Then it looks like your set and aware of the steps you need to do!
Just be careful if you want to OC a Ryzen chip on this motherboard.
RAM is RAM so itll work. QVL lists are limited since its impossible for manufacturers to test every brand and models for every manufacturers.
Do note that Ryzen has no 3000 speed for RAM so it will likely run at 2933 provided you get a good CPU as some are still limited to 2666 although its much less common than at launch. Do note that BIOS updates often add memory compatibility and/or stability patches so ensuring you have the latest version will be important. Worst case scenario, your RAM wont be automatically recognized by the XMP profile and you will have to manually set your RAM speed, latency and timings.
Be sure your ITX case and coolers wont interfere with these RAM modules as they are somewhat tall (check cooler RAM clearance).
It wasnt bad by any mean but the voltage settings were not as permissive, at least not on the Msi Z170 Gaming M5 I had back then.
I dont think you will perceive any difference in the end performance between these 2 motherboards. However, for having owned both an MSI Gaming 5 before and having used an Asus Maximus IX as well, I can say I prefer the amount of granular control Asus offers in their much better and expanded BIOS/UEFI. Also, I end up finding better OC than what I would have gotten with Asus' 5 way optimization software at a lower voltage than what I saw on MSI boards.
It wont result in a huge performance difference but the convenience and granular control Asus offers is better in my opinion.
Technically, the most advanced Z370 board with the highest amount of features is the MSI Godlike Gaming but its super expensive and I find MSI isnt as good as Asus when it comes to OCing a CPU or the quality of their UEFI/BIOS.
The Maximus X is a nice one for OCing a CoffeeLake CPU and its not as expensive as the MSI Godlike.
The Bose Companion 2 Series are some of the best speakers I had for a long time. The sound is great and the sound stage seems large even despite the fact theyre simple speakers and the bass is pretty fine as well.
The 6600K is 2 generations behind in terms of CPU and the latest version, the 8600K, will fare much better. Coupled with a proper cooler and motherboard, itll make a stable base to build upon. Do note the Flare X RAM was made to be optimized with AMD CPUs as they are more susceptible to voltage than Intel is.
I would also recommend adding $2 for a full 1TB HDD, getting a better case for building in, a PSU with a listed price and a 1070ti which is cheaper than a 1080 but can be OCed to be within a single digit of performance for a lower price.
This PC will be a gaming beast and last you a really long time before any upgrades are needed even if you acquire a high refresh rate monitor and/or go for 1440p resolution.
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What is this PC going to be used for?
The Dell S2716DG is a good monitor and the price is usually equal or lower than that of other brands. I have been using 2 for over a year now and they perform flawlessly still. The bezel of the monitor is really thin, had a nice anti glare coating and looks really good after spending 30 seconds to adjust the color as well even for a TN panel.
Its hard not to recommend this monitor to be honest unless you were a content creator where color accuracy is a must have above all else.
The Corsair SF series is a really solid high performing series of power supplies and likely one of the best series on the market for ITX builds at the moment but its a tad on the expensive side as a result though.
The H115i has a thicker radiator than the H110 giving it better cooling efficiency. I use the H115i in my current rig with a 6700K@4.7Ghz and its more than fine. As all stock high pressure fans that comes with AIO, they are a bit noisy until you install the Corsair Link software and change the profile to balanced or quiet.
Except when I am really pushing my rig for extended periods of time, it usually pretty quiet (my case was a bit starved for air so had to pull the front panel out but no relations to the AIO).
If I recall correctly, it is a thicker radiator matched with the power of the H100i. It would work fine as well here if you want to use it.
The Asus Prime Z370-A is a solid no frills motherboard with decent feature and with Asus really easy to use UEFI/BIOS.
While not too expensive, it performs well and since the RGB isnt a must here, should suit you just fine.
Just get an AIO like the Corsair H115i or the Kraken X62. Theyre clean, have no compatibility issues due to size and they are fairly easy to install.
The 8700K would give you better frames in CPU heavy titles like the Total War games, Civilization and Arma 3 and would also get a much lesser hit if you do want to stream and/or record your gameplay later on.
Thats a 120mm radiator though, not the greatest. Not much use for going with a loop and not going for at least a 240mm radiator as regular air coolers will be better and cheaper than the 120mm model.
The Asus Strix Z370-E Gaming is a good buy. Its a solid CPU for OCing but also includes wifi so you wont need to buy and install an extra part.
