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Thread: Opinion on new Skylake build

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    Question Opinion on new Skylake build

    1) What will you be doing with this PC? Gaming? Photoshop? Web browsing? etc
    Gaming and photoshop for personal use
    2) What's your budget? Are tax and shipping included?
    800 USD before tax
    3) Which country do you live in? If the U.S, please tell us the state and city if possible.
    CA, San Jose
    4) What exact parts do you need for that budget? CPU, RAM, case, etc. The word "Everything" is not a valid answer. Please list out all the parts you'll need.
    CPU, Motherboard, CPU Cooler, RAM, Case
    5) If reusing any parts, what parts will you be reusing? Please be especially specific about the power supply. List make and model.
    Storage: 1TB Samsung 850 EVO
    PSU: Seasonic SS-660XP2
    6) Will you be overclocking?
    Yes. Hoping for 4.5G.
    7) What is the max resolution of your monitor? What size is it?
    24" 1920 X 1080
    8) When do you plan on building/buying the PC?
    In 1-2 weeks
    9) What features do you need in a motherboard? Crossfire or SLI support? USB 3.0? SATA 6Gb/s? eSATA? Onboard video (as a backup or main GPU)? UEFI? etc.
    USB 3.0. Will not SLI definitely. Sata 6gps. Waiting on Pascal for GPU, Must have Intel NIC. Sufficient clearance for the CPU cooler.
    10) Do you already have a legit and reusable/transferable OS key/license? If so, what OS? Is it 32bit or 64bit?
    Yes, 64Bit Win 7

    PC Part picker: Intel Core i7-6700K, Fractal Design Define S - System Build - PCPartPicker

    I am not so sure on Motherboard. I am considering the following. Please advise if I am going overboard for my requirements.
    Asus Z170 A (as mentioned in part list)
    Gigabyte UD5
    Gigabyte UD3

    Thanks in advance

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    Default Re: Opinion on new Skylake build

    Welcome to the forum.

    Almost $700 for a Skylake 6700K cpu? That is way too expensive.
    A web search for a 6700K cpu shows an average price in the $460 - $500 price range and a couple of sites have prices close to $360.

    The memory kit that you buy must be compatible with the motherboard model that you choose.
    Memory manufacturers usually have an online memory finder feature that will provide a list of their compatible memory kits for each motherboard model.
    Motherboard manufactures have a list of compatible memory kits for each of their motherboard models.
    If you buy a memory kit that is not listed in either of the above lists, you run the risk of the memory kits being unstable and/or your motherboard might not be able to boot.

    You will probably want to buy a high end, all in one cpu cooler kit if you plan on overclocking your cpu for maximum performance.

    Check out Adobe's memory recommendations, you might want to install 32GB of memory when using Photoshop:

    Check the amount of RAM you have installed by viewing the installed memory values in the System section of the Control Panel (Windows) or the Apple > About This Mac dialog box for Mac computers.

    Note that the performance gains obtained by increasing RAM are more noticeable when adding RAM to a system with a low amount, such as 1GB, and are less dramatic on systems with higher amounts of installed RAM, like 32GB. Also, users who regularly process large files (over 500MB) and/or complex documents with many layers will see greater performance improvements with the addition of extra RAM than those working with smaller, less complex images. For more details about how to determine if your system could benefit from more RAM, read the “Key steps to optimize Photoshop CS6 performance” section.

    In general, you should buy as much memory as you can afford and your system can support, since adding more RAM is one of the simplest ways to improve overall Photoshop performance. But remember that only 64-bit systems can effectively address more than 4GB of RAM.
    If you are using a high end version of Photoshop, you will probably get better overall performance if you use a video card similar to the models that Adobe recommends.

    Even though a $150 motherboard might have all the features that you need, buying a motherboard in the low $200 price range will probably have higher quality motherboard components than the lower price boards. You asked about two Gigabyte motherboard models, here is a list of Z7170 full sized Gigabyte motherboards and current prices at Newegg, sorted by price, lowest to highest:

    Components, Motherboards, Intel Motherboards, GIGABYTE, $100 - $200, $200 - $300, LGA 1151, ATX -
    Q9650 @ 4.10GHz [9x456MHz]
    P35-DS4 [rev: 2.0] ~ Bios: F14
    4x2GB OCZ Reaper PC2-8500 1094MHz @5-5-5-15
    MSI N460GTX Hawk Talon Attack (1GB) video card <---- SLI ---->
    Seasonic SS-660XP2 80 Plus Platinum psu (660w)
    WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data)
    Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD (boot)
    SLI @ 16/4 works when running HyperSLI
    Cooler Master 120XL Seidon push/pull AIO cpu water cooling
    Cooler Master HAF XB computer case (RC-902XB-KKN1)
    Asus VH242H 24" monitor [1920x1080]
    MSI N460GTX Hawk (1GB) video card
    Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
    win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium
    HT|Omega Claro plus+ sound card
    CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD UPS
    E6300 (R0) @ 3.504GHz [8x438MHz] ~~ P35-DS3L [rev: 1.0] ~ Bios: F9 ~~ 4x2GB Kingston HyperX T1 PC2-8500, 876MHz @4-4-4-10
    Seasonic X650 80+ gold psu (650w) ~~ Xigmatek Balder HDT 1283 cpu cooler ~~ Cooler Master CM 690 case (RC-690-KKN1-GP)
    Samsung 830 128GB SSD MZ-7PC128B/WW (boot) ~~ WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data) ~~ ZM-MFC2 fan controller
    HT|Omega Striker 7.1 sound card ~~ Asus VH242H monitor [1920x1080] ~~ Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
    win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium ~~ CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD U.P.S

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