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Guide

i5-6500 / GeForce GTX 980 RGB Gaming PC

Description

First and foremost, this build is a bit different than some of the others we have done. The main focus was not on bang for your buck, but rather on a quiet build with RGB control and aesthetically pleasing components on a budget of roughly 1200 dollars.

The CPU powering this build is the newest generation Intel Core i5-6500 Skylake processor. We selected this model because the motherboard is on the B150 chipset and does not support overclocking. The i5-6500 is a powerful option comparable to the unlocked i5-6600k and will be more than enough for most AAA games on the market. We've paired this processor with the Asus B150 Pro Gaming/Aura motherboard. The Aura line from Asus adds RGB control to LEDs all over motherboard for a unique look that is adjustable at any time at the click of a button and fits perfectly with the RGB theme. Arguably the most controversial choice for this build is the CPU cooler and this is where we deviate from the bang for your buck attitude. The be quiet! Dark Rock 3 CPU cooler is one the quietest single fan coolers on the market and one of the most efficient at keeping temperatures low as well. Keeping with the theme of the build, the Dark Rock 3 is flat black with a brushed metal finish on the top which complements the rest of components beautifully.

For storage, this machine uses the PNY CS1311 240GB solid state drive for Windows 10 and commonly used games and applications. This specific drive was picked because it offered significantly improved performance over a standard platter-based hard drive and the design on the drive fit our color scheme which is important because the 2.5” mounting in our case faces the sidepanel window. For the rest of our storage needs we selected a 2TB 7200rpm drive from Seagate that should be more than enough for most user's gaming libraries and other stored data.

No gaming machine would be complete without a powerful graphics card. The Gigabyte GeForce XTREME GAMING GTX 980 is part of a new line of cards from Gigabyte that includes RGB control around the fans and on the Windforce logo. Much like the motherboard, the colors can be changed at the click of button and offer a variety of modes to choose from. This model also boasts a hefty overclock and should provide more than enough power for gaming at 1080p.

All of these components come together inside of the newly released Phanteks Eclipse P400S. Adding to the RGB theme of our build, the P400S has a controllable LED under the front panel for a soft glow beneath the case that can be adjusted with a physical button between the fan controller and the reset switch. This case is designed for silence and includes magnetic covers for both top fan mounts to minimize noise as much as possible. A majority of this case is built from steel which makes it feel extremely sturdy and high quality. The entire system is powered by the Seasonic G550 semi-modular 80+ Gold power supply which delivers some of the best performance on the market and is highly regarded among reviewers.

We hope you enjoy the guide and we will be doing a live stream of the build this coming Thursday 3/31 at 2PM Central time. If you have questions about the build please leave them here and we will either address them directly on the guide or during the stream.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPNeH9MqgF4

Newegg has put together a SuperCombo for the core of this build with some minor adjustments and great savings: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.2815649

Compatibility: No issues or incompatibilities found.

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CPU Intel - Core i5-6500 3.2 GHz Quad-Core Processor
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CPU Cooler be quiet! - Dark Rock 3 67.8 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler
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Motherboard Asus - B150 PRO GAMING/AURA ATX LGA1151 Motherboard
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Memory PNY - Anarchy 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2400 Memory
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Storage Seagate - Barracuda 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
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Storage PNY - CS1311 240 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
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Video Card Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 980 4 GB XTREME GAMING Video Card
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Case Phanteks - P400S ATX Mid Tower Case
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Power Supply SeaSonic - G 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply
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Base Total: €954.46
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Total: €963.45

Comments

  • 40 months ago
  • 8 points

Arguably the most controversial choice for this build is the CPU cooler

and one of the most efficient at keeping temperatures low as well.

That 65 watts cpu is going to freeze with the dark rock 3!!!! :)

Will be nice to see building with the new phanteks eclipse!!

  • 40 months ago
  • 12 points

That's the goal. Ice cold and silent.

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

:)

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Get a Noctua NH D15 and passive cool it. No fans. :D

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  • 40 months ago
  • 8 points

Now, I've got my eye on you, Mike Wasowski.

