Cheapest I could get without losing any horsepower.
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^ This build.
Altough I'd only take 16 Gb of RAM.
Well do you know if he wants to have the best performance or if he wants to have a bada** looking pc?
And it's not like this Motherboard is performing badly not at all. You're just paying extra for the looks. I figured if he has chosen this one it means that there must be a reason behind it.
Also you have to include the fact that these are australian prices... Everything's more expensive there. (compared to USA)
Well he didn't say how much he wanted to spend. So I assumed that this amount is OK for him. It sure as hell aint the best bang for buck but if he can afford it and he likes the design, sure why not?
Get Kaby Lake!
I7-7700k with a Z270 Motherboard.
Other than that it's a great build!
Let's say it like this: It doesn't always detect everything but when it does, then you should try to fix it.
Here's what I'd recommend (newer parts, better parts, and personal preferences)
I'd change the PSU if I were you. Get one with higher wattage better safe than sorry. I'd recommend going for 650 Watt.
Very nice build!
You're good to go.
There are not many options when getting a mini ITX motherboard. So you have to go for that basically.
Only thing I'd change is getting a better PSU:
I've googled around a bit and it seems like a decent motherboard for the price. Ofc you can't expect it to function like a 100$ motherboard.
The question is how much money do you want to spend.
Here some reviews:
Get the I5-7600k instead of the 6600k. It's the same price but performs a little bit better. And if you don't want to overclock (I mean ever) Then you can get a cheaper motherboard, cheaper CPU and you wouldn't need a CPU cooler.
^ What they said. Also I'd recommend you going with Kaby Lake (i5-7600k; 3 bucks price difference). If all of this is too expensive go with the i5-7500 and leave out the CPU cooler.
Agree, your CPU would bottleneck the **** out of the GTX 1060 anyways.
This is what I would go for. It's a little bit over 2600 but here some saving option:
Motherboard: The Asus PRIME Z270-A is basically a renewed version of the Z170-A which was very popular. I chose the gigabyte one because imo it looks better. (Also has more features than the Asus Prime)
RAM: I went for RAM with higher frequency since your motherboard supports it, also I thought that white LEDs would be a nice touch, not necessary, but neat looking. Switch down to lower frequency RAM or non LED versions.
GPU: Usually I just go for the cheapest custom model because the performance differnce are isn't worth extra money in my opinion. I like the EVGA one and think it would look very well in your build. If you want to save money you could downgrade to the GTX 1070, it will still have enough horse power.
Monitor: THe Acer GN246HL is basically the same as the VG248QE. But tbh I would try and get a 1440p monitor with a GTX 1080, just so you get the max out of your PC.
BTW I myself don't like Liquid coolers either, but they do get tons of good reviews so you might consider trying it. Otherwise the Cryorig R1 Universal is a high end Air Cooler, that is Black/White. (Got it myself, very decent!)
I'd get the new Kaby Lake Processor (I7-7700k) why go last gen if you can have current gen? Performance wise it's around 10% faster than Skylake.
If you do get the i7-7700k pair it with a Z270 motherboard.
Things where you could possibly lower the price:
CPU - If you want you can get the I5-6400 It's only around 5% slower than the i5-6500 Here is proof
Motherboard - your getting a motherboard with feature you don't really need. So go with something cheaper. This Asrock motherboard has all you need.
I'd go for something like this: (saves around 50 bucks)
I'm more of a functionality type of person so I wouldn't invest any money for the fancy lightning. (Done it in my build and now I kinda regret it). I always think of the money spent on LED's is money not spent on better parts. So if I were to build a PC now I would get non RGB everything, maybe even no window for the case.
In your example you could manage to get a GTX 1080 if you would get a less good looking case and strip of the all the RGB features. (Cooler, Motherboard, RAM)
But in the end it all depends on if you want your build to be fancy.
Nonetheless I think your build would serve you well!
Looks like a decent PSU especially for the price.
I would do some changes in your place.
CPU: Why go with Last Gen, Kaby Lake is out! It performs around 10% better than Skylake so grab that CPU instead.
