New Gaming Rig Recommendations
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3rd Jul

All,

I’ve been planning on upgrading my monitor and video card for a few months, but now I’m considering buying or building out a new custom gaming rig. 

While my existing “core whore” HP Z820 Workstations are powerful (see spec’s and image below) enough to run many virtual machines for my home lab environment, they weren’t really designed for gaming.

It’s been a few years since I last spec’ed and built out a new custom gaming rig, so I’m a little out of the touch with the latest and greatest parts. 

I would appreciate any constructive suggestions or recommendations on the parts list I put together below, I didn't spend much time researching everything yet and all the prices are from Amazon. FYI, I don't care for AMD parts, but I’m a ROG, Corsair and Samsung fan. Also let me know your thoughts on buying vs building, who to buy from (i.e. DigitalStorm) and CPU\GPU delidding…. Thanks in advance.

PARTS LIST:

CPU: Intel 7th Gen Intel Core Desktop Processor i7-7700K ($329.00)
CPU Cooler: CORSAIR Hydro Series H115i 280mm Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler ($139.99)
Motherboard: ASUS ROG Maximus IX Hero LGA1151 DDR4 DP HDMI M.2 USB 3.1 ATX Motherboard ($238.57)
Memory QVL: http://dlcdnet.asus.com/p ... 527605875.1498937096
Memory:
  • Option 01: CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4 DRAM 4133MHz (CMK32GX4M4B4133C19R) ($499.99)
  • Option 02: CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4 DRAM 3600MHz (CMK32GX4M4B3600C18) ($399.99)
  • Option 03: CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4 DRAM 3200MHz (CMK32GX4M2B3200C16) ($319.99)
  • Option 43: CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4 DRAM 3000MHz (CMK32GX4M2B3000C15) ($259.99)
Storage: 
  • Option 01: Samsung 960 Pro 512GB PCIe NVMe - ($299.00)
  • Option 02: Samsung 960 Evo 500GB PCIe NVMe - ($234.00)
  • Option 03: ^ Two of either, in RAID 0
Video Card: ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING GeForce ($799.99)
Case: CORSAIR Obsidian Series 750D Airflow Edition Full Tower ATX Case ($159.99)
Power Suppy: CORSAIR AX860i Digital ATX Power Supply 860 Watt 80 PLUS Platinum ($198.99)
Addational Cooling: http://www.corsair.com/en ... oling/ml-series-fans (as needed)
Monitors:
  • Option 01: Acer Predator Z35P bmiphz 35" Curved 1800R QHD (3440x1440) NVIDIA G-SYNC VA Monitor ($1,099.99)
  • Option 02: Asus ROG PG348Q 34-Inch Ultra-wide QHD Swift Curved (3440x1440) NVIDIA G-SYNC Gaming Monitor ($1,199.99)
  • Option 03: HP OMEN X 35-inch Ultra WQHD Curved (3440x1440) NVIDIA G-SYNC Gaming Monitor ($1,199.99)
  • Option 04: AOC Agon AG352UCG 35" WQHD Curved (3440x1440) NVIDIA G-SYNC Gaming Monitor ($899.99)


EXISTING SYSTEMS SPEC's:

HP Z820 Professional Workstation
OS: Windows 10 Professional x64 (Version: 1703)
CPU: 2 x Xeon E5-2670 8 Core HT @ 2.60GHz (16 cores, 32 threads)
RAM: 256GB (16 x 16GB DDR3-1600 ECC)
DISK 01: 512GB - Samsung 950 Pro M.2 512GB PCIe NVMe - C: OS & Applications
DISK 02: 1TGB (Integrated LSI SAS 2308 RAID 0 - 4 x Samsung 850 EVO 250GB SSD's) - D: Basic Storage & Page file
VIDEO: ASUS ROG Matrix GTX 980 Ti 6GB 384-Bit GDDR5
NIC 01: 1Gb Intel Integrated 82579LM
NIC 02: 1Gb Intel Integrated 82574L - Not used at this time
NIC 03: 10Gb Intel 82599 (Internal Networks)
NIC 04: 10Gb Intel 82599 (Internal Networks)
POWER: 1125W, 90% Efficient Power Supply
DISPLAY: HP ZR30w 30-inch S-IPS LCD Monitor (2560x1600)
INPUT: Logitech G510s & G13, Corsair M65

Thanks again
NTAK


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3rd Jul

killer rig in the making but spare a thought for ryzen and its GFX passthrough tech? i know you said no to amd, but since you like virtual environments i thought i would suggest it anyway.
https://level1techs.com/a ... windows-gaming-linux



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3rd Jul

x2 on ryzen bro


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3rd Jul

And support for ECC RAM which I see you have plenty of..


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4th Jul

Quotex2 on ryzen bro

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Motor, your right… I’m buying both a AMD CPU and GPU, and installing Linux.



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Last Edit: 4th Jul by NTAK
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5th Jul

It appears that there are new processors to consider... While I prefer the i7-7740X over the i7-7700K for the same price, the i7-7820X looks sweet with its 8 cores (16 threads) 28 PCIe Lanes and overclockability to 4.8 GHz.

