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Excellent Gaming Build

by manirelli

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148 Comments
NOTE: A more recent version of this guide is available here.

Description

CPU/CPU Cooler

For the Excellent Gaming Build build we selected the Intel i5-7600k as our processor. If you're not building a workstation or professional machine, this is the de facto standard for overclockable gaming builds at the moment. To cool the i5-6600k while overclocking we selected the be quiet! Dark Rock 3. The Dark Rock 3 is an excellent choice for our build aesthetically and will keep the temperature of the CPU cool while overclocking.

Motherboard/Memory/Storage

To allow overclocking on the processor, we set the parametric filters for ATX motherboards that support up to 64GB of DDR4 memory, six SATA 6Gb/s devices, multiple expansion cards, and crossfire or SLI functionality. With our increased budget we selected 16GB of RAM. The parametric filter finds the best price on 16GB kits of memory that are within Intel’s recommended specifications. Using the parametric filters this build will incorporate an SSD with at least 480GB of space and a minimum 3TB of mechanical storage at 7200rpm.

GPU

With this budget we decided to go all out on the graphics card. The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 is one of the single best cards on the market right now. At 1080p or even 1440p you will not have any problems with AAA games and the 1070 is perfectly suited for VR gaming as well. When using a GTX 1070 you should consider stepping up your monitor to a 120/144hz screen for the best gaming experience.

Case/PSU

All of our components are housed in the Phanteks ECLIPSE P400. This case has a gorgeous black or white finish depending on your selection, a large side panel window, room for enthusiast CPU coolers, watercooling radiators, and front panel USB3.0. For our power supply, we're using a parametric selection of well-reviewed fully and semi-modular units, all of which are 80+ Gold certified and provide more than enough power for this system while at stock clocks or overclocking.

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Estimated Wattage: 367W
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Memory
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  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
  • Heat Spreader: Yes
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AnyOtherWay 12 points 8 months ago

For the Excellent Gaming Build build we selected the Intel i5-6600k as our processor. If you're not building a workstation or professional machine, this is the de facto standard for overclockable gaming builds at the moment. To cool the i5-6600k while overclocking we selected the Corsair H100i v2. The updated version of the original H100i is an excellent choice for our build and will keep the temperature of the CPU cool while overclocking.

I'd say go with a cheaper cooler - Sure, the water cooler will perform better(probably), but it's also quite a bit more expensive. I'd say a Cryorig H7 or Scythe Fuma would work well, but this choice isn't inherently bad.

Using the parametric filters this build will incorporate an SSD with at least 480GB of space and a minimum 3TB of mechanical storage at 7200rpm.

I'd change this to a single 960 GB SSD, or at least a 750 GB MX300 SSD. Cost more money, sure, and your current decision isn't bad, so it's fine to me.

For our power supply, we're using a parametric selection of well-reviewed fully and semi-modular units, all of which are 80+ Gold certified and provide more than enough power for this system while at stock clocks or overclocking.

Ok, here's my biggest complaint. All of your PSU's are 550W. Now, I don't know if this was to stay on budget or what, but on the motherboard part you said how all the motherboards are capable of SLI/CrossFire... In which case if that's one of the things you want your motherboard to have then get a PSU capable of SLI/CrossFire power wise! 550W is just not enough, I'd say increase it by at least 200W(750 total wattage capable), which will be just $40 for a G2 750W.

I'd also do some personal changes, like faster ram and a different case, but more personal to me than the rest.

shreduhsoreus 6 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

Tests I've seen have shown OC'd X99 systems with 2 way SLI 1070s pulling under 500W from the wall. Not peak efficiency but if you've got a good 80+ Gold you'll be fine.

HZXT 1 point 6 months ago

I've have seen gtx1070 SLI working under 500W to but in IDLE, if you're a heavy user you need minimaly 600W-650W-700W for a stable performance when you starts to OC's the grafics and CPU.

shreduhsoreus 6 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

I don't remember where I saw charts showing total system draw, but this has GPU draw under a heavy load drawing 329W. Depending on how many fans, peripherals, drives, etc. you have, it's very reasonable to expect the entire system to be drawing under 500W. http://www.guru3d.com/articles-pages/geforce-gtx-1070-2-way-sli-review,4.html

Obviously if you're building a new system for that kind of setup, you should definitely not buy a 500W PSU and should go for at least 650, but if you only have a 500W and it's a high quality unit, you don't have to stress out about upgrading it immediately if you want to do 1070 SLI.

shreduhsoreus 6 Builds 0 points 6 months ago

I'm talking under load.

haleth 1 point 7 months ago

I bought one size of RAM faster, the 2666, but had initially started with 3000 until I read between them (the 2666 and the 3000) there wouldn't be much of a difference. I also went bigger in the PSW, since my wattage came out to 379W according to the site. And I read somewhere to double your wattage when picking a PSW, so I got 850 just to have a little insurance over an 800. :)

What case did you pick? I was so torn over that, ended up going for the mini fridge Corsair Air 740... but I had a ton of others that were also tempting. At one point the InWin 303 was so tempting, because of it's inverted build... but I think that was beyond my particular skills of building, even though it's a gorgeous case.

