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Forum Topic "Beginner builder, help wanted"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 8 months ago

650W is a slight overkill but when it comes to power supply units it's always nice to added headroom to accommodate future upgrades and a stretch of power efficiency margins

Yep Gold is highly recommended! Seasonics Gold units are very nice - possibly best power efficiency units available with in-house mechanisms and capacitors.

Forum Topic "Beginner builder, help wanted"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 8 months ago

By the way, do you recommend a different power supply?

Seasonic is one of the best in the business!! Stick with it.

Also, are sound cards worth investing into?

The motherboard integrated sound is great for gaming purposes. For better quality audio you can invest in a sound card but I'd say leave it for now. Once you're up and running test the onboard offering to see how it fares with your personal preference - if you feel you can do better you can always add a sound card later. Personally, in the last year 10 years i've never bothered as its usually good enough (maybe a case of lazy-ears)

Forum Topic "Beginner builder, help wanted"

LIVE_AMMO 2 points 8 months ago

The VG248QE is a 1080p 144hz panel. The 1080 TI card is a pretty sizeable overkill for this gaming panel. Even the GTX 1080 is a plausible overkill but worth it considering you have a great future-proofer for newer released games.

To put it in context....with the GTX 1080, demanding games in ultra settings on a 1080p panel will easily hit the displays max 144fps (and more).

The GTX 1080 TI, on the other hand, is better suited for higher resolution panels with the likes of 1440p/4k.

This card will work perfectly: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/63yxFT/evga-video-card-08gp46183

If you prefer the larger heatsink, 3 fans and a slightly better Superclock: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/3fvZxr/gigabyte-video-card-gvn1080g1gaming8gd

The i7-8700K doesnt do anything much over the i5-8600K - basically same performance for gaming. The i7s advantage is its hyperthreading which better suits CPU intensive tasks (video editing, rendering, modelling, etc)

I take it the case and cooler are a preference for the aesthetics - as alternative parts offering the same performance are much more cheaper.

Forum Topic "Build for 144hz 2k gaming"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 8 months ago

1440p 144hz - you can trim the build by maintaining performance and easily squeeze in a 1080 TI

For best "gaming only" performance take the intel i5 6-core chip. It performs better than the Ryzen 5, as well as Ryzen 7 (2700X)

If you plan on overclocking - swap the M9i cooler for a this bad boy https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/8GBrxr/scythe-mugen-5-rev-b-512-cfm-cpu-cooler-scmg-5100 If you're new to overclocking and don't mind having a go, you could stick with the cheaper M9i as it does allow some headroom for a moderate OC.

Feel free to query any of the selections!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i5-8600K 3.6GHz 6-Core Processor £218.79 @ Kustom PCs
CPU Cooler CRYORIG - M9i 48.4 CFM CPU Cooler £19.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk
Motherboard ASRock - Z370 Extreme4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard £142.99 @ Amazon UK
Memory G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory £152.31 @ Amazon UK
Storage Kingston - A1000 240GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive £56.00 @ Novatech
Storage ADATA - ULTIMATE SU650 960GB 2.5" Solid State Drive £139.97 @ Ebuyer
Video Card EVGA - GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB FTW3 GAMING iCX Video Card £698.99 @ Amazon UK
Case Fractal Design - Meshify C Dark TG ATX Mid Tower Case £79.99 @ Amazon UK
Power Supply Corsair - RMx 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply £87.99 @ Amazon UK
Case Fan Fractal Design - X2 GP-12 (Black) 52.3 CFM 120mm Fan £10.99 @ Amazon UK
Case Fan Fractal Design - X2 GP-14 (Black) 68.4 CFM 140mm Fan £9.95 @ Amazon UK
Case Fan Fractal Design - X2 GP-14 (Black) 68.4 CFM 140mm Fan £9.95 @ Amazon UK
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total £1627.91
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-08-19 00:02 BST+0100

Forum Topic "Is this the best pc for its price for streaming. I have a 2tb hard drive already"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 8 months ago

The InWin 101 does have a PSU shroud

Did someone claim it didnt? lol

And it has great airflow

It has nice but circumstantial airflow and serves better with AIOs.

The S340/Meshify C does the job much more effectively pushing large volumes of air "throughout" the case where the flow velocity scales widely. The cubic feet per minute (CFM) in the inWin is 2-way directional, stemming from the base and splitting paths to exit from the sides. This results in lesser air contact in the middle portion of the case (Air cooler). Then there's the issue of having 3-exhaust points all set in opposing directions (rear, top and side) with the air cooler sitting miserably between them. A perfect example of undesired turbulence on the static pressure fan with reduction of free-flowing air running through the heatsink. The side exhaust towards the back is more ideal for AIO radiator configurations and harshly unfriendly to mounted fans on air coolers, causing friction and poorer flow-velocity. Just to add, the top fan exhaust (since heat generally travels upwards) hits a dead wall in the PSU before being pushed out from the rear side of the PSU. That's heat accumulation and certainly not the most desired spot for a Jamaican BBQ.

Is it a super concerning issue = no. Just worth pointing out there are better case options available not just for airflow but overall duct, routing, mounting, convenience, etc.

Forum Topic "Build for 144hz 2k gaming"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 8 months ago

Is this for gaming only?

What about screen resolution/refresh rate?

Depending on purpose of use you may have a couple of overkills which will offer little in terms of system/game performance which could be very easily substituted with savings thrown towards a more superior GPU where tangible returns are guaranteed. Then again it depends on your display resolution, at 1080p you're perfectly fine with a nice appreciated overkill. Go above 1080p and the door is open for more cuda cores and VRAM!

