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i5-6600K / GTX 980 Ti Gaming PC

by philip

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  • #1: i5-6600K / GTX 980 Ti Gaming PC (39 months ago)

Description

We've put together a full walkthrough of this build here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TA_4wDPvP0g

This build is powered by the Intel Core i5-6600K. With retailer stock availiability no longer an issue, going with an Intel Skylake CPU finally became viable. Paired with a Cooler Master 212 EVO and an MSI Z170 Krait Edition, you can overclock for extra performance. If you want better cooling and have the budget, feel free to replace the CPU cooler with something more capable.

For storage this system uses both an SSD and hard drive. Feel free to adjust these components as your need determines, particularly with Black Friday deals affecting storage. SSD and HDD deals will be prevalent, so keep a watchful eye.

For graphics performance, the GTX 980 Ti is extremely capable. While the Zotac GeForce GTX 980 Ti used in the build is excellent, feel free to substitute other GTX 980 Ti cards depending on Black Friday deals.

Hope you enjoy the guide and the video - let us know what you think!

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rhali8 2 Builds 33 points 39 months ago

A GOOD PSU!?!??! WAT IS THIS?!??!?1

Jokes aside, an excellent all round build. +1

SouthArc 16 points 39 months ago

WHAT ARE THOSEEEE?!?!?!

rhali8 2 Builds 2 points 39 months ago

lol

Subzeros14 2 Builds 8 points 39 months ago

The only problem though, the PSU doesn't leave much room for OCing anything, or SLI or anything in the future.

rhali8 2 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

True.

jaredmbrinkley 1 point 38 months ago

What wattage of PSU would you suggest for OCing the GPU and CPU in this build?

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joelhowell 2 points 38 months ago

No, just no.

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kadir_ 6 points 38 months ago

Jonny Guru gave that PSU a perfect score, just so you know.

rhali8 2 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

I know. Manirelli/Philip's build guides generally include lower tier PSUs, like corsair.

ROG2000_PCs 4 points 38 months ago

Well, only Corsair CX series from them are terrible. The others, like RM, TX, HX, and AXi are very good. I recommend all of those.

SnakeTbh 1 point 38 months ago

whats up with the cx ones?

ROG2000_PCs 3 points 38 months ago

They use very poor quality Chinese capacitors. Not all Chinese capacitors are that bad, but these ones especially are.

rhali8 2 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

True, but the others are overpriced. You can get much better units for much cheaper.

AidinLMcLaurin 5 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

Yeah I just returned a Corsair CS series powersupply... I like corsair products but I have come to understand that corsair's budget series aren't their strongsuit.

PhantomStorm 1 point 35 months ago

Yeah, but I don't like the single rail design.

FellaDownTheRoad -15 points 38 months ago

Loving that unnecessary modularity to go with the extortionate case and the underpowered build

rhali8 2 Builds 6 points 38 months ago

-6 downvotes later...

Niyawa 5 points 39 months ago

Oh finally we see the EVGA G2. Mail-in Rebate is $30 so that makes the value even better for such a quality power supply. At this price point I would've personally gone with the Cryorig H7 to match the black/white theme of the motherboard but a nice choice of quality components is what truly matters since many people will want to build this exact same configuration. I appreciate PCPP picking the right components and taking their time making a easy to follow build guide.

philip staff submitter 10 Builds 7 points 39 months ago

We've built with a couple Cryorig coolers. We're big fans. The cooler are great and the packaging is superb. To date though, at least in the US, the availability is limited. It seems like they're making strides to address that, even if the selling is direct via marketplace accounts at Newegg/Amazon. Would love to see them more mainstream.

JafferAli 1 Build 30 points 39 months ago

We're big "FANS" ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)1!1!!!

Payton_Auth 2 points 39 months ago

I was about to make this joke lol

rhali8 2 Builds 0 points 39 months ago

hehe

phantomslayer4 0 points 39 months ago

kappa

joelhowell 6 points 39 months ago

The cooler are great

The cooler is great...?

The coolers are great..?

Theminer831 1 point 39 months ago

XD XD XD XD XD XD XD XD XD

joelhowell 3 points 39 months ago

ayyyy

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joelhowell 4 points 39 months ago

but you won't fight me

526christian 2 points 39 months ago

Yeah, their coolers deserve more attention, I think.

pegotico 2 Builds 2 points 39 months ago

Very nice build! my only complain would be not getting the larger 850 watts PSU to leave open the option to add another 980ti later on. But its definitely very nice that you have selected the G2!!

claytonga87 7 Builds 0 points 39 months ago

even with 850w you bee cutting it extremely close for 2 980tis in SLI...

pegotico 2 Builds 3 points 39 months ago

http://www.techspot.com/review/1033-gtx-980-ti-sli-r9-fury-x-crossfire/page6.html

980ti SLI 581 watts and overclocked 652 watts and this is considering this build has a Intel Core i7-5960X (3.0GHz) which is 140watts TDP. This people even used a 700 watts PSU for this test. So 850 should be fine. If you go with a kingpin for SLI i would say definitely get a 1000 watts!

claytonga87 7 Builds 0 points 39 months ago

I agree 850w should be just fine for 1 980ti. I would get the exact same numbers during stress testing on my Kilowatt with a SINGLE 980ti. (5930k 4.6Ghz, GTX 980Ti Classified 1486ghz.) I would run these on an EVGA 750P2. .. when I only had one 980ti Classified it would pull almost 350w by itself during stress testing... I just recently replaced the 750P2 with a 1000w EVGA PS to run a second 980ti Classy. The Classy and the KingPin use the same 14+3 power delivery. You may be able to do normal useage and gaming and stay under 850w with SLI, maybe, but if it spikes...eh. All I have to go on is my own personal Kilowatt right here... I will admit that when I do stress I turn on Aida64 and then run Valley at the same time which is pretty extreme and it is true that a second GPU wont pull quite as much power as the first one... but I would not trust 850w on SLI. Its just too close. I don't have real numbers yet for SLI since my second Classy is in the mail to me. Then again everything in my rig are overclocked fairly high and they are Classified cards...

Niyawa 1 point 39 months ago

Oh, wasn't aware of that. Thanks for the heads up.

ROG2000_PCs 0 points 38 months ago

CRYORIG IS LOVE CRYORIG IS LIFE

(totally not referencing anything there XD )

rhali8 2 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

I had all the merchandise...

:P

ROG2000_PCs 1 point 38 months ago

lol

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johngerges582 5 points 39 months ago

This is really nice. I like it a whole lot. Good job!

Only thing I would do is get the G2 750 for the nice 10yr warranty.

Anarchoprimitiv 1 Build 5 points 38 months ago

Besides the option/intention of OCing, PSUs run most efficiently when operating at 50%-80% of their total power, so, for example, if you have an 850W PSU, your total system power draw should be between 425W and 680W if you want your PSU to be operating in its most efficient range, and to therefore maximize its lifespan. With respect to this hypothetical build, the estimated power draw is 456w, so the PSU should ideally be between 570W and 912W, making 600W the absolute lowest I would personally go WITHOUT overclocking or without considering future upgrades such as additional storage, CPU upgrades, additional case fans and lighting, an AIO Liquid CPU cooler, or an additional GPU. If the addition of any of these components were to sound likely in the future, I'd recommend at minimum an 850W PSU, and if an additional GPU is more likely than not, I'd bump it up to 1000W. More often than not, I find that the PSU is consistently skimped on in these builds in an attempt to keep the cost down, and while it may be more attractive to put your money toward a more powerful GPU, the importance of a high quality PSU running at its optimal load should be emphasized, after all it is analogous to the nervous system of your PC. Also, more often than not, shortcuts lead to long delays, that is, skimping now will only cost more later when you do end up wanting to add an extra GPU, upgrade your motherboard, add additional storage drives, fans, lights, control panels, pumps, AIO liquid coolers, etc and you have to purchase a completely new PSU. So, if you spend the $90 initially like above, then later need to upgrade your PSU to 850W or 1000W for $100-$140, then you've spent $190-$230 on PSU's when you could have saved yourself $90 in the long run and bought the larger unit for $100-$140 in the bwginning.....just my advice from experience. Interestingly enough however, just taking a quick glance at available PSU's in the 850-1000W range that are fully modular and gold+ rated, the Corsair RM850 is available for $90, the EVGA SuperNOVA 850 is available for $96, the Corsair RM1000 and the EVGA SuperNOVA 1000 are both available for $120....so it seems crazy to me, but since the same exact brand and series PSU (EVGA SuperNOVA) is available in 850W for $6 more, I'm curious as to why it wasn't the one chosen for this respective build, or if the additional $6 was going to be the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back, the Corsair RM850 is available for the same exact price of $90, is fully modular and gold+ rated, and Corsair PSUs are generally highly rated; I'm running the Corsair AX1500i in my build right now and I think it's the best PSU on the market.

