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"Penetrator" Z1-S - Ultimate $1200 Gaming PC!

If you are looking for something cheaper, check out my $1000 build guide! :D http://pcpartpicker.com/guide/2PKH99/ghillie-z1-ultimate-1000-build

This PC features the new Skylake architecture with DDR4 memory and the best bang-for-your-buck GPU on the market. This build is meant to do some serious overclocking and max out 60fps 1080p as well as getting 60fps on 1440p as long as a couple settings are turned down.

CPU [i5-6600k]

The new i5-6600k was a choice already made. It is based on the new 6th gen Skylake architecture, so it is faster than older Haswell processors, including the amazing i5-4690k, and can take advantage of new DDR4 RAM. It is also unlocked so you can overclock this thing all you like.

CPU Cooler [Corsair H60]

While being a super stylish cooler that will match this build well, it also performs very well and can keep this i5 cool even past 4.5 GHz, and doesn't break the bank either.

Motherboard [MSI Z170A Gaming M5]

This motherboard is on a Z170 chipset, which means it can be used to overclock unlocked Skylake processors like the i5-6600k I chose in this build. It makes overclocking a breeze, and matches this build well. It has a very good I/O, and supports SLI and/or Crossfire if you plan to upgrade.

RAM [Kingston HyperX Fury Black DDR4-2133]

Any RAM is good, as long as it looks well and doesn't spontaneously combust. So when I saw that sleek-looking Fury Black 8 GB Kit was under $60, I snatched it up. I prefer this ram to more flashy and honestly kind of tacky Corsair Vengeance or G.Skill RAM in my builds, and in ANY computer, black looks great.

SSD [Crucial BX100 250GB]

At this point in time, pretty much every SATA SSD runs at the same speed, and this 250 GB SSD is both cheap and fast. 250GB will be more than enough to store your operating system, and your most frequently used applications like your web browser and a few games.

HDD [WD Caviar Blue 1TB]

Nobody can go wrong with this hard drive. For just over $50, this is everybody's favorite 1TB hard drive. It is known to last quite a while.

GPU [MSI R9 390]

The GPU is undoubtedly the most important part of any gaming build. At this price point, a high end $300+ video card is a must, and the R9 390 is a great choice. It comes in around the same price point as the GTX 970, and offers more performance. This MSI model has great coolers and will leave you a lot of overclocking head room to get the most for your money. The R9 390 is simply the best bang-for-your-buck card out on the market, and you won't be disappointed with a purchase of this card.

Case [NZXT S340]

This case is known to be one of the best, if not the best Mid Tower ATX case. It doesn't have a huge footprint, but offers great airflow and cable management and is super easy to work with. It looks great, and in this Black/Red model, it will match this build very well.

PSU [EVGA G2 750W]

This power supply is rated 80+ Gold, and is fully modular, for super easy cable management and leaves your build looking clean. At 750W, it leaves us a lot of room for overclocking and future expansion. This power supply is known to have a good build quality and will last a while.

So that's the end of this guide. Leave your feedback in the comments, I would really enjoy it. :D

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    Comments

    • 55 months ago
    • 3 points

    Great build, I just might pick up this system, with a few changes here and there.

    • 55 months ago
    • -2 points

    What would you change?? It's pretty perfect.

    • 55 months ago
    • 4 points

    The SSD, 250gb of evo 850 is around this price and much faster and more reliable. Also I prefer WD because it's faster (even for a mechanical drive) and more reliable

    • 55 months ago
    • 3 points

    I've made 3 Skylake builds (in my head) this was one of the exact ones i thought up! Great jorb!

    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    yeah these parts are community faves haha

    • 55 months ago
    • 2 points

    Hi, great build, the 390 is an epic card for gaming and render work! The i5 isn't bad at rendering either, but is an absolute beast at gaming. +1

    Oh yeah, I hope you wouldn't mind checking out my build guides too, I have a £1200 (UK) build guide with a black and white colour scheme, also a console killer for just £55 more than a PS4 or Xbox One. Please give me feedback on how I can improve my guides.

    • 55 months ago
    • 2 points

    No prob man. :D

    • 55 months ago
    • 2 points

    Thanks all for the positive feedback! I wasn't expecting this much awesome, thanks guys.

