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post #1 of 10
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Hey guys,

I've been a lurker here for some time and wanted to seek out some advice. I'm looking to put together a new gaming desktop in the next few weeks or so (hoping to get a two 1080s in SLI). But to be honest, I am completely stumped about what CPU I should go for. I don't do anything too strenuous beyond gaming, but I try to keep my desktops for ~3-4 years, so I like to build in some flexibility. I know the broadwell-e's are coming out soon, but I have yet to be convinced that spending 500$-600$ on a cpu is important for a gaming set up. I also like the "newer" features that Z170 supports, specifically support for multiple m.2 drives.

I'd appreciate any and all thoughts!
post #2 of 10
I'm not the foremost expert but it sounds like Skylake is right up your alley. 6600k seems to be the sweet spot per dollar for gaming right now and Z170 should hopefully get another gen so there should be a small upgrade path as well. Plus it'll make sure your on DDR4 so you'll be set for a while on RAM.
 
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post #3 of 10
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Definitely going to have 32-64 GB of high frequency DDR4
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there's no need to spend several hundred dollars on that much ram when ~$80 gets you 16Gb of ddr4 3000Mhz+; which is plenty. wink.gif
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post #5 of 10
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Thanks! I'll keep that in mind. Any ideas what to do for CPU?
post #6 of 10
nothing new - the 6600K will be nice. thumb.gif
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If you are primarily gaming I wouldn't worry about the X99 platform. What you are paying for with Haswell-E and soon Broadwell-E is a platform with more cores, more PCI lanes, support for more RAM and a few workstation oriented features. It works just fine for gaming and in fact I'm using a 5820k in my gaming machine right now and love it, but the stronger single cores of Skylake and slightly lower price might be better suited for you. There's probably a Skylake refresh around the corner too if you wanted to wait just a little longer though we don't have any solid dates for release yet.

Digital Foundry did an interesting video comparing Haswell-E to Skylake in some gaming scenarios. Broadwell-E might be a little faster but you get the idea: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocwwaVGUFtk

I would also agree you don't need 32+GB of RAM unless you're running a bunch of VM's or video editing or something like that. It won't exactly hurt anything but you probably won't be using it. Personally I would pick up 2x8GB sticks for 16 total for the moment, then you can always throw in 2 more for 32 total later if you find you need it for something.
 
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post #8 of 10
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That's a great video. Thanks!
post #9 of 10
Dual 1080, ok then you can certainly shell out for a 6800k or better.
post #10 of 10
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It's not that I couldn't as a stretch, I am just not necessarily seeing the need to...
Edited by majestyk123 - 5/8/16 at 3:01pm
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