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Micro x99 gaming build. Looking for help and opinions.

post #1 of 10
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Here is my current list http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zyyXxr

First off there is a method to my madness. I will be upgrading later this year to a couple of hbm2 cards and a couple of 2.5" ssd's as the market continues to settle. My main purpose is to game on my 1440p freesync monitor hence the amd 390 and the 512gb might be enough to start with.

My first question is if there is a better x99 micro board and does this one fully support the 950 pro.

My second question is if there is better ram. I sorta know about 3200c14 ram being able to cpu strap 100 but in the end it is a little over my head since I will for the most part be plug n play.

Other assistance I could use is if there is a better cpu cooler and if there is a better case and PSU. I'm not sure what a safe PSU would be going into upgrading to a couple of hbm2 cards so not sure if I should by a new one later or shoot high and grab a 750-850w.

Thank you in advance for any help you can give me.
post #2 of 10
Hey there, to answer a few questions:

1) Asrock X99M Killer 3.1 - I've used this and it's a great board. The layout is great for SLI and the m.2 slot is pcie 3.0 4x. It's very easy to overclock the CPU and memory. As a note, any memory you buy over 2133MHz for X99 is considered to be overclocked. When I had the Asrock board, 3200MHz was a breeze. Set ram to 1.37V, VCCSA to +250mV, set timings to 16-16-16-36 1T, 32x multplier and a strap of 100. This will get you HCI Memtest + 1000% Stable overnight.

2) Don't cheap out on ram, there's proof it will raise your min FPS, considering you're going to be gaming on 1440P, it's worth it. Trident Z 4x8 3200C14 kit is amazing and will run on X99 easily. If you need help, head over to the z170/x99 memory stability thread and there's plenty of knowledgeable people to help. Some people will tell you ram isn't significant and or you can't stabilize high frequency with x99. They are wrong.

3) CPU Cooler - I suggest you get the Noctua NH-D15S if you want to stick with air cooling. The Node 804 officially states that the max cooler height supported is 160mm, but I can confirm the D15S fits with room to spare. You will only be able to run 1 fan though if you get high profile ram.

As for the PSU, I'm no expert so I won't comment on that.

Have fun with the new build!
post #3 of 10

The whole ram/fps garbage is really miniscule, you are talking 1-2 fps difference at times, a lot of times you wont even be seeing a difference, lol.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utWnjA4NzSA

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWgzA2C61z4

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post #4 of 10
You're quoting videos from 2013 and 2014. Looking at These Results and from personal experience on overclocked X99 and Z170 systems, I fully support 3000+ memory. Comparing DDR4 prices today and at launch, you'd be crazy to go with the cheap memory. rolleyes.gif
post #5 of 10
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Does tridentz 3200c14 for the fatal1ty3.1 have to be 32gb or is 16gb just as good? They are both dual channel and don't need 4 sticks of ram? I'd rather pay $140 versus $275 on ram.
post #6 of 10
The kit is listed as Dual Channel, but will work in Quad Channel as long as there's a total of 4 modules of the same kit. 32GB or 16GB is your preference, the 32GB C14 kit is just a known good clocker & both will work at the rated 3200MHz.
post #7 of 10
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Ok so 4x8 works but not 2x8 because it would need to be 4x4. Here's my current list http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3BckFT
post #8 of 10
You can do the 4x4GB Trident Z 3200C16 kit to save some money, otherwise that looks like a beast of a system you're putting together. thumb.gif

2x8 will technically work, but then you only run in dual channel which defeats one of the features of the X99 system smile.gif
post #9 of 10
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I'm guessing the difference in 14 to 16 cas latency isn't worth the extra $150 in minimal frame rate performance then? I don't think I would need 32gb just for games but I am under my $2000 limit.
post #10 of 10
The C16 kit is rated for 1.35V, Intel certifies DDR4 XMP profiles up to 1.5V. You can safely use 1.4-1.45V on the memory to get that CAS down to 14 on the C16 kit and save $150 thumb.gif

http://www.legitreviews.com/what-is-the-safe-voltage-range-for-ddr4-memory-overclocking_150115
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