So much of this is subjective. My experience has been with the Hyperx cloud 2, logitech g533, arctis pro wireless, and most recently Sennheisser 6XX's with a dedicated mic. The Hyperx and Sennheisser' are wired. The logitech g533 and arctis pro are wireless. The Arctics pro wireless were $360 and had amazing sound a a great mic, but hurt to wear for long periods of time, the logtitechs were not as good on audio or the mic but were more comfortable and alot cheaper. Sennheisser will cost you an arm and a leg after you buy a separate mic, amp, and dac. HyperX cloud 2's are about $100 and worked amazing for me, they were also very comfortable. If my current setup was destroyed and i was tight for cash,I would go back to the HyperX cloud 2's and deal with the wire. The Cloud Flight however have a good rep and I would strongly look into those if I wanted wireless.
Yup, depends. If it is a single player game I have sound come through my Logitech Z625 speaker setup. However, if gaming online with friends I use a dedicated mic and Sennheisser headphones. A gaming headset is not a bad option provided it is comfortable for extended periods of time.
ATX case for water cooling? No doubt the best option is the R6. Everything on that case seems to be designed to support custom loops and modularity.
IMO, the ROG Strix card is worth it, provided you get the OC version. I am a fan boy of the OC lineup, however many other companies also bin their GPUs and sell the higher performing ones at a premium.
FTW3 cards have a good rep. The asus rog strix OC cards are binned and are my goto.
SSD if you can afford it, no doubt. As an alternative a small, say 120gb SSD supplemented by a mechanical HDD for mass storage is not a bad choice if money is tight. Prices on SSD drives has really dropped recently making it a good time to buy. Alot of this will of course depend on your intended use.
I have the kraken x52, 8700k, an asus mobo, and tridentz ram. I had to mount my radiator in the top because of gpu length. The ram did not clear one of the fans. I just used a file to shave some of the fan shroud off and it fits just fine now. It wasnt difficult at all.
Edit: in the above link to the build the owner said he had to sand down a fan shroud as well.
Radiator should fit fine in the top of the case. You can slide the radiator forwards and backwards so the IO shield should not be a problem. I am not familiar with that RAM, but like previously said the height could be an issue. Worst case scenario you just need to file down a fan shroud like I did. Stock cooler fans should be just fine. Will Noctua fans perform a little better? Sure, but not much at all.
280mm with a long GPU? Not possible. I believe a 360 would fit in the front, provided you remove the middle fan. Obviously you would not be able to use the hard drive cage however. Considering the hottest component in my system is my GPU, I am happy with the 240 at the top.
The radiator will not fit on the front of the case with a GPU that long. It will fit up top with lower profile RAM. I have the same case, a long GPU, and the x52 aio for reference. WIth GSkill ripjaws v ram, the aio fit no problem up top. When I switched to tridentz ram, I had to file down a fan shroud to get it to fit, wasnt difficult. I see no way of mounting the radiator lower in the case because the middle fan slot will still be the limiting factor. Also, if using the hard drive cages try to find a shorter depth PSU if you can as it can get quite cluttered down there. If he isnt using a regular HDD, just remove the cage.
I thought I had already replied to this thread....
At any rate, I have the Meshify with an x52 so I might be able to chime in. Front mounting the radiator will likely not be possible because anything other than a FE sized PCB will be too long and there will not be room. But, you can mount it in the top, which is what I had to do. That leads to another problem, memory height. From the list you have, the Ripjaws V will work perfectly, I used it in my build until recently. When I went to TridentZ ram I had to actually file down part of the fan shroud to allow clearance because it is so much taller. You might only be able to top mount the radiator.
With that said, temps are great. I use all Corsair ML series fans and set up my fan curves in the bios to what I want. While gaming my 1080ti sits at 70C and CPU at about 55C or so with no OC. Fans can get a bit loud but I wear a headset so it doesn't bother me and the Noctua fans would surely be quieter. I see no issues you will face if you go with good fans.
Very similar setup here. 8700k and 1080ti which is right about where the 2080 lands. I also have a 1440p 120hz ultrawide. In the new COD I average about 95 fps with every setting maxed out. In PUBG I average 115 with almost everything maxed. 2080 will be just fine IMO. The limiting factor is really the GPU at this resolution and size, but the 2080 and 8700k should be just fine.