Forum Topic "Is this the best pc for its price for streaming. I have a 2tb hard drive already"

LIVE_AMMO 2 points 8 months ago

Looks great

A couple of changes:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor £147.00 @ Amazon UK
Motherboard Gigabyte - X470 AORUS ULTRA GAMING ATX AM4 Motherboard £129.98 @ Box Limited
Memory Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory £143.99 @ Aria PC
Storage Crucial - MX500 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive £51.59 @ Aria PC
Video Card Asus - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB Dual Video Card £252.98 @ Ebuyer
Case NZXT - S340 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case £74.99 @ Aria PC
Power Supply Corsair - CXM 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply £68.79 @ Alza
Case Fan ARCTIC - F12 PWM 74.0 CFM 120mm Fan £4.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk
Case Fan ARCTIC - F12 PWM 74.0 CFM 120mm Fan £4.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk
Keyboard Gigabyte - FORCE K83 Wired Standard Keyboard £49.99 @ Amazon UK
Mouse Logitech - G502 Proteus Spectrum Wired Optical Mouse £59.89 @ Amazon UK
Headphones Kingston - HyperX Cloud II 7.1 Channel Headset £69.99 @ Amazon UK
Other Webcam Logitech c920 hd £55.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total £1114.17
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-08-18 20:09 BST+0100

Forum Topic "[https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/user/Diamondz123/saved/p7sXP6] First Ever Setup"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 8 months ago

Have you considered just going for a solid PC build with a superior graphics card and a 144hz display? Maybe consider the PS4 endeavour for later?

At 1440p res, you could do with a better GPU if demanding games on ultra settings is a priority

With the 2700x in place, gaming and streaming will be an absolute breeze! If its just 1080p basic preset streaming - even the 2600X will cut it nicely

Forum Topic "First Time Builder Opinions Wanted."

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 8 months ago

VR is more GPU intensive.

If you plan on gaming on the 1440p 60hz panel go with the cheaper 6-core R5 Ryzen chip and secure a GTX 1080 TI. Chip comes with a very nice stock cooler. You could go with a cheaper motherboard but its ill-advised considering the motherboard will support the next generation of AMD Ryzen chips which will offer more. Basically better VRM cooling (mosfets), refined power phases and draws and this particular model allows Precision Boost/XFR to run superbly well.

If sticking with 1080p 144hz gaming, the i5-8600K will run better and squeeze in a GTX 1080 TI. For the display, even a GTX 1070/ti will work great but if VR hi-res gaming is priority (2K/4K) the gtx 1080 TI will do a better job.

It does add to the budget if thats workable:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor $165.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard Asus - TUF B450M-PLUS GAMING Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $99.89 @ OutletPC
Memory G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $143.99 @ Newegg Business
Storage Crucial - MX500 250GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $67.72 @ OutletPC
Storage Seagate - Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $59.09 @ OutletPC
Video Card Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB OC BLACK Video Card $679.99 @ Amazon
Case Corsair - Air 240 MicroATX Mid Tower Case $86.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $89.99 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $98.99 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1492.64
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-08-18 14:19 EDT-0400

Forum Topic "I'm currently looking for a new setup and these are my options ( Need help to decide which one to get)"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 8 months ago

If you want gaming performance - either No. 2 or 3

I'm warming more towards No. 3. The 980 TI is a powerhouse of a GPU for 1080p gaming + can't deny 16GB RAM either. You can add an SSD to complete the package and use the 1TB as a secondary storage unit. The R5 1600 is a very capable CPU for current day gaming. In the near future, if interested, you can update the BIOS and pick up AMD's newer CPUs which are expected to release in 2019 as the motherboard will be compatible.

No. 2 has the better processor for gaming + the SSD. RX 480 works very nicely too and 16GB is a nice future proofer. But then again for gaming 8GB works beautifully.

Forum Topic "Beginner builder, help wanted"

LIVE_AMMO 2 points 8 months ago

Build looks great but you can do with the same performance for less with a different GPU. The ASUS one is "way" overpriced! It's nothing new as ASUS is known to add to the price tag even when the competition is delivering better and cheaper - I guess the brand simply adds value, its in the name, its ASUS.

Perfect alternative for far less: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/KBtWGX/evga-geforce-gtx-1080-ti-11gb-ftw-gaming-icx-video-card-11g-p4-6696-kr

The difference between the 2 - an incy wincy bit faster boost clock, marginal increase in overclocking potential and the RGB logo. Definitely not worth paying $100-$200 dollars more for. If every bit of performance matters and cost is of no concern, for the $800 bracket take the All-Mighty Zotac AMP Extreme (might have to locate it elsewhere as its out of stock on PCPP supported vendor inventories) https://pcpartpicker.com/product/DZmxFT/zotac-geforce-gtx-1080-ti-11gb-amp-extreme-video-card-zt-p10810c-10p

BTW, whats the build for?

What about the display, resolution and refresh rates? (eg. 1080p 60hz)

Forum Topic "Is this alright for 1k PC? What should i change if anything"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 8 months ago

Both perform the same for a non-OC chip.

The m9i is currently priced around $50 - way overpriced! It was $20 a few weeks back which was initially the best choice considering the price point, performance and for me personally - the aesthetics!

