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post #1 of 18
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I'm looking at getting the I7-6900K or I7-5960x; current parts to my build are below:

MSI X99A Godlike Gaming Carbon
EVGA Supernova 1600 T2
Corsair Dominator Platinum 64GB
two MSI GeForce GTX 1080 DirectX 12 GTX 1080 SEA HAWK EK X
Samsung 950 PRO Series - 512GB PCIe NVMe - M.2 Internal SSD
Bitspower MSI X99A GODLIKE GAMING Nickel Plated Full-Covered-Block (Clear)

I plan on getting a caselabs STH10 case with a similar theme to TheCautiosOne as I really liked his build. Granted there's no way that I could spend the amount of time that it takes to make it look as clean as his at this point, but over time I would like to. I just need to have this rig up and running and will do cosmetics at a later date. The use of this computer is for gaming mostly which leans me towards the 6900K. I've read so much info about these two, but nothing specific to my setup. I'm open to suggestions on water cooling/case/and CPU. This thread is for CPU input...I'll get to making another thread for the other two components. I'll be out of state working, but will check back as often as possible. Thanks in advance for any input.
Edited by xxxj3xxx - 7/12/16 at 2:40pm
post #2 of 18
5960x is overkill for gaming (even the 6700k is overkill). Only get it if you are someone that is into video editing, rendering etc. otherwise stick to a 6700k


unless of course ur going for bragging rights. Then go for it biggrin.gif
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8350 MSI 970 Gaming  R9 290x 4GB Evga SSC 1866 
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samsung 850 evo lg thermaltek nic c4 microsoft 
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post #3 of 18
Everything in your system is massive overkill and the same reuslts can be done for far less
You dont need and is never going to need a 1600 watt PSU for that system.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core I7 6850K Gigabyte X99 Ultra Gaming EVGA GTX 1080 FTW2 Kingston HyperX DDR4 Savage 3000 MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung 840 Evo WD Green WD60EZRX  WD Red WD80EFZX 8TB  Seagate Ironwolf Pro 10 TB 
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LG CH12NS30 x5 Noctua NF-A14 FLX Noctua NH-D15S Windows 7 64 Bit 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
Asus PG279Q LG 49UH750V 4K LED TV Corsair Gaming Strafe RGB EVGA SuperNova G2 750 watt 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Roccat Kone EMP Roccat Sense Metor Sennheiser HD 598 
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Onkyo TX NR646  Dali Opticon Vokal x2 Dali Opticon 2 x2 Dali Opticon 1 
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Intel Core I7 6850K Gigabyte X99 Ultra Gaming EVGA GTX 1080 FTW2 Kingston HyperX DDR4 Savage 3000 MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung 840 Evo WD Green WD60EZRX  WD Red WD80EFZX 8TB  Seagate Ironwolf Pro 10 TB 
Optical DriveCoolingCoolingOS
LG CH12NS30 x5 Noctua NF-A14 FLX Noctua NH-D15S Windows 7 64 Bit 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
Asus PG279Q LG 49UH750V 4K LED TV Corsair Gaming Strafe RGB EVGA SuperNova G2 750 watt 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Roccat Kone EMP Roccat Sense Metor Sennheiser HD 598 
AudioAudioAudioAudio
Onkyo TX NR646  Dali Opticon Vokal x2 Dali Opticon 2 x2 Dali Opticon 1 
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post #4 of 18
I think he is going for a little (or more) overkill..
post #5 of 18
Thread Starter 
Yes, I'm aware of the overkill. First decent build so figured why not..still haven't pulled the trigger on a CPU, but I'm waiting on the case so it's no hurry. It's either going to be the 6900k, 5960x or 6950x. I get them at a discount so I don't pay full price on most computer parts.
post #6 of 18
The only question is, do you need 5960x or 6950x for something specific? Because a 6900k will out perform the other two well gaming, and obviously cost less.
post #7 of 18
Don't get me wrong, I'm all for overkill but the X99 platform is just not the better choice for a strictly gaming machine. You will get worse performance in games on a Broadwell-E or Haswell-E chip than on a Skylake 6700k in most cases. Either platform will get the job done just fine but in CPU bound gaming scenarios the faster cores and higher clocks of the 6700k will almost always pull ahead. The extra cores on the X99 chips are great for productivity work but generally go underutilized for gaming. Digital Foundry on YouTube did a very helpful video on this very topic a few months ago. The video is specifically comparing Skylake to Haswell-E but the same logic applies to Broadwell-E as well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocwwaVGUFtk

If you were doing heaving photo/video work or 3D rendering then by all means that kind of build would make more sense. 64GB of RAM is also massively more than you will use for gaming... I'm running 32GB and have never seen even half of it used. 1600w is more than twice what that machine would ever pull. I hope this doesn't come off as rude but this build isn't the kind of overkill that makes your gaming experience any better. You could have a better gaming machine for 1/3 the price of this setup, even with a discount as you mentioned.

That said, if you're really set on using this platform you would probably do best to avoid the 10 core 6950X. ludicrous price aside it doesn't clock very well at all and will hold you back in games that only use a few cores. Grab a 6 core and overclock it as far as you can. Or get an 8 core and with the new API's coming into use we may see the extra cores being used for games soon.
 
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i7 5820K MSI X99-A Tomahawk 1080 ti Founders Edition with EK block and back... 1080 ti MSI Seahawk EK X 
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GSkill RipJaws 3000 32GB Samsung 120GB SSD WD Black 2TB Raid 0 WD Green 4TB 
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Hitachi 5TB Samsung 500GB SSD CD/DVD/BluRay Custom water cooling 
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Windows 10 Acer Predator x34 AOC i2769Vm Gateway KX2153 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
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RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
GSkill RipJaws 3000 32GB Samsung 120GB SSD WD Black 2TB Raid 0 WD Green 4TB 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Hitachi 5TB Samsung 500GB SSD CD/DVD/BluRay Custom water cooling 
OSMonitorMonitorMonitor
Windows 10 Acer Predator x34 AOC i2769Vm Gateway KX2153 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
QNIX QX2710LED Corsair R95 RGB EVGA Supernova G2 1300 Watt Caselabs SMA8 
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post #8 of 18
Thread Starter 
I do CAD/Solid Works/Inventor and stuff like that so figured it wouldn't hurt. It's not strictly for gaming, but will be gamed on. Probably more time spent gaming though than anything with regards to actual man hours with SW coming in a close second.... I do a lot of 3D modeling/printing. I think an appropriate power supply would be 800ish watts with the draw from the sli cards without overclocking or anything else fancy..just a standard build, which mine is not going to be. PSUs in my experience are more efficient around the 60% load range so went with something bigger and gives me room to expand/change parts as needed.

Another note is that I only have $1700 and some change in this build so far which led me to some parts by default. My most expensive part is going to be the case because I can't get any discount on that.
Edited by xxxj3xxx - 7/25/16 at 2:37pm
post #9 of 18
Get The I7 6700k And Gtx 1070 Save Big On Highend Gaming Performance Is Their And The Latest Tech Of M.2 And DDR4 If U Plan On Mostly Gaming
post #10 of 18
Thread Starter 
I already have the current parts that I listed. Don't mind the color of the room..I just moved and haven't had time to paint yet.



Edited by xxxj3xxx - 7/25/16 at 2:44pm
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