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$1150 Gaming Build

CPU


This happens to be a very important part for gaming, it is what will determine you minimum frame per second (FPS) and your maximum FPS and your gpu will fill in the rest. You can always lower the settings in a game to get it to work with a weak gpu but there isn't much you can do about a cpu that is too weak. The i5 6600K is based on Intel's new Architecture, Skylake, and socket, LGA 1151. The i5 6600K has very good performance for gaming. It out performs all of the AMD FX series, even the FX 9590, in all games due the differences in architectures, more cores and ghz don't make always cpu better.

CPU Cooler


This is what keeps your cpu cool and stops it from frying itself. The i5 6600K doesn't come with one but that is okay since I have selected a aftermarket one. This cooler is slightly better than the Evo 212 by a couple of degrees. As the name implies its a quiet cpu cooler. With this cooler it will allow you to do a decent overclock of the i5 6600K.

Motherboard


This is also a important part of the build. It determines what features you have and can use and if you can overclock your cpu and if it allows you, how high. This motherboard will allow for some decent to good overclocking and it has what I consider decent features.

Ram


Ram is just ram when it comes to gaming. There is no noticeable difference between ram speeds when ti comes to gaming. I chose this ram because its priced fairly and it will look good in the build.

SSD


This is one of the best 120GB SSD's you can buy right now and it is priced decently. I can't think of anything more to say about this right now.

HDD


This is a decent HDD. There is a myth/"study" that goes around saying Seagate drivers are unreliable but its just a myth/poorly done study. I have more info about it in my profile if you are interested. It has a standard speed of 7200RPM.

GPU/Video card


It has excellent performance, it slightly, only slightly takes the league at 1080P versus the GTX 970 but a league never the less and the gap widens as you increase the resolution, at 4K it is competing with the GTX 980, not the GTX 970. It has 8GB of VRAM which is not needed at all, even for 4K, its just nice to have and brag about if you are into that kind of stuff. Also with it out performing the GTX 970 in most games at 1080P and above on direct x(DX) 11 games, there are a couple of benchmarks out there showing a even wider gap in performance but I wouldn't take them too seriously since its only 2 and its too early to tell and that there are actually no full DX 12 cards on the market. This models runs cool and it has a backplate which will look nice in the case.
I am not looking to debate performance since it never ends well for either party and just takes room up in the comments, if you want to debate this, don't do it here, do in the video card section of the forums

Case


This is a decent budget case and is good for beginners to build in due to being hard to make a messy build and it has a power supply (psu) cover/basement so you can just shove all of the used cables in there. It will be hard to make a bad looking build in the case. The case supports 280MM radiators (rads) and all in one (AIO) coolers which you might be interested in getting later or now if you can afford it.

Power supply


This is one of the most important parts in the build and is one that you should never cheap out on no matter what your budget is. The Evga G2 is a top of the line psu, it has top of the line performance, I am not going to get in the detials of that since I have a feeling it will confuse more people than it will help, very good build quality. Its quiet and has a zero fan mode and one of the best things about is its 10 year warranty, although you will have to sign up online for it. It has plenty of wattage for this build.

Case fans


I selected these out because they are quiet, this build is supposed to be a semi quiet build, and move a decent amount of air. You will want to install these fans on the front of the case due to the case coming with no intakes fans.

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CPU Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor
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    Comments

    • 55 months ago
    • 2 points

    i was planning on building the exact same thing with a few changes..

    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    Well you will be happy if you do.

    • 55 months ago
    • 2 points

    Cant even dream of coming up with this build +1

    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    I bought a similar system to this a few days ago, but i already regret about the i5 6600k. I think i7 6700k is way better even for gaming, as many sites and reviews shows. The gap between i5 vs i7 is much bigger in skylake than in the previous intel generations...

    • 55 months ago
    • 2 points

    According to Anandtech, a pretty reliable site, there is hardly no difference and in some games the i5 actually out performs the 6700K, you aren't missing out on anything,

    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/1544?vs=1543

    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    I hope Anandtech is right because i see other sites and reviews giving great advantages to 6700k sometimes up to 15-20% when it comes to gaming. They also say that HT is a big plus because more games each day will take advantage of it and allow multi core use, where 6700k shines and leaves miles behind the 6600k. Anyway i hope both you and Anandtech are right :)

    • 55 months ago
    • 2 points

    The i5-6600k compared to the i7-6700k when used for gaming has little to no performance gain. The reason you would choose the i7 is for hyperthreading used in video editing, graphic design, game design and so on. The clock speed is more important for gaming when looking for a proccessor and both the i5 and i7 can be overclocked to early identifical clock speeds. So for gaming choose the i5 and put the money you saved towards the graphics card and ram which are considerably more important for gaming.