AnyOtherWay 2 points 7 months ago

What case did you pick? I was so torn over that, ended up going for the mini fridge Corsair Air 740... but I had a ton of others that were also tempting. At one point the InWin 303 was so tempting, because of it's inverted build... but I think that was beyond my particular skills of building, even though it's a gorgeous case.

Well, I didn't build this build if that's what you're wondering, I was just saying I'd look at a different case. No idea which I'd pick either...

deathbat6916 1 point 7 months ago

Skylake can't even utilize more than 2400 so going higher is pointless.

Petrelli27 2 points 6 months ago

pretty sure you can enable XMP in the uefi/bios to get higher memory speeds. I'm not sure if you NEED a z-series motherboard, but a z-series board can definitely handle it no problem. I have 3000mhz DDR4 running with skylake 6700k right now. Whether the extra speed has a noticeable impact on performance is a different topic.

haleth 1 point 6 months ago

Yes I learned that the hard way, my motherboard (an Asus Z170-A) lowered the RAM to a 2133 clock speed.

SiberianHusky3750 1 point 6 months ago

Not true! I got my msi Z1Z0 to run a corsair 3200 Mhz.. of course you need to enable this by the BIOS just as Petrelli27 says.. Check your settings and speed up your ram! (:

exguerrero 1 point 7 months ago

Hi,

I'm planning on making this build and was reading your suggestions and they sounded great. I'm trying to spend an overall of $1,500.00 including a monitor. I made all the changes you suggested and it comes up to $1,300 flat. Any suggestions on a Monitor that'll fit my budget? Or any other suggestions to improve my build and still stay within the budget including the PC? Thanks for reading this!

AnyOtherWay 2 points 7 months ago

Well, I wish that monitor wise there were two choices I could recommend, one being a 1080p 144hz and one a 1440p 60hz monitor, but the 1440p is too expensive, so instead I'll recommend two 144hz 1080p monitors, the cheapest on pcpartpicker - Both are from the same company, coincidentally. There aren't much differences between the two, one is Freesync which is useless with the 1070, so wouldn't matter, and they have slightly different display ports, but should overall be pretty much the same, except for stands. The cheaper one has some red on the stand of it, while the other one appears to have an orange, copperish color? Hard to tell with pictures. Also stands are different.

Overall I'd get the cheaper one, and either save $20 extra or spend $20 on something.

exguerrero 1 point 7 months ago

Thanks for the quick response! In regards to the PC build itself you made a comment on faster RAM, care to comment further?

I'll likely get the 144 hz monitor at 179.99 so I'll have a little bit of wiggle room to improve the ram and stay within my $1500 budget.

AnyOtherWay 1 point 7 months ago

In regards to the PC build itself you made a comment on faster RAM, care to comment further?

Really, it's just that faster ram is a bit faster(not too much really), and for $100, which is about $20-30 more then the 2400 speed ram here, you can get a 3000 speed one. It shouldn't effect a great deal but it will effect a bit at the least.

exguerrero 1 point 7 months ago

Ok I'll that. Does the model matter? Any suggestion on which one to get specifically?

ten8yp 3 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Get the cheapest 2400MHz or faster RAM you can find that fits your aesthetic. You will literally never notice the difference in speed from 2400MHz to 3200MHz. Latency is actually far more important than speed anyways. If you're not sure about latency vs. speed do some research on what makes some memory "faster" than others.

Both of his monitor recommendations look decent but you will want to research the difference between 1080p vs 1440p and decide which is right for you. For me, I would rather have 1440p at 60Hz than 1080 at 144 mostly because I prefer larger screen sizes to higher refresh rates. To me, the price of 144Hz refresh rate does not justify lower resolutions. For games specifically its fine but for normal computer use I like the higher resolutions, particularly on larger screen sizes. If you're definitely going with a 24" or smaller screen, then 1080p will probably be fine.

Megarocket16 2 points 6 months ago

This build is great, but it burns a lot of money. You shouldn't get the water cooler first. Here's a cheaper version of the PC, it will run just as well, maybe a bit slower, but you will barely feel a difference. https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/guide/VKbtt6/intel-core-i5-6600k-rx-480-16-gb-ddr4-1tb60gb-sshd-best-possible-gaming-desktop-under-1k-cad-or-750-usd-overclockable Before, you check out the link, keep in mind that it is just a desktop, no windows, no monitor, etc, but this way you can add them in and stay under about 1k USD and 1200 CAD.

Solemnsong 1 point 7 months ago

Nicely put imo

ten8yp 3 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

I wouldn't suggest ANY of the changes you did.

Cooling on Water>Air. All day, any day and particularly for OCing. While I do agree there are some better cooling solutions, particularly for the price, most of what I would suggest are different AIO water-cooling ones.