    • 55 months ago
    • 2 points

    I wish I could afford this. :'( I can't even afford a $500 build. #fuklife

    • 55 months ago
    • 3 points

    lol me too xD i am a broke child. :P

    • 55 months ago
    • 2 points

    Wow. I am amazed. I'm not sure if there are any parts I would change at all. This build looks great! I think I just might get this :) +1 m8.

    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    Yeah these parts are some of the best on the market. :D

    • 55 months ago
    • 2 points

    Amazing Build everything in there is so good and expensive, i liked everthing of this pc, i love the R9 390 and intel core i5 and plus, its overclockable all of this sums up a great gaming gaming pc.

    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    Thanks!

    • 55 months ago
    • 2 points

    Can I just ask why your chose the MSI 390 over Powercolor, Sapphire and XFX?

    • 55 months ago
    • 2 points

    I'm guessing to go with the red theme. I did the same thing :)

    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    MSI has pretty much the best cooler and matches the build but any R9 390 would work.

    • 55 months ago
    • 2 points

    Hi Rayve, I edited this build. Do you think I made decent changes? http://pcpartpicker.com/p/8McCTW

    • 55 months ago
    • 2 points

    Haha that's not shabby. I thought increased the budget by $275, but you put in a monitor as well. 16GB of RAM is fine if you want to spend the extra money, but you don't need that much. I would recommend putting an SSD in the build, because they make your PC feel much snappier, with 5x faster speeds, and more than 10x compared to the crappy hard drive in my laptop. Power supplies aren't anything to cheap out on, and in my opinion the one you chose isn't a great option, as its overpriced and might get damaged in shipping, while people are saying that it isn't very efficient at all and some report it dying after 3 months. It also isn't modular, but while it isn't necessary, it would make your rig look a lot nicer and cable management a lot easier. I would recommend sticking with the EVGA GS or G2, as they are generally respected. Also, benchmarks have shown that R9 390s perform quite a bit better than GTX 970s, but if you want it for its software and Nvidia Gameworks (for games like Fallout 4), then thats what you want to go with. But if you just want raw performance, stick with an R9 390. The MasterCase 5 isn't a bad option for a case if you are willing to spend a few extra dollars. The CPU (i7-4970k) was a great choice, but doesn't offer many more frames than an i5. Regardless, its a good choice and I can't complain. The mobo is a good step up from the already amazing ASRock Extreme3, but isn't needed if you aren't going to be using all of their 14 USB ports (2 USB 2 headers, 1 USB 3 header, 6 USB 3 rear i/o, and 2 USB 3). I can't see any obvious differences to make it worth an extra $40 (via newegg for both) than the $70 Extreme3. If you want to go look through the specs, feel free to do so. Now this may have sounded harsh, and if it did I'm sorry, but you did a pretty great job for a (probably) rookie builder. I hope you take all this into account, because I did a fair bit of research. Thanks. :D

    • 55 months ago
    • 2 points

    Two questions 1. is it fine if i use a gtx 980 ti? 2. Also if i wanted a optical drive what should i do? (I'm fairly new to this pc building situation)

    • 54 months ago
    • 2 points

    Well optical drives would require a different case, and I heard the Define R5 from Fractal Design is a truly exceptional case, so give that a go. Also, GTX 980 ti would work fine, especially with my more than future-proof PSU.

    • 54 months ago
    • 2 points

    I would have gone for an nivida gpu instead.

    • 54 months ago
    • 1 point

    The R9 390 performs better than a GTX 970, but a 970 isn't a horrible choice at all.

    • 54 months ago
    • 1 point

    Thanks for the suggestion.

    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    would not change a thing except to get AMD to get the wattage down +1

    • 55 months ago
    • 2 points

    ... Why would you wan to get the wattage down, he has a good powersupply.

    • 55 months ago
    • 2 points

    So the electricity bill is cheaper

    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    Your not sopposed to say"cheaper" its sopposeed to be "less expensive"

    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    same thing, god you grammar nazis it's the internet

    • 55 months ago
    • 0 points

    No because i ,eant that the electricity bill should NEVER be callled "cheap" it can only be more or less expensive

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    • 55 months ago
    • 3 points

    that is what I meant. I wish AMD would be more power efficient like nVidia and Intel. I do like the 380 and 390 though a lot.

