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(December 2016) Gaming Computer for $1500 (plus monitor and peripherals)

Hi,
I have build a computer on pcpartpicker.com and was wondering if its any good and if there is going to be any issues with any of the parts. I have used to site to answer a lot of my questions and it never let me down. Games I will be playing will be BF1, OVERWATCH, Dead Rising 4, STEEP, Watch Dogs 2, etc. If you have any suggestions for me to change anything please comment below as I want the best build for my buck!


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($329.88 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i v2 70.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($96.99 @ Jet)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste ($7.59 @ Jet)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z170X-Designare ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($202.98 @ Directron)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($93.99 @ Jet)
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($94.75 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($90.89 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Video Card ($423.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT S340 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA GS 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($84.99 @ B&H)
Mouse: Razer DeathAdder Chroma Wired Optical Mouse ($54.99 @ B&H)
Other: Acer KG240 24" Full HD FreeSync Display Monitor ($149.99)
Total: $1721.01
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-12-07 15:56 EST-0500

Thanks again,
Adam
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  1. Your build will work, it is compatible.
    But, I have some suggestions:

    1. 14nm skylake runs cool. No liquid cooling is needed.
    I would use a $35 cryorig H7 or scythe Kotetsu.
    See my rant on liquid cooling at the end.
    In a nice case like yours, you will run out of safe vcore before you run out of thermal limits.
    As of 12/04/2016
    What percent can get an overclock at a somewhat sane 1.40v Vcore.

    I7-6700K
    4.9 5%
    4.8 21%
    4.7 64%
    4.6 96%


    2. AS5 is nice, but coolers come with perfectly good paste.

    3. Corsair lpx is good, but there is little value in speeds greater than 2400.
    Here is a ram scaling study:
    http://www.silentpcreview.com/article1478-page1.html

    4. Samsung is great for the ssd. With PRO, you get longer endurance than with EVO bot not significantly more performance.
    A larger 500gb evo would give you equal performance and endurance due to extra capacity.
    To that end, I would defer on the hard drive until you actually need more room.

    5. If you are using a nvidia card, you may not want to pay extra for a freesync monitor which only benefits from a amd graphics card. The nvidia equivalent is g.sync.

    My canned rant on liquid cooling:
    ------------------------start of rant-------------------
    You buy a liquid cooler to be able to extract an extra multiplier or two out of your OC.
    How much do you really need?
    I do not much like all in one liquid coolers when a good air cooler like a Noctua or phanteks can do the job just as well.
    A liquid cooler will be expensive, noisy, less reliable, and will not cool any better
    in a well ventilated case.
    Liquid cooling is really air cooling, it just puts the heat exchange in a different place.
    The orientation of the radiator will cause a problem.
    If you orient it to take in cool air from the outside, you will cool the cpu better, but the hot air then circulates inside the case heating up the graphics card and motherboard.
    If you orient it to exhaust(which I think is better) , then your cpu cooling will be less effective because it uses pre heated case air.
    And... I have read too many tales of woe when a liquid cooler leaks.
    google "H100 leak"
    -----------------------end of rant--------------------------

    Your pc will be quieter, more reliable, and will be cooled equally well with a decent air cooler.
  2. geofelt said:
    Your build will work, it is compatible.
    But, I have some suggestions:

    1. 14nm skylake runs cool. No liquid cooling is needed.
    I would use a $35 cryorig H7 or scythe Kotetsu.
    See my rant on liquid cooling at the end.
    In a nice case like yours, you will run out of safe vcore before you run out of thermal limits.
    As of 12/04/2016
    What percent can get an overclock at a somewhat sane 1.40v Vcore.

    I7-6700K
    4.9 5%
    4.8 21%
    4.7 64%
    4.6 96%


    2. AS5 is nice, but coolers come with perfectly good paste.

    3. Corsair lpx is good, but there is little value in speeds greater than 2400.
    Here is a ram scaling study:
    http://www.silentpcreview.com/article1478-page1.html

    4. Samsung is great for the ssd. With PRO, you get longer endurance than with EVO bot not significantly more performance.
    A larger 500gb evo would give you equal performance and endurance due to extra capacity.
    To that end, I would defer on the hard drive until you actually need more room.

