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A recommendation for chassis to house a 2080ti card/
« on: October 08, 2018, 12:32:33 PM »
Hi, this is my first post, so hello everyone! This place is like an oasis of info, Im so happy to come across this forum!
I've going over so many different options for this, and I can't seem to find a definitive answer on what is the best and suitable from a cooling point of view chassis to accommodate the 2080 ti. I was thinking maybe the card size would be key, so was settling on the Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, which looks to be a dual slot card in width. But I hear the EVGA 11G-P4-2383-KR GeForce RTX 2080 Ti will have better cooling, but looks like a 3 slot card in width. The NZXT H200i chassis seems to be a good choice, but there's also the Thermaltake Core X1, which I imagine should fit the bill, but it enormous and might be overkill?

(I have all the rest of the hardware. I originally had a build made for me to house a gtx 1080 card, and I've been told I only need to upgrade the chassis to deal with the increased heat.)

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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Re: A recommendation for chassis to house a 2080ti card/
« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2018, 03:29:10 PM »
Hi, this is my first post, so hello everyone! This place is like an oasis of info, Im so happy to come across this forum!
I've going over so many different options for this, and I can't seem to find a definitive answer on what is the best and suitable from a cooling point of view chassis to accommodate the 2080 ti. I was thinking maybe the card size would be key, so was settling on the Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, which looks to be a dual slot card in width. But I hear the EVGA 11G-P4-2383-KR GeForce RTX 2080 Ti will have better cooling, but looks like a 3 slot card in width. The NZXT H200i chassis seems to be a good choice, but there's also the Thermaltake Core X1, which I imagine should fit the bill, but it enormous and might be overkill?

(I have all the rest of the hardware. I originally had a build made for me to house a gtx 1080 card, and I've been told I only need to upgrade the chassis to deal with the increased heat.)

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Welcome to the Forum, Moomalade!

It sounds like you have an existing PC that you're looking to upgrade from a GTX 1080 to an RTX 2080 Ti. Can you list the specs of it? That will help get you an answer to your question.

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Re: A recommendation for chassis to house a 2080ti card/
« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2018, 03:52:16 AM »
Hi, thank you!
Yeah, I had a mini ITX PC built for me a few years ago. I'm looking to upgrade and I was told all the rest of the hardware is fine for the rtx 2080 ti. Here's the breakdown of existing hardware:

Intel Core i7-6700K Skylake CPU, 4 Cores, 4.0 - 4.2GHz
Corsair Hydro H80i V2 CPU Cooler
Gigabyte GA-Z170N-Gaming 5 Motherboard
16GB DDR4 2133MHz Memory (2 x 8GB Sticks)
Corsair RM750x 80 PLUS Gold 750W PSU

Current chassis : Aerocool Dead Silence Cube Case

After exhaustive searching I 'think' the NZXT H200i will do the job, but can't find a definitive answer really. I guess the 2080ti is too new right now for many builds to be out there.

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Re: A recommendation for chassis to house a 2080ti card/
« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2018, 04:47:21 AM »
Hi, thank you!
Yeah, I had a mini ITX PC built for me a few years ago. I'm looking to upgrade and I was told all the rest of the hardware is fine for the rtx 2080 ti. Here's the breakdown of existing hardware:

Intel Core i7-6700K Skylake CPU, 4 Cores, 4.0 - 4.2GHz
Corsair Hydro H80i V2 CPU Cooler
Gigabyte GA-Z170N-Gaming 5 Motherboard
16GB DDR4 2133MHz Memory (2 x 8GB Sticks)
Corsair RM750x 80 PLUS Gold 750W PSU

Current chassis : Aerocool Dead Silence Cube Case

After exhaustive searching I 'think' the NZXT H200i will do the job, but can't find a definitive answer really. I guess the 2080ti is too new right now for many builds to be out there.

