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[Build Log] First build ever and I have dubbed it "The Heliotrope"

post #1 of 20
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Well there is absolutely no point in denying it, up until recently I've had no experience or knowledge about building PCs. However my best friend has opened up my eyes to the world of PCs. I am open to suggestions and input on my build, so please help!

Case- Corsair RGB 570X
Drive- WD 1TB Caviar Blue (future SSD Upgrade)
Graphics Card- Asus Geforce 1060 6GB (I know its the weak link in the build, but its what i can afford right now)
Power Supply- EVGA 750 Fully modular power supply
RAM- Two Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR4
Cooling- Corsair H100i V2
CPU- Intel I7 7700K Quad Core
MOBO- Asus Strix Z270E Gaming

Again any help is appreciated!
post #2 of 20
Step down to a 500 watt PSU, and get a 250ish GB SSD for your Windows installation and a few games. It's an absolute must for any modern PC.
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i7 5820k @ 4.625Ghz ASUS Rampage V Extreme GTX 1080 Ti 32GB G.Skill RIPJAWS 3200Mhz CL14 
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Intel 750 400GB Samsung 850 Pro 512GB Samsung 850 EVO 500GB WD Black 4TB 7200RPM 
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Intel 750 400GB Samsung 850 Pro 512GB Samsung 850 EVO 500GB WD Black 4TB 7200RPM 
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Hitachi 2TB 7200RPM Corsair H80i GT Windows 10 Professional Acer Predator X34 3440x1440 100hz IPS 
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post #3 of 20
Above, and there are a few other corners you could cut that would yield a lot more for your dollar. What's your budget?

Here's what I assume your build looks like:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($329.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i v2 70.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus STRIX Z270-E GAMING ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($186.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LED 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.89 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB Strix Video Card ($274.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair Crystal 570X RGB ATX Mid Tower Case ($167.99 @ B&H)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA G3 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($108.88 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1358.71
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-04-21 03:02 EDT-0400

After trimming some fat here's what I came up with:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($329.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Scythe Mugen 5 51.2 CFM CPU Cooler ($51.85 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus STRIX Z270-E GAMING ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($186.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 960 EVO 250GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($127.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.89 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 8GB G1 Gaming Video Card ($374.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Phanteks ECLIPSE P400S TEMPERED GLASS ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA G3 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($88.89 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1410.55
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-04-21 02:59 EDT-0400

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i3-2100 ASUS P8H67-M PRO/CSM ASUS Passive GT 440 4GB Dominator 1600 c8 
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Hitachi 120GB 2.5" LG BR-RW CM GeminII S + NF-P12 2x NF-R8 - Intake 
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2x NF-P12, CPU OS X 10.10, 8.1 Ultimate Asus VW246H Ergotron Neo-Flex 
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CM Quick Fire Rapid EVGA Supernova G2 850W Silverstone FT-02W CM Spawn 
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i3-2125 GA-H61N USB3 HD3000 8GB Samsung Miracle RAM 
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Kingston 60GB 3ware/LSI 9750-4i Hitachi 5k3000 2TB x4 RAID 5 Intel for now 
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post #4 of 20
Thread Starter 
Hey thanks for the advise guys!
post #5 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by claes View Post

After trimming some fat here's what I came up with:
-snip-
Not sure if I would qualify that as trimming fat, but not a bad alternative. lol
    