Lex_B 1 point 34 months ago

This is very true about the efficency of the PSU and it's sweet spot. The one thing I would like to add about the duty cycle and efficency of said power supply. As they age, the components in the PSU don't age in a linear fashion, depending on how much current said passive components deal with, some will burn out faster or at the very least lose their effectiveness. What I see in the high efficiency models beyond gold certification is that the components are put under a lot more stress (unfortunately) which can lead to burn out a lot quicker. The higher efficiency PSU is trying to do more / better with lesser spec'd equipment inside.

I've had two platinum and 1 titanium PSUs die on me in spectacular fashion, taking my systems with it, while I should have had plenty of headroom, it however didn't matter. I've had gold certified PSU on down to bronze and they just keep working. Had those for years without even a hiccup.

Most switching PSU do best around 65.0% ~ 70.7% efficiency, that's across the spectrum of certification. Depending on the manufacturer; you can lose efficiency from 0.5% ~ 3% a year, so running a high cert. PSU and losing up to 15%, that can be enough to drop it's efficiency into the next cert. down.

The biggest concern in the really highly efficient PSU isn't the current per se, it's the voltage swings that go past the 5% +/- tolerance, I measured a PSU that I thought was suspect and it was +7 / -10 % swing, that's way off. Of course that would be fine had that been a miltary PSU where you expect a +/- 10% swing on some of the components but not a standard PCB meant for commercial or residential clients (you people in other words).

If the voltage drops below what it should be, the equipment will have to draw more current to make up for the power it needs, which is bad. The voltage isn't technically what makes your cards and components, it's the usage and inefficiency of said power source. The current (in Amps) is what actually causes the heat. That and the fact that the industry as a whole is still using materials that have a positive thermal coefficient instead of negative thermal coefficient. One of these days they'll figure it out, I believe.

I'll give you a hint about why components get so hot and stay that way. It all has to do with latent energy and transference. The more conductive a metal or material is for electronic / electrical signals are at a higher frequency, the less power is required to push a signal through a said conductor or conduit.

The more conductive the lands, traces and of course die wiring is, the less amount of heat will be there at the same operational frequency. Most of what is being used right now is copper and phosphor bronze, some other metals like gold are used to lock out corrosion (well, gold does corrode but at a monumentally slow rate). Manufacturers should start looking at platinum for inside the chips as well as the sockets, let alone the lands for chips and the sockets. Even a thin electro-plating of platinum over copper traces would make a huge difference on the motherboard.

pquadro1 3 points 39 months ago

Thanks so much for this, gave me th right direction to start make my own Skylake built

What do you think? http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/user/pquadro1/saved/9JZbt6

piemancoder 3 points 39 months ago

I like it! It should do very well in gaming and other tasks.

pquadro1 2 points 39 months ago

Thank you sir!

Iceman320 1 Build 3 points 39 months ago

I can vouch for the r9 390, great card :)

pquadro1 1 point 39 months ago

:D

pquadro1 1 point 39 months ago

Any experience with crossfire?

Iceman320 1 Build 2 points 39 months ago

Sadly no :/ perhaps sometime down the track tho....

pquadro1 2 points 39 months ago

Thats exactly what I intend to do on this built..so I switched mobo to a Giga XP SLI as its more expandable (3 way crossfire or 2 way sli) at just a little more (£10)

harr1847 2 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Had any problems with your card running hot with the new Crimson Drivers?

Iceman320 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

Nope none for me, I believe he issue occurs when you have your card overclocked and then upgrade your driver.

But this is just me guessing, as the issue stems from custom fan profiles and restricts your fans to run at 20% thus causing the heat issue when gaming/using extensive graphical programming.

MarkoCroatiaMC 2 points 38 months ago

I have the Air 540. DO NOT use the stock fans. They are loud af.

Malacore 2 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

So far it's looking good but two major points here, there is honestly no point in getting the "k" version of that CPU unless you fully intend to overclock it, yes the k versions are slightly better than the base version but their full potential is for the fact they're unlocked, so if you don't ever plan to overclock it, it's honestly just wasted money http://cpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Intel-Core-i5-6600-vs-Intel-Core-i5-6600K/3514vs3503 It only has a 12% effective speed over the base version and honestly that's negligible

Also I really would advise against getting a massive SSD for your main drive, if the only thing you're using it for is your OS/Drivers/Software updates/codecs ect then it's pointless to get anything larger than a 120/240, you'll save quite a bit in the process as well, I personally have a 120gb SSD and a 1TB HDD the HDD is only used for games/music stuff like that where as the SSD is used for the previous things I mentioned yet I still see a massive speed increase when it comes to boots times, it's always best to separate your OS/system crap from everything else so having a dedicated drive for it is always the best way to go. For me I have my OS/Drivers/Updates/Codecs/Video editing and recording software(But I have these output the files to the TB)

Either way the rest is looking really good, plus when DX12 hits your AMD card is going to see huge gains, but yeah that's my 2 cent's thrown in x)

(This is my build I'm currently heading for http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/user/Malacore/saved/) I do a lot of streaming, video editing and recording so for me an i7 and an Nvidia card fits me best

pquadro1 2 points 39 months ago

thanks man

yes I plan to overclock

had made some adjustments wioll update it

J12 1 point 35 months ago

Nice build :p. I would've went with more well known RAM companies, like Corsair, G.Skill, Kingston, etc. Ballistix is well known, but they've had a reputation of having some compatibility problems. At least as far as I know, I'm probably wrong. Good choice on the PSU tho, the EVGA G2 PSUs are very nice quality :p. And I hope you know that's a VERY large CPU cooler lol. A bit overkill in some cases for Skylake. Unless you're doing a lot of overclocking. I would've went with a liquid CPU cooler if you're OC'ing. It's more quiet and affective. But more expensive xD. And AMD cards are more price to performance than Nvidia, but keep in mind, they overheat more than Nvidia's does. You also forgot your choice of case fans (P.S. Corsair and Noctua are some of the best fan makers, Noctuas are kinda ugly tho...) I had my fun designing this build http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ggbpZL

IwannaPC 11 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

Crucial doesn't have compatibilty problems, I've used their RAM previously in my first build. I'd assume that he/she will be, as previous comments from them do say that they will be OCing. Liquid coolers aren't actually much more effective than HSFs like the R1, in fact the R1 is a great cooler for OCing. It's more silent than most liquid coolers and about as good. Although, liquid coolers are nicer for people that are always swapping components in and out of their system. Also, AMD cards don't heat up too badly compared to NVIDIA cards (exceptions on the reference 290/290X coolers, that's where this myth came from, same can be said about NVIDIA with their reference GTX 480s back in the day). The Air 540 (and most cases in this price range) come with included fans that will do fine, along with the cooler which comes with 2.

This is actually a pretty old thread.

casheesed 6 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

the thing i dont like about the ballistix is that theres no top to them, just the two sides that come up and dont join together. i was so excited to find white ddr4 that looked nice and the sides do look great, but you dont really see the sides and having no top kind of ruined the look i was going for. guess ill use white electrical tape to salvage the aesthetics but wish i didnt have to.

IwannaPC 11 Builds 2 points 35 months ago

I definitely agree.

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freefall456 2 points 39 months ago

I have heard numerous rumors about Seagate drives failing. Is this a real problem, or just a small, unrelated incident?

piemancoder 2 points 39 months ago

All components have a failure rate. Hard drives are just one of the things that fail a lot because of how fragile they are. So even if the Seagate drive has a high failure rate, its something that's found on most drives, and you will likely get a good one.

Decf1 1 point 35 months ago

if you want reliable hdd - buy wd black, im using it 7 years everyday - no problem

qom 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

No need to pay "the black premium", just don't throw your computer around. My caviar blue (old one with 32MB cache) is also going strong everyday for over 5 years and counting. It's in perfect health. I have to confess though, I don't use Hitachi or Seagate daily. I have a Hitachi HDD in my laptop and it is sooooooo sloooooooow. I bet it is massively fragmented and it's not displaying the correct amount of total GB. Probably dying. The laptop barely is 4 years old and was high end in 2012. I don't use the laptop often enough to spend €120 on a 500GB SSD as a replacement though.

