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Hey guys, its been a while since I posted here.
I'm looking to upgrade my signature rig since I really start to feel it lacking performance in some games. BTW I use this rig only for gaming.

Seeing as it will take like half a year before we get unlocked Kaby Lake cpu's I decided to just go with Skylake.

I'm looking for a Z170 motherboard, an unlocked Skylake chip and 2x 8GB DDR4 memory (I assume I'll be adding 2x 8 in like a year or so anyway)

For the motherboard I was thinking about the ASUS Z170 PRO GAMING motherboard, I don't see the need in paying more for the sabertooth or maximus, am i wrong?

I was considering both the i5 6600k and i7 6700k, I know for gaming there's no real advantage in having the i7 (at least not with my gpu) but I figure games in the near future using DX12 might be utilizing the 8 threads better and therefor the i7 might be the better choice in the long run. Also I have a pretty decent watercooling set-up that should give me a nice OC on the i7. Again am I wrong here?

Then for the memory I was looking at Corsair Vengeance LPX memory, only because I have good experiences with Corsair Vengeance memory. 3000Mhz looks like the price/performance sweet spot. My question here is, will it be easy to get this memory running at 3000Mhz with the above mentioned mobo + cpu? Or should I buy slower DDR4? Like I said, I assume I'll add another 2x 8GB in the next 18 months or something, I just want to save some money right now seeing as this will be a pretty pricey upgrade.

So what do you guys think?
 
Ants In My HTPC
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7-6700K (4.60Ghz @ 1.35v) Asus Z170 Pro Asus GTX 1070 8GB 32GB Kingston HyperX Fury DDR4 2133Mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
Samsung 850 SSD (250GB) WD 3TB EK Supreme LTX CPU block (plexi) EK XT 360 radiator 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EK DCP 4.0 pump Phobya 250mm tube reservoir EK Compression Fittings Masterkleer 3/8" ID 1/2" OD tubing CLEAR 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Mayhems Pastel White Windows 10 64bit iiyama 24" (1920x1080) Dell 19" (1440x900) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Corsair K70 (Cherry MX Red) XFX PRO 550W Core Edition NZXT Switch 810 (white) Razer DeathAdder Black Edition 3.5G 
Audio
Bose QC25 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T (3.50Ghz @ 1.37v) AMD Sabertooth 990FX MSI GTX 460 1GB 8GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1333Mhz 
Hard DriveCoolingOSPower
Samsung 830 (128GB) Cooler Master Hyper 212X Windows 10 64bit Corsair VS550 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i5 540M 2.53 GHz NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M 8 GB DDR3 1067 MHz Western Digital 1TB 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Mac OS X.6.8 17", 1920x1200 95-watt-hour lithium polymer battery Aluminum unibody MacBook Pro 
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Ants In My HTPC
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7-6700K (4.60Ghz @ 1.35v) Asus Z170 Pro Asus GTX 1070 8GB 32GB Kingston HyperX Fury DDR4 2133Mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
Samsung 850 SSD (250GB) WD 3TB EK Supreme LTX CPU block (plexi) EK XT 360 radiator 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EK DCP 4.0 pump Phobya 250mm tube reservoir EK Compression Fittings Masterkleer 3/8" ID 1/2" OD tubing CLEAR 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Mayhems Pastel White Windows 10 64bit iiyama 24" (1920x1080) Dell 19" (1440x900) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Corsair K70 (Cherry MX Red) XFX PRO 550W Core Edition NZXT Switch 810 (white) Razer DeathAdder Black Edition 3.5G 
Audio
Bose QC25 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T (3.50Ghz @ 1.37v) AMD Sabertooth 990FX MSI GTX 460 1GB 8GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1333Mhz 
Hard DriveCoolingOSPower
Samsung 830 (128GB) Cooler Master Hyper 212X Windows 10 64bit Corsair VS550 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i5 540M 2.53 GHz NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M 8 GB DDR3 1067 MHz Western Digital 1TB 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Mac OS X.6.8 17", 1920x1200 95-watt-hour lithium polymer battery Aluminum unibody MacBook Pro 
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Everything you picked out seems fine to me. You should get roughly the same lifespan out of the i5 and i7. You would be looking to upgrade your system around the same time either way unless you snag a Kaby Lake i7 next year or something for a bit more longevity.

I don't think there's much difference in brands of RAM. Just get a kit with heat spreaders you don't think are ugly and won't interfere with cooling. Since you have liquid cooling, the height of heat spreaders shouldn't matter.
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