  • 40 months ago
  • 4 points

dam, that's a pretty dank build

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

You did it again Ryan!

Woohoo.

Got my upvote(and not because you are staff and I am scared of youWhich-I-Am)

  • 40 months ago
  • 4 points

Haha, I'm really excited to build this one on stream and watch it all come together.

  • 40 months ago
  • 4 points

pcpp gaming chanel confirmed????

plz boss plz

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

We stream on our youtube channel for builds and product overviews and whatever else we think is cool.

  • 40 months ago
  • 4 points

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!

THE GODS OF PCPP HAVE ANSWERED MY PRAYERS!!!!!!!!!

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

lol me 2

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice, cant wait to see the P400s

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Love the Gigabyte Extreme cards with the rgb. Looking forward to the stream!!

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3s8JFT

Any Recommendation on this build above by any chance?

Thank you and I really appreciate your nearest respond.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

I like your choice in speakers :P

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

This bundle has been sold out for a while now. Do you know if Newegg plans to continue offering this bundle?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm wondering the same thing.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Last we spoke they were working on getting more stock to possibly create an even larger bundle.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

The Bundle is currently available again!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Waiting for all of the comments about the cpu cooler even though its addressed in the description. +1

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

My thoughts exactly. I knew I needed address it more than once to drive the point home.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm really curious as to how it would sound in person especially once you start pushing the GPU and CPU a bit.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I believe we loaded a benchmark on it in our pre-build and we plan to run it during the stream. You won't really be able to hear it but I plan to describe it as best I can.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! I was browsing PCPP and saw this.

What is this? A new build guide?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Indeed it is.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Hopefully I can make it to the stream.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

As with all our other streams it will be uploaded in 4k to Youtube after we finish.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Ok, but it's not the same

What time is it (California)

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Noon.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Is this meant for 1080 or 1440?

  • 40 months ago
  • 4 points

Yes. But 1440p would be a better choice. If you want 1080p it should be 144Hz, but at the same time you'd want to have a 6600K and OC it to take more advantage of such a monitor. And if you want 1440p, an R9 Fury would also be a better choice.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

It will work for either.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Please put in bold what you have said at the top.

"First and foremost, this build is a bit different than some of the others we have done. The main focus was not on bang for your buck, but rather on a quiet build with RGB control and aesthetically pleasing components on a budget of roughly 1200 dollars."

This whole setup is built around taking "bang for your buck" and just doing the opposite of whatever actually makes sense.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Well, yeah. What's wrong with a little bling to go with your game?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

and the cheapest 980ti is $83 more than that 980

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

But they aint going for the perfect performance nor price, they're going for RGB

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah i kinda saw that a while ago

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I am well pleased with this build. PSU, mobo CPU cooler and especially Phanteks' ECLIPSE P400S which vies for my top spot of best case with Fractal Design's Define R5. Out of preference I would swap the GPU, RAM and HDD with what I want.

I checked out the beQuiet! 3 cooler and HOT DAMN that's a very good fan!

Excellent build!

  • 40 months ago
  • 5 points

Don't you mean COLD DAMN?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Hue

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Good +1

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I've had two PNY drives (of two different generations no less) fail on me within 3 months of purchase, and while they are still cheap, they're not really so much cheaper than brands known for reliability to justify them IMO.

That 980 is a lot more expensive than it needs to be (it seems to sit right in between the lowest priced 980 and the lowest priced 980ti).

I don't really get the idea behind red accents on a RGB motherboard, nor using RAM with blue accents with it.

Having said all that, damn that's a sexy case.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't really get the red accents either to be honest but I'd wager that black/red is by far the most popular color combination so that's why they went with it. The blue was more of a personal choice as I will likely run this build black, red, and blue.

  • 40 months ago
  • 0 points

I've had two PNY drives (of two different generations no less) fail on me within 3 months of purchase, and while they are still cheap, they're not really so much cheaper than brands known for reliability to justify them IMO.

That all depends on the models. The CS2111 is one of the best sata SSD's.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Wasn't the CS2111 discontinued and replaced by the CS2211?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Not sure honestly.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

It seems the CS2211's max speeds provided by PNY are higher, and the MTBF is 2x higher. Pricing is also about the same or better.

