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Hi there. I think its time for a new computer, however, I'm still a big noob at choosing the right components. Could anyone help me out here? My budget is about £1000/ $1445

I would like something like a 970 or 980 and possibly like an i5 6600 but I don't know if they would be compatible together. 8gb of ddr4 ram, 2 TB of storage and this awesome case:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/NZXT-CA-S340W-B1-Source-Midi-Tower-Case/dp/B00NZHV8AQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1461777635&sr=8-1&keywords=nzxt+case+s340

Could you also include a copy of windows 10 in the final build please. Thanks

Thanks, guys.
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  1. PCPartPicker part list: http://it.pcpartpicker.com/p/zTWdjX
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://it.pcpartpicker.com/p/zTWdjX/by_merchant/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (€203.63 @ Amazon Italia)
    CPU Cooler: CRYORIG H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler
    Motherboard: Asus H170M-PLUS Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard (€101.94 @ Amazon Italia)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory (€35.35 @ Amazon Italia)
    Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (€87.60 @ Amazon Italia)
    Storage: Hitachi Ultrastar 7K3000 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (€79.00 @ Amazon Italia)
    Case: NZXT S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (€79.98 @ Amazon Italia)
    Power Supply: XFX TS 650W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply (€79.50 @ Amazon Italia)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) (€99.77 @ Amazon Italia)
    Total: €766.77
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-04-27 19:37 CEST+0200
  2. Put your components into http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/

    - the site will crosscheck compatibility for you.
  3. PCPartPicker part list: http://it.pcpartpicker.com/p/Y3CcZL
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://it.pcpartpicker.com/p/Y3CcZL/by_merchant/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (€242.80 @ Amazon Italia)
    CPU Cooler: CRYORIG H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler
    Motherboard: Asus Z170I PRO GAMING Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard (€151.92 @ Amazon Italia)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory (€35.35 @ Amazon Italia)
    Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (€87.60 @ Amazon Italia)
    Storage: Hitachi Ultrastar 7K3000 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (€79.00 @ Amazon Italia)
    Case: NZXT S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (€79.98 @ Amazon Italia)
    Power Supply: XFX TS 650W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply (€79.50 @ Amazon Italia)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) (€99.77 @ Amazon Italia)
    Total: €855.92
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-04-27 19:38 CEST+0200
  4. http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/H4CcZL
    I literally took the recommended i5 build and just added your case, storage and graphics card.
  5. Smorizio, that is the wrong currency.

    OP, you actually have the budget, to squeeze in an i7. If you intend to keep this system, for awhile, it might be a good idea to go with one.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i7-6700 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£248.94 @ More Computers)
    Motherboard: ASRock H170 Pro4S ATX LGA1151 Motherboard (£82.15 @ More Computers)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory (£32.45 @ Ebuyer)
    Storage: Sandisk Ultra II 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£64.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£52.97 @ CCL Computers)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 390X 8GB Double Dissipation Video Card (£319.98 @ Ebuyer)
    Case: NZXT S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£54.71 @ CCL Computers)
    Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£73.95 @ Amazon UK)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) (£73.98 @ Ebuyer)
    Total: £1004.12
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-04-27 19:02 BST+0100
  6. Thanks for the people who responded, however, I think Ari3l and logainofhades were the closest to what I was wanting. logainofhades, I wouldn't really want to go with amd again as I have had a bad experience with them. Would this build work? http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/JpGMGX
  7. ^ it would work but logains build is just plain better mate.
  8. The krait gaming board is not very good. Z170 is made for overclocking, while your CPU is not.
  9. This is the most nooby question ever but how would u install windows? I thought u could only get the legit version via disk meaning I wouldn't be able to install it. I know you can do it via USB but I didn't know that you could get legit codes for it
  10. You can get the ISO from Microsoft and use RUFUS or some othe rtool to put it on a usb and it's completely legal. whether you want to buy a key or use a "very famous ez to use program" to activate is your choice.
    pssssst: Do what you want cause a pirate is free.

    btw, if you go the usb way you throw in other things instead of buying that dvd drive/windows install.
  11. logainofhades said:
    The krait gaming board is not very good. Z170 is made for overclocking, while your CPU is not.


    So he should go with a mobo with less future proof features cuz his current CPU is not made for overclocking?
    Z170 is the base for a nice gaming rig, you can even still get the sky OC firmware to overclock non k processors and z170 can use faster ram which will make gaming better in cpu bound scenarios (i3 and i5) according to Digital Foundry's benchmarks.

    If you have the budget, don't go for less. if you want the 6600k just remove that dvd drive and windows disc...
  12. Overclocking isn't necessary, and CPU is rarely upgraded. By the time an i5 6500, or i7 6700, really needed upgraded, it would be time for a new platform anyway. Intel's small performance bumps, each generation, doesn't help either. Even an i5 2400 is still viable for gaming, paired with a decent GPU.

    For the windows install, you can buy the Windows disc, use Microsoft's media creation tool to make a bootable USB drive, with your version of Win 10 on it, that can be used for installation. When it asks for product key, use the key that came with your disc.

    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10
  13. REgarding the Nvidia video card comments, I don't buy the "Wait for Pascal" movement. The tech is firstly so new there are bound to be issues. The first release will probably be the 1080 which will offer the same performance or very slightly better than a 980Ti with no end of teething problems and the price tag to boot. The fact it's May and still no release date leads me to believe end of Q3 is more likely. By the time the 1080Ti comes out it will probably be closer to the end of the year.