The 480GB SSD is plenty as far as 2.5" SSD's. If anything the only thing I see wrong in storage is that this build doesn't include an nvme M.2 boot drive of any kind.

I kind of agree with you about the PSU but I would go with a fully modular one as well.

"Faster" RAM is pointless. Whats wrong with the Crosair Carbide 400C? I think it looks like a great case.

AnyOtherWay 2 points 7 months ago

I said about the cheaper air cooler for money saving reasons, and I even said it'll perform worse, as well as the choice not being inherently bad, just more expensive. Can also always upgrade later.

I was saying to get just an SSD, skipping out on HDD. An M.2 SSD would also be a good idea, but again the choice here isn't inherently bad, I just think a single about 1 TB SSD would be better then a 480 GB SSD and 3 TB HDD.

The PSU I said about was the G2, costing $40 more and is fully modular.

Faster ram is probably pointless, and the case is fine, I just said those would be "personal" changes that I'd probably do, maybe not in the case part but that's cause I'd research what I think would be the best case for me.

ten8yp 3 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Most people fill a 1TB drive pretty quickly and having all of that storage in an SSD at this price range is overkill. (Not the best dollar for dollar expenditure.) Besides, its always better to have your OS on a completely separate drive for failure security. Partitions are only so good. While the 480gb ssd would get MOST of the important things on it, the HDD would be great for non-essentials and less speed needy items. 3TB might have been a little overkill but the 2-3TB HDD's are kind of the sweet spot for pricing right now. 2TB versions were down around $50 during Christmas. Agree to disagree... its cool.

AnyOtherWay 2 points 7 months ago

Most people fill a 1TB drive pretty quickly and having all of that storage in an SSD at this price range is overkill. (Not the best dollar for dollar expenditure.)

I thought 1 TB at this current point in time was the storage amount that most people are perfectly fine with, not filling it up too quick... And if they need more storage, they can add more later pretty cheaply with an HDD.

Besides, its always better to have your OS on a completely separate drive for failure security. Partitions are only so good. While the 480gb ssd would get MOST of the important things on it, the HDD would be great for non-essentials and less speed needy items. 3TB might have been a little overkill but the 2-3TB HDD's are kind of the sweet spot for pricing right now. 2TB versions were down around $50 during Christmas. Agree to disagree... its cool.

This is indeed true, I won't say that it isn't.

Divyang 1 point 6 months ago

Hi! I could squeeze in a 144hz monitor along with a g502 logitech Mouse. The cost came to about 1400$ [REMOVED]. Can you pls comment on this build, need to know your suggestions :D : https://pcpartpicker.com/user/Divyang/saved/#view=cV6NGX https://pcpartpicker.com/list/mQr2BP

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Divyang 1 point 6 months ago

alright, thanks for the info, duly noted.

AnyOtherWay 1 point 6 months ago

I'm gonna be honest... I really don't like a couple choices you made to be able to fit said monitor and G502. Before I say the bad choices though, I may as well help and let you know some of your good choices, butter you up a bit.

The CPU is newer and better, if only a little bit, and is similarly priced to what's on here, good on ya' for changing that. The case cheapening and storage decreasing for a price decrease are also good ideas, 1 TB is quite a bit and 120 GB's of SSD is small, and I sort of don't like the SSD in particular for some reason, but definitely enough for the OS and a AAA game or two, or quite a few indie's, and the case is also a really good one, and being cheaper is perfectly great at the price it's at. The slightly cheaper GPU is also nice. Ram is also just ram, so while I don't like the design of that ram it's a nice choice.

And to the bad. Really, at first glance I thought your choices were worse then they actually are, but really it's only 3 things that are bad choices to me. Those choices being the motherboard, power supply, and cooler.

The power supply isn't the worst unit ever, but it's not great. I believe, could be wrong, it's a tier 3 on tomshardware's PSU tier list, which is not too good. I'd definitely spend an extra $20 and get a 650W G2 over it, and I'd also suggest going with the 550W G2 over it if you can't spend the extra $20 there.

The motherboard choice... Makes your CPU choice pointless, I believe. It can't overclock(unless I'm mistaken and B150/B250 boards can overclock), which makes the use of a K processor, which is made to be overclocked, pointless. You may as well go with a 7500 and no cooler with the use it'll do ya'. Either spend an extra $30-40 and get a Z270, like the MSI Z270-A Pro, or go down in CPU to a 7500-7600 and skip out on CPU cooler.

The cooler choice isn't exactly a big deal, really it's only a half a problem, but I still don't like it. The Hyper 212 EVO is pointlessly popular at this point in time. The Cryorig H7 is priced the same, performs slightly better, is slightly smaller, has a better design, and should be easier to install. There is literally no reason to get the 212 EVO, unless at the time it's like, $5 less, and even then not so much in my opinion, which currently they are the exact same price.

So basically... Skip out on the mouse for now, use whatever mouse you're currently using and do these changes. Or you can pony up an extra $60 or so and be happier with yourself for making better choices.

