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Great Gaming Build

by ThoughtA

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

Description

At this budget, we're running an i5-6500. Any modern i5 will perform admirably for nearly all gaming needs. Since we aren't overclocking our CPU, the stock cooler will be sufficient in keeping temperatures acceptable.

Our motherboard is a parametric selection from a sparse set of options. All five of the potential motherboards share similar features and will work perfectly for the build. Since memory continues to come down in cost, we can comfortably fit 16GB of DDR4 RAM, which should provide some nice memory headroom. We're using a parametric filter to choose a 16GB kit of memory within Intel's recommended specifications at the best price, while also filtering for a kit that fits our theme of black and white. Additionally, we're use parametric filters to incorporate an SSD with at least 480GB of space and a minimum of 2TB 7200RPM mechanical storage. Everyone's storage needs differs, so feel free to change those capacities to your heart's desire.

For our GPU, the newly released Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 is one of the best price for performance cards on the market and an absolute powerhouse. The GTX 1070 will provide a consistent 60fps on many demanding games like Battlefield 4 (and hopefully the upcoming Battlefield 1) at Ultra at 1080p, and even 1440p for some games like Shadow of Mordor. For those interested in VR, the GTX 1070 will have no problem playing any and and all applications currently on the market.

We're rounding out our black and white build with a white NZXT S340. The mid tower S340 features a nice PSU shroud to keep the build looking clean. Outside the PSU shroud, we also have plenty of cable managing holes and a bar to run cables without taking up as much space behind the motherboartd backplate. We also have 2 USB 3.0 ports on the front panel. If you'd like to keep with the theme but don't like the white, there's a black version as well. Cases tend to be highly personal choices, so make sure you browse our listed cases to see what suits you.

For our power supply, we're using a parametric selection of a five well-reviewed semi or fully modular units, all of which are 80+ Bronze certified or above and can provide plenty of power for this build.

Part List Customize This Part List

Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 316W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU £175.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime £175.99 Amazon UK Buy
Motherboard £51.87 £3.49 £55.36 BT Shop Buy
Memory
From parametric filter
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
  • Color: Black, Black/White, White
£114.38 FREE £114.38 More Computers Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 250GB - 10TB
  • Type: SSD
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 2.5"
£63.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime £63.99 Amazon UK Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 2TB - 10TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
£54.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime £54.99 Amazon UK Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1070
£304.67 £304.67 Amazon UK Buy
Case £52.66 £52.66 Eclipse Computers Buy
Power Supply £82.07 £82.07 Eclipse Computers Buy
Base Total: £900.62
Shipping: £3.49
Total: £904.11
* 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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MuriMuri 3 points 10 months ago

I like this. I only wish it had a 6600K + HSF for overclocking.

RiptideTV 1 Build 2 points 10 months ago

If you want overclocking a 6400 and a Z170 Mobo with a custom bios works better and cheaper from what ive seen

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tamnhucanh 1 Build 4 points 10 months ago

Wait but you can still q-flash back to older versions of the bios to do it.

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eltinnn 5 points 10 months ago

Can confirm BCLK OC works, sitting here with a 6500 @ 4.4

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Lex_B 1 point 10 months ago

The microcode you speak of is actually part of the ROM BIOS and yes it's been disabled in newer version but it's not Intel doing that, it's the creator of the BIOS themselves. Award and AMI do that for the motherboard manufacturers.

When something is overclocked, it's being run out of specification, this also puts a strain on the passive components in the system. They're technically designed to handle specific amounts of current at said operational frequencies. Despite the idea that these boards give the ability to be run out of spec, they're not truly designed with that in mind. The vast majority of marketing set forth in industry is purely B.S. unfortunately.

Besides, Intel doesn't care if you overclock or not, if you burn the chip, get another expensive one to replace it.

Note:

You can in fact downgrade the BIOS to go back to versions before the current BIOS to get the overclocking beyond threshold back. Beyond threshold means, the natural wall you hit before you need to change the voltages for stability and overclock higher.

Thing1 1 point 9 months ago

Then apart from paying for the difference you would have to get a $30 cooler and pay more for an overclocking capable motherboard

Thing1 1 point 9 months ago

Forget the motherboard thing it is actually capable of overclocking

TwerkingShowerMan 1 point 8 months ago

Overclocking on a b150? Thing probably has half a vrm and will catch fire

FHD32423 2 points 10 months ago

This revision makes more sense than the previous one.+1 form me.

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Luciferian 2 Builds 2 points 10 months ago

For about $100 more I was able to fit in an i5 6600k, Z170 Stinger, Corsair H100i v2 and Corsair Vengeance.

https://pcpartpicker.com/b/fDBPxr

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Luciferian 2 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

http://pcpartpicker.com/list/jyJNNN

Here's one with current prices, but I got my CPU at Microcenter for $199 in store and I'm pretty sure they are still doing that deal. This new list is still only $1200 for what I feel is much more bang for your buck.

I think the list you posted above is also pretty valid, and less expensive. That's all I'm trying to get at; if you're on a budget you could go for a list like yours and save some money but have a great value, or if you can stretch your budget just a few dollars more than this guide you can get something like my build which has a lot more performance.

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johngerges582 1 point 10 months ago

Also the build uses a CX 550 PSU and I haven't seen any reviews of that unit then so I can only assume it is on the same level of quality as some other CX units, so it generally probably isn't great for the price.

Same platform, just different capacitors choices.

http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story&reid=475

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johngerges582 1 point 10 months ago

I'd call this better than the S12II. Slightly better ripple suppression, and flat out amazing voltage regulation make the new CX pretty great for the price.

The best thing going for the S12II was the durability of it.

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leaphighster 2 points 9 months ago

Hello I'm a complete beginner and this build + the video guide is really helpful! Quick question, do you think the upcoming GTX 1060 will work just as well as the 1070 for this build? I'm an animator and I will be using some 3D softwares and a GPU-based rendering engine and I thought I will grab one of these 1060's to save some money ($1000 is already amazing but was just wondering if there are any of you in this forum who consider buying the 1060).

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leaphighster 1 point 9 months ago

Hey rolfejc thank you so much for the response! Now I'm thinking really hard between the 1070 and the 1060 and I have to say I'm still really tempted to get the 1070 since it will help me render animations faster! I have another question regarding ram! Because often I have multiple applications open at the same time (After Effects, Premiere, Cinema 4D working with different sizes of footage up to 4K), I am thinking about pushing the ram up to 32 GB! If so do i just order another pair of this build's G.Skill NT Series so that it becomes 4 x 8 using all 4 slots? Thank you so much for the response once again!

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snsmth 2 points 9 months ago

I used this as my base and expanded upon it a good bit to get it more customized to how I'd like it, and because my budget is a bit bigger than this – wanted to get some feedback on it to see if it makes sense. I used to build PC's but I stepped away from it for a while and have been working on my Mac, I'm building this PC primarily for FPS games and general use with some video editing and things of that sort thrown in.

Any feedback would be fantastic: http://pcpartpicker.com/list/hCgr6X

A couple questions off the top of my head are: 1. What is a good number of fans for the build I made? 2. If I stick with the 3 fans I have, where would be the best placements? 3. Thermal paste needed for this processor? Does it already come with it? 4. Is that wireless adapter good for gaming since right now I can't get a direct ethernet connection? If not would you recommend one? 5. Do the motherboard / cpu / gpu / ram make sense together? Am I missing anything there? 6. Is the fan controller needed or necessary? Or would I be fine without it? 7. CPU cooler good for this? Is there a better alternative? I'd like to keep with the white / black / red theme 8. Would I be able to stream games on this to Twitch? Or would I need some other piece of hardware to enable that?

Any other tips would be fantastic! Thanks!

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snsmth 1 point 9 months ago

Fantastic, thanks for the feedback! I changed up the build accordingly.

Majaek 2 points 8 months ago

With the current build shown. The part picker is flagging this compatibility note "Unable to verify the Thermaltake Core V21 MicroATX Mini Tower Case has sufficient space to fit the Asus GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Video Card." Is this actually an issue, or will the graphics card not fit?

