Building this custom PC will be quite a challenge next year as I am waiting for prices of DDR4 memory to drop enough to make purchasing new sticks valid
I am aiming to shoot for approx 32 or 64 gb of ram overall for the system and at the time of posting the ram I'm after is valued around $325.00 AUD per 16gb module.
This indeed makes this build extremely expensive so I may be stuck to using the ram I already have available. which is the Corsair Vengeance LPX modules that I am currently using in my Ryzen PC
Hopefully prices will drop to normal next year otherwise I'll have to swap modules between systems till the new stuff arrives.
The goal for this build is gaming and productivity and mostly to replace the 6700k system I gave away to my younger brother which has served him quite well, only this time I am building the Intel system myself which should be fun sourcing all those expensive ram modules however will not be.
I have sourced the Asrock Z370 Taichi motherboard for this build as it offers a fantastic balance of overclocking headroom with its excellent range of VRMS I believe it is a 12 phase VRM which is great as I will only be doing mild overclocks since my system will use air cooling even though the board supports way more than I will be doing and even more exciting is its built in Wireless Support!
I have never owned any nvme ssd's before so I am looking to make this build unique to my other PC's and start using them in future builds. my goal would be to go for atleast 512 GB on the primary nvme SSD and either use a sata mechanical drive or have a second NVME hard drive in the rig. I am looking to go extreme when it comes to mechanical as a secondary drive so I am looking seriously towards WD GOLD hard drives and would like to go for about 6 tb of space or more depending on the cash available. So a super snappy Boot drive with enough room for a couple of my most played games and music production apps, allowing me the headroom that I need to work and play and have all my steam collection on a really big mechanical hard drive out of the way.
Adding too many hard drives really bulks up the weight of a computer so I aim to keep mechanical drives to a minimum. 1-2 Max just to keep the build clean.
Now for the interesting part which graphics card do I intend to use for this build. I currently have a GTX 1080ti which is feeding a lot of great performance onto my 2k Monitor nothing fancy either just the reference card which runs dead silent inside my case.
I do realise the new graphics cards are coming out next year and I am not sure If I will be rushing out to buy them unless I upgrade to 4k displays it has taken me a really really long time just to go up to a 2k monitor and for now I feel the 1080ti is going to be a very good card for quite a few years especially at 2k resolution I am hitting my monitors refresh rate of 75 fps easily and the card does not even break a sweat.
Performance is really important especially in Gaming PC's its really difficult to say my systems are only built for gaming since I do almost everything with one system, Gaming, Blogging, Music Production, & Business work and my 1800X has delivered amazing performance accross the board for everything I need.
For My Intel Build we are looking at the 8700K its one of the fastest if not the fastest gaming CPU on the market and you can bet as soon as I have the CPU and NVME drive in the machine I will be doing testing and installing Windows right away. this chip is also hard to cool and does not come with any stock cooler so I have to look at aftermarket coolers such as Water cooling AIO solutions or Noctua D15S which i feel is one of the best air coolers I have ever used. how hard this cooler will need to go really depends on the overclock I set it to and from research its most stable around the 4.8 4.9 ghz mark and I have never delidded a CPU and don't intend to either.
Stability is paramount to any of my system builds and since I am a fairly novice overclocker I really do not push things much further than stock looking back at my Ryzen Overclock I managed an all core overclock of about 3.9 ghz on both the 1800X and the 1700 systems I currently have and the 1600 a mild 3.8 ghz with stock cooler. and if I cannot achieve the 4.9 I would be quite content leaving the CPU at stock as I prefer a long lasting CPU over how fast it can go mind you the processor can already do 4.3 left at stock on all cores
which is all fine and dandy but at stock I already have an 1800x overclocked with 8 cores running at 3.9 and it runs so well at 3.9 that under load the Cooling Fans on the Noctua NH D15SE AM4 model barely spin up meaning I can barely hear the cpu under load. I fine tuned the voltage using P-State overclocking allowing me to get great CB scores and solid framerate in games. not extreme fps in older titles though and that is one area I am testing for games such as World Of Warcraft especially raiding. the game prefers higher clock speeds to perform well in these multi-player environments and I am eager to see what difference it makes using the same GTX 1070 and 1080ti while running around the 4.8 4.9 ghz mark I see no point going anything higher than that.
I still have a good case the Corsair 400C that I would be very eager to use for this build. I am also planning to toss in custom fans from Noctua to have the whole system running as quiet as possible. while performing extremely well under load. it has a lot of filters and where I live it pays off for sure.
My current system is using the Thermaltake Core V21 an excellent cube case with tons of airflow its suited for M- ATX mothebroards so it will not fit the Asrock Z370 Taichi motherboard but it should perform excellent inside the 400c Case.
Do you have a new computer planned for 2018 what sparked your interest in doing a new build? let me know in the comments below.