Building a PC with the GTX 1080 Ti

NVIDIA has just released the GTX 1080 Ti, with the company claiming that their new card is up to 35% faster than the already beastly GTX 1080 in some instances. If you’re going for an all-out gaming PC, look no further.

We’ve crafted three different PC builds to take advantage of NVIDIA’s new powerhouse graphics card: One with an ATX Full tower, one with an ATX Mid Tower, and finally a small form factor build. The ATX builds are using AMD’s newly released Ryzen 7 1800X and 1700X chips to make well-rounded workstation builds, while the SFF build will be using an i7-7700K, still the best gaming CPU.

All the builds are targeted at 1440p or 4K gaming, which is where the lower single-threaded performance of the Ryzen CPUs is less of an issue. Click on the links to go directly to the product page.

GTX 1080 Ti Build 1 – ATX Full Tower ($2,724)

Component Price as of writing Comments
GTX 1080 Ti $700 For now, we are linking what is available. Once it’s released, 1080 Ti for choice with the build should be the ASUS Strix. It’ll sync with the RGB of the case and the motherboard via ASUS AURA Sync.
AMD Ryzen 7 1800X $500 This is an incredible CPU, especially at the price. For gaming at 1440p, it matches all but the best of Intel’s offerings.
Asus Crosshair VI Hero $258 The be-all and end-all of AM4 motherboards. Fully RGB to boot. It will go great with the case.
Corsair H110i $135 The 1800X isn’t a cool chip, especially when overclocked, but this cooler will have no issues.
32GB G.Skill TridentZ 3200MHz $281 While 16GB is enough for a regular build, this isn’t a regular build.
Samsung 960 Evo 1TB $480 This is one of the fastest SSDs on the market. Consider downgrading to the SATA 850 Evo to save some money.
Seagate Barracuda 3TB $80 A 3TB drive will be plenty for this machine. You can always add more in the future.
EVGA 850G2 $110 A good high-quality power supply from EVGA. Consider bumping up the wattage is you plan to run SLI.
Phanteks Enthoo Luxe RGB Tempered Glass $180 Not much to say really. It’s a work of art. The RGB and Tempered Glass really work wonders together.

In a build like this, I’d also go for some Cablemod Custom Braided Cables to finish the look.

GTX 1080 Ti Build 2 – ATX Mid Tower ($2,060)

Component Price as of writing Comments
GTX 1080 Ti $700 For now, we are linking what is available. Once the ASUS Strix is available, we would recommend that for this build as well.
AMD Ryzen 7 1700X $400 This is an incredible CPU, especially at the price.
Asus Prime X370-PRO $170 A good but not too expensive motherboard.
Noctua NH-D15S $80 This cooler will have no issues but consider moving up to the H110i if you wish.
Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB 3000MHz $130 16GB is plenty for any gaming PC however, consider 32GB if you will be doing heavy production workloads.
Samsung 960 Evo 500GB $250 This is one of the fastest SSDs on the market. Consider downgrading to the SATA 850 Evo to save some money.
Seagate Barracuda 3TB $80 A 3TB drive will be plenty for this machine. You can always add more in the future.
EVGA 850G2 $110 A good high-quality power supply from EVGA. Consider bumping up the wattage is you plan to run SLI.
Corsair Crystal 460X RGB $140 Another work of art, fully RGB, tempered glass case. Just a little smaller than the Enthoo Luxe.

Once again custom cables would really complete the look. It also seems the Strix 1080Ti will become a recurring theme, as that’ll be the graphics card of choice again.

GTX 1080 Ti Build 3 – Mini ITX Small Form Factor ($1,800)

Now this will be the most interesting build of the bunch. It will employ an MITX motherboard and since there are no MITX AM4 Motherboards (yet!) we’ll be going back to the blue team for this one.

Component Price as of writing Comments
GTX 1080 Ti $700 The Founder’s Edition (linked here) is the best choice for this build.
Intel Core i7-7700k $340 This is CPU has incredible single-core performance for gaming.
Asus ROG Strix Z270I $180 A good but not too expensive motherboard. Looks the part too.
Noctua NH-L9i $80 A small, quiet and efficient cooler that will go perfectly in the Node 202.
Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB 3000MHz $130 16GB is plenty for any gaming PC. Consider 16GB sticks if you may upgrade in the future.
Samsung 850 EVO 500GB $168 A great M.2 SSD for the price. If you want the fastest, consider upgrading to the 960.
Corsair SF600 $120 A good high-quality power supply from Corsair, and one of the best you can fit in this.
Fractal Design Node 202 $80 À small and sleek case. Perfect for the living room beast.

This is our final build. If you want us to suggest any other types of builds for you in particular, please let us know in the comments!