Thinking of new computer

theman2680

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Hello everyone,

I am thinking about building a new computer. I need some advice, and critiquing about this build. I am use this for gaming, and very light work items. I don't have an exact budget but I don't have just money to blow on anything. I want this build to last me a very long time and not have to update in about 5 years. Below is a link to the build i have now.
https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/MR8jWD

Its doing well, but I want an upgrade on the GPU performance. I want to be able to run dual monitor @ 1440p 100hz

This is what I am looking for with a custom water cool loop.
https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/3Xqhjy

I am going to the EKWB site, and wanted to do a monoblock as well as a GPU block. Here are those items.
https://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-fc-geforce-gtx-fe-rgb-nickel
https://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-fb-msi-z270-gaming-rgb-monoblock-nickel
Then for rad and pump
https://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-xres-140-revo-d5-rgb-pwm-incl-sl-pump
https://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-coolstream-xe-480-quad
Then a couple cool parts for the loop
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06Y3N4NN6/?coliid=IVAPQIPYRE9CH&colid=22U7N4WLFQCNW&psc=0&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BB7VG51/?coliid=I18FYXHR0VTJVP&colid=22U7N4WLFQCNW&psc=0&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OL09RA4/?coliid=I10D9R3Y589XX3&colid=22U7N4WLFQCNW&psc=0&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it


Where are my problems, and what can improve on. My thoughts are what about the CPU do I need better, or is the i5 good enough? Do I go SLI GPU? This is going to a be a very aesthetics focused build with performance. Open chassis build that is going to be on display. I am thinking going all black parts with RGB added in, and a neon green liquid. Open to any thoughts please!!!
 

zoltan.boese

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The i5 is fine for gaming the 1080ti will serve you well even with a dual monitor setup. New graphic cards are about to be introduced by Nvidia this autumn, keep an eye on the 1180!

If you want to go safe with your water loop, you can buy a kit. EK, Phobya, XSPC, Thermaltake all sell bundles. This XSPC 480mm kit costs $380 at amazon and has similar pump as the TT part with larger reservoir.

Unless you watercool your gpu, the 480 rad is an overkill, however you can always extend a custom loop. Also a thick radiator does not necessarily mean better cooling performance. Read here:
https://www.ekwb.com/blog/radiators-part-1-thickness-fpi/
also http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/271317-29-radiator-thick-thin
 

theman2680

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Thank you for the input. I know that it will be fine, but would the i7 do a better job since game are getting better at hyper threading, and I want this computer to last a while. Having a better CPU could be better on the computer life span? I just read about the 1180, and thanks for the tip. I will definitely try to want to get that, but I don't want to wait to long. I definitely want to wait for the performance reports to come out. If that 1180 does not come out for a long time, I might just get the 1080ti, but that might not be smart.

I also took a look at the blog, and its not saying that the bigger rad is worse, but it depends on your case. I am going to switch to the PE 480 instead.
https://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-coolstream-pe-480-quad
I don't want to do a kit like that, because I want to do a mono block. The kits don't have those. I want to add in some extra pieces like a temperature gauge. I also want to water cool the GPU. I don't want to skimp on the cooling it might be overkill and not have the performance return there but I think the 480 rad is going to fill out my case instead of a smaller one.
 

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Here are some test comparing the 8th generation i5 and i7: https://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Intel/Core_i5_8600/15.html
The difference is under 1% for 4k gaming and 1440p as well. So there is no need for an i7, and you can swap it out later in case it would become a limiting factor in any way. The motherboards support both i5 and i7.

Gtx1180 may be introduced in 2-3 months. Of course if it is delayed, the 1080ti is fit for your needs as well.

Depending on fin density you might want to make it a push-pull. You will have no space concerns in an open case design and a thick rad with strong pressure fans will work well. In closed cases it would be more troubling. Over all you got it well figured out. Wishing you fun gaming!
 

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