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1500$ budget i5 6600k AMD RX 480 Please advise

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I finally saved some money and it is time to say goodbye to my old computer. The Phenom X4 840 has served me well.
About one month ago i have purchased the Samsung S24E370D monitor with FreeSync . I was always set on amd . Cuz their cheaper. However i don't ever wanna look at a amd cpu again. I had enough.

What i need: 3 years future proof gaming pc for 1080p .
I have a 1080p smart TV,that still delivers great image & and now a new freesync 1080p monitor.

The list of components i consider buying in the next days or weeks (i' not in a hurry)
Motherboard MSI H170 GAMING M3 Socket 1151 . Because the msi mobo B150 M3 is 10$ cheaper The only difference on paper is PnP and BIOS 128 Mb Flash ROM. Do i need these things. Not really. But its only 10$ for a higher cipset. I read many reviews and comparisons between LAN Killer E2400 vs Intel i219-v. I chose Killer.
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CPU Cooling be quiet! Shadow Rock 2 . I look at this as an overkill. I do not intend to OC the cpu. But i want a very quite PC. A cheaper cooling would do.
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PSU Corsair RMi Series RM750i 750W, 80 PLUS Gold . I am a bit afraid that this might be a bit overkill and there many reviews telling the corsairs tend to have coil noise. I want gold cert and i think i need 700W but i could go with something cheaper.
For now i will postpone buying a ssd. I think the ssd is a some how a trifle. But i was considering the Intel 535 Series, 240GB, 2.5'', SATA III
Graphics card: not out yet. The reason why i haven't bought my pc yet. And also i wanna buy the card and test it first for 1 week or more on this pc to see with my own eyes just how much of a bottleneck for cpu can be. I am convinced 99% i need the AMD Asus Strix RX 480 . Not only that its amd, but it's budget....and i just fell in love with it the Polaris 10 XT. I have to have this card!

Note: I do not intend to overclock this pc what so ever! It has to be dead silent. Capable of running 1080p now and in the future of 2-3 years with high-medium settings.

Give me your impressions . Tell me what i need to get (to improve). My budget right now is 1500$. It's impossible for me to go over this budget.
I also feel that 1500$ is a bit to much considering i don't need more than 1080p and i don't need crazy performance. I am the type of person that runs the operating system as stripped to the bone as possible and when in game i shut down all other app's just to get best performance without stressing my pc .
 

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The build looks great, some good choices from what I can see. I'm a liitle jealous. ;) I see you've decided on one of my favorite cases: Plenty of room, quiet, and with great airflow. Even very useful inside. You could do alot worse.

My only question is what made you decide on the ASUS 480? Surely there are AIB models that have been scored better in reviews?

I don't question your choice of H170 at all over B150. With MSI at least, those H170 models are usually of same build quality as the Z models, with better VRM heatsinks as well.

I'm looking forward to your build and hopefully you'll keep updated when there is progress! :cool:
 

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My only question is what made you decide on the ASUS 480? Surely there are AIB models that have been scored better in reviews?
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Be Quiet! Silent base 600 window, excellent choice, I have one myself :D

I don't know if you would still be able to play the latest games over 3 years from now at 60fps with an RX480.
 
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Could go with a 500w psu and a gtx 1070. Also pair a 120/240gb ssd with a 1tb hdd and probably still be under budget.

If you think a rx480 is going to use all them watts then lemme tell you my two 780's and 4790k won't pull more than 650w.
 
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Could go with a 500w psu and a gtx 1070. Also pair a 120/240gb ssd with a 1tb hdd and probably still be under budget.

If you think a rx480 is going to use all them watts then lemme tell you my two 780's and 4790k won't pull more than 650w.
He has a freesync panel. Nvidia is not an option.
 
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This is my preferred build.

http://pcpartpicker.com/list/vWTDcc = $1460
This^^^

If OP wants "3 year future proof gaming PC" then this is the way to go. Why?

Z170 chipset. After couple of years you'll be able to overclock your processor instead of buying new one.
250 + 500GB SSDs for your operating system and games. You'll love it.
GTX 1070! It should be still "OK" for gaming in 3 years. I can't tell you same about RX 480 which is pretty much equal to previous gen GTX 970. If i were you, I'd go for GTX 1070 (even knowing you have Freesync monitor).
 
