Question Budget Parts Amalgamation

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Hey all! I'm new here, and new to building computers!
I currently have an i5-2400 in an Optiplex 3010 with 8G of RAM and a 1080. I'm looking at getting more RAM, and a better CPU.
I went on PCPartPicker and I threw some options that I have considered purchasing. I want to know if these things are all compatible? You'll all know better than me!
https://pcpartpicker.com/list/RD986s
If you have any comments, or suggestions, I'm open to anything. Thank you very much!
 
Jun 16, 2019
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That CPU Cooler is not an acceptable CPU Cooler for the i5-6600. You need to be looking at higher performance and larger CPU Coolers.
Okay, thanks! I wasn't too sure about that, but PCPartPicker kept giving me crap for not having a cooler. Are there any coolers you know of that would fit it, by chance?
 

ConanLock

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Yes, the parts are compatible. If the CPU doesn't come with a cooler, you will need a better one, as said above. However, you might want to upgrade to a 7th gen i5 CPU and downgrade the GPU to a 1070. Also, is the PSU you will be using suitable for high power graphics cards?
 
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Yes, the parts are compatible. If the CPU doesn't come with a cooler, you will need a better one, as said above. However, you might want to upgrade to a 7th gen i5 CPU and downgrade the GPU to a 1070. Also, is the PSU you will be using suitable for high power graphics cards?
I already have the 1080 and a more than powerful enough power supply. I'm more worried about motherboard, CPU, and case compatibility. Fitting that 1080 into my Optiplex was fun :p
 

ConanLock

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Ah well if you already have the 1080, then you are good. The rest is compatible, and you should be good to go. Just get a better CPU cooler. If you have any money left over, you might also want to get a case fan.
 

Nigel Spike

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You are also going to need new RAM, since the new CPU and motherboard works with DDR4, not the old DDR3 you have for your I5-2400. Click the motherboard link in your Partpicker or go to the manufacturers web site for details.
 

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Ah yes I forgot about that. Your motherboard supports a max of DDR4-2400. I strongly urge you to get this speed, and not the slower DDR4-2133. You should get dual channel. Either get 2x 4GB modules, or 2x 8GB modules. Make sure they are matching sticks (brand, speed, model etc). Dual channel is much faster than a single stick, but typically only works with matching sticks.
 

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