Decf1 1 point 34 months ago

i have 8 years old wd black so i know what im talking about, if you were lucky with low-end model - its good for you

qom 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

I just don't agree with paying paying as much for one Black drive where I can get two Blue. Speaking of the 1TB version. It's definitely not gonna last twice as long. Get two Blues, have real protection in form of a backup.

Did you have a WD Blue that did not last 5 years? Just to confirm that I am apparently "lucky". I did not mean to offend you since it appears you are. >.<

Decf1 1 point 34 months ago

ok you won, 2 blue's better then 1 black ;)

claytonga87 7 Builds -2 points 39 months ago

you are right. they are far more prone to fail than any other brand... that being said I have a few Seagate NAS drives that I use in one of my rigs that have been just fine for almost 2 years now... its just a gamble really. could get lucky...

ConorZura 1 Build 2 points 38 months ago

It's actually not far more prone... They are barely less if any more prone than WD which is the most reputable

KB_Evolved 5 Builds 2 points 39 months ago

I really like the Phanteks Enthoo Pro Case. This is a great build overall. I would personally throw a Corsair H60 in it instead of a big air cooler.

Also a great PSU selection but if you keep your eye on the daily deals you can find a higher wattage for a similar price. About a week ago I saw the 750w EVGA P2 for $79.99 and the 750w G2 for $69.99. Hard to beat that. The only problem with this PSU is it doesn't really allow for upgrades in the future. If you for some reason decided you wanted to run SLI for a 4k setup and had a bunch of money sitting around. You would have to change the PSU before anything else. 750w would be cutting it close I'm sure.

Overall its a great build for a first time builder and at the very least gives them a great starting point if they want to game above 1080p.

RedForman1970 2 points 39 months ago

Most manufacturers recommend a 600W PSU for the 980 Ti. If I go with a 550W PSU will it be a problem if I overclock the card and my processor moderately? (i5 6600k)

Iceman320 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

I would go up to a good 650W just to be safe, but that's just cause im a cautious critter.

I have a 750W PSU in a build with a 4690k and a r9 390.... which should leave me with heaps of head room and I like having a tall roof :)

claytonga87 7 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

possibly... my 980ti overclocked to 1486 pulls over 300-350w by itself during stress testing... But it is a Classified... Still you are cutting it very close... I recommend a 750w.

awsom_e 2 points 39 months ago

it is amazing

BenjaminCooley32 2 points 39 months ago

Philip I just wanna say that a freaking love your videos and this site. The community you've built here is great and it makes building a PC that will actually be compatible so much easier than it would have been. Thanks for everything man.

Doctor_42 1 Build 2 points 37 months ago

Why was the video so relaxing and soothing to watch

onemanarmystrong 2 points 35 months ago

U got a overclockable CPU w/ a air cooler? Really? If u wont OC it then u could've put that extra money to better use

Lex_B 2 points 35 months ago

I love everything you did in the video except for one small thing. It's about the thermal application. While, yes, a small pea is good, it's how the paste is distributed which is a bit of a problem. You should pre-spread the paste with an anti-static squeegee to a thin uniform surface area, that way your heat sink will make even contact with not only the paste but be even pressure against the CPU as well. The reason why you don't want to do it the way you did, because you can have spots that are missed or have too much paste in one area and less in another. That can spell trouble with the CPU later on as it ages.

Believe it or not, having too much paste in one area isn't a good thing, it doesn't mean it will conduct heat better, it will make it worse, ironically. I'm speaking from an electrical and electronics engineering angle, as well as a electronics technician standpoint (repair, modification and new assembly experience).

Arkinoth 2 points 34 months ago

Your are 100% correct. Not applying thermal compound correctly can even damage the performance of the computer.

526christian 1 point 39 months ago

Not a fan of all the part choices, but good enough.

QuickFPS 1 point 39 months ago

would recommend a AIO Cooler like the H110 GTX

EpicBigWhale 1 point 39 months ago

IMO http://pcpartpicker.com/p/cwmL3C would be a comparable build to what you have here and only a +10 dolla halla difference!

But you are also getting more ram, a water cooler, and a card that eats 8k for breakfast and 4k at 60fps solid (if you are into that)

also red and white on black looks sooooooooooo S3XY! IMO.

I love the build none the less though! EVGA Great product as well as Intel and Nvidia! I love it all the same! But there is room for BanG for BucK!

Iceman320 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

eats 8k for breakfast

I don't think you realise what 8k truly is

4k is 4096 X 2160 pixels so 8k would be 8192 X 4320 pixels..... No graphics card can game on that or really even display it.....

EDIT: not sure about the display part kuz dno if there are 8k screens at all anywhere

harr1847 2 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Technically 4k is actually 3840x2160, but your point is spot on, and EDIT: an "8k" monitor would be 4 4k monitors in a 2x2 grid, all in one monitor (the same way 4k is actually 4 1080p monitors in a 2x2 grid all in one monitor).

No card can run 4 4k monitors simultaneously at 60fps

Iceman320 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

Right, thought my pixel counts were wrong haha.

Oooh yeah that's a lot of grunt needed, we are definitely a long way off achieving that

mrfaosfx 1 point 39 months ago

everybody thinks bigger is better ... 1080p is perfectly fine for gaming. 4k is good for watching movies, altho you can game at 4k it is only beneficial if you have a display that actually shows you the native resolution which, is ridiculously insanely big...think a 126 inch monitor but when you take all those pixels and CRAM them into a 30 inch monitor, I guess you get some pretty images but that's all you're really going to see and sometimes not worth the performance sacrifice in gaming ... any person who games at 8K needs to see a doctor ... I'm willing to bet that if a 128K monitor was out, you guys would want to game at 128K just because it's bigger and "better" ... I think not.

harr1847 2 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

I agree with you. IMO, once you get past the Rayleigh Criterion it doesn't matter how high of a resolution you have, you literally will not be able to tell the difference.

With regards to this comment thread, I was just pointing out the technical definitions of each resolution and what that means in pixel count.

EpicBigWhale 1 point 39 months ago

Goodbye 4K: $17,000 12K gaming PC pushes 1.5 billion pixels per second

http://www.extremetech.com/gaming/162385-goodbye-4k-17000-12k-gaming-pc-pushes-1-5-billion-pixels-per-second

There is 12K yo

May be 3x4k but still considered 12K

and here have this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynvKWYvyCqw

Iceman320 1 Build 2 points 39 months ago

and all for a low price of $17,000.....

I know what I want for Christmas now :D

EDIT: wait a second he is only using 3 hd 7970's which aren't even as powerful as a gtx 770.....

How is this doing 12K? with no shadows or particles on high settings managing 64 fps. that's kinda impressive.

Wonder what 3 r9 390's can do :D

Theminer831 0 points 39 months ago

yes mine can... 4 way titan z i7 5960x 128gb ram :)

Iceman320 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

What sort of screens are you running on this build? and why haven't you posted it on here?

EpicBigWhale 1 point 39 months ago

I have seen your videos there is no way you are running even 1 Titan Z or even a i7 5960x

and you are 12.

Theminer831 -2 points 39 months ago

no I'm thirteen and IM BUILDING A computer w/ 3x SLI Titan Z i7 5960x right now i have a mac w/ i5 4460 16 gb ram and a r9 380...

EpicBigWhale 1 point 38 months ago

The system you speak of cost in the upwards of 7,000 for everything our rite. I dont think a thirteen year old would just have that cash laying around but what do I know? If you are making a beast such as that you should film and post the build log and a parts list.

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EpicBigWhale 2 points 39 months ago

Its a R9 295x2 meaning two R9 290x on one card meaning 1000 x better than a R9 265...

Theminer831 -2 points 39 months ago

oh ok thx

thrashmetal86 2 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

I probably would have gone with a 650w at least

umonk2014 1 point 39 months ago

New to all this, so bear with me .... Do I need to buy a network card or is it built in the motherboard ? Thanks.

criphision 3 Builds 4 points 39 months ago

For Ethernet, you're already covered. For WiFi, you'll need a separate card. I recommend the TP-Link WDN4800, I have it and it's great for the price.

Iceman320 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

^ I have the same card and it works like a charm :)

umonk2014 1 point 39 months ago

Thank for the recommendation. Appreciate it.

harr1847 2 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

I just bought this intel adapter and its awesome. I pay for 105 Mb/s and this adapter gets me 120 Mb/s from a different floor and the other side of my house.

