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  1. These cards are fine, though you may want to consider the new RTX 2060 which will come out sometime tomorrow for $350 and is faster than a 1070, roughly as fast as a 1070TI with all the new ray tracing functionality (though its the weakest ray tracing GPU in their lineup) to pay the same price you may as well grab the newest tech right? Also triple fan coolers aren't super necessary for any of those cards, it's nice but all of the cards you mentioned run quite cool. If I were you I would take a serious look at the AMD Ryzen 7 2700 or the AMD Ryzen 2600. I'm actually writing a piece on those, they're pretty speedy in gaming (a few percent slower than current i7's with top end GPUs and usually dead even performance in modern games with the GPU class you're looking at running at 1080p or 1440p) Ryzen 2600: https://amzn.to/2ANpiun $165 Ryzen 2700X: https://amzn.to/2Coivr5 $308 In Rome 2 you should see a huge performance jump with either of these CPUs, the Intel CPU may be better but those motherboards (Z170/Z270 and Z370) have no upgrade path and are dead. The current AMD motherboards have support for at least 2 new CPU cycles, so if you plan on upgrading you can save some money and not buy a new motherboard and RAM. The Ryzen 2600 is a 6 core 12 thread CPU and the Ryzen 2700X is a 8 core 16 thread CPU, while the 7700K is a 4 core 8 thread CPU and finally the 8700K is a 6 core 12 threaded CPU for roughly the same price. The Intel CPUs are faster when overclocked but you would need a nicer motherboard, cooling and the time to push the OC out. as for the question about GHz that is the clock speed of the CPU, the AMD CPUs have lower clock speed which does mean they're a bit slower, this is evened out by the higher core count though. If you plan on keeping this system for a long time, I would get the Ryzen CPUs, you'll get more life out of them. Side note for CPUs DO NOT BUY 100/200 Series Motherboards and buy a i7 8000 Series CPU they are uncompatable 300 series for 8000 and up 100 and 200 series for 6000 and 7000 series CPUs As for the RAM I would get the G-Skill Kit, dont get 3 sticks of memory because that makes the ram run in single channel instead of dual (Half the speed roughly) Also DDR3 only works in older motherboards everything thats been released since 2015 or so is DDR4. IT IS INCOMPATABLE! I personally would get the Samsung Evo 860 500GB, 500GB drives are faster if all else is the same due to how the technology works in SSDs, they're cheap enough I would pick one of those up. Also 1TB HDDs are around the same price as 2TB HDDs, I would consider picking one of those up. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FKT5CTH/ref=dp_cerb_1 If you do plan on buying an AMD Ryzen CPU I would pick up this motherboard. Honestly though any B450 or X470 motherboard would do. https://www.amazon.com/MSI-Crossfire-Motherboard-B450-Tomahawk/dp/B07F7W5KJS/ref=pd_sbs_147_8?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B07F7W5KJS&pd_rd_r=027bea55-1856-11e9-b05e-5f057b33c572&pd_rd_w=XjUZ7&pd_rd_wg=XCVn1&pf_rd_p=7d5d9c3c-5e01-44ac-97fd-261afd40b865&pf_rd_r=MXN45XKWYNB3X93Z2SMT&psc=1&refRID=MXN45XKWYNB3X93Z2SMT The motherboard above is the MSI B450 Tomahawk which I've recommended often for gaming builds. For the PSU question, honestly I don't know how you got the 800W number, the 650W Sentry PSU should hold up, though PSUs generally last for 6-10 years after that they sort of go bad. If you want to pick up a new one (I would) Pick up this the Coolermaster one linked here https://amzn.to/2CwSC8P Its $70 and should last a while. If the PSU is only a few years old, then I would keep using it. If you do decide to build the system with our recommendations I would ask you use our amazon links.
