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Enthusiast Gaming Build

by ThoughtA

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

Description

This high end build features a black and white theme. As such, you'll find numerous part choices have been made to achieve this aesthetic. If black and white isn't your thing, feel free to use our Colors filter to select parts with different colors

At this budget, we're running an i5-6600K. This quad-core CPU features an unlocked multiplier for easy and (typically) significant overclocking. While not all games will benefit from overclocking, games like Overwatch can benefit significantly from a faster CPU. Overclocking can also help your CPU stave of obsolescence for a good while longer.

All of that being said, if you're not comfortable overclocking, you can save money by stepping down to an i5-6600, removing the non-stock cooler, and going with a cheaper H170 motherboard. If you do remove the H7 cooler from your list, note that the i5-6600k does not come with its own cooler. The i5-6600 does. Speaking of coolers, our CPU cooler is the Cryorig H7, which has a rather neat method of installation, in addition to be a good cooler. If you really want to crazy with overclocking, you may want to consider an even beefier CPU cooler, be it air or liquid.

We have two motherboards selected that match the black and white theme while actually still looking quite different from each other. Both the Asus Z170-A and the MSI Z170A Krait Gaming 3X are solid, similarly priced boards that come with a variety of overclocking features. Each includes 4 DIMMs for up to 64GB of RAM at quite a few overclockable RAM speeds, along with your basic things like an internal USB 3.0 header. They each have 4 SATA 6Gb/s ports and a SATA Express port. Additionally, SLI/Crossfire is an option down the road with these boards, though you'll want to make sure your PSU could handle multiple GPUs.

For memory, we're filtering for the best-priced 2x8GB kit of black and white DDR4 RAM. Feel free to click the "From parametric filter" link to see the various options and pick a color that suits you. With how fast RAM is these days, aesthetics will likely matter more to you than the negligible performance difference faster RAM provides in gaming. We're also taking a sparse selection of roughly 1TB SSDs that have proven to be fast. Everyone's storage needs differs, so feel free to change those capacities to your heart's desire. If you'd like a separate mechanical drive for storing media, this filter will help you quickly narrow things down.

Our GPU is the very popular GeForce GTX 1080. This is currently the fastest single GPU video card in the market - you may want to look into a 120-144Hz and/or 2560x1440 resolution monitor for this bad boy. The parametric filter is set for the best-priced 1080 available, but stock is iffy since it's a new release, so you'll want to keep an eye on our listings to see what else comes in and out of stock.

The gorgeous Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Glass is pricey, but it really helps show off that internal black and white scheme. How does it highlight your internals? It comes with tempered glass side panels. This means you want your cable management to be on point. This case is fully featured and leaves plenty of room to work, along with thorough cable management options, as you'd expect at this price. To round out the aesthetics, it features hardware-controlled RGB LEDs. It also includes 2 front panel USB 3.0 ports. If you don't feel like putting work into managing your cables, you may want to look at the non-tempered glass version. Although, if you don't want to bother with cable management, aesthetics might not be high on your list of priorities anyway. You'll also have a ton of space for hard drive expansion or a good-sized radiator with this case.

Powering the build is a sparse selection of some of the most well-reviewed PSUs available - all without breaking the bank. All of them are certified 80+ Gold and either semi-modular or fully-modular.

Part List Customize This Part List

Compatibility Check: See notes below.

Estimated Wattage: 372W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $192.40 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $192.40 Amazon Buy
CPU Cooler $42.44 $42.44 OutletPC Buy
Motherboard $209.89 $209.89 OutletPC Buy
Memory
From parametric filter
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
  • Heat Spreader: Yes
  • Color: Black, Black/White, White
$109.99 FREE $109.99 Newegg Buy
Storage $249.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $249.99 Amazon Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1080
$499.99 $4.99 $504.98 Newegg Buy
Case $179.99 -$10.00 FREE $169.99 Newegg Buy
$10.00 mail-in rebate
Power Supply $79.90 -$20.00 $7.99 $67.89 Newegg Buy
$20.00 mail-in rebate
Base Total: $1564.59
Mail-in Rebates: -$30.00
Shipping: $12.98
Total: $1547.57
* 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.