Faithalone55 1 point 8 months ago

I thought the same thing, BUT in the how-to video you can see the video card fits as its being put together.

puss_in_boots 1 point 10 months ago

i just made a list of this exact computer. the only thing i did differently is i had a WD blue 1TB hard drive

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Jeremy714 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Isn't this mobo a little light for this build ?

ThoughtA staff submitter 2 points 10 months ago

An important question would be what else do you want the motherboard to do/have?

Jeremy714 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

I don't know just wondering why it's so cheap

Jeremy714 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Maybe a little better longevity .... $60 mobo lol

ThoughtA staff submitter 6 points 10 months ago

That's not how it works.

TheMightySensation 2 points 10 months ago

Hey, I'm still learning my way around building a pc too and I feel the same way. What exactly do you mean by "that's not how it works"? Does a cheaper mobo simply equal less "bells & whistles" and does not significantly affect lifespan? Not trying to be a **** here, just trying to learn. Thanks :)

xtr3m 2 points 9 months ago

Motherboards are built fairly similarly. Manufacturers can add a few unnecessary grills, some plastic covers, paint the capacitors red then call it a gaming board and charge $100 extra. Remove it all and you get a $60 board.

Personally, I feel better knowing I'm not paying extra for hype.

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 10 months ago

Exactly! A cheaper motherboard certainly can have less premium components. That'll often be the case. Whether that will actually affect the longevity in a meaningful, though, is another matter. Claiming that to be the case is basically just FUD. A motherboard isn't going to just die on you. Maybe if you go crazy with overclocking and/or have a very poor quality PSU, but neither is the case with this build.

Jeremy714 1 Build 0 points 10 months ago

Great feedback man, your a true hero

rhali8 2 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

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k155 1 point 10 months ago

Is it possible for me to do this exact build but replace the mobo with a SLI compatible one to pave an upgrade path to dual 1070's? If so, what mobo would you recommend?

Shigura 1 point 10 months ago

Almost no one who says this ever ACTUALLY upgrades to dual 1070s.

SLI is also still incredibly sketchy and performs terribly in many games for the amount of money you're spending.

k155 1 point 10 months ago

So do you think that the best upgrade path from a single 1070 is the 1080 ti when it comes out? Will does this build have a sufficient case/psu for that?

Shigura 1 point 10 months ago

TBH I think there's a point where you have to ask yourself if it actually makes sense to constantly upgrade to the newest cards. If the card you have can do what you need it to, why make minor, single generation upgrades every time something new is available?

To address your point though, I (generally) agree with the concept that getting the best single card you can afford with a good price/performance ratio is faaaaar better than getting two lesser cards in sli.

neptunic 1 point 10 months ago

I dig the build, ThoughtA. Been following it since it's first revision. I do have a question though; with the old case, it looked like I would have room to add an optical drive/wi-fi capabiliities. Assuming that you've already built it, does it look like this new case has the room for at least wi-fi? I can handle going without an optical drive (although if you think both could fit, which I find unlikely, that would be fantastic). Great work again, man.

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 10 months ago

Just a heads up, Guides aren't necessarily PCs we've built. They're simply guides. That being said, keep an eye out for this one....

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bobby567 1 point 10 months ago

This is not bad.

1+

acebb6 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

I like this build. It fits my needs and budget. Thanks!

rhali8 2 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Another awesome build guide from our fantastic staff. Nice work guys! +1

MannyPCs 1 point 10 months ago

great guide for low budget Pascal PC

Gooberdad 7 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

This is a great price for such a kick *** setup.

Thumbs up.

Thatsfatal 1 point 10 months ago

I'm trying to put together a strong budget build in the $1100 price range and am wondering how OP's build compares to the one I've been working on. I'm assuming his is better but how much better?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6600 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor $215.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-B150M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $67.98 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Aegis 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $53.98 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $47.49 @ OutletPC
Case NZXT S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $59.99 @ Micro Center
Power Supply EVGA 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $69.99 @ Amazon
Other GTX 1070 $380.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $895.42
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-06-26 10:42 EDT-0400
thatindiangamer 1 point 10 months ago

I think a better motherboard would be Gigabyte GA-B150M-DS3H Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard becasue it is under 60 dollars and the only difference is that yours has sata express which I don't think you are using since you have an hdd

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Mr_Majestic 1 point 10 months ago

The 1070 is very slightly better than a 980ti, i have no doubt that it could play battlefield 1 on ultra @1080p 60 fps

MegaPc221 1 point 10 months ago

Nice!

thatindiangamer 1 point 10 months ago

I think using the G skill ripjaws V at 52.99 may look better in the build.

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nicksalegend 1 point 10 months ago

Would this build have room to upgrade to a 6600k and then go with a cpu cooling fan? I really like your build and am considering copying it, but was curious if I could upgrade to a 6600k and fit a cpu fan in there as well, or if it wouldn't have the necessary space for something like that

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GladiusGobler 1 point 10 months ago

Just ordered all the bits for this. Will let you know how it goes.

groovydiego 1 point 10 months ago

update?

GladiusGobler 1 point 10 months ago

I've put it together and it seems to work well. Unfortunately the screen I was planning to use has a crack in it, so i can't really get any where in terms of installing windows etc.

I've ordered a new screen, will report back in a few days once I've given it a proper go.

Locks42 1 point 10 months ago

Does the motherboard only support one monitor?

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Locks42 1 point 10 months ago

No, It just looked like it only supported one. I plan to use this guide as my first PC build

deinroh 1 point 10 months ago

This is awesome! Please upload a video guide.

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lamboghiki 1 point 10 months ago

You dont event choose the cooler . You will use the cooler in the CPU's box ?

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 10 months ago

Yep!

soperq 1 point 10 months ago

Will this build be able to be used as a streaming/gaming rig? Or will i have to upgrade the cpu?

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 10 months ago

That will depend on what quality is acceptable to you, how much you'll compress the stream, and at what bitrate you'll stream. Plus what games, resolution, and frame rate you're shooting for, both while playing and on the stream itself.

You would definitely be able to stream generally acceptable visuals, provided your internet is good enough.

hobo_bob25 1 point 10 months ago

Hello, complete newbie here. What type of monitor would be ideal with this build? I wouldn't mind spending extra for a good one, but it doesn't have to be top tier. Also is the case compatible with a wi-fi adapter? Thanks in advance.

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hobo_bob25 1 point 10 months ago

Thanks

Acidium 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Wow, this is the exact build I'm making except I'm getting a i7 6700k (getting half off). :D

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Acidium 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

YEP! Friend works at Intel and is letting me use his discount (can only use it twice a year).

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ahrikidding 1 point 10 months ago

Hello, I'm thinking about using this guide. I have a question though. I will be using this computer wirelessly. What motherboard would I get instead? Would I change anything else?

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 10 months ago

That depends on what you mean by wirelessly. WiFi?

ahrikidding 1 point 10 months ago

Sorry I was not clear, but yes I meant WiFi!

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 10 months ago

It's looking like that motherboard does not have onboard Wi-Fi, so you'd need to either add a Wi-Fi solution like a PCI-E Wi-Fi adapter, or you'd need to select a different motherboard that's compatible with the rest of the build. You'll want to make sure it's socket LGA 1151, has at least one PCI-E x16 slot, and have whatever other ports (USB, SATA, etc) that you'd want. Most B150 chipset boards would be fairly similar, though you'll want to look at the actual specs to be sure.

LonghornAlamo2040 1 point 10 months ago

I got no real complaints about this build. Looks solid.

GBass 1 point 10 months ago

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $197.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $24.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z170MX-Gaming 5 Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $134.99 @ NCIX US
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3466 Memory $50.99 @ Newegg
Storage Sandisk Z400s 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $69.99 @ Amazon
Storage Toshiba Product Series:DT01ACA 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $64.99 @ NCIX US
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Founders Edition Video Card $449.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Thermaltake Core V21 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $58.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply EVGA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $84.99 @ NCIX US
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1167.81
Mail-in rebates -$30.00
Total $1137.81
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-06-29 19:41 EDT-0400

I'll just leave this here.. BLCK oc anyone??

