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Hi all, this build is purely for gaming + VR performance (I don't care about looks). I still have a few specific questions though and I'd like to open the build up to suggestions for performance improvements or price improvements!
CPU: i7-6700k - I debated between a 4790k/DDR3 build and this 6700k/DDR4 but the overall price difference seemed rather small for faster RAM and a few more modern features. I'd like to see at least a 4.6ghz OC on this with my setup, please keep that in mind when reviewing the rest of my items.
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 - I was originally going with a liquid cooler but it seems this unit gives better cooling results. The D14 was originally recommended but the 15 was only $10 more, I assume its a slightly better version?
MB: Asus Z170-A - My knowledge of MB's is really lacking, but this board was recommended as a good choice for overclocking and future 2x SLI use with all the features I'd need at a decent price.
RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (8x2) 3000mhz - any difference in 8x2 VS 4v4?
HD: 512 GB Samsung 950 pro m.2 PCIE - my other option here was to get a 1 TB regular SSD for about $90 less. Anyone used a real pcie SSD before, on paper they are waaaaay faster than a regular SSD but do they "feel" faster for gaming load times, etc.?
GPU: Zotac 980 TI AMP Extreme - This seemed like the best performing GPU out of the box with a really high factory overclock, good reviews, and decent price.
Case: I already have a CoolerMaster Stormtrooper I'm going to use for this build (got it when the tigerdirect near my house went out of business).
PSU: EVGA SuperNOVA 850 G2 80+ GOLD, 850W ECO Mode Fully Modular - seems like a good PSU, best reviews, 850w should be enough for 2x SLI 980's down the road or 2x pascals right?
OS: Already have a windows 7 I'm going to free upgrade to 10.
PRICES - This all comes out to $1820 including tax (NC, USA) and shipping on Newegg, and $1913 on Amazon (higher price mostly due to tax). I'd prefer to buy everything from Amazon because they have the best customer service on the entire planet that has ever existed or ever will exist, but I'm also budget minded. No microcenter near me btw. If there are any reliable non-newegg/amazon deals that could save me a significant amount of money I'm open to them.
Thanks for reading and I look forward to suggestions!