Need Expert Help with Gaming PC build

Hello TH,

I am currently looking to build a new primary gaming performance PC and wanted to reach out to the expert community and have them review my current build in PC part picker to see if they agree with my build, or what component they'd suggest changing and why. The only components that are set in stone for aesthetic purposes are the case, the RGB RAM, and I'd like the motherboard to be from Asus with Aura Sync on it, but I'd like any suggestions for the other components (especially the best performance Asus motherboard/CPU suggestions you could provide). Please review my build I've put together on PC part picker and give me your best suggestions for performance component changes you'd make with a detailed explanation as to why.

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/vYBLgL

- Budget $2k max > please provide the very best performance gaming build within this budget

- Both Intel and AMD Ryzen are acceptable but please provide an explanation as to which you'd use and why. If Ryzen is a better choice, please provide what components I would need to change with my current build to make everything compatible with Ryzen instead of Intel.

- Please provide a direct link using PC part picker (or equivalent tool) to show exact components for your suggested build.

- Please only provide suggestions if you're experienced with PC builds and current with performance hardware yourself.

- Upon posting your suggestions, please give a brief description on why you selected the performance components you did.

Thank you all in advance for taking the time to assist me in this build, as I can assure you that it's much appreciated.

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/vYBLgL
Reply to Rhaegyn
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  1. if i were you id upgrade your ssd from the regular evo to Samsung 850 PRO. also id upgraade cpu to i7 7700k. id also try getting a gpu from a diffrent company because the coolers on nvidias founder edition cards are crap also you can get a better looking one from like evga or asus msi..etc. and to save you some moeny you wont be needing a 750 watt psu as your build only uses 397 watts upgraded or not still 397 watts. try this psu also modular http://www.corsair.com/en-us/rmx-series-rm550x-550-watt-80-plus-gold-certified-fully-modular-psu and the samsung 850 pro is the fastest ssd out there to get. and you should also spend 20 more dolars to upgrade from a 6700k to a 7700k because its fast and worth the money.
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  2. CPU: consider on getting the 7700k instead, the price difference aren't that much
    why pick intel? Best gaming performance u can ever hope (since most game doesn't use more than 4 core, single and quad core speed are what matters, that's why intel won)
    why pick ryzen? if u need the best workstation performance that is budget-friendly (ryzen wins in terms of multi-core processing)
    pick intel if your build is set on gaming, if u used it as workstation too, get ryzen instead

    PSU: a 650w good PSU is already enough for 1080 TI build, if you're planning on SLI later, get the one you're buying now

    GPU: don't get founder edition, their cooler sucks...
    Reply to constantine_99
  3. Rhaegyn said:
    - Both Intel and AMD Ryzen are acceptable but please provide an explanation as to which you'd use and why.

    - Upon posting your suggestions, please give a brief description on why you selected the performance components you did.

    https://pcpartpicker.com/list/vYBLgL


    Just as a word of advice, applying conditions to people offering help from their free time, for free, will result in less help. I for one will give a balanced build, but i'm not going to spend time justifying every choice, it's simply not worth my time.

    And you've not told us what monitor you are using, or what size monitor you would like to use, so the GPU choice is somewhat arbitrary.
    Reply to 13thmonkey
  4. parker_307 said:
    if i were you id upgrade your ssd from the regular evo to Samsung 850 PRO. also id upgraade cpu to i7 7700k. id also try getting a gpu from a diffrent company because the coolers on nvidias founder edition cards are crap also you can get a better looking one from like evga or asus msi..etc. and to save you some moeny you wont be needing a 750 watt psu as your build only uses 397 watts upgraded or not still 397 watts. try this psu also modular http://www.corsair.com/en-us/rmx-series-rm550x-550-watt-80-plus-gold-certified-fully-modular-psu and the samsung 850 pro is the fastest ssd out there to get. and you should also spend 20 more dolars to upgrade from a 6700k to a 7700k because its fast and worth the money.


    thank you for all your help. Yes, the consensus is if I go with Intel, go with the 7700, but some are recommending that I go with AMD Ryzen R5 1600 and pair it with high speed ram. What do you and the community think--go with the I7 7700k or the R5 Ryzen 1600
    Reply to Rhaegyn
  5. parker_307 said:
    if i were you id upgrade your ssd from the regular evo to Samsung 850 PRO. also id upgraade cpu to i7 7700k. id also try getting a gpu from a diffrent company because the coolers on nvidias founder edition cards are crap also you can get a better looking one from like evga or asus msi..etc. and to save you some moeny you wont be needing a 750 watt psu as your build only uses 397 watts upgraded or not still 397 watts. try this psu also modular http://www.corsair.com/en-us/rmx-series-rm550x-550-watt-80-plus-gold-certified-fully-modular-psu and the samsung 850 pro is the fastest ssd out there to get. and you should also spend 20 more dolars to upgrade from a 6700k to a 7700k because its fast and worth the money.


