PC Build - Triple Checking Parts, Graphics Card Choice and Monitor

Hey All,

Finished designing this build, what do you think?
Any monitor recommendations? Probably wanna go max $480, think order of importance is resolution then IPS then response time. I'm liking this Asus VX24AH. Would like something with better than 60hz refresh, maybe 120hz like.

(Note: I can upgrade the Asus 1070 STRIX OC for a MSI 1080 Armour OC/ Gigabyte 1080 WindForce OC for +$127. Is that worth? Thinking probably is, but also the STRIX seems a hell of a card)

MO-BO: Gigabyte GA Z170 HD3 M2

Processor:  i7-6700K

Cooler: Cooler Master Nepton 140XL

RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 2666MHZ DDR4 C16 (2x8GB)

Memory Drives:
Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 7200RPM
Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB

Graphics Card: Asus GeForce GTX 1070 STRIX 8GB OC

PSU: Corsair CSM 550W 80+ Gold

Case: Corsair Carbide Clear 600C ATX Full Tower

Comparison between 1070 and 1080s (from The CPU Enthusiast, links below. Brackets refer to MHZ figure(?))

Asus Strix GTX 1070 OC Gaming

Base Clock: 1632 (1657)
Boost Clock :1835 (1860)
Memory Clock: 8000
Cooler Type: DirectCU III triple fan
Power Connectors: 1x 8-pin
Length: 11.73"
Width: 2-slot


Base Clock: 1657
Boost Clock: 1797
Memory Clock: 10010
Cooler Type: Dual Fan
Power: 6-pin + 8-pin
Length: 279mm
Width: 2-slot

Gigabyte GTX 1080 WINDFORCE OC 8G

Base Clock: 1632 (1657)
Boost Clock: 1771 (1797)
Memory Clock: 10010
Cooler Type: Windforce x3
Power: 1x 8-pin
Length: 280mm
Width: 2-slot


Poll Options

  • 0
    Asus 1070 STRIX
  • 0
    MSI 1080 ARMOR
  • 6
    Gigabyte 1080 WindForce



    Note: I can upgrade the Asus 1070 STRIX OC for a MSI 1080 Armour OC/ Gigabyte 1080 WindForce OC for +$127. Is that worth?



    The i7 7700k (Kaby Lake) and new chipset mobos (Z270) have been recently released and are already available in shops. Why not go with that?


      Good call. Adds tops $50 to the build. I had found a good deal on the 6700k, and the site I was looking at was massively overcharging for the 7700k, its actually not much more


    Imo get a min 500gb SSD, they are frequently on special at around $170ish, 250gb fills up fairly quick


      Advice taken. I can see decent prices on Kingston HyperX Savage and Sandisk Ultra II's, how do they compare to Samsung?


      Best price I can see atm is ~$199 for a Samsung 500GB. Maybe will just hold off on the SSD until it is discounted like you say


        It often dips to $180 and posted on Ozb when it is whether it be through ebay sales or msy etc;
        Unless you wanted to an m.2 drive purely for the OS, browsers etc then have that 250gb ssd for games/programs. Then the mechanical drive to use for media storage


    If you can wait a few months the 1080ti's will be released in march and its definitely worth waiting for them to drop, more power than the titan X for far far far less money. And even if you don't get a 1080ti the 1080s will be much cheaper and you can reinvest that money into your computer else where. But yes upgrade to at least a 1080, the difference between a 1070 and a 1080 is massive.

    Cant really suggest much to do with the screen unless you say what you'll be using it for mostly and what games you'll be playing.

    Also definitely go with a 500GB Samsung EVO SSD (Samsung are still the best quality for money), also the price jump for a 2TB HDD would be worth it, you'll be surprised how fast you fill those bad boys up these days.


      Or wait for AMD to release their Ryzen CPU and Vega GPU until you make a purchase, that's what im currently doing


        Thanks. That could work, free sink monitors are cheaper after all… would save the $ at the end of the day


      Cheers!! I didn't realize the ti's were on the way. My habit is to plan a PC, wuss out over the cost and wanting to do more with life, then end up back at step one half a year later haha

      I might have to travel later this year, so I could buy the card at those sweet sweet American retail prices, tax free :o
      Or come home with a VR Set…

      Currently have a Gigabyte Windforce OC pegged at about $830.

      Not that competitive, so dunno if I really want 144hz over the visuals. Probably lots of RTS and a few shooters, some RPGs. I was looking at that MSY LG IPS 34" 1080p deal. Think would rather 1440p cause the system should be capable of that for a long time.

      Good call. I noticed the other deal today for MSY Z270 Gaming 5/7s with a SSD, could run two 250GB SSD's (one slightly worse) for basically a free upgrade to Gaming 5 Z270 (MoBo's are my weakness. That is an upgrade, yeah? too many of the darn things)


        Those screens are probably blasphemous given the system. As you can probably tell from OP I wasn't set for such a potent system previously


        Found a more comparable monitor than the Dell. Viewsonic VX3209-2K 32in WQHD IPS Monitor for $400 at PC Case Gear, havnt seen how cheap I can get for. $100 more than LG deal tomorrow for 1440p but 2" less


    Would changing RAM to G.Skill Ripjaws V, same MHZ but C14 vs current C16 give any slight performance boost? Can do that and save money to boot if so. Think I've read that G.Skill makes good quality RAM..


      You wouldn't notice an ounce of difference. Save money where you can; remember, it's easy to get hyped when making a list of computer parts and you can say to yourself: 'yeah, an extra $300-$600 doesn't matter that much', but in the end money in your pocket is probably better than 1-2fps.


        Cheers for the response. I had a language fail which makes the question seem silly, what I meant is the G.Skill is cheaper than the Corsair & is rated C14 as opposed to the Corsairs C16. If not horribly mistaken, that makes it faster, yes? So faster + cheaper = no brainer.
        I was also trying to figure out what G.Skill reputation is like for quality/longevity
        Thanks again


          They're both great brands (I prefer Corsair). But yes, Cheaper + Faster does indeed = no brainer :)


          :P Thanks! Now all I have to do is figure out if I should hold for the 1080ti's. I'm contemplating/complicating this way too much…

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