OK, so it's good to know that you have a mini ITX PC, as that definitely limits your options. In terms of the case, there's nothing particularly unique about the NZXT H200i in terms of airflow, but it does offer that "NZXT look", which might be what you're after. Plus it's big, which is required for an RTX 2080 Ti. Make sure to stay away from the triple-slot RTX 2080 Ti cards. They won't fit in any ITX case, including the H200i.

By the way, your 6700K is going to bottleneck an RTX 2080 Ti in a lot of games, especially if you're running them at 1080p or 1440p. With that said, it can always be upgraded later (although you'll need a new motherboard, and should really get faster RAM too).

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Re: A recommendation for chassis to house a 2080ti card/
« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2018, 06:33:47 AM »
Thanks so much for the feedback, so you think I may need to upgrade the cpu?
Do you know of a resource for finding out what cpu is compatible with what motherboard?
That is the thing I find so confusing. I'm fine with the costs, just understanding how to acquire the relevant bits that work together. At least I know what case I'm getting now. It's for the living room, hooked up to the tv, so it needs to pass the wife's approval. Can't have bulky tech dominating the space.
Thanks again!

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Re: A recommendation for chassis to house a 2080ti card/
« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2018, 06:36:08 AM »
I should add I'm happily getting 60fps at 1440p max settings with Assassin's Creed Odyssey currently. Hopefully my cpu isn't too much of a bottleneck.

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Re: A recommendation for chassis to house a 2080ti card/
« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2018, 06:45:56 AM »
Actually, a browse around scan.co.uk brought these items up, I think this might help with the bottleneck and be compatible?

Intel Core i7 7800X, S 2066, Skylake-X, 6 Core, 12 Thread, 3.5GHz, 4.0GHz Turbo, 8.25MB, 28 Lane, 140W, CPU, OEM

ASRock X299M Extreme4 RGB micro-ATX Motherboard

16GB (2x8GB) Corsair DDR4 Vengeance LPX Red, PC4-32000 (4000), Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 19-23-23-45, XMP 2.0, 1.35V

Thanks again for you help!

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Re: A recommendation for chassis to house a 2080ti card/
« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2018, 08:33:08 AM »
That motherboard is not ITX, so it won't fit in your case. And that's the wrong platform entirely. You don't want X299, and certainly not the obsolete Core i7-7800X.

I'd suggest you take a look at TBG's $2,500 Ultra-Extreme ITX PC Guide. I think this will suit your needs. It currently uses an RTX 2080, but certain RTX 2080 Ti models will also fit. None are actually for sale yet, but you'l just need to make sure they are dual-slot and no wider.

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Re: A recommendation for chassis to house a 2080ti card/
« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2018, 09:56:10 AM »
Thanks again for your help, based on your link I've settled on this:

ASUS ROG STRIX Intel H370-I GAMING Coffee Lake Mini ITX Motherboard

Intel Core i7 8700K Unlocked Coffee Lake Desktop Processor/CPU

Corsair 16GB Red Vengeance LPX DDR4 4000MHz RAM/Memory Kit 2x 8GB  (I don't see the need for 32gb?)

Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 Ti WINDFORCE OC 11GB GDDR6, 4352 Core, 1620MHz Boost (dual slot)

Just need to decide between the H200i and the Silverstone for the case.

What a great place this forum is, will be looking to learn as much as possible, nice one!
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Re: A recommendation for chassis to house a 2080ti card/
« Reply #9 on: October 09, 2018, 12:17:48 PM »
Thanks again for your help, based on your link I've settled on this:

ASUS ROG STRIX Intel H370-I GAMING Coffee Lake Mini ITX Motherboard

Intel Core i7 8700K Unlocked Coffee Lake Desktop Processor/CPU

Corsair 16GB Red Vengeance LPX DDR4 4000MHz RAM/Memory Kit 2x 8GB  (I don't see the need for 32gb?)

Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 Ti WINDFORCE OC 11GB GDDR6, 4352 Core, 1620MHz Boost (dual slot)

Just need to decide between the H200i and the Silverstone for the case.

What a great place this forum is, will be looking to learn as much as possible, nice one!

Sounds good. Just make sure you get a Z370 motherboard, not an H370 motherboard. That doesn't support overclocking, nor does it support the RAM you selected. The Asus Z370-I is out of stock on Amazon UK, but you can simply get the Gigabyte Z370N, which is just as good.

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Re: A recommendation for chassis to house a 2080ti card/
« Reply #10 on: October 10, 2018, 04:19:53 AM »
Absolute legend, thanks again!

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Re: A recommendation for chassis to house a 2080ti card/
« Reply #11 on: October 12, 2018, 05:50:45 AM »
I'm thinking of going bigger because I can't settle on a mini-itx case that won't box me in with space restrictions for gpu and possible airflow issues. I actually found a mid-tower case that fits the space in my living room (corsair 275r).
I did some research and it seems the micro-ATX motherboard has a number of advantages over the mini-ITX form factor. Expansion slots for more memory should I choose to use the machine professionally (I do cg animation for a living) being a big one.
If could ask one last question, how does one know which motherboard is compatible with the RAM I've chosen? As that was an issue with a past choice I made. I'd really like to learn this stuff, any resources at all that would help me find the right answer would be amazing.

If I don't intend to overclock my machine (I wouldn't know how) is it worth spending the extra of 4000mhz RAM instead of 2666mhz the i7 8700k supports? (and should I get the cheaper 'locked' cpu?)

Thank you again!
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Re: A recommendation for chassis to house a 2080ti card/
« Reply #12 on: October 12, 2018, 06:24:39 AM »
Ok, I think I figured out the motherboard that's compatible both with the cpu and the memory (if I keep that speed)

MSI Intel Z370M MORTAR Coffee Lake Micro ATX Motherboard
https://www.scan.co.uk/products/msi-z370m-mortar-intel-z370-s-1151-ddr4-sata3-dual-m2-2-way-crossfire-intel-gbe-usb-31-gen1-a-microa

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Re: A recommendation for chassis to house a 2080ti card/
« Reply #13 on: October 12, 2018, 08:48:04 AM »
I'd recommend you have a look at TBG's PC Build Comparison Page for ideas on cases, along with matching motherboards and RAM. You can use the filter option to choose from the various form factors (ITX-Small Form Factor, mATX, ATX), and you can also filter by dimensions. This is really the best way to find a case that fits your space.

The 8700K is a great choice, even if you won't be overclocking, but your selection of 4000MHz RAM is probably not optimal. You'll pay an enormous premium for that RAM and get little benefit. The TBG guides always recommend the RAM that provides the best price/performance ratio. Right now, that's typically DDR4-3000 and DDR4-3200.

By the way, the Corsair 275R is one of the cases shown on the TBG build comparison page, and the 24 systems profiled generally feature the top 24 cases on the market, updated monthly.
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Re: A recommendation for chassis to house a 2080ti card/
« Reply #14 on: October 23, 2018, 04:24:19 AM »
I'm looking at this Motherboard:
https://www.scan.co.uk/products/msi-z370m-mortar-intel-z370-s-1151-ddr4-sata3-dual-m2-2-way-crossfire-intel-gbe-usb-31-gen1-a-microa

Which has these expansion slots:

1 x M.2, 2242/2260/2280, PCIe/SATA
1 x M.2, 2280, PCIe/SATA
2 x PCIe 3.0 x1
1 x PCIe 3.0 x16
1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x4 Bandwidth)

I've got a 256GB Samsung SM951 M.2 PCIe Solid State Drive that I'll need to install on the motherboard.
Looking at the spec above I'm thinking I'm ok here, but to be sure do you reckon this is cool given : "1 x M.2, 2280, PCIe/SATA"?
Thanks again for all the advice!