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i7 6700k with GTX 1070 or GTX 1080? | 16GB or 32GB RAM?

I'm planning for a new gaming PC and I need advice (If you have an answer please explain why). All prices aside, for a 6700k should I get a 1070 or 1080? Should I just get a 6800k instead? Which is better for gaming? Also 16GB RAM or 32GB RAM? Does having more RAM actually make your fps drop lower? 2 sticks of RAM or 2 sets of RAM/4 sticks? Thanks :)
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  1. Just for gaming? The i5 6600k is plenty. I could see maybe getting the i7 6700k if you budget is high enough, but the i7 6800k is absolutely not worth it. 32GB RAM would not be any better than 16Gb RAM. As for the 1070 vs 1080, it really depends on your monitor and budget.
  2. JUST for gaming:

    1) The i7-6700k is plenty, if not overkill (you don't need the extra cores of the 6800k, they would be almost entirely unused in a gaming rig).

    2) At those levels choosing between the 1070 and 1080 really depends on what resolution you want to support, but for overall longevity the GTX 1080 is obviously king in terms of raw performance.

    3) For a normal Z170 motherboard you'll want to stay with 2 sticks of RAM to make things easier on the memory controller. 16GB of DDR4 is plenty for gaming. FASTER memory makes a very slight difference in FPS, but just having more makes no difference as long as the game is getting what it needs to function correctly.
  3. CTurbo said:
    Just for gaming? The i5 6600k is plenty. I could see maybe getting the i7 6700k if you budget is high enough, but the i7 6800k is absolutely not worth it. 32GB RAM would not be any better than 16Gb RAM. As for the 1070 vs 1080, it really depends on your monitor and budget.


    Anonymous said:
    JUST for gaming:

    1) The i7-6700k is plenty, if not overkill (you don't need the extra cores of the 6800k, they would be almost entirely unused in a gaming rig).

    2) At those levels choosing between the 1070 and 1080 really depends on what resolution you want to support, but for overall longevity the GTX 1080 is obviously king in terms of raw performance.

    3) For a normal Z170 motherboard you'll want to stay with 2 sticks of RAM to make things easier on the memory controller. 16GB of DDR4 is plenty for gaming. FASTER memory makes a very slight difference in FPS, but just having more makes no difference as long as the game is getting what it needs to function correctly.


    I said that there is no budget, does the 6800k run better with the 1080? Just comparing the two side by side is the 6800k faster/better than the 6700k? Also I don't like the looks of just 2 sticks of ram, will 4 affect performance? Do any of these parts bottleneck each other if put in different configurations?
  4. For gaming, the 6800k is no better than the 6700k which is only BARELY better than the 6600k
  5. Unless you're gonna run highly threaded programs like a bunch of virtual machines or something you won't need the extra cores of 6800k heck even 6700k is overkill for JUST gaming it'll provide no performance benefits
  6. CTurbo said:
    For gaming, the 6800k is no better than the 6700k which is only BARELY better than the 6600k


    Anonymous said:
    Unless you're gonna run highly threaded programs like a bunch of virtual machines or something you won't need the extra cores of 6800k heck even 6700k is overkill for JUST gaming it'll provide no performance benefits


    So what I'm trying to figure and what I guess your saying is that all prices aside and use aside is that the 6800k and the 1080's raw performance is better than the 6700k and 1070's power and that none of them really bottleneck eachother(?)
  7. Best answer
    There are essentially no tangible gaming bottnecks with any of the hardware we've been discussing.

    The main point CTurbo and myself are trying to communicate is that past a certain point (the i7 6700k in this case) any extra money you spend will be wasted as gaming will not benefit from the more expensive hardware (ex. the 6800k).

    If you have an unlimited budget and want to buy the biggest, most expensive, over-the-top PC you can put together then go for a i7-6900k, 128GB of RAM, and a couple of GTX Titans in SLI (that will run you around $6000-$7000, and most of that hardware will be wasted). In terms of gaming performance you would notice almost no difference between the specs I just described and a well-balanced i7-6700k with a GTX 1080 on most resolutions.
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