    Unless you're desperate for 4k gaming and are hoping a single card will fit all, I see no reason in waiting. If you're happy with 1440p (which most people don't yet game on), get a 980Ti, teamed up with a Skylake and you are future proofed for a long time...plus you can always SLI it down the line if your motherboard supports it (which most good Z170 motherboards will), by which time they'll be much cheaper and probably still a saving over a single 1080Ti without the waiting - just my thoughts
  14. check this out its vr ready aswell https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsZdQ7DRJ3s
  15. So guys, taking all of your wonderful advice into consideration, do you think this would be a good computer to suit my needs. I will probably want to OC in the future and If I rack up enough money, buy a VR Headset.
  16. Also, when I buy a hard drive, will the SATA Data cable be included or will I have to buy one?
  17. Most hard drives ship without the SATA cable, so you should probably buy a couple
  18. No, you shouldn't. Motherboards come with atleast 2 of them.
    But if you mean whe you just want to buy a separate HDD later, yeah. buy them, or steal them from highschool (i swear it was only once)
  19. I'm so stupid xD I asked to see if the new pc I put together would be ok without linking the parts list xD http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/WLKmdC
  20. Nice, except i'd recommend a 390 over a 970 any day (8gb vram, better performance at 1440p and the 970 having shadowplay and a lower tdp) but with that tier 4 PSU i'd stick with the 970.
    (the CX line isn't that great, some people have bad experiences and some good, i've had a CX 430 for 3 years now)
  21. Ari3l said:
    Nice, except i'd recommend a 390 over a 970 any day (8gb vram, better performance at 1440p and the 970 having shadowplay and a lower tdp) but with that tier 4 PSU i'd stick with the 970.
    (the CX line isn't that great, some people have bad experiences and some good, i've had a CX 430 for 3 years now)


    What do you mean by Tier 4? Sorry, I'm new to this
  22. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-2547993/psu-tier-list.html

    "Tier Four

    Built down to a low price. Not exactly the most stable units ever created. Very basic safety circuitry or even thin gauge wiring used. Not for gaming rigs or overclocking systems of any kind. Avoid unless your budget dictates your choice."
  23. How about this. I think ill give AMD another go. Ive upgraded my PSU to a 80+ plat and put the 390 in http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/rk2djX
  24. Best answer
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor (£278.99 @ Amazon UK)
    CPU Cooler: RAIJINTEK THEMIS 65.7 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£19.98 @ Novatech)
    Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard (£97.51 @ CCL Computers)
    Memory: Kingston FURY 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory (£29.90 @ Ebuyer)
    Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£70.89 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£52.38 @ CCL Computers)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 390 8GB Video Card (£249.59 @ Aria PC)
    Case: NZXT S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£54.52 @ CCL Computers)
    Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA G2 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply (£74.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) (£71.88 @ CCL Computers)
    Total: £1000.63
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-05-01 17:24 BST+0100

    Squeezed a ssd in there, honestly stick with the 650w g2 over that Newton platinum - its just a better made unit
  25. Only bad thing about that board, is no SLI support, and lacks proper CF support. Made a few tweaks, to get sli/proper CF support, while keeping the cost in check, using madmatt30's build.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor (£278.99 @ Amazon UK)
    CPU Cooler: CRYORIG H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler (£26.49 @ Ebuyer)
    Motherboard: MSI Z170A SLI PLUS ATX LGA1151 Motherboard (£104.72 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: Kingston FURY 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory (£29.90 @ Ebuyer)
    Storage: Samsung 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£64.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£52.38 @ CCL Computers)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 390 8GB Double Dissipation Video Card (£249.98 @ Novatech)
    Case: NZXT S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£54.52 @ CCL Computers)
    Power Supply: EVGA 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£64.98 @ Novatech)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) (£71.88 @ CCL Computers)
    Total: £998.83
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-05-02 16:47 BST+0100
  26. Guys, I think I've changed my mind. I'm going to go over to Nvidia instead. I am going to re-use my old 1tb hard drive meaning I don't have to buy another copy of windows saving me a bit of money.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor (£276.99 @ Amazon UK)
    CPU Cooler: RAIJINTEK THEMIS 65.7 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£19.98 @ Novatech)
    Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard (£97.51 @ CCL Computers)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory (£66.99 @ Ebuyer)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 980 4GB Superclocked Video Card (£408.19 @ Kustom PCs)
    Case: NZXT S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£54.52 @ Amazon UK)
    Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA G2 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply (£74.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Total: £999.17
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-05-04 18:25 BST+0100
  27. You won't just be able to drop your old hard drive in with windows installed mate & expect it to work.

    This is a completely new system , you will need to reinstall the os from scratch.
  28. There is also no way the 980 is worth £400+
  29. If your previous OS was an OEM copy, it won't work. It ties to your motherboard, not your hard drive. The 980 is not worth the cost vs a 390x, either. Price/performance, the GTX 980 is simply a bad buy. Still a non SLI capable board.
  30. Will I still be able to format my old hard drive and re use it to install a new copy of windows? PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor (£276.99 @ Amazon UK)
    CPU Cooler: RAIJINTEK THEMIS 65.7 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£19.98 @ Novatech)
    Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard (£97.51 @ CCL Computers)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory (£66.99 @ Ebuyer)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 390X 8GB Video Card (£346.06 @ CCL Computers)
    Case: NZXT S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£54.52 @ Amazon UK)
    Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA G2 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply (£74.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) (£71.81 @ More Computers)
    Total: £1008.85
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-05-04 19:58 BST+0100
  31. Yes, you can do that.
  32. Honestly mate £100 extra for a 390x over a straight 390 really isn't worth it at all IMO - especially at the expense of dropping the ssd.
    Personally wouldn't build a £1000 build without dropping the £60 for a 240/256gb ssd - its absolutely 100% worth it in the long run .
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