Forum Topic "Is this alright for 1k PC? What should i change if anything"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 8 months ago

EDIT**

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i5-8400 2.8GHz 6-Core Processor $197.83 @ Newegg Marketplace
CPU Cooler be quiet! - Pure Rock Slim 35.1 CFM CPU Cooler $24.00 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard ASRock - B360 Pro4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $88.98 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $143.99 @ Newegg Business
Storage Crucial - MX500 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $64.99 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $43.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI - Radeon RX 580 8GB ARMOR OC Video Card $229.99 @ Walmart
Case NZXT - H500 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $69.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply SeaSonic - FOCUS Gold 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $65.91 @ B&H
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $98.99 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1028.56
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-08-18 12:31 EDT-0400
  • i5-8400 / i5-8500, zero performance difference in games

  • CPU cooler is not necessary as the stock cooler is sufficient. The one added will offer better thermals, run quieter and simply look better too.

  • Avoid paying more for 3200Mhz memory sticks. Your board supports max 2666Mhz. 3000Mhz selected as its cheaper with lower latency (faster timings) which is also backwards-compatible

  • The AMD RX 580 offers the same performance as the GTX 1060 - comes in cheaper! Plus with more VRAM = better textures, composites, splatter, detailing, etc. If your display supports FREESYNC, this card is FS compatible.

  • Simply a better PSU (in more ways than one)

  • etc

Forum Topic "High-end build"

LIVE_AMMO 2 points 8 months ago

Not sure how the 8086k is priced today, if its still $100 keeping them apart its pointless as the mark up in performance is almost non-existent. Maybe a couple of percent stronger...something i'd pay $10 more for but not $100

8700K is by a clear mile best value for performance!

Forum Topic "First time build. Please help!!. 2,000$ budget"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 8 months ago

Thats completely normal when using M.2 SSD sticks. All it means is once you plug your SSD into the motherboards M.2 header, one or two of the motherboards SATA ports are disabled. This is normal as M.2 shares the same lanes with those particular SATA ports. If you have additional SATA storage devices you would then avoid plugging them into the disabled SATA ports and connect to any of the other available ones. Nothing to be concerned about!

Forum Topic "First ever build halp"

LIVE_AMMO 2 points 8 months ago

Oh crikes - i opened my mouth a little too early. Assuming it may be a gaming rig alone, I was going to suggest downgrading the CPU to an i5-8600K and dropping the Overclock potential to a mid-tier Z370. With your work needs the i7 is certainly the better glove. Glad you're able to shift the budget though (best of both worlds)

Here's a "what do you think" - keeping the gaming spirit in full swing with a 27" 1440p 144hz panel and a top-dog GTX 1080 TI. It's an IPS panel too (95%+ colour accuracy) - something that may better suit your work requirements.

A couple of other changes too without losing performance and keeping reliability and durability top priority. The motherboard is down to preference as the Maximus X series is aimed more towards experienced overclockers. I would much rather take a mid-tier superb overclocking board by pushing those savings towards a better display/GPU. Thats an overclock in itself (a very tangible one too).

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i7-8700K 3.7GHz 6-Core Processor $329.99 @ Walmart
CPU Cooler Scythe - FUMA Rev.B 79.0 CFM CPU Cooler $46.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock - Z370 Extreme4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $164.99 @ Newegg Business
Memory Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $174.89 @ OutletPC
Storage Crucial - MX500 500GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $99.89 @ OutletPC
Storage Seagate - Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $59.09 @ OutletPC
Video Card EVGA - GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB FTW3 GAMING iCX Video Card $679.99 @ B&H
Case Fractal Design - Meshify C Dark TG ATX Mid Tower Case $88.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $89.99 @ Amazon
Case Fan Noctua - NF-A14 PWM 82.5 CFM 140mm Fan $21.65 @ OutletPC
Case Fan Noctua - NF-A14 PWM 82.5 CFM 140mm Fan $21.65 @ OutletPC
Case Fan Noctua - NF-A14 PWM 82.5 CFM 140mm Fan $21.65 @ OutletPC
Monitor Asus - MG279Q 27.0" 2560x1440 144Hz Monitor $513.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $2313.75
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-08-18 00:00 EDT-0400

p.s. I'm sure you can do some runs on google to locate a little cheaper displays with the same perks included. Maybe even opt for GSYNC if thats of interest

Forum Topic "First time build. Please help!!. 2,000$ budget"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 8 months ago

In that case take the 23.8" - for gaming its great! For general use if its discomforting to the eyes you can simply adjust the display resolution with a couple of clicks. Most displays even allow profiles to switch between preferred settings at a click of a button.

Forum Topic "First Time Build - Please help, what would you change?"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 8 months ago

If i understood correctly, its not for gaming but -

My primary purpose for this PC is to help with my study, and basic application use.

A dual-core CPU would have you covered nicely but the i3-8100 quad core is great with future proofing in mind.

You don't need a GPU, the motherboard added below supports HDMI + DVI-D. Simply plug in both monitors using these ports on the back of the mobo.

SSD STORAGE will give your system a very nice performance boost (faster boot ups, faster load ups, transfers, sequential read and write speeds - makes a huge difference). 250GB is more than sufficient for the Operating system, applications and general usage. You can either add a second HD to the mix to shoot above the $1200 mark or simply add one later.

Bare in mind - its a micro form factor build to cut costs and the motherboard comes with integrated AC wifi + antennas.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i3-8100 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor $161.00 @ Shopping Express
Motherboard ASRock - B360M-ITX/ac Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard $149.00 @ IJK
Memory G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $149.00 @ Umart
Storage Crucial - MX500 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $85.00 @ Shopping Express
Case Thermaltake - Versa H18 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $49.00 @ BudgetPC
Power Supply Corsair - CXM (2015) 450W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $75.00 @ Shopping Express
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $123.00 @ IJK
Case Fan Cooler Master - SickleFlow (Red) 69.7 CFM 120mm Fan $12.84 @ Amazon Australia
Case Fan Cooler Master - SickleFlow (Red) 69.7 CFM 120mm Fan $12.84 @ Amazon Australia
Monitor LG - 24MP48HQ-P 23.8" 1920x1080 60Hz Monitor $174.00 @ Skycomp Technology
Monitor LG - 24MP48HQ-P 23.8" 1920x1080 60Hz Monitor $174.00 @ Skycomp Technology
Keyboard Logitech - Wireless Combo MK270 Wireless Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse $45.00 @ Shopping Express
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1209.68
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-08-18 13:36 AEST+1000

p.s. If you fancy some light gaming - take a Ryzen APU where the integrated graphics are superior!