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    • 55 months ago
    • 2 points

    I guess I would just like to be a more efficient gaming energy hog lol.

    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    would this game run fallout 4 well?

    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    Should run 60fps at 1080p at max settings, it doesn't seem like its going to be any more graphically intensive than The Witcher 3 or anything like that. If you run 1440 then a few settings might have to be turned down. Thanks :D

    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    I could make a better computer with an i7 4790k for $1000, why is this one of the highest rate build?

    • 55 months ago
    • 2 points

    If I cheaped out on the mobo and power supply, and didnt get a hard drive so I could actually store stuff, I could get a 4790k too. But I would rather not cheap out on a $1000 build.

    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    How exactly would the computer be better while running a 4790k, while staying at $1000? You're already going to lose out on performance due to the absence of DDR4, and you're spending a significant amount more on your CPU. If you plan to upgrade the GPU, you're going to be at least $100 over $1k, and that's if you skimp on other parts like the PSU and motherboard. I just ran a build using equivalents to this one and came out at $1052 before rebates. Mind showing me what I did wrong? http://pcpartpicker.com/p/QVdDYJ

    Either way, great build Rayve :) you've juuuuust about sold me on Skylake.

    • 55 months ago
    • 0 points

    you get 4 virtual cores and 4 real cores with the i7 4790k, that is why I like iit, because its hyperthreaded I can run a game that uses 4 cores and not have the game slow down when having other programs open, if you realy like skylake though you could just go with a i7 6700k, I think it is worth the extra money for hyperthreading

    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    But your price for performance ratio is waaaay off if you swap to the the i7, Even as a jump from the i5-4690k it was a fairly inconsequential difference given the price disparity of >$100. Against the 6600k, you're looking at a performance increase of roughly 8%. Thats a difference of 8 fps at 100. Is it a difference? Yes, the i7 gives better performance. But I don't think the price is worth it. Regardless, my question wasn't which was the better processor; it was how are you going to build a full rig that competes for under $1k? You didn't even touch on that.

    • 55 months ago
    • 0 points

    I am you would have to rely on air cooling which I am fine with, the water cooling here would perform just as well, if not worse than the noctua u12s. You can also get good motherboards for lga 1150 socket for a lot less, and you don't need a 80+ gold psu.

    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    You're looking at $700 just for your CPU and GPU at that point, assuming you also went for the 380. The Noctua is more expensive than this water cooler, so you aren't saving any money there for perhaps a 1*C drop in temp, and that's being generous. $300 isn't much to split between a case, a motherboard, RAM (which is going to underperform this RAM anyway because Z97 doesnt support DDR4), storage (especially if you're going SSD which I assume you are, otherwise you can't touch the performance of this rig) and PSU. You still don't get DDR4, and if you put a SSD in your rig with that remaining budget, it drops it by almost another $100. So no, you can't "make a better computer with an i7 4790k for $1000" because it simply can't be done. The CPU is not the end all be all of computer performance, and that's literally the only place a $1000 Z97 rig will compete.

    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    And if you dispute that, build it and post it, and let me know. I'll take back everything I said and hail you as the PCPP God.

    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    Shop sales! This is a great build - mine is almost identical to it, with two major exceptions:

    1. I got 16GB of DDR4-2400 RAM

    2. I spent <$900

    You should absolutely follow this guide, but shop different manufacturers for each part! Feel free to lower the wattage of the Power Supply, get a different cooler, etc. I managed to save an insane amount of money (~$300) on this build without giving up any performance (actually I gained some).

    • 54 months ago
    • 1 point

    May I ask how? I'm looking to do the same thing right at this moment.

    • 54 months ago
    • 1 point

    Shop deals! My build minus my peripherals is at $898.35 and I'm waiting for $80 in mail-in rebates. Assuming my rebates come, I'll be at $818.35. I got my CPU at Microcenter for ~$50 cheaper than any online store price. I got a majority of my parts at Newegg, combos and coupon codes ended up saving me a good chunk of money. My Case I picked up at Tiger Direct, cost me $25 after a $45 mail-in rebate (still waiting on the rebate) My RAM I purchased at Amazon and I got $70 off for signing up for their credit cards. I did save ~$100 by reusing a 500GB HDD from my old laptop instead of buying a new 1TB+ drive. So I currently only have 750GB of space, which is plenty to hold me over until I find a good deal on HDDs or SSDs. I also plan on building a media server for my house at some point so local storage space is not as important for me as I will have household cloud storage soon.

