Question How is this build, and can you suggest improvements?

Mar 22, 2019
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So here is what I have so far. I am using whats available in Indian market to build this. Let me know if something is odd or should be made better here. Budget is not a major concern, 90% work and 10% gaming needs. I want to build something that will be good for next 3-5 years, super performance focused.

ConfigurationModel Number
ProcessorIntel Core i7-8700 3.20 GHz Processor
MotherboardAsus ROG STRIX H370-F GAMING 8th Gen Intel Motherboard
Memory (RAM)Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB (2x16GB) DDR4 DRAM 3000MHz C16 Memory - Black (CMK16GX4M1D3000C16)
Power SupplyCorsair CX Series CX550 550 Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified ATX PSU (CP-9020121-UK)
CabinetDeepcool D-SHIELD V2 Middle Tower Computer Case
MonitorDell 24inch Touch Monitor (P2418HT)
Graphic CardMSI GeForce GTX 1660 GAMING X 6GB GDDR5
SSDCrucial MX500 2TB SATA Internal Solid State Drive (CT2000MX500SSD1)
Keyboard MouseLogitech MK850 Performance Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo
UPSAPC Back UPS 1100 (BX1100C-IN)

2 TB HDD in addition will be used.
 
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Mar 18, 2019
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i would consider a motherboard upgrade, it supports only DDR4 memory and 2660Mhz .
your corsair ram is 3000 Mhz
consider a motherboard which can utilize GDR5 at 3200Mhz.
Your motherboard has M.2 PCIe inputs for aSSD, worth considering.
I'm no expert, just building my own PC at present and have done months of research, depends whats available to yo there,
I also have severe limitations here in the Philippines , so I ordered my parts from USA, much cheaper even withfreight and custons fees,
Good luck , tom ( PS tom is my name, nothing to do with Tom's Hardware )
 
Mar 22, 2019
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Why not get the K series, so you can OC it if you need to
Also its stocked faster speed
https://cpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Intel-Core-i7-8700K-vs-Intel-Core-i7-8700/3937vs3940
Yes - Ram is very important to have DUAL (as mentioned below)
I will check if K is available, looks good.

For ram - go with 2x 8GB instead (or you loose dual channel capability).
Other than that - everything looks good.
I already have a 1 x 16 GB, so this is additional 1 x 16 GB. Total of 2 X 16 GB :)

K model is significantly more expensive. And OC on that board also not possible.
What is OC? Could not find in Google.

I forget Intel don't like to be user friendly - but the K also offers the better base speed :)
As for cost - he could be a millionaire :) He does state money not a problem

Although I would go with the 9900 if money wasn't the problem - just better , more cores/threads
9900 isnt available in India now unfortunately.
 
Mar 22, 2019
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Intel Core i7-8700K 3.70 GHz Processor
Asus ROG STRIX Z390-F GAMING Intel Motherboard - upto 4266mhz

Ok, aiming for these 2 as per your suggestions. Its $187 more, but as long as its worth it.

What do you think is the performance difference between:
Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (1x16GB) DDR4 DRAM 3000MHz C16 Memory - Black (CMK16GX4M1D3000C16)
vs
G.skill Trident Z RGB 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4 3200MHz Desktop RAM (F4-3200C16D-32GTZR)

Is the 200 MHz difference so much? Or is it negligible when I am using 32 GB in total?
 
Intel Core i7-8700K 3.70 GHz Processor
Asus ROG STRIX Z390-F GAMING Intel Motherboard - upto 4266mhz
Ok, aiming for these 2 as per your suggestions. Its $187 more, but as long as its worth it.
If you're not overclocking, then there's no benefit in going for OC capable components.
Keep in mind - OC requires additional expenses for cooling, rigorous testing. You get risks for instability, shortened lifespan of components. You said, your system usage is 90% work. Stability has more value in work environment than meager 10-15% performance increase from OC.
 
If you want your system to perform optimal
You have to buy DUAL kits
8GB is barely what you want
16GB is what most people have and it should suffice for many things
32GB if you really need it.
But all must be purchased in DUAL or QUAD configurations.
 
Mar 22, 2019
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I have decided to go with: G.skill Trident Z RGB 16GB (1 x 16GB) DDR4 3200MHz Desktop RAM (F4-3200C16S-16GTZR)
2 Qty
= 32 GB, tested and sent to me by the seller.

Everything else is the same. I will have it shortly :) Thanks guys
 

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