My new gaming desktop... Goodbye notebook enthusiast?

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  1. J.Dre

    J.Dre Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Hey everyone,

    That's right, you read the title correctly. After months of debating whether or not to stay in the gaming notebook arena, I folded and decided to purchase a desktop rig instead. The goal of this build is to quench my thirst for upgradeability and enthusiast-grade performance, but only for a casual gamer like myself. I'll be gaming on a 1920x1080 144Hz display. When Volta hits, I may upgrade to a 144Hz 2560x1440p display. :) For now, I'll be happy with playing everything at well over 120 FPS and high refresh rates.

    If you have recommendations for my build, please let me know. And if you have any questions, feel free to ask.



    *There are a bunch of custom things as well, like RGB lighting, water cooling upgrades, fan upgrades, etc.
    **I'll be upgrading a vast majority of the components, inc. CPU, GPU, RAM, SSD, PSU over a period of time.


    Current System Specifications:

    Case: Corsair Obsidian Series 750D Airflow Edition
    CPU: Intel Core i7-6850k (15M cache, 3.60 GHz)
    GPU: GeForce GTX 1080 Hybrid (8GB GDDR5X)
    Motherboard: ASUS X99 Deluxe II LGA 2011-v3
    PSU: Corsair RMi RM750 80-Plus Gold Certified
    RAM: 32GB (4x 8GB) Corsair Dominator Platinum @ 3200MHz
    Storage (Primary): 512GB Intel M.2 PCIe SSD
    Storage (Secondary): 2x WD Caviar Blue 1TB RAID 1​

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    So, this leaves me with my very first, self-owned gaming desktop since 2010. My hope is that this gaming desktop will unleash the hobbiest and enthusiast in me once again, allowing me to enjoy upgrading, maintaining and gaming. I've spent the past six years purchasing enthusiast-grade gaming laptops and am finally fed up with all of the BGA crapbooks, non-upgradeability, poor customer service, and outrageous price : performance ratios. I'll still be around, don't worry. :cool: But I think my gaming notebook days have passed.
     
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    Any reason on why 6850k and not 6800k?
     
  3. J.Dre

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    Further expansion down the road. Extra PCIe lane support may come in handy one day.
     
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  4. Cass-Olé

    Cass-Olé Notebook Evangelist

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    I'm feelin it Dre, 'cause you sound giddy. Your choice of the RM750i, my 1st thoughts would be a $75 - $100 individually sleeved cable set. Normally most Corsair's use the Type3, but 750i uses a Type4 (the type3, the 24pin ATX branches into a 10+14, whereas 'Type4' branches into a 10+18). Better said, 'all' cables in the pouch are Type3 except the 24p. One might try their Type3 set + a Type4 24p separate. BitFenix is also offering sleeved sets, Alchemy 2.0, CableMod too (Type4 24p, ask before buying).
    Dress-up kits are always fun & would get your build off of the couple of flat ribbon cables, if / when. If you need two more Grfx cables, Corsair.com standard solo sleeved 6+2 or jumpered 'pigtail', lol. I also think you can toggle between single & multi-12v-rail, see Jonny, cool? Post pics when she's dialed in
     
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    J.Dre Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    There will be plenty of time for upgrades, I hope. Let's see if this rush build, "next business day shipment" was worth $109. Will know tonight!
     
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    Nice build. Yeah I punted out of the enthusiast laptop arena and going with something that is good with gaming but not super expensive.
     
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    Thanks! Unfortunately, the case I wanted is back-ordered, and this may screw up the fans & water cooling I ordered as well.

    EDIT: They've upgraded the case to a full-tower 750D at no additional charge. Will ship tomorrow.

    EDIT 2: Updated the main post with my present build and future plans. Very excited to begin!
     
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  8. JasonLLD

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    I am wondering why you settled with only 2 sticks of memory on X99 platform. It is quad-channel after all.
     
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    It will have 32GB's by Friday.

    EDIT: Updated the main post. (I have the RAM being delivered Thursday.) :)
     
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  10. micman

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    You might have outdone yourself, such an awesome build you might not get the upgrade itch for a while! Part of me is toying with the desktop idea but I do sometimes take my laptop to other places to game besides home. Not sure I can make the leap yet.
     
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