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Budget Gaming Build - Suggestions and Questions

Dec 12, 2016 5:37AM PST

This will be my first build. So, I had some questions. Anyways, these are the components I have chosen for the build:-
Core i3 6100
Gigabyte Z170X Gaming 5
16GB Corsair Vengeance 3000MHz
120GB SATA III SSD (PNY, Kingston or ADATA)
2TB Toshiba 7200 RPM SATA III HDD
Corsair VS550W SMPS
Antec V1 / Cooler Master Elite 311

Now, if you're looking for the GPU in the build (duh, it's a gaming build), I don't have one right now, but will add in the future since I'll be outta cash.

Anyways, these are the questions I have:-
1. I checked Gigabyte Z170X Gaming 5's page and saw that among the supported Memory list, Corsair Vengeance 16GB 3000MHz wasn't there, but the list had the same config Crucial RAM. Is there gonna be any compatibility issues if I use Vengeance.
2. I am gonna be using the SSD minimally for booting the OS and running few programs like Chrome, Photoshop, etc and won't be doing any heavy file transfers on it. So, should I even consider an Nvme SSD or stick with SATA SSD given I need only fast boot times and program run times. And, Gigabyte also has a supported SSDs list on their site. Does that matter?
3. Is a 550W SMPS adequate for this build? I already tried running PSU Calculator and I added two GPUs (SLI) to the calculator and the output was 474W.
4. Which one would be better - Antec V1 or Cooler Master Elite 311 given I will be adding a Cooler preferrably, Cooler Master 212X to the build later.
5. If you guys have suggestions, like a replacement, please let me know.

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Parts
Dec 12, 2016 10:27AM PST

Mobo....you can't overclock that cpu so bin the z model and shop for a B150.

Ram...what you want is ddr4 2x8GB @ 2133.

Cooler....the cpu is a 50w unit test with the stock cooler.
You can add a cooler latter if the stock cooler can't handle it.

Ssd....a stock 2.5" should be fine.

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Overclock possible and what about i5?
Dec 13, 2016 5:58AM PST

There are tons of videos and articles that say 6100 can be overclocked on a Z170 Motherboard with a 2666+MHz RAM. And, recently, I learned even B150 boards could do that.

What if I were to switch to an i5 CPU? Would a 3000MHz RAM make sense then?

Thanks for the clarification regarding the cooler and SSD. Appreciate it, man.

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Overclocking
Dec 13, 2016 10:00AM PST
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My thoughts to add.
Dec 12, 2016 10:41AM PST

I always skip the old HDD and with the savings pile that into a bigger SSD. You can also skip the cooler and for gaming, 500GB has been great here. My SSD steal of the year was a 480GB SSD for just under 99 bucks. It's not the fastest SSD but much better than any HDD I've had.

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I got a better steal
Dec 12, 2016 10:56AM PST

480GB for 94 bucks ebay/newegg.
At the time I was not seriously looking for a ssd but I jumped on that.
So now I'm a happy ssd user and I'm spoiled.

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SSDs still expensive in India
Dec 13, 2016 6:06AM PST

The cheapest 480GB SSD I can find in India converts to about $142. I'll see what I can do. Thank you.

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That's not bad.
Dec 13, 2016 7:17AM PST

That would be the everyday price for a 480GB. The steals Bob and I shared were the best we saw so far.

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SSDs still expensive in India
Dec 13, 2016 6:03AM PST

Nice suggestion, but it's still hard to find SSDs for cheap in India (where 'm from). Anyways, I'll see what I can do. Thanks, man.

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