TheGhostOfGrace 1 point 39 months ago

IDK about this, man. It's primarily the 980 Ti that's got me on the fence. Sure, if you're playing the latest titles at 4K it'd be worth it, but it seems super overkill for a 1080p or even 1440p system.

190n 2 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

I believe that's the point. Any build with well-chosen parts over about $1200 is probably overkill at 1080p.

LonghornAlamo2040 1 point 39 months ago

I'm happy to see the Skylake build! I have nothing bad to say about it, good job!

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piemancoder 4 points 39 months ago

This is fun!

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Cedrik20 1 point 39 months ago

ty for this video. I will be building my own skylake pc..when it's back in stock!

Stryder8456 1 point 39 months ago

This is a great guide. Nice to see that someone understands that you don't need an i7 for gaming at all. I personally would have gone with a different cooler,( but you explained why you chose that one,) Kingston RAM simply because it would match the color scheme more, and and 850 EVO SSD from Samsung. They are not much more expensive and quite a bit faster.

atag012 -2 points 39 months ago

I don't get these people who say you don't need an i7 for gaming. These people don't know squat. What, are you really trying to save the 20 bucks and go for an i5? I hope not. I just made my build and thankfully chose the i7 over the i5 people were trying to convince me to get because i didnt "need" an i7. Well, just yesterday some game developers released minimum specs for their upcoming games, (elite dangerous in VR) and their minimum is an i7 with 16 gigs of ram. So please don't listen to these people sho sound like they know what they are talking about because they are talking out of their ***. Always go for the highest you can get in your price range, no reason to skimp out on an i7 and getting an i5 to just save 20-50 bucks.

Stryder8456 2 points 39 months ago

Intel Core i5-4690K : $219.99 Intel Core i7-4790K : $319.99 Intel Core i5-6600K : $273.98 Intel Core i7-6700K : $419.99 Thats a price difference of $100 or more. As you said, get the highest you can get in you price range, and the difference of a hundred dollars usually is gonna break your set price range if you already plan on using an i5. Also, salt.

claytonga87 7 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Microcenter... 6600k - $229, 6700k - $359. All day, everyday...

cooldude88 1 point 37 months ago

and you can even game on a $100 amd fx-6300

ercmilla 1 point 39 months ago

If I wanted to upgrade this computer by $200, where should I spend that money?

piemancoder 1 point 39 months ago

16 gb of ram, an i7 and/or a closed loop cooler would all be good upgrades.

Edit: Maybe consider a higher wattage PSU, too.

mr_pepper 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

Operating system and a WD HDD. Because Seagate... Spend the rest on beer.

vagabond139 5 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Seagate is fine.

claytonga87 7 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

psu

mrluxe13 1 point 39 months ago

sweeet!!

ShadingBuilder 1 point 39 months ago

Would be nice to see a Fury X build.

piemancoder 1 point 39 months ago

Awesome parts choices! And its at a reasonable price for what you're getting, too. A few years ago, you would have to pay probably more than $2500 to get this performance.

Cionow 1 point 39 months ago
shadowsok 1 point 39 months ago

amazing the build am making is almost the same i want a 4k gaming build. but i dont know if i should wait for pascal. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/frMhQ7

silentkarl 1 point 39 months ago

Hello, Can I get a feedback on my build? http://pcpartpicker.com/user/silentkarl/saved/h3bG3C

I almost have the same "concept" to your build but I'm planning to get 390x because I think it's better.

Thanks appreciate it!

philip staff submitter 10 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Hi silentcarl,

The best place to get feedback on your build is in our forums. Check out our Part list opinions wanted forum.

silentkarl 1 point 39 months ago

Oh I never notice we had one :) Thanks bro!

AngryToast 1 point 39 months ago

https://nz.pcpartpicker.com/user/AngryToast/saved/#view=CfbPxr hows this? A Little on the expensive side, but..

HalfLife1MasterRace 1 point 39 months ago

Doesn't it feel like it would be better to get a slightly cheaper motherboard in order to afford a higher-wattage PSU? I feel like it's really limiting any future overclocking completely.

aGoat 7 Builds 2 points 39 months ago

No. That mobo is sexy af.

piemancoder 1 point 39 months ago

The PSU isn't really limiting overclocking. The wattage is probably more than enough.

claytonga87 7 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

I agree. My single 980ti pulls about 300w by itself... My 2011-3 rig with a 980ti classy pulls over 600w under full load...

aGoat 7 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

That RAM overclocks like a champ! Used it in my GFs build. Mobo is sexy af too ;) https://pcpartpicker.com/b/YnRG3C

SpazSpy 1 point 39 months ago

I'm very new to this website, and building computers. What is a good video card/whatever makes the biggest difference for just doing work verses running games? Is there anything? I'd really like to build my own computer to play games (biggest game would be tf2) so would this work?

piemancoder 1 point 39 months ago

I think that this would be very capable of TF2. This would be able to handle TF2 at 4k probably. While I do recommend that you ask in the Parts List Opinions Wanted section of the forum, I can tell you that a 960 would be good for TF2 at 1080p.

o0synn0o 14 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

If you need help check out my website. I build computers for a living.

berrik 1 point 39 months ago

MSI Z170 Krait Gaming ATX LGA1151 vs MSI Z170A Krait Gaming ATX LGA1151??

Can someone explain the difference between the two? The MSI Z170A is $20 cheaper it seems? Plz help I have purchased the MSI Z170A and I'm wondering if I should take it back for the MSI Z170

piemancoder 2 points 39 months ago

The ports are different. It looks as if the Z170A has 2 USB 3.1 ports, but the other one has USB 2 in the same location.

FireBLU 1 point 39 months ago

Hi Philip, I wanted to ask what you think of my build. You seem to be very good at selecting parts, please help me! http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ZBrFvK

Iceman320 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

Looks good to me, keep in mind the blower style cards will be louder but they do keep hot air out of your case better.

And at this point you should be considering a skylake processor :)

piemancoder 1 point 39 months ago

I would post this in the parts list opinions wanted section.

SweetCalf 1 point 39 months ago

For SSD's, do you plug them into the motherboard?

falconslogic 1 point 39 months ago

yes

o0synn0o 14 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

If you need help with a pc check out Synntechgaming.com

lajeepan21 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

How to connect two devices with a female 20 pin connector to the MOBO 20 pin USB 3.0?

AznVato 1 point 39 months ago

could a gtx 970 4gb be a viable option?

Xorex64 1 point 37 months ago

Yes

falconslogic 1 point 39 months ago

Will this build have any power problems ???

piemancoder 1 point 39 months ago

What do you mean by power problems? The power supply is one of the best, an it doesn't consume a ton of power.

Cybererror 1 point 39 months ago

yeah , its a great build , but i think instead of using 500Gb SSD you should use 250Gb for OS and some games ; but yeah it depend on you , but it's just a advice ,to make to more inexpensive

Kingofstudents 1 point 39 months ago

Great build. Quality PSU (looking at you Manirelli), good CPU and GPU. Also the system is paired with my favorite full atx case, the Phanteks Enthoo Pro.

Mrcheckhammer 1 point 39 months ago

this build has some solid parts BUT an i5 will kinda botleneck the card, even somee i7 proccessors will. iT WILL BE BEST WITH A i7 4790k or 6700k. The ram, it is pretty bad, 8 gb? Ok, i know 8 gb ram is enough for almost all games.. but cmon man... you got 980 ti, upgrade to 16

mrfaosfx 1 point 39 months ago

You are seriously on the edge with that power supply. Any more juice and this build will be walking on the edge of a knife with a 550watt PSU should have gone with at least 700 watts you are cutting it way too close here.

Zman123 2 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

i'm not sure, but wouldn't the i5 bottleneck the 980 ti

BenjaminCooley32 1 point 39 months ago

heck no the i5 6600k wont be an issue for someone who is strictly gaming and maybe doing a little video rendering or CPU intensive stuff everynow and then

anthonyspanier 1 point 39 months ago

500GB Samsung 850 evos been going for lower than the crucial listed. Just so people are aware.

claytonga87 7 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

I hope the 550w is even enough for a single 980ti... I used to have an EVGA 750P2 platinum rated psu to run my rig with a single 980ti. My Kilowatt would read 550-600w pull during stress tests... Albeit I have a 2011-3 Board and cpu and a Classified 980ti but still... 550 seems like cutting it pretty close for a 980ti... I now have a 1000w EVGA Platinum PS PSU and 2 980tis in SLI and I pull close to 900w at full load...

systemblower 1 point 39 months ago
Khas 2 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

This is basically my exact build that i am getting ready to do, at the beginning of 2016 :P

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Khas/saved/GszV3C

50cal 1 point 39 months ago

I got my 650 G2 power supply for 65$ this 550w is a ripoff

janiev1997 1 point 39 months ago

Wow i just made almost the same build without knowing about this 1 :P. mine is a litle less expensive tho what makes yours better? PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $273.98 @ Newegg
CPU Cooler Noctua NH-U9S 46.4 CFM CPU Cooler $59.55 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Asus Z170-A ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $153.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $53.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $77.99 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.98 @ OutletPC
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.98 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Video Card $649.99 @ B&H
Case Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case $78.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply €55.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1448.44
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-12-07 16:10 EST-0500
ibu2awesome 2 points 38 months ago

1) Your Samsung 850 EVO SSD is faster.

