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A matching pair of gaming PCs
11-09-2015, 08:11 PM, (This post was last modified: 11-10-2015, 07:36 AM by Yagermyster.)
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A matching pair of gaming PCs
My wife and I are both gamers. Our current machines are aging. I already use a gtx680 and my wife has a gtx960.

I am currently having random lockups on my PC, and I'm suspecting either a motherboard or power supply issue. But it's over six years old and not worth repairing based on its age. My wife's PC is seven years old.

The current plan is to buy two of these setups without video cards and transplant them into the new systems. By purchasing matching systems, I now have secondary parts for future diagnostics. I plan on using these new rigs for five plus years.

We have been playing WoW, GW2, Fallout 4 (soon), Dungeon Defenders 2, Diablo 3, AC series, MGS series... pretty much any/all games.

We are not overclockers... We'd rather be playing games rather than play with hardware.

Hardware List:
CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($397.73 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($25.89 @ OutletPC)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste ($5.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus H170-PRO ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($108.99 @ B&H)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($96.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($158.97 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 4GB Video Card
Case: Fractal Design Define R5 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($96.73 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA GS 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: ~$971.27

edit: I have 1Tb hdd and optical drive that will be transferred as well.

Do you see any holes in my plan? If so, what would you change?

Thanks,

Yagermyster
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11-10-2015, 08:38 AM,
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RE: A matching pair of gaming PCs
that cpu will be overkill unless you are using these machines for heavy multi-threaded workloads(ie professional software). the i5-6500 would be a better choice for that platform and your desire not to overclock. then i would use the money you saved for gpu upgrades next year when the next gen cards are released.

the reason being, looking forward with dx12, real cores with higher clock speeds are going to be the standard with 4 core processors in the sweet spot and no more than 6.

if i were gonna spend that kind of money on a cpu then it would probably be on a haswell-e platform something like the i7-5820k.

good luck
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11-10-2015, 03:31 PM,
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RE: A matching pair of gaming PCs
It looks like a decent build.

The i7 6700K is still in short supply so retailers are taking advantage of this. Intel's recommended price is $350. When supply catches up to demand it should return to this price. However, if buying today the 6700K is $200 more than a i5-6500.

If you are price shopping, keep watch on the fractal design define R5. they go on sale or have rebates that drop the price down to about $80 with free shipping. I bought one recently for $79 shipped, and it was on sale again recently.
CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.7Ghz Mobo: Gigabyte Z97X Gaming 5 GPU: MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G HSF: Cryorig R1 Ultimate
Mem: 2 x 8GB G.Skill TridentX DDR3 2400 SSD: Samsung 850 Evo 500GB + a few spinners
PSU: Seasonic SS-760XP Platinum Case: Fractal Design Define R5 Monitors: 2 x Dell 2007FP 1600x1200
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11-10-2015, 10:47 PM,
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RE: A matching pair of gaming PCs
For $20 more, I noticed I can buy a Samsung 500gb M.2 drive. What are opinions on M.2 architecture?
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11-11-2015, 12:46 PM, (This post was last modified: 11-11-2015, 03:10 PM by Yagermyster.)
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RE: A matching pair of gaming PCs
Oops, that $20 more was not for the 32gb/s, but for previous slower architecture... I'm glad I asked rather than jumping the gun!
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11-11-2015, 04:54 PM,
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RE: A matching pair of gaming PCs
Good catch on noting the interface speed. M.2 is a form factor and there are several interface standards both physical mounting and electrical/data.

This is a pretty good overview.

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2015/02/u...-next-ssd/

I'm on the sidelines waiting right now. My Samsung EVO 850 is pretty fast and it is hard to justify more money for faster right now.
CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.7Ghz Mobo: Gigabyte Z97X Gaming 5 GPU: MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G HSF: Cryorig R1 Ultimate
Mem: 2 x 8GB G.Skill TridentX DDR3 2400 SSD: Samsung 850 Evo 500GB + a few spinners
PSU: Seasonic SS-760XP Platinum Case: Fractal Design Define R5 Monitors: 2 x Dell 2007FP 1600x1200
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