High-end PC Build

Sep 18, 2018
Hi, putting together a pc for a friend and we've put together a list of some components. Looking for some advice in tweaking it to be any cheaper or more efficient. Thanks!

Intel - Core i7-8700K 3.7GHz 6-Core Processor
Cooler Master - Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
Gigabyte - Z370P D3 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard
Kingston - HyperX Fury 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory
Samsung - 860 Pro 512GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
Seagate - Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB Video Card
Cooler Master Case
EVGA - SuperNOVA G2 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply
Lite-On - iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer
That CPU cooler is very under powered for the CPU so that will need to be changed to a better cooler like the CYBORG H5 at the min.

If thinking about OCing then the MB would also need to be changed to a higher end one like the Gigabyte AUROS Z370 Gaming 5.

The ram is on the slow side, should get DDR4 3000.

Your build is compatible, and will work as is.

But, I have some thoughts:

1. If this is a gaming build, a cheaper i5-8600K will perform equally well.
The extra threads of the 8700K will not be worth the extra $130 price premium.
That might let you buy a GTX1080ti up front.
Or... the i5-9600k or i7-9700K is due out soon, look for that

2. 8700k or 8600k can get toasty under load or when overclocked.
If I can assume that your case has 160mm available for a good air cooler, there is nothing better than an $80 noctua NH-D15s.
If you really want a simple cooler with a 120mm fan, the scythe kotetsu at $35 is much better than the hyper212.
Here is a review:

3. Motherboard is fine for overclocking at anything less than record seeking levels.

4. Ram is fine, intel does not depend on fast ran. But, you may find that 3000 speed does not cost much more and is probably the sweet spot.

5. Love the ssd for windows, and I like Samsung.
But, the main thing you get with the PRO vs. the evo is endurance which is not an issue with 500gb ssd devices.
It will be long obsolete before you ever run out of writes.
Also, for a high end build, I would instead consider the m.2 pcie 960 evo.
500gb can hold a good number of games and may be all you ever need.

6. PSU is very good and can power even a GTX1080.
The cpu can run an even stronger card in the future. I think I would overprovision a bit to 650w.
The psu will consume only the power demanded of it, regardless of the max capability.
I like the Seasonic focus gold units.

7. I might defer on the hard drive until you actually need the space.
If the plan is to store large sequential files such as videos, then a HDD is good.Cases are a personal thing.
It is easy to add a hard drive later.

Cases are a personal thing, buy one that looks good.
Assuming it can hold the parts, I look for at least two front 120/140mm intakes that have a washable filter.



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