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post #11 of 32
Coffee Lake came out today. There's no reason whatsoever to consider Kaby Lake.

As for i5 versus i7, it depends on your use. Typically an i5 will be adequate. If you plan on performing CPU-intensive tasks, the additional threads on the i7 will be needed. An i7 will also age a little better.

System noise typically depends on the number of fans and their speed. I sleep with my PC maybe three feet from my head with six fans spinning at 2000+ RPM and don't have a problem. If you're a light sleeper, my setup would probably make sleeping more difficult for you. Using PWM fans should give you the desired result, providing airflow when needed and low noise otherwise. SSD vs HDD won't matter. The noise created from the HDD being accessed won't be so much that you'll regret having HDDs. Your HDD is unlikely to be accessed while you sleep. Only instance would be during defragmenting. If you plan on having your PC on 24/7, schedule your defrag when you plan to be at work.
post #12 of 32
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Coffee Lake came out today. There's no reason whatsoever to consider Kaby Lake.

As for i5 versus i7, it depends on your use. Typically an i5 will be adequate. If you plan on performing CPU-intensive tasks, the additional threads on the i7 will be needed. An i7 will also age a little better.

System noise typically depends on the number of fans and their speed. I sleep with my PC maybe three feet from my head with six fans spinning at 2000+ RPM and don't have a problem. If you're a light sleeper, my setup would probably make sleeping more difficult for you. Using PWM fans should give you the desired result, providing airflow when needed and low noise otherwise. SSD vs HDD won't matter. The noise created from the HDD being accessed won't be so much that you'll regret having HDDs. Your HDD is unlikely to be accessed while you sleep. Only instance would be during defragmenting. If you plan on having your PC on 24/7, schedule your defrag when you plan to be at work.

From what I see on anandtech the difference between coffee lake and kaby lake is minimal. I think I will just go with kaby lake since I don't want to wait a few months for the new motherboards to come down in price. Also there are no reviews on the current Z370 motherboards so that is an issue for me
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post #13 of 32
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the AMD CPU's looks nice too. Are they worth it?
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post #14 of 32
Like I said, it depends on the tasks. I wouldn't want a quad core. An i5-8400 is a tremendous budget-oriented CPU. Getting a Z370 motherboard isn't a terrible proposition because you can get an i7-8700K later if you need the additional processing power.

As far as single-threaded tasks, there won't be much difference because it's the same architecture as Skylake. For multi-threaded tasks, Coffee Lake will be superior because there's more cores across the entire lineup. An i3-8100 is basically an i5-7500 for a much lower price. I personally think it's worth waiting. If you need the PC yesterday, I can't blame you for going Kaby Lake.
post #15 of 32
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Like I said, it depends on the tasks. I wouldn't want a quad core. An i5-8400 is a tremendous budget-oriented CPU. Getting a Z370 motherboard isn't a terrible proposition because you can get an i7-8700K later if you need the additional processing power.

As far as single-threaded tasks, there won't be much difference because it's the same architecture as Skylake. For multi-threaded tasks, Coffee Lake will be superior because there's more cores across the entire lineup. An i3-8100 is basically an i5-7500 for a much lower price. I personally think it's worth waiting. If you need the PC yesterday, I can't blame you for going Kaby Lake.

Really the only thing that worries me is getting a bad Z370 motherboard because there are no reviews yet. I'm planning to go AMD with my graphic card and buying a freesync monitor also
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post #16 of 32
It's puzzling that you're worried about getting a bad motherboard when there's nothing left but reputable manufacturers. The only thing I would be worried about is paying too much for a motherboard.
post #17 of 32
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The MSI z370 pro looks like a good choice so I might go with that
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post #18 of 32
For PSU, definitely consider the Seasonic Focus Plus 550W Gold. The hybrid fanless mode is effectively noiseless - no coil whine or anything on my sample.

For cases, there are plenty of options. Fractal Design Define C or R5 are good, and they come with good fans. One 120/140mm exhaust at ~600-700 RPM is effectively silent - that's all the case fans you need.

I'm personally running an undervolted R5 1600 in my silent system, but for purely gaming I'd probably go for the i5 8400 on a cheap Z370 motherboard - easily the best value in the Coffee Lake lineup IMO. Just read the reviews, it comes close to i7 8700k in gaming at under half the price (plus it's available).

And yeah, Ryzens are nice unless you need to push 120+ FPS at 1080P. R5 1600 can be undervolted a lot (-0.15V offset in my case), and a cheap B350 board will do just fine. Would rather get the i5 8400 in your case, though.

Cooler doesn't matter much on a 65W TDP chip, something cheap with a 120mm+ fan like Cooler Master Hyper 212 (Evo/Plus/etc.) should do.
post #19 of 32
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I know I may repeat myself but how much wattage do I need if I get a msi rx 580
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post #20 of 32
more than you would for a GTX 1060 or 1070.

I say at least 650w to be safe.

isnt the coffee lake i5 8600k a non hyper threaded six core? Yup...just found it.
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