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Octa-Core, Second-Level (Build 6)



Last updated November 18th, 2018

This build changes to an Intel i7-9700k as well as a few modest improvements, including a mild GPU upgrade and better CPU cooler. You can crush 1080p gaming, perform nicely at 1440p, and possibly even some 4K gaming. However, if 4K gaming is a significant priority for you, you should consider a 1080 Ti or 2080 Ti. Your PC will be decent for rendering, streaming, or other multi-tasking programs, although not to the level of a Ryzen 2700, 2700X, or i9-9900k. It is hard to say whether there is a good upgrade path for your CPU, as no one knows if the Z390 platform will support Intel's next line-up of chips. And, of course, the GPU would also be available to upgrade regardless, although if you're only at 1080p, a GPU upgrade beyond the included GTX 1080 is almost assuredly not needed.

CPU: The i7-9700k is is an octa-core, octa-thread CPU. It does not have hyperthreading. It can be overclocked and does not come with a stock cooler, so we've added a great aftermarket cooler that will allow you to reach the maximum overclock potential of your specific chip.

Motherboard: We include a Z390 board, although a Z370 board would suffice in most cases. This chipset will have several benefits: better expandability, several nice quality-of-life features, and probably most importantly, better cooling/performance for the VRMs and MOSFETs on the board itself, which is really beneficial as you push towards higher overclocks on your CPU. Please be aware that not all Z390 boards are better than all Z370 boards, so please look at reviews on a case-by-case basis. You could also go with an SLI GPU approach if you wanted, but honestly, SLI is losing support more and more often these days, so I can't personally recommend that approach. MSI, ASUS, ASRock, and Gigabyte are all reputable brands.

RAM: This build maintains the very solid 16 GB of RAM, which should be plenty for gaming for at least a couple of years. The speed/frequency of the RAM is moderately important for a build using the 9700k, so try to aim for higher speeds with 2666 MT/s at a minimum and 3200 MT/s being the maximum. Don't break the bank jumping from 2666 MT/s to 3000 MT/s or 3200 MT/s however, as it's just not that important and you'll likely only see 1-3% framerate increases from each jump up... which is around 1 to 3 FPS average when you're around 60 FPS.

Storage: We move from a 2.5" SSD to an M.2 SSD. You won't see any speed increases, but the smaller form factor and fewer cables is nice for tidying up your system. This build maintains the HDD at 2 TB.

Video card: The GTX 1080 is a solid upgrade over the 1070 Ti used in the previous build. It'll handle basically anything at 1080p and probably many titles at 1440p, but if you want to seriously spend time in 4K-gaming land, you'd likely want to upgrade to a 1080 Ti or 2080 Ti.

Case: This is a highly personal choice. However, the Phanteks Eclipse P400 is a gorgeous case and should still be quite functional even for future builds. The two extra case fans will help maintain cooling throughout your system.

PSU: We stick with our 550w, fully-modular, Gold-rated PSU. There aren't many choices to upgrade in PSUs at this point, but you could go for Titanium or Platinum rating if you really want to maximize efficiency, but I'd rather spend the extra cash towards getting a 1080 Ti for a GPU upgrade.

Compatibility Check: See notes below.

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Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
Intel - Core i7-9700K 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor 11W - 95W
Noctua - NH-D15S 82.52 CFM CPU Cooler 5W - 10W
G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2666 Memory 11W - 11W
Toshiba - P300 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Western Digital - Blue 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
EVGA - GeForce GTX 1080 8 GB FTW Hybrid Gaming Video Card 53W - 215W
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: 88W - 371W
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