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GBass 1 point 10 months ago

I believe it is on the list of acceptable cpus it is able to overclock. That is why I originally chose it. But I'll double check.

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WE 1 point 10 months ago

i thought the i5 4460 was better than the 6500

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WE 1 point 10 months ago

So should i get the 6500 and an msi bazooka mobo Or The 4460 and the msi z97 gaming 5 I was thinking of the bazooka 6500 cause its a lil bit cheaper but i dont know really

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WE 1 point 10 months ago

thanks for the suggetion! i look at it and i might pick it

WE 1 point 10 months ago

ok, i changed to the ASrock h170 pro4.... ive seen ppl talk good stuff about it

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Trishula55 1 point 10 months ago

I took this build as inspiration and tried to make it using a 6600k, here is what I came up with. pcpartpicker

Explanations: The 6600k is a step up from the 6500, it will preform even better in games and we can overclock it to make it preform great. The Asus Z170-E has good reviews in general and should preform admirably for our overclocking without breaking the bank, it also has some pretty decent rear i/o that should be fine for your needs. The Silverstone TD02 is a relatively inexpensive AIO liquid cooler that should keep our OC'd core i5 cool, if you wanted to save some money to get a better power supply or a larger SSD or HDD, this is one place you could shave off some cash by using a smaller radiator or an air cooler. The 16 gigabytes of ram are of course debatable and going with 8 gigabytes could again allow you to get a HDD or larger ssd. The 240 gigabyte SSD will allow you to keep your os and a few games on it, this is also a personal preference but if your on a tight budget and just need more storage you can swap this out for a larger HDD. The Gigabyte 1070 will preform great with a 1080p 144hz or 1440p 60hz monitor of your choice, plus I think the cooler matches the MoBo. The Corsair Spec alpha just looks cool and isn't too expensive, however if you want to shave down the cost this is one more place you can do it. The Corsair 500W power supply should supply the necessary wattage with some extra for overclocking, however its nothing to write home about, this is one thing you could upgrade with some money that you can save by switching to an air cooler of cheaper case.

This is my first guide attempt and I would like to hear you thoughts and criticisms as to what I can do better

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Trishula55 1 point 10 months ago

Thanks for the comment. I agree with you on keeping the 16GB of RAM and adding a HDD, however I was curious about the improvements from the Asus motherboard to the MSI board. Another reason I selected the MoBo and Power Supply was because they each had a $20 Mail in Rebate, should I include this in my reasoning, or is it to insignificant would you say?

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Trishula55 1 point 10 months ago

Thank You, however I'm still unsure about the difference between the Asus board that I currently have on the list and the MSI board that you staid I should go for. Is the Z170-A board better for overclocking?

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groovydiego 1 point 10 months ago

so this wouldn't have any issues when building? this is first gaming build i was going to get an alienware but didn't want to waste my money. would this be good for all the new games coming out this year? and how much monitors does this support. i don't want my money spent . thanks

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Cottrell 1 point 10 months ago

Any chance of a bundle for those wanting to buy from Australia?

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Cottrell 1 point 10 months ago

I was hoping for a bundle more in the style of the newegg one, which gives all the parts for a discounted price. This one isn't available for Australians.

Silesius 1 point 10 months ago

Love the idea on this build. I would like to add though, with those specs and w/o overclocking there's a chance to go smaller. Since you are using the Thermaltake Core series you can easily go Mini-ITX with the V1. This is a copy of this build with Mini-ITX: GGB Inspired Build/Mini-ITX

I had to skimp a bit on the MB to reach the target price, but you do get WiFi. One other thing to mention is the GPU dimensions are tight, but the specs are 285mm clearance and this card is 266mm (website shows the GTX 780 in there which has the same length).

Great series, keep it up!!

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Silesius 1 point 9 months ago

Might be I just picked it on a rush, but you got a point there. The money saved by using a non-reference card could well be put into the MB =)

Tophemuffin 1 point 10 months ago

Sorry for the dumb question (new to Building pc's) but how would I get this build connected to the internet?

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Régis_Labeaume 1 point 10 months ago

Not an optimized build. 16 gb is useless, 8 gb do well the job and there's no difference. DDR4 more expensive and as efficient as DDR3. You could get a much more powerfull processor at that price. I'm not really a fan of SSD and it's pretty expensive ((not a fan of that case too)(personnal opinion)). Why the hell would you buy a 550 w Power Supply when the estimated wattage is 316 ? That's all for me. Have a great day :)

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Régis_Labeaume 1 point 10 months ago

Thanks for replying :) I've done something about it : http://pcpartpicker.com/list/2HR3Fd You could overclock the CPU and GPU with no problems since the case as an extra 2 cooler. Get the drives bays out of there and the card fits perfectly. The estimated wattage is 364w and the Power supply allows 430w. So there is still an extra 66w I still think that 8 Gb DDR3 do the job. :) I've saw that you did not have an optical drive so I added one.

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Régis_Labeaume 1 point 10 months ago

Ok,got it.

Ty :)

(Ps : It says that this moderboard can handle DDR3-1866)

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Photonkannon 1 point 10 months ago

amazing

Brentyfresh 1 point 10 months ago

I love this as a baseline for an upcoming build I'm looking to create. Two questions: would I be able to switch to the Bazooka MB and a Radeon RX480 without changing anything else? And secondly, does this case come with adequate fans/cooling or is it in my best interest to plan to buy something else? I won't be planning to overclock. Thanks gents!

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TheReclaimerRx7 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

make pcpartpicker builds great again.

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tyingav 1 point 10 months ago

for your ram I got 32 gb cheaper then that

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tyingav 1 point 9 months ago

it only happens on different builds but I gusse if your build is great enough you might beable to find the deal

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tyingav 1 point 9 months ago

what I found was 2 16 gbs for around $18 each but they raised it to 34 so nvm and sorry :(

OxDox 1 point 9 months ago

Could this build run games at max setting on a dell2716dg ? (1440p 144hz gsync)

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OxDox 1 point 9 months ago

Okay, and do you know why ? Is it somewhat related to the CPU or other components ?

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landonw 1 point 9 months ago

Is now the good time to buy i7 6700K + GTX 1070? Comparing with i5 6600K + GTX 970, it will be $200 more...

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landonw 1 point 9 months ago

so 1070 is surely a better choice than 970 on cost performance for now, right?

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landonw 1 point 9 months ago

Eh, good advice on the card ! How about i7 vs. i5 on the cost performance aspect?

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landonw 1 point 9 months ago

Any idea about different 1070, Gigabyte, EVGA , MSI? It seems they set different prices for the card ...

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ZungoStudios 1 point 9 months ago

Could i replace the stated psu with a corsair cx 750watt power supply instead? I've had one in my closet for months and have never got around to using it.

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 9 months ago

If you already own it, yeah that's fine. It's not the best PSU in the world, but it'll get the job done and won't blow your PC up in the process.

maxfalafel 1 point 9 months ago

Great build

YourInnerFish 1 point 9 months ago

I think I will be using this as a base for my first build. I plan on changing a few things though and could use the opinion of someone more experienced with PCs. I'm thinking of changing the CPU to a 6600K, adding a cooling fan, and using an ATX H170 motherboard. I will also be finding an ATX case to fit my parts. In addition to gaming I will be using this PC for College school work, and wanted to know the best pace to get discounted Windows 10 OS and Microsoft Office. As this is my first PC, I will also need to get a monitor, KBM, and wireless network adapter and could use all the suggestions I can get. I know I laid out a lot of questions, but answer them to your leisure. my budget is about $1,400, so plan with that in mind. Thanks!

