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  1. That case seems to be a bit overkill and the thermal paste is unnecessary (included with the H110i), but otherwise it looks like an excellent build. Also, why the Samsung 960 EVO paired with a WD Blue 1TB? I'd personally go with something like a Samsung 960 PRO 2TB or just go with a Samsung 850 EVO 2TB or 4TB. You could always put in a large PCIe SSD later down the road if the budget is limited right now.
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    Hey BabuBhai, welcome to the forums!
  3. Ahhh icic.... Well, try sticking it onto another Intel system. Let me know if it works out. Good luck! =)
  4. memory

    What motherboard are you planning to install it? Generally, if you want to increase memory by adding more, ideally you want to add more sticks of the exact same to prevent any issues.
  5. Hey Andy, yup that looks like a solid build to me. If you're willing to spend a couple extra bucks, I'd recommend dropping both the SSD and HDD and just going with a bigger, better SSD. These days you can get a 525GB Crucial MX300 for not much more.
  6. Hmmm... maybe other RAID chipsets might work. You can experiment, but I'm pretty certain another system with an Intel chipset should work right off the bat. Personally I'd just copy the data on the drive to a SSD and be done with the RAID 0 HDD setup then unraid those drives and use it as separate drives.
  7. 1. If it's an ASUS Rampage II Extreme, it should use Intel RAID. If you purchased a new Intel based board, I don't see why it wouldn't be detected right off the bat if you enable Intel RAID. 2. See 1 Yeah, older motherboards get a bit more expensive once production is gone. While there aren't many buyers, there's limited stock which causes the price to go up.
  8. Well, the RX 480's performance is somewhere closer to a GTX 1060. If you want something more powerful, AMD is expected to launch their enthusiast VEGA graphics platform by Q2. Unfortunately, no performance details on it are available, but it's expected to be somewhere between a GTX 1080 and GTX 1080 Ti. No pricing is known ATM. For the Witcher 3 however, I'd recommend a Nvidia GPU, so GTX 1060 would be the RX 480 equivalent. The Witcher 3 is a Nvidia optimized game so it runs slightly better on Nvidia GPUs.
  9. The GTX 1070 or 1080 will both be fine. You may have a little bit of bottlenecking, but IMO it certainly wouldn't be cost efficient to upgrade the platform for the relatively minor gain in FPS. I'd rather have you spend the extra on a GTX 1080 Ti or Titan xP.
  10. Build looks mostly OK. I would swap either the i5-6600K for a non-K model (i5-6600) or the B250M to a Z170 or Z270 since the K models and the Z motherboards allow you to take advantage of the unlocked multiplier for overclocking. If you're not planning on overclocking, go with a non-K version of the CPU. Also, 7th Gen core processors are out, so you can pickup an Intel Core i5-7600K or i5-7600 rather than an i5-6600 for a minor performance improvement. As for the GPU, the RX 480 or GeForce GTX 1060 are both good. It really depends on which games you play since each company has games that are optimized better for the specific GPU. What's your budget and what games are you trying to play?
  11. What games are you planning to play and at what resolution/quality? The CPU, SSD, and RAM looks OK. I would probably just upgrade the GPU and the PSU. Which GPU would depend on what you're playing and at what resolution/quality.
  12. Changing the HDD to SSD was probably the only big upgrade you could make to it. The overheating issues, I'd recommend changing the TIM and cleaning out the fans. I'm not so sure you can replace the fans with anything other than the stock ones as laptop fans are usually proprietary. As for the DVD slot, most companies usually sell an adapter which allows you to put another drive or a battery in there. You can't install RAM into an expresscard slot, but if the RAM is removable you can add more to that. Also, you might be able to upgrade the CPU, but at that point I think you've put too much money into the system and would be better off buying a new used laptop.
  13. Your system looks good IMO. As for GTX 1070 vs Vega, that's going to be difficult since Vega isn't out yet. Early rumors are saying performance is somewhere between a GTX 1080 and GTX 1080 Ti.
  14. Newegg has a VERY, VERY good deal on a case and motherboard right now if you're looking for both. As a gift for purchasing the ASRock Z270M Pro4 motherboard, they're throwing in a Phanteks Eclipse P400 case which is a $69.99 value. The price for the entire combo is $114.99 + $5 rebate bringing the price down to $109.99. Shipping is free for ShopRunner, otherwise $3.99.
  15. Best Buy has a deal going on for $30 off the Western Digital Red NAS HDDs bringing the 4TB capacity drive down to $119.99. Shipping is free as is in store pickup. Check prices at Amazon here. If you need a great NAS drive for your NAS unit, this is a good choice.