Benchmarks show the CS2211 to be a solid performer. I'm thinking it's better off.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Appears to be a solid build. Even the case - I found that kinda interesting. +1

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Similar to the one I just did minus the 980.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

hey!

I'm a first time builder and I'm wondering if overclocking the cpu is worth the extra money or not? I'm planning on mostly gaming on 1080p with most titles. What are the benefits of overclocking and is it necessary to get "the best performance"?

Here's my build so far, any advice on trimming the price down would be great!

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/CyrkCJ

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Your build is very nice and budget, I might have to steal it, lol. OCing is definitely worth it.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I've been having so much fun researching all of the different parts. I've decided to go ahead and get the i5 6600k for the OCing potential. Any suggestions on where I can learn how to OC correctly?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Ask around at overclockers.net, they're very helpful. If not, there's plenty of yt tutorials.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I have roughly the exact same build and its pretty beasty, aside from I have a 4690k and a hyper 212x cooler instead.

But I still haven't dabbled in overclocking :/

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Do not suggest that subreddit here. Those keys are not legitimately distributed and break MS ToS.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

So i should buy it?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Like the actual ones not reddit?

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe one day you guys could do a custom water cooling build ;)

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

We'd love to do one but ideally we have support on our site first.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Does that mean PCPP may get watercooling support!?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

That's one of our goals.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh hell yeah!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh my gosh! I only just got the reference in your account picture haha that's golden.

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I love the guides you guys put out, but the formatting kills me... (I'm sorry, I just love neat formatting so much)

Would you mind if I format it and send it to you via pastebin or something?

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

I'd love to see your take. It is broken out this way on purpose and not on a part by part basis to combine sections that made sense to discuss together in the same way you would do with an essay.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Here you go mani! http://pastebin.com/zTPc5jKy

If you want to see what it looks like without some fooling around I have it temporarily saved as a guide called "test". I'll delete it within the next few hours in case you were wondering.

EDIT: I goofed on the formatting so I changed the pastebin link to the updated version.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool. Nice low rpm torque. Great for towing.

This would game well and look nice.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

This would be completely stunning with a RGB keyboard like the corsair strafe RGB/K70 RGB or the razer blackwidow chroma

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

If this does end up on my desk I have a strafe and k70 both RGB. You could go crazy and add a Razer Firefly mousepad and RGB mouse as well...

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Witch do you prefer, strife or k70 , I was looking to purchase the strife

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Both are good keyboards. I like different things about each but wish the strafe had the volume wheel from the k70.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmm ok , Thank you :)

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I have just got the strafe (non RGB with MX Browns) and it is a damn great keyboard and worth the price.

Coming from a Microsoft wired 600 its a major difference.

Typing never felt so good XD

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Stuff like this makes me wish the Rosewill Lightning still existed.

Really looking forward to this stream.

Something that would be really cool, would be to take the fans off the heatsink and replace them with Thermaltake Riing fans.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I was wondering if someone would link the lightning. What a crazy power supply. Riing fans would have been an interesting addition that I did not consider. My only complaint with their RGB models is that they are hardware controlled and the colors have to be reset on every reboot.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I was wondering if someone would link the lightning. What a crazy power supply.

One of the few colorful power supplies that wouldn't kill you and your extended family.

My only complaint with their RGB models is that they are hardware controlled and the colors have to be reset on every reboot.

Really? That sucks.

