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Maximus X Formula with 8700K NEW BUILD ADVICE

ExGreyFox
Level 7
Hello all,

I posted in another thread regarding a new build centered around the Ryzen 2700x but after more research I have settled on the 8700K and Maximus X Formula

Wanted top run this parts list by you guys:

CPU: Core i7-8700K
RAM: G.Skill TridentZ RGB 32GB
MOBO: ASUS ROG MAXIMUS X FORMULA
GFX: GTX 980Ti for now (Re-Unisg my exisitng GPU until 1180 comes out)
Cooler: NZXT Kraken x62
Storage: Samsung 970EVo NVMe M.2 500GB (OS) + Samsung 970EVo NVMe M.2 1TB (Games)
PSU: Corsair AX1200i 1200 Watt (Re-using Old existing PSU)
OS: Windows 10 Home 64-bit

I absolutely need 32GB RAM for flight simulator use.

A few concerns:
1) Can you please recommend a 32GB kit from the G.Skill TridentZ RGB line? Should I get 2x16GB or 4x8GB, which is best?
2) Will the NZXT AIO Kraken x62 be sufficient for the 8700k and hitting 5GHz or should I go with x72 ?
3) I did not see the SAMSUNG 970 Evo PCIe NVMe M.2s in the QVL for the Maximus X Formula. Will they work?

Thank you!

Intel i7-8700k Coffee Lake@stock
G.Skill TridentZ RGB 32GB (2x16) 3200MHz
ASUS ROG STRIX GTX 1080 Ti
Maximus X FORMULA Z370 BIOS 1401
NZXT Kraken x62 AIO
SAMSUNG 970 EVO M.2 2280 500GB (OS)
SAMSUNG 970 EVO M.2 2280 1TB (Games)
Corsair AX1200i 1200 Watt
Cooler Master HAF X
HOTAS Warthog | TrackIR 5 | Saitek Pro Combat Pedals
Heatware

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Snakeyes
Level 11
1) 2x16 GB is better than 4x8 GB
NAME THE SANDWICH: – White Bread, Lots of Baloney, Russian dressing and served with a small pickle.?


Intel Core i7 8700K @5.1 Stable Delidded
Asus Maximus X Code

16 GB
G skill TridentZ DDR4 ​4266 (PC4 34100)
Corsair HX1000i digital
EVGA 1070 GTX TiSuperclocked+
Samsung NVMe SSD 960 pro M. 2
Samsung 860 Pro
Watercooled with EK block radiator fans etc.

Snakeyes wrote:
1) 2x16 GB is better than 4x8 GB


I see, any chance you can recommend a G.Skill TridentZ RGB kit that will work with the MXF and 8700k ? I'm still really foggy on the whole RAM situation.

Intel i7-8700k Coffee Lake@stock
G.Skill TridentZ RGB 32GB (2x16) 3200MHz
ASUS ROG STRIX GTX 1080 Ti
Maximus X FORMULA Z370 BIOS 1401
NZXT Kraken x62 AIO
SAMSUNG 970 EVO M.2 2280 500GB (OS)
SAMSUNG 970 EVO M.2 2280 1TB (Games)
Corsair AX1200i 1200 Watt
Cooler Master HAF X
HOTAS Warthog | TrackIR 5 | Saitek Pro Combat Pedals
Heatware

ExGreyFox
Level 7
My options are this QVL list kit which is 4x8GB 3200MHz F4-3200C14Q-32GTZR or the non QVL 2x16GB which "SHOULD" work, listed below. For those 2x16GB is the CL15 kit the best choice?

F4-3200C14D-32GTZR (CL14)
F4-3200C15D-32GTZR (CL15)
F4-3200C16D-32GTZR (CL16)

Intel i7-8700k Coffee Lake@stock
G.Skill TridentZ RGB 32GB (2x16) 3200MHz
ASUS ROG STRIX GTX 1080 Ti
Maximus X FORMULA Z370 BIOS 1401
NZXT Kraken x62 AIO
SAMSUNG 970 EVO M.2 2280 500GB (OS)
SAMSUNG 970 EVO M.2 2280 1TB (Games)
Corsair AX1200i 1200 Watt
Cooler Master HAF X
HOTAS Warthog | TrackIR 5 | Saitek Pro Combat Pedals
Heatware

Snakeyes
Level 11
Taking the consideration the silicon lottery issue the 2x16 GB CL 15 looks like a good choice. Keep in mind that unless you are planning on doing a lot of video editing/Photoshop etc. etc. the impact of memory on performance (relative to CPU and GPU) is minuscule.
NAME THE SANDWICH: – White Bread, Lots of Baloney, Russian dressing and served with a small pickle.?


