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long hiatus from pc gaming, thoughts on this system

Havent played a video/pc game in 15+ years. came across a review of civ vi which brought back memories and decided to buy a gaming pc. started looking into it and leaning towards this http://m.ncix.com/products/sku/134670/

Will upgrade video card to 1060 with 6gb, with intention to upgrade video card in a year or two when i buy 4k tv. Should i upgrade anything else? Major concerns? size and looks are important to keep my wife on board. Will be playing more than civ vi of course

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  1. I'm mostly concerned about your intention to use a TV as a monitor... I think you'll be hugely disappointed if you run a gaming PC on a TV.

    Any major concerns about the machine? Not really. Although the storage is quite overwhelming. Maybe get an external hard drive to increase capacity? But that can wait until you run out of space on the SSD.
  2. Yes i was wondering about that, have a 1440p 28" desktop monitor that would also be an option. Could move back and forth or even connect to both screens

    There is also an option to go with hybrid 1gb hdd, maybe a better choice for gaming?
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    tdiddy said:
    Yes i was wondering about that, have a 1440p 28" desktop monitor that would also be an option. Could move back and forth or even connect to both screens

    There is also an option to go with hybrid 1gb hdd, maybe a better choice for gaming?


    I'd recommend just using the monitor. Computer graphics cards often don't display quite as well on TVs because they don't report their specs to the graphics card the way a monitor does. And even then, most TVs only display 30 frames per second and that's not necessarily ideal for gaming. There's also the fact that not all TVs report their refresh rate to the graphics card, meaning that there's no guarantee in VSync actually working at all.

    As for storage, I think the extra capacity is worth the 5-10% decrease in read/write speeds. I'd go for the hybrid drive.
  4. Is the i56400 a good choice, will it bottleneck a better graphics card if I were to upgrade in a year or two? Or is it good enough to run most games for next few years?
  5. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the i5 6400. It will power a GTX 1070 with no problem. If you want to step up to a GTX 1080, I'd recommend the i5 6600. I wouldn't go with the 6600K because the extra heat given off by overclocking may be too much for a case that size. I mean, I know there's a heatsink on the CPU and that heatsink pretty much has to have a fan on it, but what worries me is the MOSFETs on the motherboard. Since those heatsinks don't have fans, they would easily overheat since the airflow in that case is very limited. You can even step up to the i7 6700 if you want, but stay away from K SKU CPUs. No unlocked CPUs for that case, they draw too much power and would cause the MOSFETs to overheat. Those are the little black chips underneath the heatsink to the left of the socket (sometimes above the socket as well).
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