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  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Colors do not need to be reset on every reboot.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you have a source on that? Every review I've seen has mentioned this with the RGB Riing fans.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I have them in my computer and they remember color settings between shutdowns - even custom RGB values. I have seen some reviews mentioning that the fans don't remember settings, but the conclusion is usually a faulty controller.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a OK build but not the most economical build. Spending 120$ for a motherboard just because of the LEDs doesn't seem reasonable considering you can get a z1z0 board for the same price or cheaper. The dark rock pro isn't needed either because the 6500 isnt going to be overclocked so a hyper 212 Evo would be more reasonable and wouldn't be unbearably loud. The power supply also seems to be over priced considering you could get a evga 750 watt semi modular for the same price in case you decide to sli with some less power hungry cards. But I guess everyone has their own preferences!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

The whole thing isn't meant to be economical. Appearances and quieter operation are meant to be the two biggest aspects of the PC.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

That is true but I doubt a cheaper (good looking heatsink) would be that much louder and what's with the power supply besides it being "better rated amongst gamers"?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I doubt a cheaper (good looking heatsink) would be that much louder

https://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/beQuiet/Dark_Rock_3/7.html

Every 10 decibels is generally considered 2x louder. 5 decibels is a "clearly noticeable" increase in noise. So a 212 EVO would be a bit louder at full speed and at lower speeds.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for informing me. I guess I'm just strongly opinionated on some parts ;).

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Do u guys think this build will be vr ready

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Most likely

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Although not my particular choice of color, this would look very aesthetically pleasing to the eye I imagine.

+1

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Will there be a video for this build guide?

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

We hope you enjoy the guide and we will be doing a live stream of the build this coming Thursday 3/31 at 2PM Central time. If you have questions about the build please leave them here and we will either address them directly on the guide or during the stream.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I have that same gpu but the 970 variation and the RGB on it is amazing. I have mine set to blue to match my intel aio water cooler. Hope ill make it to the stream so see this rgb monster put together.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow... that case is gorgeous

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello...the maximum supported memory of motherboard is 2133 and u put 2400 ram , how is that?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Anything over 2133 is considered an OC. The memory comes with an XMP profile that will enable the speed in the BIOS.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks so every motherboard is written on it 2133\ that means it conforms ram over 2133?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

No, it means that you may be able to run higher frequency RAM but it will vary on a board by board basis.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

so that is bad anyway what is your opinion in my building http://pcpartpicker.com/p/cPswGX

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

that is bad anyway what is your opinion in my building? http://pcpartpicker.com/p/cPswGX

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

If you want to make all the colours match change the Xtreme Gaming with 980 4gb G1 gaming OC edition

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

For a fully modular PSU choose XFX XTR 550W

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

As an alternative to the Phanteks ECLIPSE you could use the Enthoo Luxe with more aggressive RGB lighting.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

You definitely could. We went with the P400S as it is brand new and we wanted to show off some new hardware as well as give it a quick review on stream.

I believe we already did a build in the Luxe for our editing machine.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a good build. It should be about 400W even with speaks, monitor, usb devs ect....

I have about the same but a GTX 970, no aftermarket cpu cooler and no SSD. So this would be $400 over budget for me.

Good choices no weak spots - this should be a featured build. I will enjoy watching the video. Sorry about that last build in January.

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd get a 6600k instead, but okay build otherwise.

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

No point on a B150 motherboard.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, I'd get a different motherboard then...

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

The next motherboard in the Aura line is over 300 dollars, hence the 6500. Honestly, OC on the CPU adds almost nothing in terms of performance. You are far better off going with a locked CPU and spending more on your GPU or other components.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly, OC on the CPU adds almost nothing in terms of performance.

Really? Can you please explain

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Outside of benchmarks, most CPU overclocks add very little to gaming performance.

One example: http://www.anandtech.com/show/9533/intel-i7-6700k-overclocking-4-8-ghz/8

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry but, why are you using a 2400mhz memory kit on a B150 chipset motherboard? It will downgrade to 2133mhz because the chipset doesn't support a 2400mhz memory.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

It will run at 2400. 2133 is the default speed but it will support higher via XMP profile.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I come from Denmark, so it is kinda hard for me to order the items that are not available on amazon, so what do i do about the power supply, the internal hard drive and the CPU cooler?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/fz3fYJ i edited it to what i would have gone with.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

You can do a 6600k and a 980 ti for this price with an M.2 SSD. Your power supply, case, hard-drive, SSD and RAM are all slightly over-priced.

