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While building my brother’s new badass computer I decided to also upgrade my (very recent) i7 6700k to an i9 9900k. This also meant upgrading the motherboard too, which I ended up going with the ASUS ROG Maximus XI Hero (Wi-Fi) and a Corsair Hydro Series H150i PRO RGB 360mm Liquid CPU Cooler as well to keep temps down.

This will be a great upgrade, especially to suite my needs with video encoding (+quicker times) and gaming at the same time.

I decided to go the way of Kaby Lake for my new Plex Server build instead of going with something like 2 Xeon L5640’s or L5690’s which I’m sure in the long run would have been much better than going with this CPU, the 7600K yet alone cheaper overall for the CPU and entire build.

But without further due, here’s the build:

CPU: Intel Core i5-7600K 3.8 GHz Quad-Core Processor
Motherboard: ASUS Z170 Pro Gaming ATX LGA1151
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB DDR4-3000
Storage: Samsung 860 EVO 2TB SSD
PSU: Corsair RMx 650W 80+ Fully Modular
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 ATX Mid Tower

Within the last week I have finally built a new PC. Here’s the PCPartPicker list:

The whole build ending up costing me $1,851.67 without taxes. All free shipping.

  • Intel i7 6700k Overclocked 4.6Ghz Skylake Processor
  • ASUS ROG GeForce GTX 1080 STRIX 8GB Graphics Card
  • G.SKILL TridentZ Series 32GB DDR4 3200 Memory
  • Corsair Graphite Series 760T Full Tower Windowed White Case
  • Corsair Hydro Series H100i v2 CPU Cooler
  • Corsair RM850X Power Supply
  • Samsung 850 EVO 1TB M.2
  • LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray Writer
  • Asus VG248QE 24″ 1920×1080 144Hz Monitor

My existing hardware I’ll be using with this still:

  • Corsair Vengeance K70 Black Cherry MX Brown’s Keyboard
  • Logitech Proteus Spectrum G502 Mouse
  • Samsung 850 EVO 250GB SSD (OS Drive)

Farewell to my old PC:

  • Intel i7 860 Lynnfield Processor (Overclocked to 3.8Ghz)
  • EVGA P55 FTW SLI Intel Motherboard
  • EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti FTW 2GB Graphics Card
  • G.SKILL Ripjaws 16GB Memory
  • Antec P180 Case
  • Corsair Hydro Series H60 CPU Cooler
  • Corsair RM850X Power Supply