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If I were going to build a system today, I would use:
images/bd10265.gif Joe Whinery's List of Excel Spread Sheet - PC Build Specs: (Compare Prior Build Specs).

Intel Z170 Chipset + DDR4 Memory Build Specification For Reference & Discussion. These preferences are combined from 2 PCs Built. Variations include amount of RAM, Monitor choices and Video card available at the time of each Build. Remember: When purchasing online, use a Credit Card!

Intel now uses DDR4 Memory. We've increased the DRAM speed to DDR4 3200MHz.

Item prices are for reference only and were in effect, day of publication. 5/11/2016

      By Joe Whinery & Gill Boyd   5/11/2016 Amazon NewEgg
    If I were going to build a system today, I would use:        
    Item Brand Model   Approx    
1   CPU Intel i7-6700K   $347.00 Amazon NewEgg
2   CPU Cooler Noctua NH-L9x65   $50.00 Amazon NewEgg
3   MotherBoard Gigabyte GA-Z170X-Gaming 7   $170.00 Amazon NewEgg
4   Memory 16GB Corsair 16GB CMK16GX4M2B3200C16   $78.00 Amazon NewEgg
5   Mid Tower Case Rosewill R5   $70.00 Amazon NewEgg
6   PSU EVGA 750 GQ 210-GQ0750-V1   $80.00 Amazon NewEgg
7   M.2 NVMe SSD Samsung SSD 950 Pro   $318.00 Amazon BHPhotoVideo
8   Hard Drive WDC WD1003FZEX   $65.00 Amazon BHPhotoVideo
9   O/S Windows 10 Key Pro x64   $69.00
        Sub Total   $1,247.00 Total  
10   BD Writer LG WH16NS40   $55.00 Amazon BHPhotoVideo
11   Video Card EVGA GTX
980 Ti 06G-P4-4995-KR
  $629.99 Amazon BHPhotoVideo
12   Monitor LG LG 27UD68-W   $499.99 Amazon BHPhotoVideo
13   Keyboard & Mouse Inland 2.4Ghz Wireless Optical Mouse-Keyboard Combo   $15.00 Amazon NewEgg
14   Front USB 3.0 Vantec USB 3.0 2-Port Front Panel   $10.39 Amazon NewEgg
15   Cable Extender NZXT CB-8P   $7.99 QuietPCUSA Directron
16   Hot Swap Cage iStarUSA BPN-DE230SS-Red   $57.99 Amazon Directron
        Sub Total   $1,276.35    

Additional PC Build Considerations & Information:
  1. images/bullet2.gifWindows 10 ISO - Download the Windows Media Creation Tool, from
  2. images/bullet2.gifNinite - Install or Update Multiple Apps at Once
  3. images/bullet2.gifVideo Resolutions

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