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September 1, 2017

High End Intel i7 7700K GTX 1080 Gaming PC

In todays post we’re going to be taking a look at a top end of the mid-range gaming PC. If you want to go all out, then you could add an additional graphics card or opt for a 1080ti and that will improve your performance. I’d say if you did want to squeeze more from it then a 1080ti would be the better option as cards in SLI (two graphics cards) don’t always get fully utilised in some games, whereas a single 1080ti would.  Or if you have a bit more experience then you could overclock the CPU and GPU for additional performance gains.

So lets take a look at all the parts that make up a system and first up is the CPU. Here we’ve gone for an Intel i7 7700K. Now this is one of the best CPUs for gaming and can be overclocked to up to 5GHz if you have the right cooler, motherboard and knowledge how to do so. If you’re an unaware of the specifications of the 7700K, they are linked here


To keep the CPU cool under load there is the Coolermaster Masterair Maker 8. This is a bit of beast so make sure that your chosen case can accommodate it. If you want detailed specifications of  the cooler, then check the link here. But this is plenty powerful enough to cool the i7 with a total of eight heatpipes, fan speeds up to 1800rpm, a CFM of 19.8 and fan air pressure of up to 2.2, its got plenty of cooling prowess.  Its also quiet too thanks to its Silencio fans which only go up to a max of 24dBa.


Next up is the RAM and this is a 16GB kit of Kingston Hyper X Savage clocked at 3000MHz. This particular ram has a CAS latency of 15, this means that this its plenty quick enough to keep up with this system as well as provide enough capacity to edit 4K or 1080p video. If required you can always opt to upgrade to 32GB or a max of 64GB. But in most situations 16GB is plenty.


The motherboard of choice is the Asus Maximus IX Hero. This is a high end Z270 motherboard and has pretty much all the features you’ve ever need. It has support for CPU, GPU and RAM overclocking. It also has 2 M.2 slots, plenty of PCI-E expansion for dual or even three way (AMD) GPU setups. It supports Intels Optane memory, can take up to 64GB of DDR4, has plenty of RGB features and high end audio capabilities. For more info and specifications check the link here.


Next up is the graphics card and this is the brilliant Asus Strix GTX 1080. This has pretty much all the horsepower you’ll need to crush some 1440p gaming and even dabble in some light 4K. If you want to go all out, then the 1080ti is what you’re after. But the 1080 is no slouch, its packing

  • 8GB of GDDR5X memory
  • 256 bit memory interface
  • 10010 MHz memory clock
  • 1759 MHz GPU base clock (default)
  • 1898 MHz GPU boost clock (default)
  • 1784 MHz GPU base clock (OC mode)
  • 1936 MHz GPU boost clock (OC mode)
  • 2560 CUDA cores

So its plenty powerful enough for you gaming needs.


Onto storage now and the system uses a 2 drive configuration. The main OS drive is the Samsung 960 EVO 500GB M.2 SSD. This is going to be used for the operating system and software. But you can utilise it differently to suit your needs. If you can’t stretch to a M.2 or would rather invest it elsewhere then you could always get a more affordable 2.5″ variant. The 960 EVO however is really fast with read speeds up to 3200MB/s and write speeds up to 1900MB/s, so its plenty fast enough for pretty much any task.


This will be backed up with a 2TB Seagate Firecuda SSHD (Solid State Hybrid Drive). This is a 7200rpm drive that is up to 5 times faster than a traditional HDD. Its 6GB/s with 64MB cache. So its got loads of space and speed to store your game library on it.


Next up is the power supply. This is the Coolermaster V1200 fully modular 1200W 80 plus Platinum certified PSU. It uses a 135mm FDB (fluid dynamic bearing) silent fan for quiet operation, it also has a hybrid fan controller to toggle between auto and hybrid fan modes. These modes are Auto which is always on but low rpm (when system is under 70% load) and hybrid mode which is silent when the system stays below 30% load. It also has a high efficiency of up to 93% at 50% load so its an efficient power supply. Plus you’ll have loads of headroom to overclock and add additional hardware in the future.


The final part you’ll be needing is somewhere to house all your components and thats where the Coolermaster Mastercase Maker 5 comes in. This a a great case as its built around Coolermasters freeform modular system. This means you can swap out the top panels, doors, interior and make the case suit your needs. You can also upgrade the I/O panel, print custom 3D parts for the case to make it more unique. There is also a wide selection of custom accessories, from fans to grille covers thanks to their community of makers. Finally it comes with 3 included 1200rpm fans, with the addition to add a further 4. So its very customisable, great for cooling and looks very nice. Check out their website for more details.


Now you have all the components you need, you may want to check out how to build the system. To see how to assemble the PC parts for yourself, click the image below to watch the video.


Now you’ve seen all the parts and how it goes together, we’ll now be checking out how the system performs. So here are all the numbers to give you a good idea of what to expect from this PC.

First up is the synthetic benchmarks and these as well as the games were run at 1440p. Firestrike was the 1st to be test on this system and this was Firestrike Extreme rather than the regular version. Keep in mind that both the CPU and GPU were running at stock frequencies, so if you want more from the system you can overclock it.

So this i7 based system scored an impressive 9471 overall, with a score of 10227 for the graphics and 14131 for the physics. Pretty good to say that it was running at stock.


Next up is Unigines Heaven benchmark. This again was run at 1440p with Ultra settings and tessellation set to extreme. The system put out a score of 2247 and an average FPS of 97.1. As good as synths are, gaming numbers are where it counts and we’ll get into those now.


The 1st game to be tested was of course GTA V. This was run at 1440p with the settings turned to very high, MSAA was set to X4 and shadows were set to softest. The system performed very well and put out an average FPS of 84.


Next up was PUBG, this is a tricky title to run as its still under development. The game was again run at 1440p with the settings run at ultra. The foliage and shadows were set to low however. Even on Ultra at 1440p the PC delivered an average of 78FPS. Now you could always lower the settings to high or medium if you want that FPS advantage, but the game is very playable at these settings.


Overwatch was next up and although not a super demanding title, having high framerates does help. OW was set to the ultra preset. The system gave an average framerate of 128, which is great and very smooth.


The final game put to the test was Rise of the Tomb Raider. This was run using DX12 and the very high preset. The i7 and 1080 gave an average framerate of 92, which is very nice and should not give you any troubles at all.


So as you can see this is a great gaming system and it’ll be able to run pretty much every AAA title there is at the minute. If you want to see the video for this post check the link here.

Get the parts here



This PC is part of the UNILAD build series and was sponsored by Coolermaster UK, and UNILAD.

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Hey I’m Weston and I’d definitely say that I’m a technology enthusiast. I’ve been in the tech space a while and I really love pretty much anything tech or tech related.


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