2) Your MSI 980 Ti video card is faster than Zotac 980 Ti AMP! video card.

3) His CPU Cooler has higher CFM and therefore cools better than yours, but technically, that only matters if you're overclocking your CPU or doing intensive tasks like gaming or Photoshop or something like that.

janiev1997 1 point 39 months ago

Why the fully modular psu? a non modular 1 is way cheaper :p

JAShadic 1 point 39 months ago

Because modular PSUs are easier to build with than a non-modular. Plus, this PSU is a great quality PSU.

BaccaBob 1 point 39 months ago

Didn't Paul from Paul's hardware do something like this except $1200?

HertylipOnPC 1 point 39 months ago

Only a 550W PSU? :/

JAShadic 1 point 39 months ago

It's more than enough to run a 980Ti with a 6600k. Plus the unit is a great quality PSU.

ak2323 1 point 39 months ago

Really great build - sensible at every turn. Well done!

UHCnub 1 point 39 months ago

mobo is bad and would get around 700wat psu

http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/406160-psu-ranking-and-tiers/ Here is a list also $1500 and only 8gb of ram what the heck

sbog4215 2 points 39 months ago

Why is the mobo bad?

Most of the poor reviews I read were based on ones that seemed faulty from the beginning, rather than an inherent component / quality.

Malacore 2 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

How good is the cooler? As i'm looking at getting the i7 6700, but I've heard that third party coolers could potentially damage the new Skylakes due to the fact they're thinner than older intel CPU's so I'm tempted to change mine, have you noticed any such issue so far with the cooler you've picked?

BobFlex 2 points 38 months ago

The 212 Evo is a fine cooler that's always readily available, but the Cryorig H7 is generally accepted as better performing and nicer looking cooler. However, it goes out of stock every now and then, I did have a much easier time getting ahold of an H7 than a 6600k though.

Also, the Skylake CPU bending has only occurred with the Scythe CPU coolers. I believe Cryorig put out a statement that their coolers won't harm the skylake processors, and there have been no reports of a 212 Evo damaging any skylakes either.

thebeastygerbil 1 point 39 months ago

I would Recommend 16GB of ram at least, games coming out currently really need more than 8GB, i recently had to upgrade from 8GB for witcher 3 and GTAV because my computer would run out of RAM and bluescreen

cav19delta 1 point 38 months ago

I have bought everything for this machine listed above except the CPU. This is my first time building a pc so I am new to this.

so my question is do I absolutely have to buy the unlocked version of the i5 6600? I have zero experience building computers let alone overclocking them and seeing as overclocking sounds complicated and it can damage your pc I most likely will not be overclocking anything. can I get away with the standard i5 6600 locked cpu 3.3ghz? will the .2 less ghz effect this build?

Anarchoprimitiv 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

well, overclocking is not terribly difficult anymore, and there are plenty of guides from reputable sites as well as videos on youtube from relatively "professional" reviewers such as Jayztwocents and the like. If you can afford it, I'd recommend getting the unlocked or "K"version, as you can usually get a respectable overclock and it will provide a performance boost. First you need to make sure you have a power supply that can deliver the power you need, so I suggest reading my post below this one, and your going to need an adequate CPU cooler. In terms of the CPU cooler, I've only ever used an air cooled model once, and it wasn't the brand/model listed in this build guide, so I'd suggest googling some reviews for it to see if it's even capable, although I'd hope the person who made this build would have confirmed. Now, the cooler you can keep your CPU, the better, regardless of whether your overclocking, but if you are, I'd recommend an all-in-one liquid cooler, as much as you're able to squeeze out of your budget. Reviews for those at every price point can be found on any of the common tech news & reviews sites. If you go that route, make sure your case can fit mounting the radiator and that the waterblock on the cooler is compatible with your type of CPU and motherboard. Also, make sure you have the available wattage from your power supply.

cav19delta 1 point 38 months ago

thanks for the reply I have another question for you being the PC builder noob that I am -_- in the video the guy is connecting all these cables between the parts. do those cables come with the parts I ordered or do I need to order certain cables too?

BobFlex 1 point 38 months ago

Only thing I disagree with here is your opinions part availability, I didn't have much trouble getting a cryorig H7 but I've been waiting for weeks for 6600Ks to come back in stock at decent prices. Even Newegg selling them at $270 for the two days they have them in stock is overpriced, especially once I get hit with tax by them. MSRP is only $243 for a 6600K.

jcurrier06 1 point 38 months ago

not $1400 like on the youtube vid but okay...

Jaybird0305 1 point 38 months ago

Kinda new to building a pc and what not. Would this rig be able to run a 2k monitor?

Dchapin 1 point 38 months ago

So I ordered this build part for part, was very excited as this is my first PC. I have not built one before but went through following the video step by step and did exactly as he showed. When I tried to boot up I get nothing on my screen, no beeps, the fans on the tower don't turn on, the motherboard lights up and the heat sync fan is on, the cpu and dram leds blinking white on and off. No light on for vga. The video card fans start for a few seconds then go off. Hopefully someone can steer me in the right direction, I've tried replugging everything and checking all my connections. Any advice?

first_builder 1 point 38 months ago

I'm having the exact same problem, and when I take one of the sticks of RAM out it works (Doesn't matter which stick). Did you ever figure out a solution to this?

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ZenithInverted 1 point 38 months ago

Is there any other options for the Mother Board and the Video card??? Cause, Theres no "Buy" option for those in NZ

Jahusaphet 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

I haven't read all the comments, but the only problem I have is with the Motherboard. its Sata connectors are going to be blocked if you upgrade to SLI or crossfire.

xperplex 1 point 36 months ago

yes!!! why is no one else saying this?! the Asus Z170-A ATX LGA1151 Motherboard is cheaper and doesn't have this issue

Goron92 1 point 38 months ago

I really like the build but there's only 2 things that I would Change. 1) The PSU - I would probably try to switch it out for a 700+ PSU to give the ability for either a second 980 Ti or give plenty of breathing room for overclocking. 2) The Case - This isn't really issue but more of a personal preference.

Pakebs 1 point 38 months ago

Great build philip! Great choice on parts. Are you having any problems with the 980 ti and the i5-6600k like bottle necking?

oCollective0circuits 1 point 38 months ago

Nice build! Was always a fan of that (under-appreciated) motherboard.

starforceone 1 point 38 months ago

why not the Samsung 850evo 500gb SSD for $147.88 from outletPC.

ibu2awesome 1 point 38 months ago

zotac geforce gtx 980 ti amp extreme rox

freek_shot18 1 point 38 months ago

Personally I would upgrade the PSU for future upgrades like a GPU upgrade...

Mr_Majestic 1 point 38 months ago

You would get more future proofing for just a little more $$$ by going with 2 R9 390Xs in crossfire (note i also upgraded the PSU http://pcpartpicker.com/p/8rjdyc

ulises 1 point 38 months ago

i got a question. im new to the pc building world and to this website as well. what about the wiring do the parts come with them or do you have to buy them seperately?

jaycreighton 1 point 38 months ago

Would the components for this build fit into a Corsair Cardide Series Air 540 Mid-Tower Case?

systemblower 1 point 38 months ago

What tools will I need for this build? Like screwdrivers etc.

alxyang 1 point 38 months ago

Completely new to building desktops; this is going to be my first gaming rig ever. This looks like a good place to start. Reading through the comments, there seems to be some debate over the RAM (should I upgrade to 16GB) PSU (more wattage?) CPU (go i7 or not)

I wouldn't mind spending more than what is listed here, if anyone could suggest or link me to some models that would be suitable to upgrade these 3, it'd be MUCH appreciated. (direct links to parts would be even better for the 3 i listed above)

thanks for helping out someone new! cheers!