  • 40 months ago
  • 0 points

You can absolutely make this more efficient per your dollar but per the guide description that was not the goal.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm going all out for mine when I build I'm not really caring for quiet as to performance and possibly cool casing

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

But this is quiet and formally built with nice stability for 1200 bucks. I've seen very few builds with the Pny anarchy ram. How does it perform to what you made it for?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Can't wait to see new Phanteks case!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Could this run gta v without a problem

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Definitely!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! I like the choice of the xtreme gaming gpu.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

YES to rgb strips ;)

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

We may toss some in if it goes to my desk. We have some bitfenix strips on hand and i think an extra Hue+

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

No offense, but you could get a cheaper motherboard that is Z170 by about $10 (MSI Z170 PC MATE). And the build is actually more expensive considering the CPU Cooler isn't showing a price. But other than than, pretty good build :)

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

You really should have gotten a Fury Nitro instead of a 980. With better DX12 performance and better latency in VR, it was a no brainier.

  • 40 months ago
  • 0 points

* Nitro Nano

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude this build sounds cool

If only i had the money :(

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I have this RAM on my first build- solid choice.

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Trying to make my first build and got this build based on this guide to cut a little cost and use a different fan since that one is sold out. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/qjtnkL I would really love any feedback.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Would a nzxt white case be okay for this build?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

The case is probably the most personal part of the build. If you like it and everything fits, go for it!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

quick question but i don tfeel like makig a forum post because this question is sper simple. is the hype aroun xeons real? are they really just i7s without an igpu

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Considering there is a 2.2ghz Xeon with 22 cores, yes, the hype is real :p However, they are intended for server environments rather than gaming.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build! Kudos to the author.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

guys i'm thinking of buying this rig when i start working in the summer, please give me some tips. This is my first time building a pc.https://pcpartpicker.com/user/NewbPcBuilder98/saved/

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice, a gtx 1080! I would get a 6600k rather than a locked processor, or get a h170 motherboard. Also, an SSD is almost required nowadays for any amount of speed in booting and opening games. I would recommend a 240 or 256 gigabyte SSD to fit an OS and programs. Also, what monitor will you be using?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the tip, I probably won't need to overclock, so I might change the mobo. Eventually I will get a ssd, and for the monitor i'm gonna be using my 720p tv. Yes, I know what you are going to say, get a 1080p monitor, which i will sooner or later,it's just that I have to buy this stuff over time. I really appreciate the tips, thank you. I'm so excited for the gtx 1080, and it came right when i'm about to build my pc this summer.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually, I would recommend either at least a 1440p monitor, or a cheaper card like the 1060 when it releases or the 1070. Its just a waste to use such a high end card for only 1080p.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Wait so you're telling me that the 1080 can easily max out all my games?!?! I guess I could drop down to the 1070 since I won't feel the difference anyway.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes. The 970 can Max out any games at 1080p. The 1080 is more than 2 times as powerful. It is aimed at 4K and VR. It would get hundreds of FPS at 1080p. Even a 1070 would probably be overkill for 1080p. However I can understand the hype to get the latest and greatest. I would want a 1080 as well. I just wouldn't spend my money on something I can't utilize.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

great build but do you have ram issue?? you bought ram with speed 2400 but your motherboard only supports 2133 ?? :)

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Stock supported speed is 2133. 2400 will run via XMP profile in the BIOS.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool concept build!

Would this work with a triple monitor 5760x1080 setup? Triple BenQ RL2455HM's? Running a couple of the racing simulators like iRacing

Watching the build video now!

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

It would, but honestly I'd be looking at SLI/CF setups for a monitor setup like that.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

much appreciated!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you make another video for up close and more drscriptive tutorial in the wiring/cables. I am somewhat new to this and am very confused at the part where you guys were doing the wiring in your guide video/stream.

Thanks!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL CPU cooler is out of stock! x-D

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks like we made them too popular ;)

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

hehe

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

What other cooler can I use in replace and still work fine

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

What cpu cooler fan can I use since the dark rock is out of stock

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Is there another recommended case other than the Phanteks mentioned above? Amazon says it takes 1 to 3 months for delivery.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice choice of parts! Could be a bit cheaper... But still a great guide!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

golden

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I would rather get an MSI z170 carbon pro. Better rgb lighting

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Some advice

980 ti G1 Gaming from Gigabyte also has an rgb WINDFORCE logo

MSI Z170 Carbon Pro has better RGB

Using a hue+ would be cool as well

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Why do you have a CPU cooler when the i5-6500 comes with a in stock cooler?