Divyang 1 point 6 months ago

Alright, did a few changes to the build and after adding the windows 10 pro 64 bit, it comes to 1300$

AnyOtherWay 1 point 6 months ago

Mind linking the build list for the changes, because otherwise I can't tell you anything about how good it is.

Megarocket16 1 point 6 months ago

Yeah, go with a cheaper cooler and buy an i7

BubbleFeet 2 points 8 months ago

Hi there,

I'm looking to build a similar computer, in fact almost identical. However, the main difference is I chose an Asus Z170-A. Could you explain the difference between my choice and yours?

harr1847 2 Builds 8 points 8 months ago

There's really not much of a difference.

  • The Asus board looks like it has a DisplayPort on it, while the Gigabyte doesn't, but if you're getting a graphics card that literally doesn't matter.
  • The RAM specifications are basically the same.
  • The Gigabyte board has 2 PCI slots, while the Asus has zero. PCI is an older connection format and anything new you buy will be PCIe instead, so unless you're adding in old components, you don't need the PCI slots.
  • The asus board has an M.2 slot that specifically says it can run on PCIe connection or SATA. PCIe is faster and newer M.2 drives should use this to get the most benefit. The Gigabyte Board doesn't specify (on Newegg) if it's PCIe or SATA.
  • The Asus board uses ALC892 while the gigabyte is ALC1150, but you probably wouldn't notice a difference in sound quality.
  • The Asus board has 2 USB 3.0 headers while the gigabyte has 3 (both have 2 USB 2.0 headers, 1 USB 3.1 header, and 1 USB Type-C header). They also both have the same number of internal USB headers
  • The Asus board seems to have more internal Fan headers, but these things are often less specified on Newegg, so you should look at images of the boards to verify.

Overall, the Asus board will give you a few extra "things" even though you might not even notice them or need them, and it'll cost you an extra ~$40 (in the US)

samillwong 1 point 8 months ago

Same here, what's the difference?

harr1847 2 Builds 2 points 8 months ago

see my comment above.

haleth 2 points 7 months ago

Had the same exact question, thank you so much for your thorough explanation, now I can't wait to receive my parts even more... some time this week they say!

Have a great new year harr1847!

Tobeeornot 2 points 7 months ago

Really nice build. I was wondering if you wanted to get this effectively sound-proofed, would you go for a different case, like the Fractal Design Define R5?

Alubu 2 points 7 months ago

G'day guys,

This is my first time thinking about building a PC for the intent gaming, as I'm attempting to transition from console to PC but have very little knowledge of compatibility and so forth. I basically used this guide to create a build of my own and was wondering what you more knowledgeable gamers thought about my build https://au.pcpartpicker.com/user/Alubu/saved/QzNpgs . Thanks a lot :)

foohydude5 1 point 7 months ago

I'll leave a comment on your build's comment area.

Solemnsong 1 point 7 months ago

It'd work, not a pretty build though lol

BritishWolf 1 point 8 months ago

Hey there this is my current pc specs

16384MB (4x4GB) 1600MHz DDR3 Quad Channel AMD Radeon™ R9 270 with 2GB GDDR5 1TB Hard Drive Windows 8.1 Intel® Core™ i7-4820K Processor (4-cores, 10MB Cache, Overclocked up to 4.2 GHz w/ Turbo Boost) I also have a 500gb ssd

This computer has served me well for past few years but now is very outdated and struggles to run some games can u let me know how much better this new build would be and weather its worth upgrading everything. Thanks.

Matthewtina2015 1 Build 5 points 8 months ago

You still have a great computer there. However, I would upgrade your R9 270 to a RX 480, 1060, or even a 1070

BritishWolf 2 points 7 months ago

Ok thankyou

Matthewtina2015 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

No problem!

Solemnsong 1 point 7 months ago

Yep graphics is the only thing I see bottleneck if that pc of yours

m7kr0 1 point 6 months ago

Tbf even dropping in a rx 470 would make a massive difference

Matthewtina2015 1 Build 2 points 6 months ago

Agreed. There isn't a huge performance gap between the RX470 and 480.

AnyOtherWay 3 points 8 months ago

As someone else said that is still a great computer, just the GPU needs an upgrade. 1070/1080 is what I'd recommend if you can afford, and with those you'd be good to go for a long while longer.

BritishWolf 1 point 7 months ago

Thankyou makes sense now :)

Mr.Shenanagins 1 point 8 months ago

I was looking to make the build you did about 2 months ago till i saw this one and wanted to know a couple of things. First off are there any major changes between this one and the one that has the build video and secondly is there a reason why you decided to change the parts for the other build. I only say this because i am a tad inexperienced when it comes to building computers but it no long goes with the build guide that pc part picker hard done for that build. If the parts are the same but now have a different color thats cool i just dont remember the original parts off the top of my head. I must admit i liked the color scheme to the build before hand with the black and red. Also i wanted to know if putting a Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor would be ok instead of the i5.