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 9 months ago

If you're switching to a 6600K and a better cooler, you should strongly consider a Z170 board. The primary purpose of a 6600K over a 6600 is the ability to overclock.

YourInnerFish 1 point 9 months ago

Here is a link to the full setup I have planned for now: https://pcpartpicker.com/user/YourInnerFish/saved/#view=T8vLrH

It's the parts list labeled Added features.

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YourInnerFish 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks for the list! I think I'll be following this build (I hadn't even thought about going with a RX 480). I'll have a bit of money left over and was thinking of getting a HyperX cloud II headset. Also, do you think I'll have any problems fitting an optical drive in that case?

YourInnerFish 1 point 9 months ago

(Edit) I realized the case was a mid atx and doesn't have options for an optical drive. I don't really need one anyway. [REMOVED]

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 9 months ago

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YourInnerFish 1 point 9 months ago

I figured as much. A friend suggested them to me so I wanted to get the opinion of professionals. Thanks for the heads up ThoughtA!

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YourInnerFish 1 point 9 months ago

Would this build be decent for some light streaming and podcasting?

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Sanskrit 1 point 9 months ago

can anyone suggest a good monitor for this build that doesn't completely shatter one's wallet?

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AoShin 1 point 9 months ago

I'm very, very new to building and gaming PC's in general. My friend recommended this for me. I have a 800-1,000 dollar budget so this looks great. Just to ensure its what I want, it can run almost any game pretty easily right? Also, I see this gets updated a lot, will the build video on youtube work for every change you've made, or are there new ones coming out? Because as I said, I have no idea how to build a PC so anything that can help me with that would be great. I also don't have a monitor, what do you suggest getting that could possibly fit my price range OR be best for what I have.

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humdrumdroll 1 point 9 months ago

This configuration would cost $1587 in India :/

alexanderkick 1 point 9 months ago

i have never built a pc before, is this a good build? As in bang for my buck, performance wise?

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SirScotalot88 1 point 9 months ago

I plan on following this build to the t, though I see everyone mentioning opting for a Z170 mobo and 6600. I see there's multiple Z170's, which one should I choose?

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SirScotalot88 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks, I'll give that one a shot then. Also, I'll need to buy an external disc drive in order to install the operating system, correct? (probably a dumb question, just making sure...)

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Chimera111x 1 point 9 months ago

This is a very good build!

However, I would change a couple of things to get some faster RAM with almost the same CAS.

I would change the SSD because you can get an A-Data, or PNY for less with slightly less HDD space: http://pcpartpicker.com/product/gf98TW/a-data-internal-hard-drive-asp550ss3240gmc or http://pcpartpicker.com/product/7v38TW/pny-internal-hard-drive-ssd7cs1311240rb

After that, you can get faster RAM for the same price on sale, or like $10 more not on sale: http://pcpartpicker.com/product/LhgPxr/gskill-memory-f43000c15d16gvrb

Again, this is just a thought =)

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Chimera111x 1 point 9 months ago

My mistake.

I completely missed that you are using a B150, and not Z170 =\

RussW210 1 point 9 months ago

I have a pretty garbage setup right now and use my PC mainly for multimedia and to play games like Warcraft and Diablo 3. Here is my setup:

Motherboard: DELL INSPIRON 530 MOTHERBOARD DESKTOP G33M02

CPU: Intel Core2 processor Q6600 (2.40Ghz 1066FSB) w/Quad Core Technology and 8MB cache

RAM: 4GB (maxed, due to motherboard). With WoW running I sit at about 75% capacity, NOT multitasking.

Graphics Card: upgraded years ago to... EVGA GeForce 9500 GT DirectX 10 512-P3-N954-TR 512MB 128-Bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Hard Drive: 640GB SATA Hard Drive (7200RPM) w/ DataBurst Cache... computer is about 8 years old now so I worry about this going and how well it is performing.

Heatsink: ZALMAN CNPS9500 AT 2 Ball CPU Cooling Fan/Heatsink

Case: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Monitor: 55" Samsung TV and 22 in E228WFPWide Aspect Digital Flat Panel (I go back and forth)

CD Drive & Power Supply I upgraded a few years ago and should be fine.


I'm looking to this guide for inspiration on where to spend my money. I have about $300-350 to spend right now, then I will spend another $200 around September. My impressions of what I should buy, please comment if you see anything wrong:

1) MOBO/CPU/RAM need to be purchased together, I'm sold on the i5. Is the Gigabite GA listed ideal for my Warcraft gaming needs (Legion)? I don't overclock. Also, conserving money, would I be OK just getting 8GB of RAM instead?

2) For the SSD, why not: Silicon Power S55 240GB 2.5" 7mm SATA III Internal Solid State Drive SP240GBSS3S55S25. On Amazon for about $20 less.

3) I don't want to spend $400+ on a GPU, someone recommended an RX 480 to me around $200 (coming soon). This is sufficient for WoW?

4) Lastly, does the MOBO work with my existing gaming tower?

Thank you for any advice!

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lojixdaniel 1 point 9 months ago

Cool system! I think that power supply is way overkill, and you would be better off with a WD Drive, as seagate drives fail more often.

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NotreDameGuy10 1 point 9 months ago

Honestly, for a sub $1000 build, wait until the GTX 1060 comes out. It outperforms the 980 and costs $250. That is $170 less dollars than the 1070. With that extra $170 you could upgrade the CPU to a 6600k, upgrade the motherboard, upgrade the case, and still have left over money

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ascentjp 1 point 9 months ago

I basically play WOW on my iMac atm. i want to build a PC for it that will OWN the Ultra settings for legion release . how will this setup work for that? anyone? been a while from the last time i built a PC been in mac land for years. thanks.

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blackbeard_teach 1 point 9 months ago

really incredible build, a 1070 in 1k package.

too bad they don't Deliver half the stuff to my country ;(

i can't wait for the results, i might get it for my nephew.

Btw, why did u remove comments in youtube???

Deafit 1 point 9 months ago

I like this build. IF I am following this one this build. I would like to add CPU cooler. Any idea which one should I get?

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xXx_BOEMBA_xXx 1 point 9 months ago

Hello, I edited this build a little bit but i don't know if the motherboard can have everything. Its gonna be my first pc build! http://pcpartpicker.com/list/mFDzYr

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pelbartlett 1 point 9 months ago

Hey guys

Really like this guide, so I based my first gaming build on it:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6600 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor £188.35 @ Kustom PCs
Motherboard MSI Z170A GAMING M5 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard £136.19 @ CCL Computers
Memory Kingston FURY 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory £52.37 @ BT Shop
Storage Sandisk SSD PLUS 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive £57.98 @ Novatech
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive £39.00 @ Amazon UK
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Video Card £431.99
Case Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case £69.98 @ Novatech
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA G2 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply £70.97 @ Amazon UK
Wireless Network Adapter TP-Link TL-WDN4800 PCI-Express x1 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi Adapter £24.98 @ Amazon UK
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total £1071.81
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-07-11 19:24 BST+0100

Upgraded to the 6600 as it's only £8 more (I won't be OCing). Upgraded the mobo as suggested and it also supports my 2400 RAM

This will be running Windows 10

Any suggestions welcome as this is my first build :)

Huge thanks

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gaivy912 1 point 9 months ago

Nice system

DayfortheDead 1 point 9 months ago

If you got the oc version, it adds time before you have to upgrade again because you can increase Ghz over time. Just thought I may add that.

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jetix 1 point 9 months ago

I want to get a good computer that could run most games at 60 FPS+ and at medium or higher settings, would this computer do it, and if not then what games would you not be able to run at the 60 FPS+ on this PC? (As an example) And 1 more thing! Would I be able to use Wi-Fi with the PC for internet connection or should I use a Ethernet cable? Thanks.

xtr3m 1 point 9 months ago

Use Ethernet when playing: it will make your ping lower and more stable.

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jetix 1 point 9 months ago

Thank you.

BSindelar 1 point 9 months ago

how would this build perform if i replaced the 1070 with the 970 i already have?

xtr3m 1 point 9 months ago

1070 performance is similar to 980ti.

