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    Hey All,

    So every 5 / 6 years or so I tend to build a new PC with a view of it lasting the 5/6 years until the next rebuild - But during those years I lose touch with all of the improvement in tech and it's compatibility

    I'm fairly sure the below should be fine but looking for someone to give me peace of mind and/or advise where things could be improved

    Spec:
    be quiet! Dark Base PRO 900, Orange, Full Tower Computer Chassis, E-ATX to mITX, with Window
    Intel Core i7 6700K, S 1151, Skylake, Quad Core, 4.0GHz
    be quiet! Dark Rock 3, Single Tower CPU Cooler
    Asus ROG Maximus VIII Hero, Intel Z170, S 1151, DDR4, SATAe, M.2 (PCIe/SATA), 2-Way SLi/3-Way
    32GB (2x16GB) Corsair DDR4 Vengeance LPX Black, PC4-24000
    1TB WD Black WD10JPLX, 2.5"
    512GB Samsung 960 Pro, M.2 PCIe NVMe, Polaris Controller, 3500MB/s Read, 2100MB/s
    750GB Crucial MX300, SATA III - 6Gb/s, 2.5", 7mm SSD,
    MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Aero OC 8GB GDDR5X
    850W Corsair HX850i
    Thank you
    > Lian-Li PC-V33WX > Asus ROG Max VIII Hero > Intel Core i7 6700K s1151 4.0GHz > 850W Corsair HX Series > 8GB GeForce GTX 1080 > 750GB Crucial MX300 2.5 SSD > Western Digital 2TB Caviar Black > Corsair Vengeance 32GB > Edifier S530 > Asus Xonar D2X > Asus PG348Q

  • #2
    Looks good to me, boss!

    it may be worth considering X99 if you're planning to wait this long to upgrade again.
    ASUS Crosshair VI Hero | AMD Ryzen R7 1700 @ 3.95 GHz | be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 3 | G.SKILL TridentZ RGB 2x8GB @ 3333 MHz C14 | ASUS ROG STRIX GTX 1080 OC | Samsung SM951 256GB NVMe + 2x Samsung 850 EVO 250GB in RAID0 | EVGA SuperNOVA G3 850w | be quiet! Pure Base 600 Tempered Glass | CM Masterkeys Pro L | Logitech G502 | Logitech G920 | ASUS ZenBook UX305F

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    • #3
      Thanks - In regards to the X99 board Vs Z170 - Would I be right in saying the X99 boards benefit over the Z170 would only be highlighted if I wanted to SLI the GPU? Or are there other bonus' i'm not aware of?
      > Lian-Li PC-V33WX > Asus ROG Max VIII Hero > Intel Core i7 6700K s1151 4.0GHz > 850W Corsair HX Series > 8GB GeForce GTX 1080 > 750GB Crucial MX300 2.5 SSD > Western Digital 2TB Caviar Black > Corsair Vengeance 32GB > Edifier S530 > Asus Xonar D2X > Asus PG348Q

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      • #4
        more cores, more pcie and more ram bandwidth to feed them.

        gpu are not the only thing using pcie, but the biggest user for sure.

        the cores might be of more use than the raw ipc you get from the smaller cpu depending on your use. with the onset of dx12 and vulcan games, maybe those too will be using more than 4 cores soon.
        "Those able to see beyond the shadows and lies of their culture will never be understood, let alone believed, by the masses."
        Plato

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        • #5
          Okay thanks - I'll look into it - With that in mind minus of course the CPU - Would the remaining parts still be compatible with an X99 board?
          > Lian-Li PC-V33WX > Asus ROG Max VIII Hero > Intel Core i7 6700K s1151 4.0GHz > 850W Corsair HX Series > 8GB GeForce GTX 1080 > 750GB Crucial MX300 2.5 SSD > Western Digital 2TB Caviar Black > Corsair Vengeance 32GB > Edifier S530 > Asus Xonar D2X > Asus PG348Q

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          • #6
            I recently did a new build, some similar bits and pieces. Like you, I am a once-every-five-years rebuilder. (The gap is getting bigger as progress slows down.)

            I was surprised to see how much more energy efficient everything is today. You may find that 850 watts is overkill.

            I have a vague memory of a discussion, perhaps here, saying that 650 watts at its optimum is better than 850-watts running at 650 watts. But that may all be cobblers.