I would strongly recommend a better cooler than the H60 though for the 7700K.
The case, PSU and SSD could use a slight bump in quality as well.
Can you give us some pictures?
You shouldnt have any issues.
If you plan on expanding it, yes but it wont necessarily perform better. Also, you dont get all the maintenance hassle of custom loops with closed AIOs.
Well, the fan should be pointed down and the brackewt should have holes to the left of the card to match.
Did you install your card with the fans pointing upwards?
The GPU screws are the PCI cover screws that hold the covers in place. Generally, you need to remove the 2nd and 3rd slot covers and then you insert the GPU before reusing the same screws that were holding the covers in place.
That was my first dual monitor set up and it worked fine.
EK has some nice starter kits like the 240L that include the CPU block, the radiator and the fittings. Its probably the best starting point and then you can add on top of it as you go.
If you want more parts, its best to reach out to the manufacturer, they will give you more accurate information but you can expect a few hundred dollars.
The Deepcool Captain 240 EX is ok while the Swiftech adds the possibility of expansion to the close loop to include a component or 2 more.
Theres better AIOs out there but it might be ok for your needs.
Yes you can. You can use the control panel of your appropriate GPU brand (like nVidia control panel) to set the resolution and refresh rate of both displays. They do not have to be the same at all. You also get to select where you want them in terms of position vs each other and which should be the "primary" monitor.
The one you have is more than fine. Its a good PCB designs, the BIOS is easy to navigate and use not to mention it comes with a ton features.
Asus know their stuff when it comes to control and OC.
The X370 motherboards have more powerful VRM designs for properly OCing your CPU while keeping itself at lower temperatures and they also include more ports.
The B350 motherboards have more limited designs and not all of them should be paired with a Ryzen 7 CPU if you plan on properly OCing your chip. The ones you would need to acquire are pretty high end (for a B350 motherboard) and they cost about the same as entry level X370 models anyways.
The custom loops can vary greatly in performance depending on the size, thickness and number of radiators being used (you can include more than one). As such, a custom loop can be made to dissipate a lot more heat but its really expensive as you have to pay for everything from the fans, fitting, pump and such.
Unless you are going to use something that releases a lot of heat like an OCed CPU such as Threadripper or the new I7 XE or even dual GPUs, theres not much reason to use a custom loop over an AIO unless you really just want the best thermals possible at the expense of your money.
Dont know about US to UK but when I go down in the US from Canada, I have the right to bring in a certain amount of things tax free depending on how long we stay. I imagine the UK must have something similar. You might want to contact official US services to inquire about it.
The thing is, people who still buy pre-orders from EA, Ubisoft and such companies still dont understand. They release games with bugs or paywalls and they have been doing so for a while. Mass Effect had a more polished multiplayer with lootboxes than single player where the bad animations done by AI and 3rd rate studios were really proeminent.
I havent placed a single pre-order since No Mans Sky and I havent bought a single game from Origin (asside from Mass Effect cause im a super fan) since battlefield hardline. My wallet agrees with my decisions too! XD
You might have inserted the CPU the wrong way. can you post pic of how you put it in place on the motherboard?
The core I7 X series run pretty hot due to the nature of their designs which allows you to OC the chip as far as you want provided that your cooling solution follows suit. In the case of deliding, it does make a good improvement but at the risk of destroying the chip completely if you make a mistake.
The Asus Strix Z270E is an ATX motherboard and it is compatible with the H440.
The 8600K will fare a lot better in games and will allow you to push much more frames for your 144hz display due to its higher IPC. For gaming, theres no better pick aside from the 8700K at the moment. Even if you dont upgrade your CPU to the same platform next, I expect the 8600K will remain relevant for quite a few years before it becomes obsolete, if it even becomes obsolete.
If you plan on OCing your Ryzen 7 chip properly, you will need a B350 motherboard with proper VRM designs for doing so. Good B350 motherboards include the Asus Strix, The MSI Gaming Pro Carbon & the Krait. The downside is that theyre pretty expensive and not far behind proper X370 motherboards although with some better features like audio codec designs.
For streaming, Ryzen 5 6core CPUs, Ryzen 7 8 core CPUs and Intel CooffeeLake 8600K/8700K can be good pick ups.
The Ryzen 5 6 cores are nice price vs performance for streaming PCs. Theyre not the best but they will beat the 4 core CPUs in loss of performance when streaming.