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bingobongo 1 point 9 months ago

Hey there, wondering if someone more knowledgable that myself could give me their perspective. I've pretty much followed this general build for my own build.

Im now shopping for a Monitor, I've gone back and forth about what kind of monitor would do this build justice (and justify buying this beastly 1070).

Thanks!

PS: Could any one weigh in on whether the extra 40 odd dollars for 6600k and a cooler is worth it in the long run?

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bingobongo 1 point 9 months ago

Cool thanks for the tips!...so would you say springng for a 1440p 144hz gsync is overkill for the 1070?

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Jemvie 1 point 9 months ago

Very nice guide! Thanks! It was a real lighthouse for making my own list and starting my new PC project :) https://pcpartpicker.com/guide/BHQzK8/take-that-and-party-machine

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Joshrocs 1 point 9 months ago

That cpu will heavily bottleneck the gtx 1070. You will only see about a 20% performance boost from the gtx 970 to the 1070. When paired with a proper skylake cpu, you will get a 60% performance boost.

It comes down to what monitor you are using. If you are using a 1080p 144Hz monitor, then you need to upgrade that cpu to get tangible results. If you are using a 1080p/1440p 60Hz monitor, then you are fine but a gtx 1070 might be overkill for that resolution. A gtx 1060/980 would provide 60 fps at those resolutions.

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Profany 1 point 9 months ago

Hi guys, I use this build as my base and so far I have all components apart from video card (I decided to go with rx480) and the case. Since I do not have the case available in my country, is there any good substitution? It's gonna be my first build and I'm not sure which to go for. Will be highly appreciated if you can provide couple of cases which is relatively easy to substitute and to make sure that everything will fit in there. Thanks in advance!

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Snupas 1 point 9 months ago

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6600 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor £190.68 @ Aria PC
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-H170M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard £94.46 @ CCL Computers
Memory *Kingston FURY 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory £60.65 @ Amazon UK
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive £72.99 @ Amazon UK
Storage *Toshiba 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive £50.28 @ Aria PC
Video Card *Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Windforce OC Video Card £394.88 @ More Computers
Case Thermaltake Core V21 MicroATX Mini Tower Case £47.30 @ Amazon UK
Power Supply *EVGA SuperNOVA G2 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply £70.97 @ Amazon UK
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total £982.21
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-07-16 16:22 BST+0100

Is this a solid upgrade for someone who isn't planning to overclock?

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Dr_PC 1 point 9 months ago

Is this VR ready?

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DyErIsSiK 1 point 9 months ago

I keep seeing people say the gtx 1070 might be overkill for this build is that true? Would the rx 480 be more of a reasonable buy for this build? Should the i5 be upgraded like the person below me posted?

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ginotez 1 point 9 months ago

I want to replace it with a GTX 1080, will the build still work ? Great build btw !

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 9 months ago

Sure!

ginotez 1 point 9 months ago

Wow thanks for the speedy reply ThoughtA. Would you suggest for me to pass on the 1080 and stay on the 1070 ? Is there minimal difference ?

Will my BenQ RL2755HM 27 inch 60hz monitor be an issue ? Or will I need a 144hz ? Sorry for the questions .. I'm very grateful for the attention

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Ajax.E 1 point 9 months ago

Ok so I'm really new to building computers. I heard I'll need multiple fans that aren't listed in the original well...list. I really want to build a high-end gaming computer but unfortunately I have a budget. So if someone could supply me with a list of parts I'll need to build a computer similar to the original build (with a micro-ATX case) I would be eternally grateful! :)

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Dardmaniac 1 point 9 months ago

I'm also new to building computers and have been putting in a lot of time to research things. Using this build as a template, I compounded a part list. Keep in mind that I currently have a pc (hand-me-down from a friend) so I have peripherals, RAM, OS, and an SSD. I plan on playing Overwatch, LoL, CSGO, COD games, Battlefield games, and maybe some AAA titles. http://pcpartpicker.com/list/PnR6sJ I was wondering if you could take a look at it and let me know of any changes you might make. I want the 1060 so I put it in the build since it isn't on here yet. I don't want to overclock and I would like to try streaming at some point as well. (My budget is around $700)

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Dardmaniac 1 point 9 months ago

Oh right I forgot about the ddr4.. mine is very old so I guess I'll have to add ram. I'm glad my choices are good, but I have another question. Obviously the 1060 just came out, but do you think it will be compatible with the motherboard I have chosen?

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OchoSe7en 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Will this system be able to run current games such as GTA V and others at 1080p or 1440p on Ultra? I can get it for $900 on Craiglist

http://pcpartpicker.com/list/MCXcYr

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ch_irab 1 point 9 months ago

Is there not any CPU cooler?

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 9 months ago

The CPU comes with a stock Intel cooler.

Blackout7491 1 point 9 months ago

Hi, am I able to use a Seagate 1TB that is 3.5" instead of 2.5". I want to know before I order the parts for a gaming build based off this list. I didn't know if a 3.5" would fit with everything else as a 2.5" would. Please respond and thank you for providing this list.

Blackout

jadin101 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Shame that NCIX Canada isn't offering stock of the bundle....

micky_d 1 point 9 months ago

I was thinking of changing out that power supply for this one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139147

Is there any reason why I shouldn't do this? I can save $33 (shipping included) if I buy this one, but this being my first build, I'm unsure of the differences between the two and whether or not I should worry about them.

xkillertenzo 1 point 9 months ago

Great budget 1070 build im not a fan of box looking cases but this is a clean and neat build thanks for sharing i should try being more informative when i make pc builds i only have 2 atm lol :D

Taylor.y.liu 1 point 9 months ago

I like the build idea!

Blackout7491 1 point 9 months ago

Forgive me if this question seems ridiculous, but will I have to buy network adapters or Ethernet cables in order to access the internet on the newly built PC? I have a modem on top of my old computer, connected to the machine itself with a yellow cable and a few other black cables. Can I just harvest these? Not sure what they are.

ywak12 1 point 9 months ago

@rolfejc

I need your help!! I tried to build my very own build alot of it inspired from this build but im having problems deciding the motherboard and case. Trying to get a non overclocked PC with solid and quality parts at a budget of around $1000. Overwatch at 1080p 144hz or 1440p 144hz will serve me good. Although it doesnt matter as much, black n red is what im aiming for.

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/ywak12/saved/pVgdnQ

ywak12 1 point 9 months ago

Getting some more research done, I have finalized my build. A Non-OC PC build with parts I thought I could get the best value out of. I decided to go for the 1080p 144hz. Any thoughts?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $204.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard MSI H110M Gaming Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $69.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $67.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $160.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $47.49 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GAMING X Video Card $372.39 @ Amazon
Case NZXT S340 (Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower Case $64.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA G2 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $75.98 @ Newegg
Monitor Acer XB241H bmipr 24.0" 144Hz Monitor $420.27 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1495.08
Mail-in rebates -$10.00
Total $1485.08
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-07-29 11:35 EDT-0400
onearmbird 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks for the great guide. I am new to PC building, and appreciate it. I would like to add an optical drive to this build. Any cases you would recommend?

Sixence 1 point 9 months ago

this case does have a place for an optical drive. It is located right behind the front casing above the built in fan. Just slide off the front by nudging each corner carefully so you dont ruin or damage the build in usb ports and power button. I just don't know what optical drive i should get.

LewisLew212 1 point 9 months ago

u can get one that plugs in by usb 2.0 or 3.0 and is external if it dont fit in the case

zachaburns 1 point 9 months ago

I was planning on building this, but i have a few questions: -Can this build support vr devices? (Such as the oculus or htc vive) -Can somebody list any major problems they have had with the build? -If you are a starter when it comes to building a gaming pc, is this a good place to start? -Kind of unrelated, but I am younger, (15) and i need to learn a good way to make cash online? (Im extremely antisocial.) And none of that mowing lawns and shoveling snow ********, either. Thanks For Your Help!

charlesawwad 1 point 9 months ago

Yes the GTX 1070 supports VR.

