Yeah, I'll probably go ahead and splurge for this one. Thanks for helping me out with all of this :)
Alright, I'll probably go with that. Thanks for helping out!
Thanks for that! I'll probably get this one but I'm only slightly nervous because it seems like some of them have come DOA, so not sure what to do.
I don't think my step-dad will ever want to take the time to upgrade in the future, nor will he ever really need to. If anything, I could plop a 4K compatible gpu in the PC in the future if it gets too bad.
So is this the cheapest motherboard with Displayport 1.2? I feel like there could be cheaper but if that's the only option then I guess it could work.
So as long as the motherboard has Displayport 1.2 I can just get an adapter for DP 1.2 to HDMI 2.0? Sounds good, Pretty expensive though. Do H110 motherboards have DP 1.2 so I can save some money on the PC?
So I'll need to wait until January to get my hands on one of these things? That kinda sucks, but I guess it'll be worth it. Will these processors be able to handle 4K 60hz no problem? One of the articles you linked said 4K 30hz, but nothing about 60hz.
Is this an editing, streaming, or gaming pc? I can help you out once I know those details.
I thought LGA 1151 alone could support HDMI 2.0, at the very least Displayport so I can get a Displayport to HDMI 2.0 adapter. I don't want to add another $100-200 just to enable 4K at 60hz and do basically nothing else for what my step-dad needs from his computer.
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I'm really curious about why you want Windows 8.1 instead of the newest OS. Maybe you like it more? Sometimes it just comes down to personal preference. Anyways, let me know what you think.
It would be really good but keep in mind that you'd have to do some major time-consuming tweaking to EVERY game you play to get the perfect resolution and framerate.
Also, have you looked into the Pixio PX277? That's the monitor I'm getting in a week or so. It has everything exactly the same as your monitor except it has Freesync instead of G-sync, but you are getting a $200-300 price drop.
It's just for a boot drive but you're right. I'll change it to a Samsung.
Everything on this list is so overpriced. Here's a list for a much better price-to-performance option:
What I changed:
CPU - That CPU will have almost no noticeable performance increase from the 6800K. Just save yourself the extra $1300 and get the 6800K.
Motherboard - I was reading some reviews for the mobo you listed and many, many people were having problems with it. This mobo has almost the exact same features but more reliable.
Memory - The memory you listed is stupidly expensive. Also, nothing will benefit from having that much storage in the first place. Just get 32GB, it's way cheaper, future-proof, and still gives you a lot of RAM slots for the future.
Storage - I added a 250GB SSD for booting and certain programs that might take some time to boot up. You're welcome in advance.
Video Card - Since you said you were gonna be hardcore gaming as well, the 1080 is still awesome but you won't get the full experience out of that monitor. Get the Titan X to really enjoy games in Ultrawide, max settings, 100+ fps.
Case - That case just seems like so much. You can keep your case if you want but the case I listed will still do the job for you.
PSU - Why 1200 watts? You wouldn't even be using half that with the build you're making. Maybe with 4 GTX 1080's that PSU would be a good idea. The psu I listed is still future-proof and also a lot cheaper.
Let me know if you have any questions.
What I changed:
- CPU cooler - The i5-6500 comes with a CPU cooler and it gets the job done. You won't need an aftermarket cooler as the CPU can't overclock anyways.
Motherboard - I used the money saved from the cooler to get you a much better mobo. You never want to cheap out on that as it could cause troubles later on.
Video Card - This GPU is better than the 970 and is more recent. You can play pretty much any game with this at 1080p max settings.
PSU - Another thing you don't want to cheap out on is the PSU. Although this PSU isn't much better than the one you had listed it will still get the job done.
One last thing I noticed is the hard drive. You can keep it on there if you want but I wouldn't be surprised if it failed on you within a year or so. Just my opinion though. It does have a good rating on Amazon so you'll probably be fine.
