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please critique my gaming build before I buy the parts

about to build a new gaming rig and wanted some reassurance and suggestions before I buy the parts! So, please let me know if there are any areas i can improve or suggestions to make the build better I would greatly appreciate it.

also, could someone please provide me the required cables I would need?

thanks so much guys


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel - Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($328.47 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: CRYORIG - H5 Universal 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($46.88 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock - Z270 Killer SLI/ac ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($143.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill - Trident Z 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($134.88 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Samsung - 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($159.00 @ B&H)
Video Card: EVGA - GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB SC Black Edition Video Card ($719.99 @ B&H)
Case: Phanteks - Enthoo Pro ATX Full Tower Case ($80.00 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA - SuperNOVA NEX 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($74.89 @ OutletPC)
Optical Drive: Pioneer - BDR-209DBK Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($58.88 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Dell - S2417DG 23.8" 2560x1440 165Hz Monitor ($418.56 @ Newegg)
Total: $2165.53
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-05-15 01:26 EDT-0400
https://pcpartpicker.com/product/g63RsY/evga-power-supply-120g10650xr ($79.99 @ newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($86.88 @ OutletPC)

https://pcpartpicker.com/user/xplicid01/saved/#view=VgMNGX
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  1. 1. I would get the H7 instead of the H5 cooler since you intend to overclock
    2. why did you get a z270 SLI board and only get one video card do you intent to get another to match the one you have on this build later?
    3. Why did you not get the M.2 drive version of the 850 instead of the SAT version you got ?

    aside those questions, looks fine.
    Reply to The Paladin
  2. You can do much better.
    You only need to store OS and software, maybe one or two relatively low capacity games on the SSD you want fast loading times on, as that's the only improvement SSDs give games.
    Leave 40GB spare at all times on the SSD to prevent performance limitations.
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel - Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($328.47 @ OutletPC)
    CPU Cooler: CRYORIG - H5 Universal 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($46.88 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: ASRock - Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming K4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($133.98 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung - 960 EVO 250GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($127.98 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate - Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($65.89 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: EVGA - GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB SC Black Edition Video Card ($719.99 @ B&H)
    Case: Phanteks - Enthoo Pro M Acrylic ATX Mid Tower Case ($66.00 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic - G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($66.89 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG - WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($46.88 @ OutletPC)
    Monitor: Dell - S2417DG 23.8" 2560x1440 165Hz Monitor ($418.56 @ Newegg)
    Other: G.SKILL Aegis 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3000 (PC4 24000) Intel Z170 Platform Memory (Desktop Memory) Model F4-3000C16D-16GISB ($110.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $2132.51
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-05-15 02:49 EDT-0400
    Reply to Chugalug_
  3. The Paladin said:
    1. I would get the H7 instead of the H5 cooler since you intend to overclock
    2. why did you get a z270 SLI board and only get one video card do you intent to get another to match the one you have on this build later?
    3. Why did you not get the M.2 drive version of the 850 instead of the SAT version you got ?

    aside those questions, looks fine.



    1. changed, thank you for input
    2. because I didnt even notice, thank you for bringing that to my attention. changed
    3. also figured why not. i didnt have a plan but guess i wanted the opportunity in the future.

    Chugalug_ said:
    You can do much better.
    You only need to store OS and software, maybe one or two relatively low capacity games on the SSD you want fast loading times on, as that's the only improvement SSDs give games.
    Leave 40GB spare at all times on the SSD to prevent performance limitations.
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel - Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($328.47 @ OutletPC)
    CPU Cooler: CRYORIG - H5 Universal 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($46.88 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: ASRock - Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming K4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($133.98 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung - 960 EVO 250GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($127.98 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate - Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($65.89 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: EVGA - GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB SC Black Edition Video Card ($719.99 @ B&H)
    Case: Phanteks - Enthoo Pro M Acrylic ATX Mid Tower Case ($66.00 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic - G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($66.89 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG - WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($46.88 @ OutletPC)
    Monitor: Dell - S2417DG 23.8" 2560x1440 165Hz Monitor ($418.56 @ Newegg)
    Other: G.SKILL Aegis 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3000 (PC4 24000) Intel Z170 Platform Memory (Desktop Memory) Model F4-3000C16D-16GISB ($110.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $2132.51
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-05-15 02:49 EDT-0400


