Looking for general advice/confirmation on a PC Build for gaming.

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Hello,

This is the first PC build I have constructed, and have begun finalizing the components for it. By no means am I talented, or largely knowledble about constructing a good gaming PC that can run games relatively sufficiently (100ish FPS).

I had a friend help with picking the parts, and have conducted some research to find not only the best components for a good PC but also at a good price.

Here is the PC

I’m pretty happy with most of the parts, but again, I am not extremly knowledable in this field and thus request those who are much more active in the PC building process to lend me some knowledge.

I would like to keep the PC under $1650 USD, and thats where it roughly is right now. If you guys notice parts that can be replaced with cheaper alternatives let me know!

With that being said, I am excited to see the advice and comments. Thanks!
 
This should be better...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel - Core i7-8700K 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor ($339.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair - H100i v2 70.69 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ Newegg Business)
Motherboard: ASRock - Z390 Phantom Gaming 4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Team - Vulcan 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: ADATA - XPG SX8200 480 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate - Barracuda 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.89 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte - GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB GAMING OC Video Card ($749.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT - Phantom 410 (Gunmetal/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NZXT)
Power Supply: EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1658.81
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-11-24 03:51 EST-0500
 

Serinox

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Here is my recommendation.

I would ditch the hdd since ssd's are getting cheap. Also you don't need 3 exhaust fans since you most likely going to use the aio as top exhaust. As for the gpu i would choose the 2070 over the 1080. The 2070 is a little faster and it's supports new features like dlss, raytracing. Only get the 1080 if you get it much cheaper. My final advice is that you shouldn't cheap out on the psu.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel - Core i7-8700K 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor ($339.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair - H150i PRO 47.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI - Z370 SLI PLUS ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair - Vengeance RGB Pro 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($152.86 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung - PM961 256 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($65.95 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung - 860 Evo 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($127.98 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte - GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($498.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair - Crystal 570X RGB ATX Mid Tower Case ($139.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Corsair - ML120 PRO RGB 47.3 CFM 120mm Fan ($27.19 @ Newegg)
Total: $1622.91
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-11-24 05:56 EST-0500
 
Nov 24, 2018
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Thanks for your response! I just have a couple of questions regarding some parts you switched. I totally agree with not cheaping out on the power supply, the one you provided is not only fully modular but also has higher wattage for the same price as the one I was looking at so thank you.

As for the CPU cooler, I decided originally to go with the NZXT one as the RGBs look amazing, and it seems to do a decent job at cooling (from research). I was going to have the radiator at the front of the case as intake, as that is the only place in my case a 360mm radiator can fit. Is there any benefit swapping from NZXT to the Corsair H150i Pro for CPU cooling? My plan for the NZXT radiator was to swap its fans with the ones I was ordering, so I would have good RBG fans in the front. Then, using the 3 RBG fans that came with the case, I would move two of those to intake on the top and one to exhaust out the back. Thoughts on this?

The 2070 video card is only $20 more than my current 1080, so if you do think that the 2070 will outperform the 1080, I’ll take your word.

Finally, for the drives, is there any benefit toward having two SSDs instead of one SSD and a HDD? I know the OS files go on SSD, but I have a lot of games that I will need to store on bulky HDDs.

Again, thank you for replying!
 

Serinox

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Well as for the h150i pro, it performs the same but is much cheaper. Also i would consider getting a case with better clearance for top mounted radiators. It seems to be possible to but there could be issues with taller ram. The benefit of aio exhaust would be much cooler temperatures in the case.

However if you use the radiator as front intake you should take all 3 case fans as exhaust 1 at the back and 2 top.

As for storage, the faster m2 ssd is supposed to be for the os and the smaller programs. The bigger ssd for the rest.
 
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant
CPU Cooler: Corsair - H115i RGB PLATINUM 97 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($169.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $169.99
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-11-25 19:17 EST-0500

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant
CPU Cooler: Corsair - H100i RGB PLATINUM 75 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $159.99
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-11-25 19:18 EST-0500
 

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