Elyipierre1 1 point 38 months ago

nice build bro. put a Corsair AX1500i PSU and that should be more than enough for overclocking.

heart.gg 1 point 38 months ago

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/9HYJhM no ssd but u can add it in the future :) i7 6700k > i5 6600k hdd < ssd pure rock > evo define r5 ≈ enthoo pro (i like r5 better cuz smaller and silent) 750w g2 > 550w g2 (same price) amp! extreme > amp! adding less than $30 will get you a better pc but trade off is ssd (u can add ssd in future)

first_builder 1 point 38 months ago

I just made this build, but i'm only getting the bios when I use one (either will work) stick of RAM. I can use one of the white slots or one of the black slots, it doesn't matter, but neither using both black or both white works. Any ideas what I might be doing wrong? Also, the tower fan isn't running on start up. Any help would be SO appreciated!!

tntexplodes101 1 point 38 months ago

I have a 970 and still have a higher build cost. might be the mouse, keyboard, and monitor. and network adapter. and OS. and optical drive... never-mind.

Leptoon 1 point 38 months ago

How can you justify buying a Zotac 980? I'd rather spend $200 less for an EVGA 970. Better build quality and less than 10% performance difference.

Ron38776 1 point 38 months ago

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/fbKKf7

is this a good setup?

faiths_edge 1 point 38 months ago

Can anyone tell me some fps ratings in game with this processor and build. Wouldn't an i7 be better.

frostmourne7 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

can i achieve 4k gaming using a locked i5 skylake and a single 980 Ti without oc'ing? what monitor should i choose when it comes to 4k gaming? thanks!

Cykadia 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

Asus and acer make reliable high end panels. just choose one with many high ratings. and yes you should be able to achieve 4k with that setup.

kendog50428 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

looks like my new build lol

briangommage 1 point 38 months ago

Would bottleneck??

Cykadia 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

maybe if you tried to put it in a bottle. otherwise, no

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SP3CT3R_7 1 point 38 months ago

Nice build! I do think EVGA deserves a spot on the build for being awesome. Here's an EVGA question: Will these custom sleeved cables ( http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Power-Cable-Kit-CP-8920049/dp/B00BJMDIDY ) work with this EVGA PSU ( http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IKDETOW/?tag=pcpapi-20 ) ?

mani5001 1 point 38 months ago

Nice build mate, just one thing I see that might be a problem but correct me if im wrong :P Dont you think the CPU is a bit underpowered for the GPU? Could also say the same about the PSU? Feel free to comment on my build btw

Cykadia 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

Nope. Most games today are GPU bound, not CPU bound. The i5 will perform just fine

theITAXx 1 point 38 months ago

i dont think it is a good idea to put an i5 with a freaking 980 ti

philip staff submitter 10 Builds 3 points 38 months ago

Most modern games are GPU bound, not CPU bound. It's perfectly suitable to pair the 6600K with the 980Ti.

Cykadia 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

for gods sake my 4th gen i5 never even turbo boosts

ajanovicedi 1 point 38 months ago

The 980 Ti is a beast and to have a unlocked quad core is just the way to go if gaming is the main goal of this machine. For storage I would try to stay in within SSD territory in 2016. A 500GB SSD for me is sufficient and maybe two 250GB 850 Evo's in RAID 0 wouldn't be a bad idea.

DouBLEPC 1 point 38 months ago

I have a PC very similar to this that I built.

striker1112 1 point 38 months ago

is this everything i need for a computer bc i want to build one for gaming but idk if this is good or not (i am terrible when it comes to computers)

eternalstudio 1 point 38 months ago

For just an extra 10 to 20 dollars you could snag a much better EVGA SuperNOVA 850w that will not only perform better, but give plenty of oc room. My philosophy is you're only saving money if it's 100 dollars or more. Anything else you're probably cheating yourself out of better performance from not being willing to save another week or two.

germanach 1 point 38 months ago

I have achieved (very near) that performance with only $850. What is the challenge of spending so much?

Charger2001 1 point 37 months ago

Link to said build?

BraveFuZe 1 point 38 months ago

The build is pretty good, the only problem I think is the storage. If your a hardcore gamer, maybe fitting 10 to 20 games is fine, bu anything beyond that you would need more storage probably.

iDrumGod 1 point 38 months ago

I'm a complete PC noob, and have to budget myself, but I need to play games like Skyrim, Fallout 4 with a hell of a lot of mods. I would guess this PC could handle that? Could this run Star Citizen, No Man's Sky etc? I need a powerful PC for leisure gaming that doesn't really stretch above $1400 AUD

spockast 1 point 38 months ago

Will this be able to livestream csgo and other similiar games or do you have any tips on what parts I should replace if I would have to do so?

Stone_Star 1 point 37 months ago

This is an amazing build, the 980 TI ensures you'll have that o so good performance for at least 3-4 years. The i5 is such an under rated CPU for the 200$ price tag, and is a close competition to an i7, I also like how the ram can be upgraded later on.

Also I suggest going for a TB hybrid drive and going for samsung SSD. Also an h100i would be a lot better for this build because your going to want that CPU at at least 4.5 GHz.

Again good job!

sharan1997 1 point 37 months ago

A 6600K on a GTX 980Ti, wouldn't that be a bottleneck to the GPU? I think an i7 6700K would have been a better choice. Also, why does every build seem to think that a 1TB HDD is enough? Really? A PC with 1TB, considering the sizes of games these days and all the software and media that you are most probably gonna put on your computer, it's gonna run out very soon.

Charger2001 1 point 37 months ago

Keep in mind the 1TB drive is being paired with a 500GB SSD which you figure is what the majority of people will be using for their OS and current log of games.

sharan1997 1 point 37 months ago

Still, I think a 2TB drive paired with the 500GB SSD should have been the way to go. As the time goes by, games are only gonna get bigger; yeah you could add a lot more drives in the future but I think a single bigger drive is more convenient and more cheaper.

Voorwerp 1 point 37 months ago

First build so.. you guys think this can work? http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xbcB23

Calzs34 1 point 37 months ago

Why not the 650 W psu??

Stingerman354 1 point 37 months ago

very impressive build. I would have done a i7 but the i5 works

coolmayes 1 point 37 months ago

why no water cooling?

Sneaky_Castro 1 point 37 months ago

zexy gpu

SmallvilleN7 1 point 37 months ago

This site's build is better then that one. Having said that you can build a Better PC then the one you listed for half the cost.

ElliottFerrone 1 point 37 months ago

Can i please have some help? Here is my problem my fans start along with my motherboard, i have a white CPU light on. I cant get a signal to my monitor(asus vg24qe) also i tried to plug in a keyboard although it had light caps lock would not work. This makes me assume that i am not able to post boot. I'm certain i followed all the steps correctly, i went over them 2-3 times and took apart the computer once again. As for the part problems they are all brand new, monitor is also brand new. Only thing i can think of is to much thermal past and it could have effected my CPU. I have used google and all sorts of different tech sites and tried their suggestions but have received no results. If anyone can help it would be much appeared, i can answer any questions that would help to figured out the issue.

boaticus 1 point 37 months ago

I'm having the same problem

ulikesmbd 1 point 37 months ago

The i5-6600k cpu only supports DDR-4 1866/2133 ram, So your not getting your moneys worth.

http://ark.intel.com/products/88191/Intel-Core-i5-6600K-Processor-6M-Cache-up-to-3_90-GHz?q=Intel%20Core%20i5-6600K

psuxavier 1 point 36 months ago

the i7 K says the same thing...

brisingr90 1 point 37 months ago

can this play witcher 3 ultra settings 60fps? or something should be changed? pls let me know

ElliottFerrone 1 point 37 months ago

I used MSI Z170A Krait Gaming ATX LGA1151 Motherboard instead of MSI Z170 Krait Gaming ATX LGA1151 my computer wont boot did this make a difference?

Joshua95 1 point 37 months ago

Will the cpu bottleneck the gpu? Also how far can I oc the cpu?

KenziePlayz 1 point 37 months ago

Really good price on a 980 Ti build. Man, I wish I could get that GPU into my next build! But I'll probably go for an R9 390 when I can afford a GPU upgrade.

Nicksmith1123 1 point 37 months ago

Does anyone know if this is able to play pinball at max settings?

Bishy 1 point 37 months ago

I got pretty similar build I made myself back in thanksgiving. huuuuuh. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/X4XyYJ

niconose 1 point 37 months ago

Ditch the crucial 550. They fail more often than not. I'd recommend Samsung or Intel. Same with your barracuda. WD and HGST will live for twice as long.

