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  1. Hello all! It has been a while since I have posted, about 8 years I guess. It is time to build a new PC, and I have not done this since 2004 or so. I wanted to post a couple system builds and include my notes on them. I then wanted to see what the community thought about them. This machine will be used for gaming, some work in adobe and such. But overall I do not need anything crazy. I would not go so far as to say money is not an object, but I will not cut corners on obvious performance or upgrades over a few bucks here and there. I want to stick around $1200. My biggest goal here is to be future proof. PCPartPicker part list CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($349.99 @ Newegg) CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.49 @ SuperBiiz) Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING M5 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($177.98 @ Newegg) Memory: Crucial 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory ($56.99 @ Newegg) Storage: PNY CS1311 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($39.99 @ Best Buy) Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($47.49 @ OutletPC) Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 960 4GB XTREME Video Card ($228.98 @ Newegg) Case: Enermax OSTROG ATX Mid Tower Case ($47.99 @ SuperBiiz) Power Supply: Thermaltake SMART 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($56.97 @ Amazon) Total: $1015.87 Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-07-22 09:27 EDT-0400 These were my first choices. CPU - I keep going back and forth on the CPU and I need help with this! It is between the i7 6700k and the i5 6600K. I have looked at the benchmarks and reviews and I don't know. What I do know is that the i7 cost $100 more, runs hotter and provides slightly better FPS than the i5. The i5 seems to run closer to 90% load while the i7 would be around 65% under the same stress. But again.. Future proof.. its $100. I know I will kick my self later if I find out the i7 does so much more and I didnt do it just to save $100. GPU - Now this I need some serious intervention on. I am looking at 3 GPU's, all of which, from what I can tell seem to be good quality cards and have good reviews and benchmarks. But it is the price again. I do not want to buy anything that I absolutely do not need, but I do not want to NOT get it and miss out later on. So the above listed GTX 960 4 GB is my cheapest choice. My more expensive choice is Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB XTREME GAMING Video Card ($503.98 @ Newegg). I like the added support of 4k for the 980 Ti. Not sure if this is something the other 2 offer. I am in love with every aspect of this card, minus the price, which I know I will find a bit cheaper than $500, but at best I save $100. Every test I seen did amazing. I want this card! But getting this card, I would also have to get a more powerful PSU, but that is really the mater of $10 or $20, not that big of a deal. But in the end, this GPU takes my build from around $1000 and makes it closer to $1250. Something I was looking at that seemed to be between the 2 was the Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 6GB G1 Gaming Video Card. I can not find much bad on this card. It seems to be a good upgrade for the GTX 960. Any thoughts on these? MOBO - I have been switching up my mobo choice like my underwear. I have come to like the MSI M5 and I think it is a good choice. My other choices were the MSI M7 and Gigabyte G1 Gaming 7. But both these just cost a bit more, and I do not seem much added benefit. So again. I am looking for suggestions and advice! The big 2 I need help on figuring out: i5 6600K or i7 6700k - Should I pay $100 more for the added performance that I probably do not need for the sake of future proofing this system and having peace of mind? GTX 960 4 GB vs. GTX 1060 G1 6 GB vs. GTX 980 Ti 6GB - Exact same concern as with the CPU. I have a gut feeling that the GTX 960 4 GB is a no go though.. That's all for now. Thanks for looking, and thanks for any responses! Edit 1: Changed G! to G1.
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