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The "money is no object" Intel build (Build 8-I)

SoupaSoka

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This build is the Intel equivalent of our Build 8 AMD. This build goes a bit bonkers and picks up a few things you probably don't need to rock high-end gaming, but boy, they sure are fun. You can crush 1080p gaming and you can crush 1440p gaming. You run the only GPU capable of playing 4K at a decent framerate. This build will perform 20% better (or more!) in most games than the Build 8 AMD, but will be comparable or fall behind slightly in multi-tasking in some tasks, such as streaming, video editing, and rendering, due to the slightly lower core/thread count of the Intel 8700K. The 8700k is the best CPU for gaming on the market, and it's a damn strong competitor for thread-heavy usage as well.

CPU: The Intel 8700K is a six-core, twelve-thread CPU. It can be overclocked, but it runs hot, so you'll want a hefty aftermarket cooler such as the Noctua included in this build, especially if you overclock. Speaking of which, because we've chosen a larger case, we can easily fit in the dual-fan Noctua NH-D15 instead of the single-fan NH-D15S used in our lower-tier builds. It is very reasonable to consider going for an AIO liquid cooling option or even a build-your-own liquid cooling solution for this price-range, if you so desire.

Motherboard: The Z370 board is selected from a parametric filter, but just about any of these boards will handle general needs without a problem. If you prefer on-board WiFi instead of using a PCIe WiFi solution, a USB Wi-Fi dongle, or wired ethernet, be sure to get a motherboard that has built-in WiFi.

RAM: We double the RAM to 32 GB, so you're well-covered in that regard and should never "run out" of RAM. We also bump up to 3200 MT/s which should offer a minor improvement all around over 3000 MT/s.

Storage: While our HDD stays at 2 TB (although adding another 2 TB HDD wouldn't be unreasonable), we've moved up to a 1 TB NVMe SSD, which will provide somewhat faster speeds than SATA SSDs, while also giving you a very hefty amount of SSD-based storage space.

Video card: We still have a single 1080 Ti in this build, but we've swapped over to a liquid-cooled ("hybrid") card. This will let your card run cooler and quieter than most air-cooled cards, and you may be able to overclock it a little bit higher. You could go for a dual-1080 Ti build here if you wanted, but I'm still not convinced that SLI is a good choice these days.

Case: This is a highly personal choice, but the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv case chosen here is really beautiful, large, and easy to work within. We've got the same two extra case fans which more or less maxes out fan slots in your case, assuming you're using the hybrid GPU. If you end up purchasing a non-liquid-cooled GPU, you could consider adding another case fan to your build.

PSU: We maintain a 650w power supply as with our previous build, but we upgrade to 80+ Platinum efficiency. Why? Besides the marginally better efficiency, resulting in a slightly lower power bill and a little less heat output from the PSU, it's simply because we can.

Compatibility Check: See notes below.

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CPU $359.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $359.99 Amazon Buy
CPU Cooler $85.22 FREE $85.22 Newegg Buy
Motherboard $109.99 -$10.00 FREE $99.99 Newegg Buy
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Memory
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  • Rating: 4 stars, 5 stars
  • Manufacturer: Corsair, Crucial, G.Skill
  • Speed: DDR4-3200
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 32GB (2x16GB)
$274.99 FREE $274.99 Newegg Buy
Storage $298.85 FREE $298.85 OutletPC Buy
$62.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $62.99 Amazon Buy
Video Card $809.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $809.99 Amazon Buy
Case $169.99 -$20.00 $7.99 $157.98 Newegg Buy
$20.00 mail-in rebate
Power Supply $115.88 -$20.00 FREE $95.88 OutletPC Buy
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Operating System $104.89 -$10.00 FREE $94.89 OutletPC Buy
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Case Fan $22.40 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $22.40 Amazon Buy
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Base Total: $2437.58
Mail-in Rebates: -$60.00
Shipping: $7.99
Total: $2385.57
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Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
Intel - Core i7-8700K 3.7GHz 6-Core Processor 11W - 95W
Noctua - NH-D15 82.5 CFM CPU Cooler 5W - 10W
MSI - Z370 GAMING PLUS ATX LGA1151 Motherboard 17W - 70W
G.Skill - Trident Z 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4-3200 Memory 29W - 29W
Toshiba - P300 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Samsung - 960 EVO 1TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB Aorus Waterforce Xtreme Edition Video Card 62W - 250W
be quiet! - SilentWings 3 pwm 59.5 CFM 140mm Fan 1W - 5W
be quiet! - SilentWings 3 pwm 59.5 CFM 140mm Fan 1W - 5W
Total: 132W - 494W
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