SilverEye 1 point 8 months ago

I sadly have to point out that you'll probably need to actually work like most of the population since nobody would hire underaged people for online services. :s Even if there was some place to get cash and that is legal it would probably earn you around 1-5 eur per month and if you are lucky then that cash is for IRL usage and rendeemable and not just sitting there and usable for specific stuff (example: Video games, in game stuff, etc..). Plus anti-social doesn't really mean you can't mow a lawn... plus people can learn to talk too (not to be an insulting or mean person or anything, just saying that you can always learn to talk with people. It takes time.)

ThatFunnyGuyver 1 point 9 months ago

umm.. will this save the list?

vicq3010 1 point 9 months ago

This is a cool build! Cheers man

TerraFrost 1 point 9 months ago

Sorry, I'm a computer "noob" but would this machine perform better with video games and recording (for YouTube) than this All-in-one from Dell at ($899): Dell Inspiron Black All-In-One Desktop Computer - I7459-7070BLK I'm looking for the best value, thank you for helping.

charlesawwad 2 points 9 months ago

This build has a better graphics card and way more storage. The Dell has an i7 CPU compared to this build's i5. The Dell also comes with a monitor, keyboard, mouse, webcam, OS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, etc. so if you want to save money and time go with the Dell. If you want the best you can get for gaming, and are willing to do some research, go with this build.

superpc9000 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

so if I got this, it doesnt have wifi capability? noob question, but my facebook machine has decided its not going to work much longer so i wanted to invest in a good comp.

charlesawwad 2 points 8 months ago

No it doesn't. You have to either directly plug it into your router with an Ethernet cable, or get one of these: http://pcpartpicker.com/products/wireless-network-card/ and attach it to your motherboard. If it's just a Facebook machine, go with a cheaper computer.

superpc9000 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

oh no i mean I currently have a facebook machine, I want to invest in something that isnt **** lol. thanks for the response though!

charlesawwad 1 point 8 months ago

Oh, yeah man this build will be great if your planning on gaming on Ultra settings at 60 FPS.

Sixence 1 point 9 months ago

Any recommendations for an optical drive with the build?

viralmemes 1 point 9 months ago

I Love this one, i want 20 Gb Video Card.

Derpicuss 1 point 9 months ago

This is a bit of a dumb question probably, but I'm new to all of this and want to get it right. Does this come with the wires included (whether with the motherboard or with the individual parts) or do I need to buy them on my own?

charlesawwad 1 point 9 months ago

They're included. Either with the case, power supply, etc.

evilpotakon 1 point 9 months ago

Hello, Everyone.

I was not aware of this site before I kinda explore myself and picked parts for my gaming PC. I haven't done much research and here's what I've picked.

I would love to get some feedbacks, please Thank you all~~<3

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 Corsair H100i v2 70.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $104.20 @ B&H
Motherboard Asus Z170-A ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $150.88 @ OutletPC
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $79.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $143.00 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $47.49 @ OutletPC
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB FTW Gaming ACX 3.0 Video Card $459.89 @ OutletPC
Case NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case $113.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply EVGA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $100.98 @ 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) $1548.30
Mail-in rebates -$25.00
Total $1523.30
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-08-01 15:43 EDT-0400
MannyPCs 1 point 8 months ago

16 GB of RAM is unnecessary for gaming. 8 will be enough as most games do not require more than 8 GB.

500 GB of SSD is also not needed as you also put a 1 TB drive on, unless you wish to store all your games on the SSD.

If you are on a tight budget you can also switch to a lower wattage PSU, example the EVGA 550w

Joelele 1 point 9 months ago

Hello, i had to make some small modifications to make the build match my budget and part availability. Is this "alternative" build capable of delivering about the same amount of power without malfunctioning? Or are there some parts that i have to replace? (It is going to be my first build)

CPU: Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor

Case: Thermaltake Core V21

Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) / 2666MHz / DDR4 / CL16

Videocard: MSI Radeon RX 480 8GB

Power Supply: EVGA PowerSupply (PSU) SuperNOVA 550 G2 550W

Motherboard: MSI B150M BAZOOKA - m-ATX / B150

Storage: Samsung 850 Evo 250GB

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Faithalone55 1 point 9 months ago

Can anyone who put this build together tell me how loud it is when its running in various levels of activity, idle, light load like video streaming, and heavy load playing a high demand game? I am looking to build a gaming PC that will stay in the living room area as part of my entertainment system and am wondering how noticeable it's fans are at any given time. Basically will my horror movie group be distracted during silent suspenseful scenes by a a humming computer. I know it wont be dead quiet, that is impossible. Just want to get an idea of what it sounds like.

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Faithalone55 1 point 8 months ago

Thank you, this was a big help. Why are the founders editions louder?

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Ptorz 1 point 9 months ago

http://pcpartpicker.com/list/2sKtpb

Based off of some of the suggestions on here - and trying to cut the price down by going with a cheaper GPU - I made a build based on this. Please let me know if I'm missing anything important or if there are any suggestions you would make for me.

I'm looking for an "entry level" computer to primarily play League of Legends and possibly stream on. Though I do play other games, too. I decided to go for a bit better motherboard so that I could make upgrades in the future. With that in mind, I eventually will want to stack some more RAM, add a good i-7 (I do music, too, so the i7 is nice), and upgrade the GPU. Do you think this build will work for what I need? Any price cuts I could make originally that I could later upgrade on? (like you know, not buying two monitors to start with, lol)

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Ptorz 1 point 8 months ago

That's not a bad idea. I still have a laptop and an external 1TB Harddrive, so I could make that work. Thanks, man!

Ptorz 1 point 8 months ago

Hey, do I need a sound card to be able to play audio? I'm not really familiar with how sound cards work in PCs.

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Ptorz 1 point 8 months ago

Sweet! Thanks, I couldn't tell if it was built in or not. It seemed like most motherboards (or rather every one I could find reviews on) had sound, but I didn't specifically see it listed so I wasn't sure.

I likely won't be doing any recording on here for a while still, so I should be fine with built in sound.

A_Deer 1 point 9 months ago

Hmmm. . .

The video card is the major changing factor when building a PC. This build has no real upgrade path or longevity because of the non K processor and B150 motherboard, for $1000 its pretty lacking in core components. . .

I still have a 2500K and P67 motherboard from 2011 and have been through 4 video cards, the only reason its still relevant is because its clocked at 4.7ghz. Why wouldn't you focus on the core components first? Get a Z170 motherboard and a unlocked Intel and you wont have to rebuild this system again in 3 years. Am I the crazy one for wanting the the best performance I can get for as long as I can get it?

For $25 more you lose the HDD and down size your ram to 8gb, but you get a Z170 motherboard, 6600K processor, 3200mhz DDR4 , and Wifi, . . .

pcpartpicker

This build you get all of the important core components first so your not stuck rebuilding from scratch in 3-5 years when your system is now obsolete. , and you don't have to worry about upgrading the components when you need the extra performance because you have room to overclock so you can bring the whole system to the next level, not just component X.

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A_Deer 1 point 8 months ago

I understand that the H60 is not the best cooler, its use is more to do about space constraints and the fact that the CM130 doesn't really have the airflow to support the nice low profile air coolers or I would have gone that route. Reading the reviews on the H60 and its able to cool a I7-3770K @4.5, so a 6600K @4.5 or maybe even a little higher should not be a problem.

The idea behind this build was to stick as close to the $1000 mark that I could, so the I7 is pretty much out of budget. If you were to drop the motherboard in price to compensate for the the I7 you lose the ability to overclock which I feel greatly reduces the overall longevity of the system.

As for overclocking, It's more about performance in the long run. Sure you look at it today and the I5-6500 processor doesn't have any issues with today's games, well my 2500K didn't have any issues with games when it first came out either, but 5 years later it's overclocked to 4.7ghz and now its trading blows with the I5-6600K stock, and in today's games there are massive differences between a stock 2500K and one clocked @4.7ghz.