    thanks man greatly appreciated. how about this?:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel - Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($328.47 @ OutletPC)
    CPU Cooler: CRYORIG - H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($34.89 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: ASRock - Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming K4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($133.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill - Trident Z 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($134.88 @ OutletPC)
    Storage: Samsung - 960 EVO 500GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($247.99 @ B&H)
    Video Card: EVGA - GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB SC Black Edition Video Card ($719.99 @ B&H)
    Case: Phanteks - Enthoo Pro ATX Full Tower Case ($80.00 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: EVGA - SuperNOVA NEX 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($74.89 @ OutletPC)
    Optical Drive: LG - WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($46.88 @ OutletPC)
    Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($87.89 @ OutletPC)
    Monitor: Dell - S2417DG 23.8" 2560x1440 165Hz Monitor ($418.56 @ Amazon)
    Total: $2308.42
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-05-15 15:37 EDT-0400
    Reply to xplicid001
  4. No, you need a hard drive, the full power Enthoo Pro is overkill, and the PSU you're listing is extremely poor quality.
    That Trident Z memory isn't good value, but since you seem insistent on putting it in there I put in some Trident Z sticks which suit the color scheme of red to go with the motherboard.
    If this goes over budget for you swap the 960 Evo with this: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/FrH48d/samsung-internal-hard-drive-mz75e500bam

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel - Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($328.47 @ OutletPC)
    CPU Cooler: CRYORIG - H5 Universal 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($46.88 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: ASRock - Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming K4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($133.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill - Trident Z 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($138.00 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Samsung - 960 EVO 500GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($247.99 @ B&H)
    Storage: Seagate - Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: EVGA - GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB SC Black Edition Video Card ($719.99 @ B&H)
    Case: Phanteks - Enthoo Pro M Acrylic ATX Mid Tower Case ($66.00 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Rosewill - 650W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ Jet)
    Optical Drive: LG - WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($46.88 @ OutletPC)
    Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($87.89 @ OutletPC)
    Monitor: Dell - S2417DG 23.8" 2560x1440 165Hz Monitor ($418.56 @ Amazon)
    Total: $2364.62
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-05-15 17:59 EDT-0400
    Reply to Chugalug_
  5. Chugalug_ said:
    No, you need a hard drive, the full power Enthoo Pro is overkill, and the PSU you're listing is extremely poor quality.
    That Trident Z memory isn't good value, but since you seem insistent on putting it in there I put in some Trident Z sticks which suit the color scheme of red to go with the motherboard.
    If this goes over budget for you swap the 960 Evo with this: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/FrH48d/samsung-internal-hard-drive-mz75e500bam

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel - Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($328.47 @ OutletPC)
    CPU Cooler: CRYORIG - H5 Universal 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($46.88 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: ASRock - Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming K4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($133.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill - Trident Z 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($138.00 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Samsung - 960 EVO 500GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($247.99 @ B&H)
    Storage: Seagate - Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: EVGA - GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB SC Black Edition Video Card ($719.99 @ B&H)
    Case: Phanteks - Enthoo Pro M Acrylic ATX Mid Tower Case ($66.00 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Rosewill - 650W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ Jet)
    Optical Drive: LG - WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($46.88 @ OutletPC)
    Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($87.89 @ OutletPC)
    Monitor: Dell - S2417DG 23.8" 2560x1440 165Hz Monitor ($418.56 @ Amazon)
    Total: $2364.62
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-05-15 17:59 EDT-0400


    Ok, well i will swap out the psu and go with the mid tower then. ill go the route you suggest with the HD. i just dont really have big need for a massive hard drive. i could easily work with 500 gigs (understanding that that realistically gives me 300 gigs to work with

    which memory would you suggest? im not loytal to gskill at all, i just wlays thought they had a decent product.

