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Trying to build a computer which can handle a 4k display.

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Giraffe Man

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The other day I found the website pcpartpicker while trying to learn more about the components which make up a computer. I've been playing around with it a lot since then.

Tonight I've been trying to build a computer which can properly run a 4k display. I know its going to be expensive, but I'm hoping you guys can help me get this down to the bare minimum price for what it is I'm trying to achieve. I'm not asking to be spoon fed. I did my best to create a good build without clicking the most expensive options

What do you think about my build? Are certain components too much? Too little? Is this the lowest I'm going to get for what I want? Does the monitor I've chosen suck? How would you go about this build? The link below should show you what I've come up with.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/KPZFwP
 

EarthDog

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The first build is MUCH better equipped for 4k...a single 390 will not have the horsepower to play games on a 4k monitor.

A few things....

1. No need for 32gb of ram. 2x8gb is plenty for most people.
2. I would step up to 2 390x gpus or two 980tis. This will allow for high+ gaming.
3. I have no idea on monitors..keyboard and speakers are your choice.
4. You can go 6600k, but, with multiple cards and dx12 down the lines, more cores/threads will be beneficial in time. If you need to save money though, it's certianly viable and will work well.
 

Dlaw

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I'll add a few things.

You didn't add a case in your OP. That's largely personal preference, as it is the main thing you'll be looking at.

You can drop the 1000w PSU down to the 850 as Vishera suggested, and the RAM can be dropped down to 16GB as ED suggested.

I would keep the 6700K, but drop the H100i in favor of a Scythe Ninja 4 or NH-D15 if you intend to overclock heavily, or the Hyper 212 Vishera suggested if you don't intend to overclock or only do moderately.

The board is slight overkill, I would choose the Asrock Z170 Extreme6, but most in this price range will be great for you. I would not use the board/RAM that Vishera suggested, as the whole point in going Z170 is DDR4.

Monitor specs look good to me, but I'm no guru.
 

Lochekey

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I'll add a few things.

You didn't add a case in your OP. That's largely personal preference, as it is the main thing you'll be looking at.

You can drop the 1000w PSU down to the 850 as Vishera suggested, and the RAM can be dropped down to 16GB as ED suggested.

I would keep the 6700K, but drop the H100i in favor of a Scythe Ninja 4 or NH-D15 if you intend to overclock heavily, or the Hyper 212 Vishera suggested if you don't intend to overclock or only do moderately.

The board is slight overkill, I would choose the Asrock Z170 Extreme6, but most in this price range will be great for you. I would not use the board/RAM that Vishera suggested, as the whole point in going Z170 is DDR4.

Monitor specs look good to me, but I'm no guru.

Keep in mind when choosing the case and cooler that there may be some fitment issues. Those 390xs are also triple cooler units so you see going to want to make sure that the case is gonna be able to house them as well. You still probably want to invest in some good case fans as well as that setup is gonna produce some heat in whatever case you pick. If you let us know your case preference we can help make sure everything is gonna fit.
 

wingman99

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If it is just for gaming I would choose the i5 6600k Direct x 12 will make better use of 4 cores in 1-2 years. Also I prefer the 2 GTX 980Ti for 4k gaming.
 

Vishera

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I'll add a few things.

You didn't add a case in your OP. That's largely personal preference, as it is the main thing you'll be looking at.

You can drop the 1000w PSU down to the 850 as Vishera suggested, and the RAM can be dropped down to 16GB as ED suggested.

I would keep the 6700K, but drop the H100i in favor of a Scythe Ninja 4 or NH-D15 if you intend to overclock heavily, or the Hyper 212 Vishera suggested if you don't intend to overclock or only do moderately.

The board is slight overkill, I would choose the Asrock Z170 Extreme6, but most in this price range will be great for you. I would not use the board/RAM that Vishera suggested, as the whole point in going Z170 is DDR4.

Monitor specs look good to me, but I'm no guru.

The last time I had checked DDR4 the cheapest kit was over $120 and the smallest kit you could get was 16GB stretched across 2 8GB sticks. I had no idea the prices went down (just saw when I was browsing around today) otherwise I would've suggested DDR4, even though DDR3 gives you an easier time getting lower CAS latency at a lower price. If you do decided to go DDR3, definitely get a board that isn't Z170.
 
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Witchdoctor

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Just built my son a 4k PC, let me tell you, 2x 980 Ti's minimum

He is playing Battlefront and needs every bit of both those cards and is being pushed by a 5960x

For me I would roll with 144hz 2560x1440 IPS and call it a day
 

Vishera

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Just built my son a 4k PC, let me tell you, 2x 980 Ti's minimum

He is playing Battlefront and needs every bit of both those cards and is being pushed by a 5960x

For me I would roll with 144hz 2560x1440 IPS and call it a day

That sounds pretty heavy. How many monitors does he run?