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2nd PC build GTX 1080

BatmanGhost

12 months ago

Hi everyone, thanks for stopping by and taking a look at my post. You guys helped me before with my first PC build last year and hope to get your help this year as well. I'm looking to get a GTX 1080 build, to play games on the highest settings, on a 1080p 144 hz gsync monitor. I'm not looking to over clock or have crazy RGB. My budget is around $1500. (The lower the price, the better)

Here are my questions: 1- should I stick with this air cooler or get a liquid cooler? I never messed around with liquid coolers before, so I don't know. Any other thoughts on cooling in general is appreciated. 2- CPU, should I stick with ryzen or Intel i7 8700k? 3- PSU, I want a modular PSU. 600 W or 650 W? 4- Case fans, are these good? I want best the cooling possible. 5- RAM, 3000 or 3200 Mhz? 6- Graphics card, GTX 1080 or 1080 TI? 7- MB, thoughts on the motherboard?

Link for part list: https://pcpartpicker.com/user/BatmanGhost/saved/Yxq7WZ

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  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i7-9700K 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor $419.99 @ B&H
CPU Cooler Noctua - NH-D15 82.5 CFM CPU Cooler $84.43 @ Newegg
Motherboard ASRock - Z390 Taichi ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $222.98 @ Newegg
Memory Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $139.99 @ Amazon
Storage Samsung - 860 Evo 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $82.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate - Barracuda 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $58.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card Zotac - GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8 GB AMP Edition Video Card $429.89 @ OutletPC
Case NZXT - H500 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $69.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $73.89 @ OutletPC
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1618.04
Mail-in rebates -$35.00
Total $1583.04
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-11-08 10:31 EST-0500
  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i7-8700K 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor $358.89 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler Noctua - NH-D15 82.5 CFM CPU Cooler $84.43 @ Newegg
Motherboard Asus - Prime Z370-A ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $159.99 @ Amazon
Memory Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $139.99 @ Amazon
Storage Samsung - 970 Evo 250 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $87.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate - Barracuda 3 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $79.85 @ OutletPC
Video Card Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1080 8 GB WINDFORCE OC 8G Video Card $390.00
Case Lian-Li - LANCOOL ONE DIGITAL ATX Mid Tower Case $104.84 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair - RMx (2018) 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $94.99 @ Amazon
Other Intel Optane Memory Module 32 GB PCIe M.2 80mm MEMPEK1W032GAXT $41.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1542.96
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-11-08 11:11 EST-0500

This is what I would recommend. The 9700k performs, on average, 5% better than the 8700k. It is also 5% more expensive (looking at MSRP). This would be a fair trade off, except you are more likely to find a sale or a used listing on an 8700k than a 9700k. Games also are just now starting to take advantage of more than 4 cores, so I don't see the point in going with 8c/8t when you could have 6c/12t.

For the cooler I would say stick with air. A good air cooler will trade blows with an AIO and it is less likely to fail due to the fact that the fan is the only moving part and that can be replaced easily.

The board doesn't really matter I just picked one that looks good. So long as it supports the storage and the CPU you should be good.

RAM speed does not effect performance on Intel nearly as much as on Ryzen, but it can still take advantage of it. I chose 3000 RAM to get that little bit extra performance. I also went with 2x8 GB so you can have dual channel and have room to toss in another 16 GB in the future.

The storage is fun in this build. I chose a 250 GB NVMe drive for the boot drive. It will provide a solid amount of storage for not only the OS, but also some frequently accessed programs and games. It will provide fast speeds and low latency. I threw in a 3 TB HDD so that you would have ample storage for games and files that are accessed less frequently. I coupled that with an Intel Optane module to help speed up the access speed for the HDD.

I chose a Lian-Li case, but that can be swapped for whatever is pleasing to you, so long as it fits all of the parts.

For the PSU you shouldn't need more than 600 watts for this build to run comfortably, but the 650 was only a little more expensive and it should provide better efficiency on the efficiency curve.

The GPU is where I was able to save a solid amount of money by buying used. I like the 1080, but the 1070 ti still provides better price to performance. between the two cards there is an 8% performance difference and a 15% price difference. It isn't huge so if you want to be able to say you own a 1080 go with that, if you want best price to performance go with the 1070 ti.

I know that I have the 1080 in the parts list. If you go with the 1070 ti just subtract $60 USD. I found both prices as averages on eBay

You shouldn't need any extra case fans, but is dependent on the case you choose. Most solid cases will have 2 or 3 fans which is fine for good cooling. After 3 or 4 fans (depending on the case) you start to see diminishing returns where it doesn't affect temperatures.

If you have any more questions feel free to ask!

https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=m570.l1313&_nkw=gtx+1080&_sacat=0

https://cpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Intel-Core-i7-8700K-vs-Intel-Core-i7-9700K/3937vs4030

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167427&ignorebbr=1&nm_mc=KNC-GoogleAdwords-PC&cm_mmc=KNC-GoogleAdwords-PC-_-pla-_-Solid+State+Disk-_-N82E16820167427&gclid=Cj0KCQiA2o_fBRC8ARIsAIOyQ-maFMi8gByDU7dVL25ESWFGuwUE-tFg5ADMYNsJcDUp6W8si8Vx-GUaAmd0EALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

https://gpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Nvidia-GTX-1080-vs-Nvidia-GTX-1070-Ti/3603vs3943

https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=m570.l1313&_nkw=1070+ti+&_sacat=0

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not sure that a 1080 is needed for 1080p gaming. At 1080p once you get past a 1060, maybe 1070 you aren't GPU limited any more. I'd change to a 1070 and guarantee some good fps with a 9600K CPU:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i5-9600K 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor $279.99 @ B&H
CPU Cooler Scythe - Mugen 5 Rev. B 51.2 CFM CPU Cooler $52.49 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard MSI - MAG Z390 TOMAHAWK ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $155.99 @ Amazon
Memory Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $139.99 @ Amazon
Storage Samsung - 860 Evo 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $82.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate - Barracuda 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $58.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card EVGA - GeForce GTX 1070 8 GB SC2 Gaming iCX Video Card $359.99 @ Amazon
Case NZXT - H500 (Black/Blue) ATX Mid Tower Case $74.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair - RMx (2018) 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $69.99 @ Newegg
Case Fan Noctua - NF-F12 PWM 55.0 CFM 120mm Fan $19.50 @ Newegg
Case Fan Noctua - NF-F12 PWM 55.0 CFM 120mm Fan $19.50 @ Newegg
Case Fan Noctua - NF-F12 PWM 55.0 CFM 120mm Fan $19.50 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1333.81
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-11-08 11:29 EST-0500

To answer your other questions: air cooling is fine, the H7 is fine, if you want even more cooling headroom the Scythe Mugen 5 or Fuma are great values. Neither your original build nor my revised one needs more than 550w. Noctua fans are excellent. The difference between 3000 MT/s and 3200 MT/s is less than 10%, for Ryzen you might, maybe, see the difference thanks to the effect on the Infinity fabric, for Intel it's close to irrelevant. The MSI Tomahawk is a good board, if you think you might OC the 2700X in the Ryzen build you might think about the MSI B450 Pro Carbon but it's not really necessary.

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