Cykadia 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

Not well optimized

Cykadia 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

Better and cheaper

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $253.89 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $24.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard MSI Z170A PC MATE ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $102.09 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $38.99 @ Newegg
Storage Crucial BX100 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $179.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $46.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card Zotac GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB AMP! Omega Edition Video Card $629.99 @ Amazon
Case Fractal Design Define R4 Blackout ATX Mid Tower Case $64.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $65.98 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1422.80
Mail-in rebates -$15.00
Total $1407.80
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-02-02 21:39 EST-0500
AidinLMcLaurin 5 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

You thought it was poorly optimized and those are the only changes you made?

I agree the build is not well optimized, and I would change nearly everything about it as I did here: https://pcpartpicker.com/user/AidinLMcLaurin/saved/#view=ZdzQzy

Cykadia 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

You sacrificed almost 80 percent of the SSD capacity for an unnecessary CPU cooler, unnecessary RAM, and an unnecessarily expensive motherboard.

AidinLMcLaurin 5 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

1.) Not much of a sacrifice considering 120GB's can store Windows 10, Ubuntu, 28 Steam games, other miscellaneous programs, and still have space for a few more applications. Especially considering the read/write speeds of my SSD are significantly faster.

2.) The H100i is an amazing cooler. It keeps the internal temperature of my entire computer lower since a traditional fan cooler is an open system.

3.) That RAM is inexpensive and MUCH faster at 14 latency speed. It is also the highest clock speed that the i5-6600k will support. (2133Mhz) 16GB comes in handy a lot with some of the programs I run and you can guarantee it will be necessary on an even broader level in the near future. I compared RAM and the Kingston is only $0.19 more per GB, and currently comes with Rainbow Six Seige.

4.) The SLI KRAIT series has always been my go-to. I still have my Z97S from my I5-4690k build. Really great BIOS, great features, durable, and VERY aesthetic. I should point out your build is entirely uncoordinated and it looks like you might know that since you went for a windowless case. I get that aesthetics aren't everyone's concern, but the build I have looks great and I would certainly put value on that.

Unnecessary?

Cykadia 1 Build 2 points 37 months ago

All of it is excellent, and your choice of hardware is great. However, it is unnecessary .

mfaulknerjr81 1 point 36 months ago

To be honest this build is very weak. Spending 645 bucks on a beast 980 but then dumbing it down with 550 watts of power and only 8gb of ram is horrible. The best part about this build is that at least you went with 2400 speed ram. SIGH

Techclarified 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

I hope you re evaluate your choice of the psu xD you have no head room for upgrades and oc

kfj 1 point 36 months ago

Nice build!

drpage 1 point 36 months ago

so this a good build for 2016 gaming and beyond? i'm not trying for 4k or anything, i just want 60fps on games like star citizen, no man's sky, etc etc.

yuyuy193 1 point 36 months ago

definately don't need a 200$ motherboard/i5 i'd replace both of those and get a motherboard for about 80$ and a i7 4690 you also should downgrade the quality of the psu and get a 750w 80+ gold from EVGA or corsair anything 80+ gold is good should be a few dollars cheaper than 85$ probably I would get a 240GBcrucial SSD for 65$ and get a 1 tb HDD unless you play like 5 or more games at once you don't really need more than 240 gb ssd a secondary would be more than enough and it wouldn't really matter on games you rarely play.

aadi4287 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

Cool build! Also loved the black and white theme on most of the parts except the graphics card. I think the Gigabyte's GTX 980 TI (G1 Gaming or the Extreme) would go really well with the black and white theme instead of the Zotac one.

ForcedPorridge 1 point 35 months ago

Im actually doing an extremely similar build to this but I'm using Z170 sli plus instead of krait gaming... i shouldnt really see too much of a performance issue should I?

Valancey 1 point 35 months ago

Dear Philip,

Many thanks for this! Thanks to your excellent video, I built my first rig from scratch and it works like a charm!

TheApoPeri 1 point 35 months ago

Bottlenecking?

godofallu 1 point 35 months ago

I'm building a PC very similar to this for the first time. While I really appreciate the video it is a bit short and cuts away a lot of explanation. Plus I would have loved for a second part to the video that covers OS installation, formatting the two hard drives, installing drivers and getting online. Infact my most confusing part in my build is an optical drive that doesn't come packaged with software or cords. Will my Windows CD work with this drive or will I need to download software for it before it operates?

Another secondary question- Can I SLI two 980 Ti's with a x16 and a x8 PCIE slot or did I need a motherboard with 2 X16 slots for that?

Arkinoth 1 point 34 months ago

You my friend are the prime example of why the building guides on this site are lacking. They do not include an operating system.

To answer your question about the optical drive, no you do not need special software, but you will need a SATA cable to attach it to the motherboard and then you will need to plug the SATA power plug from the PSU (Power Supply) into the optical drive. From there you should be able to put in your CD to install the operating system, you may need to tweek the BIOS to enable you to put to the optical drive, but with new motherboards you usually don't have to.

Also depending on the operating system you choose, don't forget that you will most likely need a key if it is Windows 7, 8.1, or 10. The Disk itself does not include a Windows key with it.

If you are not using Windows then you probably don't have to worry about a key.

As long as you do your research and the graphics cards fit in the slots you should be okay.

I can't remember, but I think they both will scale down to a x8 by x8 even though one is in a x16.

The only trick will be is finding a 980 TI that's a x8. I haven't looked for them myself, but I'm sure there out there. Heck they might even be very easy to find. I my self just haven't had the need to get such a large graphics card. Be careful with your PSU though. With two of those bad boys I wouldn't get anything smaller then a 1300w and that may even be too small.

Make sure you show people your build on here and get advice. It could save you lots of money in the long run.

highnight 1 point 35 months ago

Get that same PSU in a higher wattage.. It's to low, not saying it's a bad PSU because I have the same one except in a 850w

lilhobojoe 1 point 34 months ago

Good build but I would go with a cheaper priced case for more RAM personally

Penguintheman 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

how do you have all this extra money and not even get an SSD?

philip staff submitter 10 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

There is an SSD in the part list.

Penguintheman 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

Oh, I see it now. All I saw at first was the HDD on the part list. Sorry about that.

Asus_nipeR619 1 point 34 months ago

The psu though

Asus_nipeR619 1 point 34 months ago

The Psu is like, imma whooping this motha fokin build

ishapla 1 point 34 months ago

Hey u have a recommendation for a gaming monitoer 1440P for gming 500$?

Berfs1 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

The PSU should be a 650 W (or higher). You chose a K series CPU, and on top of that, the 6600K can use more than 91 W on Turbo Boost (I don't know by how much). Also, combining a Z or X series chipset with a K, C, or X series CPU almost always is for gaming (and overclocking). When you overclock, almost always, the CPU produces uses more energy. Even though the PSU is 80G, that may mean nothing when the PSU is at FULL LOAD. If it works though, I do not recommend to overclock anything other than the RAM. Other than that, pretty good, although I like to go for i7 instead of i5.

Secord401 1 point 34 months ago

MORE RAM!

RobertWalker309 1 point 34 months ago

This is excellent information. It will help to more users.

speedypig101 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

Wonderful build, great to see people spending more on their GPU's than their CPU's. However, I feel you skimped a bit on the PSU, RAM, and CPU cooler

orchibald 0 points 39 months ago

great mid range budget pc!

Iceman320 1 Build 2 points 39 months ago

low range Counter strike at 720p machine

JAShadic 1 point 39 months ago

No, no, no... The Half-Life mod beta version 1.0 at 800x600.

Iceman320 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

Still cant handle MS-DOS

perky37534 0 points 39 months ago

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/fQfD99 my build is exactly the same as this but almost 100 dollars cheaper and with twice as much ram at same speed, a motherboard with usb 3.1, a much faster but much cheaper ssd, a faster but a bit more expensive hdd with hybrid ssd technology, a cheaper and quieter 980ti (due to less fans) with not much difference in performance compared to yours, a case with more 5.25 inch and 3.5 inch bays, a cheaper power supply with 80+ platinum efficiency compared to your more expensive 80+ gold efficiency.

With the money I save and the better performance I get with my build, I can get more games, better peripherals and even better thermal paste. Tbh, i think my build is more worth it for people looking for high performance pc but on a budget.

