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Hello,

 

bit of a stupid question perhaps but I don't have much knowledge about this and I need to be sure.

 

I currently own an i7 2600 and I want to upgrade to an i7 6700K. Now the CPU socket my motherboard has is an LGA1155 and Intel says LGA1151 on the 6700K page. Am I right to assume I would have to change my motherboard to be able to use a 6700K?

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Am I right to assume I would have to change my motherboard to be able to use a 6700K?

 

I believe so and the memory as well.. Its now DDR4

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Its now DDR4

 

an i7 6700K needs a DDR4 RAM? Man, I could by a whole new machine.

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It's more than just a new socket...it's a whole different supporting chipset as well.  So yes, new mobo and DDR4 RAM will be needed to move to the 6700K.

 

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I'm actually considering buying a whole new rig. Going all in, i7 6700K 4.0, GTX 1080Ti EVGA, 16GB DDR4. Is this too much?!

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It's the new Z170 chipset. So motherboard, CPU and DDR4 RAM required.

 

Asus Z170-A or the Deluxe, 6600k or 6700k, GSkill Ripjaw V... would serve you well.

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If I buy a new machine and customise it according to my needs, how can I find out if the cooling system I have selected is sufficient? The site I'm doing this at doesn't really give a clue.

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I just built a new computer myself. What I did was go to PC part picker (online) and selected the parts I wanted then clicked on compatibility. I had a question to see would the Noctua NH15 fit over the Trident memory slots as well as fit in the NZXT 630 case. The part picker said the parts WERE compatible but as an added insurance I went to the Noctua site where they also listed the motherboard (ASUS Maximus Hero Alpha) and the memory as compatible.

 

Perhaps you can try those methods to insure you've selected the right parts.

 

Good luck!

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If I buy a new machine and customise it according to my needs, how can I find out if the cooling system I have selected is sufficient? The site I'm doing this at doesn't really give a clue.

 

You will find a plethora of reviews on the internet. Ask us our opinions re favoured cooler, decide what's right for you... then look at the reviews which will tell you the temp and noise test results and also compare them with other coolers.

 

For dimensions, as Cory said, find out on the manufacturers website.

 

Your first decision is AIO water or air. I favour air, namely the Noctua NH-D15S.

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I've set up a system now:

 

CPU: i7 6700K 4x 4.0 turbo up to 4.2 (I do intend to overclock)

GPU: GTX 980Ti 6GB EVGA (the one I already have)

RAM: 16GB DDR4 Corsair

SSD: 1TB Samsung 850 EVO

CPU cooler: Scythe Mugen 4 (suited for extreme overclocking according to the website)

pre-installed cooling system 2x 120mm fans

Windows 7 64bit

 

Now I'm still not certain about the mainboard. Is there any particular reason why you recommended the Asus Deluxe? It's available but it's a huge increase in price compared to others so I'm wondering if I should really go for it. Alternatively, I'm thinking about the Asus Z170M-Plus.

 

This system should get me plenty of FPS in complex addon environments like approaching a FT airport in the NGX with heavy clouds?

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I've set up a system now:

 

CPU: i7 6700K 4x 4.0 turbo up to 4.2 (I do intend to overclock)

GPU: GTX 980Ti 6GB EVGA (the one I already have)

RAM: 16GB DDR4 Corsair

SSD: 1TB Samsung 850 EVO

CPU cooler: Scythe Mugen 4 (suited for extreme overclocking according to the website)

pre-installed cooling system 2x 120mm fans

Windows 7 64bit

 

Now I'm still not certain about the mainboard. Is there any particular reason why you recommended the Asus Deluxe? It's available but it's a huge increase in price compared to others so I'm wondering if I should really go for it. Alternatively, I'm thinking about the Asus Z170M-Plus.

 

This system should get me plenty of FPS in complex addon environments like approaching a FT airport in the NGX with heavy clouds?

 

 

For RAM I'd recommend GSkill Ripjaw V. Lovely Samsung modules.

 

As for your Scythe Mugen 4, not a bad cooler but why not go for the best, namely the NH-D15S. I'm currently overclocking the 6700K at 4.6 GHz nice and cool very quiet.

 

The other thing to consider is that Scythe coolers recently had an issue with excessive mounting pressure, resulting, in some cases, in crushed CPU sockets. Scythe did release a new mounting kit, but big coolers requires a spring mounted retention system, and the Noctua SecuFirm 2 is the best.

 

As for the Asus Z170 Deluxe, I also suggested the Z170-A. Your choice depends on the features you require. 

 

The Z170M-Plus is a Micro ATX board. I would go for full size ATX if I were you, easier to cool the system, more room.

 

This system should get me plenty of FPS in complex addon environments like approaching a FT airport in the NGX with heavy clouds?

 

 

I haven't installed FSX yet, but I can tell you that BF4 runs like a dream, and that all who have updated to Skylake are over the moon with their new rigs. Incidentally, like you, I also have the EVGA GTX 980TI.

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I've gone for the system above now except for the CPU cooler which I changed into the Noctua NH-D15S, like you said, and an ATX board. Now comes the hard part, waiting until it's here...

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I've gone for the system above now except for the CPU cooler which I changed into the Noctua NH-D15S, like you said, and an ATX board. Now comes the hard part, waiting until it's here...

And the D15S fits in your case?

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