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PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2MNHHx
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2MNHHx/by_merchant/

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($349.99 @ Amazon)
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z170MX-Gaming 5 Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($134.99 @ SuperBiiz)
  • Memory: Crucial 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory ($88.99 @ Adorama)
  • Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Video Card ($299.99 @ SuperBiiz)
  • Total: $873.96

keikei, I really appreciate your input. This seems like a really solid build and at a decent cost. I do have a few questions for you and others though..

The motherboard seems to have everything I'd be looking for. How does Gigabyte compare to other manufacturers? I've used ASUS in my past 4 ~ 5 builds, although I have had a few issues. I've also heard good things about AsRock.
For the GTX 970, how does MSI compare against EVGA and others? Overclockability, warranty, features, service, etc? I've usually used EVGA cards with MSI Afterburner, I've had great luck in the past but the newest GPU I've worked with recently is the 580 so I'm sure things have changed!
For the RAM, would it make sense to jump up to DD4 2600+ or something with tighter timings/better heat syncs?

Thanks!
Edited by uniwarking - 11/3/15 at 8:54am
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keikei, I really appreciate your input. This seems like a really solid build and at a decent cost. I do have a few questions for you and others though..

The motherboard seems to have everything I'd be looking for. How does Gigabyte compare to other manufacturers? I've used ASUS in my past 4 ~ 5 builds, although I have had a few issues. I've also heard good things about AsRock.
For the GTX 970, how does MSI compare against EVGA and others? Overclockability, warranty, features, service, etc? I've usually used EVGA cards with MSI Afterburner, I've had great luck in the past but the newest GPU I've worked with recently is the 580 so I'm sure things have changed!
For the RAM, would it make sense to jump up to DD4 3000+ or something with tighter timings/better heat syncs?

Thanks!

From what I've found in terms of quality most brands are relatively the same. You get what you pay for. I would pay attention to the warranty and look up customer service reviews on certain companies if you're worried about rma. I had a few rma's from several brands and newegg is excellent about it. Concerning DDR4, the newer tech is more expensive and generally is not that much faster (if at all) compared to the previous. Not worth the premium imo. Top tier ram is very expensive. The cpu is the critical upgrade here. I should've mentioned this earlier, but if you can stretch another $50, you can get a 980 instead of the 970. Its a decent jump in terms of gpu horsepower.
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keikei, I really appreciate your input. This seems like a really solid build and at a decent cost. I do have a few questions for you and others though..

The motherboard seems to have everything I'd be looking for. How does Gigabyte compare to other manufacturers? I've used ASUS in my past 4 ~ 5 builds, although I have had a few issues. I've also heard good things about AsRock.
For the GTX 970, how does MSI compare against EVGA and others? Overclockability, warranty, features, service, etc? I've usually used EVGA cards with MSI Afterburner, I've had great luck in the past but the newest GPU I've worked with recently is the 580 so I'm sure things have changed!
For the RAM, would it make sense to jump up to DD4 3000+ or something with tighter timings/better heat syncs?

Thanks!

The best 970 is considered to be the Gigabyte G1, but the MSI Gaming 4G is a good contender too. I would opt for DDR4-3200 RAM

Either
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f43200c16d16gvkb
or
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f43200c16d16gtzb (a bit more expensive, but better looking heatsink, imo)

For motherboard, I have great experiences with MSI and I've seen quite a few people on the forums have good experience with them too.
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You guys are going to suggest me right into divorce territory lol! Kidding of course, she doesn't really care... I just want to do a solid upgrade without breaking the bank and be "upgrade proof" for a few years. That PC Part Picker is pretty sweet, appreciate you guys pointing that out. I'll probably continue to ask questions and research for a week or two before I start ordering parts, so I appreciate the continued help.

I've wondered about the 970 vs. 980 and I've read several articles, I'm just not sure if it makes sense given the premium. Right now, I'm mostly playing competitive CS:GO on a 1920x1080 monitor, my current setup is providing 160+ FPS on a monitor that can only display ~60. Not to say I won't upgrade monitors down the road or play more graphic intense games (I do that on occasion now). I think the 970 will be a step up performance wise, as well as heat and consumption wise which is great.

I think adding a few bucks for a little faster RAM and assumed better long term durability with a better heat sync is not a terrible idea, even though it may provide little benefit in daily use... maybe in folding though.

One thing I just thought of... I'm wondering if my H100 will work with this new socket...
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If it fits LGA 1156/1155 it will fit every other LGA 115x.
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post #17 of 65
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If it fits LGA 1156/1155 it will fit every other LGA 115x.

Awesome, I was hoping so but couldn't find anything on their website about the newer sockets. Thanks!
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With your current monitor you can possibly Overclock it a bit too so that you're not limited to 60 fps because of the refresh rate! My Dell only does 65hz instead of 60, but some have had greater success than me with this.

It's also very easy to do! It's called "monitor refresh rate overclocking"
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With your current monitor you can possibly Overclock it a bit too so that you're not limited to 60 fps because of the refresh rate! My Dell only does 65hz instead of 60, but some have had greater success than me with this.

It's also very easy to do! It's called "monitor refresh rate overclocking"

I wasn't aware this was possible, I will have to try that! Thanks!
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