EDIT: I like the build btw :)

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Everything is explained in the description.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Why in the frig did you go with b150 over z170? B150 isn't made for gaming and lacks a lot compared to Z170. And a lot of z170 boards have RGB things so just why?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Just wondering (I'm new to this whole computer thing) is there any difference between a Samsung SSD and a PNY SSD?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't know for sure but I think Samsung are faster and probably a bit more reliable. However, they are more expensive. Adata and Kingston have some good value SSDs as well.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not sure why you chose a motherboard that costs more than a Z170 when you could have dropped to a $100 Z170 and then opted for an i5-6600K.

Why are you opting for such an expensive cpu cooler when you can use the boxed retail cooler and it will run just fine?

That SSD is a smokin' deal though, wow!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

The main focus was... on a quiet build with RGB control and aesthetically pleasing components on a budget of roughly 1200 dollars.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

How are you supposed to install an OS?? .-.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

You can install your OS via USB.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a great build. My next build is going to be some what on the lines with this. Nice Work!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Any suggestions on a replacement for the fan, since it doesn't appear that it will come back in stock any time soon? It'd be nice if it was equally quiet, but I'd probably err on the side of fitting in with the build aesthetic before anything else.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

1080p? lol more like 1440p with any game with that gpu.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Does anybody have benchmarks for this build? Thanks m8

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I did some testing on DS3 last week. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPd7FF_tkK4

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty dope!!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Well there was the i5 6600 non k, which would be a better ally to the 980, but it wasn't my build, just a heads up

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Leaked convo from Gigabyte HQ

"Hey guys the 980 price/performance isn't that great...what should we do?"

"Strap some tacky RGB lights?"

"Genius!"

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I had a question. My rig I built nearly 7 years ago finally melted down. I like this build, but wondering if it is advisable to reuse certain aspects of the old rig. Basically what has failed is the ssd, but the video card was slowly having problems and trying to upgrade piece by piece wouldn't work anyway. So with the meltdown I am ready to move on. A few parts that seem to be working just fine and wondering if I should reuse?

I have an Antec TruePower 750 power supply Antec (essentially GX500) case

Also contemplating keeping the 2 1.5 TB drives as they have soldiered on forever and I back that data up to an external drive in the event those drives fail.

All the fans have blue led lighting so stays in the spirit of the build I believe.

So what should I reuse or should I start allover from scratch?

Also has anyone found that CPU cooler?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Dark souls 3 will run max 60fps on a gtx 970 or R9 390, I have the R9 390, max settings 1080p, 50hours of play so far, and never once have I seen my fps anything other than 60. save the money if you just want to play dark souls 3.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Why the "PNY Anarchy 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory"? Because it was less expensive at the time? I would have gone with with the DDR4-2666 CAS15 memory and tightened the timings to a minimum of a CAS13 (of course that's conservative, could do better).

The rest of the build looks stellar.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

On B150 you cannot go above 2133 so the added frequency wouldnt matter even with XMP. The memory was just the least expensive at the time with the desired aesthetic.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, I didn't even bother to see that B150, you're right. It's a business chipset technically. Makes sense!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Really good, but you could do way better on the pricing for that.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I would just get a H170 for RAID Support

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

"aesthetically pleasing components" the RAM is blue and the mobo is red. these components are aesthetically pleasing on their own, but a bad match together. why not some kingston fury red, or some g.skill ripjaws x, possibly even corsair vengeance?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Because I plan to run all the LEDs blue in it. RAM is basically interchangeable as I mentioned in the video guide and you are free to select whatever color scheme you like.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

beautiful choice in products but the red motherboard and blue ram upsets me lol :3

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Get windows 8.1..... Now let this comment sink to the bottom of the void

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

If you plan to use your computer as a gaming machine, you want to use windows 10. 8.1 does not support DX12.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Is this build good for gaming with the quiet approach and all?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not sure you why you went i5-6500 and then chose a $125 B150 board...