Forum Topic "First ever build halp"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 8 months ago

Whats the build for?

I'm assuming gaming plays a major role here. An almost $1900 build can easily accommodate a GTX 1080 TI paired with a sharp image 1440p 144hz display. Which forces the second question: Whats the budget for the display? Or whats the max budget on the whole?

Forum Topic "1000 CAD Gaming PC"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 8 months ago

If you can push that budget by $50 you can get a superior RX 580 gaming card and a 6-core Ryzen CPU which also comes with a very decent CPU cooler + looks GREAT!!

Heres how to make it possible:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor $231.29 @ Amazon Canada
Motherboard Gigabyte - B450M DS3H Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $91.95 @ Vuugo
Memory G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $119.99 @ Newegg Canada
Storage Kingston - A1000 240GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $74.99 @ PC-Canada
Video Card MSI - Radeon RX 580 8GB ARMOR OC Video Card $349.82 @ Amazon Canada
Case Thermaltake - Versa H18 Tempered Glass MicroATX Mini Tower Case $54.99 @ Memory Express
Power Supply SeaSonic - FOCUS Gold 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $77.99 @ PC-Canada
Wireless Network Adapter Gigabyte - GC-WB867D-I PCI-Express x1 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi Adapter $44.99 @ Memory Express
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1046.01
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-08-17 21:16 EDT-0400

Edit: Opos forgot the case fan. Ideally you only need 1 exhaust fan and one intake. Case already comes with a half-decent 120mm exhaust. Take one for the intake: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/product/fkCwrH/be-quiet-case-fan-bl046 You can always add 2 additional fans later for pushing more volume of air (CFM).

Forum Topic "First time build. Please help!!. 2,000$ budget"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 8 months ago

27" displays are the sweet spot 1440p panels, basically makes for comfortable viewing and perfectly aligns with the pixel/size ratio. 24"/23.8 panels are more of a fit for 1080p panels where pixel density sits nicely. In other words, squeezing 2560x1440 pixels on a smaller screen will make text/objects appear smaller and page alignments condensed. Not a huge a deal though the smaller panel works just the same for gaming.

Also 60hz = maximum 60fps. 144hz means you can hit higher than 60fps in games - all the way up to 144fps. The more the frames per second the smoother the gameplay. If you do decide to stick with the 23.8" 1440p 60hz acer, take the GTX 1080 which comes in $200-$300 cheaper.

Forum Topic "First time build. Please help!!. 2,000$ budget"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 8 months ago

$2000 gets you the GTX 1080 TI on a sharper image 27" 1440p 144hz display. Demanding games on ultra settings should easily sit between 90-144fps depending on title/environments/etc.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i5-8600K 3.6GHz 6-Core Processor $248.90 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler be quiet! - Pure Rock Slim 35.1 CFM CPU Cooler $24.00 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard ASRock - Z370 Extreme4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $164.99 @ Newegg Business
Memory G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $144.99 @ Newegg
Storage Crucial - MX500 250GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $67.72 @ OutletPC
Storage Seagate - Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $59.09 @ OutletPC
Video Card EVGA - GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB FTW3 GAMING iCX Video Card $679.99 @ Amazon
Case Fractal Design - Meshify C Dark TG ATX Mid Tower Case $88.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $89.99 @ Amazon
Monitor AOC - AG271QX 27.0" 2560x1440 144Hz Monitor $396.99 @ Walmart
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1965.65
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-08-17 20:06 EDT-0400

Forum Topic "High-end build"

LIVE_AMMO 2 points 8 months ago

But my main idea was to use the SSD just for the OS, and get a really big HDD alongside it (I might even go for a NAS at some point)

That will work very nicely too.

I just want it to boot up real fast and load my programs (and games) fast. Oh, and I want a gazillion tabs open on my browser without worrying about it.

16GB RAM would be more than sufficient unless editing requirements beg otherwise. For faster game load-ups = you're better off taking a larger SSD. Maybe 500GB SSD for the OS, applications and favourite games. Put it this way if I had the dollar, I'd simply take a 1TB SSD for the above and a secondary HDD for the rest. I hate slow game load times hence every piece of improvement is worth it if affordable (imo).

Would the 140's really be that big of a difference from the 120's? I want the 240mm rad up top because in the 500D case there's room for one at the top and one at the front too, but I've seen builds that use a 280 on top but it's a tight squeeze. At the moment I'm not getting a radiator for the front but I probably will in the future.

Not a whole lot of a difference. At stock speeds the difference is negligible. If you plan on overclocking the CPU to its max potential the 280mm does offer some advantage keeping the temps cooler. Then again not entirely necessary. If the case restrictions apply - stick with 240mm (performs VERY WELL)

Oh, and if it's of any interest, my plan was to have the top fans blowing air into the case from the outside. Also the ones in the front. Only the back fan would be sucking out air.

