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This is what I've worked out, and it goes over budget because it uses the money you would have spent on the EK kit. This is a really, REALLY good build.
The i5-6600K is on par with the i7-6700K when it comes to gaming. It's just the fastest quad core around, and you can overclock it stably to around 4.4GHz.
The Swiftech H-240X is actually carefully built out of custom loop parts, so you get almost the same performance without all the hassle. It's also less expensive and you don't need to worry about making a mistake that drenches all your other parts.
The Fatal1ty Z170 K6+ is a really great motherboard. It has tons of amazing features and it's extremely reliable. It has 12 phase voltage regulation and very high quality 12K capacitors. It's just really good. Really.
The memory I chose is Corsair LPX. It's pretty basic DDR4. 2400MHz/CL14, in other words one step higher speed and one step lower delay than normal DDR4. 32GB isn't completely necessary if all you'll be doing is gaming, so you can buy only one of these kits if you want.
This is the best (reasonable) SSD right now. Samsung 950 PRO. It has read speeds of 2.6 GB/s and write speeds of 1.6GB/s. That is freakishly fast. Put your operating system and your favorite software/games on it. It will boot your OS at light speed.
I chose the Deskstar 2TB for the hard drive. It's a really good deal, and it's fast. In fact, Hitachi drives are faster and more reliable than WD or Seagate. This drive is best for media and such, or for when your SSD runs out of space.
I put 2 Fury X GPUs in this list. Here's why I picked the Fury X over the 980 Ti. It uses HBM instead of GDDR5, so it can use a 4096-bit memory bus. The bandwidth is way higher. Also, the only physical hardware advantage the 980 Ti has is 33% more render cores and 33% more VRAM, but this pales when compared with the Fury X's numerous other advantages (33% more shader cores, 33% more texture cores, 34% more bandiwdth, etc). It uses a liquid cooled design with a 120mm radiator, and it's about 30% shorter than the average 980 Ti. It's got a nice black casing and a red LED saying "FURY X" that will go nicely with the rest of the black and red color scheme. And there are TWO of these things in there.
The SuperNOVA G2 1300 is extremely reliable. It has an 80+ Gold efficiency rating and it's fully modular. The cables are all black and red as well, so it will look great. The wattage allows for another Fury X if you ever decide to upgrade, too! This unit has a 9.7 rating as rated by the editors of JonnyGuru. That's a very, very good rating on that site.
This case looks amazing, and IS amazing too. The Corsair 780T is perfect for cable management, and its airflow is supplemented by the fact that it comes with a few red LED fans. It has a nice window and an easy-to-open side panel.
These Noctua Industrial fans are entirely optional. there are 2 120mm and 2 140mm. If you do decide that it's worth it, I suggest you put the 2 140mm on the Swiftech radiator and one 120mm on each Fury X radiator. These fans have extremely high static pressure and should cool quite a bit better than the stock fans. These are a little louder than normal fans though, so only get these if you can deal with that or if you use headphones.
Keep in mind, if you don't have enough money for all of this at the same time, here is a list of parts that are not necessary for the build to initially work (basically parts you can buy later and add onto it). I'll sort them by price.
I really hope this helped you. If you need anything else or have any questions about, well anything at all, just ask me and I'll help you thoroughly. Good luck!
Update: I've found that the EK 240X kit you're talking about makes compatibility checking very hard. Also, this kit does not contain any VGA waterblocks, and the performance benefit over another AIO liquid cooler would be marginal. For these reasons I am going to use a Swiftech H-series cooler. They're the best fully pre-built liquid coolers around.
Get the Fury X instead. I'll be working on some things to help you out.
Geez, you should clean up that dust and maybe neaten up the cables a little more. That case is big enough for cable management. And when I say clean up the dust, I mean the dust on the floor and the surrounding area as well. If you set it in a dusty area it will fill with dust very fast. Besides that, the thing is crazy powerful.
Oh man, that's too bad! I personally would have tried for the Samsung but I suppose it won't make too much of a difference. The Fury X OEM doesn't really matter too much because they all use almost the exact same design, but Sapphire does use higher quality components. This almost definitely won't affect anything though. As for the PSU, more wattage can't hurt. However it's a shame about the motherboard. Not that that one is bad, but it's not as good (or good looking in my opinion). The H440 is good, and the peripherals should be perfectly fine, it's all up to personal preference when it comes to those. Can't wait!