Also, why a $75 cooler when the i5-6500 does not OC, so the included retail cooler would be fine?

You could have chosen one of the $85-95 Z170 boards that are on sale every couple weeks and had a i5-6600 or i5-6600k. Or even still chose the i5-6500 and saved $30-40.

I like the build, I just think it could be done with the same or better components for less.

Also, may want to throw a windows license in the mix unless you are decommissioning an old machine.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

All of those are explained in the description.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

You need to update the prices. This build costs at least $200 more.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Just checked the prices and every single one matches up in the USA. I think I saw one product that was roughly 5USD different.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

The video card is no longer available from Micro Center and the next cheapest is $34 more, the CPU is in-store pickup only so if you don't live in one of the 12 city it's another $20. I over exaggerated a bit, but there are a few other items that are not available at the cheaper options and are $3-$8 dollars more plus another ~$50 for shipping.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Go Manirelli, delete all of the haters' comments!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Reviewing the deleted comments, I can tell you that half were from spammers telling us how we can make $$$ per day doing X, and the other half were from people who couldn't follow the forum guidelines. We don't delete comments from people who just disagree with us or don't like our parts.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

oh, sorry i didn't mean to sound offensive when I said that.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I've heard that the Phanteks Eclipse P400S had bad airflow, should I still go for this?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm using it right now without issue. I've been gaming for 12+ hours and the highest I've seen the 980 was 78C

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

alright, thanks

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

y didInt u just buy a mac min i>? they cum made and r ease to use. but u ned mouse keybord and mointer. very good priece to perfornmance radio. mite b money but bettr value for moneys.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I love this build and I'm trying to build my own PC. I've already got a GTX 970 and a SPEC-03 (I got them really cheap) and I'm going for the same CPU this build showcases. Since I live in Mexico that means I'm unable to buy from most US retailers (Except from Amazon but shipping is sort of expensive), so I'm looking for good alternatives for the motherboard. I looked for this same motherboard here but its price is almost on par to a z170 chipset mobo (Specifically the GA-z170x Gaming 3 and/or the Asus z170-A). The gaming 3 looked pretty good but reading some reviews from newegg made me question my choice. Sadly, there is no way to get anything else than Gigabyte or Asus from my retailer unless I buy from Amazon which makes it all more expensive for me. Any help, suggestions on this?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't think you should get the Gigabyte version of the GTX 980 because of the coil whine. I had to send back mine because of the coil whine. Instead get the msi version of it or maybe EVGA

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry if this a dumb question, but I am going to build this with the exact same parts, and I was wondering how you installed windows onto the SSD? Wouldn't you need a cd drive? I don't thing from whats listed that there is one? Or am I just stuck in the old age.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

The common installation method now is via USB.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Before I start buying the parts I need to no if I can use wifi on this.

Sorry for being ******* retarded but im new to pc's in general because I've always used apple's products.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

You would need to add a wifi adapter.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello, I'm looking into building a PC to replace my old one (it's almost 8 years old, a basic Dell), I'm looking for not only gaming but also use the PC with animation programs (2D and 3D). I'm really overwhelmed by all the options out there, so I looked at this build and it looks very nice and am thinking of just following it. Would it be good for animation too?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

RGB is such a tempting thing nowadays, you just gotta get creative so you don't spend buttloads of money!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

In this build are all of the necessary parts in the list or are there anymore things I would need to buy? Kind of a stupid question but I'm new to PC Gaming

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

There are no additional parts you would need to build this machine.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

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  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

This is one sexy machine!!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Will this guide work with the new gtx 1080?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

It should but we will have the GPUs added soon so you can double check.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I looked at the build before reading this and I was like I have a more powerfull pc that costs less and has a monitor keyboard and mouse then I saw that this isn't the best build you can get but I suggest you go for a hybrid drive for any budget build, because you can double the storage sometimes for less than if you went for a ssd/had build

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

First off, love the build. It is absolutely quiet, and aesthetically pleasing as stated not to mention a fun build. I currently have Case, Mobo, and GPU set to green as it seems to be the LED theme in my man cave of sorts which is accented by Xbox accessories.