Berfs1 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

Do note that the unlocked Skylake CPUs don't include thermal paste, and I don't know if all CPU Cooler manufacturers provide it anyways...

saya -4 points 39 months ago

dont forget to say that u are forever alone

atag012 0 points 39 months ago

Spend all this money yet stick with the i5? Bad mistake. Most games are starting to take advantage of the i7 and the specs released recently for VR games specify an i7 not an i5 so this build is already outdated.

Amazingalan 1 point 34 months ago

I've been lurking all the VR builds I can. Do you have any suggestions?

atag012 1 point 34 months ago

Sorry if I'm too late but all you really need is most importantly an i7 and a 980ti, everything else is up to you, do not go i5

Amazingalan 1 point 34 months ago

Not late at all. I'm to nervous to pull the trigger on something in the range of 1500. Probably gonna wait a year in hopes for high quality content.

tehL0L1G4ND3R 1 point 33 months ago

Wait what?

The i5 is enough for gaming for a while. Even if newer games are starting to utilize hyper threaded cores, four should be enough.

poisonedbite 0 points 38 months ago

your hdd is a piece of crap. avoid the seagate barracuda, and seagate in general, at all costs.

niconose 1 point 37 months ago

I'd change the memory and hdd. Stick with WD or HGST if you can afford it. Preferably raid striped and redundantly backed up/imaged to an external drive. I've had to replace dozens upon dozens of crucial ssd's and seagates in the past. If you care about doing it right the first time I would seriously reconsider. It will save you the hassle and hours of reinstalling and trying to recover your lost data.

philip staff submitter 10 Builds 0 points 38 months ago

Let me guess, you've read the Backblaze blog post?

526christian 1 point 38 months ago

Some people like to really over-exaggerate things.

poisonedbite 1 point 37 months ago

no, i have one. it failed, and i reformatted, several times for the 3 years i've owned it until it catastrophically failed a month or so ago. testdisk cant even find it. cant get any of my data off it without a data recovery service. luckily i only had windows on it for games.

Cykadia 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

The high capacity ones seem to be less reliable, but the 1TB ones hold up fine in their tests.

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Nizo_GTO -1 points 38 months ago

In a $1500 you expect to have an i7, and you are going to have a lot of bottlenecking with that 980Ti

Cykadia 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

Not likely. this build was built to overclock. my friend got his i5 up to 4.2 on a hyper212

Berfs1 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

What? How can a 980 Ti get bottlenecking at the moment? It is one of the most powerful GPUs made for production. PS, are you trying to tell us that a Titan X is better? It is, but one problem: THE COST ALONE IS MORE THAN $1000!!!!!!!!

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Berfs1 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

I agree. Bottlenecking is pretty much running Windows 10 with a single core CPU.

PCs_n_Stuff -4 points 35 months ago

mine is better

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $379.99 @ Newegg
CPU Cooler Corsair H60 54.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $59.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI B150 Gaming M3 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $96.98 @ Newegg
Memory Kingston HyperX Fury Black 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $64.99 @ Amazon
Storage Sandisk Ultra II 480GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $129.00 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Video Card $653.98 @ Newegg
Case Deepcool TESSERACT SW ATX Mid Tower Case $47.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $85.68 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1563.48
Mail-in rebates -$10.00
Total $1553.48
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-03-14 14:33 EDT-0400
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Berfs1 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

He can OC, just not through BIOS. There is an application by Intel: Intel Extreme Tuning Utility (XTU), and it has worked on my laptop (for OC the integrated graphics, because CPU is locked...).

Berfs1 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

Also, hyperthreading can be disabled via BIOS.

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Berfs1 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

Well, when comparing the i5-6600K to the i7-6700K, the 6700K has stock frequencies higher, and has 2 MB more shared cache than the 6600K.

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JimmyHraska -7 points 39 months ago

Here's a build that's better and cheaper. (Peripherals can cost you more depending on what you get.)

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $270.93 @ Micro Center
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $22.50 @ Newegg
Motherboard MSI Z97-GAMING 5 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $135.46 @ Newegg
Memory Kingston HyperX Fury White 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $87.71 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive $97.53 @ Amazon
Video Card Zotac GeForce GTX 960 4GB Video Card $216.74 @ Amazon
Case Corsair SPEC-02 ATX Mid Tower Case $50.92 @ Amazon
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $81.15 @ Amazon
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $21.66 @ Micro Center
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) $108.36 @ Amazon
Wireless Network Adapter Gigabyte GC-WB867D-I 802.11a/b/g/n/ac PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter $35.75 @ Amazon
Case Fan Thermaltake CL-F039-PL14YL-A 51.1 CFM 140mm Fan $20.58 @ Amazon
Case Fan Thermaltake CL-F039-PL14YL-A 51.1 CFM 140mm Fan $20.58 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1149.51
Mail-in rebates -$10.00
Total $1139.51
philip staff submitter 10 Builds 4 points 39 months ago

Couple thoughts:

  • You're using an in-store only deal for the CPU that is likely only available to a small subset of our userbase.
  • You're using a GTX 960 instead of a GTX 980 Ti.

I'm not saying your suggestion is bad, but it's targeted at a different use case (one that needs more CPU, less GPU).

JimmyHraska 1 point 39 months ago

Oh ok I see I'm trying to build a PC for a while

Cykadia 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

LOL

FireBLU 2 points 39 months ago

You should NOT be pairing such a high end CPU with a low end GPU. I suggest a 970 at least.

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Cybererror 1 point 39 months ago

who said it's better mate ?? you just use i7 which was not good for budget gaming ,, or why you use two case fan ? instead use a better liquid cooling

vagabond139 5 Builds 2 points 39 months ago

For $22 you wouldn't get a better liquid cooler than a Evo 212....

rhali8 2 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Heh, this would get SLAUGHTERED by Philip's build. Good try tho :P

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claytonga87 7 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

This is far weaker... and a bit overpriced for what it is...

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ibu2awesome 1 point 38 months ago

GPU is low end. Philip's build is better. But GPU accelerated computations like Photoshop would run OK.

sniperpro 1 point 38 months ago

mugray

Cykadia 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

why is this downvoted

Berfs1 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

No SSD? Also, why do you think this is better? You are comparing a 980 Ti to your 960, and calling it better? Something is not right...

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Megasteel32 1 point 39 months ago

Dude post that in forums not piggy backing off a staff submission.

lizlove87 1 point 39 months ago

I didnt even realize this website HAS forums, haha! Done deal.

Megasteel32 1 point 39 months ago

yeah its kinda small. just post it there under partlist opinions wanted.

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mrfaosfx 1 point 39 months ago

Not only that, at full power he literarily only has 40 watts of room left...just a little bit more juice and the power supply will reach its limit easily....I guess he was really on a budget.

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philip staff submitter 10 Builds 4 points 39 months ago

Agreed. We're fans of Cryorig coolers. Cryorig availability is getting better, but still not quite where we can advocate it for guides yet (mostly as import/marketplace selling to date).

190n 2 Builds 2 points 39 months ago

You're "fans"?

ROG2000_PCs 1 point 39 months ago

My dad just got a Cryorig H7 for his build we're working on, and it is awesome!

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526christian 2 points 39 months ago

Or the RAIJINTEK THEMIS for a dollar more than the EVO, while performing better but is a little bit louder.

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manirelli staff 8 Builds 7 points 39 months ago

More power, more heat, more noise and complications from a multi-gpu setup make most single GPU setups a better option than the Devil.

Iceman320 1 Build 5 points 39 months ago

better option than the Devil

Ha! nice

berd0 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

I was thinking the same.

Megasteel32 1 point 39 months ago

The r9 295X2 requires 500 watts to run. The PSU is a 550 watt, so I think not.

EpicBigWhale 1 point 39 months ago

upgrade the PSU don't be lazy lol

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/cwmL3C

Megasteel32 2 points 39 months ago

I dont know if it needs 500 watts or just needs a 500 watt in the system. but if your gonna use it, atleast have a 1000 watt to be safe and to minimize upgrades of the PSU in the future.

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Megasteel32 1 point 39 months ago

yeah a monster

philphaser 12 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Newegg says 290x?! °_o

cooldude88 1 point 37 months ago

the devil needs 550 watts to run so that's why

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Leptoon 2 points 38 months ago

I got my 4790k several weeks after Skylake was out and I'd do it again.

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Reason:
Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
Intel - Core i5-6600K 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor 11W - 91W
Cooler Master - Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler 5W - 10W
Crucial - Ballistix Sport 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-2400 Memory 5W - 5W
Seagate - Barracuda 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Crucial - BX100 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Zotac - GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6 GB AMP! Video Card 62W - 250W
Total: 89W - 386W