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Excellent Gaming Build

by manirelli

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

Description

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 CRYORIG H7. CRYORIG is a newer player in the CPU cooling industry but they have consistently churned out high quality products and the H7 is no exception.

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 and the dwindling cost of memory 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 500GB of space and a minimum 3TB of mechanical storage at 7200rpm.

With this budget we decided to go all out on the graphics card. The new 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.

All of our components are housed in the NZXT S340. This case has a gorgeous black finish, 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.

Part List Customize This Part List

Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 362W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $219.98 $219.98 SuperBiiz Buy
CPU Cooler $49.99 FREE $49.99 Amazon Buy
Motherboard $124.99 -$30.00 $2.99 $97.98 Newegg Buy
$30.00 mail-in rebate
Memory
From parametric filter
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
  • Heat Spreader: Yes
$97.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $97.99 Amazon Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 500GB - 10TB
  • Type: SSD
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 2.5"
$136.30 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $136.30 Amazon Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 3TB - 10TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$69.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $69.99 Amazon Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1070
$359.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $359.99 Amazon Buy
Case $66.99 $66.99 SuperBiiz Buy
Power Supply $69.90 -$10.00 $6.99 $66.89 Newegg Buy
$10.00 mail-in rebate
Base Total: $1196.12
Mail-in Rebates: -$40.00
Shipping: $9.98
Total: $1166.10
* Using your selected merchants and only including nearby in-store pickup prices)
* Some physical dimension restrictions cannot (yet) be automatically checked, such as cpu cooler / RAM clearance with modules using tall heat spreaders.

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Bgrilli2 2 points 8 months ago

I was really confused how it was so cheap compared to my similar 970 build but its because I got a monitor, keyboard, mouse and speakers lol but I like it besides maybe the motherboard but that's because I like MSI boards.

SeeDanRun 1 point 8 months ago

I also need to get a complete computer. Mouse and keyboard are easy to find but what do you suggest for monitor and speakers?

I want a large high-quality monitor but have no idea what brands are good.

Thanks!

Patbu13 2 points 8 months ago

I have an ASUS and it's great quality, pretty big too

oimebumski 1 point 7 months ago

This 25" LG 21:9 (2560x1080) has been very well received and you can max games at 60fps with a 1070. Hard to beat for $150. ( https://pcpartpicker.com/product/fFGj4D/lg-monitor-25um56p )

SeeDanRun 2 points 7 months ago

The $800 ASUS was on back order so I canceled it and got this. Maybe I'll upgrade when the price drops but this is a great deal for now.

Thanks oimebumski

DirtyVisions 1 point 9 months ago

I really like your build dude. Especially for the cheap price it came to be but i would never keep 3TB. I go for 1.5 or 2 ;-;.

KV3NU21 1 point 8 months ago

I got a similar build for about 55$ cheaper. Chek it out! http://pcpartpicker.com/list/2LrRTH Suggestions are highly appreciated! What do you think?

cooleoboom5 1 point 8 months ago

sorry to say, but i'm not a fan. that is way too expensive for what you get. i have a build that you could easily swap out the 1070 for 2 480s. all for the same price.PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $216.57 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $26.88 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock Z170 Pro4S ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $82.98 @ Newegg
Memory GeIL EVO POTENZA 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $57.72 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital AV-GP 1TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive $42.40 @ Amazon
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB FTW Gaming ACX 3.0 Video Card $450.81 @ Amazon
Case Deepcool TESSERACT SW ATX Mid Tower Case $39.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $29.99 @ Newegg
Monitor AOC E2260SWDN 21.5" 60Hz Monitor $89.99 @ B&H
Keyboard Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse $19.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1097.32
Mail-in rebates -$40.00
Total $1057.32
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-08-16 17:17 EDT-0400
KV3NU21 1 point 8 months ago

Wow. U really made me realise that i can be getting more performance for less cost of my current build. So i will be changing some stuff up for sure. I'll be going for : - 2x8gb ram sticks - Going back for the 6600k and a cpu air cooler as i originally planned

For the motherboard i'll take a look at some other z170 boards,too see if i like them and ofcourse they cost less

The storage i wont be changing because i will use the ssd for my os and some apps For the snappiness of my pc and the 2tb seagate barracuda for 60$ you'll be getting twice the storage,and also i think thats a good size for me

As for the case and psu i'm also gonna be searching for a cheaper,functional while aesthatically pleasing option,i'll take a look at what you listed too ofcourse.

