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VR Epic Computing/Gaming Skylake Guide

• Epic performance

• Video Editing

• 4K Gaming capable too!

Many gamers are switching to 1440p monitors. We are moving up a notch to the GTX970 and a i5 is more sensible at this price range.

Component Product Price
Motherboard + Processor Gigabyte Z170X-UD3 + i7 6700K $791
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 2400MHz CL14 16GB kit $208
Graphics Zotac GTX980Ti AMP! Omega $999
Sound Integrated $0
Power Supply Superflower Leadex 750W Gold $175
Flash Storage Samsung 950 Pro 512GB $529
Mass Storage Samsung 850 EVO 1TB $519
Case Phanteks Enthoo Pro Black $179
Cooling Deepcool GamerStorm Captain 240 V2 $119
Monitor Dell P2415Q/Acer CB280HK $799/699
 Total $4329/$4229

Motherboard, Processor, Memory

Intel’s i7-6700K is Intel’s latest overclockable quad-core flagship hyperthreaded processor from Skylake. It has lower clockspeed compared to the i7 4790K but it has a 5% performance gain clock for clock comparing so. We actually overclocked the 6700K up to 4.6GHz easily without tweaking anything else.

The Gigabyte Z170X-UD3 is an motherboard that even excels at overclocking so if you’re overclocking an Z170X-UD3 is an very good choice. You really don’t need anything else and as I found out, a Z170X-D3H will still OC a 6700K to 4.7GHz or even 4.8GHz easily. We realize not everybody has a massive budget so the Z170X-UD3 helps keep budget in a smaller drawer.

Graphics, Sound

The Nvidia GTX980Ti is very good for video editing with CUDA enabled applications additionally the 980Ti AMP! Omega can boost to high clockspeeds making it good for gaming
The Z170X-UD3 packs a Realtek ALC1150. The ALC1150 is actually the best Realtek Audio ASIC around and it packs a OPA2134 headphone amp so it’s definitely a recommended motherboard.

Storage

The budget door has been opened wider allowing for more storage options so there you are. 512GB SSD and a 1TB SSD. The Samsung 950 Pro is our favorite is UBER fast boasting over 2000mbps transfer speed courtesy of NVMe and PCIe. The 850 EVO was chosen as a Mass storage despite being TLC because it has 3D V-NAND which enables them to be on a much larger node increasing reliability and it is still far more reliable than a HDD and if you’re willing to buy from Amazon it is also a lot cheaper as well.

Power, Case

The Superflower Leadex 750 Gold comes with a enormous 140mm fan and is quiet because of the big fan additionally it will run in semi passive mode too. 750W is actually plenty for even a overclocked processor and a 980Ti should you not need to overclock you can go down to a 550W but this build is not about that.
The Fractal Design Arc Mini R2 is a very fantastic ATX full tower case that supports a myriad of cooling options also it’s very discreet inside and outside. Sleek. Slick.

Cooling

The Deepcool Gamerstorm Captain 240 V2 is a very epic AIO liquid cooler that is quiet when you are not loading down the processor and provides great cooling while overclocking. I have used one of these for a long time now and I’ve only been astounded how cheap it is versus the performance and the competition.

Monitor

The Acer CB280HK is TN but it’s the best value 4K monitor around and TN offers low response times. Also it’s 28″ in size so it’s pixel density isn’t so tiny that you can’t see anything without really cranking up the DPI settings in windows.

You can pay 100$ for a Dell 4K display namely the P2415Q but it is also 24″ in size. It offers up IPS which has astounding color accuracy and amazing viewing angles that TN simply cannot match. For video editing and photo editing, this is a must.

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