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Building My First PC - Any Tips/Suggestions?

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I just ordered all of the parts I plan to use to build my first gaming PC. I've never built a PC before, so any tips or suggestions are greatly appreciated. My parts list is here on PCPartPicker: 


**CPU** | [Intel - Core i7-8700K 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor]
**CPU Cooler** | [NZXT - Kraken X62 Liquid CPU Cooler]
**Motherboard** | [Asus - ROG MAXIMUS XI HERO (WI-FI) ATX LGA1151 Motherboard]
**Memory** | [G.Skill - Trident Z RGB 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory]
**Storage** | [Samsung - 970 Evo 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive]
**Video Card** | [EVGA - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6 GB SC GAMING Video Card]
**Case** | [NZXT - H700i ATX Mid Tower Case]
**Power Supply** | [EVGA - SuperNOVA P2 850 W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply]

 

From what I've read, the CPU cooler I chose should have thermal paste already applied, but I was wondering if I should still buy a tube anyways. Also, the power supply is probably overkill, but I do plan to upgrade the GPU shortly after the system is built. My biggest concern when it comes to building the system is dealing with all the cables. Anyone know which specific cables I would need for my power supply, so that I'm only using cables I actually need? And finally, in what order should I do things based on the parts that I'm using? I've watched a lot of PC building videos, just want to see what people have to say when it comes to this exact setup.

 

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Main system: i7 8700k 5Ghz / Asus Prime Z370-A / Corsair Vengeance 2x8GB 3000Mhz / Asus TUF RTX3080 / EVGA 750W GQ / Fractal Design Meshify C

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15 minutes ago, Dissy5 said:

I just ordered all of the parts I plan to use to build my first gaming PC. I've never built a PC before, so any tips or suggestions are greatly appreciated. My parts list is here on PCPartPicker: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/9MwVyX

 

From what I've read, the CPU cooler I chose should have thermal paste already applied, but I was wondering if I should still buy a tube anyways. Also, the power supply is probably overkill, but I do plan to upgrade the GPU shortly after the system is built. My biggest concern when it comes to building the system is dealing with all the cables. Anyone know which specific cables I would need for my power supply, so that I'm only using cables I actually need? And finally, in what order should I do things based on the parts that I'm using? I've watched a lot of PC building videos, just want to see what people have to say when it comes to this exact setup.

 

Unless you are going to be delidding and pushing a high overclock then your choice of motherboard is a little overkill. You can get a good dependable motherboard with much the same features for about 100 less. That is 100 you could use to upgrade the graphics card to a 1070 or 1070ti which will give you much higher returns than the motherboard.

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Usually people ask these things BEFORE they buy the parts :)

For cables, just use the cables you need to use.  It sounds dumb but the question was kind of too.  If you have a component that needs a cable, use it. If not, don't.

 

I'd buy thermal paste incase you need to reapply for any reason in the future.

 

Oh, and you're build is overkill in many ways IMO.

 

1.   Motherboard is way too expensive

2.  CPU cooler is way too expensive

3.  SSD is way too expensive for barely noticeable speed increase over SATA

4. Case is not an R6 (opinion)

5. PSU is way overkill but only a little expensive

 

You could cut WAY back on your purchases and have a much faster rig where it counts... FPS. You could get a 1080 (or maybe a 1080Ti) if you scaled back from the edge a bit.

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I would do something more like this. Much more rounded system. It is about $19 cheaper than your current build

 

 

PCPartPicker part list: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/dQTmvn
Price breakdown by merchant: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/dQTmvn/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel - Core i7-8700K 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor  ($369.89 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: NZXT - Kraken X62 Liquid CPU Cooler  ($189.89 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus - TUF Z390-PLUS GAMING (WI-FI) ATX LGA1151 Motherboard  ($165.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill - Trident Z RGB 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory  ($159.89 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Samsung - 970 Evo 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive  ($229.99 @ B&H)
Video Card: Zotac - GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8 GB AMP Edition Video Card  ($359.99 @ B&H)
Case: NZXT - H700i ATX Mid Tower Case  ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA - SuperNOVA P2 850 W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply  ($105.88 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1761.51
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-12-04 15:19 EST-0500

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Cooler: dark rock 4 or dark rock 4 pro

Motherboard : Asus Z370-A

SSD: 860 Evo 1TB

Your PSU is fine but the G2 unit is just as good and much cheaper

 

also if you’re gonna upgrade your GPU soon after then don’t buy a GPU... or get like a $50 750 Ti just for some video outputs.

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First tip, you should have your part list checked before you buy. You needed it.

 

Second tip, the stock NZXT paste are fine so you need not buy another tube. It's cheap though, so it doesn't hurt.

 

Third tip, the PSU is overkill enough to put a pair of RTX 2080s in there

 

Fourth tip, You will need an ATX 24pin, an EPS 8pin (labeled CPU) and a PCIe 6+2pin cable.