Thats too much positive pressure (airflow). It will work but has it's drawbacks. i.e lower CFM (volume push controls), the enthralling pressure can have a negative effect on the GPU fans static push and heat convection being countered. Is it a huge problem per general consensus - not really! But it's worth playing around with the configuration to see how well the case, gpu and CPU temps fare. Ideally, top fans are best for exhausts as heat generally travels upwards. The idea is not to push too much cool air in by limiting the heat exhaust transfer but finding a decent balance between the 2, push heat out and sucking the cool air in for best shifting of airflow volumes. Anyway - airflow is a topic that has no perfect answer, as long as your temps are decent per specified returns from similar builds its not a biggie. Also it's more aesthetically pleasing to have exhaust fans on top as the RGB fans remain visible on the plus side opposed to being mounted with the back facing towards the inside.

Forum Topic "Is this APU build OK?"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 8 months ago

24" is definitely a nice size for gaming at 1080p. If you are uncertain, maybe pop into a local store to compare display sizes.

OCing the APU: YES

OCing the Dell Display: Not certain but with a 2400G you don't need to OC above 60hz.

Forum Topic "Is this APU build OK?"

LIVE_AMMO 2 points 8 months ago

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 2400G 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor $158.90 @ Amazon
Motherboard Gigabyte - B450M DS3H Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $69.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Team - T-Force Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $85.98 @ Newegg Business
Storage ADATA - Ultimate SU800 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $53.99 @ Amazon
Case Thermaltake - Versa H18 Tempered Glass MicroATX Mini Tower Case $45.46 @ Newegg Business
Power Supply Corsair - CX (2017) 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $43.98 @ Newegg
Monitor Dell - SE2417HG 23.6" 1920x1080 60Hz Monitor $108.99 @ Amazon
Other TeckNet Gryphon Pro LED Illuminated Programmable Gaming Keyboard and Mouse set, Water-Resistant Design, US layout $34.00
Other SanDisk 16GB 2.0 Flash Cruzer Glide USB Drive (SDCZ60-016G-B35) $4.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $606.28
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-08-17 17:24 EDT-0400
  • Current motherboard - no need to use a older CPU to upgrade BIOS in order to use the Ryzen chip

  • Faster memory - Ryzen performance depends on it

  • Faster SSD

  • Better PSU (always aim for somewhat reputable 'current' units)

  • 24" display added. The 27" screen will rob the panel of it's sharpness (pixel/size ratio). 24" is a nice place to be with 1920x1080 resolutions.

SIDE NOTE: If you intend on adding a dedicated GPU later, take 550W power supply unit

Forum Topic "High-end build"

LIVE_AMMO 2 points 8 months ago

Whats your editing workflow based on?

You may be able to benefit from the faster 970 evo (pcie x4 NVME) SSDs 250GB/500GB depending on your active workload.

Since cost is not a concern, maybe a second 1TB SSD overkill. Doesn't do much for games other than faster load times compared to conventional HDDs. Very fast transfer speeds if you work with large data on the constant.

Then a third drive = HDD.

Also consider a 280mm RAD. Bigger radiator, larger 140mm fans (quieter) and better thermals. This ones great....runs super quiet thanks to the corsair premium fans and lower RPMs delivering performance as good as the higher RPM variants: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/W6RzK8/corsair-h115i-pro-554-cfm-liquid-cpu-cooler-cw-9060032-ww

Forum Topic "High-end build"

LIVE_AMMO 2 points 8 months ago

Looks good.

If the SLI setup is focused on gaming it won't do much. DX12 is not supporting SLI and game devs are from interested in using abstraction layers to utilise SLI possibilities (coding mayhem). For these newer 1000-series cards dual-GPU support is pretty much dead. Works in some games with marginal increase in fps, doesn't work on others and moreover inconsistencies/instability ensues. You're better of upgrading the card earlier with newer releases if required opposed to dual'ing up.

If you stick with dual-gpu's for other purposes take a 1000w PSU (Gold certified is perfect for the task).

With 9 RGB fans you could light up my entire house lol

Forum Topic "900 CAD First Time Build"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 8 months ago

Gigabytes Wifi 3 boards are misleading. These do not come with Wifi integration but support headers which require wifi cards to be purchased separately. Not the best solution as external wifi antennas tend to have stronger range.

Buy a 2x4GB RAM kit, thats 2 sticks equalling to 8GB. Dual kits run better on dual controller motherboards....faster mapping, more efficient and snappier under moderate to high loads (utilisation)

Drop the 970 Evo as it won't do much at all in terms of performance. Compared to standard SATA SSDs, the performance gains are almost non-existent. Maybe 1 second faster windows boot up, a few seconds faster games load ups, etc. Take a cheaper SSD and raise the card to GTX 1060 3GB. This card will easily play demanding games on top settings hopping around 60fps.

A better PSU would be in order.

I could recommend a list but can you confirm your absolute max Budget? You said 900 but your initial list is hanging around 950. If you could push that to $1000, swapping things around, you could possibly squeeze in a 6-core Intel/Ryzen chip.

Forum Topic "1st Build!"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 8 months ago

I forgot to mention, its worth waiting for the GTX 1180 if you want to hit 120Hz playing demanding games in ultra settings. Although, I would prefer the GTX 1080 TI (the one you have in your list - preferably cheaper) and then switch to GTX 1180 later in 2019 when third party vendors produce their aftermarket variants with better cooling. Those Nvidia founder edition cards tend to get loud and i'm anti-noise craxxxy!