As for the monitor and peripherals i already have some in mind but they aren't exactly cheap. While i wont be willing to skimp way too much on them i am definitely open to possibilities.

This is my list of peripherals. I already have a 24" monitor that i am going to sell once i get the new one,the new monitor is a 27" 1440p 60hz ips monitor with 6ms response time by acer for 289$. If you find something similar for less im definitely willing to look at it.

As for the keyboard the corsair strafe at 90$ I find quite expensive,i might go for the cm quickstorm tk for 70$,keep in mind cherry mx red.

As for the mouse,wich was basicly the most difficult to choose from i have just settled for the mionix naos 7000 at 63.55$ I've looked at the castor,asus gladius,corsair sabre rgb,steelseries 300,deathadder,logitech g302..those are some from the top of my head. Im willing to see what you can find at 40-60$ pricerange

You reinspired me to take a second look at most of my choices to see what i can improve and i thank you for that,

If you are up for it i challenge you to see what you can come up with given the info that i gave you. I'll be changing my build a bit so maybe we could have a showdown hehe thanks again

cooleoboom5 1 point 8 months ago

i see you haven't changed your build. if you moved it to a different link (that sometimes happens when you click save as and overwrite a current build), can you please publish the new build? i'd love to see it.

oimebumski 1 point 7 months ago

While I don't disagree with you, your build is incredible from an fps/$ perspective, there's definitely something to having a modular power supply, all name brand parts, and an eye-catching color scheme that I can see spending a little extra on.

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jakejones03 1 point 9 months ago

nice

Chryzzz 1 point 9 months ago

Does it matter if i have a monitor with 50-76 Hz? I have a BENQ GL2760H.

manirelli staff submitter 7 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

That is perfectly fine.

JohnMoreland 1 point 9 months ago

Is there a guide on how to assemble this? after you, you know, order all the pieces.

manirelli staff submitter 7 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

We do not currently have a video guide for this build but it is similar to some of our recent content.

spidii 1 point 9 months ago

Hey will this thing have cooling issues? If so, should I get some extra case fans or something?

towerdivermp 1 point 9 months ago

It will have airflow issues which can lead to cooling issues, but that can be solved by moving the top exhaust fan to a front intake slot. Or you can pick up 2 fans. Your choice bud.

linkwtf 1 point 9 months ago

Ok so I bought all the parts and put it together, got to the bios screen, changed the date and time but now I'm having issues with booting. Do you have a walk through on overclocking or next steps?

Amountaingoat 1 point 9 months ago

If I wanted to get a case that supported a dvd player or other optical drives, which case would be recommended instead?

Chunky2002 1 point 8 months ago

Hey everyone, I know nothing about building or making PCs.

I really want a good solid PC that I can build and not have to worry about for quite a few solid years.

Would something like this PC build do that for me?

I had someone make a random build for me and I have no clue what I'm doing. Link to the build: http://pcpartpicker.com/list/sht4d6

If someone could make a complete build for me with monitors etc it would be greatly appreciated. I have been a console peasant my whole life and I want to join the glorious PC master race.