CPU Cooler: With that amount of money budget I'd try to get a better Cooling for optimal performance. I mean the Cooler Master is great don't get me wrong but if you can then why not get sth better? ;)
Motherboard: Switched it to Z270 the newer version of the LGA 1151 Socket. Also I think the one you chose doesn't have 2 16x lines.
RAM: For 15 bucks more you can get RAM that you can OC even higher. Your motherboard supports it, so do invest there.
PSU: I always try to recommend getting an 80+ Gold PSU if you can + this one is fully modular! :)
Btw are you sure that 500GB of storage will suffice? If not maybe grab a 1Tb HDD.
Looks like a really solid budget build!
Only thing I personally would change is getting another RX 480 with better cooling.
I'd pick one of these 2, both are equally awesome:
PS: You can save around 50 bucks if you go for the 4GB model.
Sorry, I gotta articulate myself better. What I meant is optimal size.
Only thing I can recommend you is getting a larger monitor. One that is 27" large, since that's it's natural size.
Gotta admit for a prebuilt PC it's quite something. Usually they mess up atleast something but here I don't see any real flaws. You're good to go!
It is a good one, not gonna deny it. But if he can afford it why not get a better one. He didn't say what price range he wants it to be so why not up it a little bit for future improvements? I would atleast shoot for 500 watt and a gold certified PSU.
I agree with HeadJanitor. Also you can get RAM at lower frequency. Your motherboard only supports 2133mhz anyways.
Honestly I do think so. Arma 3 is a poorly optimised game, so that might be why.
But if you can afford the i7, then you might aswell go for that one.
Check this youtube video if you wanna know more about the differencies between the i5 and the i7 in terms of streaming, rendering etc.
Google bears all the answers you need ;)
Found it here under specs.
It's always a question of "Can I afford it?". If you can then go for the best at this time possible. I also encourage you to overclock! It's not very hard and there are MANY tutorials on youtube and other forums.
Especially when going for a 144hz monitor I recommend you getting a GTX 1070, to get enough frames. Many people will tell you that 8 GB of RAM are enough and it probably is but I still recommend going for 16 GB, because once games start using more RAM you'll have to upgrade anyways. (And BF1 for example recommend 16GB of RAM for Max settings.). Also get higher frequency RAM like these, since your motherboard supports it.
The rest seems fine to me.
Only thing I can recommend you to change is getting higher frequency RAM at a lower price. This or This
Altough I would suggest getting a custom RX 480. Something like this. Is cheaper + more silent + cooler.
Your build looks good.
As for your case: It has 1x 120mm fan preinstalled which means that you need to get one separately. I recommend getting an 140mm intake so you'll have positive air pressure when both fans are spinning at the same rpm.
Your build is very good as it is. However there are some changes you could make to save some bucks.
If you want to save some money the I5-6600k will still do a very good job. You probably won't even need more.
You can get a cheaper Motherboard imo it's not worth the LED. I can recommend you the Asus Z170-A or the non LED version.
As for the SSD, the Samsung one is very good but if you're on a tight budget then I'd recommend you getting another brand. You can save some money like that. The difference is usually not very huge.
Another 50 pounds can be saved when going for a cheaper GPU. EVGA is a very respected brand and you barely hear anything bad about their GPUs. They have basically the same performance.
Lastly you could go for a 550 Watt PSU (The 650 one I've chosen was cheaper though). Which would come down to a totale save of 200 pounds and not a huge performance loss.
It's not like it wouldn't work with 3000mhz at all, but you'd only be able to overclock to 2800. But since the price jump from 3000 to 3200 is not really high, you should get the 3200mhz RAM. Ofc you could also just get 2800mhz RAM but I recommend going with 3200mhz.
There are very cheap bluetooth PCIe modules or USB sticks. So it's not worth it wasting that much more money for that single feature.
Yes I know that, but I meant if he would take the motherboard I suggested. The Gaming 7 doesn't support OC that high.
Your build looks pretty good, altough I've some changes I would make.
Imo you spending too much on the motherboard. You can get a motherboard that has almost the same features for much less. For example the Gigabyte GA Z170X Gaming G7. That's also why I went up with the RAM frequency, because that one doesnt supprt 3000 but 3200.