Forum Topic "1st Build!"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 8 months ago

For the display, the alternative is the ROG SWIFT PG348Q (same perks: Curved 1440p ultrawide, IPS, Gsync). Key difference: this ones 100Hz + 5ms (opposed to the AW 120hz+4ms) https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/vhkwrH/asus-monitor-rogswiftpg348q Boils down to the price difference. AW is marginally better (20hz on top, 1ms difference (unnoticeable though) and slightly better sRGB but for me it boils down to price (than again - im skint)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i7-8700K 3.7GHz 6-Core Processor £320.35 @ PC World Business
CPU Cooler Noctua - NH-D15 82.5 CFM CPU Cooler £76.99 @ CCL Computers
Motherboard ASRock - Z370 Extreme4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard £142.99 @ Amazon UK
Memory Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory £152.30 @ CCL Computers
Storage Crucial - MX500 500GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive £82.79 @ Amazon UK
Storage Crucial - MX500 1TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive £178.79 @ Amazon UK
Video Card EVGA - GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB FTW3 GAMING iCX Video Card £698.99 @ Amazon UK
Case Fractal Design - Meshify C Dark TG ATX Mid Tower Case £79.99 @ Amazon UK
Power Supply SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply £92.97 @ Amazon UK
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total £1826.16
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-08-17 16:22 BST+0100

Forum Topic "1st Build!"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 8 months ago

You've gone with some overkills which won't benefit (unless "abit of work" consists of serious process savvy loads)

For eg. the NVME 970 evo (pcie x4) which mostly benefits specific workloads or data sequential speeds. For your purpose of use, you might get an extra second faster windows boot up and a few second faster game load-ups. Not worth the added expense.

Platinum PSU is pointless TBH, its a better fit for workstation rigs running on high loads throughout the day. Only offers 2% added efficiency with zero benefits for a gaming rig.

Unless your 20% workloads are super memory reliant (video editing, bulk image manipulation, modelling, etc etc) 16GB for gaming and general workloads is more than sufficient and for a long time to come (future-proof). For gaming in 2018 even 8GB is sufficient and anything above that mark adds zero performance to games. 14CL @ 3200Mhz?? I just saw that now. What is your 20% work load?

You only want the Maximus X if you're a hardcore (experienced) overclocker (even then the benefits over the mid-tier Z370 boards is marginal - some added overclocking margins, slightly cooler VRM/MOSFETS, a little better memory OC stability) - is it worth £150 more, depends on the user and the intended purpose of use.

Just a side note: the i7-8700K and i5-8600K offer the same in terms of gaming performance. Both chips OC very well. The only advantage the i7 has over the i5 is it's hyper-threading which is handy if you're streaming/rendering,etc.

In other words if your workflow doesn't require the above enhancements, drop them and save your money with replacements offering the same performance. Once i get a better picture of where you are with your needs I'll be a in a better position to recommend a list.

Not sure about the price comparison now in 2018 but Alienware displays tend to be super overpriced. Same performance and model-features are available on much cheaper alternatives from ASUS, ACER and Dell. If you want, drop me a link with your particular choice of model so we can compare.

Forum Topic "1st Build!"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 8 months ago

What do you plan on doing with this build? Looks like a work-horse punching numbers like there's no tomorrow.

What about a display? Resolution and refresh rate? (eg 1080p 60hz?)

Forum Topic "Motherboard dead. First time builder trying to salvage parts."

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 8 months ago

For storage holding media files (videos, images, documents, etc) it's as simple as plug and play. Always a good idea to back up things first.

For storage drives with your operating system and applications - you'll need to format those or once placed into the new system Windows installation itself will 'format' in preps for the install.

It's always safer to only hook up your primary storage drive first and leave all others disconnected. Once windows installation is complete, you can add the others.

Forum Topic "OPINIONS WANTED"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 8 months ago

You don't need 16GB to game. Take 8GB and upgrade to another 8GB later. RAM doesn't add to gaming performance but helps with system performance if you're multi-tasking whilst gaming or running heavy memory utilising background processes.

You're better off with 8GB of RAM (single stick for a second one to add later) and taking on a superior graphics card with the likes of the RX 580 with 4GB VRAM

If you can add to the budget:

  • Take the Ryzen 2600 for $15 more

  • Take the RX 580 with 8GB VRAM for $16 more

Even without the above 2 upgrades, the list below will do a fantastic job with gaming performance (fps), graphics quality, etc.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor $149.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock - B450 Pro4 ATX AM4 Motherboard $91.98 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill - Aegis 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $77.98 @ Newegg
Storage ADATA - Ultimate SU800 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $54.50 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $43.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card Asus - Radeon RX 580 4GB Dual Video Card $224.99 @ Amazon
Case Cougar - MX330 ATX Mid Tower Case $39.99 @ B&H
Power Supply Corsair - CXM 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $49.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $733.31
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-08-16 14:20 EDT-0400

Forum Topic "OPINIONS WANTED"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 8 months ago

240GB would be better, faster and will maintain effective speeds in the long run.

The 1050 TI is slightly better

Whats your max budget for the build?

Is it gaming only?

Forum Topic "First PC build, any suggestions?"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 8 months ago

Whats it for?

Forum Topic "Currently have a decent PC/Gaming rig, what would you upgrade next? (2k 1070TI build)"

LIVE_AMMO 2 points 8 months ago

It's down to personal preference - 4K may offer crispy sharp image detailing but takes a big hit on FPS performance. In some demanding games in ultra settings even the GTX 1080 TI struggles to maintain 60fps. The next Gen of cards are expected to offer a nice little sweet spot for 4K gaming but again the advances in FPS performance won't be considerably high but a nice improvement.

Then again thats just me, i prefer 2K hitting around 110-140fps in demanding games (best of both worlds). Now if you don't mind averaging around 60fps, theres no denying 4K's image quality is what it is - SIMPLY AMAZING!