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cooleoboom5 1 point 8 months ago

i made a computer with essentially the same core parts here: PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $216.57 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $26.88 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock Z170 Pro4S ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $82.98 @ Newegg
Memory GeIL EVO POTENZA 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $57.72 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital AV-GP 1TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive $42.40 @ Amazon
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB FTW Gaming ACX 3.0 Video Card $450.81 @ Amazon
Case Deepcool TESSERACT SW ATX Mid Tower Case $39.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $29.99 @ Newegg
Monitor AOC E2260SWDN 21.5" 60Hz Monitor $89.99 @ B&H
Keyboard Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse $19.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1097.32
Mail-in rebates -$40.00
Total $1057.32
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-08-16 17:17 EDT-0400
it also includes a monitor, unlike this build.
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cooleoboom5 1 point 8 months ago

i revised my build, what do you think? also, the reason that i include peripherals is because i don'y have any. still a bit more than 1k. but not too much. if you have a monitor and keyboard/mouse, then you can take that out and have a pc for just under 1k. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $219.99 @ Newegg
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $24.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z170-HD3 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $98.89 @ OutletPC
Memory GeIL EVO POTENZA 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $71.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital AV-GP 1TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive $42.40 @ Amazon
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB FTW Gaming ACX 3.0 Video Card $454.72 @ B&H
Case Deepcool TESSERACT SW ATX Mid Tower Case $35.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Rosewill 550W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $54.99 @ Newegg
Monitor ViewSonic VA2055SM 19.5" 60Hz Monitor $84.99 @ B&H
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1128.95
Mail-in rebates -$40.00
Total $1088.95
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-08-20 23:02 EDT-0400
LemonComputers 1 point 8 months ago

The Western Digital AV-GP isn't a very good hard drive; it's an outdated Green with bad reviews. I recommend a Blue or similar instead.

michaelshuilam 1 point 8 months ago

Cooleobom5, thanks very much for providing the complete list. Since the parts are sourced from multiple retailers, any consideration to include the shipping charges (within Canada) to make the price list more realistic ? Newbie101

LemonComputers 1 point 8 months ago

You can set your zip code in your account preferences and it should calculate at least some of the shipping fees when possible.

michaelshuilam 1 point 8 months ago

I just went through the account profile and preference setup, there is no entry field for zip code.

Please assist.

cooleoboom5 1 point 8 months ago

well, the part list price includes shipping already, so yeah.

LemonComputers 1 point 8 months ago

For several retailers, but not all AFAIK.

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MrPenguinMan123 1 point 8 months ago

I Like your build but i dont think that i need a gtx 1070 because all im going to do is play mmo rpgs, like blade and soul,tera and dragons nest i dont play much graphic type games like the witcher 3.Suggestions please?

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MrPenguinMan123 1 point 8 months ago

Thanks alot rolfejc :)

Tychon 1 point 8 months ago

I tweaked a few things. Does anyone see any problems? Is there a good sub for the GPU? No one has it right now. This will be my first build, so please be patient with my clueless noobness.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $219.99 @ Newegg
CPU Cooler CRYORIG H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler $34.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z170X-UD3 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $137.98 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $129.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $158.06 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Blue 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive $69.99 @ Newegg
Video Card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Mini ITX OC Video Card $385.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case NZXT S340 (Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower Case $64.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $90.98 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1297.96
Mail-in rebates -$25.00
Total $1272.96
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-08-20 14:17 EDT-0400
LemonComputers 1 point 8 months ago

I wouldn't recommend an NEX PSU.

Tychon 1 point 8 months ago

I thought it had decent reviews. Why wouldnt you recommend it?

Tychon 1 point 8 months ago

Well shoot. Hope I can return it without too much hassle. Can you recommend me another?

LemonComputers 1 point 8 months ago

You can get a similar but higher quality SuperNOVA G2.

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ununseptium 1 point 8 months ago

Hey, thanks for the great guide @manirelli, this is the second pc I will be building based on your guides (the first one was back in 2014) This time around though I'll be going for an i7-6700k since I do some programming and sometimes I need the extra threads.

Do you have any suggestions for thermal paste? I have never had to apply it before as I've always used the cooler that ships with the processor, but this i7 doesn't come with one. Needless to say I am a bit nervous about it!