Intel Core i7-7700K - $349.99
Socket: LGA 1151
Clockspeed: 4.2 GHz
Turbo Speed: 4.5 GHz
No of Cores: 4 (2 logical cores per physical)
PCIe Lanes: 16
Typical TDP: 95 W
https://ark.intel.com/pro ... Cache-up-to-4_50-GHz

Intel Core i7-7740X - $349.99
Socket LGA 2066
Clockspeed: 4.3 GHz
Turbo Speed: 4.5 GHz
No of Cores: 4 (2 logical cores per physical)
PCIe Lanes: 16
Typical TDP: 112 W
https://ark.intel.com/pro ... Cache-up-to-4_50-GHz

Intel Core i7-7800X - $384.99
Socket LGA 2066
Clockspeed: 3.5 GHz
Turbo Speed: 4.0 GHz
No of Cores:  6 (2 logical cores per physical)
PCIe Lanes: 28
Typical TDP:  140 W
https://ark.intel.com/pro ... Cache-up-to-4_30-GHz

Intel Core i7-7820X - $678.75
Socket LGA 2066
Clockspeed: 3.6 GHz
Max Turbo Speed: 4.5 GHz
No of Cores:  8 (2 logical cores per physical)
PCIe Lanes: 28
Typical TDP:  W
https://ark.intel.com/pro ... Cache-up-to-4_30-GHz

Intel Core i9-7900X Processor - $1000
Socket LGA 2066
Clockspeed: 3.3 GHz
Max Turbo Speed: 4.5 GHz
No of Cores:  10 (2 logical cores per physical)
PCIe Lanes: 44
Typical TDP:  140W
https://ark.intel.com/pro ... Cache-up-to-4_30-GHz

https://ark.intel.com/com ... 123589,123767,123613


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19th Jul

AMD FreeSync = FAIL!


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7th Aug

Maybe I'll just use this for my new gaming rig:

Intel Compute Stick
Quad-Core Intel Atom x5-Z8300 Processor with Intel HD graphics
2 GB DDR3L 1600 MHz
Integrated Wireless 802.11ac (Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265)
One USB 3.0 and One USB 2.0
Bluetooth 4.0
Windows 10 (32-bit)

https://www.amazon.com/dp ... 426011_t1_B01AZC4O2C


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9th Aug

Thats a lot of memory compared to what I have (2 x 4 GB). Would I see a performance boost in PUBG with more ram? Windows 10


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Intel Core i7 4790K
corsair h100i
GTX 750 TI
8GB ram (ddr3 i think)

I'm playing my games on a generic gateway 1920 x 1080
I have to open up my PC and see what PSU I have so I can see my options for GPU upgrades are.I believe it was a 450W.


Last Edit: 9th Aug by Naargon
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9th Aug

it should be enough for your setup - if you can trust the power figures of that power supply.
in bf4 my setup (i5 4670k @4.5 + baby water cooler, rx480 @1450/2200, 2560x1440@120Hz) uses about 4-5 GB of ram out of 16, so 8 is generally enough.
4790K combined with h100i/H2O is good for 4.5-4.6+ GHz with regular airflow, so your best upgrade path would be a new gfx'0r card.
do you know any miners?
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9th Aug

oh, pubg you ask!
same applies, just from what i hear pubg is more buggy and possibly a little more demanding on hardware, not sure?
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9th Aug

See if you can find a used 980ti for a good price. That'll last you a while if you're only gaming at 1920x1080.
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Very similar to the setup I run on my new rig, to which I am pretty happy with over all. I am running everything on a Z270 board so I can add a second M.2 SSD later.
Samsung Evo 960 500gb - OS, Squad and BF4 loaded on here
Toshiba X300 4tb Storage HDD - Every other steam game, music, progs
Asus Strix 1080 1.8ghz card
Skylake i7 6700k
Corsair Vengeance LPX 3000mhz 16gb (2x 8gb)
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11th Aug

QuoteSee if you can find a used 980ti for a good price. That'll last you a while if you're only gaming at 1920x1080.

...

Wait... what?

I'm using a ASUS ROG Matrix GTX 980 Ti  Platinum with a HP ZR30w at 2560x1600 and getting the following FPS:

PUBG with Ultra settings = 70 FPS
BF1 with Ultra settings = 130+ FPS


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MY PSU is a 400w https://seasonic.com/prod ... uct/platinum-400/
What're my options for video card upgrades?


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12 hours ago

your gtx750ti tops at about 125 Watts, give or take a few.



allow 125 Watts  for the processor -


( https://forums.anandtech. ... consumption.2463807/ )

more if overclocking -


( https://www.extremetech.c ... s-low-clock-speeds/2 )

your motherboard and what not, consumes less then 100 watts if nothing too crazy going on inside the case, typically less then 80W.

125W+125W+100W= three fiddy watts's with another fiddy for the margin.

so you definitely can add a more powerful card, up to about 180 watts total, with no margarine! who needs margins anyway.
and that brings you into the gtx1080 watt range, see other cards power figures in the article below.


( http://www.guru3d.com/art ... 56-8gb-review,8.html )


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The rig your wanting to build looks great. Are you saying money is no object? If so I can show you the rig of rigs. If not then I can help you downgrade for a lower pricetag but with the same speed.
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