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A few months ago I did a budget build and was not quite happy with the performance. I decided to make the jump to an i5 6600 and a GTX 970, this came with a need for a new MOBO and PSU. I am quite happy with this systems performance with 2 caveats. 1. I wish I had waited for 1070 and and gone for a 6600k, I would even suggest a slightly better MOBO as the ram slots in this board would not boot with with 2 & 4 or 1 & 3 as most boards do. I had to place ram in 1&2 and after a few google searches this board is notorious for this issue.

5/27/16: Added a samsung evo 850 ssd that I got a great deal on. Boot times are great!

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  • 45 months ago
  • 3 points

That CPU should be fine for most gaming situations. I just wonder if the stock cooler will be enough. I'm not a fan of them. Pun intended.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

The stock cooler is so loud and coil whines so badly, I RMA'ed my GPU because I thought it was the component making the sound.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

I cooler seems to run quiet for me so far, only a few heavy gaming sessions under its belt. If I spring for a better cooler i'll probably continue down the rabbit hole and get a 6700k.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

I've been pretty impressed by the i7-6700K so far. You're likely to get proportional gains with overclocking, but the heat output is almost exponential. Just be careful.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm planning on getting the 1070 and a 6600, Should I get a 6600K for future overclocking?

  • 45 months ago
  • 3 points

If you need a build that can last you about 4-5 years, then yes it is a good choice but on a budget a 6400 could save you more money with a slightly lower clock speed.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

NO!

Do not get the 6400.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I would get the 6600k and a nice cooler, really not much more expensive.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

That is VERY orange!

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

It's not too late to return your 970 and get a 1070!

Either way, I wouldn't consider this a "Mid-Level" gaming build.. By general terms, this would be considered a Performance or Extreme build.

That's a shame about the board.. Same thing I said about the 970 though.. It's not too late to return it!

Glad you're happy with it. +1

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Cool! I don't see orange very often.

  • 45 months ago
  • 0 points

You should have gotten an h170 board. Pretty noob mistake to get a z series board with a non over clockable cpu.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

I picked the z series to be able to use Ram over 2133.

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Put up a few more pics!