Also, in Canada it is literally impossible to find any CRYORIG coolers (the company itself has stated it is trying to something about it), so I'll be using a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO.

Once again, thanks a lot!

ps.: this is my current list http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/YMRK3F

LemonComputers 2 points 8 months ago

Do you have any suggestions for thermal paste? I have never had to apply it before as I've always used the cooler that ships with the processor, but this i7 doesn't come with one. Needless to say I am a bit nervous about it!

Your processor doesn't come with thermal paste, but your CPU cooler does come with decent, good enough thermal paste.

Also, in Canada it is literally impossible to find any CRYORIG coolers (the company itself has stated it is trying to something about it), so I'll be using a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO.

Cryorig CPU coolers do not ship to Canada, and I have never heard of them doing so.

ununseptium 1 point 8 months ago

I messaged them (CRYORIG) yesterday, and this is what I got:

"Hey, I'm currently living in Canada and it is impossible to find your products over here. I really wanted to use the h7 cooler for my next build and I'm having a hard time doing so. Any updates on this? Thanks!"

"Hi Felipe, Thank you for contacting us and for your interest in our product. We are aware of the issue and still trying to have a sales channel in Canada. If everything goes smoothly, our products will be available on Newegg.ca or Amazon before this Summer ends! But if you can't wait to have a H7, we could arrange a drop shipment via EMS and PayPal for you exclusively. The total costs of the H7 would be the international shipping cost (around 32 USD, at cost) + H7 retail price (34.5 USD) = $66.5 USD and the shipment will take 4-5 days depending on your location. If you're still interested in this, then we'd need your Paypal email account to proceed in sending the payment request. Thanks! "

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SeeDanRun 1 point 7 months ago

I'm considering getting a really good monitor to go with this system. Probably the Acer XB271HU or the Asus PG279Q. Both of these cost about $800 and are g-sync compatible with the video card.

However comparable free-sync monitors like the Acer XF270HU or the Asus MG279Q seem to be identical specs and similar reviews but cost only $550 ($250 less).

Should I swap out the suggested video card for something free-sync compatible? I can spend some of the $250 savings on a higher end AMD video card and still come out ahead price wise.

dynastyisp 1 point 7 months ago

quick question, why is there 2 storage drives listed? can i just go with 1 hard drive?

LemonComputers 1 point 7 months ago

Yes. The SSD is used as the boot and operating system drive which increases the speed and performance of your computer while the HDD is used for storing all of your files and data. While this is a good combination, you can go with just an SSD or just an HDD just fine.

dynastyisp 1 point 7 months ago

thanks for the quick response. heres my big Q. i havent built a computer in years and dont have much time to do it. id like to spend around 1200 for everything. what am i losing by just buying this computer on costco? http://www.costco.com/CyberpowerPC-GXi9948C-Desktop---Intel-Core-i7---2GB-NVIDIA-GeForce-GTX-960-Graphics.product.100243924.html

LemonComputers 1 point 7 months ago

i havent built a computer in years and dont have much time to do it. id like to spend around 1200 for everything. what am i losing by just buying this computer on costco?

The prebuilt PCs are usually poor value and don't have very good part choices (in my opinion). For example you can often build a PC with the exact same parts as a prebuilt PC for much (sometimes much much) cheaper.

kai12372 1 point 7 months ago

This is my first time building a PC, and I'm going by this guide. I'm at the point where I need to choose a monitor, and I was wondering if it's worth getting a 4K one? Can this build support 4K?

4ntik 1 point 7 months ago

Is there an alternative CPU Cooler to the CRYORIG H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler? Currently it is out of stock and I can't seem to find it anywhere (it's currently out of stock on EBAY, Newegg, and Amazon). This is the first computer I'm trying to build and unfortunately I don't know exactly what to look for. Any help would be appreciated.

