My 16th Birthday Computer

Everyone in my family gets a big/expensive present for their 16th birthday, so I decided I wanted a computer.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-5820K 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor ($369.88 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H55 57.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock X99 Extreme3 ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard ($161.78 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($114.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($114.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($71.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 4GB WINDFORCE 3X Video Card ($323.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT H440 (Blue/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ NZXT)
Power Supply: Corsair RM 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar Essence STX 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card ($179.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WDN4800 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($36.76 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: BenQ GL2460HM 60Hz 24.0" Monitor ($139.93 @ B&H)
Monitor: BenQ GL2460HM 60Hz 24.0" Monitor ($139.93 @ B&H)
Total: $2143.66
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-03-08 20:26 EDT-0400

Everything looks compatible, at least.

Only thing I would recommend is maybe larger monitors? 24" is fine, but the days of 1080p as a standard are numbered.

If you have that kind of money, get an OrginPC, I promise you won’t regret it.

24" has the optimal pixel density for 1080p.

Larger monitor for a larger resolution. :smile:

I’m not sure how much more money I can add though.

Plus, my desk barely fits dual 24s much less 27s.

You should try to spread your memory out over more sticks; like this set (4x4GB DDR4-2666 - $209.99):

I’ve heard nothing but good reviews from these sticks too! Looking to buy some for my next upgrade :wink:

I’m future-proofing, so I went with 2x8gb with the possibility of doubling it in the future.

For what purpose? There is literally no feasible reason for needing 32gb of memory on a home pc.

Please, no one reply to this message with hosting as it simply isn’t true.

Felix-level video-rendering?

Comparatively to the rest of the specs it is pointless.

Multiple VMs :wink:

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I’d go with a mx100 512gb instead of the 850evos. And id choose a 980gtx as the 970gtx has a crippled memory bus. Finally i’d exchange socket 2011-3 in favour of 1150 (4790K) and use a 450w PSU.
Ah: and a 27" 1440p monitor.
I’d go with aircooling too.

any huge reason for an internal sound card instead of an external interface with a better price/value?
Why do you need DDR4, if it would be my setup I would go with DDR3 and invest the savings in a 980.
Do you care about color depth and color authenticity (calibrated)?
Do you plan on letting the SSD’s run in a raid?
Ever thought about a silenced case?
Do you plan to overlock the cpu? If not consider E3-12xxv3 series.

absolutely not, google a bit about fully occupying a mother board vs half.

I think that this is his choice because he wrote that he wants a “future-proved” computer so DDR4 is the right choice at this point and for my own computer I bought the 970 because the power difference is only about 12%. I use it to play BF4 (Ultra Settings) and Far Cry 4 (Ultra Settings) and I never had any problems with FPS drops etc.

@DotDash I recommend the Cryorig R1 Ultiamte as CPU cooler and your PSU is probably overpowered you can use a PSU power calculator to calculate the needed power.

Socket 2001-3 has quadchannel ddr4. So yes, you should use 4 sticks on this socket. If you’re using 1150, you’re right. But 1150 has only dualchannel.

You might want to use a mini pcie SSD. Much faster than SATA (1gb/s vs. 550mb/s)

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true, I was focused on ddr3 and 1150 socket in order to get a 980. the question will still be if it is being needed. Is there more benefit from ddr4 for his type of usage than from 15% more GPU power.

16GB (4x4GB DDR4-2666) will be future proofing it. There is no need for 32GB of ram, unless you are using video editing.

How many vm’s are we talking here? Are they all running at the same time? Why do you need to allocate so much ram to each vm?

Also this is a wonderful video:


I do a fair amount of video editing, and I don’t even have 16 GB of RAM… I have 8 GB of RAM and everything runs flawlessly, honestly having 32 GB of RAM is overkill/waste of money…

Edit: My graphics card also has 4 GB dedicated memory (almost forgot about that.)