There was once an article about Kingston SSDs where they gave out bad ones or sth like that can't find it now. Adata is very decent and cheaper too. Also think about getting a 500 GB SSD since I have a 250 one and I can tell you it's not very much.
I'm no expert when it comes to Liquid coolers, but i haven't heard much about yours. The Corsair one has plenty of good reviews, so maybe consider getting that one.
The thing with laptops is that you can never upgrade it. And also keep in mind that the GPUs used for laptops are usually 20% weaker than the ones used for desktop PCs. Same goes for the CPU (here even 40%!).
Check these Links to know more: CPU and GPU
Also a PC with good cooling tends to be more quite and runs cooler, hence them lasting longer.
Where you are right, is that you can transport your laptop basically anywhere. Altough short lasting batteries might be a hindrance.
You really have to switch out that PSU you got there. This is a good one for less (altough only because of sale).
You can get a cheaper GPU that performs better. The card you chose is too expensive to justify the coolers. Check out this one.
Other than that, if you can afford a small SSD you should consider investing in one.
I got one myself, and I love it. The tools it comes with are super easy to use and that damn thing is even silent on heavy loads!
Tbh with 1 GTX 1080 you won't have a smooth ulta 4k experience. I would wait for the GTX 1080ti, which should handle 4k better. As for the differencies of those two builds check this Link. I'd say the cheaper build will be sufficent. Only thing maybe get RAM with even higher frequency.
Here you can calculate it. It's probably going to be really close call, but it should be manageable. Otherwise you can still just stick with small overclocks or none, it'll still be faster than the others and in the future you might wanna consider buying a more powerful one, with atleast 500 watt :P
I've got some suggestions for you: Get a CPU that you can overclock (a "K" model). Your motherboard supports it and you have bought a CPU Cooler allready so invest 50 more there.
You can get cheaper RAM that has a higher frequency, ergo is more powerful than the other. + the colours suit your build better.
Next I don't recommend you going with the last gen. Get the current Gen. That means another 50 bucks more (Or you could just go with the 3 GB version and it's the same price but still better, if you can't afford those 50 bucks). Here you can see a comparison between those two.
Lastly, I would recommend you getting an HDD since those 120 GB of SSD storage will never be enough.
Really good alternative altough I wouldn't go with the C7. It won't be efficient enough to keep an overclocked i5-6600k cool. The M9i will have lower temps and stay more silent.
Check out this Link. Here you can see that there's absolutetly no difference between 4gb and 8gb. Note that this is 1440p and 4K, so with 1080p you'll have better frames and you'll be in need of less VRAM.
Oh... my condolences :I
I would try to go current gen if I were you. Get the i5-6500 CPU and a B150 motherboard (like the MSI B150 Mortar).
If I were you I'd invest 50 bucks more and get the K version of your CPU (i5-6600k). Spend 30 bucks on a good cooler and the Z170 motherboard should be around the same price your B150 motherboard is.
If you want to save some money you can get a cheaper SSD from Adata for example. You won't really see a difference in real life scenarios.
Also if you get a Z170 motherboard consider going with RAM that has higher frequencies. It won't cost you much but you'll get out a little bit more frames.
For Monitors I can recommend you the ASUS VG248QE. It's a 144hz and believe me when I tell you the difference from 60hz is huge! (I got one)
I don't see any flaws. Looks perfect to me!
The build looks good!
Only a few things you might want to consider changing.
The CPU comes with a stock Cooler. So you don't necessarily need to buy one. Altough buying one would make your build more silent. Much more.
You are buying an Z170 Motherboard. Now the Z170 motherboard allows you to overclock your CPU, but since you're going with a locked CPU (non K) you won't be able to overclock anyways. Now, what you can do is get a cheaper motherboard or what I recommend you doing: Get an i5-6600k, but then you're forced to buy that CPU cooler.
The MSI RX480 is not worth it. Get the Sapphire RX 480 4GB version. You won't need more than 4 GB of VRAM on 1080p and Sapphire is a respected company when it comes to Custom GPU's.
Welcome to the Master Race ;)