Help with desktop computer

So I'm trying to put together a desktop. I really love all games, everything from Battlefield to Arma to Crysis, Fallout and more. I'd really to put together a computer that will play anything I want, and more. That'll work good for putting together videos, streaming on twitch, etc - and remain a relatively high end comp for more than just 6 months.

This is what I've got put together so I missing anything or doing anything wrong? I'm specifically concerned about power supply, whether or not I need 'power sleeves' or whatever and stuff pertaining to cooling, etc.

Thanks so much to anyone willing to help me out...sorry for being such a noob ><

Chassis: MAINGEAR SHIFT Chassis with Advanced Vertical Heat Dissipation
Exterior Finish: Brushed Black Aluminum

Interior Finish: Stock Black

Motherboard: ASUS Rampage V Extreme X99

Processor: Intel® Core™ i7 5960X 8-core 3.0GHz/3.5GHz Turbo 20MB L3 Cache w/ HyperThreading (16 Threads)
Processor Cooling: MAINGEAR EPIC 120 Supercooler
MAINGEAR Redline Overclocking Service
Memory: 32GB Kingston® Predator™ DDR4- 3000(4x8GB) [QUAD Channel]
Graphics Card: Dual NVIDIA GeForce Titan X 24GB Total in SLI with G-Sync
Power Supply: 860 Watt Corsair® Professional Digital Series AX860 80+ Platinum Certified Modular Power Supply ROHS
Operating System Drive: [HDD] 2TB Seagate Barracuda 7200rpm 64MB Cache
Hard Drive Bay Two: [HDD] 1TB Seagate Barracuda 7200rpm 64MB Cache
Hard Drive Bay Three: Pre-Wired SATA Backplane Expansion Bracket For Easy Upgrades
Hard Drive Bay Four: Pre-Wired SATA Backplane Expansion Bracket For Easy Upgrades
Optical Drive One: 24X Dual Layer DVD-RW
Audio: On Board High Definition 8-Channel Audio
Ethernet Adapter: On-board Gigabit Ethernet
Wireless Network Adapter: ASUS PCE-AC68 Dual-band PCI-E Wireless-AC1900
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit
Security Software: Free 1 Year Subscription! McAfee AntiVirus Plus

Keyboard: Corsair® K70 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
Mouse: Corsair® M45 Gaming Mouse
Gaming Controllers and Peripherals: XBOX One USB Wired Controller (MS Official)
Memory Card Reader: All-in-One Integrated USB 2.0 Flash Card Reader & Writer
Speakers: Logitech Z313 2.1 Speakers with Subwoofer

November 7, 2015

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@burning we commented on a lot of Ashley's post about pc and laptop, i'm starting to think she's trolling us. I mean the amount of effort, emotion and frustration you put into your post is just wow, I thought i was the only one haha totally respect it.

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>"missing anything or doing anything wrong?"

You're doing everything wrong.

Over $6000 for a gaming desktop? Ridiculous.

>"...whether or not I need 'power sleeves'..."

Didn't I strongly suggest in your other thread to be patient with research and Google your questions?
By the way, power supply cable sleeving is for aesthetics and sleeved cables give a really clean appearance inside the tower case. It otherwise serves no functional purpose.
Buying a gaming laptop for fair travel reasons I can get behind. However, this amount of gross overspending for a gaming desktop is almost infuriating for me to see. You don't know what you are doing.

If you want a "a relatively high end comp for more than just 6 months," you can get an Intel Core i5, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970, and customize the other stuff around those. That will remain high-end for...years.

Fallout 4 is the most demanding game you have listed. Its official recommended specifications are:
*Intel Core i7-4970
*NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780

That GPU's current equivalent is GeForce GTX 970 which can be found for $280 right now.
The substantially less expensive $270 Intel Core i5-6600K offers the same real-world gaming performance as the i7-5960X.
...yes, a $1000 processor has the same gaming performance as a freaking $200 processor.
That performance comparison is even using the old Core i5.

