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First build; gpu, cpu, will gpu fit in case, etc.

Would it be better to go with a GTX 1060 6gb or an Rx 480 8gb, and an i3-6100, i3-7100, or i5-6500?

My budget is $800.
Heres what's currently in my cart

MB - MSI B150 LGA 1152 Pro VD
Ram - Corsair 16gb DDR4 2x8
PSU - EVGA 500w 80+ white
Case - Zalman ZM Z9 Neo
Storage - 1Tb WD 7200 HDD
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    Current gen. kabylake...

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-7500 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($196.33 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B250M-DS3H Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($73.89 @ OutletPC)
    Memory: G.Skill Aegis 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($88.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: ADATA Premier SP550 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.33 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB WINDFORCE OC 6G Video Card ($234.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Thermaltake Core V21 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($37.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($47.89 @ Newegg)
    Total: $799.40
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-03-01 00:48 EST-0500

    Edit: If you have any questions, please feel free to ask...
  2. similar to hellfire, but this is i7 version and RX 480 (gpu similar performance with GTX 1060) but $39 more expensive. This build is has 2 upgradeable in the future:
    1. The gpu might need upgrade but you will less worried about cpu since its already a i7 (more AAA game require more thread such as Battlefield 1 that needed 6 thread)
    2. M.2. gen 3 SSD. Unfortunately your current budget is not enough for samsung 960 evo/pro. Their price still crazy at the moment. Its speed should be at least twice that of the SSD provided below

    The cpu came with standard heatsink, its should be enough for a while until you found the cpu run too hot in the future.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i7-7700 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($302.88 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: ASRock B250M-HDV Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($67.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: G.Skill Aegis 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($88.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: ADATA Premier SP550 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Western Digital AV-GP 1TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($37.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon RX 480 4GB Red Dragon Video Card ($184.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Rosewill FBM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($25.60 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ B&H)
    Total: $828.41
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-03-01 01:25 EST-0500

    Good luck
  3. Actually the 1060 trades slightly better in most games, specially in DX11 API as most games still support DX11. Only recently they have started to migrate to DX12 where 480 is a tad better than 1060, specially with relive update.
  4. Hellfire13 said:
    Actually the 1060 trades slightly better in most games, specially in DX11 API as most games still support DX11. Only recently they have started to migrate to DX12 where 480 is a tad better than 1060, specially with relive update.


    Yeah i agree, but still 480 worth the price tag. My GTX 1060 6Gb cannot fully utilize 6Gb (low fps) but need at least 4Gb to optimize ultra setting in 1080p. This is why I think RX 480 4Gb nail the memory efficiency and price compare to GTX 1060. If you look it, its $50 cheaper than GTX 1060 6Gb. For me, OP better put the money onto cpu. If only GTX 1060 has 4Gb and similar price, I would also had suggested GTX 1060 4Gb. Wonder why Nvidia go with 3Gb option which cannot get ultra setting in 1080p, they should have know it.

    Plus with i7 ,OP can no longer worries about lack of cpu power until the end of that build life time. I think its worth to go considering more and more AAA games (i5 killer) demanding more threads. Most i5 user still refuse to accept this coming reality, but OP is building new one, so why take the risk?

    I am just suggesting the best option for OP.
  5. Thats all good and your point is valid, but when going even for 480, PoweCooler is not a premium choice. Their cooling system is not too good and i have had 2 PoweCooler and 3 XFX cards fail on different builds randomly. Since then i usually refrain from recommending them.
  6. Well, they are cheap :)
    just do not expect them to do crazy overclock as other brand. But with slight overclock (no voltage tweak), they usually works fine. I used powercolor from amd 6850 and 7950. They work fine and their heatsink might not as good as their brother and sisters, but again its cheap and will not burn the gpu as long as we do not overclock crazily. The heatsink will hold non voltage tweaking overclock just fine. Please consider not all user can do crazy overclock, most are happy with non voltage tweak overclock since I can assume its the safest overclock (some might not overclock at all).

    I knew sapphire nitro 480 will give better performance, but I just don't see the price $28 difference for 5 fps more. Rather than nitro 480, better go straight back to GTX 1060 8Gb in your build.

    Well, lets the OP decide himself. Both GTX 10606Gb and amd 480 4Gb are good for 1080p ultra setting with gtx 1060 has slight advantage. Just a reminder for OP not to go for RX 480 8Gb as it is not worth the extra vram.
  7. Ohh...I never saw it was the 4gb in your list. :P
    480 4gb is not as powerful as the 1060 6gb. The 8gb version is rather close to the 1060. The 4gb version is equal or slightly better than the 1060 3gb version.
    Anyways, I think OP has enough information to take a decision. Better to rest the case here until further queries.
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