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What size case and what type of cooling system. How does my build look so far?

I know this question has probably been asked multiple times before but, this will be my first build and i'd like it to be perfect. I plan on ordering all of these parts within the next 4 weeks and building it when school is over(Beginning of May) so I am finalizing all the parts I need before I throw my money at the computer lol. I plan on playing all games on ultra settings(CoD, LoL, WoW, Witcher 3, GTA etc), watch youtube videos and streaming content on twitch.

First Question(The hardest of them all)
Air Cooling or Water Cooling? I like the look of Water Cooling better than Air Cooling but honestly I just want very good performance for the pricing. I have heard that Air Cooling and Water Cooling have pretty much the same temps(Varying a few degrees) but what would YOU recommend?

Second Question:
Should I get a mid tower or a full tower case? Which case would you prefer? The only stipulation that I have is that it fits all the parts and it has a window.

Third and Final Question:
How does my build look overall? Do you guys have any other recommendations for changes or additions?(I know the build looks overkill for only a 1080p 24" monitor but I plan on ordering a nice ROG Swift to play on during the summer ^^)

p.s. If you have any other questions don't be afraid to ask, I am not very knowledgeable in the field of Computer parts so any and all knowledge you have to give would be highly appreciated!

thanks in advance,
- Kris

Build:(Ignore the case, this is just a place holder case that i was looking at)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($363.81 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H110i GTX 104.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VIII HERO ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($217.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill TridentZ Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($93.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($148.89 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($48.85 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Video Card ($653.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Phanteks Enthoo Luxe ATX Full Tower Case ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($19.89 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) ($86.86 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Acer XB240H ABPR 144Hz 24.0" Monitor (Purchased For $299.00)
Total: $2283.23
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-03-29 12:48 EDT-0400
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  1. i whiped out the wants vs needs, you dont need a liquid cooler, it cools a little bit better ,and makes way more noise.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($363.81 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: CRYORIG H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($34.50 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus Z170-A ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($153.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($87.39 @ OutletPC)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($48.85 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Video Card ($653.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($107.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA P2 750W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($19.89 @ OutletPC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) ($86.86 @ Amazon)
    Monitor: Acer XB270HU bprz 144Hz 27.0" Monitor ($752.98 @ Directron)
    Total: $2470.22
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-03-29 13:09 EDT-0400

    whats a system without a nice monitor : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LTHr96NueA

    rog swift would be indeed a cool monitor too, they peform really the same so its up to you (asus got a few more gimmicks like 165 hz)
  2. sorry to disagree a good liquid cooler absolutely doesnt make way more noise

    and i preferred their original case--the enthoo luxe is a great case

    and with pascal cards nearly upon us buying a gtx980ti now or in the very near future isnt something i would personally do
  3. mcnumpty23 said:
    sorry to disagree a good liquid cooler absolutely doesnt make way more noise

    and i preferred their original case--the enthoo luxe is a great case

    and with pascal cards nearly upon us buying a gtx980ti now or in the very near future isnt something i would personally do


    could be my ears :P
  4. Best answer
    Air cooling is so much easier, cheaper and more reliable than liquid that I would only suggest it for enthusiasts who either want the tubes running through the case, or add external cooling to chill the liquid.

    Case size is a matter of preference. Typically if you leave the case to the side of your desk you'll enjoy a full tower. If you put it on or under your desk a mid tower will be better. Full tower is a little easier to work with on the interior, as you have more space to work with.

    Your build is fine, looks like you're spending a little bit of a premium by going for marketed items with minor performance increases, but reasonable choices overall. Don't be afraid to use "add by filter" on PC partpicker, it helps if you put a build on hold for a while and come back to find a better deal.


    I picked a few parts at lower prices, feel free to ignore them, because they are all either visually less impressive or marginally lesser in performance. If you device you would prefer air cooling, you can never go wrong with the 212 EVO.
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/mvqxD3
  5. superninja12 said:
    mcnumpty23 said:
    sorry to disagree a good liquid cooler absolutely doesnt make way more noise

    and i preferred their original case--the enthoo luxe is a great case

    and with pascal cards nearly upon us buying a gtx980ti now or in the very near future isnt something i would personally do


    could be my ears :P


    could be you have never tried a decent liquid cooler as well

    thats something like a swiftech or ek not corsair i dont call those decent
  6. friend of mine had a different liquid cooler , yes its me probably.
    anyways liquid coolers ont cool that much better, cost way more, and the lower tempertatures arent worth it.
    not includion the effort to install it.

    i would get the cryorig h7 instead.
  7. yep not going to get into the air vs water debate since its slightly more complicated as you can have AIO watercoolers--expandable AIO watercoolers and full custom watercooling

    all i can say personally i am fully watercooled--overclocking the daylights out of everything

    and still get great temps and its silent

    but you are right that compared to an air cooler all that comes at a far higher price--its not for everyone

    so each to their own when it comes to cooling
  8. Well, I feel like even with the new Pascal cards coming out, will it require a new motherboard ? We don't have a estimated price range for the new Pascal cards coming out. Thanks for all the posts, I think I am going to switch to air cooling now.
  9. no pascal will run on current motherboards

    and should get first showing of them next week i think
  10. also nice to know, current new intel motherboads support the not yet released Kaby lake
  11. one of the latest pascal rumours--definitely think they may be worth waiting for

    would kick yourself if bought a gtx980ti then the pascal cards could beat it up

    a bit like all the titan buyers just before the 980ti came out

    they were tearing their hair out and crying in their beer about that one

    edit--forgot the link lol

    http://wccftech.com/nvidia-flagship-gtx-1080-gtc-2016/
  12. These new graphic cards, "Pascal", if they are as heavenly as people are describing them, I feel that they will charge a premium for it(800-1000 at least) I don't know if I feel like dropping another $300-400+ on a graphics card that will only need to run a ROG Swift lol
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