This was my first from scratch build. My main use is a gaming rig with some intention of streaming in the future. I'm still not sure I'm getting the best out of it. Any suggestions would be awesome. Thanks.
16GB is way too much just for gaming; 8GB is more than enough. Also I don't know if you will be overclocking and/or doing Crossfire later on but a 850W is way overkill if you're not doing either of those things; 550W is fine, 750W is good for both, 650W for just one of those options.
I really wanted to not be restrained by ram and power for future upgrades.
8GB will definitely not restrain you, believe me... Power is OK I suppose but I still would've personally picked a 750W (I'm not really into 3-way+ SLI setups)
But he may stream in the future.
16gb will help in the scenario...Correct??
But will a quad-core be enough to stream??
It shouldn't make any difference to streaming with te RAM, and a quad-core Intel is more powerful than an AMD FX too.
An 8350 beats an i5 for streaming.
I agree with Lach, why go with a 4690k and 16 GB? Might as well go with 8GB since most games only need 4GB lol.. Also, 850w is wayyyyyyy overkill for a build with a 280 (all u need is 550w) That's like 450w of extra headroom and better is not always better (less efficient). Other than that, nice build, I would've went with 290 or 970 tho.
8 gigs may be more than enough but some games are starting to require 8 gigs, 16 gigs is the sweet spot.
This is not true. They do not require that much, this is recommended. The highest I've ever seen for a game was 6GB at recommended. 16GB is most certainly not the sweet spot, a speedy 8GB kit is, especially for the price.
I know plenty of people that would agree with me that 16 gigs of ram is indeed the sweet spot. My rig has 16 gigs of ram, imo i would rather have something and not need it than vice versa even though you can always add more ram later on.
That's the point. You can add extra RAM later on. I am not trying to start a flame war here but honestly, what you are saying is incorrect.
Meh believe what you want
I was also told that to get the most of of the ram speed, to run 4x4 as opposed to only running dual. Does that seem like a true comment?
don't see hard drive in list but is that one hanging or mounted vertically
Ah yes, i foroget to mention, i have a ssd and a mechanical HDD.
I want to add an after market CPU cooler and trash the stock. What are recommendations that will fit in my case? I also want to be careful I don't clip my ram, have seen some builders on YouTube have to replace ram with a low profile type due to the cooler. Water-cooled or fan/radiator?