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i7-8700K/GTX 1080 Gaming/Streaming/Music Archiving

by junglasses

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Date Published

March 1, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.7 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.607 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

10.108 GHz

Description

Multipurpose PC. It actually started in early 2017 as an i5-7600k/GTX 1060 6GB price:performance gaming rig, and as I slowly upgraded all the parts, it became an entirely new machine. I recently upgraded the last bit - changed my CPU cooler to the brand-new and powerful H115i Pro from Corsair - and I think I'm done doing serious upgrades for a while.

  • Gaming: I like to play competitive Overwatch and StarCraft II, as well as a variety of noncompetitive AAA games, notably including recent demanding titles like Rise of the Tomb Raider, GTA V, Ghost Recon: Wildlands, and Assassin's Creed Syndicate. My priority is being able to play these games at 1080p 120fps+ and very high to max settings. The GTX 1080 is, I think, the perfect choice for this purpose.
  • Streaming: I casually stream on Twitch (@jenyer_) and I take pride in my stream quality. The i7-8700K easily handles x264 900p/60fps at 6000 kb/s and fast preset, for any game I want to play. I also use OBS to record 1080p video and sometimes edit clips in Adobe Premiere.
  • Music archiving: I collect FLACs and often use dBpoweramp to mass transcode into different MP3 formats. Having a large amount of initial storage and room for expansion is important for the former, having a powerful multicore CPU is important for the latter.

Part Reviews

CPU

I got slightly unlucky with the silicon lottery on mine and need 1.35V to run a stable 5.0 GHz OC, but it's a monster CPU even at stock speeds. The hyperthreading is worth every penny over the i5-8600K for any multicore-heavy workloads.

CPU Cooler

Insanely quiet AIO. Paired with two be quiet! Silent Wings 3 140mm fans, it is inaudible at full load and beats large air coolers (e.g. the Dark Rock Pro 3) in noise:performance ratio.

Motherboard

Solid motherboard with great features, and surprisingly good onboard sound if you're interested in that. My only issue was that I experienced problems using the first M.2 slot and chose to use the second slot to cut my troubleshooting process short, but it's fine otherwise. I particularly like that the USB 3.0 connector is horizontal, so it's very easy to plug in the front panel cable; it also comes with an easy adapter for the tiny front panel connectors.

Memory

Paid $115 for this in January 2017. Definitely the kit to get if you want a heatspreader that won't have clearance issues with any CPU cooler. There's a reason this is the most popular RAM at the moment.

Storage

Bought this as my initial boot drive. Best SATA SSD out there (after the new 860 EVO).

Storage

The speed upgrade on this from the SATA-based 850 EVO is noticeable. Definitely worth it if you have money to burn.

Storage

Massive space, great performance. This is the newer variant (ST4000DM004): don't be confused by the number on the ST4000DM005, it is in fact older.

Storage

Great 1TB HDD despite being a bit of an older model. I'll eventually upgrade to a second Seagate 4TB, but this one's the undisputed king if you're specifically looking for a 1TB home-use HDD.

Video Card

Twin Frozr VI is one of the quietest and most powerful cooler designs being produced for the current generation of GPUs. Highly recommend any Gaming X card.

Case

Compact, really quiet, and a dream to build in. It has cable routing holes in the front for anything you can think of, and great cable management features in the back. It is warm, but I recommend the Meshify C if sound-dampening is less of a priority to you than airflow/temperature.

Power Supply

I trust everything in the SuperNOVA line by EVGA. Legendary PSUs.

Wireless Network Adapter

Extremely stable connection over 5GHz to a router located 2 floors below me. Definitely worth it over most cheaper PCI-E WiFi adapters.

Monitor

Despite its age, this is still one of the best gaming monitors out there. Default color settings aren't fantastic, but with LightBoost and some tweaks in the Nvidia control panel, I was able to get it looking the way I want.

Comments Sorted by:

bladd12001 3 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

nice job. +1

junglasses submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

thanks!

IndividualSOULS 2 points 10 months ago

What are temps like?

junglasses submitter 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

CPU averages 72°C under load (streaming games, encoding, and AIDA64), with highs around 80°C; GPU stays at about a steady 70°C for graphically intense games, and about 60°C for lighter games. It is a little bit warm but that's to be expected in a Define C; the sound dampening is worth it imo.

Namelessxddd 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

wish i was this riched

junglasses submitter 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

i'm not rich but i'll take it as a compliment! :)

OrbitalBuzzsaw 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Why'd you get the H115i Pro over the regular H110/115i?

junglasses submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Noise. I used the H110i v2 in a previous build, and it doesn't have the zero RPM feature or the quiet pump that the H115i/H150i Pro do, and thus is very loud on full blast. Still, the H115i Pro CAN produce audible pump noise, but I've only experienced it after 6+ hours at 100% load. Definitely worth what I paid for the AIO and fans.

OrbitalBuzzsaw 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

If you say so...

djcapi246 1 point 11 months ago

Did you have any issues with the cooler blocking RAM slots? I'm currently deciding on this cooler with an ASUS Rog Strix z370E. I have 2 RAM sticks atm, but plan to upgrade to 4 soon. Nice build!

junglasses submitter 1 Build 2 points 10 months ago

thanks! No, this cooler (and all AIOs, as a matter of fact) leave plenty of room for any sort of RAM you might want, and it's easy to move the tubing out of the way when you want to install more.

N0B@N 1 point 9 months ago

Sennheiser x Noctua Collab??

/s

junglasses submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago
N0B@N 1 point 8 months ago

?

junglasses submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

lol it was a thinking emoji but i guess it bugged out

Shadow_1203 1 point 8 months ago

Are the Silent Wings suited for radiator intake?

junglasses submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Yes, they're static pressure fans