[SOLVED] Around 1500 Gaming/Streaming PC with Z170X Gaming 3 Motherboard

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Hi! I want to build a PC that can game and an option to stream 1080p60. I have a brand new Z170X Gaming 3 Motherboard by Gigabyte. I bought it 3 years ago with the intention of upgrading my computer but then stuff happened and I didn't have the money anymore. Now I do, but I am wondering if I am limiting myself by using this motherboard? I chose the i7-6700k processor but I read mixed reviews about it for streaming. I plan on getting a MSI GTX 1070 along with it.

My question is, can I make it work with this motherboard and processor or am I better off selling it and getting another board with a better processor?

If I stream, it'll most likely be League of Legends, Overwatch, Apex Legends.

I also have 2 Acer S0 Series S220HQL, 1920x1080 monitor, if I need a better one, any recommendations will help.

This is the build I put together


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel - Core i7-6700K 4 GHz Quad-Core Processor ($307.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: ARCTIC - Freezer 33 eSports ONE (Black/Red) CPU Cooler ($37.49 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte - GA-Z170X-Gaming 3 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($259.89 @ OutletPC)
Memory: G.Skill - Trident Z 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($110.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung - 860 Evo 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($77.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI - GeForce GTX 1070 8 GB Video Card ($599.89 @ OutletPC)
Case: NZXT - H440 (Matte Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.00 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($99.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $1592.72
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-09 22:54 EDT-0400



Minus the Motherboard, its about $1200 (I picked the MSI GTX 1070 Gaming 8G, not Gaming X 8G. ($132 difference).

I'm not committed to it aesthetically, and I'm sure I can easily save money on some parts. I just like anything white/black/red.

Thank you for your time and help
 
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With a BIOS update, you can run the 7700k on that board.
The K processors tend to run hot, specially when overclocked, so you need a pretty robust cooler.
The newly released 1660ti is cheaper and almost equal to the 1070... https://gpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Nvidia-GTX-1660-Ti-vs-Nvidia-GTX-1070/4037vs3609

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel - Core i7-7700K 4.2 GHz Quad-Core Processor ($349.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua - NH-D15 82.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($89.95 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte - GA-Z170X-Gaming 3 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard (Purchased For $0.00)
Memory: GeIL - EVO SPEAR 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($75.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial - MX500 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($66.50 @ Newegg Business)
Video Card: MSI - GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB VENTUS XS OC Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design - Focus G (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($53.24 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair - RMx (2018) 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($63.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($99.39 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1079.02
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-10 00:19 EDT-0400
 
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Personally i would ditch the old board. There is no point in overpaying for 2-3 year old quad cores.

For streaming a 8core ryzen will be a very good choice. Since your budget allows it, i would go for the 2700x which is the best one currently available. It comes with a decent stock cooler. For the gpu i´d choose the 1660ti if you don´t need fancy accelerated raytracing. In that case the RTX2060 would be a good choice.
Also by getting a windows 10 oem licence from a keyseller is a easy way to save plenty of money.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 7 2700X 3.7 GHz 8-Core Processor ($294.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte - X470 AORUS ULTRA GAMING ATX AM4 Motherboard ($119.89 @ OutletPC)
Memory: GeIL - EVO SPEAR 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($75.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: SanDisk - Ultra 3D 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($67.89 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI - GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB VENTUS XS OC Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT - H440 (Matte Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: SeaSonic - FOCUS Gold 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($61.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $900.72
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-10 12:15 EDT-0400
 
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Doe your budget, this should be even better...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel - Core i7-8700K 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor ($365.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: CRYORIG - R1 Ultimate 76 CFM CPU Cooler ($93.90 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus - ROG STRIX Z390-E GAMING ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($238.79 @ OutletPC)
Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung - 970 Evo 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($149.89 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus - GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB DUAL OC Video Card ($469.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair - Carbide Series 275R (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($53.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic - FOCUS Gold 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($61.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1529.52
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-10 13:18 EDT-0400
 
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Also by getting a windows 10 oem licence from a keyseller is a easy way to save plenty of money.

You probably should not buy from a keyseller, as they are sometimes of questionable legality.
Also if you already have windows 10, you can reuse the license repeatedly, as long as you retire the old PC. Microsoft's license is now tied to the email you registered as a Microsoft Account login, and can be reused indefinitely
 
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Hi, thank you for your replies. It definitely provided some clarity. So it seems a new motherboard is a way to go, which is fine.

I guess for me it comes down to the path of Intel or Ryzen, is there any performance difference between them for gaming/streaming?

If not, then I may choose what's cheaper and use the money for better monitors and still meet my 1500 budget.

(I have a bias because I am not familiar with Ryzen, but I did research and overall it's always recommended) So I am completely open to the idea of going Ryzen as long as it satisfy my needs and performs well.

Thank you
 
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You probably should not buy from a keyseller, as they are sometimes of questionable legality.
Also if you already have windows 10, you can reuse the license repeatedly, as long as you retire the old PC. Microsoft's license is now tied to the email you registered as a Microsoft Account login, and can be reused indefinitely
Oh I didnt know this, but I actually been running W7 OS. My current build is 7 years old hence my knowledge is a bit outdated. Thank you though.
 

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You probably should not buy from a keyseller, as they are sometimes of questionable legality.
Also if you already have windows 10, you can reuse the license repeatedly, as long as you retire the old PC. Microsoft's license is now tied to the email you registered as a Microsoft Account login, and can be reused indefinitely
There probably is a small risk of getting a fake key. But there is a easy fix for that! When choosing the keyseller only buy from those who accept paypal payment. That way you will certainly get your money back if something isn´t working as intended.

By the way. The reason why their keys are so ridiculously cheap is, because they sell oem licences. They are only usable for one build! When you switch out the motherboard you need to link a new licence to your account. But honestly, if i pay like 5€ here in europe for a perfectly working Windows 10 pro licence and it´s working till the board breaks or you sell it, it´s still an amazing deal.

Hi, thank you for your replies. It definitely provided some clarity. So it seems a new motherboard is a way to go, which is fine.

I guess for me it comes down to the path of Intel or Ryzen, is there any performance difference between them for gaming/streaming?

If not, then I may choose what's cheaper and use the money for better monitors and still meet my 1500 budget.

(I have a bias because I am not familiar with Ryzen, but I did research and overall it's always recommended) So I am completely open to the idea of going Ryzen as long as it satisfy my needs and performs well.

Thank you
Comparing the 8700k vs 2700x in gaming alone the 8700k wins. It´s a better choice if you need to achieve the highest possible framerate.

But since you need a rig for gaming+streaming the 2700x will do better since it has 2 additional cores or 4 threads more to it´s disposal. This means when doing both the cpu will drop less frames therefore allowing a better gameplay and streaming experience. Plus you save some money.

Since you are playing fps games i would highly recommend a wqhd 144hz monitor to you. If you can afford it, get one with gsync/gsync compatible. Something like the dell S2716DG.

You can go Ryzen, its very good and cheaper of the two. However you should wait for the next gen. Ryzen to be released next month... https://www.pcgamesn.com/amd/ryzen-3000-release-date-ryzen-3rd-gen-specs-performance-price
He is right.
If you can afford to wait for two more months you might get even more bang for the buck. If the leaks are close to the truth r5 3600x is going to be a 8c/16t gaming beast on a budget.
 
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