    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    To what extent could this build handle modern games in 4k? What about if there were two '390s in crossfire?

    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    2 390s would match a 989 ti or better, which can handle 4k pretty well.

    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    Hey guys I'm building a gaming PC for the first time and did a little tweaking to this build to bring the price down to about ~$1,000.00 could you guys take a look and see if everything looks okay? Thanks.

    http://pcpartpicker.com/user/HeavyMachineGUN/saved/

    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    Thats fine, but I actually did a $1000 build guide too :D http://pcpartpicker.com/guide/2PKH99/ghillie-z1-ultimate-1000-build

    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    I really like this build. I prefer the NZXT H440, but that's just my personal opinion. It sucks that I live in Canada though because this build comes in at $ 1500 instead of $1200.

    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    Hey Rayve,

    Thanks for putting this guide together. Based on your selection and comments below, it really seems like you know your stuff. I can see a lot of time and love went into this haha.

    I'm planning to build myself a beast of a machine next year as a reward when I finish my uni studies. Passing the time (but just making myself more impatient) by doing some research.

    Just wanted to say thanks, and hope you'll update this guide every now and then. I'll definitely be using it as a reference!

    • 54 months ago
    • 1 point

    Thanks m8. :D I'll be posting some other guides as well.

    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    Nice build Rayve, I am thinking of copying it exactly to make my gaming PC, but I have a bit more room to move around with the budget what would you suggest to upgrade or change if i want a more hardcore gaming PC thanks. +1

    • 54 months ago
    • 1 point

    Well this is already pretty hardcore, but if you want to bump performance, I would probably switch to a 980 or 980 ti first, then an i7, then 16GB of ram, then a bigger water cooler like H100i, then a bigger SSD.

    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    nice name also thats what she said

    • 55 months ago
    • 2 points

    Phrasing!

    • 54 months ago
    • 1 point

    haha yeah

    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    What do you think about this case vs the H440 Black/Red. Also, what about this case vs the Noctis 450? I am not positive that these parts are compatible in all cases. The prices don't matter to me. I am getting all of these parts and just need to decide on a case. Lastly, do i need to buy a CPU block for water cooling or no? I am a noob when it comes to water cooling...

    • 54 months ago
    • 1 point

    The cooler is all-in-one, so its like mounting a normal cooler. The N450 and H440 are more or less the same case, the Noctis without the H440's sound dampening pads features a more Phantom-like agressive exterior, and underglow lighting. They are really excellent cases, and all 3 will work.

    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    i'm wondering if this will be able to be combatable with the wireless card since i prefer wireless internet also will this handle space inginears and gta v at high settings?

    • 54 months ago
    • 1 point

    A wireless card would be a plug and play install, as the motherboard has more than enough slots for it. It'll handle GTA V at Ultra setting at 1080p at around 55+ fps (GTA V isn't as friendly to Radeon cards), and if it can do that it can probably run the other game too.

    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    I'm a pretty noob at this stuff, in fact I've wanted to start a PC build for a long time. I just have a few questions.

    Do you know if these parts would be on sale on Cyber Monday or Black Friday? Is this a good gaming PC build to play games like GTA 5, Warframe, COD 3, etc? Last question, can you start a conversation with me? This is my first time ever building a PC, and I'd really love the help.

    Thanks!

    • 54 months ago
    • 1 point

    Sorry I am kind of late with this response haha. It's not that on sale rn, so I'm kinda sorry for that. The ASUS Strix R9 390 has a discount I think tho.

    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    Is this just a guide, or did you actually build this?

    • 54 months ago
    • 1 point

    I'm not old enough to have a job so naturally I can't afford crap lol.

    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    Hey Rayve I was wondering, I wanted to build myself a nice build and I think I got the right components atm. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/99ZjTW this includes everything from speakers to a monitor to the rig itself. I spared some expense on the psu because I'm not planning to do a lot of overclocking. I'm just not sure if that is the best course of action?