Lightsand 1 point 8 months ago

Hi i want to build something close to this but since i want this worth and last me years i did make a few upgrades mind checking it out and seeing it this build works ? https://pcpartpicker.com/list/WBCC4C please i do need an approval from someone who knows alot it would mean a lot thank you!

banga 2 points 8 months ago

Cpu cooler not good, ram speed too.

Lightsand 1 point 8 months ago

how come?

Xorex64 3 points 8 months ago

As far as ram speeds go, its not the mhz that concerns me, its the generation (or whatever you call it). You listed DDR3 ram. I thought skylake only accepted DDR4. Guess i was wrong.

The ram price is terrible, this ram is slow compared to modern DDR4 ram, and 16gb might he overkill at this moment.

Lightsand 1 point 8 months ago

Hmmm yeah everybody have been saying to get the DDR3 honestly i didnt know there was much a difference but now i know. Thanks a lot glad to know there are people willing to put a little bit of their time into complete strangers into helping them greatly appreciated ! !! :D

Xorex64 3 points 8 months ago

No problem. Happy holidays!

banga 1 point 8 months ago

Nah nah im wrong i didn't check the mobo 1600mhz will do the job. For fan i saw wrong.

haleth 1 point 7 months ago

What's wrong with that cooler? Could you suggest something else?

banga 4 points 7 months ago

It's totaly fine i saw things wrong. =)

526christian 2 points 8 months ago

Do you own any of the parts in that partlist already?

If not, then a few things:

You have a 6700K and a cooler with good thermal performance yet you have a motherboard that doesn't support overclocking. Replace it with a Z170 motherboard such as the MSI Z170A KRAIT GAMING 3X, which is a good deal right now. If you aren't planning on overclocking you needn't spend so much on a CPU cooler and could downgrade the CPU depending on your performance expectations. If you are, you still can spend less on the cooler - Skylake CPUs aren't real power hungry.

You chose DDR3 and a motherboard that supports it, and not DDR4. Unless you already own that RAM, switch out the motherboard (like what I suggested above) to one that supports DDR4 and to DDR4 RAM. DDR3-supporting LGA 1151 motherboards typically come at a price premium, and that one is no exception. There's also the possibility of slight framerate losses in some games from the slower RAM.

An 850W PSU isn't necessary for that build even if you were to SLI the 1070 (which that motherboard doesn't support). Even a quality 550W PSU like the Corsair RM550x, EVGA G2 550W, Rosewill Quark 550W, and SeaSonic G 550W (in that order, best to worst) would be more than sufficient to power the build for years. There's some good value decent 650W ones that are a bit cheaper and would assuredly let you SLI still.

Here's my partlist suggestion based off the list in your comment: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/RrqxxY

$150 cheaper, comes with a black and white color scheme, and has SLI and CPU overclocking support. It should also be quieter.

Lightsand 1 point 8 months ago

Wow you know your stuff! Well for the psu if im planning on hooking multiple monitors up wont i need a heftier psu idk i thought that was the case thus the 850w one.

526christian 1 point 8 months ago

The amount of monitors you are using won't affect your PSU choice. You plug them into a regular outlet like you would a lamp. Using multiple monitors will slightly increase the power draw of your GPU (not enough to require a higher power PSU in this PC or most for that matter), nothing more.

Lightsand 2 points 8 months ago

Ahhhh, okayyyy ive been misinformed is all thanks alot! this helps alot, man i love the people in this website LOL

Matt1313 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

What budget were you shooting for? and also do you want a color scheme that matches??

Lightsand 1 point 8 months ago

hmm probably under 1.5k or 2k and a color scheme would be nice any ideas? Im mostly just interested in knowing if all the parts are good to go and if i need any extra pieces or something since it is my first time

ten8yp 3 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

I would also get a different motherboard. Not much point in getting the 6700K if you aren't going to get a motherboard that is overclockable. You should look at Z-170 or now Z-270 motherboards. I believe all of them also take DDR4 which Xorex64 mentioned.

KyloErroneous 1 point 7 months ago

Why don't you add the operating system. This will bring up any build by 90 bucks.

shreduhsoreus 6 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Because if you have a USB drive and access to a computer with internet you don't need it. You're paying $90-120(you're technically supposed to buy a retail copy) to remove a watermark and unlock the "personalize" section of Windows settings. If you don't activate Windows, Microsoft doesn't really care.

Believe me, I regret every penny spent on that stupid product key.

apragatz 1 point 7 months ago

I have been looking into building a computer for awhile now and ive got about 1250 for the pc itself. I used this as a guide, what do you think? https://pcpartpicker.com/list/RgHxTH Anything you would recommend adding or changing?