Compatibility Notes

  • The Phanteks - Enthoo Evolv ATX Glass ATX Mid Tower Case supports video cards up to 420mm long, but video cards over 300mm may block drive bays. Since the MSI - GeForce GTX 1080 8GB DUKE OC Video Card is 312mm long, some drive bays may not be usable.
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Jameelh 13 points 12 months ago

better off getting a cheaper case and an AIO liquid cooler.

georgethedreamer 6 points 11 months ago

You don't need an AIO. I have a 6600k that is cooled by the Cryorig H7 and under a stress test it hits 55 degrees max. Thats with a 4.3 gigahertz OC. Frankly you're better off getting a cheaper case and just having a cheaper build :)

Jameelh 1 point 11 months ago

Sure some air coolers can perform similarly to some AIOs but the good ones are just so bulky, AIOs add to the aesthetics.

nanananoah 3 points 11 months ago

I like the bulky look of that Cryorig H7, that beast is sexy

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SnowDropZero 4 points 11 months ago

Have an upvote :)

ahalokid 1 Build -1 points 10 months ago

4.3 is pretty low for a 6600k, no wonder your temps are so low.

georgethedreamer 1 point 10 months ago

I know its low, but 4.4 causes constant crashing for me. I lost the silicon lottery

KV3NU21 0 points 10 months ago

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

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LonghornAlamo2040 1 point 12 months ago

That's a nice build. I would change a few things to suit my preferences and turns out it comes a bit cheaper. To be fair, I manually entered the prices of when there were of posting this since I have no idea how you get that lock icon to appear. I left the SSD untouched.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $219.99
CPU Cooler CRYORIG H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler $43.53
Motherboard Asus Z170 PRO GAMING ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $147.88
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory $64.89
Storage *Corsair Force LE 960GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $209.99 @ Amazon
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Video Card $649.99
Case Fractal Design Define R5 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $100.00
Power Supply Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $83.99
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1520.26
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-06-27 23:57 EDT-0400

Either build is nice.

KV3NU21 1 point 10 months ago

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

LonghornAlamo2040 1 point 10 months ago

Broken link.

KV3NU21 1 point 10 months ago

This is my Black/Red 1440p Build http://pcpartpicker.com/list/ZCkHzM And this is a 1080p Build http://pcpartpicker.com/list/pQMMvV Any advice? Let me know what you think!

LonghornAlamo2040 1 point 10 months ago

Edit: Errors removed :3

Both builds are mostly solid except for a few points. Not bad, overall. Here is what I recommend you to do.

Ditch both storage drives and get a Samsung 850 EVO and Western Digital Blue, replace the PSU for this Thermaltake PSU (http://pcpartpicker.com/product/Wk2kcf/thermaltake-power-supply-sp650pcbus). The EVGA V1 PSU you selected is not recommended. Stick with the Corsair SPEC-02, that's a really nice case.

Do that for both builds.

For the 1440p build, I would swap the MSI Z170-A for Asus' Z170-A. You get better build quality here and there with some extra features for (at the time of typing this) a couple bucks more (assuming the price is current at this time). Honestly that's just my preference for Asus but I believe you should be just fine.

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
Thermal Compound Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste $5.95 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI Z170A GAMING M5 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $132.98 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $45.98 @ Newegg
Storage Sandisk SSD PLUS 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $58.00 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $66.40 @ Amazon
Video Card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Windforce OC Video Card $439.99 @ B&H
Case Corsair SPEC-02 ATX Mid Tower Case $49.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $79.99 @ NCIX US
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $16.88 @ OutletPC
Case Fan Cooler Master SickleFlow 69.7 CFM 120mm Fan $5.95 @ OutletPC
Case Fan Cooler Master SickleFlow 69.7 CFM 120mm Fan $5.95 @ OutletPC
Case Fan Cooler Master SickleFlow 69.7 CFM 120mm Fan $5.95 @ OutletPC
Case Fan Cooler Master SickleFlow 69.7 CFM 120mm Fan $5.95 @ OutletPC
Other RGB Led Strip $16.99
Other Custom Sleeved Cables $20.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1241.93
Mail-in rebates -$30.00
Total $1211.93
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-08-13 19:25 EDT-0400

