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Looking for a new gaming pc that can support 2 way sli for gtx 970 (All parts needed)

Looking for a new motherboard that can support 2 way sli for gtx 970 with the intel I7 6700k
Would also like any information on all other parts looking for a build under £1000. (E.g ram, case, psu, hdd)
Having trouble with board first, Of course I know I can't buy two 970's and a whole computer for under £1000, I plan on buying the second 970 in the future with a 4k monitor. (Must Support DDR4)
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  1. Okay, below is a build, slightly over £1000. But I question your choice of an i7-6700K on two fronts. First, why do you need an i7? Most games will play just fine with an i5, TomsHardware still questions the need for 8 threads for gaming. You get into diminishing returns past an i5.

    Second, and maybe more to the point, do you intend to overclock? Because if you don't, then there is no use in buying a "K" processor and the associated hardware. Some significant money can be saved here.

    Last comment, a single GTX 980 Ti is pretty close in performance to dual SLI 970's. It pushes the build up by £250 but it gives you future expansion capability of another in SLI. But the money may be talking here.

    PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/z6XH6h
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/z6XH6h/by_merchant/

    CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor (£299.99 @ Ebuyer)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£25.98 @ Ebuyer)
    Motherboard: Asus Z170-A ATX LGA1151 Motherboard (£120.12 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws 4 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3000 Memory (£52.21 @ More Computers)
    Storage: A-Data Premier SP550 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£54.99 @ Ebuyer)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£37.98 @ Novatech)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Video Card (£276.98 @ Amazon UK)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case (£50.82 @ Amazon UK)
    Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA G2 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply (£74.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.48 @ Amazon UK)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) (£75.99 @ Ebuyer)
    Total: £1081.53
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-02-10 16:24 GMT+0000
  2. imsqam said:
    Okay, below is a build, slightly over £1000. But I question your choice of an i7-6700K on two fronts. First, why do you need an i7? Most games will play just fine with an i5, TomsHardware still questions the need for 8 threads for gaming. You get into diminishing returns past an i5.

    Second, and maybe more to the point, do you intend to overclock? Because if you don't, then there is no use in buying a "K" processor and the associated hardware. Some significant money can be saved here.

    Last comment, a single GTX 980 Ti is pretty close in performance to dual SLI 970's. It pushes the build up by £250 but it gives you future expansion capability of another in SLI. But the money may be talking here.

    PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/z6XH6h
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/z6XH6h/by_merchant/

    CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor (£299.99 @ Ebuyer)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£25.98 @ Ebuyer)
    Motherboard: Asus Z170-A ATX LGA1151 Motherboard (£120.12 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws 4 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3000 Memory (£52.21 @ More Computers)
    Storage: A-Data Premier SP550 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£54.99 @ Ebuyer)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£37.98 @ Novatech)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Video Card (£276.98 @ Amazon UK)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case (£50.82 @ Amazon UK)
    Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA G2 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply (£74.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.48 @ Amazon UK)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) (£75.99 @ Ebuyer)
    Total: £1081.53
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-02-10 16:24 GMT+0000



    Here is the full build I found. I am at university and have access to Windows for free so I will not need to purchase it
    and have bought a gigabyte gtx 970 xtreme 4gb for £309.98
    1 TB Seagate (1000 GB) SATA-III HDD 7200 RPM 64MB
    120 MM Cooler Master Green LED Fan - Max Fans Supported By Case - Price Per Fan
    Case Lighting FlexLight with 24 LEDs - Green
    1 x 2 Metre UK Mains Power Cable
    Corsair RMx 850W (Modular) PSU - Low Noise/Silent
    Corsair Hydro Series H80i GT (Advanced Liquid Cooling)
    Gigabyte Z170XP-SLI (Intel Z170) - 5xUSB 3.1/2xUSB 2.0
    Corsair 16GB Vengeance LPX 3000MHz (2x8GB) - Lifetime Warranty (DDR4)
    Intel i7 6700K - (4 x 4.2 GHZ) - Skylake - OVERCLOCKED UPTO 4.6 GHZ
    Internal Card Reader 50-in-1 (5.25 Inch Bay)
    Sharkoon BD28 Black/Green
    £923.33

    So slightly over my budget but I done my research after your comment.
  3. Looks good, I hope that you enjoy it. I still advise at some point to get an SSD for loading the OS and program onto. It doesn't really help gaming performance except for time between screen changes but it does make boot up snap and whenever you start up a program. To me well worth the £50. The come on sale all the time so just keep an eye out.
  4. imsqam said:
    Looks good, I hope that you enjoy it. I still advise at some point to get an SSD for loading the OS and program onto. It doesn't really help gaming performance except for time between screen changes but it does make boot up snap and whenever you start up a program. To me well worth the £50. The come on sale all the time so just keep an eye out.


    Oh i do plan on getting a m.2 ssd will fit nicely and boot super fast. Maybe a 500gb will do fine :)
  5. Best answer
    Okay, sound like you have some upgrade plans. Not sure if you are aware but there different types of M.2 SSD's, here are a couple of articles that might help if you don't. Enjoy the build.

    https://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/Overview-of-M-2-SSDs-586/
    http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2015/02/understanding-m-2-the-interface-that-will-speed-up-your-next-ssd/
  6. 980ti>sli970s.
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