    i would be really open to suggestions on how to improve the memory
    Reply to xplicid001
  6. xplicid001 said:
    Chugalug_ said:
    No, you need a hard drive, the full power Enthoo Pro is overkill, and the PSU you're listing is extremely poor quality.
    That Trident Z memory isn't good value, but since you seem insistent on putting it in there I put in some Trident Z sticks which suit the color scheme of red to go with the motherboard.
    If this goes over budget for you swap the 960 Evo with this: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/FrH48d/samsung-internal-hard-drive-mz75e500bam

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel - Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($328.47 @ OutletPC)
    CPU Cooler: CRYORIG - H5 Universal 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($46.88 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: ASRock - Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming K4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($133.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill - Trident Z 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($138.00 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Samsung - 960 EVO 500GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($247.99 @ B&H)
    Storage: Seagate - Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: EVGA - GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB SC Black Edition Video Card ($719.99 @ B&H)
    Case: Phanteks - Enthoo Pro M Acrylic ATX Mid Tower Case ($66.00 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Rosewill - 650W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ Jet)
    Optical Drive: LG - WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($46.88 @ OutletPC)
    Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($87.89 @ OutletPC)
    Monitor: Dell - S2417DG 23.8" 2560x1440 165Hz Monitor ($418.56 @ Amazon)
    Total: $2364.62
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-05-15 17:59 EDT-0400


    Ok, well i will swap out the psu and go with the mid tower then. ill go the route you suggest with the HD. i just dont really have big need for a massive hard drive. i could easily work with 500 gigs (understanding that that realistically gives me 300 gigs to work with

    which memory would you suggest? im not loytal to gskill at all, i just wlays thought they had a decent product.

    i would be really open to suggestions on how to improve the memory


    The G.Skill Aegis 3000Mhz kit i've listed is killer value atm, the Trident sticks are overpriced.
    Stick with the HDD, only use the SSD for software, OS and a few games you want to load faster, leave 40GB spare.
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel - Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($328.47 @ OutletPC)
    CPU Cooler: CRYORIG - H5 Universal 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($46.88 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: ASRock - Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming K4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($133.98 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung - 960 EVO 500GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($247.99 @ B&H)
    Storage: Seagate - Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($65.89 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: EVGA - GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB SC Black Edition Video Card ($719.99 @ B&H)
    Case: Phanteks - Enthoo Pro M Acrylic ATX Mid Tower Case ($66.00 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Rosewill - 650W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ Jet)
    Optical Drive: LG - WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($46.88 @ OutletPC)
    Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($87.89 @ OutletPC)
    Monitor: Dell - S2417DG 23.8" 2560x1440 165Hz Monitor ($418.56 @ Amazon)
    Other: G.SKILL Aegis 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3000 (PC4 24000) Intel Z170 Platform Memory (Desktop Memory) Model F4-3000C16D-16GISB ($110.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $2343.51
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-05-15 23:51 EDT-0400
    Reply to Chugalug_
  7. The Paladin said:
    1. I would get the H7 instead of the H5 cooler since you intend to overclock
    2. why did you get a z270 SLI board and only get one video card do you intent to get another to match the one you have on this build later?
    3. Why did you not get the M.2 drive version of the 850 instead of the SAT version you got ?

    aside those questions, looks fine.



    Why is the H7 better for overclocking?
    Reply to PotatoChez
  8. It isn't, the H5 is a more powerful cooler better suited to the i7.
    The H7 will handle relatively good OCs, but with an i7 temps can get a bit toasty.
    Might have meant the other way around. :)
    The H5 is a better choice imo.
    Reply to Chugalug_
  9. ill just let chug answer everything for you, obviously he's got control of this conversation.. bye
    Reply to The Paladin
  10. Don't know if I said anything wrong... :(
    Reply to Chugalug_
  11. Chugalug_ said:

    The G.Skill Aegis 3000Mhz kit i've listed is killer value atm, the Trident sticks are overpriced.
    Stick with the HDD, only use the SSD for software, OS and a few games you want to load faster, leave 40GB spare.
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel - Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($328.47 @ OutletPC)
    CPU Cooler: CRYORIG - H5 Universal 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($46.88 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: ASRock - Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming K4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($133.98 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung - 960 EVO 500GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($247.99 @ B&H)
    Storage: Seagate - Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($65.89 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: EVGA - GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB SC Black Edition Video Card ($719.99 @ B&H)
    Case: Phanteks - Enthoo Pro M Acrylic ATX Mid Tower Case ($66.00 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Rosewill - 650W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ Jet)
    Optical Drive: LG - WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($46.88 @ OutletPC)
    Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($87.89 @ OutletPC)
    Monitor: Dell - S2417DG 23.8" 2560x1440 165Hz Monitor ($418.56 @ Amazon)
    Other: G.SKILL Aegis 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3000 (PC4 24000) Intel Z170 Platform Memory (Desktop Memory) Model F4-3000C16D-16GISB ($110.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $2343.51
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-05-15 23:51 EDT-0400



    Sorry for being so inquisitive and asking a million questions but is their a benefit in running the HDD along side of the SSD outside of extra storage? for like 50 bucks more, i can get a 500 gig SSD in comparison to the 250sd + 2 TB HDD. i just have zero need for more than like 300 gigs.

    also, im really not finding much information on the mobo or memory. they dont seem to be very popular or reviewed very often
    Reply to xplicid001
  12. You will always find ways to fill up that SSD easily. The games alone these days go over 50Gb..
    Say you make some videos, or download some movies, you dont need a SSD for that..

    The motherboard is pretty good, one of the best if you want to do some overclocking as well ;)
    Reply to SliceT
  13. Best answer
    xplicid001 said:
    Chugalug_ said:

    The G.Skill Aegis 3000Mhz kit i've listed is killer value atm, the Trident sticks are overpriced.
    Stick with the HDD, only use the SSD for software, OS and a few games you want to load faster, leave 40GB spare.
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel - Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($328.47 @ OutletPC)
    CPU Cooler: CRYORIG - H5 Universal 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($46.88 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: ASRock - Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming K4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($133.98 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung - 960 EVO 500GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($247.99 @ B&H)
    Storage: Seagate - Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($65.89 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: EVGA - GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB SC Black Edition Video Card ($719.99 @ B&H)
    Case: Phanteks - Enthoo Pro M Acrylic ATX Mid Tower Case ($66.00 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Rosewill - 650W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ Jet)
    Optical Drive: LG - WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($46.88 @ OutletPC)
    Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($87.89 @ OutletPC)
    Monitor: Dell - S2417DG 23.8" 2560x1440 165Hz Monitor ($418.56 @ Amazon)
    Other: G.SKILL Aegis 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3000 (PC4 24000) Intel Z170 Platform Memory (Desktop Memory) Model F4-3000C16D-16GISB ($110.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $2343.51
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-05-15 23:51 EDT-0400



    Sorry for being so inquisitive and asking a million questions but is their a benefit in running the HDD along side of the SSD outside of extra storage? for like 50 bucks more, i can get a 500 gig SSD in comparison to the 250sd + 2 TB HDD. i just have zero need for more than like 300 gigs.

    also, im really not finding much information on the mobo or memory. they dont seem to be very popular or reviewed very often

    The RAM is an extremely high quality high frequency G.Skill DDR4 kit, and the mobo is a great Z270 board with good features for the money from Asrock.
    You definitely need more than just 500GB of space, since only 450 would be usable anyway.
    Games don't benefit from SSD speeds, and AAA titles go upwards of 50GB easily, GTA V for example is something crazy like 120GB.
    Reply to Chugalug_
  14. alright, thanks my man, ill keep you guys updated on the build! imma spend the evening brushing up on some tutorials before purchasing the parts in the next few days. ill post photos of the build.

    side note, are there any cables/thermal paste/ case fans, etc that i should buy?
    Reply to xplicid001
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