That Xeon is just an i7 without the overclocking for much cheaper. I went with quad channel memory, SSD/HDD combo, modular PSU, 390X. If you'd like a red motherboard you can get an ASRock Fatal1ty using the rest of the budget that I did not use, but don't expect any performance benefits. It will only be cosmetic. Good luck.
Hey, that looks really good! I approve of your decision to use the 750W version. No matter what you end up choosing for the other parts, you will be happy with your PC and that's what matters in the end, right?
I'm excited to see your build in the completed builds section!
Okay, good call. That's the same exact memory except it's 2 8GB modules instead of 2 4GB ones.
The Skylake memory controller does not support quad-channel configurations, but that does not mean that it can't use 4 memory modules. A dual-channel configuration using 2 modules per channel can still be done easily. The performance should not change.
So am I... okay, here's what I think. Realistically, 27" may not be as big as you think. Spread your middle finger from your index finger as far as you can and hold it outside the edge of your screen. It's not that big of a difference, and I think you'd get used to it rather quickly. So if you decide that you'd rather take your chances with a slightly larger monitor than one that you won't like as much, I'll see which one suits your situation the best.
Hey, watch this video!
Hey, I bet it wasn't easy, but this is a whole different kind of thing we're talking about. I still think it could be done with much optimization and careful design.
I am still a zygote.
I am actually from the core of the earth.
I'm a trigender foxkin demiqueer and I identify as a garbage disposal.
Same to that last statement
I've thought of this for a long while. One thing I believe would be a little ridiculous is the placement of images in relation to others. For example, the standard case may have the video card placed horizontally in the left side/lower half, while the FT-02 for example would realistically have the video card placed vertically in the top half. In addition, physical scaling would be a hassle. Simply making sure that the resulting image displays parts where the sizes are consistent with reality and with the sizes of the other components is easier said than done. If this could be programmed efficiently and effectively, it would be a very neat and exciting implementation.
Yeah, this is before even Gulftown... Pretty old chip.
You're right, I didn't realize that the price was lower at the time. Thanks for your suggestion. I know the GS and G2 are better units than the NEX, but do keep in mind that the NEX is also a really good unit. The build may only need that much wattage, but it is always nice to have headroom for upgrades.
I recommend that you start from scratch with your new build and keep your old system alive as a separate PC. Let me know if you'd like guidance with this.
Hey, no problem! If you've any more questions you're free to ask.
The NEX is a very reliable unit. The G2 is even more reliable, but it is more expensive. I've read a lot of PSU tests and reviews and I've done my research. Thank you though.
This one's really good.
This is a really good build in this range. It's mini ITX so it'll be small or portable. It's got an i5-4460 and an R9 380X. This is a really good combination. The power supply is extremely reliable and gold certified, with fully modular cables which will be very easy to manage in such a small case. The rest is just basic stuff: 8GB 1600MHz CL9 memory, 1TB 7200RPM HDD. This build will handle most things nicely for a low price. Hope this helps you.
Here is your gem, right here. First, let me apologize for the length of this post. But if you care about your PC, please forgive me and don't ignore it for being too long!
Before you read this, I need you to consider the new GPUs that will be coming out soon. The Fiji GPUs (the Fury X, Nano and Fury) were simply a test for AMD's newest technologies. It is predicted that they will be rolling out perfected, immensely more powerful cards before the year is halfway over. These cards will use a 14 nanometer process with 18 billion transistors, as opposed to the 28 nanometer process and 9 billion transistors of Fiji. This alone should bring about a 65% performance increase theoretically. What's more exciting is the silicon nano hole technology that they use in their HBM is being perfected further. HBM2 will allow something near 32GB of VRAM to be stacked near the die! But, if you simply cannot wait, then this parts list is your best option. Also, before you read my explanation, I'd like to recommend you this monitor which is (albeit more expensive) quite a bit better than the one I've chosen in order to fit into your budget. It's 27 inches, 2560x1440, it looks nicer and it's ASUS (sorry AOC). Just an option for you to consider.