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The thing is, I don't think the OP can shop at NewEgg or any other US online store,
he lives in Romania, Europe where also the prices are higher.
 

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This^^^

If OP wants "3 year future proof gaming PC" then this is the way to go. Why?

Z170 chipset. After couple of years you'll be able to overclock your processor instead of buying new one.
250 + 500GB SSDs for your operating system and games. You'll love it.
GTX 1070! It should be still "OK" for gaming in 3 years. I can't tell you same about RX 480 which is pretty much equal to previous gen GTX 970. If i were you, I'd go for GTX 1070 (even knowing you have Freesync monitor).
crossfire RX 480 are also an option :) 2 of those would be pretty overkill for 1080P gaming, even in a cpl years with a few reduced settings depending on how games progress over the same time period.
 
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Puzzled by the HDD choices.
3 of them?
2 of them SSD?
Non SSD one is only 1Tb?
Yikes.


Anyhow, with that kind of budget, if FreeSync is important, I'd suggest either waiting for Vega (should come in the next 2 quarters @Lisa Lu) or pick up 390(x)/Fury, which are dirt cheap these days.
 
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The thing is, I don't think the OP can shop at NewEgg or any other US online store,
he lives in Romania, Europe where also the prices are higher.
There you have it.
My only question is what made you decide on the ASUS 480? Surely there are AIB models that have been scored better in reviews?
The new not even out yet asus stris rx 480 using the polaris 10 xt is the the sweetest of all sweet sports for me. What could i get, considering for me amd is the only option ? The R9 390X. It's so incredible expensive, and it is an old cipset. The RX is brand new. Surely there are many advantages in future software optimizations both from amd drivers and games for a new cipset. There are not many cards to chose from when limited to just amd .

Could go with a 500w psu and a gtx 1070. Also pair a 120/240gb ssd with a 1tb hdd and probably still be under budget.
I have been thinking a lot about the psu. that 750w corsair gold is kinda expensive. It has been announced that the rx 480 will need a 500W psu. So a 650W gold psu might be the best choice for me . However all the Corsair 600W-650-700W models have trouble with coil noise. Please corect me if i am wrong.

What other 650W psu do you guys recommend ?
 
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The new not even out yet asus stris rx 480 using the polaris 10 xt is the the sweetest of all sweet sports for me. What could i get, considering for me amd is the only option ? The R9 390X. It's so incredible expensive, and it is an old cipset. The RX is brand new. Surely there are many advantages in future software optimizations both from amd drivers and games for a new cipset. There are not many cards to chose from when limited to just amd .
So basically because the ASUS version of the 480 is the only one out so far that you are able to buy, correct?
 
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So basically because the ASUS version of the 480 is the only one out so far that you are able to buy, correct?
I don't know what you mean ?
The asus strix version is not out yet. The Sapphire and the Gigabyte versions are. I am still waiting for the asus. The price range should be similar.
The Asus Strix was impressive for me in all the cards they made. I love their low noise and low temps. I think the Strix editions are a success
 
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I don't know what you mean ?
The asus strix version is not out yet. The Sapphire and the Gigabyte versions are. I am still waiting for the asus. The price range should be similar.
LOL, just hit me in the ears :slap:, I was confused. :laugh:
 
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Man those be Quite psu are expensive...... i am taking them in consideration. Might have to give up on the SSD. And i will gladly do so for a very good psu. The ssd will come next year.
OR you can buy like a 256 gb ssd for your os and a few programs and a 2tb or larger hdd for your games. That's how I have my rigs setup and it does great.
 

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Mouse MS intelimouse \ Logitech G700s + Steelseries Sensei wireless
Keyboard Logitech K120 \ ROCCAT MK Pro ( modded amber leds )
Benchmark Scores Meh benchmarks.
The build looks great, some good choices from what I can see. I'm a liitle jealous. ;) I see you've decided on one of my favorite cases: Plenty of room, quiet, and with great airflow. Even very useful inside. You could do alot worse.

My only question is what made you decide on the ASUS 480? Surely there are AIB models that have been scored better in reviews?

