Winter 2018 Gaming and Streaming Build


Jan 6, 2017
Hello everyone,

Here is my projected build for this Winter. I need your thoughts on it please.

Intel - Core i7-8700K 3.7GHz 6-Core Processor (I will OC this)
CRYORIG - H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler (Heard great things about this)
ASRock - Z370 Extreme4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard
Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory
Samsung - 960 EVO 250GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive (OS and Boot Drive/ OBS)
Samsung - 960 EVO 500GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive (Data and Games)
EVGA - GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB SC2 Video Card (Should I wait for the 1180Ti?)
Fractal Design - Define R6 Black ATX Mid Tower Case (I have the current R5)
EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply
Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit (Still on Windows 7, Time to move up I guess for DX12)
Acer - XB271HU bmiprz 27.0" 2560x1440 165Hz Monitor (Can I do better around the same price or cheaper?)

I'm giving my Old system to my Dad as he really needs a new PC, but he only needs it for email, Bills, basic browsing, Videos so I will be selling the following items outright:

Samsung EVO 850 500GB

I would caveat everything here by saying you are looking way to early to build a rig this winter. You need to look in October as there will probably be new GPUs and CPUs on the market. So this is what I would build today.

I would recommend looking at the 2700x. The 8700k is a great CPU, and it is a few percentage points better fps than the 2700x at 1080p, but when you move up to 1440p and 4k resolutions, the 8700k and the 2700x are dead even. While the extra threads of the 2700x wont help in games, it will make a difference in streaming. It also comes with a good stock cooler, so it will save you some money there.

I would also not go with 2 NMVE SSDs. For gaming and streaming, you wont tell a difference between a 960 and 850 EVO. I would just get one NVMe SSD for a boot drive and a larger 850 EVO for a game drive.

I went with the Seasonic PSU here just because it was a good price for a good unit. But the G3 is an awesome PSU, so you cant go wrong with either.

PCPartPicker part list:
Price breakdown by merchant:

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 7 2700X 3.7GHz 8-Core Processor ($328.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte - X470 AORUS GAMING 5 WIFI ATX AM4 Motherboard ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung - 960 EVO 500GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($199.99 @ B&H)
Storage: Samsung - 860 Evo 1TB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($279.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA - GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB FTW3 HYBRID GAMING Video Card ($1029.89 @ B&H)
Case: Fractal Design - Define R6 Black TG ATX Mid Tower Case ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2408.82
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-04-30 17:37 EDT-0400


Jan 6, 2017
Not a bad build at all. I have no experience putting together an AMD. I'm still shopping around.
As for the GPU and CPU coming out. the Canon Lake seems to have been delayed again until 2019. And the new 1180Ti's will cost way too much after the scalpers take them all to resell.
I'm only putting builds together. I will research the AMD more thou I don't really like them based on past experience.
Thank you for the post.

Edit: If I'm going to get a 1TB SSD it's going to be ONE M.2. I will not need any other. :)
AMD is back now. They actually for streaming and multithreaded workloads should outperform the Intel chips. Now in gaming at 1080p, the AMD is 5-10% slower, but compared to the old FX chips, they are monsters.

As he said as you move higher in resolution, you won't hardly see a difference.

I know myself I had an AMD FX 6300 system before, and the Intel route was tempting, but last year I went ahead and picked up an AMD ryzen 1600. With a little overclock, it's a great little chip.

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