Edit: Going for a black build with blue accents and leds as you may notice with the fans.

shreduhsoreus 6 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

I would honestly get a Cryorig H7 instead of the liquid cooler, it's a damn good cooler and you'll still be able to OC plenty(plus, it can't ever leak no matter what). I'd also spend $15-20 more on double the SSD storage, you'll love the load times in the games you put on it. I also prefer Seasonic G series over that model of EVGA PSU(better internal components and efficiency for only a few dollars more, google Jonny Guru's reviews of the two).

fearneley 1 point 7 months ago

Thinking of building my first pc for gaming and editing :) Would love some feedback on what you guys think and if all these parts are viable. Budget is 1300 if i should replace anything significant! https://pcpartpicker.com/list/nCPXM8

bacondeluxe 1 point 7 months ago

You should ditch the regular s340 for the elite version, you will love the massive tempered glass. Try to squeeze a 1070 into your budget if you're interested in running 1080/144fps at high detail on most games. I have almost the same exact build as you listed, you will not be disappointed.

fearneley 1 point 7 months ago

will take into consideration, thanks!

Rackley 1 point 7 months ago

If you want you can always get a r9 Fury They are good cards but they will take more power and also the benchmarks will be right below 1070 right now they are 260$ dont buy if the price is over 300 but 300 and below is a great deal for those gpu's and this is only If you dont have a enough for a 1070 and are ok with an older card that will preform better than that 1060 you have

fearneley 1 point 7 months ago

will look into it, thanks!

Wutevah 1 point 7 months ago

By choosing a GA-Z170x mobo , will i get identical experience ? As It is just way cheaper

Rackley 1 point 7 months ago

Everything will preactically be the same except overclocking might not do as well

foohydude5 1 point 7 months ago

I'll give you props, it's a decent Gaming build. I wouldn't go so far to call it excellent.

shreduhsoreus 6 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

I'd call 5864x1080 on high/ultra settings at 60 FPS pretty excellent ;)

foohydude5 1 point 7 months ago

Fair enough, as long as you are getting what you want out of it, but one of my builds has a NVIDIA GTX 1070 and a 6700K and I wouldn't call it excellent (it's definitely not the top tier of computers).

I'm personally looking forward to the NVIDIA 20 series that should be coming out this year.

shreduhsoreus 6 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Well when you compare it to enthusiast level hardware, no, but in comparison to a typical PC found in homes? Oh yeah, definitely excellent.

Rackley 1 point 7 months ago

I dont think any of these computers on this site are excellent because super computers are the only excellent computers

KarmAngel 1 point 7 months ago

Nice built :) The GPU could be a GTX 1080 just for some more money (or was a price limit to this build?)

a_wizard 1 point 7 months ago

I'm new to the PC building community and would like to know with building this PC could I animate using this or would I have to get a better CPU and ram. Thank you in advance

Solemnsong 1 point 7 months ago

I'm sure you can , I'd like to know what programs you'd be running since some rendering programs are better with more physical cores in the processor and could also possibly use a tad more ram.

denvertheshark 1 point 7 months ago

I am commenting so I can look in my comment history and check out this build later.

ExpertSummer328 1 point 7 months ago

Any recommendations on a monitor for this PC? I wanted to know what range of monitors wouldn't be overkill or else depreciate the components' worth, and to compare compare prices between cheaper monitors and more reliable monitors. I'm currently not planning on overclocking. Thanks!

Osaid202 1 point 6 months ago
Jeremyek 3 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

I built my rig very close to this one. Few differences (H7 cpu cooler, no ssd yet, 8gb ram and overall white and black coloring.) and I can say this is a great build for high quality gaming. Currently destroying any game in 1080p, and even can run AAA titles in 4K if you lower some settings. MY BUILD: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/fCpbt6

realyounglion 1 point 7 months ago

Can i stream games with this build?

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Absolutely.

Newrandomguy 1 point 7 months ago

Hey im a noob at this and i was wondering if it is possible to have like 4 or 5 usb ports on this pc. And i would like to know if this pc could play games while i record the gameplay with shadow play or OBS?

Solemnsong 1 point 7 months ago

Heck yes

Newrandomguy 1 point 7 months ago

Hey im a noob at this and i was wondering if it is possible to have like 4 or 5 usb ports on this pc. And i would like to know if this pc could play games while i record the gameplay with shadow play or OBS?

Solemnsong 1 point 7 months ago

Yes to both

Newrandomguy 1 point 7 months ago

k thanks

Newrandomguy 1 point 6 months ago

ok thanks

Donmarder 1 point 7 months ago

Does anybody know anyone company in the U.K. Would build this machine close to the price of the parts? Any suggestions welcomed

asdjames 1 point 7 months ago

I followed almost exactly the build, except the power supply. I bought corsair cs650M. I am wondering if there is any compatibility issues with the rest of the build. Thanks!

asdjames 1 point 7 months ago

I am also concerned if the power supply can fit in the corsair 400c case.

SamClark96 1 point 7 months ago

Hi guys, I would love to build a PC like this but my budget is around $300 (£250) less than this, I was wondering if there are any cuts I could make to this which wouldn't affect the performance too much? I mean for a start I think I wouldn't need a 3TB drive so I could cut that down, any ideas?

