[SOLVED] Is my build too expensive/unbalanced?

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I've always been a console gamer and I'd like to get into PC gaming. I made a build on pcpartpicker and I'd like to know whether it's too expensive and if it is balanced. I want the 144Hz monitor but if I wouldn't mind too much going down to 60Hz. The white theme is to match my desk. The prices are in CAD. I already have a PSU.


CPU
Intel - Core i5-8600K 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($340)

AIO coooler
Corsair - H60 (2018) 57.2 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($85)

MOBO
Gigabyte - Z370P D3 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($130)

RAM
VENGEANCE® LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 DRAM 3000MHz C15 Memory Kit - White ($138)

M.2 SSD (for booting and some apps)
Corsair - MP300 240 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($75)

HDD
Seagate - Barracuda 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($70)

GPU
ASUS Dual GeForce GTX 1060 6GB OC (DUAL-GTX1060-O6G) ($410)

Case
NZXT - H500i (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($130)

Monitor
Dell - S2419HGF 24.0" 1920x1080 144 Hz Monitor ($230)

Total : $1608
 

Gam3r01

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Ditch the H60 in favor of a basic air cooler like a Cryorig H7 or similar, the H60 is a fairly poor performance cooler.
Lose the NVME drive in favor of a larger SATA SSD, for gaming you will not benefit from NVME speeds so larger storage for the price is better.
 
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Gam3r01

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Ditch the H60 in favor of a basic air cooler like a Cryorig H7 or similar, the H60 is a fairly poor performance cooler.
Lose the NVME drive in favor of a larger SATA SSD, for gaming you will not benefit from NVME speeds so larger storage for the price is better.
 
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You could build as is.
What is the make/model of your psu?

One rule of thumb is to budget 2x the cost of the processor for the graphics card.
You might be a bit strong on the processor, but you are allowing for a graphics card upgrade in the future.

I have some suggestions:

1. I5-9600K is only $10 more. The chief advantage ofer a 8600K is that it has soldered heat spreaders which makes it run cooler and easier to overclock. To my mind, well worth the difference.

2. You have a very nice case for air cooling. A good air cooler will cool equal or better than the H50.
It will be more reliable, require no maintenance, be quieter and easier to install.
And... it will not leak.
For less, you can buy a Noctua NH-U12s
https://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIAB984BD8375
For a bit more, you can get the best there is, a noctua NH-D15s.
https://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIAB984BD8349
Both are high compatibility versions and will clear ram with tall heat spreaders.

3. I do not have much to say about motherboards. Z370 will work, but Z390 has more robust voltage control and I would pick one of those if the price were not too different.

4. ram is good. You can save a bit with plain ram:
https://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820232417

5. A ssd for windows is a must have so far as I am concerned.
240gb will hold the os and a handful of games.
I suggest that you buy 500gb up front and defer on the HDD until you actually need the space.
It is easy to add a HDD later.
I like Samsung evo best for performance and reliability.
This 500gb Samsung 860 EVO will cost you less than what you are now budgeting:
https://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147677
 
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gingerrankin

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In my opinion, at this moment, GTX 1060 6GB has an exorbitant price. The AMD alternatives are RX 580 8GB or RX 590 8GB which are somewhat better than GTX 1060 6GB and somewhat cheaper. A year ago the situation was precisely the reverse.

To manage these GPUs I5-8600K is totally sufficient. Anything above is unnecessary unless you opt for a better GPU. In fact with these GPUs an I5-8400 is sufficient.

I agree with geofelt about ssd.
 
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Thanks for all the help guys. After a bit of research I chose to replace the AIO cooler with the Cryorig H7 and the M.2 SSD with a 240GB SATA SSD from Kingston which made my build about $80 cheaper. I appreciate all the help and I'll most likely post an image of the finished build here.
 
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What PSU are you planning on using?

It's the most important part of the PC.
I'm using the RM850x from Corsair. I know 850W is overkill but i bought it before I researched anything about computers and I know it was a mistake. I don't think it should be a problem since it is 80+ gold but I could be wrong. I don't really care that it was expensive since I wasn't the one who bought it.
 

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