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Overclock community!! I am in NEED of all your professional help and guidance. The time has come for me to dive into the world of custom building :D. I have NEVER built my own PC. Always going for prebuilt box store PC's. Although they have served their purpose, it left me wanting more.

I come here asking for assistance to help me put together a parts list for my "Ultimate Gaming PC". Now I have set (more like my wife has set) a firm budget of $2500. I already have mouse, keyboard, and headphones. I will need main components and a good gaming monitor.

I will be using this machine STRICTLY for gaming purposes. Entertainment, nothing more nothing less. My main games I play are WoW, PUBG, CS:GO, and iRacing. I WILL be overclocking (CPU, GPU, and RAM).

Please help me put together my first "REAL" PC!!! :D. THANK YOU!!!
 

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$2500 is pretty difficult if you truly want "Ultimate" in this climate with RAM and GPU prices through the roof :p

If you could manage to get the GPU (GTX 1070 Ti / GTX 1080 / GTX 1080 TI/ GTX TITAN XP) for MSRP then it is doable.

Here's the "Ultimate configuration" I conjured up with the cheapest GSync monitor

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel - Core i7-8700K 3.7GHz 6-Core Processor ($339.00 @ Amazon) ---- cheaper with a combo or at Walmart / Microcenter
CPU Cooler: *RAIJINTEK - THEMIS Evo 65.7 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ SuperBiiz) --- on sale otherwise I wouldn't bother , the rest of the coolers suitable for gaming OCs typically $40-50
Motherboard: *EVGA - Z370 FTW ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($190.98 @ Newegg) ---- can cheapen it out by maybe $50 dropping to a Fatal1ty K6 for example
Memory: *Team - Dark 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: *Samsung - 960 EVO 500GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($199.99 @ B&H) --- could shave about $50-60 by dropping to a Samsung 860 Evo for example
Video Card: *EVGA - GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB SC Black Edition Video Card ($1099.89 @ OutletPC) ------ MSRP for GTX 1080 Ti is around $700.
Case: *Fractal Design - Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: *SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($74.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: *Dell - S2417DG 23.8" 2560x1440 165Hz Monitor ($399.99 @ Amazon) --- this is a TN panel so if color quality matters more than refresh rate grab a IPS or VA panel
Total: $2564.80
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-02-24

^ 27" monitor
Dell S2716DG is $478.90
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With a GTX 1080 and an IPS display (about $300 more for monitor)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel - Core i7-8700K 3.7GHz 6-Core Processor ($339.00 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: *Scythe - Mugen MAX 97.2 CFM CPU Cooler ($42.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: *MSI - Z370 SLI PLUS ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($134.79 @ OutletPC)

Memory: *Team - Dark 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: *Samsung - 960 EVO 500GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($199.99 @ B&H)
Video Card: *Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1080 8GB G1 Gaming Video Card ($704.98 @ Newegg)
Case: *Fractal Design - Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: *SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($74.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: *Acer - XB271HU bmiprz 27.0" 2560x1440 165Hz Monitor ($648.89 @ OutletPC)
Total: $2385.60
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-02-24

The price is basically the same as what I configured on CyberpowerPC due to GPU price inflation. (https://www.cyberpowerpc.com/system/VR-Ready-Deal-GTX-1070-Ti)
Operating System: Windows 10 Home (64-bit Edition) Winter Featured Promotions: CyberpowerPC Elite M1 131 RGB 7-Color w/ 9 Button, adjustable Weight & lighting effects Gaming Mouse, and more(3)
Message: $50 Amex Gift Card for all Intel Desktops and Laptops
Gaming Chassis: Phanteks Enthoo Pro M ATX Mid-Tower Gaming Case w/ USB 3.0, Side-Panel Window (Titanium Green)
Laser Engraving: None
Lighting: None
Extra Case Fans: Default case fans
Noise Reduction Technology: None
CPU: Intel® Core™ Processor i7-8700K 3.70GHZ 12MB Intel Smart Cache LGA1151 (Coffee Lake)
Venom Boost Fast And Efficient Factory Overclocking: No Overclocking
CPU / Processor Cooling Fan: Cooler Master Hyper 212 LED CPU Cooler w/ PWM fan - Efficient Cooling Performance
Coolant for Cyberpower Xtreme Hydro Water Cooling Kits: None
Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty Z370 Gaming K6 ATX w/ RGB, USB 3.1, 3 PCIe x16, 3 PCIe x1, 6 SATA3, 2 M.2 SATA/PCIe [Intel Optane Ready]
RAM / System Memory: 16GB (8GBx2) DDR4/3000MHz Dual Channel Memory (ADATA XPG Z1)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce® GTX 1070 Ti ACX Gaming Dual Fans 8GB GDDR5 (Pascal)[VR Ready] (Single Card)
Sli Bridge: None
EVGA Power: None
HTC VIVE Virtual reality Headset: None
Video Capture Card: None
Power Supply: 600 Watts - Standard 80 Plus Certified Power Supply - SLI/CrossFireX Ready
M.2 SSD: 256GB WD Black Series PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD - Seq R/W: Up to 2050/700 MB/s, Rnd R/W up to 170/130k (Single Drive)
INTERNAL PCI-E SSD CARD: NoneHard Drive: 2TB (2TBx1) SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Drive)
Secondary Hard Drive: None
Hard Drive Cooling Fan: None
External Storage: None
Optical Drive: None
Optical Drive 2: None
External Optical Drive: None
WiDi Router: None
Internal Wireless Network Card: None
Sound: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
Monitor: NoneCables: NoneSpeakers: None
Internal Network Card: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
Keyboard: None
Mouse: None
Mouse Pad: None
Headset: None
Gaming Apparel: None
Gaming Gear: None
Internal USB Expansion Module: None
External Wireless Network Card: None
Wireless Routers/Hubs: None
Bluetooth: None
Flash Media Reader/Writer: None
Video Camera: None
Power & Surge Protection: None
USB Hub & Port: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports
External USB ADAPTER: None
Professional Wiring: None
Ultra Care Option: None
Warranty: STANDARD WARRANTY: 1 Year Parts WARRANTY
Service: 3 Years FREE Service Plan (INCLUDES LABOR AND LIFETIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT)
Rush Service: Standard processing time: ship within 12 to 15 Business Days
TOTAL (no monitor) = $1833
 