Osaid202 1 point 6 months ago

-Get cryorig H7 air cooler for 50$ less with amazing performance.

-search in the website for Asus Z170 and choose the cheapest if you found one (Asus Z170 is still the cheapest for me ) but know that specs may vary slightly.

-Do the same for GTX 1070 . I have found one cheaper by 20$ (But I got founders edition still for 10$less than the one listed in this guide).

-Do the same for the Ram but research too.

-If you are really on a budget you can start with 1 tb HDD or even use old one if you have then move the OS when you buy an SDD (the procedure is a bit hard but you can do it). Also you can start with a 100 or 200 gb SDD only and upgrade later.

-You can buy a cheaper and uglier case

-I think we shouldn't try to mess with PSU and you still need some future proofing.

-I know you are trying to save money but if you're building an excellent pc these days you should get kabylake i5-7600k rather than i5-6600k because it is 7th gen better performance CPU that cost only 9$ more !

https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/

Here is my build after following the tips I managed to get everything including a 144hz monitor for 1270USD! Correct me if I am wrong.

SamClark96 1 point 5 months ago

Hi dude, I got all my parts for around the same, went for a Sythe FUMA and a G1 1070 and it worked out really nice, still kept the same case and it looks great! Thanks for the advice too!

Sturnbull 1 point 7 months ago

Is there a reason to get both the SSD and the 3TB HD? Looking at this build and wondering if I can get away with just the SSD.

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

Storage needs are different for everyone. If the SSD alone is enough, go for it.

ElkSmash 1 point 7 months ago

I left a comment under the YouTube video as ElkSmash. A few things were left out that confused me. Hit me up if you're having problems with this build. I ran into a few. [REMOVED]

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Please don't share personal information. We have no way of verifying if it is your email address.

gud1 1 point 7 months ago

Hi! So i'm trying to make a green and black pc build around $1600 CAD dollars with a gtx 1070, and be able to do what gtx 1070's do, 1440p at atleast 60fps. its gonna be mainly for gaming. If somebody could give me tips or lower the price with different parts it would be appreciated. Thanks!!! :D https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/DVcRCy

gud1 1 point 7 months ago

And i'm also thinking about OCing, i'll get a better cooler when I have the money.

Osaid202 1 point 6 months ago

See my post above with cheaper and better parts.

You need to get 7600k for a few more dollars.

Use the better air cooler at the same price (cryorig H7).

Get a cheaper Mobo.

You should double that ram and make it faster for 15$ more.

You could go for 1 TB HDD

And get the cheaper 1070 founders edition for 140$ LESS!

kadesxys 1 point 6 months ago

When I upgrade to 7600 cpu it states the BIOS needs to be updated how was this done without having to use another CPU to do it

Osaid202 1 point 6 months ago

You can either let somebody do the updating or just upgrade the MOBO to z270 but I am not sure.

kadesxys 1 point 6 months ago

I upgraded. I'll be posting my completed build in a day or to. Do you when where I go to to run bench mark aka stress test? Also is there a app or program that keeps track fps and temp during game play?

joelikespcs 1 point 6 months ago

always watching wazowski

Osaid202 1 point 6 months ago

Adjustments to save more than 100$

-Get cryorig H7 air cooler for 50$ less with amazing performance.

-search in the website for Asus Z170 and choose the cheapest if you found one (Asus Z170 is still the cheapest for me ) but know that specs may vary slightly.

-Do the same for GTX 1070 . I have found one cheaper by 20$ (But I got founders edition still for 10$less than the one listed in this guide).

-Do the same for the Ram but research too.

-If you are really on a budget you can start with 1 tb HDD or even use old one if you have then move the OS when you buy an SDD (the procedure is a bit hard but you can do it). Also you can start with a 100 or 200 gb SDD only and upgrade later.

-You can buy a cheaper and uglier case

-I think we shouldn't try to mess with PSU and you still need some future proofing.

-I know you are trying to save money but if you're building an excellent pc these days you should get kabylake i5-7600k rather than i5-6600k because it is 7th gen better performance CPU that cost only 9$ more !

https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/

Here is my build after following the tips I managed to get everything including a 144hz monitor for 1270USD! Correct me if I am wrong.

kadesxys 1 point 6 months ago

Another noob here.......... My budget is short of 1300 by a few hun to say the least. And I don't really plan on overclocking. I do like the idea of using SLI or crossfire feature on the MB in the future. As of now I don't really use to much storage space for the games I currently play. My goals are being able to play 1440p with a 144hz 20(ish) in. monitor, 1080p will do 1440 sounds nicer. So here's my idea.... If I switched out the CPU for an i5-6500 3.2 which comes with its own cooler, took out the HD cause I can add it in a month or 2, got the cheapest case cause I don't care if the out side looks good and maybe found a GPU in the 2 hun range I am more flexible on that. would all this even be worth it or any ideas would be nice. I'd like to spend around 8 or 9 to start and in the next few months I can always go bigger. So any help would be nice thanks.