This is currently the best consumer processor for gaming (unless you want to get a freakishly expensive 5960X or something). It runs at 4.0GHz, and can overclock stably to about 4.8GHz. It has hyperthreading, so it can become an 8 core if you are running many tasks. It uses a 14 nanometer process, and runs fairly cool considering its power.
CPU Cooler: CRYORIG H5
This is a really good cooler. It averages temperatures around 10C lower than the Hyper 212 EVO. It has a quiet, powerful 140mm fan. Its mounting system is extremely simple, and It looks really nice! It has a 6 YEAR WARRANTY! If your heatsink magically blows up, you are covered.
Motherboard: MSI Z170A M5
It has a fantastic red and black color scheme that will go nicely with the soft red glow of the Fury logo. It has an array of useful tools and features included such as:
It supports CrossFireX and SLI, and has 2 extra slots for video cards. The BIOS is a GUI and it's a click BIOS, and I've read that it looks very nice and has tons of options. Other than that, a motherboard is a motherboard. You can overclock on it, and it works. The warranty for this is 3 years.
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX
Just 8GB of plain RAM in dual-channel. It's 2400MHz/CL16. If you want to, you can buy two of these kits and have 16GB of ram. After all, it's pretty inexpensive. Lifetime warranty as well!
SSD: Samsung 850 EVO
This is a 250GB solid state drive. The 850 EVO series is one of the best around currently! You can put your operating system and any programs you want on it for blazing fast start-up and performance. This particular drive is ranked the 4th fastest right now. Has a 5 year warranty.
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue
It's 1TB. That's a lot of storage. It's 7200RPM. That's decently fast. This thing is inexpensive but very reliable and has a good 3 year warranty. There really isn't much more to be said about it.
Case: Phanteks Enthoo Pro
Amazing case! It has great airflow and includes 2 good preinstalled fans. Cable management is made very simple by the velcro straps in the pocket behind the motherboard and the rubber grommets in the main sheet. There are also SSD brackets in the back pocket where you can put your Samsung. With this case your build will be very neat. In fact, the case looks pretty neat itself, and it has a side window so you can see your shiny new components working hard. Also has a 5 year warranty.
PSU: EVGA SuperNOVA G2
This power supply has gold-certified efficiency, so it will help lower your power bill a little bit by lessening the overall draw. It should also keep it cooler. The cables are all-black (as opposed to that nauseating rainbow color you often see), and fully-modular, so combined with the Phanteks case you'll have no hardship when it comes to cable management because you get to use only the cables that you need. JonnyGuru, the universal authority on PC power supplies, rates this unit 9.6. By his standards, that's a very, very good score! All the reviews I've seen state that the fan hardly ever even turns on, and when it does, it's still inaudible. Even though this won't fail you, it has a 7-year warranty just in case. By the way, if it does happen to go haywire on you (again, EXTREMELY unlikely), your components (and your body) will be safe thanks to its safety technology. Just realize that this is 650W. It will run the current build with no problems at all, but if you want to add a second Fury X then you will need one with 850W. In that case I recommend an EVGA G2 just like this one, or an EVGA GS (made by SeaSonic).
Monitor: AOC G2460PF
This a good monitor. It has FreeSync support and it's 144Hz like you require. It is 1920x1080p, and has a 1ms response time. The ports it has are VGA, HDMI and DisplayPort. Physically, it's basic looking. Again, if you're willing to spend the extra 200 or so you should go with the one I mentioned at the beginning of the post.
Keyboard and mouse: MSI GK-701 and MSI DS200
You might have not even known that MSI made peripherals, but you can feel the quality when you use them. I've tested both of these before at stores, and they're perfect in my opinion. They're both colored in black and red, with red backlights that have 4 levels of brightness and an optional breathing effect. The MSI motherboard works well with MSI peripherals because it allows for even more customization. Both of these are fully programmable and you can macro them. They've got durable braided cables and corrosion resistant gold plated plugs. They have that cool MSI dragon on them too! They each have a 1 year warranty which can be extended if you choose.
