first build w.i.p

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tom evans
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chelmsford, United Kingdom
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first build w.i.p

hello everyone

I just wanted to share what I am working on for my first build and would appreciate and advice or changes you would recommend. I originally build this system just for gaming, as away to unwind after work and on my day off. but now I would like to get into game modding for Minecraft and ark survival evolved. witch is proving the be the most demanding thing my computer runs ant the moment. I add in quite a few mods to the game and even checking any overclocking I do to the cup or gpu using cinibench or heaven. ark is make or brake for the system.

I am currently using the i7 8086k form intel that is capable of running 5.1 ghz stable but I am currently trying a lower clock speed of 4.8 ghz in order to see if the temperatures are much different with the Celsius s36. at 5.1 the system would idle at 30 degrees and under load read low to mid 60's. at the moment I am idling about 28 degrees while writing this. I have seen an improvement in the cinibench score from 1216 score at 5.1 ghz to 1445 score at 4.8ghz on all cores. I'm not sure why this is but I am still learning. my plan is to potentially change the cpu to the 9900k or third gen ryzen if they release a 16 core variation, but I am open to subjections as I am unsure if my current cpu will be ok temperature wise while rendering textures as the first thing I am planning on working on is a map for ark.

I am currently using a asus strix a8 1080 graphics card because when I got the graphics card the 20 80 series was not even rumoured and the 1080 ti was so expensive and continually out of stock, making to 1080 my only option for a independent graphics. the graphic card is fine for me as I am currently only using a 60hz 1080p panel and plan on changing to a higher refresh panel or changing to 1440p. I may also change the graphic card to a 2080 ti eventually but my then ray tracing will be improved again or and new card will be coming out. I have a bad habit of taking a very long time to make a decision.

the case is a lian li 011 dynamic with 6 intake fans and 3 exhorts fans in preparation when I am water cool the entire system. I am planning to use three radiators within the loop to cool the power delivery, cpu, graphics card and may be ram sticks as well. I know three radiators will be overkill but I would like the loop to be a little future proof for if I ever upgrade again besides what I am currently planning. the extra surface area of the radiators for the fans to run at a lower rpm to maintain the temps.
Color(s): Blue White
RGB Lighting? No
Theme: Color
Cooling: AIO Cooling
Size: ATX
Type: General Build


$ 268.00
Intel - Core i7 8086K
Socket: LGA 1151
Cores: 6
Integrated Graphics: Yes
$ 998.86
ASUS - ROG Maximus X Formula
Chipset: Z370
CPU Socket: LGA 1151
Size: ATX
$ 169.99
G.Skill - Trident Z (3200MHz) (Black/RGB)
Type: DDR4
Capacity: 32 GB
$ 277.99
ASUS - ROG Strix
Chip Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip: GTX 1080
$ 99.00
Seagate - Barracuda (ST1000DX001)
Form Factor: 3.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 1 TB
$ 99.99
Seagate - Barracuda (ST2000DM006)
Form Factor: 3.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 2 TB
$ 316.39
Corsair - RM1000i
Wattage: 1000
Form Factor: ATX
Efficiency: 80+ Gold
$ 144.99
Lian Li - O11 Dynamic
Type: Mid-Tower
Side Panel: Tempered Glass
Case Fan
$ 78.00
$ 89.00
$ 74.29
$ 64.99
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Samsung - LC27F398FWNXZA
Size: 27 Inch
Panel: LED
Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
Estimated total value of this build:
$ 2,028.32
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