PC/Setup Upgrade: Building The MaximusTiKOC
Written by: PCEGamer - 14:02 Mar-01-2018

So it's been a year since I last talked about an upgrade and it's been 2 years since I upgraded from an AMD FX 6350 & GIGABYTE GTX 660 Windforce. Currently, I have an EVGA GTX 960, for those who follow me, you may be wondering what happened to my STRIX 980, well I traded it for my brother's 960 as a Christmas gift. I also got him an Intel Core i7-7700(none K), since he was struggling with his i3 6100. I did went and got the 960 SLI-ed but I'm now planning to sell both cards to help pay for this upgrade. 

TheMaximusTiKOC, its name symbolizes the power of the 1080 *Ti* (SLI), Core count and speed of the 8700*K*. Following with the objective of efficient air & water cooling for *OC* the GPU and CPU. I fancy giving my rigs names, any thoughts on it? Anyway, here are the specs and plans: 

MOBO: 
MSI Z370M GAMING PRO AC mATX motherboard LGA 1151
Not much I can say about this, except that I'm going with it for a mATX case build and the mobo has all I need: M.2 support, built-in WiFi chip, Coffee Lake socket support, and SLI & CF compatibility. 10/10 choice. 

CPU:
Intel Core i7-8700K Coffee Lake (6 Cores/12 Threads, 3.7GHz-4.7GHz) 
This CPU's Core count and speed can do wonders for all purposes such as Gaming, Video editing, Photoshop, and Music production. All of which I find myself frequently doing. Special thanks to @Loukas371 for suggestion an i7 over the i5 8600K, which was the original plan. I love i7s they're amazing for their longevity, the 4790(k) released back in 2014 and is till this day a beast of a chip, I still see years ahead of it. Any idea what I should do with my 4790 after the upgrade? Sell it, build NAS, HTPC, etc? 

CPU Cooler:
Corsair Hydro Series H100i V2 Extreme
Out on the market, I was searching for something low costing but reliable and stable. From the research I've gathered some have managed to OC to 5.0GHz with an average of 80c, of course, this doesn't mean I'll get the same results but it is my aim with this cooler. The fact of there being 6 core with 12 threads it's truly remarkable, the temps are fair to say, still safe. But, ideally, I like my temps a little lower than that. If anyone has a suggestion for a better cooler even if it costs a little more I'd like to look at it. :)   

SYSTEM MEMORY/RAM:
Crucial Ballistix Elite 16GB DDR4 2666MHz (8GBx2) 
Now, me personally, I never really had a reason to go over 16GB since the most my system has ever sucked was 50%/8GB and that's nathen considering I have FL Studio, Sony Vegas Pro, and a game opened. But Google Chrome tho lol... I'm excited for DDR4, can't wait.

GRAPHICS CARDS:
ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 Ti STRIX ROG OC (SLI & possibly Water-cooled) 
The card currently sits at $1,139.99... And SLI config will cost a limb or two. I'm hoping that prices lower, in all honesty, the graphics cards are the only real challenge here. They're scarce and expensive af. I'm debating rather I should water cool it or not since some are saying that it won't get much more core clock since the card's fans run so cool already. In that case, it'll be saving me money.

CHASSIS/COMPUTER CASE:
Fractal Design Node 804 mATX 
Yup, I'm going from ATX to mATX, I need the smaller case for traveling/portability. Nothing wrong with my current case but the Node 804 overall is better for cooling, supporting 10 140mm case fans or two 240mm radiators, with 6 fans. The case provides portability and efficient cooling options and more 3.5" hard drive space, and a cleverly placed 2.5" bay support on the front panel. Check here: Click here for information about the case. 

 

PERIPHERALS/OTHER: 
LG 24UD58-B 24-Inch 4K UHD
You can't go GTX 1080 Ti SLI without a 4K monitor lol. I have a plan on running 8K with Nvidia's DSR technology. Curious to see how the cards will handle. 

HomCom 61" L-Shaped Corner Office Workstation Computer Desk
I'll be needing a larger table for my monitors, case, and many other items. The current table is 42" blah. 

Sennheiser 507081 GSP 350 Surround Sound PC Gaming Headset
Haven't had a surround sound gaming headset since the X360 days. The mic on it has great quality too.  

Logitech Z623 200 Watt Home Speaker System
Going to replace my Logitech Z313 speakers. Need that extra bass powah. 

I know I mentioned a lot of other items, but my priority is the PC build once that's complete, I'll worry about the rest. I'll be updating the progress via blogs and ultimately making a YouTube video of building it and benchmarking. Thanks for reading and can't wait to hear your thoughts and suggestions :) 

 

 


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I think the case costs too much considering the features it offers. For the same price, you can get an mATX case like Phanteks Enthoo Evolve(mATX version) which offers excellent cooling potential, space and cable management (even though that's not that important, it does also come with tempered glass side panels and RGB).
Psychoman covered pretty much everything else. :D

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Hmm thanks for the input, I actually found the case $40 cheaper in Newegg as well as the motherboard for $164. :)

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Dude get the arctic freezer 240, it costs 10$ less and it's better than the Corsair hydro i100 v2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=silIsUEKEEQ


Also get a bigger panel, 4k is a waste on 24 inches, unless you are 3d modeling and drawing and need to zoom in for high-quality drawing and modeling. And most games and apps and everything is designed for 72ppi as well.


Also, why would you get a micro-ATX motherboard? Makes no sense, you are devoiding yourself of features, scalability, and upgradability. Get a full atx board, at this budget point, it's quite silly to skimp 60-70$.

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Also I would have recommended the arctic freezer 360 since I saw that you are shopping at micro-center and they did NOT have the freezer 360 only the freezer 240, but the freezer 360 is a little more expensive but quite better if your chip can dissipate enough heat, which since we are talking intel and their toothpaste between the chip and heat spreader here, most-likely NOT.

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you're right I'll go larger on the monitor. I'm getting a mATX mobo because its what fits the case I want. I'm fine with missing a few features, it has everything I want. $60-$70 isn't worth it something I don't need. Thanks for the suggestions I'll look into those arctic freezer 240 &360

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