The keyboard uses Cherry MX brown switches in its keys, so you have tactile feedback when you press them. It feels much better than pressing on a rubber dome keyboard (that's the kind that crummy brands like HP and Dell use). It has something called N-Key Rollover that makes sure that everything you press registers, even if you're pressing more than one key. It even has a key to disable the Windows key. Your days of accidentally pressing it in-game and losing are over.
This is an exceptional mouse. Every button (it has non-invasive buttons on the side and 2 DPI buttons) is programmable and it feels really nice. It has a non-slip coating on the main 2 buttons and a really interesting weight adjustment system that reminds me of a revolver. It has an extremely high DPI of 16400 (it's also adjustable) for very precise motion, and you can change the LEDs between 16 million colors. You can make macros and combination keys with it, and it has functions that many other mice don't (such as lock PC, show desktop etc).
Keep in mind that you do not have to use these. Use whatever peripherals you prefer, but I'm recommending these.
GPU: Sapphire Fury X
I know this isn't the GPU you were looking for, but hear me out (this is going to be long, sorry!).
The Fury X uses a new type of memory called high-bandwidth memory (HBM). This memory is exactly what it sounds like, it has extremely high bandwidth. GDDR5 supports a 32-bit memory bus with up to 7GBps of bandwidth, while a single stack of HBM RAM supports a 1,024-bit memory bus and more than 125GBps. You don't have much to worry about in terms of memory, with that said. Beyond that, Here is how the hardware compares.
When it comes down to components, AMD clearly has the upper hand. But this is not the issue. Software has always been a "bottleneck" for AMD. This includes both APIs and their own drivers on occasion. However, with the upcoming widespread implementation of DX12 will come a tidal wave of performance increase for AMD GPUs. in addition, their drivers are beginning to improve as well. On the other hand, the 980 Ti will see very little improvement from DX12, and even if it was boosted significantly it would still be beaten by the Fury X in that respect. Additionally, there are currently no programs to adjust the core voltage or the HBM clock speed of the Fury X, meaning that once those tools are released, stable core overclocks much higher than the current 10% and HBM speeds 20% higher will be possible. What's more interesting is this: nVidia has always been the favored company of developers. This means that when the developer designs their game, they optimize it for nVidia, usually leaving AMD in the dust. This trend is beginning to reverse for the reasons I mentioned above. So therefore, as the software realm improves for AMD, its cards will perform much better.
This is almost exlusively the reason why you see the 980 Ti a little bit ahead of the Fury X in most benchmarks.
Otherwise, here are some other things to be aware of.
This isn't to say that the 980 Ti isn't a good card, because it certainly is assuming the current software status. Even though I am recommending that you buy the Fury X, you should make sure you thoroughly consider which card you want to get.
Again, I'm really sorry for the length of my post... but I just wanted to make sure you had lots to think about instead of just passing by another ordinary parts list! I really hope this helped you, but either way, good luck with your build. :)
That's a good question. Ultimately, that's your decision. You can either pocket it or spend it on the GPU, or something else if you'd like. If you decide what you want to do, I can make you another part list if you want. Also, it's no trouble. I really like helping people figure this stuff out.
This list has an i5-4690K and an R9 390X. This will kill anything you throw at it, while looking amazing. The PSU is fully modular and has all-black cables, the case is great looking with a PSU cover and side window, and the motherboard and video card are both beautiful and fit a very nice looking red and black color scheme. I realize this goes a little bit over budget. If you want, you can remove the CPU cooler and use the stock. OR, if you've no interest in overclocking, you can get a non-K i5 and save quite a bit of cash. However, I recommend this build either way.
Good luck. Hope this helped you.
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The Xeon I chose is an i7 without the graphics. It has hyper-threading and can't be overclocked. The cooler is quiet, cool, and it looks nice. The motherboard is the best H97 motherboard under $100, and it will do whatever you need it to. I've chosen 16GB of 1600MHz/CL9 memory, it's basic and inexpensive. The 850-EVO is one of the best SSDs you can buy, and it's 250GB which should be more than enough for your OS and any software that you'd like to run faster. A simple 1TB 7200RPM hard disk for your images. It's reliable. Because you won't be doing much GPU intensive activity, I added an R9 360. It will run any graphics software that you use very well, and it will also work great if you decide you want to play a game or two in the future. The case that I chose looks beautiful, and it has good cable management and airflow. You should check out the rest of its features! You won't need 650W to satisfy these components, but this PSU is very nice and is gold-certified with fully-modular, all-black cables.