A $1000 computer is a really big investment for me so if I have to spend a couple hours overclocking it to raise the system as a whole to the next level that's what I'm willing to do.

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IanC73 1 point 8 months ago

I have a question. What is the reason for having both an ssd and hard drive? Is there anything I would lose besides a little bit of storage if I only bought the hard drive? I am completely new to pc building by the way.

charlesawwad 2 points 8 months ago

The SSD is where you can install your OS and keep all your program files on. The hard drive is where you can install all your games and media. If you think 256GB is enough, you can keep everything on the SSD.

IanC73 1 point 8 months ago

Thanks! I think i'll end up needing both.

strawberry 1 point 8 months ago

I am an avid sims 3 player, but an amateur computer builder. Lately I have been interested in a computer that will run the sims 3, and all of it's expansion packs with exceptional quality in graphics and gameplay. Knowing that this game is graphically intensive could you tell me if this build is a good platform for the game.

charlesawwad 1 point 8 months ago

If all you play is The Sims 3, look for a cheaper build.

strawberry 1 point 8 months ago

Oh okay thanks :)

strawberry 1 point 8 months ago

I just have one more question, if it was a heavily modded sims 3 with all the dlc would it run without lag? As well as Sims 1 and 2. Sorry I just wanted to check :)

charlesawwad 1 point 8 months ago

No lag. I can run heavily-modded, high-demanding games very well without lag using a similar build.

strawberry 1 point 8 months ago

Cool thanks! Wait the modest or great build?

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strawberry 1 point 8 months ago

Thanks :)

brekko 1 point 8 months ago

You can get the 6600K at microcenter for only $209 right now, seems like a no brainer for this build.

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Technophyle 1 point 8 months ago

I'm probably missing something here, I'm not the most experienced with building computers, but how am I going to hook this computer up to a monitor? The case doesn't have an Ethernet port, HDMI/VGA-out port, and only 2 USB ports. Can I install these ports into the case? If I can, how would I go about that?

charlesawwad 1 point 8 months ago

The video card has DisplayPort and the motherboard has HDMI.

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Technophyle 1 point 8 months ago

How about Ethernet and additional USB ports? Are there extra PCI slots in the motherboard to install those, or is there an easier way?

charlesawwad 1 point 8 months ago

The motherboard comes with a few USB ports and the case has a couple.

Technophyle 1 point 8 months ago

Thanks for your help

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Technophyle 1 point 8 months ago

So this one is not compatible with Ethernet?

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Faithalone55 1 point 8 months ago

I notice the graphics card changed from the Founders Edition to the Gigabyte Mini ITX. I looked up the Mini ITX and it seems to be physically half the size of the previous Founders Edition. Is this a better fit for this build? Why was the card changed?

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LemonComputers 1 point 8 months ago

The staff had to disable indexing user build guides due to excessive abuse.

https://pcpartpicker.com/forums/topic/156056-changes-to-the-build-guides-index

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RedArmyBushMan 1 point 8 months ago

I'm pretty sold on this as my first build but I'm wanting to have additional cooling since I'm paranoid about overheating since the room I'd have it in can get annoyingly hot at times. What kind of cooler would fit with this build and would I have to adjust the power supply?

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RedArmyBushMan 1 point 8 months ago

Awesome! Thanks for the suggestions. I've always been worried about over heating ever since the family computer did this. Would it be too much to do both, or would just the GTX be suitable to combat a Texas summer?

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RedArmyBushMan 1 point 8 months ago

Thanks for the advice. Any recommendations for the airflow setup? I'm really a newb at all this.

The inside was filled with dust. I took it to the local pc store and the dude took it into his office, cracked it open and took an air compressor to it. From the front I thought smoke was coming from it. The fans also had cat hair wrapped around them preventing them from spinning. It is still working I believe. Last i checked the cpu idles at about 80C after cleaning and detangling.

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beorge 1 point 8 months ago

Great guide! The balance between price and performance really hits a sweet spot here. I personally don't like to spend the coin to do high end overclocking, so I look for builds that are close to high end "out of the box". With a few slight modifications to my taste, I used this guide for my new gaming rig. Parts are on the way. Can't wait to put it all together!

Here's my build: PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $198.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard MSI Z170M Mortar Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $118.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Kingston HyperX Fury Black 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $73.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $157.99 @ Amazon
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Video Card $449.95 @ B&H
Case Thermaltake Core V21 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $57.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA G2 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $79.49 @ SuperBiiz
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home Full - USB 32/64-bit $117.99 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1255.38
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-08-21 22:22 EDT-0400
Liliki 1 point 8 months ago

Hi everyone, the las time I opened a computer I guess it was to add more ram to a 386 long time ago. Im going to follow this guide to build my gaming pc so I can let my laptop retire (Ive been gaming on a gt750m for the past 4 years). Just a couple of questions. Is it worth it to get a cpu cooler other than the stock one? What about an I7 instead of the I5? Would it make a difference on game performance? Thanks so much S

LemonComputers 1 point 8 months ago

Is it worth it to get a cpu cooler other than the stock one?

An aftermarket cooler can provide better cooling performance, but it is not necessary unless you are overclocking. The stock cooler should suffice if you're not overclocking.

What about an I7 instead of the I5?

If it fits in your budget, an i7 is better than an i5, but not really necessary.

Would it make a difference on game performance? Thanks so much S

An i5 is good enough for plain gaming. If you plan on any tasks that are more resource intensive than games, then an i7 may be beneficial.

Liliki 1 point 8 months ago

Thanks so much! Have a good one

WAT3Rdayu 1 point 8 months ago

Thank you for this perfect build with step by step guide video. This is going to be my first pc build and planning to build one based on this list. But I am hesitating whether to choose open air GPU or blower style GPU. I have heard open air GPU is much more quieter and cooler but it blows air everywhere inside the case rather than outside and some videos said that open air GPUs are not good for small case. Will this case be compatible with open air GPU?

WAT3Rdayu 1 point 8 months ago

I am choosing from MSI GTX 1070 Gaming X or the founder edition. Plsssss help~~~

LemonComputers 1 point 8 months ago

But I am hesitating whether to choose open air GPU or blower style GPU.

The blower style coolers are generally not as good as far as cooling performance goes.

I have heard open air GPU is much more quieter and cooler but it blows air everywhere inside the case rather than outside and some videos said that open air GPUs are not good for small case. Will this case be compatible with open air GPU?

It's compatible, just might not be optimal. Which sources / videos?

WAT3Rdayu 1 point 8 months ago

from youtube lol, thank you for your response

LemonComputers 1 point 8 months ago

Which YouTube video?

WAT3Rdayu 1 point 8 months ago

some videos with 20k views, not rly important lol. just want to make sure open air gpu works with thermaltake v21. I am rly new to build pc. Any suggestion on case fans if i use exactly the same build on build guide?

camrule1345 0 points 10 months ago

Weres the software and operating system

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camrule1345 1 point 10 months ago

Ok

camrule1345 -3 points 10 months ago

But if u think about it it actually a crap deal

PlebTheTurtle 1 point 10 months ago

? Why?

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punlntended 0 points 10 months ago

Hey guys, I'm very new to building PC's and I would like to ask a question. Would it be possible to switch the 1070 to a RX 480? It would fit my budget much better (I'm going for around 700-800 dollars).

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 10 months ago

Sure!

punlntended 1 point 10 months ago

Alright thanks, and I have one more question. It's not really related to the hardware at all but would you recommend Windows 7 or 10?

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 10 months ago

10, definitely.

punlntended 1 point 10 months ago

Alright, sorry I have one last question. Is the 2TB hard drive really necessary? I already have a 500GB external one, and for an internal there is a 1TB version that is considerably cheaper. Are there any other benefits rather than more space?

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 10 months ago

Nope. As stated in the OP, you'll want to decide capacity for yourself. If you don't think you'll need that much space, don't get it.