Intel Core i7 8700K @5.1 Stable Delidded
Asus Maximus X Code

16 GB
G skill TridentZ DDR4 ​4266 (PC4 34100)
Corsair HX1000i digital
EVGA 1070 GTX TiSuperclocked+
Samsung NVMe SSD 960 pro M. 2
Samsung 860 Pro
Watercooled with EK block radiator fans etc.

Snakeyes wrote:
Taking the consideration the silicon lottery issue the 2x16 GB CL 15 looks like a good choice. Keep in mind that unless you are planning on doing a lot of video editing/Photoshop etc. etc. the impact of memory on performance (relative to CPU and GPU) is minuscule.


Are you referring to the Samsung B-die kits silicon lottery?

Intel i7-8700k Coffee Lake@stock
G.Skill TridentZ RGB 32GB (2x16) 3200MHz
ASUS ROG STRIX GTX 1080 Ti
Maximus X FORMULA Z370 BIOS 1401
NZXT Kraken x62 AIO
SAMSUNG 970 EVO M.2 2280 500GB (OS)
SAMSUNG 970 EVO M.2 2280 1TB (Games)
Corsair AX1200i 1200 Watt
Cooler Master HAF X
HOTAS Warthog | TrackIR 5 | Saitek Pro Combat Pedals
Heatware

ExGreyFox wrote:
Are you referring to the Samsung B-die kits silicon lottery?


Yup.

To reiterate what I said earlier, with Intel CPUs the impact of different memory speeds is minimal and definitely not noticeable unless the PCs used for heavy video and picture editing. AMD CPUs, on the other hand are more linked in performance to memory speeds. Frankly, I would spend money and time on the CPU, GPU and general overclocking.
NAME THE SANDWICH: – White Bread, Lots of Baloney, Russian dressing and served with a small pickle.?


Intel Core i7 8700K @5.1 Stable Delidded
Asus Maximus X Code

16 GB
G skill TridentZ DDR4 ​4266 (PC4 34100)
Corsair HX1000i digital
EVGA 1070 GTX TiSuperclocked+
Samsung NVMe SSD 960 pro M. 2
Samsung 860 Pro
Watercooled with EK block radiator fans etc.

Snakeyes wrote:
Yup.


Unfortunately this 2x16 GB CL15 kit is not on the b-die list: F4-3200C15D-32GTZR

Intel i7-8700k Coffee Lake@stock
G.Skill TridentZ RGB 32GB (2x16) 3200MHz
ASUS ROG STRIX GTX 1080 Ti
Maximus X FORMULA Z370 BIOS 1401
NZXT Kraken x62 AIO
SAMSUNG 970 EVO M.2 2280 500GB (OS)
SAMSUNG 970 EVO M.2 2280 1TB (Games)
Corsair AX1200i 1200 Watt
Cooler Master HAF X
HOTAS Warthog | TrackIR 5 | Saitek Pro Combat Pedals
Heatware

Based on my experience you might want to reconsider the Samsung 970's.They are not on the QVL list for your board. I tried running one on my Prime Z370-A. The board was unstable to say the least. After spending the day on the phone with SS and Asus six out of seven people I talked to said it would work. The last dude at Asus said the board needed a bios update to utilize the 970. I picked up a 960 at Microcenter. Installed with a GPT system. It is now a nice piece of hardware. The 960 is on the QVL list for my board.

RLGL123 wrote:
Based on my experience you might want to reconsider the Samsung 970's.They are not on the QVL list for your board. I tried running one on my Prime Z370-A. The board was unstable to say the least. After spending the day on the phone with SS and Asus six out of seven people I talked to said it would work. The last dude at Asus said the board needed a bios update to utilize the 970. I picked up a 960 at Microcenter. Installed with a GPT system. It is now a nice piece of hardware. The 960 is on the QVL list for my board.


Yeah I was worried about the same thing before I purchased the parts but everyone on the forums was of the consensus that there should be no issues. Ive had the system for almost a month now and it has been solid. Both 970's are firing on all cylinders.

Intel i7-8700k Coffee Lake@stock
G.Skill TridentZ RGB 32GB (2x16) 3200MHz
ASUS ROG STRIX GTX 1080 Ti
Maximus X FORMULA Z370 BIOS 1401
NZXT Kraken x62 AIO
SAMSUNG 970 EVO M.2 2280 500GB (OS)
SAMSUNG 970 EVO M.2 2280 1TB (Games)
Corsair AX1200i 1200 Watt
Cooler Master HAF X
HOTAS Warthog | TrackIR 5 | Saitek Pro Combat Pedals
Heatware