MiguelXx3D 1 point 6 months ago

It would be worth it and it would work 100%

dsantosp12 1 point 6 months ago

Hello everyone,

I am planning to build this gaming PC, my question is what monitor should I buy that woudl work with the graphics card well?

coreycathey 1 point 6 months ago

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/J9nzCy I have never built a PC before but am in dire need of doing so. This summer I am planning on it so until then, I'm basically just learning about it all and trying to find the best for the cheapest (under $1500). Can anyone give me any tips on this build, if I should change anything or if I am paying for something that isn't entirely necessary? Do I NEED two case fans for intake? It's $1350+ because of the Asus monitor, the mouse and keyboard added in the build just for pricing purposes. Thank you!

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coreycathey 1 point 6 months ago

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/ this is my final edit to this build.

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Shaarr 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Could anyone tell me why most people have the i5-6600k 3.5gGHz processor rather than going with the i5-7600 3.8? They are extremely close to the same price yet ive never seen the 7600 in a build guide.

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

We are in the process of updating the guides for Kaby lake.

PuperHacker 1 point 6 months ago

Excellent work. I would suggest putting a samsung 850 evo ssd, along with a set of corsair or kingston ram.

m950897 1 point 6 months ago

If you're going to spend $100 on a cooler and the $400 on a 1070, you might as well get the i7 6700k, much faster for not too much more.

ZombieCrafterGaming 1 point 6 months ago

If I wanted to substitute the i5 for an i7 would that work? I'm not to keen on overclocking.

lndemnity 1 point 6 months ago

Hi everyone!

I'm looking to build my first gaming PC for my birthday this May, my budget is $1300 and I know nothing about PC's >.<. I was wondering if you guys can give me some feedback on my build, thanks! - https://pcpartpicker.com/list/YvxmNN

HxnrySxms_14 1 point 6 months ago

This looks like an awesome build, I will be getting a build nearly exactly the same but I won't be getting as expensive accessories such as the water cooler and the 480GB SSD

HxnrySxms_14 1 point 6 months ago

I don't know why but the MSI GTX 1070 Aero is so much cheaper than all the other 1070 cards. Maybe it is slower or cannot be overclocked?

Mark1006 1 point 6 months ago

Bit...frivolous. Ditch that watercooler for one, probably the most pointless $100 you could possibly spend on an i5 build. Cut back on storage, since it's probably the easiest thing to upgrade later and you're probably not going to need 3TB + the extra 240GB of SSD space up front. I personally wouldn't spend that much on a case either considering the sweet spot for cases is between $60-$80. Et voila, you have enough for a GTX 1080 and have money to spare.

sirmaxalot305 1 point 6 months ago

It might be a good idea to go with a name brand power supply. I am just worried that 2 years later the thing blows out and takes the rest of the system with it. Besides that, great build.

sirmaxalot305 1 point 6 months ago

Those of you saying he needs to ditch the water cooler, it seems like he is going to be over clocking in the future

ForgeKid 1 point 6 months ago

I would say to replace the i5-6600k skylake for a i5-7600k kabylake and the z170 to a z270...

Golden-Wolf 1 point 6 months ago

Why isn't my build guide showing up in the build guides ?

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Only staff guides are publicly indexed now.

Golden-Wolf 1 point 6 months ago

oh ok. if you don't mind me asking, why ?

Golden-Wolf 1 point 6 months ago

ok understand now thx

Newrandomguy 0 points 7 months ago

i made a bild and i was wondering if it is good and if everything is fully compatible.

multibuilds -2 points 8 months ago

I'd personally choose an i7, better performance, but downside is it doesn't last as long :(

TudorEm 3 points 8 months ago

I might be in the wrong here, but the only big difference between the aforementioned i5-6600k and its bigger brother, i7 6700k is the capability in multithreading. Unless you are doing some professional and fancy video editing, you shouldn't need the i7. Of course, there is also the increased cache, but you won't notice a difference in that regard.

harr1847 2 Builds 2 points 8 months ago

Although I agree this is mostly true, there are some games out now that utilize all available threads/cores. Its not as common, but I would suggest looking at exactly what games you want to play most, determine whether they actually utilize more than 4 threads/cores and then decide from there if you want an i7 or an i5.

ghosty1r 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

there are also games that decrease in performance due to the increase. yea weird but true and they are the majority so I'd really look into it.

Darth_Venator 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

what do you mean by that?

multibuilds 1 point 8 months ago

Ah ok thanks. I saw this on a video that i5 didn't perform as well but lasted longer.

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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 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor 11W - 91W
Corsair - H100i v2 70.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler 10W - 15W
Asus - Z170-E ATX LGA1151 Motherboard 17W - 70W
G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory 11W - 11W
Mushkin - Chronos 480GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Toshiba - P300 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1070 8GB G1 Gaming Video Card 37W - 150W
Total: 92W - 367W