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ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 10 months ago

That's not how it works. A B150 board can run anything a Z170 can run. In some places, there are fewer features, and there is no ability to overclock via the CPU's multiplier.

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manirelli staff 7 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Please stop spamming random threads. Make your own post on the create a part list for me forum.

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rhali8 2 Builds 14 points 10 months ago
  • Why would you choose a Z170 motherboard for a build with a locked CPU? On top of that, the Krait motherboard really doesn't have too many features that make it worth the $40 extra. Most of those features seem to be for overclocking anyway.

  • That SSD is known to have reliability problems. Its why lots of people tend to stay away from it. The Sandisk SSD is more reliable, is slightly faster and you will get better support/warranty support from Sandisk.

  • The HDD choice is a bit weird... Why on earth would you sacrifice 40% performance for $15? Sure, HDDs are generally used for word files and such, but since this is a gaming build the HDD will be full of games and load times changing from 20 seconds to 12 seconds is a huge and noticeable improvement.

  • Personally I don't like that case at all. The grills make it look weird and its quite big... On top of that his case is far more portable.

StickyC 3 points 9 months ago

If you're going with a Z170A-based motherboard, you absolutely want to use an m.2 based SSD for your boot disk. The Z170A chipset supports 64GB/sec transfer rates (VS like 6GB/sec for normal m.2). Sure, it'd be 2x more expensive than the Mushkin SSD, but I'll pay that for a 10x (theoretical) speed boost on my storage. :)

jj0322 1 point 9 months ago

Why would you choose a Z170 motherboard for a build with a locked CPU? On top of that, the Krait motherboard really doesn't have too many features that make it worth the $40 extra. Most of those features seem to be for overclocking anyway.

Kaby lake.

rhali8 2 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

Kaby lake.

Kirby lake FTFY :P

jj0322 2 points 9 months ago

Kirby lake FTFY :P

That would... suck

rhali8 2 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

I see what you did there ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

stonepilot 2 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

^ This. Also,

Great Gaming Build > Excellent Gaming Build

Way better price to performance on this one.

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rhali8 2 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

What are these "reliability" problems? More warranty also doesn't mean better. Why not go with the WD Black drive which has a 5 year warranty I believe if we want to talk about support and warranty?

Yes, warranty is great. But do you want to be sending it back every couple of months to be replaced? Your PC will not work unless you move your OS onto your hard drive, and that can be annoying.

An HDD is still for mass storage though, the SSD is what you want to invest in if you want to save some cash. I did say the HDD is a debatable choice, but if it's cheaper and does the same thing I don't see why not go with it.

My point was that since this is a gaming build, games will be stored on the hard drive. I've got 600GB of games currently on mine, and most of them have quite large loading times, which does get annoying, and this is on a Seagate Barracuda. Considering that the Hitachi drive is 40% slower, I don't see how someone can choose it over a Seagate drive, because instead of waiting a minute each time I want to race in Forza 6, I'll be waiting for almost double that.

The case is a personal type of thing you can change it if you want.

Agreed. Just my thoughts.

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rhali8 2 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

It may be slow and outdated, but 2TB of storage for like $50? That destroys any Seagate, Toshiba, or WD drive in terms of just amount of storage offered even if the HDD is outdated. It might take 40 seconds more to load the game but ehh.

I agree with that. But this is a gaming build, not a NAS :P

Well I still don't know if the SSD is reliable or not I can't say I know much about SSDs I just look for something well priced with decent performance. I haven't seen any accurate studies or any studies really that talk about SSD reliability though and what drives are more reliable than other drives.

If you look up the drive, you will find lots of people complaining about it failing and having reliability problems.

rhali8 2 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

Also, some guy downvoted you... Idk why. I upvoted you :3

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rhali8 2 Builds 3 points 9 months ago

Rip.

liu200806317 1 point 9 months ago

AS if he Z170 mother with a locked cpu, you could to overclocked it by increase bclk. As in this web http://overclocking.guide/category/intel-oc-guides/skylake-non-k-oc/

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k155 1 point 10 months ago

Will the dual fan MSI gaming X version of the 1070 fit inside this case? As far as I know, it's bigger than the gigabyte in the build.

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k155 1 point 9 months ago

Is it possible to do the OP's build or your version of it with a GTX 1080 while keeping everything else the same?

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PlasmusAng 1 point 9 months ago

hey if you think you know everything and can litterly find a problem in everything can you find one in this build which is browsing/dev/gaming PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $342.89
CPU Cooler Corsair H110i GT 113.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $99.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard Asus MAXIMUS VIII FORMULA ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $340.70
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $59.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 950 PRO 256GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $167.24
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 1TB 2.5" Solid State Drive $294.86
Storage Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $54.99
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Video Card $669.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Corsair 780T ATX Full Tower Case $134.74
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA G2 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $78.74
Optical Drive HP DVD1265I DVD/CD Writer $19.99 @ Best Buy
Case Fan Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 PWM 107.4 CFM 140mm Fan $23.52
Case Fan Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 PWM 107.4 CFM 140mm Fan $23.52
Case Fan Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 PWM 107.4 CFM 140mm Fan $23.52
Case Fan Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 PWM 107.4 CFM 140mm Fan $23.52
Case Fan Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 PWM 107.4 CFM 140mm Fan $23.52
Keyboard Logitech G910 Orion Spark Wired Gaming Keyboard $108.80
Mouse Logitech G900 CHAOS SPECTRUM Wireless Optical Mouse $149.99 @ Amazon
Headphones Logitech G633 Artemis Spectrum 7.1 Channel Headset $99.95
Other Anti Static wrist band $4.99
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $2745.45
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-07-14 12:44 EDT-0400
this is the price without the peripherals

$2386.71

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PlasmusAng 1 point 9 months ago

thx I'll think about that

PlasmusAng 1 point 9 months ago

just a question but what HDD do you reccomend?

PlasmusAng 1 point 9 months ago

yeah do you reccomend any cases nvm on the hdd im going for a caviar blue thx but ill stay with the h110i gt and might change from the 780t even tho everything I saw about it is amazing

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PlasmusAng 1 point 9 months ago

ok thx Ill think about the enthoo pro

2004sondre 1 point 9 months ago

Well i think he choose this PSU because if you will go for SLI it would great to not need to switch out the PSU

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sushisamurai 1 point 9 months ago

These are US prices and ergo not applicable to CAD market.

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jj_413 1 point 8 months ago

Newbie here. Doing research on building my first PC. I do like the idea of switching to the Z170 motherboard but got a few questions. Should I use a better cpu cooler rather than the stock cooler provided? And I would like to have wifi capabilities so which adapter would you recommend? And will these fit in the Thermaltake Core v21 case and/or the Deepcool case you recommended?

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demongoose 2 points 9 months ago

You should have added an optical drive ( for better video quality ).

LOL

vagabond139 5 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

LOL wat. This is gold. Too bad I can't see the deleted comments.

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ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 10 months ago

I think you might be a little misguided here. For what reason are you claiming one should choose a Xeon and 80+ Platinum PSU?

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FrostiDrinks 1 point 10 months ago

4GB of RAM would prohibit full performance for the build, you don't need HT since it's a gaming build, the HDD has a far too small capacity, and the PSU is overpriced. You could cut at least $150 from that build's budget and create a BETTER gaming experience.

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ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 10 months ago

A link to a part list isn't an answer.

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ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 10 months ago

I can't tell if you're trolling or not. Your part list explains nothing. I looked at it. Please stop just linking the part list as some sort of nebulous "explanation."

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ThoughtA staff submitter 2 points 8 months ago

This comment and your other one are patently false. Please do not spread misinformation. If you are trolling, stop.

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Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor 8W - 65W
Asus B150M-K Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard 15W - 60W
Kingston HyperX Fury Black 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory 11W - 11W
Plextor M7V 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Hitachi Ultrastar 7K3000 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
MSI GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Video Card 37W - 150W
Total: 77W - 316W