            Mine poodles along with a 550W PSU, but I am not into heavyweight graphics cards. Then again, I do have several more HDs, and they need the juice too.
            Win 10 Pro 64-bit + Asus Z-170-K + Intel i5-6500 + 512GB Samsung M.2 PCI-e SSD + 16GB DDR4 2400MHz Memory
            Win 10 Pro 64-bit + Asus M5A88-M EVO + AMD Phenom II X6 + 8GB Corsair XMS3 1600 + Radeon HD 6450
            Win 10 Home 32-bit + Asus M2N-SLI DeLuxe + AMD Athlon 64 X2, Dual Core 5400 + 4.0 GB Memory + NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT

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            • #7
              Thanks Michael - Funny you mention that - Yesterday I was looking at some of the pre-built "Dream" PCs (with no intention of buying..) but noticed one of the was running triple titan-x cards on an 850W PSU which seemed surprising to me but ask you said things have improved a lot of the years!
              > Lian-Li PC-V33WX > Asus ROG Max VIII Hero > Intel Core i7 6700K s1151 4.0GHz > 850W Corsair HX Series > 8GB GeForce GTX 1080 > 750GB Crucial MX300 2.5 SSD > Western Digital 2TB Caviar Black > Corsair Vengeance 32GB > Edifier S530 > Asus Xonar D2X > Asus PG348Q

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Oxigin View Post
                triple titan-x cards on an 850W PSU
                That's a lot of cards.

                And the system builders probably make more money out of putting in hefty PSUs.
                Win 10 Pro 64-bit + Asus Z-170-K + Intel i5-6500 + 512GB Samsung M.2 PCI-e SSD + 16GB DDR4 2400MHz Memory
                Win 10 Pro 64-bit + Asus M5A88-M EVO + AMD Phenom II X6 + 8GB Corsair XMS3 1600 + Radeon HD 6450
                Win 10 Home 32-bit + Asus M2N-SLI DeLuxe + AMD Athlon 64 X2, Dual Core 5400 + 4.0 GB Memory + NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT

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                • #9
                  Oh yes it was a ridiculous machine which I think they were trying to sell at something like 8,000 lol (who are buying these things!) but was thinking trying to make a PC like that 5 years ago would have needed a lot more power - We've come along way in a few years that's for sure!
                  > Lian-Li PC-V33WX > Asus ROG Max VIII Hero > Intel Core i7 6700K s1151 4.0GHz > 850W Corsair HX Series > 8GB GeForce GTX 1080 > 750GB Crucial MX300 2.5 SSD > Western Digital 2TB Caviar Black > Corsair Vengeance 32GB > Edifier S530 > Asus Xonar D2X > Asus PG348Q

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                  • #10
                    I'm still running my 2500K from 2011-12ish. No plans to upgrade at all at the moment.

                    Just looking at your list, whats the reasoning behind replacing everything? IE, you're spending a bit on the case.Why not reuse your current case and spend the difference on better parts? Could you do similar with other parts?



                    Originally posted by coiler
                    Stomach was rumbling like a fatman landing on Sanctuary

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Aaron View Post
                      Why not reuse your current case and spend the difference on better parts?
                      I had to buy a new case because life had moved on in the five years since I last bought one.

                      If nothing else, my latest motherboard has minimal USB2 support, it is all USB3 and better. None of my old cases have USB3 on the front.
                      Win 10 Pro 64-bit + Asus Z-170-K + Intel i5-6500 + 512GB Samsung M.2 PCI-e SSD + 16GB DDR4 2400MHz Memory
                      Win 10 Pro 64-bit + Asus M5A88-M EVO + AMD Phenom II X6 + 8GB Corsair XMS3 1600 + Radeon HD 6450
                      Win 10 Home 32-bit + Asus M2N-SLI DeLuxe + AMD Athlon 64 X2, Dual Core 5400 + 4.0 GB Memory + NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT

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                      • #12
                        USB2 > 3 header adaptor is cheaper than an entire case

                        I'm just throwing ideas out there in case they haven't been thought of



                        Originally posted by coiler
                        Stomach was rumbling like a fatman landing on Sanctuary

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                        • #13
                          Hi Aaron - I'm updating the entire PC as all be handing off my old PC to family - So it's an entire new build - Speaking of the case if i'm honest I like the look of that case but really i'd like something that looks a bit nicer rather than a bulky big tower e.g. a cube case but i'm but not sure about their cooling properties (I won't be going WC so all AC for me)
                          > Lian-Li PC-V33WX > Asus ROG Max VIII Hero > Intel Core i7 6700K s1151 4.0GHz > 850W Corsair HX Series > 8GB GeForce GTX 1080 > 750GB Crucial MX300 2.5 SSD > Western Digital 2TB Caviar Black > Corsair Vengeance 32GB > Edifier S530 > Asus Xonar D2X > Asus PG348Q

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                          • #14
                            Fair enough its just sometimes worth asking the question



                            Originally posted by coiler
                            Stomach was rumbling like a fatman landing on Sanctuary

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