1st build, any advise?

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PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jCQmbv
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jCQmbv/by_merchant/

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($259.57 @ OutletPC)
    CPU Cooler: CRYORIG H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($34.50 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus Z170-A ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($153.88 @ OutletPC)
    Memory: Crucial 8GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory ($73,98 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($149.88 @ OutletPC)
    Storage: Western Digital BLACK SERIES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.00 @ B&H)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 390 8GB Nitro Video Card ($309.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Fractal Design Define R5 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA G2 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($17.78 @ OutletPC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) ($89.88 @ OutletPC)
    Wireless Network Adapter: Gigabyte GC-WB867D-I 802.11a/b/g/n/ac PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($29.89 @ OutletPC)
    Case Fan: Noctua NF-A14 PWM 82.5 CFM 140mm Fan ($21.95 @ Amazon)
    Monitor: BenQ XL2411Z 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($269.00 @ B&H)
    Keyboard: Logitech G105 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($39.99 @ Amazon)
    Mouse: Logitech G402 Wired Optical Mouse ($42.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $1752.26
So I just finished putting together the list for my first build and I´d appreciate any feedback you can give me.

My budget is 1000-1500$ without the monitor. I´m gonna use it mainly for gaming and officework. Also, I do plan to overclock, but not to the maximum. My goal was to create a PC that lets me play current AAA games at preferably the highest settings and high framerates and lasts for the next 5-7 years. Consequently, one of my main focus points is longevity.

That is also why I chose the r9 390 because I´m highly assuming 8GB vram will be enough for the next few years, while the 3,5GB of the gtx 970 might not be. I´m considering maybe adding a 2nd gpu and upgrading to 1440p in 3 years or so. But it depends on how the gpu´s price and performance hold up, and also how affordable 4k is gonna be at that point. Because if I can see that I´m probably gonna be able to afford 4k after those 5-7 years, upgrading to 1440p halfway there perhaps isn´t the best idea.

As for the cpu, the 6600k seems like a pretty good choice when it comes to bang-for-your-buck and again, longevity. The asus z170a also looks like a good pick for my price range. And yes, I do need those 16GB ram ;)

At this point really the biggest question I´m still asking myself is if I should immediatly buy a 1440p monitor. I´m strongly leaning towards the 1080p 144hz side though. Because if I went for 1440p now I´d probably be better off with the r9 390x for better framerates. But that coupled with the higher costs for a good 1440p monitor just outgrows my budget. So staying with 1080p for now and maybe upgrading in 3 years, if it pays off, as I explained above, seems smarter to me. Note: Framerate and Res are both about equally important to me.

Also, I´m still searching for keyboard and mouse, currently looking at Logitech G105 and Logitech G402; those appear to be two good budget-choices. (both together should be about 100$)

So if you could help me with one of those questions, or have any other suggestions for alternative parts, or just some feedback in general, I´d be very thankful if you could share it.

Thank you in advance :)
 

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Ram should be bought in a kit. For about a $1 more, you can get lower latency Corsair vengeance LPX. For that small of a difference, it is worth going to the quicker memory. http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-memory-cmk16gx4m2a2133c13

You can get a 2tb drive, for the cost of that 1tb.

The future is multithreading, and blck overclocking is back, so an i7 6700 is possible, with some parts changes.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-6700 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($352.98 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: CRYORIG H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($34.50 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z170XP-SLI ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($125.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($149.88 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($65.88 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 390 8GB Nitro Video Card ($309.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: EVGA 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($80.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($13.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Wireless Network Adapter: Gigabyte GC-WB867D-I 802.11a/b/g/n/ac PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($29.89 @ OutletPC)
Case Fan: Noctua NF-A14 PWM 82.5 CFM 140mm Fan ($21.95 @ Amazon)
Monitor: BenQ XL2411Z 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($269.00 @ B&H)
Keyboard: Logitech G105 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Logitech G402 Wired Optical Mouse ($42.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1757.98
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-01-06 12:54 EST-0500

 

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I´m probably gonna change the HDD an the Ram, so thanks for the tips.

I did think about the i7-6700k but I don´t think that I can really use it to its full potential so I stayed with the 6600k for now, also considering that it´s about 150€ cheaper where I live, since the 6700k costs 400€ minimum in middle europe :(
Even if 8 threads are gonna be a big thing in the future, I still think that the 6600k should be enough for my purposes, at least for a few years. But thank you very much for the suggestions :)
 

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