Suitable for 1440p 144hz?

Apr 4, 2018
Hello everyone,

I’ve put together a build, and I was just wondering if I could get confirmation that this build is good for 1440p 144hz gaming, or if I ought to make some changes. To clarify, I don’t expect consistent 144fps in ultra, but 90+ would be preferred. I’ve linked the list below. One more thing, I’m not willing to get an 11 series card, I don’t expect they will be readily available for several months, and I already have my 1080. Thanks!


Nov 9, 2012
For that price you should go for GTX1080ti not GTX1080. Rest is good.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel - Core i7-8700K 3.7GHz 6-Core Processor ($347.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Deepcool - CAPTAIN 120EX RGB 76.5 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($65.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock - Z370M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Team - Dark 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital - Black 512GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($158.94 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate - Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.87 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI - GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB ARMOR Video Card ($729.99 @ B&H)
Case: Corsair - Crystal 570X RGB ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Corsair)
Power Supply: EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Acer - XB271HU bmiprz 27.0" 2560x1440 165Hz Monitor ($599.89 @ OutletPC)
Total: $2391.63
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-06-30 13:45 EDT-0400
Know what?
I can't find a single, even trivial nitpicking fault with this build at all.

Just a few points:

You might want to swap out the cooler for the NH-D15S, the offset design gives more memory clearance and is less likely to interfere with the top PCI-E slot.

Depending on how much data you need to store you could swap the SSD for a 2.5" SATA model of 1Tb capacity and drop the spinning disc altogether, or use an external USB backup drive if you need higher storage volume. Honestly, for most of us mortals there's not that much speed difference between SATA and PCI-E NVMe. And you'll get rid of that annoying hum from the spinning disc. ;)

Tempered glass cases tend to run hotter than steel or steel/acrylic cases, this is just a point in passing, with such stellar cooling I doubt you'll notice anything amiss but you may notice the side panel gets warmer over time than you're used to.
Tempered glass is tough but has an Achilles Heel: Hard things, don't rest the panels on/against bare stone, concrete or masonry and even light contact with a diamond gemstone will cause it to instantly shatter into millions of tiny but blunt, particles, something I was shown on my first day at Anglian Windows!

The case only comes with 3 fans, don't forget to add a pair ( 1 in the rear and 1 top rear roof location ) for exhaust-I'm particularly partial to the BeQuiet! SilentWings 3-but don't put one in the top front, it tends to pull air away from the CPU cooler.

What frame rate you'll get will obviously depend on the game settings and game, even the mighty GTX1080 can be brought to its knees at 2K rez, I usually find one step down from max and low/minimum AA gives the best balance between frame rate and eye candy.
Apr 4, 2018

Thanks! I'm going a bit overkill on this as I don't want to have to upgrade for a while to come. Would the NH D15S provide worse cooling? It seems strange to me that it would have better clearance with the same cooling...there has to be some downside right?

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