or GTX1050...no SSD/HDD in your part list?

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

By going with a locked CPU you can skip the aftermarket cooling and a less expensive Motherboard, which lets you get a much better GPU and HDD, and it still adds up to less.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-6700 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor £279.00 @ Amazon UK
Motherboard ASRock H110M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard £47.64 @ More Computers
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory £62.99 @ Novatech
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive £40.20 @ Aria PC
Video Card Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 2GB Mini Video Card £114.99 @ Ebuyer
Case Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case £54.98 @ Novatech
Power Supply Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply £60.24 @ Aria PC
Optical Drive LG GH24NSC0B DVD/CD Writer £18.99 @ Amazon UK
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit £84.98 @ Novatech
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total £764.01
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-11-18 21:03 GMT+0000
  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

But an i7-6700 only runs at 3.4 Ghz as opposed to the i7-6700k which runs at 4.0 Ghz. So it's a good 15% slower. I want as fast CPU as possible, so going slower is not great. I like the idea of saving £80 on the mobo though :-)

I am going to take the SSD I have in my i5-3470 and a 2TB external HDD. I just bought 16 GB Crucial DDR4-2133 for £45.

I have just realised I have a E6300 build sitting collecting dust. I could harvest the 1 TB HDD from there which has Win 10. That's not an issue with Microsoft, is it? That brings the price to £700 which is still more than I was planning but it's getting there.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I had a £5 Ebay voucher that was soon to expire so went ahead and bought the Hyper 212 EVO for £25. Any suggestions in regards to GPU, PSU and case?

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