If you just want it for a boot drive then 120GB. 240GB is good for that as well as putting games on it so those games load much faster. You won't need more than 240GB unless you wanted just an ssd in your build (and considering you want a 4TB hard drive getting just an ssd is definitely not an option).
Finally you can use this site if you want full details on the difference:
You can also look up videos on it since there are a bunch out there but the 6700K has little to no impact on gaming compared with the 6600K.
I'm just glad I had that page open and refreshed it XD
CPU - the 6700K is not the price-to-performace beast than the 6600K. You'll notice how much more money you wasted on the CPU than you will notice the i5 (unless you plan on editing a lot in the future).
CPU Cooler - Honestly your cooler you listed could be fine but I really like Cryorig's fans and that one will be perfect for overclocking.
Storage - Added SSD for much faster boot times. You could change it to 120GB to save $40 as well.
PSU - 650W is plenty if you're just getting one GTX 1070 and that PSU is much better.
Optical Drive - because why not
That's about it! Let me know if you have any questions.
Yeah, I wasn't too sure how much better that gpu was than the cpu, but I had a GT 720 and it was alright. With that extra money he could get a slightly better psu, better RAM, and maybe a better motherboard.
CPU and Motherboard - This cpu will give you a lot better performance than the Athlon and obviously I had to change the motherboard to LGA1151 to fit the cpu.
RAM - Only like 2 dollars cheaper but you won't notice a performance decrease.
GPU - I had to change this to get that cpu upgrade. Since you said nothing about him gaming, you really don't even have to get a gpu, but just in case I put in a GT 730. Just remember when you start buying the parts that you don't have to buy that gpu, it would save you some money.
PSU - yeah, it's not as good as the psu you listed, but this is a budget pc, and with a budget pc you're gonna have to get a budget psu. I've heard really good things about this psu though so don't worry about it breaking or anything.
Also, I'm assuming you have a case. If not you'll probably have to take that gpu out to fit the budget you're asking for. That's about it! Let me know if you need help with anything else.
Are you using this pc for gaming, editing, or a combination of both? I'll help you out once I know that.
Is he using this for gaming or an office PC?
Pretty good, but if there's anything you shouldn't cheap out on, it would be the motherboard. Spending an extra $30 would give you a much better motherboard for the price. I would recommend this:
Also I would change that PSU to the EVGA G2 instead of the NEX because it's the newer model.
So I'm guessing you already bought that motherboard then? Also, even though this is just personal preference, I would spend 2 more dollars and get the Western Digital Blue 1TB hard drive. Even though Seagate is a really good company I've heard their hard drives fail all the time. Just read the reviews and decide.
You shouldn't ever have to worry about an optical drive playing games. More expensive optical drives don't have any advanced gaming features. The only reason you'd get a more expensive optical drive is for Blu-Ray if you ever need it. Other than that, everything else looks really good.
Nice black/green build btw.
Oh yeah, definitely office. XD
Thanks so much for this! I'll definitely be looking into these two.
What's the difference? I didn't know there was one.
I would get this instead of the psu you have listed:
Everything else looks really good
Well if you just want something cheap to start out you can get the Cooler Master Storm Devastator keyboard/mouse bundle instead for $30. Also, in my opinion the price-to-performance is really not worth it for the GTX 1060. I would get an RX 480 now and in the future either crossfire it or sell it and go for something like a GTX 1070.
I couldn't find the case you were looking for but you should still be able to fit it in this build for under $2K. I upgraded the gpu to the GTX 1080 but if you aren't needing that power / aren't playing the latest games at 1440p max settings, you can get a GTX 1070 now and get another 1070 in the future for SLI.
Sorry about that, I didn't know that wasn't allowed. I won't recommend using that any more on this site or on any other sites for that matter.
Pretty good but I would get an RX 480 instead of the 960 and just to fit the color scheme more just get black or white RAM sticks (unless you're using red LEDs in that build, I see the case has red LED fans so not sure).
