Trying to build a PC that can run current gen games at ultra 1080p 60fps

Speedcow96

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I'm very new to PC building but I want to be able to run just about any game on the highest settings with good performance. My budget is a little flexible but this is what I have so far:

http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/LMGW23

Any tips, advice, or edits to this list would be much appreciated.
(I'm not sure if I need the case fan or not based on the case I've picked)
 

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This is what I would get: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/wZwGsY

 

Wadiyatalkinabeet

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The build you currently have will definitely max everything that's out now. The gtx 970 can handle all of today's games at max settings while getting 60fps ( shouldn't go lower than 45fps in the most demanding games) and the 4690k suits it well.
 

klct555

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That is a perfect build. But don't expect to run something like GTA5 at 1080p 60fps... with EVERYTHING maxed out. Expect great performance on something like Battlefield or The Division.
 

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What do you think of this? I went with the original case for the airflow, but maybe it's unnecessary? Also swapped the power supply based on reviews. Also thanks for the help!

http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/user/Speedcow96/saved/#view=XJkV3C
 

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Looks good, I'd up the memory to to 2133/2400 (and can find good buys on 2666. Would also include an SSD for the OS and primary apps. Could save some on the mobbo and go with the Asus Z97 Hero (my pick ;) ) or even more witheir Z87 Pro Gaming and put the difference to a SSD
 

klct555

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The bottom link. IMO. going for the first one will last longer because its a nvidia card. but the second one is more future-proof because the card has 8gb of vram to be utilized in later games.
 

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My only concern with the Asus card is that it produces a lot of heat.
 

Speedcow96

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This may be a stupid question, but what is the benefit of an SSD. Also do you have any recommendations as far as memory goes?
 

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SSD = faster boot and program load times, on DRAM I'd look at 2x8GB in either the Trident X or Ripjaws X in either 2133 or 2400 minimum.
 

klct555

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an ssd is a drive that doesnt use a disk as a source of storing memory. this makes ssd's more reliable since they arent vulnerable. hard drives create vibration due to the spinning disk unlike an ssd. u should have an ssd in your system. you should make your OS boot on it so your pc boots faster (since ssd copies memory faster). you can put any thing on there that you want to boot fast and it is great for working with large files that need to beplaced on it. if your on a budget, i suggest getting a small space one for cheap and only placing your OS on it.
 

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I get some compatibility issues when I try to switch to G.Skill memory.

compatibility "error" message: The G.Skill Trident X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2400 Memory operating voltage of 1.65V exceeds the Intel Haswell Refresh CPU recommended maximum of 1.5V+5% (1.575V). This memory module may run at a reduced clock rate to meet the 1.5V voltage recommendation, or may require running at a voltage greater than the Intel recommended maximum.

This is where my build is currently sitting:

http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/user/Speedcow96/saved/#view=XJkV3C

I've added an SSD, but my budget is running thin so I've had to go with slightly cheaper one.
 

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The 1.5 - 1.65 is nothing to worry about, Intel suggest/recommends 1.5 for stock 1600 DRAM, most anything 2133 and up will be 1.6 or 1.65, it's perfectly safe ;)
 

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Sweet! But you really ought to get an AMD rig.......... lol ........... just kidding, of course ;)
 

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