The CPU cooler isn't completely necessary because the Xeon comes with a stock cooler, but it wil work a lot better and look a lot nicer, and it will be quieter too. You can remove it if you'd rather save money. Same goes for the HDD. If you already have mass storage then you can remove it as well. Also if you'd like, you can swap the case for the white version. The function is identical, but I have read that fingerprints and the like show up quite easily on the black version. It's all up to you, though.
Good luck with your build, I hope I helped!
So anyway, what do you think?
It's funny to me how people talk about the Pentium being better than the Athlon because it has the edge in single-core performance when APIs that utilize all cores are becoming widespread.
Here, this is the one I meant to post... sorry about that...
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If you want to be 30 USD over budget then you can use the S340. Or, you can sacrifice performance and remain within budget. Your choice, but I recommend sticking with performance. Also, the SSD can be switched for a 1TB HDD.
This... will not fail you. It has a 5820K and CrossfireX 295X2s...
Jet fuel can't melt your PC
That's a good call, however if I were you I would swap it BEFORE you start feeling uncomfortable.
And it looks pretty brown to me
This isn't a US build. Also, I couldn't find inexpensive dual channel. If I could I would've used it. On the other hand it allows upgrading to 16GB.
It's really no problem. I'm more than happy to help you with anything, and if you have any other questions feel free to ask away.
10 nanometers refers to the lithography of the processor: in essence, the size of the bit used to cut the silicon. If it fits the same socket, the physical dimensions will be the same.
It depends on what you mean by obsolete. If you mean generally recognized as a thing of the past, I would say it will happen very soon.
We build software around hardware, and we build hardware around software too. Soon enough we will have much more efficient APIs which utilize all cores. Manufacturing many weaker cores is easier than manufacturing few strong cores. At that, hardware companies will design processors with more cores. It also is easier on the processors to spread the workload. Imagine lifting 60 pounds with one arm when you could be lifting 30 pounds with each arm. Your body as a whole may tire at the same pace, but you won't strain or injure your arm.
Those who are saying dual-cores will never be obsolete aren't looking too far ahead. Keep in mind the habits of human invention. In 1899, the director of the United States Patent Office claimed "everything that could be invented, has been invented". If he looked at the world today, he would feel like a moron, yeah? It's easier to simply say yes than it is to actually imagine what his perspective was. Innovation brings about more innovation.
With that said, the kind of "cyberpunk" future I imagine will see other forms such as cloud computing and quantum computing. Things can become obsolete before you even realize what happened, and in unpredictable ways.
He said the day not today.
How does the Fury X compare to the 980 Ti? That's a question that has a very complicated answer that I can't fully explain, but I'll try. The Fury X uses a new type of memory called high-bandwidth memory (HBM). This memory is exactly what it sounds like, it has extremely high bandwidth. GDDR5 supports a 32-bit memory bus with up to 7GBps of bandwidth, while a single stack of HBM RAM supports a 1,024-bit-wide bus and more than 125GBps. You can read more here. You don't have much to worry about in terms of memory, with that said. Beyond that, Here is how the hardware compares.
Otherwise, here are some other things to be aware of.
The 980 Ti's TDP of 250W is 25 Watts lower than the R9, but this doesn't affect performance.
The Fury X includes an integrated closed-loop liquid cooling system with a 120mm radiator, and runs surprisingly cool.
The Fury X is 195mm long, about 85mm shorter than the average 980 Ti.
nVidia supports G-Sync, however AMD supports FreeSync which is almost identical and less expensive.
The Fury X uses only HDMI and DisplayPort interfaces, but the 980 Ti includes a DVI port as well.
CrossfireX scaling is quite a bit higher than SLI scaling, meaning that if you ever wanted to get a second (or third or fourth) video card, the Fury Xs would yield a higher increase in performance than the 980 Tis would.
I'd recommend this even though it goes a little over budget. If you want it down to 250, you can remove the cooler and get a 7700K instead to bring it down by 30. However be advised that the extra 30 is worth it for what you get. Good luck.