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Intel i7 5960X EVGA X99 Micro nVidia GTX 980 Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR4 3000 (PC4-24000... 
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Samsung 850 EVO 500GB Seagate Hybrid Drive ST4000DX001 4TB (x2) WD Black 7200 RPM 3TB Sony Slimline BD-RW 
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Corsair H100i Corsair SP120 (x6) Win 10 Logitech G810 Orion Spectrum 
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Corsair AX860i Lian Li PC-V359WB Logitech G600 Roccat Sense 
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Sennheiser G4ME ZERO  Sennheiser GSX 1200 Pro ASUS PCE-AC68 Dual-band Wireless-AC1900 Adapter  
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Samsung 850 EVO 500GB Seagate Hybrid Drive ST4000DX001 4TB (x2) WD Black 7200 RPM 3TB Sony Slimline BD-RW 
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Corsair H100i Corsair SP120 (x6) Win 10 Logitech G810 Orion Spectrum 
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Corsair AX860i Lian Li PC-V359WB Logitech G600 Roccat Sense 
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post #6 of 20
Wanted to make sure they still got that glass+RGB look smile.gif
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i5-760 3.8 + turbo MSI P55-GD80 MSI GTX 970 Golden Edition 16GB Tactical LP 1600 c8 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Samsung 840 Pro 128GB OCZ Agility 60GB Spinpoint F3 1TB Noctua NH-U12P SE2 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
2x NF-P12, CPU OS X 10.10, 8.1 Ultimate Asus VW246H Ergotron Neo-Flex 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
CM Quick Fire Rapid EVGA Supernova G2 850W Silverstone FT-02W CM Spawn 
AudioAudioAudio
Sony TA-AX380 Sennheiser HD 280 KLH 911B 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i3-2125 GA-H61N USB3 HD3000 8GB Samsung Miracle RAM 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Kingston 60GB 3ware/LSI 9750-4i Hitachi 5k3000 2TB x4 RAID 5 Intel for now 
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OS X 10.8.2 Corsiar CX430M Fractal Design Node 304 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i3-2100 ASUS P8H67-M PRO/CSM ASUS Passive GT 440 4GB Dominator 1600 c8 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
Hitachi 120GB 2.5" LG BR-RW CM GeminII S + NF-P12 2x NF-R8 - Intake 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
NF-B9 Windows 7 Sony KDL-46NX700 MK700 
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i5-760 3.8 + turbo MSI P55-GD80 MSI GTX 970 Golden Edition 16GB Tactical LP 1600 c8 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Samsung 840 Pro 128GB OCZ Agility 60GB Spinpoint F3 1TB Noctua NH-U12P SE2 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
2x NF-P12, CPU OS X 10.10, 8.1 Ultimate Asus VW246H Ergotron Neo-Flex 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
CM Quick Fire Rapid EVGA Supernova G2 850W Silverstone FT-02W CM Spawn 
AudioAudioAudio
Sony TA-AX380 Sennheiser HD 280 KLH 911B 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i3-2125 GA-H61N USB3 HD3000 8GB Samsung Miracle RAM 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Kingston 60GB 3ware/LSI 9750-4i Hitachi 5k3000 2TB x4 RAID 5 Intel for now 
OSPowerCase
OS X 10.8.2 Corsiar CX430M Fractal Design Node 304 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i3-2100 ASUS P8H67-M PRO/CSM ASUS Passive GT 440 4GB Dominator 1600 c8 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
Hitachi 120GB 2.5" LG BR-RW CM GeminII S + NF-P12 2x NF-R8 - Intake 
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post #7 of 20
I think that alternative would make him much happier although not sure about. Hanging the case if your spending that much cash though I think swapping the cases back around and using his part list for the remainder would be a smart move.
post #8 of 20
Thread Starter 
I actually already bought my corsair so that set in stone, but Im switching to SSD and the 1070 graphics card.
post #9 of 20
Quite important to the substance of the build- what are you using it for?

If you're using it for gaming on "triple A" titles, I'd go with an i5 and a 1070- spend the rest of the cash on a great monitor (and other peripherals).

If you're going for a lighter load than that, or just older, casual gaming at 1080p/1440p... you can really go cheaper, even a 7th gen i3 or a Ryzen R5 would do a fantastic job.

What I'm trying to say is, you really don't need the overclockable motherboard or the unlocked i7- even if you want great video rendering or film editing performance then you'd be better off with a higher-core-count Xeon or a Ryzen R7.

A few objective things (meaning you should probably do them regardless because you're just throwing away money otherwise):
Ditch the 750W PSU. You'd be fine even with a 450W PSU if your budget was that tight. PCPartPicker says that your system draws about 330 watts.
16 GB RAM- for sure if you're going with a 1070 and a 7700k
SSD, bare minimum 120 GB.
And as for your 1060, it's not the weak link- unless you're doing 4K gaming there's no need for anything more (with exceptions obviously, but in general the 1060 is the 1080p king).

I built a PC similar to yours a year ago- and before that I also knew nothing until a friend introduced me. I regret so much of what I bought- I didn't need it and it was terrible value for my money.

This will be exciting! Hoping you'll continue with updates as you get the parts.

EDIT: If you're happy with your budget then I'd definitely recommend the build that claes posted above:
Quote:
Originally Posted by claes View Post

After trimming some fat here's what I came up with:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Try out PCPartPicker - it's a lot of fun!

Edited by furdieur - 4/22/17 at 7:01pm
post #10 of 20
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by furdieur View Post

Quite important to the substance of the build- what are you using it for?

If you're using it for gaming on "triple A" titles, I'd go with an i5 and a 1070- spend the rest of the cash on a great monitor (and other peripherals).

If you're going for a lighter load than that, or just older, casual gaming at 1080p/1440p... you can really go cheaper, even a 7th gen i3 or a Ryzen R5 would do a fantastic job.

What I'm trying to say is, you really don't need the overclockable motherboard or the unlocked i7- even if you want great video rendering or film editing performance then you'd be better off with a higher-core-count Xeon or a Ryzen R7.

A few objective things (meaning you should probably do them regardless because you're just throwing away money otherwise):
Ditch the 750W PSU. You'd be fine even with a 450W PSU if your budget was that tight. PCPartPicker says that your system draws about 330 watts.
16 GB RAM- for sure if you're going with a 1070 and a 7700k
SSD, bare minimum 120 GB.
And as for your 1060, it's not the weak link- unless you're doing 4K gaming there's no need for anything more (with exceptions obviously, but in general the 1060 is the 1080p king).

I built a PC similar to yours a year ago- and before that I also knew nothing until a friend introduced me. I regret so much of what I bought- I didn't need it and it was terrible value for my money.

This will be exciting! Hoping you'll continue with updates as you get the parts.

EDIT: If you're happy with your budget then I'd definitely recommend the build that claes posted above:

I am going for 4k gaming no doubt, but I also want over clocking abilities to push performance. I like overkill plain and simple. Outside of gaming the computer will be used for music editing and other oddities.
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