  2. I would strongly recommend that. I hope to get my hands on AMD's Zen soon and am eagerly awaiting confirmation on when they will send my sample. Please check our site in the coming weeks for more details, and we can help part out a full system for you then :)
  3. I don't personally mind the naming convention I just doubt they'll be THAT many SKUs at launch. Again, unless these are only for OEMs and maybe 2 or 3 different models of each configuration is released. Just my $.02
  4. Hi, I'm the CPU/Motherboards editor. After playing with the Wraith cooler for a while I think the Hyper 212 isn't really necessary. That 8 core should hold you pretty well for a while if you're doing web browsing and light gaming, (though the 8350 does keep up with the modern i5s when OC'd to around 4.5-4.8GHZ which that board and cooler should be able to get 4.4GHz) For Memory I've had some issues with MSI AMD boards and HyperX, could have just been unlucky but this Gskill Kit always runs really well in AMD builds for me. Its about 4 or 5 dollars more but unless you're set on white RAM I'd switch it over. For Storage the Tritons are okay. For super cheap drives they'll do the job, but for a few bucks more the Adata Premiere SP 550 is a pretty solid drive and it's what is on my system right now. For the video card that's a great pick and not much I can really say there, good for most games at 1080P high-ultra 60+FPS The case is another solid choice, our GPU editor recently got one with his AMD budget VR system and I've used it a few times in builds. PSU again is a good choice and like Sam said, if you need to save money you can always drop the PSU to a 500, but I usually don't recommend cheaping out on PSUs. Have a great day!
  5. Hi, although I appreciate his help, he doesn't seem to understand the chip that you have selected is a Octocore with 16 threads. I agree completely with your choice in CPU. I will highlight some of the changes here though. Motherboard: MSI Gaming 9 ACK (Features everything you would need and is a bit cheaper) RAM: Gskill Trident 3200MHZ CPU cooler: Deep Cool Captain 360 MM Radiator (If water cooling) Noctua NH-D15 (If Air Cooling) GPU: GTX 980 TI Golden Edition Case: Phanteks Enthoo Pro (For the case the chaser is a fantastic case, though I'm not too sure how well it will fit that CPU cooler.)
  6. Is the 2k including monitors? I would recommend using a Intel X99 system, since they spec closely or better than most mac pros. If you could be a bit more specific in the applications you would be using that would also be benificial for us helping you out. Thanks - Alex Stevens CPU & Motherboard Reviewer
  7. CPU - Intel Core i7 5820K (About the same price and has 6 cores and 12 threads over 4 cores and 8 threads, this will be way better for most workstation use and is JUST as good as the Skylake CPU.) Motherboard - MSI SLI X99A (A little more expensive but a much better board to support the better processor, and allows up to 128GB of RAM if needed since this is a workstation) Memory is fantastic, you can pop another kit in there eventually if needbe to get 64GB. For GPU it seems you already have the MSI 980 if so awesome! The SSD and Storage drives are great picks as well. Case - While the Noctis is a great case, I personally love Phanteks cases and feel they are a bit better built and a bit nicer overall. I use the Enthoo Luxe, though if you wanted to save some money the Enthoo Pro is mostly the same mostly forgoing some LED lighting. Either case is fantastic for your needs though. Please give me any feedback or info on your uses and thanks for using our forums,.
  8. Hi, if you are looking to use this as a work station, I would recommend a slightly better power supply, the Corsair Builder series is a bit iffy. I would recommend the EVGA 500B, I've used over a dozen of them and never had one die on me. They're better quality, last thing you need is a dead PSU. The Xenon is a good choice as well CPU, GPU and Mobo are all fine. I also like the Gskill memory. SSD is fine, and the HDD should be solid, though for a few dollars more the WD Blue is generally a better drive and will last longer. As for the case I've never used it before. If you like it then I say go for it, if you're unsure then we can discuss more.
  9. Yeah, I can see 64GB being useful. Also great system specs and what not. If you have anymore questions I'll be sure to reply a bit quicker lol. you may get some extra mileage out of getting a dual GPU set up, though you should get quite a lot of performance out of the system as it stands.
  10. Hi NBE, sorry for the delays. If you haven't built the rig yet, I'd pickup a 8320e http://amzn.to/1ISFju0 and save a bit of money,(You can overclock that CPU to the same speed as the 8350 without much effort) that extra money can be put into a better motherboard like this one Gigabyte 970 Motherboard http://amzn.to/1ISFd5L RAM, HDD, and GPU are fine. I'd go with a better power supply, (Logisys PSUs are some of the worst) http://amzn.to/1ISFtSg And I'd recommend this case. http://amzn.to/1NUaKMb
  11. Yes the Deluxe will be able to support 64GB, RAM support mostly comes down to the Motherboard itself. The Ballistix sport is a fantastic kit, as well as the Samsung 850 Pro SSD and the Caviar Black 4tb (I Currently use a 2TB as my games drive) As for Graphics, Dual GPU setups are likely not worth it, unless you are using the GPU horse power for say 3d rendering or video editing. What is the plans for this system? Sorry for the delayed response, I couldn't log into the forums for a few days lol.