Wait, so your friend's actually going to be buying this??? XD
If you're spending that much on a pc just go ahead and get 2 GTX TITAN XPs (because why not). Also if your friend wants his pc to be a little flashy I would get an NZXT Hue+ and maybe a more geometric case if your friend is into that kind of stuff.
Looks really good! This is just my personal opinion but I don't like the CPU cooler you have simply because of the brown color, but if you arrn't making this pc for aesthetics then the cooler should be fine. I would go with a Cryorig H7 if you are looking for something that blends in a little better with your build. Also, if you get an i5 6600K instead [REMOVED]
What I changed: CPU Cooler, Motherboard, and RAM
CPU Cooler - the one you chose will most likely be much louder since it's cheaper and not well-made. The one I chose is recommended by almost everyone so go with that.
Motherboard - If anything, you definitely don't want to cheap out on the motherboard. The one I chose for you will last much longer, give you more features, and be more easy to set up.
RAM - you won't need 16GB RAM for anything related to gaming at this point, but I added 1 stick of 8GB RAM so if you need to in the future, you can add another stick to make 16GB. Just make sure you buy the same one.
I'm pretty sure the 1070 performs about the same as the 980 ti, but if you really want to experience the full extent of 1440p 144hz then I would get another 1070, if not now then in the future.
Not too familiar with LGA 2011 so I can't help you much there, but that video card seems really overpriced for what they're giving you. I've heard it's supposed to help a lot with Autodesk, but I think 2 GTX 1080s would be a better performance-per-dollar option. Also, if you're going for a geometric design, my favorite case would have to be the Corsair Spec-Alpha but that wouldn't work for you as it doesn't have an optical drive bay.
If you're not getting the 6600K I would honestly just get the 6500 to save you a little bit there. Also, you could get one stick of 8GB RAM, and if you want to in the future you could get another stick to get 16GB. As of right now you won't need 16GB. Also, the RX 480 would give you a better bang for your buck in my opinion.
Looks pretty good! The only problem is since you're getting a 1440p 144hz monitor, that GTX 1070 won't let you play everything to the extent of that monitor. My advice would be to cut down on a couple things in your build (psu could get down to 750W and you could find a cheaper SSD if you're using it for a boot drive) so you could get a second GTX 1070. Having 2 1070s would definitely let you use the full capacity of your monitor and you would have a much more pleasant experience in general.
Fix the link, it just sent me to my own part list.
I haven't heard about any issues with DX12, unless you're talking about certain games losing fps with DX12. In that case, you should be fine.
The GTX 1060 would be the best at this point, but in my opinion the RX 480 is a better price-to-performance option at $200.
lol I saw all those buttons and I was kinda shocked for a second XD but that motherboard is a pretty good one, there's cheaper options but if you're building a $2,000 pc you'll want it to last a while and that motherboard will last you a really long time.
Well, low-medium for now, In the near future I'm gonna add another GTX 1070 to the build for some really good performance. I can always downscale to 1440p on a 4k monitor also.
At that point I would suggest getting them separately as the combos are usually for budget builds. Here's a pretty nice mechanical keyboard with a really simple look to it:
Also, here's a mouse with programmable buttons on it if that's your thing:
I forgot to mention I already have a 1TB hard drive with Windows 10, but I plan on fully switching over to an SSD, so I'll be looking into that. Thanks for the advice!
I would just get this temporarily:
It also comes in red as well. If you don't like it, just look on Newegg or Amazon for deals as you can sometimes find some really nice mehanical keyboards on sale for under $50.
I guess maybe go with this one to save a little bit:
A lot of people don't trust Seagate but this one has really good ratings so you'll be fine with it. Also, nice research on the parts! It took me months to figure out what parts would be optimal for certain PCs.
I'm guessing you've had experience in building a PC before because this is a perfect build (you even chose the G2 instead of the NEX). If anything, I would get a P2 because it's 80+ Platinum instead of Gold but that really won't change much. Good job!