    • 54 months ago
    • 1 point

    Haha I don't know much about what speakers or monitor to buy, all I know is I use my laptop speakers, and my laptop is connected to a 1080p VS247 which has done me well. I don't know much about AMD processors, but that one seems to be a really good budget CPU. And never EVER EVERRRRR cut corners on your PSU. The one you chose is more or less garbage, and going with an EVGA GS or G2 is a much better option.

    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    A few things I would change about this build: 1. Not everybody has promo, so price would be slightly higher. 2. This might seem weird, but change the cpu cooler to an H55, because it has higher CFM and a lower price. 3. For this high price build, I would want at least 12 gb of ram. 4. Everyone needs an operating system (around $100). 5. The power supply is a little overkill. 6. The Power Color Radeon is cheaper and looks cooler and is an R9 390. 7. Other than that, it is good. Check out my youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJKr054ZE0eOkL2OmB3gPbw

    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    How's the cooler on this guy? Does it keep quiet?

    • 54 months ago
    • 1 point

    The cooler does its job, but I don't know how quiet it is, since I own none of this.

    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    Thanks for posting this. How would this build work for a family pc? We would need it for the occasional game, but also homework, watching videos, and (most importantly) editing videos and photos.

    In other words, if it is suitable for gaming is it necessarily overkill for editing videos and photos?

    Thanks

    • 54 months ago
    • 1 point

    Haha its super overkill for all of this but if you have the budget go for it. Gaming computers work great as workstation computers, the only thing that should be changed if you want to do a lot of video and photo editing is the RAM, which can be upgraded to a 16GB kit. After that, it should suit you well for a long time.

    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    MSI Radeon r9 390 8GB or go with nvidia gtx 980 4GB? Which one is better? I want to get max performance. Thank you for the help!

    • 54 months ago
    • 1 point

    Well an R9 390 is at a lower price tier than the 980, which is around $500 dollars compared to around $300. But if you want the best performance, a 980 ti will do the job. A GTX 980 is better than an R9 390 btw.

    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    Actually, that HDD is one of the least reliable drives on the market for 1TB. A WD Black, Barracuda, would be better, with Hitachi being the least prone to failure. Also, $50 is way too much for 1TB HDD. Unless its a VelociRaptor.

    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    https://pcpartpicker.com/part/thermaltake-case-vp300a1w2n will this case work for this build? i like the color and design better.

    • 54 months ago
    • 1 point

    Sure, it should work.

    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    f***off 1500 in canada

    • 54 months ago
    • 1 point

    Lol sorry Canada and their prices

    • 54 months ago
    • 1 point

    lol

    • 54 months ago
    • 1 point

    Made a few changes, is this good? http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ym4rK8

    • 54 months ago
    • 2 points

    Ahh not the CX power supplies. Everybody thats used em hasn't exactly loved it, so don't pick it up. The SSD Now shouldn't be horrible, as it seems you only really need it for booting and some small frequently used applications. I have heard nothing but good for Ripjaws RAM, I just think it looks too flashy. Nice build tho, it'll work.

    • 54 months ago
    • 1 point

    Took this build and modified it as much as I could.

    $1342.40, this includes a monitor, keyboard & mouse, wifi card w/ Bluetooth, and a CD/DVD drive.

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/9FBsTW

    Please let me know what you think before I buy this! Thanks!

    -Tordexin

    • 54 months ago
    • 1 point

    Its pretty good, the monitor is fine, the keyboard and mouse are kinda cheap but good for their (super low) price, the SPEC-03 is unavailable where I live lol, but you will need that to use your CD drive. It should work just fine.

    • 54 months ago
    • 1 point

    May I suggest a Hybrid drive? They're very good price and closer to SSD speed than normal HDDs for sure! I'll be getting those. Apparently they boot in under 30 seconds sometimes.

    • 54 months ago
    • 1 point

    You could use that, as they do offer faster boot times than normal drives, but I am using the SSD to boot, so I don't see the point. Without an SSD, they are a pretty good option though.