My question is with the RAM. I think the issue I am having is possibly a motherboard issue that I need to address with ASUS. I posted a topic in the troubleshooting forum as a last ditch effort before possibly RMA of the board. You mentioned the XMP profile. I noticed in the bios (with only 1 stick of RAM in the A2 slot) that the XMP is showing as disabled and the dropdown doesn't allow any other option. I was thinking that this is possibly normal with that configuration or it will be automatically determined (?) Was any type of firmware required for the B150 to allow this RAM setup?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Nothing was changed. XMP depends on your memory and if it is overclocked. That being said, with B150 you will be locked to 2133 regardless.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Quick question about the case. The one in the part list is the gunmetal version but the one in the build video looks pretty dark. Was that really the gunmetal one or was it the black one?

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Why spend 500 dollars for up to 1080p?

  • 40 months ago
  • 0 points

I would recommend adding an ssd to this build

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Already has one. Look in the storage category...

  • 40 months ago
  • 0 points

Okay, I understand that it's not bang for the buck but...a 980? That's like one of the worst valued video cards available lol

  • 39 months ago
  • 0 points

I7 with a 980 will be better

  • 39 months ago
  • 0 points

Ryan can you do my build and tell me how it is with editing and gaming. Thanks if you did or did not. Have a great day and gl on the streams.

Link: https://pcpartpicker.com/user/samadly/builds/

  • 39 months ago
  • 0 points

I don't think your motherboard and RAM will be compatible.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

They are compatible. We already built the machine.

  • 39 months ago
  • 0 points

Be careful with that PSU, you don't want to cheap out on those because it could cause multiple components to go.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

This PSU is very high quality.

  • 38 months ago
  • 0 points

At this point, I would just wait until the "Titan Killer" GTX 1080 hits the market. Don't bother with an expesnive 980 that will be very much obsolete soon anyway.

  • 38 months ago
  • 0 points

why not the gtx 1080 or 1070?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

They are not available for purchase yet.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

They were not released at the time of posting and are still not available.

  • 38 months ago
  • 0 points

Hello! Nice build! Can anybody tell me if this is a good part list? Thanks! Here's the list. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zxXnmG

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Please make your own post on the forums.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok sorry

  • 38 months ago
  • 0 points

No 6700 :(

  • 40 months ago
  • -2 points

more like it'll cost 1500

  • 40 months ago
  • 4 points

Total: $1268.82

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Not USD

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  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Hope this isn't late but "modular" means all the cables can be attached or detached depending on whether you need them. Semi modular means some are permanently connected (usually cpu and motherboard power) and some can be plugged in at will. Also, the bk019 will be even better than the bk018, but more expensive.

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  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Good choice to delete that comment - comments like that won't go over well here.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Spooky.

  • 39 months ago
  • 0 points

Sorry man wasn't me, it must of been my class mate i don't remember typing that

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  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Please make your own post in the part list opinions wanted forum.

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  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

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  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

One major thing: this build is NOT based on price to performance, it is based on good looks and rgb lighting. I would recommend a 970 or less for 1080p. A 980 is just overkill. I use a 950 for 1080p and I can get over 60fps with high settings. However with recording, 960 or better would be good. A capture card is another option. Basically, don't rely on this build if you want to get the best value. If you need it to look good and are willing to spend more money, then at least get a cheaper, more reasonable graphics card.

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  • 40 months ago
  • 8 points

Because the point of the build was RGB.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Just get an NZXT HUE+?

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  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

I JUST saw that these got released...

http://www.avexir.com/product/ROG/redtesla.html

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  • 40 months ago
  • 4 points

Some of us do actually need/use over 8GB of RAM. This may wander to my desk after the build ;)

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

And it's really only another 30 bucks or so.

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Please read the build guide description.

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  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I dont think the guide gives a **** about price/performance. It wasnt meant to look and run cool.

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