The 1080p build is just fine after applying the changes stated above. The mobo is alright, should serve your gaming needs well (just don't expect decent OC). Now the RX480 is actually a steal especially if you play DOOM using the Vulkan API and you'll see a MASSIVE performance increase. Though with only 8GB hopefully it won't be bottlenecked too much-I don't think it will, but your experience may vary. As for the RAM, eh, whatever. Out of preference I would say get G.Skill's value ram or NT series but it doesn't matter. Stick with your RAM kit. Lastly, for your rig's sake get Cooler Master's Hyper 212 EVO.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $198.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $24.88 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-H170M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $74.99 @ Amazon
Memory GeIL EVO POTENZA 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $32.98 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $89.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $47.49 @ OutletPC
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon RX 480 8GB Video Card $239.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Corsair SPEC-02 ATX Mid Tower Case $49.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Thermaltake SMART 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $39.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $16.88 @ OutletPC
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $856.17
Mail-in rebates -$40.00
Total $816.17
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-08-13 19:25 EDT-0400

To reiterate, these are my suggestions. I highly advise you to ask the users listed on my profile page for more advice before making a purchase. I hope this helps! :)

CapnQuasar 0 points 12 months ago

Why did you go the Asus Z170 Pro Gaming instead? I ask because I'm comparing a few different mobos in the same price range (aside from the Asus, the MSI Z170A KRAIT GAMING 3X and the Gigabyte GA-Z170X gaming 3) to go with a Core i5 6600k, GTX 1080, G.SKILL Ripjaws V 16GB (1x16GB) DDR4 3200MHz.

Edit: aesthetics not a consideration either.

LonghornAlamo2040 2 points 12 months ago

I chose what I chose to suit my own preferences and one of my preferences for mobos is Asus. Even if it's just for aesthetics. But in this case it's not just aesthetics.

  1. The components this Asus mobo has are made for very good overclocking.

  2. I wouldn't OC much with that Cryorig cooler. Even if I have the voltage to spare, I would be very careful.

  3. Concerning the RAM kits of 1x16 vs 2x8, look at this: http://pcpartpicker.com/products/memory/#Z=16384001&sort=a10&page=1

now compare to this: http://pcpartpicker.com/products/memory/#sort=a10&page=1&Z=16384002&s=402666,402800,403000

So the cost of the speeds and options of the RAM kits is why I didn't choose a single stick of 16GB RAM. And for a third comparison for price and speed, consider this: http://pcpartpicker.com/product/N27CmG/gskill-memory-f43000c15d16grbb

If I wanted a 3000Mhz kit, I would choose the blue G.Skill 2x8GB kit.

And most importantly, I have a huge list of parts I favorited and researched since Jan 2015 and I pick from there since these are parts I would build with myself without cutting back on quality to the point of detrimental to my desired level of performance nor create a fire hazard (I'm looking at you Corsair CX PSU series).

Mr_Majestic 1 point 11 months ago

The CX are definatly lower tier units but they arent a hazard. I couldnt ever recommend it but its not as bad as it could be

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LonghornAlamo2040 1 point 12 months ago

I didn't choose that PSU for aesthetics. Also, I meant to choose the windowed version and a different PSU but it still works out alright.

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LonghornAlamo2040 1 point 12 months ago

I know and I wanted to change a few things but what's done is done. Still, if one wanted that PSU the reviews for that Antec PSU give it good marks. No question that EVGA's G2 series are undoubtedly better just like Samsung's EVO SSD's. For the sake of having a similar parts list, I won't loose any sleep over it.

LonghornAlamo2040 1 point 12 months ago

I forgot to mention, if I cared about PSU aesthetics, I wouldn't dare choose the Antec PSU. Imo it's tacky but it functions well and I don't really care for this parts list.

GentlemanShark 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

That isn't the best motherboard

Chillsabre 2 Builds 2 points 12 months ago

The older Krait gaming had several issues and wonky upwards sata ports.

The Gaming 3X is actually pretty good.

Its no Msi Titanium or a Gigabyte SOC Force but its a good choice for the price and it overclocks similarly to an M5.

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GentlemanShark 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

I believe it had some problems with it's VRMs or am I mis-remembering? Same with the audio and LAN.

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Slurth 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

This is literally 10 times better than the original revision, thanks for fixing the build to be more enthusiast friendly!

Cryptect 1 point 11 months ago

It's an OK build. Overall pretty good but if your claiming an enthusiast build I would get an AIO liquid cooler and an i7, but other than that good build!

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Cryptect 0 points 11 months ago

Yes cheaper, but you have to consider threading with an i7. And said enthusiast build should have an i7 due to threading alone not to mention the benefits an i7 offers with video editing and rendering work.

