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  1. #1
    Nov 2005
    New Jersey

    What do you guys think about this build for gaming? Thoughts?

    Hey guys,

    This was the build someone had pieced together for me, however I made a few tweaks. What do you think? Questions at bottom.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-7600K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: MSI Z270-A PRO ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill TridentZ Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Crucial MX300 525GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($149.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.97 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB FTW Gaming ACX 3.0 Video Card ($554.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Phanteks Enthoo Pro M Tempered Glass ATX Mid Tower Case ($104.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA G3 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($94.98 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($102.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1552.85
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-03-20 15:55 EDT-0400

    My questions:

    1) What are your thoughts about choosing the i5-7600k over the i7-7700k?
    2) For a 1080 video card, is this a sufficient one? There are so many different models by each brand that I'm not sure what to get.
    3) What should I get as a HSF?
    4) Any thoughts about this SATA drive (as it's available on newegg), or should I get a different one?
    5) If the HSF comes with thermal paste, should I use that or should I keep the arctic silver in my cart?
    6) Will the PSU definitely handle everything I have in this computer?

    Right now I'm looking at that processor as it's good for gaming. There are still too many unanswered questions regarding Ryzen, although I'm not biting the bullet yet on either decision. It seems like the 7700k may be too much processor, but if you're pointing in that direction by all means please let me know!
    Case: Coolermaster 590 | Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R | Processor: Intel C2D E8400 | HSF: Xigmatek S1283 | Memory: 2x2GB GSkill DDR2-1000 | Video: EVGA GTX 260 216cores | Power: PC P&C 610W

  2. #2
    Mar 2017

    Re: What do you guys think about this build for gaming? Thoughts?

    1 - the 7700k is apparently the best gaming processor available, so spending another $100 may be worth it to get another year or two out of it. I wish I had spent an extra $100 to get the 8 thread ivy bridge instead of the 3750k I did get. Higher thread counts (4v8) may be more important in the next couple of years. If this is really just a gaming rig, stick with Intel as it is unclear whether the huge number of threads are going to make Ryzen a better gaming CPU choice in the future. 8 is definitely enough at the moment.

    2 - EVGA is a fine GPU maker. No issues

    3- Go for a closed look cooler, like a Corsair H100/110i or whatever the latest one is. With a 7600k or 7700k, you'll want awesome cooling for big overclocks.

    4 -I'd go with a 1tb drive if you can afford it. Games are huge and space goes quick on a 500gb drive.

    5- There probably isn't a big difference between the thermal paste.

    6 - Yes. PCpartpicker should have a wattage estimator, and this whole system probably clocks in around 450w, so you have plenty of headroom left for overclocking.

  3. #3
    Feb 2017

    Re: What do you guys think about this build for gaming? Thoughts?

    i5-7600k over the i7-7700k? no difference fps wise, (I wouldnt spend a lot more for the 7700k) the 1080 is pretty much fine for everything, only 4k and 1440p 144mhz will push it hard, the model of the card comes down to price and personal preference IMHO, I like cards that are quiet,
    Southrncomfortj is right 500gb isnt much these days, games are stupid huge now, the ssd is fine I have a crucial, if your only gaming you dont need a uber high end ssd

  4. #4
    Aug 2014

    Re: What do you guys think about this build for gaming? Thoughts?

    Would be nice, but can you find a 1080?

  5. #5
    Feb 2018

    Re: What do you guys think about this build for gaming? Thoughts?

    i think that all what you will need for modern games

  6. #6
    Jun 2017

    Re: What do you guys think about this build for gaming? Thoughts?

    I'm currently running a Geforce GTX 1080 FTW by EVGA and it's been running like a dream. All my games run on 1080p Ultra. Also the specs of your system is similar and you'll be fine. Your system will boot up fast. Enjoy!!

  7. #7
    May 2018

    Re: What do you guys think about this build for gaming? Thoughts?

    Wow I am feeling excited by just reading the specification of your PC.

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