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I haven't built a PC in about 10 years, so I'm looking for a little help. Below is what I think I'd like to go with based on Tomshardware reviews, keeping the budget near $1,200 or below.

CPU: i5-7600k
CPU Heatsink: Arctic Freezer i32
GPU: MSI GTX 1070 Gaming X 8G
RAM: Patriot 2x8GB Viper 4 3400 MHz (PC4-27200)
SSD: MyDigital 480GB PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2
MOBO: MSI Z270 SLI Plus
PSU: EVGA SuperNova 650 P2

I will be reusing keyboard, mouse, monitor, case (1st gen CM-690) and some HDDs.

Thanks in advance!

EDIT: Forgot to mention, I may try to overclock, which is why I went with the 7600k vice 7600. I have a feeling OC'n has changed a bit in the 10 years since I last tried with this silly AMD X2 tongue.gif

EDIT 2: Ended up going with AMD, you can view my thread here.
Edited by WBaS - 5/4/17 at 12:17pm
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post #2 of 13
I know this is in the intel section but 6 core ryzen is $10 more, which would be saved as you wouldn't need an aftermarket cooler.
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If you switch from Intel to AMD, you can get a 6C/12T Ryzen R5 instead of a 4C/4T Core i5. The R5 also includes a surprisingly good stock cooler, so you could knock off the $30 for an aftermarket heatsink. Multicore performance is much better, but Kaby Lake is the better performer in games, generally, and both does better per clock cycle and overclocks quite a bit higher. Overall, I'd say it's a toss-up, and there are rumors of a 6C/12T i7 for LGA-1151, so you'd still have an upgrade path.

I've never seen that SSD before (though I do own two from that company, oddly enough), but: Phison controllers tend to be alright, it's NVMe, and it's using MLC flash thank God. You could swap it for a 1TB drive for a bit more money. Performance isn't as good, but I don't think you'll notice a huge difference unless you copy huge files frequently. Mushkin Reactor is a classic and surprisingly good. It's up to you if you want performance or capacity, and personally I think only half a terabyte these days is a bit low.

JonnyGuru gave the PSU a high score so it's probably good.

Overall, it looks solid. thumb.gif
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Thread Starter 
Thanks for the feedback so far.

I'm pretty sure I want to stick with Intel, based on how they seem to perform clock-for-clock. I'm not sure I'll miss the extra cores.

It's good to see that I may have an upgrade path. If you couldn't tell already, I keep my computers for awhile (10 years on this one). My guess is that the motherboard is the limiting factor like it was for my current build.

I'll be keeping my existing HDDs (1TB black WD & 640GB can't remember specs). So I think I'll have enough storage with the SSD selected. My plan is to use it for the OS and a few select games, while using the other HDDs for storage of other things.

Still looking for more feedback. Thanks again everyone!
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You dont need a 650 watt PSU unless you are going to SLI
As little as 400 watts could power the sytem in the OP

Save a little on the PSU and get a better CPU cooler
RAM is another place you can save a little bit by going with something a little bit slower.
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Originally Posted by shilka View Post

You dont need a 650 watt PSU unless you are going to SLI
As little as 400 watts could power the sytem in the OP

Save a little on the PSU and get a better CPU cooler.

I read somewhere (either Tomshardware or the GPU literature) that a 500W PSU is recommended for the GTX 1070. I went a little above 500W for future upgrade-ability.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by WBaS View Post

I read somewhere (either Tomshardware or the GPU literature) that a 500W PSU is recommended for the GTX 1070. I went a little above 500W for future upgrade-ability.
A GTX 1070 does not need 500 watts
http://www.overclock.net/t/1557720/why-the-amd-and-nvidia-power-requirements-are-wrong

Knock 28% of what they claim and you get 360 watt which means a good 400 watt would be enough
But since all units below 500 watts is way overpriced you get the most out of a unit around 500 watts

650 watt is overkill unless you are going to SLI and its money saved you can spend somewhere else like on a much better CPU cooler
The Cryorig H7 is about the best budget CPU cooler out there right now.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by shilka View Post

A GTX 1070 does not need 500 watts
http://www.overclock.net/t/1557720/why-the-amd-and-nvidia-power-requirements-are-wrong

Knock 28% of what they claim and you get 360 watt which means a good 400 watt would be enough
But since all units below 500 watts is way overpriced you get the most out of a unit around 500 watts

650 watt is overkill unless you are going to SLI and its money saved you can spend somewhere else like on a much better CPU cooler
The Cryorig H7 is about the best budget CPU cooler out there right now.

I did see full size coolers listed in Tomshardware reviews, however, I was concerned about being able to fit the large coolers in the motherboard due to heatsinks and installed RAM. What cooler would you recommend?
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The Cryorig H7 and no it wont interfer or block RAM or motherboard heatsinks unless you picked a motherboard with skyscraper heatsinks

Looks like this installed
http://www.pcgameware.co.uk/images/Cryorig-H7-installed-heatsink-fan.jpg
https://proclockers.com/sites/default/files/Cryorig%20H7%20%2830%29.JPG
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