Looking at the two parts that matter for gaming performance, the CPU and the video card, I can spend $550 and get the same 1080p performance in Fallout 4 as your $3000 parts. That doesn't account for how much less I can spend on a motherboard that will do for me the exact same thing as yours. Don't even bother with 4K gaming yet...that suite of technologies for that to work is still incomplete. By the time it's ready, the price of a video card capable of pushing that number of pixels will be reasonably priced then.

Since it seems that this generation of console ports - GTA V, Witcher 3, Fallout 4 - are satisfied by a desktop GeForce GTX 970 (1080p 60 FPS,) it is reasonable to assume that a system built with an i5 and GTX 970 will stay relevant as long as the PS4 and Xbox One hang around which is going to be a good number of years coming. The $2400 I save from not getting an Intel Extreme Edition i7 processor and dual GTX Titan Xs this year is money I can spend in the future to build an entirely new computer with fresher tech that can crush the next generation of games.

A few weeks back, someone PM'd me asking for a reasonably priced parts list to play GTA V, Witcher 3, and Fallout 4. It costed $1000.

$199.99 Intel Core i5-6500 Processor
$121.98 MSI H170 Gaming M3 ATX Motherboard
$64.99 CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 8GB (2x4GB) 3000MHz DDR4 Memory
$52.99 Western Digital Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM Hard Drive
$309.99 MSI GeForce GTX 970 Titanium OC 4GB Video Card
$69.99 XFX TS Edition PRO650W Power Supply
$59.99 NZXT Source 220 Mid Tower Case
$19.99 ASUS CD DVD Drive
$99.99 Windows 10 Home 64-bit

$999.90 total

Reply November 8, 2015 - edited

@trumpet205 I'm giving Ashley an easy solution of enjoying better audio. Sound card acts like a simplified filter and enhancer. Anything more like amplifier is just too complex for starters to wrap their heads around.

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First of, you really don't need Haswell-E for gaming, even if this is for 4K gaming resolution. Haswell-E would've made sense if you do heavy video editing, distributed computing (Folding@home, BOINC, etc), or any heavy usage of professional application. Gaming benefits very little to none from Haswell-E.

i7-4770K (or even i5-4670K) is where you should be aiming at. Skylake, which came out couple months ago, is i7-6700K or i5-6600K.

Good job on the PSU selection. PSU is one of those area where many beginner DIYers tend to mess up.

Storage wise I would swap out one of them (or add one) for SSD. A 256GB SSD where you install Windows and frequently used applications would go a very long way for system performance. For SSD brand stick to Crucial, Intel, Samsung, or Plextor.

Definitely go for a Bluray burner from either LG or Pioneer.

As for sound card and the speaker, I disagree with @xxbowmanxx that you should buy a sound card. In terms of audio quality your headphone and speakers matters the most, then amplifier, then finally the sound card. It makes zero sense in terms of money to use better sound card but budget speakers.

And if you are really serious about audio quality you would buy speakers, headphone, amplifier, and the sound card all separately, not sticking to all-in-one package like Logitech.

Reply November 8, 2015 - edited

a few things you should change/get:
-get more cooler, read this:
-replace the extra 1TB HDD with SSD
-optical drive: get a bluray burner/player, it's 2015, who watch dvd? Recommend Pioneer brand, very good with music and movie
-audio: spend a bit more and get a proper sound card, most people & websites would tell you stick with the onboard but once you got a proper sound card you will know the difference, i got Creative Titanium HD. Recommend brand: Creative or Asus
-security software: lose that McAfee crap and get Avast, it's free and less annoying
-Memory card reader: lose this, waste of money, stick with usb3.0 that comes with the mobo.
-speaker: ARE YOU FOR REAL????? you spent so much on mobo and graphic just to please your eyes and you're satisfied with just 25Watts 2.1 system, WTH is wrong with you? DONT YOUR EARS DESERVE SATISFACTION TOO? HAVE YOU ANY CLASS? Get Logitech Z906 5.1 with THX, yes THX.

TL/DR: OP is rich but have no class.

Reply November 8, 2015 - edited

Dual titan X's? HDD for OS? $1k CPU? This is a joke or a huge waste of money

Reply November 7, 2015 - edited

Run of all your selected components in PCpartpicker to see if any are incompatible.

That being said, I think 32gb of ram and an i7 is going overboard for just gaming.

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