Difficulty choosing between 2 builds

JohnnyGui

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Hello guys,

I have a dilemma choosing between 2 gaming builds. I am not planning to upgrade it further for a while. I want to play on 1080p @ 60Hz. Games like GTA V, Witcher 3, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, AC Origins (& upcoming Odyssey).
The 2 most important things for me are the gaming performance in terms of FPS (no streaming or multitasking during gaming whatsoever) and the degree of being future-proof regarding gaming.

Here are the 2 builds

Build 1
CPU: i5-8600 (non-K!)
Mobo: Gigabyte B360M Aorus Gaming 3
GPU: Gigabyte GTX 1070
RAM 16GB 2400Mhz
Storage: NeoForza 256GB SSD SATA600
Power: Cooler Master ATX 2.31 700 Watt
Case: Cooler MasterBox MB500

Build 2
CPU: i7-7700K
Mobo: Gigabyte Z270P D3
GPU: Gigabyte nVidia GTX 1070
RAM: 8GB 2400Mhz
Storage: NeoForza 256GB SSD SATA600
Power: Cooler Master ATX 2.31 700 Watt
Case: Sharkoon VG4-W ATX

Build 2 is about €20-30 more expensive. My biggest doubt concerns the difference in RAM and CPU (i5-8600 + 16 GB RAM versus i7-7700K + 8 GB RAM).

I would really appreciate some advice on this.
 

7664stefan

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Hey, I would definetly go for Build 1 but with an i5-8600k unless you have instead of gaming applications in mind that might benefit from hyper threading.
What is missing in both builds is a capable CPU cooling. ;)
 

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Thanks for the advice guys. I read that the i7-7700K would be better overall in gaming performance than the i5-8600 (non-K). But does the double amount of RAM with the i5-8600 give a more significant performance boost than the i7-7700K with 8GB of RAM?
 

7664stefan

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RAM...depends. There is today only limited no. of games who might have troubles with 8GB. What is more advantages for the i5 is the real 6 cores instead of 4 cores with HT on the i7. Thus I stick to my reommendation to go for the i5-8600k
 

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Ok, regarding build 1, I got the offer to have the i5-8600K instead of the non-K version for the same price.

However, to be able to overclock it I'd need another motherboard than the one shown in my OP (it has to contain a Z370 chipset)
The seller offered me to choose between the 2 following motherboards:

- Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Gaming
- Gigabyte Z370-HD3

I am kind of reaching the limit of my budget and the Gigabyte Z370-HD3 is about €22.5 cheaper. Would the difference between these 2 motherboards have a noticeable impact om gaming performance?
 

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I have another question. I am not planning to overclock the i5-8600K for a while until I really need it. During the non-overclocking period, would the Intel stock cooler of the i5-8600 (non-K) be enough for the i5-8600K regarding temperatures?
 

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Just barely? Do you perhaps happen to know the estimated idle temps when the Intel stock cooler is used for a non-OC'ed i5-8600K?

UPDATE: Just heard that they will use a Xilence i250 cooler for the i5-8600K and that it will give temperatures of 75-80 degrees at full load. Is this the average for a non-OC'ed i5-8600K at full load?
 

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