Use provided screws, mount them, and plug into MOBO. :) But seriously... AIO or air cooled? I would say you are on a good path. 2 140mm static pressured optimized fans on the front is a good idea. Follow that with the two included as exhaust fans at the top and back are the best bet.
Here is my perspective. Same case, same GPU, and I recently did ALOT of research on fans. Here is my build: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/vw8mRJ
I chose the ML series, because they look good and are a good compromise for AF and static pressure. Noctua is of course great, especially the chromax series if you do not like the brown/tan look and don't care about RGB. I chose the ML series. Why? Great compromise between straight AF and static pressure. Plus they are PWM which allowed me much greater control over speeds via the BIOS.
My biggest question is why did you purchase that AIO? I don't think it will fit. Surely with an ROG Strix GPU it will NOT fit on the front, and it will not fit the top of the case either. My 240 is a very tight fit at the top and I know a 280 would surely not fit. Reconsider the cooler first. Sadly, unless you get a card with a FE sized PCB that cooler will not fit. Address this issue first before fans.
Noctua makes a great cooler. WC'ing is an attractive option though.
The R6 is already available at a few European sites, but I can't find any information as to when it will be available in the US.
Front mounting a rad isn't a bad option at all. Yes, the air hitting your mobo and GPU will be just slightly warmer but not enough to worry about IMO. The S340 isn't the best cooling case around, but its well rounded.
If your set on water cooling thats cool, but air coolers can provide very comparable results without worry of ever springing a leak or having a pump fail. But bear in mind, with the S340 it has a limited cooler height of 161mm, which is short in comparison to other cases.
Considering your going to OC and have a 1080 which can put out a decent amount of heat, I actually would recommend a different case. The Fractal R6 would have more airflow and has 2 usb 2.0 slots, 2 usb 3.0 slots, and your mic and headphone jacks up front. Too bad it isn't out yet. Off the top of my head I can not think of another case that would meet your needs.
With the S340 you would have to mount the NZXT Kraken X62 in the front. The top fan only fits a single 140mm fan and the rear only supports one 120mm fan. If you wanted to mount a 140mm rad up top it would need to be super super short to clear the ram. If you wanted to do a 120mm rad on the back you might get away with it depending on the dimensions of your mobo but most likely not.
Good post. From everything I have researched as well, the Alienware appears to be the best option.
I did come across other options however, such as the LG 34UC88-B. Its got a 75hz refresh but terrible 14ms response time. The AOC Agon AG352UCG is another contender at 100hz, g sync, and a 4ms response time and comes in at $800 at microcenter.
All in all I think the Alienware is the best choice when looking for a 1440p ultra wide. From what I have found Dell has the best price at $1150, however a month ago it was $1000 from them. Waiting until next year might not be a bad choice, a few companies are slated to be releasing more contenders with higher refresh rates.
More solid advice. Everything I have been researching says upgrading the i5 will do very little while running 1440p. Its true, I do have the bug to upgrade, just because. An ultrawide will likely be the next and final upgrade I make for a good while. Thanks for all of the advice.
Alright everyone, I've made an upgrade. I went ahead and picked up an Asus ROG Strix 1080 ti from my local microcenter today, so that aspect is covered. I'm still looking at 1440p ultrawides.
Now, with the CPU I think I have a solution and am looking for opinions. After researching around I found it would be in my best interest to reinstall windows when using a new MOBO, and my base system was one from microcenter which used a digital key and would be a PIA to perform a fresh install and I might even have to buy a new key. So for $260 I think an i7 7700k would be the easiest (and least expensive) option. Opinions?
For anyone curious my full build is below.
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Top notch looking case so far. No case is ever perfect, IMO, but this one sure does hit on alot of angles. Should be a popular one in future builds.
I opened up youtube tonight and saw at least three people all released reviews on it at the same time. Everyone rushing to be the first review...
Currently have a 1070 and the predator xb241h monitor. 1080 ti and the alienware AW3418DW are the ones i want to upgrade to. Will the i5-7600k be enough to not bottle neck these?
Nothing at all honestly. I just want to upgrade it before I upgrade my GPU and monitor.