Thanks for the reply.The cpu is 2 generations old and outperformed by the latest i5's. The gpu is ok but also last generation, there are newer options for the same money.
If I think that I'll end up using a lot of storage, should I not get a HDD for that, too?Your build will work as is, but, you can do better.
1. You can buy a i5-9600K that will outperform the 7700K for some $100 less.
You will need a z370 or Z390 motherboard.
2. NH-D15 is a great cooler. But the NH-D15s offers better compatibility by being offset to clear graphics cards and tall ram.
3. Love a ssd for windows. What will the HDD be used for?
Perhaps you can defer on the HDD until you actually need the space.
4. GTX1070 is a nice card, but the new GTX1660ti is stronger and costs less.
5. all motherboards will come with a lan adapter; you do not need an extra one.
That makes sense.500gb will hold quite a large number of games.
My thought is that it is trivial to install a HDD later for bulk storage like videos.
Over time the price/performance of parts gets better so a better strategy is to buy when you need something.
With ssd prices down, why not consider a 1tb drive up front?
One other thing, you had no price on the Z270 motherboard.
Do you own it??
If you must use z270, the 9600K and such will be incompatible.
Thanks for that MOBO suggestion.There is no noticeable difference in performance or price between the NH-D15 and the NH-D15s.
The benefit of the s is that it is a tad better for compatibility since it is 5cm shorter which is not an issue in your case.
The s is offset because some graphics cards mounted in the first pcie x16 slot will have backplates that are impacted by some coolers.
There is a very big difference between the i5-9400 and the i5 9600K.
The latter can be overclocked to 5.0 and is a much stronger processor.
Have you shopped for a smaller M-ATX motherboard like the ASUS Prime Z390M-Plus ?
The main difference is that M-ATX has only 4 expansion slots vs. 7 for a full ATX motherboard.
Past the graphics card, just how many might you ever use?
Sorry for not clarifying, I was referring to the I5 -9400, due to budget issues. I was simply wondering whether the drop off would warrant me waiting to try get something better?It is not clear to me what your proposed cpu change would be.
The i5-9600K is an outstanding processor.
You need not overclock, but it is so easy to do that you should keep that option open.
It is as simple as raising the multipiler in the bios from the default 37 to a higher number like 45.
The 9xxx processors have soldered heat spreaders (compared to 8xxx and 7xxx) which makes them run cooler.
Some games are cpu limited and some are graphics limited.
Rarely do any games make effective use of more than 4 threads.
I think you are pointing to the GTX1660ti which my reading says is a very good value and appropriate card for you.
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