4ntik 1 point 7 months ago

Thank you!

magro 1 point 7 months ago

Sweet

hoonf 1 point 7 months ago

very good

WillTKD 1 point 7 months ago

Hi I would also like some advice on the following going into a Corsair 780T for Gaming. Link: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/NvvdHN

CPU Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor £217.98 CPU Cooler CRYORIG H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler £29.99 Motherboard Asus Z170-A ATX LGA1151 Motherboard £131.99 Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory £69.91 Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB FTW Gaming ACX 3.0 Video Card £419.99 Power Supply Corsair RMx 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply £120.99 Optical Drive Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer £21.39
Case Fan Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm Fan £18.99 Total £1006.75

LemonComputers 1 point 7 months ago

Parts List Opinions Wanted

Looks like a solid build to me.

WillTKD 1 point 7 months ago

Thanks I was thinking about the sabre tooth mobo for future upgrades though

dumptac 0 points 9 months ago

The Asrock MB is great but here does not support SLI. :( Also if you put two gfs cards you cannot use the M.2 slot. Any suggestions or alternative board around the same price ?

manirelli staff submitter 7 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

The MSI or Gigabyte options will work

towerdivermp 1 point 9 months ago

Not to be intrusive, but an Asus z170-A would be great for this build, it's about $150 (pricey for a "decent" Z170, but worth it in quite a few ways) and supports M.2 and SLI, I assume that you will overclock if you want a Z170, and this board is great for OCing.

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manirelli staff submitter 7 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

4K will depend on the game but for most it should be fine with some settings tweaks. For VR, you shouldn't have any issues.

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manirelli staff submitter 7 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

Please make your own forum post.

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ejtboy 1 point 9 months ago

ok

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Jinx83 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

I agree with the change of psu but not sure why you changed the motherboard that ASRock looks pretty nice.

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Jinx83 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

gotcha the filter is a good tool but I don't think I would use it to make my final choice for me if I was truly building this system

ifand 1 point 8 months ago

I plan on buying a Vive and am looking to build a PC for it. I like the build you did. I don't know if I feel comfortable overclocking so I was thinking about getting the i5-6600 and skipping on the CPU cooler cause I think the un-clockable 6600 comes with a fan. I was then thinking about upgrading the card to a 1080 (not sure about this yet). What are your thoughts on this? Would I need to upgrade the PSU? Should I just get comfortable overclocking if I want to get into VR? I have just never done so and don't know if there is much to it. The only other thing I'd be using the computer for is VR development. Thanks.

ron187 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

you can overclock the non K's... Just can't change the core multiplier.

LemonComputers 2 points 7 months ago

Intel made Microsoft release a Windows update that would paralyze your PC if you tried to overclock a non-K CPU.

ron187 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

that's kinda ****** up... Glad I didn't need an upgrade, because I would have gotten a non K based on the fact that you didn't need it to overclock...

balikbayan21 1 point 7 months ago

can you cite this? Which update?

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oimebumski 1 point 7 months ago

The 6500 is also a tremendous value, particularly if you decide that you do want to try overclocking since you'd have a Z170 motherboard.

LemonComputers 2 points 7 months ago

particularly if you decide that you do want to try overclocking since you'd have a Z170 motherboard.

While overclocking a locked Intel processor is often possible, it is usually a bad idea since locked processors are not designed for overclocking and a Windows update will brick your computer if you overclock a locked Intel processor.

oimebumski 1 point 7 months ago

What a bummer :/

LemonComputers 1 point 7 months ago

Yeah, don't overclock locked processors even if it's possible.

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ron187 1 Build -6 points 8 months ago

PNY is complete garbage... You'd have to pay me to use another PNY SSD, and I'd only use it for unimportant **** even then.

No reason to switch motherboards... Both are about the same. Pretty sure both are made in china. Now, the PRO GAMING version would be a worthy replacement, but not the one you listed...

