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$2000 Compact Skylake build i7-6700K/R9 390X (x2) (Companion Cube)

The goal was to get the best portable performance possible out of $2000 with no bottlenecks.

For the tl;dr version, scroll to the bottom of the description

i7-6700K: I chose this because its a great 4-core processor with a high clock rate (4.0 Ghz) and i used a Corsair H100i GTX 70.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler and a generous PSU because i do plan on using a bit of overclocking on it. (4.6Ghz is the goal)

Asus MAXIMUS VIII GENE Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard: I have always been a fan of ASUS and this MOBO has a bunch of great features. So when im looking for a small Skylake MOBO with the right features and i see this one by ASUS, yeah I'm gonna pick it up.

G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory: Not much to say about this. It's spread across 4 channels, 16 GB should future proof it for quite a few years, and the Ripjaws V Series is quite reliable.

850 EVO 120GB SSD + Western Digital Black 2TB HDD: The SSD is obviously going to be a boot drive and thats probably going to take up most if not all of the space on that drive. The Western Digital Black 2TB HDD is a fast drive thats reliable. 2TB should be enough to store quite a few games for a while so you won't have the problem of having to delete old games to make room for new ones.

R9 390X 8GB (x2): We've all heard by now of games that take more VRAM in 1440p and 4K. We've even seen GTA V hit 6GB before on a 980TI. Even a Titan X is only going to future proof your build for so long. These 2 cards will provide more than enough VRAM for quite a while. 2 of these bad boys are only slightly more expensive than 1 980TI so when we're looking at future proofing, 16GB VRAM is worth the few extra dollars over 6GB and you're still saving quite a bit when you choose these 2 cards over a Titan.

Thermaltake Core V21 MicroATX Mini Tower Case: Expandablity. In this particular build, there's going to be 2 3.5" bays left and 2 2.5" bays left if you want to add an SSD. Also, it has a windowed case wall so it'll look cool if you add any lights. Plus it has built in fans.

Corsair RM 1000W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply: I went with this mainly because i plan on overclocking that i7-6700K mentioned above. This PSU will be enough to handle overclocking for the processor and won't give you any problems if you try to add any more storage drives in the future.


tl;dr version

I tried to get the best performance possible with $2000. Its compact, its future proof, its got room for more storage, and its overclock ready. This build utilizes an i7 skylake processor thats ready to overclock, its got 16 GB of reliable RAM, an SSD boot drive and a 2TB storage drive, 2 of one of the best GPUs available in the AMD family, a compact case with a bit of expandability, and a 1000W PSU + water cooled CPU cooler for overclocking potential.


This build should be able to handle any game on the highest settings at any current resolution while getting good FPS (unless you have one of those 5K monitors from Dell right now, but if you do, you might be able to do some medium settings gaming on that)

Any critiques? Noticeable bottlenecks? A way to get better performance without completely blowing the $2000 budget out of the water? Let me know in the comments and if you like the build, make sure to give it an upvote!

Compatibility: No issues or incompatibilities found.

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CPU Intel Core i7-6700K 4 GHz Quad-Core Processor
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    Comments

    • 53 months ago
    • 2 points

    After some research, I'm going to use this build as my base. I already have the SSD's and Video Cards and I'm going to increase the Memory to 32GB (I use Photoshop and Lightroom for big panoramics sometimes) and upgrade the Power Supply to the newer RMx. Potential Build

    • 53 months ago
    • 1 point

    I personally would have avoided the dell monitors but I would have done so at a personal preference. I like the build you got going. Link me to the completed build once you get it finished!

    • 53 months ago
    • 1 point

    I like this built , it look like something I would have chosen as well.

    • 53 months ago
    • 1 point

    first of you will only get 8GB of VRAM between the 2 cards and get 2 R9390's they are about $70 cheaper and contain the same amount of VRAM per card. 2nd ditch that Samsung SSD you can get a 240GB by Crucial for $89. other than that solid build

    • 53 months ago
    • -2 points

    1) 8+8=16

    2) VRAM isnt everything not even close

    3) Thats more expensive and the SSD is only for like a boot drive, browsers, and steam (which you don't need 240GB for

    • 53 months ago
    • 1 point

    I think in this case 8+8=8

    • 53 months ago
    • -2 points

    Press x to doubt

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    • 53 months ago
    • 1 point

    1) No, that's not how crossfire works. The VRAM isn't added together like that. If you disagree with me, look it up.

    2) The 390X is way more expensive than the 390, and it is only slightly better. http://gpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/AMD-R9-390X-vs-AMD-R9-390/3497vs3481I would go with two 390's, and use the extra $200 on something that would yeild more performance for my dollar.

    3) You can buy a BX 200 from Crucial for only $60, which is only slightly slower than the 120GB 850 EVO, and it costs much less per GB.

    • 53 months ago
    • 1 point

    If I remember correctly the BX200 has much worse latencies than competing SSDs and is in many ways a downgrade from the BX100.

    • 53 months ago
    • 1 point

    Better price/performance than the EVO still. Unless the price finally went down.

    • 53 months ago
    • 1 point

    That's comparing to an SSD that's almost always overpriced for what it offers despite being one of the fastest consumer 2.5" SSDs. It's better to compare to other SSDs that tend to offer more for your money.

    • 50 months ago
    • 1 point

    Throwback to when I first heard about the 390x2 from powercolor that does have 16gb of VRAM which confused the hell out of me

    • 50 months ago
    • 1 point

    lol

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