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Hi.
I am going to upgrade my sig PC because of the coming BF1 and other games.

I chose these parts:

CPU: i5 6600k
MOBO: Gigabyte GA-Z170XP-SLI
RAM: DDR4 Corsair Vengeance LPX blue 16GB (2x8GB) 3000MHz CL15 1.35V
PSU: Seasonic M12II EVO Edition M12II-620 Bronze


I will probably keep this setup for the next 4-5 years, only upgrading the GPU (not really impressed with current releases).
The pc will be used mostly to game and do some light photoshopping and programming. I have one of these 1440p 120hz korean displays.
I might change to Linux or atleast dualboot at some point.


Do I need the 3ghz RAM ? Or should I get some lower mhz kit and hope for OC capabilities?
Should I spend some more money on a i7 6700k? Or maybe get one of those Xeon CPU builds?
I should probably invest in some better cooler, but the 6700k is around 100€ more expensive, so I won't be able to buy it right away.


What you guys think? Would you change anything or this sounds solid?
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post #2 of 27
If you plan to keep this system 4-5 years the i7 is money VERY well spent. The extra four threads are already showing benefits now. I'd save up a little longer.
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If you are looking for a quiet PSU you picked the wrong one as the Seasonic M12II is famous for being very loud once you start to stress it hard enough.
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post #4 of 27
It looks like it MIGHT be possible. But maybe you might listen what people say about get an i7 6700k and an EVGA G2/P2 or Seasonic X/Platinum/Prime PSU. Sounds perfect. I think it would work good for you.
Edited by JacobVR - 8/2/16 at 3:50pm
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What you guys think? Would you change anything or this sounds solid?

6700k since you want to keep forever, yes get at least 3000mhz RAM. 3000 is barely more expensive than 2133 and RAM helps a lot sometimes so it's a no brainer
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Originally Posted by JacobVR View Post

Most Mobile CPU (xxxM) are generally soldered to the motherboard. Replacing them, if at all possible, is generally not financially viable. Any upgrade potential would be limited by other factors in a laptop. PSU/Cooling etc. My vote would be to buy a new laptop.
You might want to re-read the thread.
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post #7 of 27
As others have said, get an i7 6700k and an EVGA G2/P2 or Seasonic X/Platinum/Prime PSU.
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post #8 of 27
If your budget only allows for an i5-6600K, you won't be disappointed. If you can wait, Kaby Lake should come out in the near future and drive down Skylake prices a bit.
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I agree with everyone here. Get the I7, better RAM, and a better PSU. Small additional cost for several additional years of useful lifetime.

That said, if you are willing to build a whole new system in the near future, forget all of that and just go cheap. All those upgrades are forward thinking and won't really show much gains today.

It does seem like you want to keep the system for a few years at least though, so spend the little extra now.
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post #10 of 27
An i7-6700K isn't going to age any differently than an i5-6600K. Suggesting such is like saying the i5-3570K has aged worse than the i7-3770K. You also don't need to upgrade your CPU cooler. It's perfectly adequate for your needs. If that's the reason holding you back from purchasing the i7, you might as well just get the i7.
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