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My Coffee Lake i7 Upgrade

by qbqurdi


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Date Published

Nov. 26, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

80.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.607 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

10.108 GHz


My Coffee Lake Upgrade is 3rd reincarnation of the original build from Nov 2016 this time upgrade involved switching CPU from i5 6600k to i7 8700k and what an upgrade it was :) Will be using this system for light content creation as well as gaming and recording at the same time. managed to get my sample up to 5ghz really happy with this overclock although it felt i could push it a bit more with a little bit more voltage, temps where getting to around low 80C on 100% load in aida64. and i would't wont it running any hotter. What else i could say.. I fricking love my rig, really i do :P

Part Reviews


My sample overclocked to 5 GHz without running to hot, i don't fell a need to push it further

CPU Cooler

probably the best looking AIO on the market

Thermal Compound

Decent thermal compound


It supports Sli, it supports Raid, and it's all black!! s Rgb's on this board are discreet not to flashy. All connectors are in the right place, enough fan headers. and I love sata ports and usb 3.0 being at an angle made cables look so neat. Highly recommended!!


Great looking set of ram, white pcb, white heat spreaders. It looks good


Good enough to keep some of my fav games on it.


fast ssd, used as a boot drive


Used as mass storage, games, music, pictures, no problems

Video Card

This 1080 looks and performs well.


Beautiful case, well made.

Power Supply

Despite bad reviews this unit had I simply bought it because I got it really cheap and as Johnny guru mentioned in his review of this unit, "it is good 650 watt power supply with 750watt sticker on it"


This is Glorious gaming, no complaints!!


Its my first mechanical keyboard, and difference comparing to membrane is huge, it feels different i love brown switches, it is clicky but i think it is good thing. and i love tactile feedback too. And being RGB, customization options are pretty much endless. love my new keyboard the only thing i dont love about it is price :p


No problems, its right size fells good in hand well made.

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Pcgamer097 2 Builds 2 points 15 months ago

Great build but why have a Strix wallpaper when you don't have any Strix components?

qbqurdi submitter 3 Builds 2 points 15 months ago

i'v actually have strix headphones on the wall, and i got asus ROG monitor witch is in the part list. Plus i like this wallpaper :)

Pcgamer097 2 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

Oh... Sorry, my bad. :)

Scrap04 1 Build 2 points 15 months ago

Whoa! This is a great build! It's also stylish on the inside of the case too!

qbqurdi submitter 3 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

thank you :)

Scrap04 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago


MishyMooh 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Great build! Looks similar to mine. Check it out on my completed build section. Also, How did you manage to fit in the fan on the left of the case without the motherboard IO blocking it? Mine didn't fit :/

qbqurdi submitter 3 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

you're right yours is similar, great part selection though. That fan on the back of the case, it is not like i had to force anything it was a tight fit yes but i wouldn't risk damaging components. When i was installing that fan, when i aligned holes on the case with fan they where little bit off like 1 maybe 2 mm of the center but as i screwed it in it went fine i didn't felt like i was doing some damage or putting to much pressure on it. And yes it sucks it covers that carbon bit and gaming pro writing :P

MishyMooh 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Ah, I see.. Mine can't fit even if it's a little bit off :( But anyway, Thanks for replying, I appreciate it!

BuckeyesFan31299 2 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Did you have to delid your CPU for that overclock? I’ve heard cases where people have and have not.

qbqurdi submitter 3 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

I didn't had to delid it no, and managed to get it with fairly low voltage too. I guess it depends on how lucky you get with your sample, but from what I'm hearing its not rare to hit 5Ghz with this chips

ImightbeaPineapple 1 point 13 months ago

Cable management looks super clean, but can the MOBO leds be customized? And was there any trouble with the cpu cooler and ram clearance?

EDIT: Does it have WiFi or did you need to install a WiFi card?

qbqurdi submitter 3 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

yeah there is connector for LED on mobo and i believe its corsair link that you use to customize leds. No ram clearance issues there with this cooler i had single tower cooler installed there for brief moment and i had no issues there as well. There is "Msi Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon AC" that have wifi card included,the one i have dint have it as didn't had need for it as it it on Ethernet cable all the time

pdxhero 1 point 12 months ago

Quick question on the cooler, did you plug the pump 4 pin into the Pump_Fan1 connector or CPU_fan1 on the motherboard? Awesome build btw. :)

qbqurdi submitter 3 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Sorry for a late response, i used CPU_fan1 when i first put build together, but after replacing my kraken x62 with new one (water pomp died on the firs one, although i dont think malfunction was related to the fact that it was connected to that particular header) i plugged it in Pump_Fan1 connector and its been there ever since. i dont think it make much of a diffrence though, Im not using moderboard software/bios to control fun and pump rpm, im using Nzxt Cam and it does really good job. But i still recommend using Pump_Fan1 just to be safe :)

pdxhero 1 point 12 months ago

Thanks! I went with CPU_fan1 and haven't had issues.

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qbqurdi submitter 3 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

Yeah I know it is thigh fit, I'm lucky I got everything on there :p considering I did not measured anything either a desk or case or monitor before buying lol

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qbqurdi submitter 3 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

I will have a look tonight and will measure it for you. To make it easier for me when installing mobo I removed fan placed mobo and than fixed fan back on, and I got to say it was a snug fit.

qbqurdi submitter 3 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

It is really hard to measure its width while its installed in the case so I'm not gonna make false statement here I measured it and its roughly 55mm +/- 2mm in its tallest point. The IO cover it's actually around 1cm wider/taller than IO shield itself, and that's measured from motherboard pcb, sorry for not giving clear answer..