Is this a good build?

This is the current list of parts I have gathered https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/NvT9sJ

If you have any suggestions/feedback I am happy to hear about these parts or if you have any recommendations with other parts. Also please let me know if there is any incompatibilities with any parts.
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  1. buy new i7 8700K coffe lake , it´s only 65 dollars more but you get 2 extra cores + 2 more threads
    you will need Z370 motherboard for it , because it will not work with older Z270 chipset .
    also maybe a bit better power supply , CX650M is decent but with your budget maybe a gold/platinum rated psu :
    like corsair RMx/ RMi/ TX /HX , evga G2/G3/P2 , super flower leadex , seasonic focus etc.
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  2. I have changed ram from LPX to LED, same price, changed CPU to 8600k causing a cheaper yet faster newer system, changed the motherboard to z370 keeping the exact same model, same price, changed the PSU to EVGA G2, excellent PSU, a bit expensive, 550W is MORE than enough for this rig and nearly any future upgrade.
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel - Core i5-8600K 3.6GHz 6-Core Processor ($334.99 @ Memory Express)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair - H100i v2 70.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($127.99 @ Amazon Canada)
    Motherboard: Asus - ROG STRIX Z370-E GAMING ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($251.99 @ PC Canada)
    Memory: Corsair - Vengeance LED 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($258.99 @ Amazon Canada)
    Storage: Samsung - 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($203.95 @ shopRBC)
    Video Card: EVGA - GeForce GTX 1080 8GB FTW DT GAMING Video Card ($719.99 @ Amazon Canada)
    Case: NZXT - S340 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ Amazon Canada)
    Power Supply: EVGA - SuperNOVA G2 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ Memory Express)
    Case Fan: Cooler Master - SickleFlow (Red) 69.7 CFM 120mm Fan ($7.99 @ Amazon Canada)
    Case Fan: Cooler Master - SickleFlow (Red) 69.7 CFM 120mm Fan ($7.99 @ Amazon Canada)
    Total: $2123.86
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-12-07 02:53 EST-0500


    Overall list link:
    https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/RBwJsJ
    Reply to redfaction95
  3. Tweaked ur part list a little :

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel - Core i5-8600K 3.6GHz 6-Core Processor ($334.99 @ Memory Express)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master - MasterAir MA610P 53.4 CFM CPU Cooler ($79.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Motherboard: MSI - Z370 GAMING PRO CARBON AC ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($220.50 @ Vuugo)
    Memory: Team - Night Hawk RGB 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($209.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Storage: Samsung - 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($203.95 @ shopRBC)
    Video Card: EVGA - GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB SC GAMING ACX 3.0 Black Edition Video Card ($604.99 @ Amazon Canada)
    Case: Inwin - 101C White ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Power Supply: EVGA - SuperNOVA G2 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ Memory Express)
    Case Fan: LEPA - LP-BOL12P-BL 81.5 CFM 120mm Fan ($14.99 @ Amazon Canada)
    Case Fan: LEPA - LP-BOL12P-BL 81.5 CFM 120mm Fan ($14.99 @ Amazon Canada)
    Case Fan: LEPA - LP-BOL12P-BL 81.5 CFM 120mm Fan ($14.99 @ Amazon Canada)
    Total: $1889.36
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-12-07 04:05 EST-0500
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  4. Okay, I was also thinking about whether to stick with the Corsair H110i V2 or go with the NZXT Kraken x62. Which cooler would be better?
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  5. Kraken.
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  6. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel - Core i7-8700K 3.7GHz 6-Core Processor ($489.99 @ Memory Express)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair - H100i v2 70.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($127.99 @ Amazon Canada)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte - Z370 AORUS Ultra Gaming (rev. 1.0) ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($202.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Memory: Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($252.27 @ Amazon Canada)
    Storage: Samsung - 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($199.99 @ Amazon Canada)
    Video Card: EVGA - GeForce GTX 1080 8GB FTW DT GAMING Video Card ($719.99 @ Amazon Canada)
    Case: NZXT - S340 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ Amazon Canada)
    Power Supply: Corsair - TXM Gold 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($104.99 @ Amazon Canada)
    Case Fan: Cooler Master - SickleFlow (Red) 69.7 CFM 120mm Fan ($7.99 @ Amazon Canada)
    Case Fan: Cooler Master - SickleFlow (Red) 69.7 CFM 120mm Fan ($7.99 @ Amazon Canada)
    Total: $2234.18
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-12-07 08:10 EST-0500
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  7. dawnful said:
    Okay, I was also thinking about whether to stick with the Corsair H110i V2 or go with the NZXT Kraken x62. Which cooler would be better?


    If you have decided that you want to go liquid cooling then either of them will be fine however I have heard that the software on the Kraken is terrible but it looks 100 times better imho and also has softer tubing.
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  8. How is this motherboard? https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/product/7VZ2FT/asus-prime-z270-a-atx-lga1151-motherboard-prime-z270-a#viewImages
    It’s a bit cheaper than the ASUS Strix, is it better than the Strix? Thanks for the help, new to all of this!
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  9. dawnful said:
    How is this motherboard? https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/product/7VZ2FT/asus-prime-z270-a-atx-lga1151-motherboard-prime-z270-a#viewImages
    It’s a bit cheaper than the ASUS Strix, is it better than the Strix? Thanks for the help, new to all of this!


    No problem at all, ask anything. The motherboard you are stating is a Z270 chipset and due to that it can only support CPUs that are 6th and 7th gen, but I will recommend you to buy the latest 8th gen board for which you will have to buy a Z370 chipset board.
    If you want to make your build cheaper due to budget constraints then just mention it and we will make it go cheaper while keeping the same 8th gen and z370 chipset because buying new 7th gen now is totally totally not worth it.