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A Samsung 960 Evo for gaming alone is waste of money so save some money and get an 860 Evo instead

By the way 2018 is going to be one of the worst years of all time to buy GPU´s due to the huge shortage which means any GPU´s that are left in stock are massively overpriced
You would either have live with getting ripped off big time or wait at least untill Q4 this year buy a new GPU

Might i suggest you buy a used GPU instead
 

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With prices on GPU's being so dramatic, I am going to be taking your advice shilka and purchasing a 1080Ti used on the secondary market.

Also, would I see a dramatic decrease in performance if I substituted a 850 Pro and maybe save some money there?
 

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M.2 NVME drives are only faster in synthetic benchmarks and heavy work loads or if you use Linux
For gaming there is zero difference whatsoever between a NVME drive and a drive using the older AHCI protocole when it comes to load times in gaming

Just watch this video


If you like the Samsung 950 and 960 because of the M.2 format you can get the 860 Evo in M.2 form and that uses the AHCI protocole which means you get the advantage of M.2 without throwing away money for NVME which you wont get anything out of anyway

The new Crucial MX500 which is the best bang for buck SSD on the market right now should soon get an M.2 release as well
 

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Thank you for clearing that up for me! I'll probably just stick to an SSD and use the money saved for a higher quality Mobo, or monitor ...
 

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If you want a drive with one of the lowest dollar per gigabyte price then get an MX500 from Crucial
If you want drive that is more durable and can last longer get a Samsung 860 Evo

I would personally go for the MX500 because i upgrade my SSD every 3-4 years anyway
 

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I have a 500 GB Samsung 850 EVO and it runs great without any problems.:) Battlefield 1 peaked a 200MB/s and HDDs peak around 100MB/s, So load the highest speed peaking games on the SSD.

I did it with a stopwatch and each test I did 4 times.

All test were from system bootup.

HDD Raptor AHCI
PC startup push button 50 seconds to active.

crysis 3 startup 1:07 minute.

crysis 3 loading multiplayer map 41 seconds.

BF3 loading origin and web browser 44 seconds.

BF3 loading multiplayer map 1:40 minute.

Battlefield: Bad Company loading multiplayer map 19 seconds.

Samsung 850 EVO SSD AHCI
PC startup push button 30 seconds to active.

crysis 3 startup 46 seconds.

crysis 3 loading multiplayer map 25 seconds.

BF3 loading origin and web browser 14 seconds.

BF3 loading multiplayer map 37 seconds.

Battlefield: Bad Company loading multiplayer map 16 seconds.
 

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Thank you for that info wingman99! I've revised the list and added a 500GB 860 Evo to the lineup ...

Also added the Acer XB271HU monitor. With a 1080Ti there's no point to not back it up. Can't go sub par.

Any other tweaks you guys can see where I can gain performance gaming wise?
 

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Maybe get a slightly better CPU cooler
The Noctua NH-U12S and NH-U14S are good coolers that that dont cost a fortune

If you dont like the colors there is the Be Quiet Shadow Rock 2/ Dark Rock 3, the Phanteks TC-12DX or the Cryorig H5
Or you can just stick with the Scythe Mugen
 

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Any SSD will make gaming better look at inland on microcenter 240gb for 60.00 then put you money to your ram or gpu. yes some are better then others but any is better for gaming. As for monitors this is the best dam looking thing if have ever got http://www.microcenter.com/product/458837/S2716DG_27_TN_Gaming_LED_Monitor. but it has to be calibrated so get the spyder 5 pro and you will love it. http://www.microcenter.com/product/458055/Spyder5PRO_Monitor_Color_Calibration_Tool I use this on all my monitors now even my cheep 24" and laptop worth it.
 
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