Dont know what motherboard to choose

So i am wanting to upgrade from my i7 4790k, to the 8700k. I have read that the 8700k doesnt support ddr3 ram, and i dont have a ddr4 board, so i need to change everything in my pc that isnt my gpu, psu and storage.

I have no idea what board to pick, what board would go well with the 8700k and MSI GTX 1080 ti?

I was looking at the Asus rog maximus x hero (none wifi), or the Asus Strix z370-e. My friend said the maximus was too much money, and he didnt comment on the z370-e, but he did recommend me the Asus strix z370-i, he said i wont be using SLI or needing anymore than 16gb of ram.

Side note: I am also wanting a duel fan AIO CPU water cooler, so i need a new case, and the case i have spotted is the gamemax onyx, so the board has to be able to go in that case.

I am honestly confused and would like a third opinion :)

And and all help will be appreciated guys :)
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  1. Get the Asus Strix Gaming E. The board comes with lots of connectivity options, overclocking potential and features like superior audio codec with headphone amps, bluetooth and wifi. It is a top bang for buck board which will fit in that case and will serve you well.
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  2. First off you will have to upgrade you're motherbaord regardless of RAM since the 8700k is a different socket altogether. As far as what you should choose it just comes down to features and price, I would say the 130-160 price range generally will give you most everything you need. ASUS is a good brand but my buddy just build a new system with a ASRock Z370 board and it seems good. As far as RAM one recommendation I would get the 3000 speed ram since for the price it will offer the best performance, past that you get hardly any performance boost.
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  3. hm, my only issue with the z370 e, is that it has bright grey parts, and the rgb looks rather tacky, the features would be nice, but aesthetically pleasing, i dont think so imo, but logically it may be the best bet.
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  4. It is a pretty good board for its price, unless you have any particular color theme going on there.
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  5. i was hoping to go for red, because the msi 1080ti has black and red panels with red RGB
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  6. If you can stretch your budget, you can look into the Maximus boards. The Maximus Code has a subtle red theme with the same features and then some more.
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  7. yeah i could stretch the budget, i have like £200 left over if i went with the z370 e, but my friend says its overkill, plus, i went on its manual, and it didnt even say it supports the msi varient of the 1080 ti :/
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  8. also, i do have the stock cooler on my current cpu, so could that be causing performance dips? my friend just said the heat from my cpu could be bottlenecking my current i7 4790k, so if my i7 4790k was properly cooled, would i see a performance difference between the 8700k and the 4790k?
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    i went on its manual, and it didnt even say it supports the msi varient of the 1080 ti :/


    It supports all video cards, so thats a non issue. As far as overkill is concerned, it is one of the bang for buck boards and when you have a top of the line processor, a good motherboard increases the shelf life of the platform.


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    also, i do have the stock cooler on my current cpu, so could that be causing performance dips? my friend just said the heat from my cpu could be bottlenecking my current i7 4790k, so if my i7 4790k was properly cooled, would i see a performance difference between the 8700k and the 4790k?


    Your friend might be correct about that. The stock Intel cooler is not a very good heat dissipator, specially if the chip is OCed.
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