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Help me build a new PC

Postby Eris » Tue Nov 03, 2015 7:29 pm

With Fallout 4 coming I am seriously thinking about building a new PC finally. I've already got a good video card (nVidia GTX 980), but everything else from the case to the CPU is going to be new. However, it has been so long since I built a new PC that I am really not up on the hardware, so I am soliciting advice on how to pick the best hardware. I don't even know what the current top end CPU is. I would appreciate your own suggestions as well as links to hardware comparison and advice sites that you trust.

My budget is going to be modest but useful: $1500-$2000

So what do you think?
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Re: Help me build a new PC

Postby Eris » Tue Nov 03, 2015 9:16 pm

After poking around online for a couple of hours, here is the hardware I am initially attracted to.

Intel Core i7 5820K @ 3.3GHz

MSI X99A SLI Plus motherboard

Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4 DRAM 2666MHz
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Re: Help me build a new PC

Postby Eris » Tue Nov 03, 2015 10:00 pm

Further research makes me think this would be a better CPU.

Intel Core i7-6700K
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Re: Help me build a new PC

Postby einnyen » Wed Nov 04, 2015 12:55 am

Copied from the RSI forums;

Eris,

Definitely go for the 6700 and a good Z170 board with the options you want. I've become a fan of the MSI mainboards since the x87 chipset.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6813130872 MSI Z170 w/USB3.1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6820233718 Corsair Vengance 4x8 32GB kit

Also if you're going with a highend cpu I can not recommend enough that you get an AIO liquid cooler. I'm currently running the Corsair GTX 110i. http://www.corsair.com/en-us/hydro-seri ... cpu-cooler

One of the neatest things about the Corsair coolers is the Link software. Getting a compatible PSU (RMxxxI http://www.corsair.com/en-us/rmi-series ... odular-psu as opposed to the RM that Reaper mentioned) makes it so that you can monitor, in real time, how your hardware is behaving. http://www.corsair.com/en-us/corsair-commander-mini

I have the AIO cooler and a Link commander that I run all my fans, PSU, and AIO through.


As for SSDs... I'm a huge fan of SSDs. I should be with 10 of them in Raid 6 in my current build. The 850 Evo by Samsung is a good performance part, but the Crucial MX200 and BX200 lines are good as well. Often you can find them at a lower price. We could get into a discussion about the various pros and cons of different controllers but the gains for even the best controller are not as dramatic as we, the enthusiasts, would have you believe.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6820147374 850 Evo 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 24G2KG1847 MX200 1TB


For cases I always go for either Lian Li or Corsair. I absolutely LOVE the build quality of a mid to high end Lian Li but they get retardedly expensive in short order. I'm currently running with a White Corsair Air 540. It's wider than a standard x86 case but that's to hide the PSU cabling, optical drives, and SSDs (if you so desire)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6811139032

If you have cash remaining I HIGHLY recommend getting a new display, a good solid keyboard and a high end mouse.

Most people spend insane amounts of money on the things inside the case without ever realizing that what is, arguably, MORE important are the pieces you physically interact with on a regular basis. Meaning Input and Output devices.

Good luck and happy shopping!
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Re: Help me build a new PC

Postby NotableJoe » Wed Nov 04, 2015 1:55 am

This is the case I have (in black):

http://www.corsair.com/en-us/vengeance-c70-mid-tower-gaming-case-military-green

It looks nice, not a bunch of extra bullshit, and has all the room I need, although I have fairly minimal requirements.

This is the keyboard I have. It's the best keyboard I've ever used:

http://www.corsair.com/en-us/vengeance-k95-fully-mechanical-gaming-keyboard
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Re: Help me build a new PC

Postby Mage » Wed Nov 04, 2015 5:50 am

Hi Eris,

I posted in our SC Forums thread about what I just did. Here's a quick and dirty look at a set up from a PC Hound:

https://pchound.com/lXKp2i/

PC Hound Part List - Hound-O-Matic (Beta) Results

CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K 8M ($369.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING M7 ($211.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: CORSAIR 32GB (4 x 8GB) Vengeance LPX ($206.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 850W X Series X-850 (SS-850KM3 Active PFC F3) ($155.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: SAMSUNG 256GB 850 Pro Series MZ-7KE256BW ($131.49 @ Amazon)
Storage #2: SAMSUNG 1TB 850 EVO MZ-75E1T0B/AM ($345.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design FD-CA-DEF-R4-BL ($98.96 @ TigerDirect)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 ($74.99 @ Mwave)
Total: $1,596.38
Price may include shipping, rebates, promotions, and tax
Generated by PC Hound

I would want to double check the case/cooler options/height compatibility. I think those are highly preference influenced (as they should be). I personally didn't care for my last two closed loop coolers so went with a killer air cooler this time and not only is it quieter under load but actually cooling incredibly well. I do have a great air cooling case though.

Can use that tool to quickly browse around at the other socket options as well.

Happy hunting!
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Re: Help me build a new PC

Postby Captain Glume » Wed Nov 04, 2015 6:13 pm

Some great advice here. Makes me want a new PC so badly, but since my current one can handle it pretty well I may as well hold off as long as possible. 2016 is the year of the gaming cockpit!
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Re: Help me build a new PC

Postby Solaias » Mon Nov 16, 2015 12:39 am

I completely missed this thread. I don't know if it's still relevant, but here is my list of parts for your consideration.

CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K - $389.99 @ Newegg
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Motherboard: ASUS Z170 PRO GAMING - $125.97 @ Newegg
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Memory: CORSAIR 32GB (4 x 8GB) Dominator Platinum 3000MHz - $299.99 @ Amazon
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Power Supply SeaSonic 850W X Series X-850 - $141.98 @ Newegg
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Internal Storage: 2 X SAMSUNG 1TB 850 EVO (in a RAID setup) - $346.99 (each) @ Amazon
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Case: NZXT Phantom 820 Series $89.99 @ Best Buy
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CPU Cooler: CORSAIR H110i GTX - $139.18 @ Amazon
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Total: $1,881.08
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Re: Help me build a new PC

Postby Eris » Mon Nov 16, 2015 12:52 am

Yeah, that's about what I've settled on, but now that I have Fallout 4 running and see that my current computer handles it like a champ, the upgrade is no longer so urgent for me. I've got all these parts bookmarked at Amazon and other locations for future reference. Maybe after Christmas would be a better time to upgrade.
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Re: Help me build a new PC

Postby Solaias » Mon Nov 16, 2015 12:57 am

It certainly would be a better time if you can hold off until then. Leading up to Xmas the price of parts tends to rise as OEM's (like Dell for example) tend to buy a pot of stock for their own system builds causing a shortage. Sometime in the new year (normally around March) the prices have dropped back to their normal level again.
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