    • 54 months ago
    • 1 point

    The PSU is overpriced for what you're getting, plus it's a tad bit overkill. I've seen gold+ fully-modular 650Ws priced around $60-$70. Case is a bit expensive too. I recommend a Raidmax Viper (Red). Video card is great, but it has a lower core clock than the cheaper ASUS card, and in my opinion, the ASUS looks better. That SSD is a bit unreliable, maybe go with a 250 gb evo. Motherboard is a tad bit overpriced as well. Also, I do NOT recommend water cooling on any level. The amount of people I see who live for water cooling is equal to the amount of people I see with cooling issues and broken pumps. Maybe go with a fanless cooler, they're silent and reliable, and can handle overclocking well. The HDD is nice, but maybe with some money saved from the PSU and Case downgrades, you could instead get a 1tb hybrid instead, hybrids are underrated entirely, they're like an inexpensive SSD that won't lose your data if the power goes out. It's like the best of both worlds. This build is far from bad, but it may need a bit of reconsideration.

    • 54 months ago
    • 2 points

    That SSD is a bit unreliable

    Do you have sources?

    you could instead get a 1tb hybrid instead, hybrids are underrated entirely, they're like an inexpensive SSD

    They have very limited amounts of SSD storage. This Seagate only has 8gb of SSD storage. You also don't get to choose what goes on that portion, it's just whatever you use most.

    • 54 months ago
    • 1 point

    PSU choice was all about quality and future use in mind. After getting this PSU, you should be set for years upon years upon YEARS. You wouldn't really nees anything else unless you are planning to put 2 GPUs in your system 7 years from now. And I think I know the PSUs you are talking about, and they might not last you as long and/or do as well of a job. Case is simply the best case for its price range on the market, and is very well built. Keep in mind this is less of a budget build and more of a quality build, and parts were chosen with that in mind. If in your opinion, ASUS looks better, thengo for it. You will be able to overclock the MSI card quite a bit though, and I thought it matched the build well.I haven't heard about any BX100 problems, but 850 evo is really a great SSD and isn't much more expensive anymore so its not a terrible option. The water-cooling situation is really for looks, and I believe the H60 is one of the most reliable ones when it comes to leakages. The good budget CM cooler that everybody loves (name has escaped me) offers the same temps, but really is an eyesore IMO, and I am a sucker for good looks, so if you are into the tower coolers, go with it. It is a far from awful option, and is less than half the price. SSHD isn't a bad option if you are a fan of them, personally I haven't tried any of this tech myself as I literally use a cheap Samsung laptop for everything. Thanks for feesback tho. ;)

    • 54 months ago
    • 1 point

    The good budget CM cooler everyone loves...

    You mean the Cooler Master 212 EVO? That thing is terrible, it's not fanless fyi. I was talking about Prolimatech fanless CPU coolers. It doesn't look fabulous, but performance > vanity. I'll link the best one I've seen so far at the bottom of my reply.

    The water-cooling situation is really for looks, and is one of the most reliable ones when it comes to leakages...

    Again, performance > vanity. If you're that concerned about how it looks, just get a case without a side window.

    You will be able to overclock the MSI card quite a bit though...

    I never really thought of the overclocking with the GPU lmao.

    SSHD isn't a bad option if you're a fan of them...

    More people need to stop disregarding them. They're a thing too, they're just gold waiting to be found.

    Teh link: Prolimatech Fanless CPU Cooler

    • 54 months ago
    • 1 point

    I am all about the looks (and quality), and side windows ftw lol. We all have our opinions tho.

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    • 54 months ago
    • 1 point

    Forgive the retarded questions that are about to follow, I'm new! I have enough in my budget to get the i7 - 4790k, is this a wise move? Also is there anything here that will actually help me build the thing once all the parts come? Finally, do i need to buy a load of cables and stuff like that, or is this all? Once again, please forgive me noobness.

    • 54 months ago
    • 1 point

    The i7-4790k will require a different motherboard and ram, so HyperX Fury Black DDR3 memory and a Z97 mobo (I think MSI has a Z97 Gaming 5 board) will need be used instead. You might want to buy a little bit of thermal paste, as it will come in handy in the future, but the H60 has it preapplied. Really all you need to build it is a screwdriver, but having some pliers is useful if you drop a screw in the case somewhere. All the cables that you need come with the parts. Also, I was a noob at once too. You'll get the hang after a couple weeks. :D

    • 54 months ago
    • 1 point

    I've been looking at tons of builds around this price point, and almost all of them have the Radeon R9 390. Is the R9 390 just flat out better than the GeForce gtx 970? Why does everyone seem to like the R9 390 better?

