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Working on putting together a new computer. Decided my trusty AMD Phenom II 955 and EVGA 560 Ti are ready for retirement. This is what I have got so far. I haven't even looked at Intel parts in an eternity, so I have been running a little blind here and, if you couldnt tell by the components I listed earlier, I have been out of the game for awhile. Just wondering if you guys could look over it, tell me if I am making any terrible mistakes, or if you know of something on here that is simply way overpriced or way more than is needed.

The PC will be general gaming, a little bit of everything, along with some streaming. Only part not included on here I will be adding is an old Blu-Ray drive I have lying around. Otherwise I am starting fresh and recycling nothing. The only particular requirement is the SSD I selected. Yeah, I know its expensive but I dont want to deal with multiple drives. I just want one drive that I can load everything on and forget about it...

Built with the assumption that down the road I will overclock the CPU and crossfire the GPU.

EDIT: Added updated build after receiving feedback.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/G9YQpg
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/G9YQpg/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($283.98 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC14PE_BK 78.1 CFM CPU Cooler ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Z170-A ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($117.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($147.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 390 8GB PCS+ Video Card ($298.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Phanteks Enthoo Pro ATX Full Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($83.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) ($89.88 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1247.78
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-12-28 16:56 EST-0500
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/sYhmbv
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/sYhmbv/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($283.98 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 82.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Z170-A ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($117.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($147.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 960 4GB SuperSC ACX 2.0+ Video Card ($218.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Trooper ATX Full Tower Case ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA GS 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($70.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) ($89.88 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1219.76
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-12-28 16:10 EST-0500
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yQwkxr
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yQwkxr/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($283.98 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i GTX 70.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus Z170-A ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($117.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 1TB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($337.77 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 960 4GB SuperSC ACX 2.0+ Video Card ($218.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Trooper ATX Full Tower Case ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($83.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) ($89.88 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1437.55
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-12-28 15:38 EST-0500
 

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The Corsair H100i is overrated overhyped and overpriced and you can get air coolers that are both better cheaper more quiet as well as more reliable.
Second the PSU is way overkill for that system a good 400 watt PSU could power that system.
 

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You probably be better off with a smaller 120GB SSD for OS and my programs and a WD Black 1TB for storage of games.
Shaving off $100 that with some more shaving or just adding a tad more to your budget you could get a more powerful card than a 960. As the previous post said... get a cheaper cooler and smaller PSU.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($283.98 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i GTX 70.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus Z170-A ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($142.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($67.30 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital BLACK SERIES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.98 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($332.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Trooper ATX Full Tower Case ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) ($96.93 @ Amazon)
Total: $1414.12
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-12-28 16:02 EST-0500

Clearly that is just an example but yeah I think a 1TB SSD is overkill due to the prices they are going for it atm.
 

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A 120 GB SSD is not a very good option price wise as the 240 GB models cost almost the same.
So a 240 GB SSD would be far better bang for buck and it would be more useful as you can actually have stuff on it.
 

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The Corsair H100i is overrated overhyped and overpriced and you can get air coolers that are both better cheaper more quiet as well as more reliable.
Second the PSU is way overkill for that system a good 400 watt PSU could power that system.
Could you provide a recommendation then for the cooler?
 

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Could you provide a recommendation then for the cooler?
The Noctua NH-U14S is a bit better then the H100i and as said its way cheaper its miles more quiet and reliable.
If you want to go all out you can get the Noctua NH-D15 which will beat just about any AIO cooler short of the EK and Swiftech ones.
 

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A 120 GB SSD is not a very good option price wise as the 240 GB models cost almost the same.
So a 240 GB SSD would be far better bang for buck and it would be more useful as you can actually have stuff on it.
True but like I said it was just an example of why not going for a 1tb SSD. There are some pretty cheap 120GB SSD out there and personally I got one running my system and all my programs which are quite a lot without even being 3/4 of the way full. But that is me.
 