Jinx83 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

I feel like his builds are getting a lot better, very nice white and black theme. I have a comparable build in red/black hand picked. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $238.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $19.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard MSI Z170A GAMING M5 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $169.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory G.Skill TridentZ Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $88.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $154.84 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $47.49 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 1080 8GB GAMING X 8G Video Card $720.00
Case NZXT S340 (Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower Case $66.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA P2 650W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $85.98 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $83.89 @ OutletPC
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1717.15
Mail-in rebates -$40.00
Total $1677.15
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-07-11 12:32 EDT-0400
Gabepintaro 1 point 11 months ago

The MSI Geforce GTX 1080 8GB is an excellent choice! ;)

Jinx83 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

I know right I'm going to put one in my real build in a few months.

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Jinx83 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Ya MIRBs can be a pain, but its a better way to save 40 bucks then skimping on something imo.

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jtohtz 1 point 11 months ago

Do you have any pics of the completed build?

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 11 months ago

Hey, this isn't a completed build, this is only a guide. We do build some of our guides - our most recent being our Great Gaming Build.

Huutonytran 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Firstly you spent way too much for a case mate. Secondly the CPU Cooler is Crap either go Noctua or AIO Water Cooling the Enthusiast Way. you Don't really need a 960gb SSD which Overkill tbh.

Gabepintaro 1 point 11 months ago

Yeah, I agree with you

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Huutonytran 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Yeah I could agree with that , opinions & preference on the case. With that CPU his not gonna overclock anyways true.

Anyways his my $2000build: Here's the link to my complete build: http://au.pcpartpicker.com/b/Gsqkcf

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Gabepintaro 1 point 11 months ago

I would suggest a cheaper case, and a better cooling system/RAM. But if this build made those changes someone could end up with a BEAST pc!!!

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Huutonytran 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Well here's my $2000AUS Build: Here's the link to my complete build: http://au.pcpartpicker.com/b/Gsqkcf

Sad the GTX 1080 is $1200 over here in Australia, Where as in America it's around $650US.

KV3NU21 1 point 10 months ago

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

Huutonytran 2 Builds 2 points 10 months ago

Ok here's what I'm gonna say:

  1. Your parts and price are all in America which is obviously Cheaper $1,220.00 USD = $1,599.57 AUD.

  2. My parts are all from Australia which everyone knows Is the most expensive Instores & Online In Australia.

  3. My build cost me all up including MonitorBenQ & Casemods Led Kit $2300AUS.

  4. Your GPU may be better BUT my CPU is Better.

5.IF you Have the money I recommend getting a Better Mid Tower Case like Phanteks or NZXT or BeQuiet. Corsair I recommend 450D.

6.IF you have the money I recommend you get a better CPU Cooler like Noctua, Phanteks, Cryorig Twin Tower HeatSink. OR AIO water Cooling like Corsair H100, H105, H110,H115 NZXT Kraken Series.

7.You can't have all good parts and then have a Crap Case+CPU cooler Just doesn't workout. Can't go cheap on parts either.

NepenthesLucas 1 point 11 months ago

Get an i7 and a cheaper case

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LemonComputers 1 point 11 months ago

This would be my version:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $229.99 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler CRYORIG H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler $34.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI Z170A KRAIT GAMING 3X ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $147.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2800 Memory $66.99 @ Newegg
Storage Sandisk Ultra II 960GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $234.00 @ B&H
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Video Card $649.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Glass ATX Mid Tower Case $205.14 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair RM 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $79.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1669.08
Mail-in rebates -$20.00
Total $1649.08
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-07-17 22:24 EDT-0400

Water cooling would also be interesting?

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Chryzzz 1 point 11 months ago

I'm pretty new here and I want to build a gaming PC. I really like this guide but I can't afford it. The very limit is between 1400 and 1300 USD. Now my question is: What could I change to get this excellent PC for the mentioned costs? I thought about another case.

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dphillips157 1 point 11 months ago

4k ready?

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DemTastyTreats 1 point 10 months ago

Hello everyone i am new and i would like this build. I have been a console gamer since the Atari 2600 up in tell now with the xbox 1. I have gotten tired of the consoles useing outdated parts. I have never had a gaming pc and will have to get used to playing with mouse and keyboard. I have a couple of q for you guys and girls. With this build will i be able to play with a headset and if some games allowed controllers At the same time?. I have about 700 saved out of a 2000 budget not including what my local pc makers will charge for labor and installing the parts and windows 10. I would do this my self but i don't trust myself. Do you all think with upcoming games like the elder scrolls 6 and battlefield 1 to name a few i will be able to play everything on ultra and keep a constant 60 or higher frames?. Thanks for taking the time to read my long winded post. Also before i for get how many more fans should i get?. Also will this come with a cd drive i like fiscal copy's of games and would if i could get the and keep them.