Alternative option: 1440p "widescreen" (thats where I'm planning to be by the end of the year - if the wife permits lol) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQ0a0eAPT7s

Either way, 6700K does fall a little short for the 1080 TI. Will a solid overclock suffice? Maybe! Although, whilst the chip maintains decent re-sale value, drop it for a 6-core 8th Gen i5-8600K (if gaming only). The i7 offers hardly anything on top unless you're supporting multi-core threading workflows/hi-res streaming. Alternatively, the Ryzen 2600 is great with a very nice next Gen upgrade path (without having to swap the board).

Besides a compatible mobo - I wouldn't change anything else (maybe a case with better airflow? Meshify C?)

Forum Topic "New PC Parts Suggestions"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 8 months ago

This would bring you closer to your budget:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor $165.99 @ Walmart
Motherboard Asus - Prime X470-Pro ATX AM4 Motherboard $152.89 @ OutletPC
Memory Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $154.99 @ Amazon
Storage Crucial - MX500 500GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $99.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate - BarraCuda Pro 6TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $189.99 @ Amazon
Video Card EVGA - GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Superclocked Gaming ACX 3.0 Video Card $469.99 @ Newegg
Case Fractal Design - Meshify C Dark TG ATX Mid Tower Case $88.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $89.99 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home Full - USB 32/64-bit $103.95 @ Trusted Tech Team
Software Microsoft - Office Home and Business 2016 Software $186.49 @ My Choice Software
Monitor AOC - AG271QX 27.0" 2560x1440 144Hz Monitor $396.99 @ Walmart
Keyboard Razer - Cynosa Chroma Wired Gaming Keyboard $49.99 @ Amazon
Mouse Razer - DeathAdder Chroma Wired Optical Mouse $46.99 @ Newegg Marketplace
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $2197.23
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-08-15 18:35 EDT-0400

For additional savings to keep it under $2000, a few options:

  • Take a 250GB SATA M.2 SSD which is more than sufficient for the operating system and applications

  • Drop the enterprise edition 6TB HD if it's not of immediate importance and take a 2TB standard consumer tiered unit for around $50/$60. Fast, reliable and with 3 platters on the go the Seagate Barracuda would work nicely

  • If the rabbit is too hard to put back into the hat, take a budget but very workable case with nice airflow - Cougar MX-330

  • If possible, look at MS Office online subscription plans for monthly payments rather than forking out almost $200 in one shot

  • You could drop 1440p 144hz to 1440p 75hz in the display department.

Any of the above or a combination, could see you nicely settled at around $1900-$2000 - depends on where you want to place your budgeting priorities

Forum Topic "Updating gaming build for ultra/very high settings"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 8 months ago

With a 1440p 144hz panel already in the bag you could definitely do with a better GPU - GTX 1080/1080 TI

Depends on your budget, but something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor $165.99 @ Walmart
Motherboard Gigabyte - X470 AORUS ULTRA GAMING ATX AM4 Motherboard $131.58 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $97.98 @ Newegg
Video Card EVGA - GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Superclocked Gaming ACX 3.0 Video Card $469.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $865.54
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-08-15 15:13 EDT-0400

EDIT: At 1440p gaming, intel and ryzen are pretty much at par in terms of gaming performance. Intel outperforms more on 1080p gaming so Ryzen coming in a little cheaper is a great contender. Plus the upgrade path is open until 2020 for the next gen of chips without having to replace the motherboard.

Forum Topic "building a fast work station for my boss"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 8 months ago

Shes very pretty: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/DzF48d/asrock-b360-pro4-atx-lga1151-motherboard-b360-pro4

Its an ATX mobo, if your case is smaller (mini/micro) get a corresponding sized B360

Forum Topic "Bruh"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 8 months ago

It wouldn't matter - SLI is on the downer for gamers unless gaming devs pull their weight and kick-start a new liberati-freedom Act in support of SLI/CF code. DX12 is showing zero signs of mGPU too although some have the freedom to implement abstraction layers to make it possible they results are not to pleasing and inconsistencies are common. Hence the balance remains in the negative. Now, if you're saying AMD is hitting new heights in bypassing dev/DX mgpu support (which seems impossible unless AMDs gone CODE-crazy) it would be a different story.

The non-ribboned Crossfire bridging is not a step towards gaming but more in favour of SLI packaged rendering for workstations. I wouldn't say SLI/CF for gaming is completely dead but can't see it re-birthed anytime in the near future either.

Forum Topic "Anyone have any recommendations?"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 8 months ago

Build looks great. Maybe a better SSD @ 250GB for long term efficiency. Something like the MX500 from Crucial.

Xmas is a long time from now hence I would post a part recommendation request closer to the purchasing hour. It would be a great time to purchase considering the sales plus the newer gen graphic cards and lower pricing-tiers will be set in place.

Forum Topic "Compatibility Check"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 8 months ago

oops, that was for the OP!

Forum Topic "AMD or Intel Build"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 8 months ago

@ 1440p gaming with a GTX 1080 TI, either intel or AMD will work just fine (hardly any difference setting setting them apart in terms of fps count).

I generally prefer Intels faster cores and better overclocking potential. It's not always about fps performance but the snappier returns whilst multi-tasking during gameplay.

If its more than gaming (streaming/editing/etc) AMDs multi-core and higher thread count delivers better with faster rendering. Another benefit is the upgrade path (as mentioned above). AMDs next gen chips will be compatible with current motherboards hence depending on how well they perform over current offerings - it may be worth going AMD. Then again i'm still on the 7th Gen i7-7700k and absolutely no need in sight for an upgrade

Forum Topic "Compatibility Check"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 8 months ago

You don't have one linked in your profile either....if in existence...make sure to save it for referencing later.

Forum Topic "What should I replace my GPU with? Help!"