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Alright, made a few changes. I downgraded the PSU. I might go a bit lower, still debating. I also switched out the SSD with a smaller one. Going with 500gig. I can live without the extra storage. Also switched out the cooler. Looked at the two Noctua coolers and decided for $10, might as well get the beefier one. $200 shaved off the price from those changes. Can go back up if that money can buy me more performance worth the price.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/sYhmbv
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/sYhmbv/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($283.98 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 82.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Z170-A ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($117.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($147.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 960 4GB SuperSC ACX 2.0+ Video Card ($218.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Trooper ATX Full Tower Case ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA GS 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($70.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) ($89.88 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1219.76
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-12-28 16:10 EST-0500
 

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You said you dont want to get 2 drives but I fail to see why?

You'll have more storage, at a cheaper cost and its not like you don't have the room for it in an ATX case!

Also may I suggest a different case? Master case 5 pro Its $6 and has nice new features.

Lower wattage PSU may also mean you can get a 970 too!

Have you considered getting second hand? Getting a second hand 290(X) would be around the price of that 960 and would be much more powerful.
 

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The PSU you picked is very average so you want a G2 not a GS.
Also you should take a look at the cases Phanteks makes and see if you like the Pro or the Luxe.
 

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($283.98 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC14PE_BK 78.1 CFM CPU Cooler ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Z170-A ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($117.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($147.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 390 8GB PCS+ Video Card ($298.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($68.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA G2 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) ($89.88 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1242.78
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-12-28 16:18 EST-0500
 

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You said you dont want to get 2 drives but I fail to see why?

You'll have more storage, at a cheaper cost and its not like you don't have the room for it in an ATX case!

Also may I suggest a different case? Master case 5 pro Its $6 and has nice new features.

Lower wattage PSU may also mean you can get a 970 too!

Have you considered getting second hand? Getting a second hand 290(X) would be around the price of that 960 and would be much more powerful.
Basically, I know myself. My laptop has the hard drive partitioned for whatever reason and as a result I have 1 300 gig partition filled to the brim and an empty 700 gig partition with a handful of programs that I installed during times where I remembered that the main partition was full. The less I have to deal with multiple drives the better.

And to the last poster, I'd appreciate explanations. I want to know the why as much as the what. Why go with one video card or cooler over another?
 

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The 390 runs circles around the 960 and the Phanteks matches your motherboard, is priced reasonably, and is competitive with any other air cooler on the market.
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Alright, added some more inputs but I noticed that that GPU rather dramatically increases wattage requirements, to the point where getting the extra wiggle room for SLI down the road would be a lot more expensive. With SLI, the power requirements hop up to 750 watts That has me very hesitant.

Edit: I will also admit, as many great things as I have heard about the case you linked... I don't like how it looks >_<

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/HY7pXL
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/HY7pXL/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($283.98 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC14PE_BK 78.1 CFM CPU Cooler ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Z170-A ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($117.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($147.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 390 8GB PCS+ Video Card ($298.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Phanteks Enthoo Pro ATX Full Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA G2 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) ($89.88 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1248.78
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-12-28 16:38 EST-0500
 

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That's fine, because you can't go wrong with the Enthoo you have chosen. The only thing about it that can be construed as negative is that it is big and heavy, but that's not a bad thing all the time.

You can bump up the PSU accordingly if you want to run dual 390s in the future; I've ran dual 290s (same card) off a 750w unit for a couple years with no problems.
 

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Only other concern I have would be the motherboard. I mean, I dont think there is anything wrong with the one I selected but I am not sure.
 

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If you get a Gigabyte board instead you can get steel reinforced PCI-E ports.
Which is very useful if you are ever going to get a heavy video card as it prevents the PCI-E ports from bending over time due to the weight.
 

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Only other concern I have would be the motherboard. I mean, I dont think there is anything wrong with the one I selected but I am not sure.
I have the same board and it is a great value.
 

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That's fine, because you can't go wrong with the Enthoo you have chosen. The only thing about it that can be construed as negative is that it is big and heavy, but that's not a bad thing all the time.

You can bump up the PSU accordingly if you want to run dual 390s in the future; I've ran dual 290s (same card) off a 750w unit for a couple years with no problems.
I was reading that the 390s, for one, are little space heaters. Would this setup have the airflow requirements for two of them? As for the R9 390 running circles around NVIDIA's, it seems like from what I have read its not quite as clear cut, that where NVIDIA's cards lack in raw power they make up for in better coding and power consumption.
 
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