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DemTastyTreats 1 point 10 months ago

Thanks i was just asking how good would that computer do on upcoming games with everything turned to ultra and all the bells and whistles turned on what kind of fps will i get and how much slowdown should i expect. I don't have a 4k monitor so i will be getting a Asus VG248QE 24.0" 144Hz Monitor it has a 1920 x 1080 Recommended Resolution. Does that mean it wont go higher?.

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Streetguru 1 point 10 months ago

Pretty much no reason not to go X99 for a build with that budget, at the very least an i7 6700K

Turbo_Chet 1 point 10 months ago

Hey, just wondering if there's a step by step written tutorial or video on how to build this custom pc? This is my first foray into the realm of pc building and this is actually the first site I've jumped into. Just wondering if there is one because I'm not seeing it. Or is it pretty self explanatory once I get the parts?

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TheBlackPython 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

wouldn't a build using a 1080 benefit from a 6700k? (for 4k gaming/BF1)

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darthwhisky 1 point 10 months ago

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $319.99 @ Newegg
CPU Cooler Deepcool CAPTAIN 240 91.1 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $79.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard *Asus Z170-A ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $137.98 @ Newegg
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $81.99 @ Newegg
Storage *PNY CS1311 960GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $223.99 @ Best Buy
Video Card *Asus GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Video Card $595.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Phanteks ECLIPSE P400 ATX Mid Tower Case $59.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply *SeaSonic G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $78.99 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1565.91
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-08-13 22:50 EDT-0400
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JimmyNimbles 1 point 10 months ago

You could get a way better psu for one more dollar, get a much cheaper SSD or hard drive (or both) and upgrade to the 6700k with the money saved from the storage. If you don't want to downgrade the storage, I would get a much cheaper case. Spending $220 for a case is not necessary.

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xkillertenzo 1 point 10 months ago

I would of stayed with 600w minimum because when you build a pc it can take more power then it needs the pc could auto shutoff. On pc part picker even though it says 370+ watts it could take more and that is proven by LTT or Linus tech tips and pauls hardware that its best to go a little more then what the minimum required power.

ThoughtA staff submitter 3 points 10 months ago

550W is already way over the minimum requirements of the build.

LemonComputers 1 point 10 months ago

I would of stayed with 600w minimum because when you build a pc it can take more power then it needs the pc could auto shutoff.

550 watts is already good enough for this build.

and that is proven by LTT or Linus tech tips and pauls hardware that its best to go a little more then what the minimum required power.

I would take anything from LinusTechTips with a large grain of salt.

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AidenIron 1 point 10 months ago

good job! nothing wrong!

Rafat200 1 point 10 months ago

if you're gonna go for a really high budget build like that, you can just disregard aesthetics and just go for a cheaper case, with more ram(32 gigs). also, you can get a 1tb hdd, it would be cheaper, and the only good side for an ssd be loading speeds(otherwise, it doesnt affect gaming performance whatsoever)

LemonComputers 1 point 10 months ago

if you're gonna go for a really high budget build like that, you can just disregard aesthetics

Aesthetics is actually even more relevant for expensive builds.

and just go for a cheaper case, with more ram(32 gigs). also, you can get a 1tb hdd, it would be cheaper, and the only good side for an ssd be loading speeds(otherwise, it doesnt affect gaming performance whatsoever)

16 GB is enough memory and 32 GB isn't really needed IMO. Most of the times it isn't used.

ohmserv01 1 point 10 months ago

GR One under £100. Paying for a name here in your case. The new tempered glass has made case pricing even more of a con. GR One has it's downfall though, looks massive sat here in a small area.

Vinnan 1 Build 0 points 11 months ago

SUCKS (NO OFFENCE)

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Japsu 0 points 10 months ago

Is this good?