    • 54 months ago
    • 1 point

    Yeah, it is definitely better than a GTX 970, and has some better hardware. However, if you are a fan of GTA V or Fallout 4 they run a tad better on NVidia GPUs, Fallout 4 because of Gameworks and GTA V because of drivers or something. Regardless, they don't run terrible at all, and an R9 390 trumps most other game out there while also doing very well on Fallout 4 or GTA V.

    • 54 months ago
    • 1 point

    If I were to replace the liquid cooling system with just a fan cooling system. What changes to the build would you recommend?

    • 54 months ago
    • 1 point

    Well the AIO cooler isn't much of a system haha. It isn't hard to install, and everything else is aircooled. If you don't want to buy the AIO then something like a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo will do a good job at keeping the CPU cool.

    • 54 months ago
    • 1 point

    Great looking build! I am thinking at upgrading my archaic AMD Phenom 955 system, and reluctantly going to Intel, this system is very similar to what I have been looking at and I have decided that the 6700K is a bit too pricey for what you get. I will probably only need a few items since my existing Corsair 600T case will provide plenty of room! I am also keeping my geriatric PC Power and Cooling 750 PSU . I was looking at a 240mm cooler, but since your H60 seems to be sufficient I will go that way. A couple months ago, I installed an XFX R9 290X . I like your pick of the Crucial SSD, I have been using those exclusively and they are rock solid and not overpriced like the Sammys. I will probably also stick with Crucial memory. I was looking at the same MSI board along with the ASUS ROG MAXIMUS VIII HERO, theASRock ASRock Gaming Z170 Gaming K6+, and the GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-UD5,. decisions decisions! Thanks for sharing your build !

    • 54 months ago
    • 1 point

    Yeah. If you aren't all about the looks though I would get a good air cooler or a more expensive h100 cooler, as they aren't super good, but they get the job done and do as well as a CM Hyper 212 Evo if you want to save money. But goddam the H60 is a smexeh cooler. Also good luck with your build. :D

    • 54 months ago
    • 1 point

    does this build come with all the cables i will need? Didnt see that they were included with the case.

    • 54 months ago
    • 1 point

    All the cables should be included, usually all the cables you need come with what you get. The power supply has all the cables you need to power the system, and anything else it doesn't have usually comes with whatever needs a certain connector. For other cables, I think the motherboard has them all, and obviously front panel connectors come with the case.

    • 54 months ago
    • 1 point

    Cant find the processor anywhere. Have any other suggestions? Im almost done buying everything haha.

    • 54 months ago
    • 1 point

    Any 6th generation Skylake desktop processor will work. Use http://ark.intel.com/ to find all the different processors you get. If you can't find any 6th generation processors that they have on their website, check out my $1000 build guide which is pretty much the same thing except with a different color scheme and the Haswell architecture. http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Rayve/guides/#view=2PKH99

    • 54 months ago
    • 1 point

    That water cooler is worse compared to better alternatives like the h7.

    • 54 months ago
    • 1 point

    Quick question about this build; anyone know if there is a video of assembly out there anywhere?

    • 54 months ago
    • 1 point

    Since I am not staff, there isn't a PCPartPicker build tutorial, and nobody else has built it (yet), so sorry. Watch another video of assembly for a different computer, as they are all pretty much the same.

    • 54 months ago
    • 1 point

    Would the H80IGT CPU fan fit inside this build instead of the h60, just trying to future proof it a bit :) Also, i cant find the case on sale to the uk anywhere ):

    • 54 months ago
    • 1 point

    Oh really? Shame. See if you can find the solid black S340. If even that isn't in the UK, try a Fractal Design R5. The cooler should fit in the back of the case, and you should move the pre-installed fan to the top.

    • 54 months ago
    • 1 point

    Awesome build, I'm going to be doing my first one and might just use this list but a bit modified. I'll be putting it through a lot of gaming and rendering, as I work with a lot of animation and game engines and such. Thanks for this!

    • 54 months ago
    • 1 point

    No prob. Anything to help. :D

    • 54 months ago
    • 1 point

    I am contemplating my first build using this guide. I am sort of a noob.

    Questions

    1) Would there be any physical or technical compatability issues with using a Western Digital 4 TB Internal Hard Drive, and which specific model would you advise? (Instead of the 1tb HDD)

    2) If I want 16 GB of ram I would just order two of the Kingston HyperX Fury Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory???? And both would fit on the motherboard?

