Time for a new rig

Pond Racer

Junior Member
Mar 27, 2006
Current Build
ASUS MK241H Black 24" 2ms Widescreen Monitor
ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55
Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield Quad-Core 2.8 GHz
OCZ Agility 2 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal SSD
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)
GEForce GTX 960
500 GB HDD of some kind. CPU is overclocked but the graphics card is not.

Target Use:
1) Gaming – Warcraft, World of Tanks, Flight Sims
2) DAW – Reason 8 connected to multiple devices
3) Visual Studio, Photoshop, MS SQL and typical Office products

I run a VMWare server in the basement for file storage, development server, security system and media server. All the major rooms have Cat6 drops feeding back into a HP ProCurve switch/Cisco RV110 router.

I was pumped to go to a 4K gaming experience until I started reading the forums and shopping for monitors. I have never had a cutting edge display and would love to play the next WoW expansion at max everything. I waited for the GTX1080 to drop, and then the Broadwell-E thinking this was the path forward but now I am not so sure. I wouldn’t mind having something capable of experimenting with VR over the next 2-3 years. Usually I build rigs for a 5-6 year run with a graphics card upgrade somewhere in the middle.

Speak to me regarding the error of my ways. I am still reading on 4K and trying to understand if I can get away with a single 1080 or I have to run SLI.

Lian Li Case (re-use old one)
EVGA 220-P2-1000-XR 80 PLUS Platinum 1000 W $179.99
G.SKILL TridentZ Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3400 $194.55
Samsung 850 EVO 1 TB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD $322.69
SAMSUNG 950 PRO M.2 512GB PCI-Express 3.0 x4 $339.99
Noctua NH-D15 SSO2 D-Type Premium CPU Cooler $88.49
LG 14x Blu-Ray Burner $52.50
Intel Core i7-6850K 15M Broadwell-E 6-Core 3.6 GHz $649.99
GEForce GTX1080 Founders Edition $649.99
MSI X99A GodLike Gaming Carbon LGA 2011-v3 $599.00
Windows 10 on Flash Drive $110.00

Total $3,007.20

Ken g6

Programming Moderator, Elite Member
Dec 11, 1999
I did [post=38337758]a couple of builds like this[/post] recently. Hex-cores and higher are the future, but hex-cores also have individually slower cores, unless you overclock a lot. So...

Don't get X99 unless you're sure you'll overclock. If you're not sure, get a 6700K.

If you do go X99, I don't see the point of the new 6800K over the older 5820K. ... Memory speed also doesn't matter so much on X99, since you have 4 channels.

1) Gaming – Warcraft, World of Tanks, Flight Sims
2) DAW – Reason 8 connected to multiple devices
3) Visual Studio, Photoshop, MS SQL and typical Office products
At least 3/4 of these things tell me you should go for a 6700K.

The thing to understand about 4K gaming is you can get a 120Hz or higher 2560x1440 monitor, or a 60Hz 4K monitor, but you can't buy a 120Hz or higher 4K monitor (yet). Your particular games don't appear to need the highest frame rates, so I think you could go with a 60hz 4K G-Sync monitor.

I'm not even sure you need to go SLI with those games. But, in any case, the hard "HB" bridges are very hard to find right now. So you might as well start with one card and see what happens.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($349.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 82.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($88.49 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: *Gigabyte GA-Z170XP-SLI ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($118.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: *G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 950 PRO 512GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($317.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 1TB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($318.58 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Video Card ($649.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Lian-Li PC-V1200Bplus II ATX Mid Tower Case (Purchased For $0.00)
Power Supply: *Thermaltake 750W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($46.85 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($83.89 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: *Acer XB280HK bprz 28.0" 60Hz Monitor ($650.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $2835.72
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-07-13 13:38 EDT-0400

Edit: Oh, a couple of notes about your case. It probably doesn't have USB 3.0 ports, and I'm not 100% sure that big Noctua will fit in it.

Pond Racer

Junior Member
Mar 27, 2006
I did [post=38337758]a couple of builds like this[/post] recently.

I read that thread and your post earlier. It was one of the things that led me to wonder whether 4K was really practical at this point. I am heading out to check out some monitors locally if I can find a few. There is a Frys close to me, and Best Buy of course. I just want to see how much of a difference it actually brings.