    You can also buy a somewhat similar performing Ryzen (AMD) based system that will save you a LOT of $$ if you want.
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  10. Okay, so I should go for the i7-8600k? And do you have any Z370 motherboard recommendations? My budget is about 2300 CAD, but I can go above my budget, if necessary for a huge change. How are the rest of the parts? I plan on playing PUBG on this rig.
    Thanks.

    https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/7HbQFd
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  11. dawnful said:
    Okay, so I should go for the i7-8600k? And do you have any Z370 motherboard recommendations? My budget is about 2300 CAD, but I can go above my budget, if necessary for a huge change. How are the rest of the parts? I plan on playing PUBG on this rig.
    Thanks.


    Here, look at this ryzen platform: (every item is top notch no compromise on quality)
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 1600X 3.6GHz 6-Core Processor ($298.00 @ Vuugo)
    CPU Cooler: Deepcool - GAMMAXX GT 29.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($44.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Motherboard: Asus - STRIX B350-F GAMING ATX AM4 Motherboard ($146.00 @ Vuugo)
    Memory: Corsair - Vengeance LED 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($258.99 @ Amazon Canada)
    Storage: Samsung - 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($199.99 @ Amazon Canada)
    Video Card: EVGA - GeForce GTX 1080 8GB FTW DT GAMING Video Card ($719.99 @ Amazon Canada)
    Case: NZXT - S340 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ Amazon Canada)
    Power Supply: EVGA - SuperNOVA G2 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ Memory Express)
    Case Fan: Cooler Master - SickleFlow (Red) 69.7 CFM 120mm Fan ($7.99 @ Amazon Canada)
    Case Fan: Cooler Master - SickleFlow (Red) 69.7 CFM 120mm Fan ($7.99 @ Amazon Canada)
    Total: $1893.92
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-12-07 09:33 EST-0500
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  12. I’m looking for more of an intel build if that’s okay, and I’d rather an AIO coooler as they look much better than the air coolers. Also better performance. Thanks for the help!
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  13. dawnful said:
    I’m looking for more of an intel build if that’s okay, and I’d rather an AIO coooler as they look much better than the air coolers. Also better performance. Thanks for the help!


    Hmm, that is totally ok, in that case the build that I suggested earlier would be the best. The motherboard I added in it is really cool, it also has a built in Bluetooth, and WiFi AC, although the price is high but if you want to go intel, then step in it otherwise if you are looking for a cost effective and best price/performance solution then you can never beat a Ryzen platform, rest is your personal preference.
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  14. Okay, so I have a question. What’s the difference between an i7-7700k and the i7-8700k. The 7700k has 4.2ghz and quad core and the 8700k has 3.7ghz and 6core. Why is the 8700k better?
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  15. 8700k is 4.7Ghz by default at turbo while 7700k is 4.5 (just correcting your facts).
    And btw only clock is of no significance, it is one of the factors but not all. 8700k also has faster memory bandwidth, 2 more cores and 4 more threads so collectively it bashes 7700k. 7700k is now more comparable to 8600k (i5) rather than the 8700k (i7).
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  16. If you are just going for the aio for its looks, look at the coolermaster air cooler I listed, it got rgb lightning to spice things up. U could also go for 8700k and a 650w corsair txm. The 1070ti is more than enough for 2k gaming. It's almost a 90% 1080.
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  17. I think, 8600k with 1080 is a better idea than an 8700k with 1070ti.
    However I do agree that aio is really not necessary but if he likes it then it's fine.
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  18. If I were to get the i7 8700k, would I have to overclock it? Or is stock just fine
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  19. I would leave the cpu decision to the OP. Overclocking is also up to you. If you want max fps, then it's better. Moreover, most mobo have auto oc profiles.
    But telling that 1080 is better than the 1070ti has little merit, especially if the display is gonna be a 2k 144hz. Look up the specs and benchmarks if you don't believe me ;)
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  20. Lucky_SLS said:
    I would leave the cpu decision to the OP. Overclocking is also up to you. If you want max fps, then it's better. Moreover, most mobo have auto oc profiles.
    But telling that 1080 is better than the 1070ti has little merit, especially if the display is gonna be a 2k 144hz. Look up the specs and benchmarks if you don't believe me ;)


    Bro, I totally believe you, the difference is very minimal but ofc 1080 will always be better than a 1070ti, maybe by a margin, but it will be, it is just to be more future proof, and btw, although I've never experienced one but I think 2k 144Hz is extremely demanding if you really want to see all those frames so the faster memory on the 1080 will definitely help.
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  21. dawnful said:
    If I were to get the i7 8700k, would I have to overclock it? Or is stock just fine


    Stock is just fine atm, but after 2 years the extra overclocking room will save you from upgrading, rather you just need to OC it and you will catch up to latest generations of that time.
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  22. One last question about the case and case fans. There is 2 on the front, one rear, and one on the top. I’ll be putting the radiator on the front, the fans should be on the side of the radiator closest to the outside of the case? And for intake and exhaust fans how do I tell which is which, and what fans should be intake and which should be exhaust?
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  23. As the hot air rises, general rule of thumb is to have rear and top as exhaust, keep anything other than that as intake. And about the config of front fans, I would advice to install them on the inner side of case so that they are pulling the air through the radiator rather than pushing it, it is a lot better than placing the fans before the radiator. Just imagine a car radiator, the fan is always inside.
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  24. Okay and how do I know if a fan is intake or exhaust?
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