Cases are basically the same, I trust NZXT more, so idk why anyone would want the eclipse over the S340 other than the childish lights in it...

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ron187 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

I just had a long *** explanation on everything and accidentally closed the tab... I don't feel like typing everything again, but I will say this:

I didn't notice the parametric until after.'

I had a PNY ssd about 2 years ago. It clearly wasn't the one you posted, but PNY left me with a bad taste in my mouth. Mine died in 3 months, customer support was a nightmare, replacement died after 2 restarts, another nightmare with CS, and then the 3rd was DOA. I bought a samsung and it's still going strong in my laptop(was in my PC for about 6 months).

The cases are both great choices. I'm sure everyone knows you can turn a light off in a case... I was saying that's the only true reason anyone would buy it over the S340. The both have equally mediocre cooling, neither really any better than the other. Anyone putting a 360mm radiator in that case is probably going to mess something up. You should probably be using a different case for a custom loop...

And the S340 had MUCH better cable management...

S340 Cables https://cdn.pcpartpicker.com/static/forever/images/userbuild/176683.4c2da939b9ef7bc94e416abedcee8449.1600.jpg

P400 Cables http://cdn.pcpartpicker.com/static/forever/images/userbuild/168719.cad870fcaacbb99b50da5c60233fd665.6c27a7fb73f9f04e1a3900cc664b5ce1.1600.jpg

I'd much rather have something completely covering the cables than to have them poking out of an ugly rubber gromet...

As I said, both cases are great, but I don't think calling him out on the case choice is warrented when they're both basically the same.

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manirelli staff submitter 7 Builds 3 points 9 months ago

Generally speaking, you are looking at <5 dollar difference for a heatspreader on the memory. For that amount of money you aren't going to really make a difference anywhere else in the build so a minor improvement to aesthetics is worth it in my opinion.

Jinx83 1 Build 0 points 9 months ago

Do you like the look of that ram bro? I guess its a matter of opinion if you like how it looks then its a soild choice.

manirelli staff submitter 7 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Everyone will see a difference choice of ram based on preferred retailers, taxes, and country.

Jinx83 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Ok if you really like how that ram looks and you like the clear sided case why not change your cooler to the 212evo because its cheaper and black, and then with the money saved there upgrade psu to the evga p2 650w. Then you have a cheap red/black themed build with a very soild psu.

manirelli staff submitter 7 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Again, not everyone sees the same memory so establishing a color theme didn't make sense for the guide.

towerdivermp 1 point 9 months ago

" The Cryorig H7 beats the hyper212 in every way, from case clearance to ram clearance to audio properties to cooling potential. Ok, almost every way anyways, the 212 wins in 2 areas. 1.Availability. Everyone sells the 212, high volumes of stock. The H7 is considerably more limited in Stock amounts, so when it is in Stock, it sells out fast. 2.Price. The 212 is a few bucks cheaper in the US. In Europe, its close to the same, no shipping/import taxes to pass on. "- Tom's Hardware

That is probably why submitter chose the h7, I understand why you may prefer the evo 212, we all have reasons, but the h7 fits this situation better.

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Jinx83 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

That ram is the cheapest for 16 gb of ddr4 I checked guess that's why he used it, although I agree it is ugly. Agree with what you said about the psu its a bad place to skimp get a good one and use it for your next build because it will still be working fine evga is my jam and has super long warranty. The real question is why use a clear sided case if your not going for aesthetics...

towerdivermp 1 point 9 months ago

First, the case is pretty cheap for a full metal one, it has good airflow, and decent cable management, a good amount of drive bays, is full atx, and not to mention, aesthetics.

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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
CRYORIG H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler 5W - 10W
Gigabyte GA-Z170X-UD3 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard 17W - 70W
Patriot Viper Elite 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory 11W - 11W
ADATA Ultimate SU800 512GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Hitachi Ultrastar 7K4000 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Mini ITX OC Video Card 37W - 150W
Total: 87W - 362W