    3)I do not understand why you are not using any fans?

    • 54 months ago
    • 1 point

    This build doesn't include any accessories, just a bare bones build. With what's on sale right now I would go with https://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f32133c11d16gxl for your RAM , and the https://pcpartpicker.com/part/toshiba-internal-hard-drive-hdwe140xzsta for your 4tb HDD

    • 54 months ago
    • 1 point

    1) Adding any different SATA drive would work just fine to replace the 1 TB hard drive. A WD Black or WD Blue would be a good option. 2) It would be easier to get a 16GB kit, and any RAM would work fine but you can find 4x4GB or 2x8GB Kingston HyperX Fury Black kits for a good price. The motherboard has 4 RAM slots. 3) The case comes with a couple of fans, and they should be sufficient.

    • 54 months ago
    • 1 point

    For $5 more you can go with 16gb of RAM.

    • 54 months ago
    • 1 point

    Really? Haha I did this build guide a while ago so if you ever build this make sure you go with 16 GB if you want.

    • 54 months ago
    • 1 point

    This is amazing. Almost identical to my (theoretical) build which I bought on Black Friday and haven't yet (but probs will have by the time you read this) built. I have bought a WD Black 2tb and for cooler, I've gone for the cm hyper x.

    • 54 months ago
    • 1 point

    Yeah most of these parts are (at the moment) some of the best, and I wouldn't want to give you sub-par parts on a build guide. The cooler is one thing most people disagree with, as it isn't really performance oriented.

    • 54 months ago
    • 1 point

    My budget is around 1550$. Do you recommend a better processor for this build, such as a Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor.

    • 54 months ago
    • 1 point

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xPrBkL This would normally be cheaper, but with cyber monday and stuff people have snatched up all these parts and only the expensive prices are left :P

    • 54 months ago
    • 1 point

    Should i put more money into the CPU or the Video Card, such as in this build. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/4xVzQ7 (Intel Core i& 6700k)

    • 54 months ago
    • 1 point

    Will this pretty much run any game on ultra settings

    • 53 months ago
    • 1 point

    hey everyone, i'm very new to building PC's and i lucked into a family member hearing about this and purchasing me this build, i'm very excited to start working with PC's as its always been interesting, could any of you recommend tips of how to go about the build such as things i'll need or how to deal with tricky aspects, i'm going to be watching many videos and working with a couple of people (and possibly calling a professional should all else fail). I'd really appreciate any help you guys could give

    • 53 months ago
    • 2 points

    Hey dude! Literally the only thing you need besides the parts is a screwdriver, everything else comes included. Building a computer is like putting together a jigsaw puzzle, but it isn't hard to learn how. There aren't many tricky aspects at all and for a complete guide I would recommend checking out a build guide on Youtube, as building all PC's is generally the same.

    • 53 months ago
    • 2 points

    Thanks so much! The people at NZXT did a great job with a build guide on their website http://buildapc.nzxt.com/ so hopefully that will be my saving grace

    • 51 months ago
    • 1 point

    almost two months later and it is finally complete, thanks for the build Rayve!! works like a dream come true

    • 51 months ago
    • 1 point

    Awesome man! Hope it continues to work like a dream come true too! ;)

    • 52 months ago
    • 1 point

    So i bought all the parts and they're arriving in two days, super excited! Should i get some fans for this setup as the internet seems to suggest it will run super hot. Also would this setup be best for 1080p or 1440p,? Not getting 4k until the monitors significantly go down in price! Also, thanks so much for making this, this has helped me so much in deciding what PC i wanted, you're a legend man!

    • 52 months ago
    • 1 point

    Wow thanks dude! I don't think you will need more fans as there is 2 in the case and one on the cooler, and there is only one more slot you could fill regardless. The R9 390 can definitely run games at 1440p (45 fps avg on ultra on the most demanding games) and will do even better at 1080p. Send me a pic of the build when you're done, I'd love to see.

    • 50 months ago
    • 1 point

    This pc is called the penetrator. So, can it stream **** in 8k?

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    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    It should be fine, but clock speed doesnt make a difference. Make surenyou read newegg reviews and make sure its reliable tho and u should be fine

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