As a follow up to last night’s post, part 2 of my build process. Spent the rest of the night researching parts. I think I have a parts list already. For some reason, figuring out the parts this time around has been a lot easier. My budget for the PC itself was $2000 in Canada dollars, and I’ve just managed to stay under that.

CPU - Intel i5 6600K “Skylake” quad-core 3.2 GhZ (OC to 4.6)

CPU Cooler - Corsair H105

Mobo - GIGABYTE G1 Gaming GA-Z170X Micro-ATX

RAM - 2x8 GB Corsair Vengence DDR4

PSU - Corsair RM650X 80+Gold 650W

SSD - Samsung EVO 500GB

HDD - Hitachi Deathstar 2TB 7200 RPM

GPU - GeForce GTX 970 4GB DDR5 VRAM

Case - Corsair Obsidian 350D Micro-ATX

Monitor - ASUS VG248QE 24”

Keyboard - Logitech K800 wireless chicklet

Gamepad - Microsoft XBox 360 USB wired

Speakers - Creative GigaWorks T40 II, 2.0

Still have yet to nail down the exact RAM model I need, haven’t yet checked the QVL. Will probably give Corsair a call (their tech support is great).

This will be the first non-ASUS board I’ve owned in, like, 20 years, but I’ve read that the new Z170 chipset boards are having issues: that ASUS is pumping out firmware updates every five minutes. Lots of issues with RAM overclocking. Chose the G1 in part because of its higher-quality audio codecs. I don’t want my new board to have your bog-standard Realtec codecs.

Eyeing the Corsair Obsidian 350D because it seems to fit my enclosure well, and I know that the H105’s radiator will fit perfectly.

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For sound wanted the best 2.0 audio solution I could find. My place is small so won’t need much power, plus I don’t have room for a powered sub.

Tempted to get 2x16 GB RAM but meh, 16 is fine for now and can always update (the board can take up to 64!).

Also don’t know exactly how much wattage the system will draw - haven’t added it all up - so I’m largely guessing by choosing a 650W. I’ll want to know my draw plus add another 25% for future-proofing.

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Lastly, the one part of this build I’m 100% sold on is going with the new Z170 chipset. Seems to be the way to go if you’re upgrading from a (cough) Core 2 Quad Q9550 “Yorkfield”.

Oppocomp opinions, questions and suggestions welcome!

She will also need a name: all good computers deserve a name, just like cars. Suggestions?