[SOLVED] New build, 8700k

Feb 23, 2019
Approximate Purchase Date: Today
Budget Range: <CAD$2,000
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.ca, Amazon.ca
Location: Alberta, Canada
Parts Preferences: Intel/Nvidia
Overclocking: Down the road when required
SLI or Crossfire: No
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

I am building a new computer for my girlfriend. I haven't built myself one since 2011 (I'm still using a 2600k@4.4 and 980ti, still kickin' and runs everything nicely), though I built my brother a nice one about 3 years ago. So as of today I'm out of the loop as far as hardware goes. But I have researched for a bit, I'm pretty confident what I've picked is good. I would appreciate if anyone can take a look at the parts I've picked and let me know if anything is off.

Right now including tax, everything below (locally) is about CAD$1900.

Edit: I've updated my original post to include $CAD/$USD for what I'd actually be paying. The links with the items were just for spec references.

Core™ i7-8700K Processor, 3.7GHz w/ 12MB Cache (735858350181)
CAD$463/ USD$352

EVGA CLC 120 CL11 400-HY-CL11-V1 120mm Liquid / Water Intel CPU Cooler (843368049706)
CAD$80 / USD$61

Prime Z390-A w/ DDR4 2666, 7.1 Audio, Dual M.2, Gigabit LAN, CrossFireX / SLI (192876129692)
CAD$230 / USD$175

G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 16GB PC4-25600 Dual Channel DDR4 Kit (2x 8GB), Black (848354014973)
CAD$156 / USD$117

EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 SuperClocked ACX 3.0 Black Edition 8GB PCI-E w/ DVI, HDMI, Triple DP (08G-P4-5173-KR)
CAD$500 / USD$380

Seagate BarraCuda ST2000DM006 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive (ST2000DM006)
CAD$70 / USD$54
(SSD will come later, I'm not worried about this now)


Cooler Master MasterCase H500P Mesh Gun Metal w/ 2 Pre-Installed 200mm RGB Fans and Tempered Glass Side Panel, Liquid-Cooling Ready (884102042690)
CAD$200 / USD$153

COOLER MASTER Masterwatt Lite 600W with 80 Plus Certified Power Supply with Full Protections by Cooler Master (884102031656)
CAD$60 / USD$46
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Feb 23, 2019
Do not buy a 1070 for that price... Look for a used one if you're tied to it. Or get a 2070 for less money with a lot better performance

I would also look at a better quality psu.
The 1070 in my link is actually only CAD$499.99. The newegg link is just higher than our local store. Is CAD$500 (USD$380) more reasonable ?
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Is this a gaming build?

If so, I suggest:
  1. i5-9600K will be a better gamer and cheaper.
  2. In such a nice case there is no need for liquid cooling.
Noctua NH-U12s, NH-U14s, or even NH-D15s will cool better.
In the process, it will run quieter, be more reliable, require no maintenance and will not leak.
3. For the same price, buy a ssd.

I will never again build without a ssd for the "C" drive. It makes everything you do much quicker.

240gb is the recommended minimum.

If you can go 500gb you may never need a hard drive.

You can defer on the hard drive unless you need to store large files such as video's.
It is easy to add a hard drive later.

Samsung EVO is a good choice for performance and reliability.

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Aug 18, 2009
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel - Core i7-8700K 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor ($463.99 @ Amazon Canada)
CPU Cooler: Scythe - Mugen 5 Rev. B 51.17 CFM CPU Cooler ($99.63 @ Newegg Canada Marketplace)
Motherboard: Asus - PRIME Z390-A ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($228.99 @ Mike's Computer Shop)
Memory: G.Skill - Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($116.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Samsung - 970 Evo 250 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($119.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Storage: Seagate - Barracuda 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.95 @ Vuugo)
Video Card: EVGA - GeForce RTX 2060 6 GB XC ULTRA GAMING Video Card ($499.00 @ Canada Computers)
Case: Cooler Master - MasterCase H500P Mesh ATX Mid Tower Case ($194.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: SeaSonic - FOCUS Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($92.99 @ PC-Canada)
Total: $1884.52
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-02-23 19:40 EST-0500
Feb 23, 2019
Changes my Suggestion to this. Still a bit cheaper and a bit better.
Not a night and day difference but if you can find something cheaper and better I'd always jump at it :)
Done, switched. Thank you. Night and day or not, for ~$10 more I'll take any little bit of better performance!

Is this a gaming build?
  1. In such a nice case there is no need for liquid cooling. Noctua NH-U12s, NH-U14s, or even NH-D15s will cool better.
  2. I will never again build without a ssd for the "C" drive. It makes everything you do much quicker.
Yes it's a gaming build.

1. If the CPU came with an HSF, I'd use that instead. But if it needs to be bought extra anyway, i'm fine with a tiny bit more money for less noise. I've been using one for well over 10 years and have never had anything leak.

2. And yea SSD is great but is not mandatory at this stage. She has never had a gaming computer, and will never know the difference. It's something that'll be easily upgradable in the future should it ever be required/wanted.

With those multiple shipping origins (regardless of what pcpartpicker says), this will add a few hundred more dollars to the cost due to shipping costs. But I've noted on your suggestions, thank you.


Also .. side note:
One thing I've just noticed, is that the local store I will be buying this from has the case H500P listed as a full tower. I'm now just realizing that that's wrong and it's actually a mid tower. I've strictly only ever bought full towers for gaming due to airflow and fan placement, so i'm curious what is everyone's thoughts are on the above hardware in a mid tower?
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Feb 23, 2019
Thank you everybody for your feedback, it is 1000000000000% appreciated. I've placed the order.

Edit: For the record, I tried to do it through this website so it gets the commission, but they don't link up with my local store (memoryexpress.com) :(
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