    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    where 6700k shines and leaves miles behind the 6600k.

    That is going to only happen in very, very few games out there, probably literally only a handful, its not going to be like that for a multi platform game, the actual cpu requirements, not the ones that the developers said, the ones that you actually need for a minimum of 30FPS, for PC when the last gen of consoles came out didn't rise much until this gen started, cpu's age a lot differently than gpu's due to Morse law still be mostly true for them where as with cpu's it has slowed down a lot and with a i6 6600K it is grossly more powerful than the console's cpu's, you can't make a game that needs a i7 6700K to run and have it run on consoles too without any changes. C

    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    the 6600k and 6700k perform the same when it comes to gaming the only reason an I7 is better is its hyperthreded so it will be better at streaming rendering and ect

    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    Thank you all guys. i think i ll listen to your advices and keep my 6600k. I ll save the extra money and try to sell my gtx680 in order to buy a gtx970 or a R9 390 instead. What do you think, is this a wiser move? A last one pls. Should i wait and keep my gtx680 until some newer cards launch, or one of the gtx970 - r9 390 are already a good move from the gtx680? I play mostly mmo's & rpg's like (D3, ESO, WoW, SWTOR, Wildstar etc) and a few sports like 2k16 & Fifa. Thank you once again.

    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    Well, If your GTX 680 is performing well for your needs, I think you should keep it. If you want to/need to get a better card like the R9 390 or the GTX 970, I would go for the GTX 970. The R9 390 has 8GB of ram yes, but the GTX 970 performs better in higher resolution gaming. If you play at 1080p most of the time, the R9 390 would be in competition with the 970. If you play at 1440 or 4k, the GTX 970 would suite your needs better.

    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    btw the r9 390's VRAM makes it a much better card in 4k gaming, and in higher resolution actually rivals the 980. AND with directX 12 games coming out, the r9 390 will have a very significant boost in performance.

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    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    Why not choose the BeQuiet! Silent Base 600 or 800 as the pc case which would include the silent wing 2 fans all together? An extra $10-$30 would get you a case with better airflow design, high density sound dampening foam, double pane window (on the window version of course) and anti vibration fan mounts.

    • 55 months ago
    • 2 points

    I forgot about that case, I honestly even forgot Bequiet made cases. I went with the S340 due to it having a window which most people like and it has a psu cover so even beginners will have trouble making a messy build and the goal isn't total silence, its suppose to be semi quiet. However thanks for the suggestion.

    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    They make make really nice cases, but if you're not concerned with the sound then you probably chose the the better because of price. Their cases are between $80-$110 for the windowed ones. Good build and tutorial by the way. +1

    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    Is skylake worth it?

    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    Yes if you can afford it. The i5 6600K even out performs a Haswell Refresh i7 in some games.

    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    Lol we have quite the similar building choices. Nothing I can say here lol! +1

    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    just wondering, how well would this run 4k?

    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    Not too well, the 390 is more of a 1080/1440p card. You can probably still run around 30fps at medium settings I guess. For 4k you might need to go with a 980ti or sli configurations.

    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    thanks im new to all this stuff and was really looking into a 4k build and was looking for ones under $1200. i gotta ask i saw someone going with a 2X GTX970s and a core i5 4690K. i need advice if that would work

    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    Yeah I guess that could work, but getting one 980ti offers about the same price to performance as the SLI 970s and doesn't take up as much space, but yeah thats good. Don't expect to max out tho, 4k is still demanding.

    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    why is everyone using the new skylake, the devils canyon are just as good

    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    Because it performs better than Haswell Refresh, is on a current socket, and doesn't cost a lot more.

    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    thanks for answering my question, that does make sense, and the devils canyon socket isn't outdated

    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    This is an amzaing build! +1, but I have a few questions why did you choose air cooling over water cooling. And would you still prefer the r9 390 over gtx 970 when they announced that fallout 4 will support Nvidia users more, and is it a good idea if I add a gtx 970 in the future? Will it interfere in any way or 750 W wont be enough, anyway this is an interesting build which i like a lot :)

    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    why did you choose air cooling over water cooling

    It would cost more for similar performance and a AIO would be louder provided they both was using the same fans due to a AIO cooler having more moving parts and a tower cooler will last longer due to having fewer moving parts.

    would you still prefer the r9 390 over gtx 970 when they announced that fallout 4 will support Nvidia users more

    I do because I am going to wait until I see benchmarks and Fall Out 4 is just one game, it is not all games out there, if you mainly played FO4 and the benchmarks showed that the GTXX 970 better I would recommend it then.

    is it a good idea if I add a gtx 970 in the future?