I used to have a 6600K before I got my hand on my current 6700K and it was matched with a 980ti then a 1080 before I switched and the answer to your bottlenecking question will dependin on the title being played.
For example, Civilization V, Dragon Age Inquisition and Mass Effect Andromeda were pretty hard on my CPU and my 1080 wasnt able to fully utilize all of its power, even at 1440p. On the other hand, Fallout 4, Doom, Path of Exile and Diablo 3 were much kinder on the CPU making it run around 50-80% and avoiding any CPU bottleneck.
Generally speaking, the CPU isnt exactly what dictates your performance at different resolutions, the GPU is the one who dictates how much frames you can produce and the CPU just dictates how much frames you can display. Do note that jumping in resolution from 1080p to 1440p is a higher strain on the GPU and the CPU will play less and less of a role when you increase the resolution since the GPU will produce less frames overall.
As for the motherboard, its up to you. If you want to be able to push more of the frames coming from the GPU, its a good upgrade but its possible you might not benefit from it due to your display limitations.
The 1800X is just a higly binned 1700. Its able to squeeze a bit more performance at lower voltage but you can get about the same performance with a Ryzen 7 1700.
As for the motherboards, it depends what models you are looking at. Ryzen can be OCed on a B350 motherboard but not all of them are good picks for Ryzen 7 CPUs. The Asus B350 Strix, the MSI Gaming Pro Carbon or the Krait have good power delivery built-in but theyre pretty much the same price as entry levels X370 which can offer more juice for properly OCing your CPU but at that point, youre pretty much on par with the same Z370 motherboard models.
The 8700K is a much better processor than the 7700K for gaming and even more for streaming.
If you dont mind building your PC, you can get better (specially for cooling and PSU) for a bit less.
If you plan on building a gaming PC and not streaming, an i5-8600K will be a great pick in terms of price for performance where the 8700k would be the best pick if you want no compromise or plan on streaming.
I would recommend a nice motherboard like an Asus Z370 Strix.
Heres 3 PSU I can recommend without thinking about their quality or performance. The first one is the cheapest where the last would be the most expensive but also a really solid unit.
Corsair CXM 650W
Link : https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/product/R2mxFT/corsair-power-supply-cp9020103na
Review : http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story6&reid=486
Corsair TXM 650W
Link : https://pcpartpicker.com/product/PVzZxr/corsair-txm-gold-650w-80-gold-certified-semi-modular-atx-power-supply-cp-9020132-na
Review (750W but same applies) : http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story5&reid=254
Seasonci 650W Focus Plus Gold
Link : https://pcpartpicker.com/product/WrNypg/seasonic-focus-plus-gold-650w-80-gold-certified-fully-modular-atx-power-supply-ssr-650fx
Review (750W model bu applies) : http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story6&reid=524
Its been announced as "shortly" for a little while now so no idea.
I am not surprised, people often use trends but underestimate the power of the parts in a PC.
RX 580 Battlefrotn 2 benchmarks (with othercards)
PUBG does favor nVidia cards but the RX 580 does pretty well at high settings
Glad it worked.
The power really seemed insufficient when I looked at your list.
Then the VEGA 56 is a better pick here. Be sure to follow the stuff about undervolting for better performance. Theres rumors the partner cards might come out shortly but nothing concrete yet still
1080p 144hz freesync would be a better match with the VEGA 56 where 1440p 144hz Freesync would be a better match with VEGA 64. The 56 isnt powerful enough to allow you to benefit fully from the 1440p 144hz panel.
Depends on your monitor. You may not need the extra power at the cost of noise and thermals the VEGA card offers. Also, its not far behind the 1070ti Which is about $50 and can give 1080like performance when OCed so your display will be key here.
Yes, all he VEGA cards are reference designs at the moment. They use the same blower style card and PCB.
Well, reviewing the manual its still not very clear, I know for sure DIMMA2 is the first RAM slot to be used and it is normally paired with what should be DIMMB2.
I would recommend this and seeing how it runs in the BIOS.
The motherboard will work but the case but although they claim has 0db operation is pretty open and will generate a decent amount of noise when your GPU fans ramp up especially since your list seems to point you wont be installing any fans at all which is far from optimal.
If this is for a gaming build (which I believe it is based on the GPU), why not go for a better built case like a Be Quiet Silent Base 800 and a good quiet cooler. This would allow you to move air much faster outside of your case preventing any throttling from occurring.
Any specific reasons for your particular set up?