LIVE_AMMO 2 points 8 months ago

Depends on your budget. Your system is easily capable of running a GTX 1060 / RX 580. These cards are great for 1080p gaming and go for around $250 (US dollars). If thats too much, let us know your budget as cheaper options will outperform the HD 7850 very nicely.

Forum Topic "I need some upgrades for my current parts list (at bottom of message) Send Help!"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 8 months ago

I'm not sure about the specs today to be able to run this stuff

The 7700 is a fantastic chip for gaming even in todays standards. You got all that and more for $300? Its a steal and a half!

What about the motherboard?

No CPU cooler?

To clarify, is the monitor included in the $700 budget? If not, for $700 a top end GPU can easily make your 4K dreams possible, although taking a hit on gaming performance (fps). 1440p would be so much better for the best of both worlds (sharp image quality + performance)

Have you considered taking an SSD too? (simply makes the system run much faster where tangible/effective speeds are seen through OS/app boot times and data transfer rates)

Forum Topic "Just need some second/third opinions"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 8 months ago

That build looks great just a couple of changes:

  • Added SSD (you may have forgotten to add one as you had one listed in your initial post). The PCIE x4 NVME drive (970 EVO) is optional - you won't notice any real performance gains for the system in general, nor for games. The only real tangible benefits are slightly faster game load times (although I believe you are placing those on the HD instead)

  • Avoid the blower type GPUs - these get hot and sound off like a jet engine. The aftermarket cards which are newer house larger heatsinks, are superclocked (added performance), run cooler and quieter with 3 fans and offer additional headroom for overclocking.

  • Newer CPU cooler with higher TDP and much quieter than its previous counterpart thanks to corsair using better low-audible static pressure fans.

  • Motherboard swapped for one which has integrated AC wifi and comes with antennas. In my opinion, performs better than the AC51 wireless card.

  • I would stick with a Corsair (RMx/T-series) or Seasonic Gold Plus series PSUs. EVGAs price drop is not competitively-based but in favour of their lower-tiered protection features, pre-series capacitors and mid-tier fan-proficiency which is bearable but louder than the above 2 recommendations.

  • You don't need hybrid FireCuda as a secondary drive as it homes in very little performance gains. Go with a 7200RPM Barracuda which is equally reliable, faster and cheaper.

Once you've finalised the above, you want to focus on the case option. The 270R is not fit for a heat-motivated build - considering you have a GTX 1080 TI and a 6 core i7 in the bag. A case with better airflow would do the system greater justice! There are tons of options with great airflow and if it's of interest with a side tampered glass too. If you need case recommendation, let me know what you fancy.

For the display, although 4K will offer amazingly crisp image detailing, it takes a pretty big hit on gaming performance (fps). Most demanding titles played in ultra settings will struggle to maintain 60fps. For best of both worlds (sharp image quality and higher fps), a 27" 1440p 144hz gaming panel work amazingly with a GTX 1080 TI. Alternatively for more immersive gameplay you could opt for a curved 1440p widescreen panel but does get a little costly. Again if you need help choosing one, let me know.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i7-8700K 3.7GHz 6-Core Processor £316.97 @ Amazon UK
CPU Cooler Corsair - H115i PRO 55.4 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler £115.00 @ AWD-IT
Motherboard Gigabyte - Z370 AORUS Gaming 5 (rev. 1.0) ATX LGA1151 Motherboard £187.19 @ Aria PC
Memory Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory £174.79 @ Alza
Storage Crucial - MX500 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive £75.99 @ CCL Computers
Storage Seagate - Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive £51.59 @ Aria PC
Video Card EVGA - GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB FTW3 GAMING iCX Video Card £690.93 @ Amazon UK
Case Corsair - 270R ATX Mid Tower Case £54.98 @ CCL Computers
Power Supply Corsair - RMx 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply £87.99 @ Amazon UK
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit -
Sound Card Asus - Xonar DGX 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card £31.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total £1787.42
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-08-14 21:36 BST+0100

EDIT: SOS, I forgot your video editing/recording requirements. You may actually prefer the 970 evo storage unit to benefit from its much faster sequential read/write speeds. Depending on your file-size/s, if naturally exceeding 10GB-30GB with multiple active projects on the go, maybe consider taking a 500GB stick to accomodate active workflow. Larger NVME drives (above 250GB) offer better performance, lower latency mapping and run more effectively in the long run thanks to the added NAND chips

Forum Topic "Any recommendations for this build planning to buy this in a week or 2"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 8 months ago

That makes sense

If you're gaming on a 1080p display dont worry about overclocking as the GTX 1070 TI is a beast of a card and will easily support 144fps too.

Forum Topic "Any recommendations for this build planning to buy this in a week or 2"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 8 months ago

Thats a pretty expensive AIO CPU cooler! Did you choose this particular one for the AURASYNC synchronisation?

Drop the GTX 1070 TI and take a GTX 1080 (priced cheaper/same/similar and plenty to choose from in your price bracket). This one in particular: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/63yxFT/evga-video-card-08gp46183

Take a better 250GB SSD with better performance! Something like the MX500 from Crucial or Samsung 860 Evo (assuming this is for the Operating System and applications). For the second SSD (assuming its for gaming and other media), a mid-tier unit will work just fine or pick up a decent performer with the likes of the MX500 again (500GB). Games don't really benefit from SSDs apart from slightly faster load times. You may be better off picking up a cheaper 1TB / 2TB HD.

Your rig would work nicely with a 550w PSU unit, 650w is recommended for overclocking, future upgrades and plenty of power efficiency margins in the tank but 750w is plain-sight OVERKILL!! Go 650W

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