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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-03-2016, 08:31 AM - Thread Starter
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Case: Corsair Graphite 780T (Black)
Motherboard: ASUS Maximus VIII Formula
Processor (CPU): Intel Core i7-6700K
CPU Cooling: Corsair Hydro Series H100i v2
Memory (RAM): Corsair Vengeance LED CMU16GX4M2C3200C16R 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G2 Power Supply (w/Sleeved Cables)
Graphics Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW GAMING ACX 3.0
Storage Set 1: Samsung 850 PRO Series 256GB SSD
Storage Set 2: Western Digital WD Black 2TB WD2003FZEX

What is my intended use for this build?
Home use; Gaming; Virtualization.

What kind of performance are you looking for? (Screen resolution, FPS, game settings)
1440P 144hz on the highest possible settings

What is my budget?
Around $2800 AUD

In what country are you purchasing your parts?


Memory (RAM) upgradeable to 32 GB
SSD upgradeable to Samsung 950 Pro 256GB M.2 SSD
Radiator and Exhaust Fans: Corsair ML140 Pro LED 140mm Premium Mag-Lev Fan Red [3]
Front Fans: Corsair ML120 Pro LED 120mm Premium Mag-Lev Fan Red [5]

What are your thoughts on my build? Is it worth the money? No bottlenecking? Is the 3200hz RAM and 750W PSU overkill? Should I get the GTX 1080 over the GTX 1070, because of the Micron memory chip switch? And I'm not planning on overclocking just yet! And what could possibly go wrong with this build, in terms of compatibility / stability?

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-03-2016, 09:18 PM
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Hey mate I'm from aus too biggrin.gif

Looks like a decent build, the future plans look good too, i guess you can push your SATA SSD to a secondary drive when you move to the m.2 drive....personally though, after working with an m.2 drive in my yoga900s, I'd want it straight away in the new build, because the difference it makes in overall system snappiness, program loading and virtual machine resuming and booting is very noticeable.

I think I'd go the 1080, mainly because of what tech costs for us here in Aus, might be worth the extra 150 upfront to get extra time out of the build before upgrading in a couple years time.

I also reckon you could get away with an 850 evo and save a few dollars, I have an 840 evo 250gb, 840 pro 500gb and 850 pro 500gb and really there is not a huge deal of difference between them in terms of extended use and performance. (They've all served as an OS drive at some point, now just the 850 pro is an os drive)

The 750watt is excessive, but I don't see that as a bad thing in power supplies, having an extra 20-30+% headroom on your psu is a good thing for various reasons. I guess if you could get a 650watt with better quality internals and more consistent power.... i'd ask @TwoCables about that one
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you should probably put AUD after the $2.8k in the title :D 

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1080 up front.

Drop the 2tb drive to something slow and cheap. No need for a black drive for mass storage.
Go with 512gb SSD, They aren't that much more expensive and still cheaper $/gb. Debatable on going M2 vs sata.
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I think having more headroom on the psu is a great idea. I like the idea of a 750w in there for certain surges and loads of power. For instance I have a 950w in mine powering two 970s and the rest of my rig.

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GTX1070 won't give you what you want on a 1440p 144Hz monitor.

I would get the GTX1080

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