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/list/2g3x6X

CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor (Purchased For $0.00) Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (Purchased For $0.00) Storage: Sandisk SSD PLUS 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($69.99 @ B&H) Storage: Sandisk SSD PLUS 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($69.99 @ B&H) Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 380 2GB Video Card (Purchased For $0.00) Case: NZXT S340 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.69 @ SuperBiiz) Power Supply: Corsair CXM 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.78 @ OutletPC) Other: Water cooling ($200.00) Total: $494.45

I need help with the ssds, motherboard, powersupply, water cooling.

P.S.

I need to be able to upgrade this so make sure its not a mini atx motherboard.

Also, I found this:

http://www.magicool.biz/product_systems.htm

But I figured I should make a custom loop...

Thanks!

xkillertenzo 1 point 10 months ago

Ok but where is the OS i dont know why people make builds without a OS your build is 600+ because you forgot your motherboard wtf??? if your going to make a pc build make sure you have everything and the custom loop takes too much of the budget and the cpu you picked isnt even Overclockable so the watercooling is useless aswell

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xhalibel 0 points 10 months ago

What do you guys think? http://pcpartpicker.com/list/RvBqpb

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Pivotguy -3 points 11 months ago

I have made a better build for less http://pcpartpicker.com/list/vGvzM8

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Pivotguy -2 points 11 months ago

I noticed I'm working on a new build

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hey_whats_that 1 point 10 months ago

its an enthusiast build not a budget build. your build is a budget build not an enthusiast build.

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Slurth 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

970 runs cooler bro, cause the non reference design

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ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 12 months ago

Regarding storage, the Entry level guide has the mechanical drive to make up for the SSD only have 240GB. It's 2TB instead of 1TB because the price difference between the two sizes was $10.

The heat spreaders are indeed for aesthetics.

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ThoughtA staff submitter 2 points 12 months ago

Unsurprisingly, storage comes down to personal needs.

(as you've implied)

Jinx83 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

rolfejc always tells it how it is

KV3NU21 1 point 10 months ago

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

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KV3NU21 1 point 10 months ago

Thank you very much sir,i took every advice you gave me for this build.Also thanks for enlightning me about the psu,at first i was only going to choose it because of the 80+ gold and fully modular since i most likely will be ordering a set of custom sleeved cables. I opted for 2x4gb of ram because indeed i wont be needing much anyways.Good tips on the ssd.Thank you once again i really appreciated it.

One last question,for the cpu cooler is it ok if i take off the white fan and use it at the bottom pushing air up where it wont be seen,and instead adding a black/red fan on to the cpu cooler to match the build?

Or should i opt for an aio liquid cooler instead?

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KV3NU21 1 point 10 months ago

I was thinking about using it as the bottom case fan pushing air up in the case,where it wont be seen,but nevermind that because now i plan on going with the matte black/red nzxt s340 wich doesnt have a bottom fan placement so in that sense i don't know if i'll completely remove it from the case.The only problem i'm gonna have with the case is that the window side panel scratches way too easily and the scratches aren't removable.i saw some glass replacement for 32$ but im not willing to pay that much. Do you think i can remove it and put like some kind of clear coating on it so it won't get scratched?

Also do you have any recommendations on some similarly priced cpu coolers with similar performance levels with black or black/red fans? Or perhaps a 120/140mm AIO with maybe led on the cpu block but good price/performance ratio?

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ThoughtA staff submitter 2 points 10 months ago

You don't need a network adapter to use ethernet, which is what most desktop users end up employing for internet access.

Additionally, if you have multiple comments for one build, please keep them in one post. There's no need to make multiple posts for the same build.

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vagabond139 5 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

It has bad thermal paste, it has mediocre performance and a 200 hour curing time. A locked CPU with a motherboard gear towards overclocking. It has a mediocre PSU which is a no go in a 2K build. It has a 950 Pro, sure its great but you really won't notice the difference between it and a decent sata based SSD when it comes to a gaming build. That RAM is ugly and is slow at 2113Mhz and you could get fast RAM which the motherboard supports. Why a external HDD instead of a internal one? It has a smaller SSD. It has a monitor, OS, a crappy keyboard and mouse for gaming, which wasn't in the original build. It also has a worse CPU cooler, the H7 is smaller, quieter, and performs better.

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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
CRYORIG - H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler 5W - 10W
Asus - Z170-A ATX LGA1151 Motherboard 17W - 70W
G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2800 Memory 11W - 11W
PNY - CS1311 960GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
MSI - GeForce GTX 1080 8GB DUKE OC Video Card 45W - 180W
Total: 91W - 372W