    Do you mean you will just use integrated graphics until you get a gpu like a GTX 970 or a R9 390?

    Will it interfere in any way or 750 W wont be enough

    750 watts is plenty for a GTX 970, you can use two of them, or two R9 390's but you would literally be right on the edge so I would not recommend that.

    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    I mean i will be adding one 970 with the 390 because some games run bettter on the 390 others on the 970

    So if i am doing that you are recomending i get a better power supply?

    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    I mean i will be adding one 970 with the 390 because some games run bettter on the 390 others on the 970

    Awful idea. No games that I am aware of are going to support hybrid sli/crossfire, that is going to take years to happen due to software generally being years beheind hardware and at that price point you would be much better off with something GTX 980 Ti or a Fury X

    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    I've been itching to put together a Desktop for years now, my Dell Precision M4800 just can't handle games the way i want. After searching this site and reading builds and completed builds, i think i've finally decided to go with this one. Good job, i look forward to seeing how this fares while playing Fallout 4.

    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    Overall really great, but whats the need for the 750W? You can still overclock and do just fine with a 650W for 20$ cheaper.

    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    There isn't a 650 watt psu that is just as good as the 750 watt Evga G2 for $20 cheaper and has a ten warranty, 750 watts will provide plenty of room for future expansions and it has a 10 year warranty so you will get at least 10 years use of it and its priced very very good.

    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    Wondering why you went with the 750w PSU? My build indicates peak wattage at 437w. I'm planning on using the EVGA Gold+ 550w PSU.

    Do you think this is enough? My build is almost exactly the same as yours except i dont have the HDD. I also plan to OC my 6600k

    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    I mentioned why I chose it below, basically due to its overall value. 550 watts would be enough, you would have roughly around 100 watts of headroom with nothing overclocked. Overclocking the cpu I am guessing it might use around 40 watts more, 550 watts would be enough but I would suggest more.

    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    thanks for the answer. my original budget was 800$. my current build now is $975 w/o a monitor. i actually made a mistake in the post. i actually have a 650w PSU planned so looks like i should be good even if i OC my 6600k. just trying to prevent product creep and put money saved towards the monitor.

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Z9ZWkL

    that's my build. any suggestions would be helpful.

    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    Hi Vagabond139,

    I am planning to build this PC for Gaming and I have some questions:

    • Why would you go for a Sapphire Nitro instead of a PowerColor PCS+? Does one provide better performance/cooling?

    • I will be able to plug an Ethernet at times, but not always. I would need a wireless adapter. Do you have a favourite for UK?

    • So this build performs very well in 1080p and I have heard in 1440 it rivals the GTX 980. Which monitor size should I be looking for? I have read a 23-24" would be best for 1080p. Which refresh rate?

    My Budget would be around £1250, a bit flexible. I would need to include a keyboard and speakers (don't need 5.1).

    Thank you kindly!

    • 55 months ago
    • 2 points

    Why would you go for a Sapphire Nitro instead of a PowerColor PCS+? Does one provide better performance/cooling?

    The PSC+ does run cooler but it is kind of loud, it runs in the 60's, the Nitro runs in the 70's but it is quieter which was important because I was aiming for a semi quiet build, not loud but not dead silent.

    I will be able to plug an Ethernet at times, but not always. I would need a wireless adapter. Do you have a favourite for UK?

    http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/tp-link-wireless-network-card-tlwn725n

    It is cheap and will work fine unless you have some very fast Wi fi or if you are really far from the router.

    So this build performs very well in 1080p and I have heard in 1440 it rivals the GTX 980.

    That is at 4K when it can rival the GTX 980, at 1440P it falls behind in most cases, you are probably thinking of the R9 390X.

    hich monitor size should I be looking for? I have read a 23-24" would be best for 1080p.

    I would say no smaller than 21 inches and around 23 to 25 I would say would be a sweet spot.

    Which refresh rate?

    At least 60hz but higher is better.

    • 54 months ago
    • 1 point

    This may be the build I go with. Any chance any of these parts cost will be lowered for sales in the next month? Or should I just order this all cyber Monday? I just may switch the video card for Nvidia because my friend swears by it.

    • 54 months ago
    • 2 points

    You mean this month during Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The cooler is already on sale by a lot, the ssd is already on sale, the motherboard is already on sale, the gpu is on sale. I doubt you would be able to save much more.

