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Level 7
Budget: 1500€ - 2000€
Main uses of intended build: Gaming
Parts required: Complete Tower (no sound card)
Monitor resolution: 4K
Storage requirements: 1TB half SSD half HDD
Will you be overclocking: yes/no (delete as required) Maybe
Any motherboard requirements (no. of USB, Xfire/SLI, fan headers): last as least 5 years

Hi alexander1984

Any pc will struggle to last 5 years unless running SLI.

2000E = 2238.00 u.s. dollars so I think you can do this, Z370 would be the way to go.

Case: Cooler Master Masterbox 5 - 69.99
Motherboard: ASUS ROG Maximus X Hero - 259.99
CPU: Intel i7-8700k - 389.99
RAM: G.Skill Trident Z 16GB 3200MHz cl14 - 185.99
GPU: ASUS ROG Strix 1080 Ti (out of stock at the moment) - 799.99
SSD: Samsung 850 evo 1TB - 329.00
PSU: EVGA Supernova 850w - 109.99
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Seidon 240mm - 69.99

That comes to 2214.93 u.s. dollars, I picked out a 1TB ssd you can change it if you want.

What do you think ?

ASUS 28" 4k monitor - 394.99

Level 7
Thank you very much! Very nice build!

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That's a pretty decent case for the price, it supports up to a 360mm radiator with an optional bracket, you could use something like the thermaltake water 3.0 if you wanted.

What I listed are suggestions, feel free to change anything there is alot to choose from.

I did forget a few things though. 🙂

Will you be needing an optical drive, mouse, keyboard and operating system ?

Level 14
Refer to build guides on Logical Increments and PCPartPicker.

MAXIMUS X Z370 and i7-8700K are top-performance parts. But a "lesser" Z370 motherboard and i5-/i7-8xxx CPU would cost less and might serve your needs well enough.
A TUF Z370 might be a good choice if you want to "guarantee" 5-year lifetime.

GTX 1080Ti is the right choice for 4K.

2x8GB DDR4 is the best choice. 2x16GB or 4x8GB might future-proof a little better over the course of 5 years, but on the other side of the coin it'll also cost much less later than it does now, if you need it.

System M.2 SSD doesn't really need to be large (60GB, 120GB, 240GB are quite workable) but bigger drives have space to install more apps/games. You can save money downsizing this component a little, if needed. Multi-TB HDDs are still the cheapest way to get maximum storage capacity for all the stuff which doesn't require fast performance. Don't buy SSHDs, don't buy Optane.

Don't skimp on PSU and cooling. Spending an extra 50€ on these can buy you a lot more stability and reliability and longevity, especially if you overclock. Higher efficiency ratings (Silver, Gold, Platinum, etc) are worth buying because they're a good general indicator of overall PSU quality. Manufacturer's warranty is also a good indicator of quality/longevity: 3 years is typical, 5 years is better, 7 years is best, and 10 years is unbeatable. PSUs are a highly competitive and saturated market, the products basically price themselves and you do get exactly what you pay for.
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Level 14
as main drive i would recomend minimum a 250gig ssd, and not below realy.
since you gona instal apps/programs on it by default.
and get other drives for games ( SSD or HDD is up to you ).

try and buy the parts in one place if that is possible ( for easyer RMA if things would go belly up (even new parts can be broken ) ).

get a antistatic wristband ( to ground your self from antistatic ) unless you have one.
get a tupe with termal paste ( not the expensive one )
and some alcohol to remove old/used termalpaste.

if this is your first build, do not go for custom watercooling since you WILL void warranty if you spill and short enny thing.
if you are going for "watercooling" i would recomend a AIO ( all in one ) watercooling unit.
and if you live in a country with high temps ( warm ) get fans you can controll, either by fancontroller or onboard ( onboard = motherboard ).

Level 7
Good afternoon,
I decided to change my monitor requirements, and I will go to a 144mgz 1080p, since price is much better.

I will buy i7 8700k and I would like to have some advice for mobo and cooler.

For cooler I am thinking of corsair h90. Is it enough or do I need a better model?

For mobo, I would like one that helps me in cpu oc and ram oc. I prefer atx size and I am a fan of rgb. I am thinking of Asus tuf gaming plus.

Also my budget needed to adjust to 1500€.

Until now I already bought case Phanteks P400s and psu seasonic focus+ 650w gold+. I decided to go on these components to take advantage of Black friday on my country.

Kind regards

Finally I ended my rig.

Asus Rog Maximus X Hero
i7 8700K
Cooler Corsair H115i
Asus Geforce GTX 1080 Strix Aura Advanced DC3 8GB GD5X
RAM G.Skill Trident Z RGB 8x2GB DDR4 3200MHZ CL14
SSD Crucial MX300 525 GB
HDD Western Digital 1TB 7200RPM SATA III 64MB Blue
Seasonic Focus+ 650W Gold+
Phanteks Eclipse P400S Branc Vidro Temperado
Dell S2716DG

Thank you all!