Console convert needs help with custom rig

Apr 3, 2018
Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: This week (ASAP)

Budget Range: 2000-2500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (Overwatch, Mass Effect Andromeda), surfing the internet

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I've "built" a custom computer on because I am a former console peasant with no experience when it comes to PCs. Here's what I came up with so far:

iBUYPOWER Labs - Noise Reduction 1 x Basic - iBUYPOWER Harmony SRS Sound Reduction System (Foam + Silent Fans) - Reduce System Noise (is this even worth it if I will be wearing headphones most of the time??)

Processor 1 x Intel® Core™ i7-8700K Processor (6x 3.70GHz/12MB L3 Cache) - Intel® Core™ i7-8700K

iBUYPOWER PowerDrive 1 x PowerDrive Level 1 - Up to 10% Overclocking

Processor Cooling 1 x Asetek 570LXL 240mm Liquid CPU Cooling System

Memory 1 x 16 GB [8 GB X2] DDR4-3000 G.SKILL Trident Z RGB Memory

Video Card 1 x NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti - 11GB (VR Ready) - Single Card

Motherboard 1 x ASUS PRIME Z370-P -- 2x PCIe x16, 4x USB 3.1, 2x USB 2.0 [Intel Optane Ready] (is this good enough? Or should I upgrade to the Assus ROG Strix Z370-E?)

Power Supply 1 x 850 Watt - Thermaltake Toughpower Grand RGB 850W Gold Full Modular

Primary Hard Drive 1 x 240GB ADATA SU650 SSD (is this enough? or should I go for the Samsung 960 Evo 1TB?)

Data Hard Drive 1 x 2 TB Hard Drive -- 64MB Cache, 7200RPM, 6.0Gb/s - Single Drive

Location: Raleigh, NC, USA

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No / Maybe (I don't really understand what that means)

Your Monitor Resolution: 2560x1440

Additional Comments: I have no idea what I'm doing. :( I just want a really good gaming rig that will be equipped to handle games for years and could really use some help/critiques. Thank you so much!


Mar 19, 2017
To put it simply, this will be a beast machine that will destroy any game you throw at it, and will handle games for several years to come. But let's talk, and see if we can make it better.

1. You could save 300-500 dollars if you build the system yourself. Now you might be concerned, but trust me, building a pc is much easier than it seems. And as long as you read and follow the instructions for each component, you should be fine. That saved money could be used for better components, games, peripherals etc.

2. If you are willing to spend the extra 400 dollars or so, you should purchase the 960 EVO. It is much faster than SU650. If however that is too much, there are many other options. Such as the 1TB 860 Evo SATA. It will not be as fast as the 960, but will not cost as much. Also look at 1tb drives from other companies like crucial or mushkin, to see if you can get an even better deal. That is one part of building a pc, you gotta compare components from different brands.

1tb 860 Evo -

Crucial 1tb ssd -

Mushkin 1tb ssd -

3. To answer your question about SLI/Crossfire. This is when a system uses two or more of the same gpu. SLI is for Nvidia graphics cards, while Crossfire is for AMD cards. So if i had 2 GTX 1080 TIs running together, they would be running in SLI. If i had two RX 580s, they would be running in crossfire. Having 2 gpus can result in higher fps in some games, but can also cause issues in others.

4. In my opinion, the sound reduction system is not necessary if you are going to wear headphones. Unless you want complete silence.

5. Personally, i would stick with the ASUS prime. The ROG STRIX Z370 E will not make the pc perform any better. Here is a direct comparison between the two if you are interested.

If you want to compare different components to see how they perform against each other, try

If you have any additional questions, please let us know.

Apr 3, 2018

You, sir, are my hero! Thank you.

I didn't see the 1TB 860 Evo SATA listed as an available option, but I selected the 1 TB Samsung 860 EVO SSD - maybe that's the same thing?

And is the processor cooler I selected good enough for my rig? 1 x Asetek 570LXL 240mm Liquid CPU Cooling System
You could honestly spend alot less on system than what you have there, many more affordable PCs are still huge improvements over consoles.
Ibuypower isn't.... the greatest when it comes to build quality though, so here's some alternatives:

I'd say aim for a $1300-1500 system, and then with the rest of your budget, get a good monitor and pair of head phones.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Monitor: Acer - XG270HU 27.0" 2560x1440 144Hz Monitor ($374.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Redragon - K552 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($30.99 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Logitech - G602 Wireless Optical Mouse ($37.99 @ Amazon)
Headphones: Kingston - HyperX Cloud II 7.1 Channel Headset ($87.99 @ Best Buy)
Total: $531.96
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-04-04 12:17 EDT-0400
Apr 3, 2018

That was just the budget for my PC - I already have headphones for my xbox and I just got a new monitor, too. I looked at those other websites and didn't seem to be able to re-create a rig as powerful as the one I made on ibuypower...