    • 54 months ago
    • 1 point

    Do you really need the CPU cooler ? sorry im new to this stuff

    • 54 months ago
    • 1 point

    Yes due to the cpu not coming with a cooler because the cpu is unlocked due to Intel assuming you are going to be overclocking.

    • 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 seagate HDD)

    2) If I want 16 GB of ram I would just order two of the G.Skill Ripjaws 4 series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory ???? And both would fit on the motherboard?

    3) Is there a 250GB SSD you would advise in this build that would be compatible?

    • 54 months ago
    • 1 point

    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 seagate HDD

    No but what are you using the PC for, there aren't really any WD 4TB HDD's that are priced reasonable or are for consumer and aren't slow.

    If I want 16 GB of ram I would just order two of the G.Skill Ripjaws 4 series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory ???? And both would fit on the motherboard?

    Yes but you could just get 2X8GB.

    Is there a 250GB SSD you would advise in this build that would be compatible?

    The Samsung Evo 850.

    • 54 months ago
    • 1 point

    Is samsumg a reliable brand?

    Also what other things might i need that arent listed? Fans, zipties, anything else?

    • 54 months ago
    • 1 point

    Is samsumg a reliable brand?

    Yes

    • 54 months ago
    • 1 point

    Thanks for the help. I am thinking of doing this build which is based on the build you made. What do you think?

    https://pcpartpicker.com/user/WaleranBigod/saved/

    • 54 months ago
    • 1 point

    If you like this premade build but want to upgrade parts that do not cost an enormous amount but is worth the few extra dollars check this

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/WY38pg

    • 53 months ago
    • 1 point

    If you are going to have a $1100 gaming pc then perhaps you should get more then 4gb of ram. Other then that I like it.

    • 52 months ago
    • 1 point

    Great build guide, deserves a +1! I learned some important things too, haha. Though I have a question about the CPU. I checked on cpubenchmark.net, and it shows that the 6600K has a score of 7K, while the 9590 has a score of 10K. Then how is the 6600K better? D0n't judge me, I am still new to the PC Master Race.

    • 52 months ago
    • 1 point

    Passmark multi threaded scores represent heavily threaded work loads like rendering, gaming is not one of them. Gaming favors a bunch of execution resources/power packed into a few cores than having them spread out across 4+ cores/threads.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NNwSDPo1Dg

    Also I wouldn't recommend using gpubenchmark due to it being heavily biased against amd and avoid gpuboss and cpuboss. I would suggest using real world benchmarks whenever possible when you want to compare something. If you can't find it I would go for userbenchmark.

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    • 42 months ago
    • 1 point

    Hi dud

    • 55 months ago
    • 0 points

    The RAM you chose is really good for recording gaming.

    • 55 months ago
    • 0 points

    skylake=waste of money for gamers :s and just buy gtx 970 and a 600w power supply...

    • 55 months ago
    • 3 points

    skylake=waste of money for gamers

    So better performannce on a new platform is a waste of money for a mimiun increase in cost?

    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/1544?vs=1261

    In some games it even beats a Haswell Refresh i7, I wouldn't call that a waste of money.

    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/1544?vs=1260

    just buy gtx 970 and a 600w power supply...

    The GTX 970 would be a downgrade in performance, I am not looking to debate that here and there isn't a 600 watt psu that is just as good and is cheaper than the Evga G2 750 watt psu and that makes sense to buy, the closest thing is the 650 watt Evga G2 but that is only about $10 less irc and the 750 watt model has a warranty that iirc is 3 years long and 100 extra watts so the extra $10 for sure is worth it.

    • 55 months ago
    • -1 points

    Wow, awesome build, and if you actually want to buy this build, you're gonna need Windows ;)

    You can get it for dirt cheap xD, check out my build guides.

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    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    I found one for $20 us lol. legit as legit gets.

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    • 54 months ago
    • 1 point

    Thanks!

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    • 55 months ago
    • 3 points

    I love how there are a bunch of deleted comments, probably people just trying to harass me because I comment on their sub par "guides" or builds that they are recommending to other people.

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    • 55 months ago
    • 2 points

    Its good, but the case needs changing to the NZXT H440 - the S340 doesnt fit it all in. (what ive done)

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    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    I don't believe there is one, the cpu cooler fits, the max height is 161mm, the Pure Rock is 155mm. The gpu fts, the max length is around 14 inches, the card is a tad over 12 inches. I am not seeing what is incompatible.

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    • 55 months ago
    • 1 point

    Agreed! This calmed my part picking anxiety.

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