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This is the first build I've ever decided to go for, can someone give me any tips or advice on what I can change about it?

I recently made a thread in /r/buildapc on Reddit, where some users gave me pointers towards a build that has 4k resolution that can play at around 60-90 fps. Generally a beefy computer.

This is the list here: http://pcpartpicker.com/list/ftFWD8

I made sure my chosen monitor has G-Sync as well, to avoid possible screen tearing. But I have a few more questions.

* How could I optimize my build to achieve the aforementioned 4k/60-90fps without overclocking? Originally I heard that overclocking is good due to achieving amazing performance with little to no downsides, but I read more about it and I'm really worried about the overheating and the effect it will have on my PC's lifespan as I don't really have the funds to regularly replace parts. Is it possible to achieve what I'm looking for without overclocking?

* Someone told me to wait until the 1080 TI came out rather than go for the Aero, and someone else told me I should upgrade to 2-way SLI if I want a smoother framerate, but I'd rather not spend another $600+ buying another high-end graphics card. What are the thoughts on that?

* Is the i5-6600k a good CPU for what I'm aiming for? Or should I just go all the way and spring for the i7-6700k?

If there's anything else you'd like me to tell you just let me know, and I apologize if this is in the wrong board for PC Builds.

Thanks for your answers in advance!
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  1. Hi,

    Nice build! I am no expert but I would certainly change some things.

    I would go for a different case. A better case will normally include more fans which would help you from buying more and also help with airflow.

    I would also swap out your cpu cooler with a water cooler.

    My personal machine I am running a NZXT h440 case with the NZXT x61 kraken. In total the case comes with 5 fans I think plus 2 on the kraken and it is quiet.

    Also I would go for a different gpu reference card. I like the GTX 1080 g1 gaming edition but I may be bias because I have it. Search up the reviews on the GTX 1080 series.
  2. SLI is good but it is expensive. If you want 60-90fps on 4K you will need to SLI to get a smooth frame rate. I am not an expert on the whole cpu situation but if you have the money and you are aiming to make the machine last longer and at a slightly higher quality with performance go for the 6700-6700k. You will notice a slight difference and it will help with 4K
  3. Kavster001 said:
    Hi,

    Nice build! I am no expert but I would certainly change some things.

    I would go for a different case. A better case will normally include more fans which would help you from buying more and also help with airflow.

    I would also swap out your cpu cooler with a water cooler.

    My personal machine I am running a NZXT h440 case with the NZXT x61 kraken. In total the case comes with 5 fans I think plus 2 on the kraken and it is quiet.

    Also I would go for a different gpu reference card. I like the GTX 1080 g1 gaming edition but I may be bias because I have it. Search up the reviews on the GTX 1080 series.


    Well I don't know I've been told that mainly any of the GTX 1080 cards are great, but EVGA's is the best (of course they're apparently sold out and have been for a while) and just not to go for the Founder's Edition, and the Aero is considered awesome by a lot of people I've asked about it. But I'll certainly look into other video cards.

    And thanks for the suggestion for the case! I'm no expert either so leafing through PC Part Picker's list of cases would have been a nightmare trying to find the right one.
  4. I love the NZXT cases. Most are well built, sleek, great airflow and amazing cable management.

    60-90fps on 4K will take some serious card and for a constant reading you will need to SLI
  5. Kavster001 said:
    I love the NZXT cases. Most are well built, sleek, great airflow and amazing cable management.

    60-90fps on 4K will take some serious card and for a constant reading you will need to SLI


    Hoo boy, this PC is going to make my wallet sweat isn't it?

    Okay well when I already have a really good GPU does it really matter what the second one is as long as I have a decent second GPU to get a SLI? Or do I have to get a second GTX 1080 in order to get 60-90 fps on 4k?
  6. You can use different brands of Nvidia cards for SLI provided that they are the same model.

    Example: EVGA GTX 280, XFX GTX 280=SLI

    One of the most expensive hobbies going ;)
  7. Kavster001 said:
    You can use different brands of Nvidia cards for SLI provided that they are the same model.

    Example: EVGA GTX 280, XFX GTX 280=SLI

    One of the most expensive hobbies going ;)


    I see, so I can't really go for a cheaper alternative like a 970 to work with my 1080? So it's going to be a $600+ purchase of a second GTX 1080?

    I can see what you mean by expensive, this is why I've stuck to consoles for the longest time.
  8. Kavster001 said:
    You can use different brands of Nvidia cards for SLI provided that they are the same model.

    Example: EVGA GTX 280, XFX GTX 280=SLI

    One of the most expensive hobbies going ;)


    Also I just now noticed how badly my response was worded, trust me that wasn't a slight on computers, I was just sort of intimidated by the prices early on. :p
  9. I'm afraid not :( however if you want 60fps 4K the 1080 can handle some games at a stable fps but not sure for how long it will be relevant and you can always save for another while using 1 1080.

    That being said they have just announced the Titan X which may deliver better results at a more hefty cost
  10. Kavster001 said:
    I'm afraid not :( however if you want 60fps 4K the 1080 can handle some games at a stable fps but not sure for how long it will be relevant and you can always save for another while using 1 1080.

    That being said they have just announced the Titan X which may deliver better results at a more hefty cost


    I see, I think I'm just going to go with the two GTX 1080s, I'm sure I'll be able to live with not having Titan X results as long as I'm getting 60 or 90 fps at 4k, and from what I'm gathering two 1080s will yield those results.

    So now that I've decided to get two 1080s as opposed to the TI, is there anything else I should change? Other than the cpu (getting the i7) and the cooler, (getting the water cooler).
  11. I would say go with another case. I can personally vouch for Phanteks and Corsair cases, also this site has a list of best cases it updates often. Most of the cases on that list have pretty solid reviews.
  12. Best answer
    I have never ran two SLI so may be worth looking at the PSU to get to support it. Also make sure you get a better case of you are running two gpu as it will get hot.

    Water cooling is always a good quiet method and works really well providing you can put the kits together although I opt for closed loop systems to make it an easy install.

    You could go for an m.2 SSD. They are pricey but very impressive if your motherboard reports it. I have one and the speeds are impressive but it all depends within your budget.

    Cooling and airflow will be your main problem with SLI so if you make sure you sort that you will be fine
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