 

Fifth tip, mount CPU, RAM and M.2 SSD to the motherboard, and radiator (with fans) to the case first. Then, put the motherboard right in top of the case's side (I assume you make it lie on its side when building), and mount the CPU cooler's waterblock onto the CPU. After that, mount the motherboard to the case, and install the fans to the case. The last things will be the cables from the PSU.

CPU: i7-2600K 4751MHz 1.44V (software) --> 1.47V at the back of the socket Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme4 (BCLK: 103.3MHz) CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 RAM: Adata XPG 2x8GB DDR3 (XMP: 2133MHz 10-11-11-30 CR2, custom: 2203MHz 10-11-10-26 CR1 tRFC:230 tREFI:14000) GPU: Asus GTX 1070 Dual (Super Jetstream vbios, +70(2025-2088MHz)/+400(8.8Gbps)) SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB (main boot drive), Transcend SSD370 128GB PSU: Seasonic X-660 80+ Gold Case: Antec P110 Silent, 5 intakes 1 exhaust Monitor: AOC G2460PF 1080p 144Hz (150Hz max w/ DP, 121Hz max w/ HDMI) TN panel Keyboard: Logitech G610 Orion (Cherry MX Blue) with SteelSeries Apex M260 keycaps Mouse: BenQ Zowie FK1

 

Model: HP Omen 17 17-an110ca CPU: i7-8750H (0.125V core & cache, 50mV SA undervolt) GPU: GTX 1060 6GB Mobile (+80/+450, 1650MHz~1750MHz 0.78V~0.85V) RAM: 8+8GB DDR4-2400 18-17-17-39 2T Storage: 1TB HP EX920 PCIe x4 M.2 SSD + 1TB Seagate 7200RPM 2.5" HDD (ST1000LM049-2GH172), 128GB Toshiba PCIe x2 M.2 SSD (KBG30ZMV128G) gone cooking externally Monitor: 1080p 126Hz IPS G-sync

 

Desktop benching:

Cinebench R15 Single thread:168 Multi-thread: 833 

SuperPi (v1.5 from Techpowerup, PI value output) 16K: 0.100s 1M: 8.255s 32M: 7m 45.93s

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Sorry I guess I should've clarified. I'm reusing a 1060 from a prebuilt I've had, so I'm not actually buying a GPU, just purchasing all the other stuff, and then I plan to get a 1080 or better within a few weeks

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That is a very badly balanced build. Some things are too expensive, and some things are not even needed.

Main system: i7 8700k 5Ghz / Asus Prime Z370-A / Corsair Vengeance 2x8GB 3000Mhz / Asus TUF RTX3080 / EVGA 750W GQ / Fractal Design Meshify C

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6 minutes ago, Dissy5 said:

Sorry I guess I should've clarified. I'm reusing a 1060 from a prebuilt I've had, so I'm not actually buying a GPU, just purchasing all the other stuff, and then I plan to get a 1080 or better within a few weeks

I still think you can get a cheaper board (like Gigabyte's Z390 Aorus boards) and PSU (650w units can hold 2080ti already) in order to get better stuff else where. Better case fans, soldered CPU so you don't need to delid it yourself etc.

CPU: i7-2600K 4751MHz 1.44V (software) --> 1.47V at the back of the socket Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme4 (BCLK: 103.3MHz) CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 RAM: Adata XPG 2x8GB DDR3 (XMP: 2133MHz 10-11-11-30 CR2, custom: 2203MHz 10-11-10-26 CR1 tRFC:230 tREFI:14000) GPU: Asus GTX 1070 Dual (Super Jetstream vbios, +70(2025-2088MHz)/+400(8.8Gbps)) SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB (main boot drive), Transcend SSD370 128GB PSU: Seasonic X-660 80+ Gold Case: Antec P110 Silent, 5 intakes 1 exhaust Monitor: AOC G2460PF 1080p 144Hz (150Hz max w/ DP, 121Hz max w/ HDMI) TN panel Keyboard: Logitech G610 Orion (Cherry MX Blue) with SteelSeries Apex M260 keycaps Mouse: BenQ Zowie FK1

 

Model: HP Omen 17 17-an110ca CPU: i7-8750H (0.125V core & cache, 50mV SA undervolt) GPU: GTX 1060 6GB Mobile (+80/+450, 1650MHz~1750MHz 0.78V~0.85V) RAM: 8+8GB DDR4-2400 18-17-17-39 2T Storage: 1TB HP EX920 PCIe x4 M.2 SSD + 1TB Seagate 7200RPM 2.5" HDD (ST1000LM049-2GH172), 128GB Toshiba PCIe x2 M.2 SSD (KBG30ZMV128G) gone cooking externally Monitor: 1080p 126Hz IPS G-sync

 

Desktop benching:

Cinebench R15 Single thread:168 Multi-thread: 833 

SuperPi (v1.5 from Techpowerup, PI value output) 16K: 0.100s 1M: 8.255s 32M: 7m 45.93s

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