    5. If you are using a nvidia card, you may not want to pay extra for a freesync monitor which only benefits from a amd graphics card. The nvidia equivalent is g.sync.

    My canned rant on liquid cooling:
    ------------------------start of rant-------------------
    You buy a liquid cooler to be able to extract an extra multiplier or two out of your OC.
    How much do you really need?
    I do not much like all in one liquid coolers when a good air cooler like a Noctua or phanteks can do the job just as well.
    A liquid cooler will be expensive, noisy, less reliable, and will not cool any better
    in a well ventilated case.
    Liquid cooling is really air cooling, it just puts the heat exchange in a different place.
    The orientation of the radiator will cause a problem.
    If you orient it to take in cool air from the outside, you will cool the cpu better, but the hot air then circulates inside the case heating up the graphics card and motherboard.
    If you orient it to exhaust(which I think is better) , then your cpu cooling will be less effective because it uses pre heated case air.
    And... I have read too many tales of woe when a liquid cooler leaks.
    google "H100 leak"
    -----------------------end of rant--------------------------

    Your pc will be quieter, more reliable, and will be cooled equally well with a decent air cooler.


    Ok thanks for the response! I switched out the liquid cooler with the cryorig H7.
    What exact SSD would you recommend and RAM to get? (16gb)
    The monitor I found is 144h/z and is one of the cheapest I found for that price so I don't think I am paying "extra" for the amd thing.
    And for the hard drive, would you recommend just getting a 1tb SSD and not getting any normal storage? Thanks
    Current Build:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($329.88 @ OutletPC)
    CPU Cooler: CRYORIG H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg Marketplace)
    Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste ($7.59 @ Jet)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z170X-Designare ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($202.98 @ Directron)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($93.99 @ Jet)
    Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($94.75 @ OutletPC)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($90.89 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Video Card ($423.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT S340 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA GS 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($84.99 @ B&H)
    Mouse: Razer DeathAdder Chroma Wired Optical Mouse ($54.99 @ B&H)
    Other: Acer KG240 24" Full HD FreeSync Display Monitor ($149.99)
    Total: $1659.01
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-12-07 15:59 EST-0500
  3. Would you recommend getting the Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive instead?
  4. I would recommend you just get a cheap SSD. The difference between the best and worst is unnoticeable because as soon as you switch to an SSD the CPU is always the bottleneck. I recommend Drevo X1, but don't use the 60GB version.
    No, don't get a 1TB SSD. They are insanely expensive, and you don't need fast access to all your files. A 250GB SSD with a 3TB HDD would give you good speeds on frequently used programs and plenty of space for other stuff.
  5. As geofelt said, you don't need the thermal compound. Not worth it unless your cooler didn't come with any.
    I think that you're spending WAAAY too much on the motherboard. Mobo's shouldn't cost anything over 100$ even for more advanced versions. Find a cheaper LGA 1151 mobo.
    The case is really expensive, but if you think it's really worth it for aesthetics, then fine. Same for the mouse (55$ for a MOUSE?!)
  6. Best answer
    Thanks for all these suggestions! This is the current build I have chosen, any more changes that would help?
    Thanks
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($329.88 @ OutletPC)
    CPU Cooler: CRYORIG H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg Marketplace)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z170X-Designare ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($202.98 @ Directron)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($93.99 @ Jet)
    Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($164.99 @ Jet)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($90.89 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Video Card ($423.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT S340 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA GS 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($84.99 @ B&H)
    Mouse: Razer DeathAdder Chroma Wired Optical Mouse ($54.99 @ B&H)
    Other: Acer KG240 24" Full HD FreeSync Display Monitor ($149.99)
    Total: $1721.66
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-12-07 19:39 EST-0500
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