I don't question your choice of H170 at all over B150. With MSI at least, those H170 models are usually of same build quality as the Z models, with better VRM heatsinks as well.

I'm looking forward to your build and hopefully you'll keep updated when there is progress! :cool:
This^

This^^^

If OP wants "3 year future proof gaming PC" then this is the way to go. Why?

Z170 chipset. After couple of years you'll be able to overclock your processor instead of buying new one.
250 + 500GB SSDs for your operating system and games. You'll love it.

GTX 1070! It should be still "OK" for gaming in 3 years. I can't tell you same about RX 480 which is pretty much equal to previous gen GTX 970. If i were you, I'd go for GTX 1070 (even knowing you have Freesync monitor).
And this^

I always build my gaming PC with a quality 750w PSU in case i go CF\SLI, typically a Seasonic.
Shame you cannot get a SSD now but it does make a nice difference.

Get a SSD or 2 at a later time when possible this way will leave the system up-gradable later for SLI\CF
 
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I love their low noise and low temps.
That's not how their RX480 works. MSI offers an overall better option - 2 fans, a lot quieter while being only slightly hotter. PowerColor and Sapphire's RX480 are supposed to be better as well but I haven't seen any of those in the wild, yet.

If you want something that would last at least 3 years at 1080p, you should seriously consider GTX1060/1070: even though they do not support Freesync they offer greater performance and, therefore, longevity.
 
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System Name Perf/price king /w focus on low noise and TDP
Processor Intel Xeon E3-1230 v2
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3H
Cooling Thermalright HR-02 Macho Rev.A (BW)
Memory 16GB Corsair Vengeance LP Black
Video Card(s) Gigabyte GTX 670 OC
Storage 525GB Crucial MX300 & 256GB Samsung 830 Series
Display(s) Home: LG 29UB65-P & Work: LG 34UB88-B
Case Fractal Design Arc Mini
Audio Device(s) Asus Xonar Essence STX /w Sennheiser HD 598
Power Supply be quiet! Straight Power CM E9 80+ Gold 480W
Mouse Roccat Kone XTD optical
Keyboard SteelSeries Apex M500
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CPU / MoBo
Since you've already settled on the i5-6600K, how come you're not picking up a Z170 board? With the CPU-cooler you've chosen you could easily overclock said CPU while still keeping your system quiet.
GPU
How much is MSI's RX 480 Gaming X in Romania? From all the reviews I've read this seems to be the best 480 so far. The Sapphire RX 470 Nitro+ 8GB might be also worth a look (depending on price).
Case
Even though I love bequiet! (their fans and PSUs are top notch), I'd pick the Corsair Carbide 400Q. But since both cases are very good, simply pick which one you like better aesthetically.
Storage
Buy an SSD now! And a HDD or another SSD later down the raod...
 
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Cooling Dark Rock TF air cooler.. Stock vga air coolers with case side fans to help cooling..
Memory 32 gb corsair vengeance 3200
Video Card(s) Palit Gaming Pro OC 2080TI
Storage 150 nvme boot drive partition.. 1T Sandisk sata.. 1T Transend sata.. 1T 970 evo nvme m 2..
Display(s) 27" Asus PG279Q ROG Swift 165Hrz Nvidia G-Sync, IPS.. 2560x1440..
Case Gigabyte mid-tower.. cheap and nothing special..
Audio Device(s) onboard sounds with stereo amp..
Power Supply EVGA 850 watt..
Mouse Logitech G700s
Keyboard Logitech K270
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Benchmark Scores Firestike 29500.. timepsy 14000..
dont skimp on the PSU.. have some spare for a another 480 card (C/F) at a later date..

trog
 

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Memory G.Skill Ripjaws 4x8GB // 16x4GB ECC
Video Card(s) MSI GTX1080 Ti Gaming X // MSI GTX 750
Storage 250GB NVME boot + 5 HDDs // 2x 240GB SSD + 700GB HDD
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Power Supply Rosewill Fortress 750w // Rosewill 1000w
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Benchmark Scores Trips the breaker
dont skimp on the PSU.. have some spare for a another 480 card (C/F) at a later date..

trog
If he wants quiet, an xfire config won't keep the noise down and maybe he won't want to xfire later? Single card configs will always be the way to go.
 
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