    Thank you for all the help, I will for sure make the SSD change and GPU change you suggested. I know many recommend the Intel i7 7700k, but what do you think of the Ryzen 1700 seen here: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/amd-ryzen-1700-octa-core-3-ghz-desktop-processor/5793118.p?skuId=5793118

    I have some credit to put towards it so I can pay the slight difference in price if the Ryzen chip is a good way to go, but I'd like to know your in depth thoughts on the i7 7700k vs the Ryzen 1700 at the link I provided above.
    Reply to Rhaegyn
  6. http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/amd-ryzen-7-1700-cpu-review,review-33854.html

    I'd suggest reading a review ^ so that you aren't being coloured by one persons perceptions, you can then understand the strengths and weaknesses and come to a conclusion. A lot is made of 'higher frame rates' with intel, but if these are beyond your monitors capability then there is no issue.
    Reply to 13thmonkey
  7. Rhaegyn said:
    parker_307 said:
    if i were you id upgrade your ssd from the regular evo to Samsung 850 PRO. also id upgraade cpu to i7 7700k. id also try getting a gpu from a diffrent company because the coolers on nvidias founder edition cards are crap also you can get a better looking one from like evga or asus msi..etc. and to save you some moeny you wont be needing a 750 watt psu as your build only uses 397 watts upgraded or not still 397 watts. try this psu also modular http://www.corsair.com/en-us/rmx-series-rm550x-550-watt-80-plus-gold-certified-fully-modular-psu and the samsung 850 pro is the fastest ssd out there to get. and you should also spend 20 more dolars to upgrade from a 6700k to a 7700k because its fast and worth the money.


    thank you for all your help. Yes, the consensus is if I go with Intel, go with the 7700, but some are recommending that I go with AMD Ryzen R5 1600 and pair it with high speed ram. What do you and the community think--go with the I7 7700k or the R5 Ryzen 1600



    Depends on which performance u need the most, the gaming performance or the workstation performance. If this is for purely gaming I suggest the Intel, if it serves as gaming/workstation I say ryzen is better, considering the price/performance + u get free cooler if u get the 1600, in case u don't want the cooler (coz u want to use liquid cooler) get the 1600X instead, gives u higher base and boost clock also minor performance improvement
    Reply to constantine_99
  8. Rhaegyn said:
    parker_307 said:
    if i were you id upgrade your ssd from the regular evo to Samsung 850 PRO. also id upgraade cpu to i7 7700k. id also try getting a gpu from a diffrent company because the coolers on nvidias founder edition cards are crap also you can get a better looking one from like evga or asus msi..etc. and to save you some moeny you wont be needing a 750 watt psu as your build only uses 397 watts upgraded or not still 397 watts. try this psu also modular http://www.corsair.com/en-us/rmx-series-rm550x-550-watt-80-plus-gold-certified-fully-modular-psu and the samsung 850 pro is the fastest ssd out there to get. and you should also spend 20 more dolars to upgrade from a 6700k to a 7700k because its fast and worth the money.


    thank you for all your help. Yes, the consensus is if I go with Intel, go with the 7700, but some are recommending that I go with AMD Ryzen R5 1600 and pair it with high speed ram. What do you and the community think--go with the I7 7700k or the R5 Ryzen 1600



    go with the 7700k people will keep trying to tell you to get ryzen trust me you will thank me. so get the 7700k
    Reply to parker_307
  9. So I have a good $100 credit from a retailer that sells the Ryzen 7 1700x but are sold out of the i7 7700k. I updated my build using PCPartPicker to the Ryzen 7 1700x, paired it with the trident Z RGB at a 3200 clock speed (I'm told faster clocked RAM is needed for Ryzen cores), and selected the Ryzen compatible (but overkill) Asus motherboard for aesthetics--the updated build can be seen here so anyone in the post can let me know what they think of it:

    here: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/K2fmZ8

    There seems to be a divide between those that prefer the Ryzen 7 1700x vs the i7 7700k, and they both seem to have their strengths and weaknesses. Because I can get the 1700x for $100 off, its newer, I'll be gaming in 2k-4k, and it seems to be better future proofed, I'm leaning towards doing this new Ryzen build. Could you guys lend me your thoughts on the new build?
    Reply to Rhaegyn
  10. Rhaegyn said:
    So I have a good $100 credit from a retailer that sells the Ryzen 7 1700x but are sold out of the i7 7700k. I updated my build using PCPartPicker to the Ryzen 7 1700x, paired it with the trident Z RGB at a 3200 clock speed (I'm told faster clocked RAM is needed for Ryzen cores), and selected the Ryzen compatible (but overkill) Asus motherboard for aesthetics--the updated build can be seen here so anyone in the post can let me know what they think of it:

    here: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/K2fmZ8

    There seems to be a divide between those that prefer the Ryzen 7 1700x vs the i7 7700k, and they both seem to have their strengths and weaknesses. Because I can get the 1700x for $100 off, its newer, I'll be gaming in 2k-4k, and it seems to be better future proofed, I'm leaning towards doing this new Ryzen build. Could you guys lend me your thoughts on the new build?



    of course both had their own strenghts and weaknesses, if one card is perfect, then it wouldn't be a competition right?
    well what 1700x lacks in (single core and quad core) it compensates it with its multicore performance so either one of them is fine for your build
    Ryzen price is obviously cheaper, but if u said that the 7700k is out of stock and R7 1700x is available, then go get it
    Reply to constantine_99
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