Prices were too good to ignore, been piecing this together since I picked up my 1080 this Christmas. Went over to Frys this Saturday and picked up a board for the Coffee Lake 8600K I've been holding on to for a couple weeks now. Wanted to pick up the MSI Z370-A Pro but my Frys is a sack of fail (they're drowning in Ryzen boards and almost completely bereft of almost anything Intel other than z270 boards). Went with the SLI Pro instead, which was $30 more but it was in stock and I was impatient. Roommate kicked in for 16GB DDR4 when I surrendered my FX 8350, Mobo and 16GB DDR3 upon completing this. So we're currently rocking...
8th Gen Intel i5 8600K
16GB DDR4 (Corsair Somethin' or another)
It's safe to say the differences were dramatic. Went from Sub-20 FPS in CEMU to having to install a 30FPS limiter for Breath of the Wild. Still bogs down some in random spots but I'm assuming that's emulation and not throttling, because Hardware Monitor's highest temp reading ever has been like, 38 degrees.
1. System stability seems to be down in general over my last AMD build, which surprised me. I've had one BSOD in a day, so that may just be growing pains over the latest few Windows 10 patches, too much has changed lately to peg that to the Intel build yet. But World of Warcraft keeps crashing with memory-like ("Couldn't write X to Y") errors, but again, I cut 'n paste my last install from my HD to my external back to my internal instead of doing a full download/install so that could be to blame too. Could also be crapty, outdated addons.
2. Temps! Much much different. That FX 8350 idled at around 17-20 Celsius. This is around 25-30, and I haven't even looked into overclocking yet. On the other hand, under "load" (nothing I do puts this thing under load, not even CEMU, lol) it only climbs up to around 36-40 so it's not too bad at all. Could also just be a craptier air cooler. Everyone was pushing me to go with a Corsair water cooler on this build but I honestly don't see a need yet. Maybe if I get some thermal issues during Summer. For now, it's chilly.
About the most intense thing I do on this PC gaming wise, don't laugh, is raiding in WoW, which due to the game being old and poorly optimized can actually be super stressful and drag framerates down. You'd think a GTX 1080 and an FX 8350 would be able to handle a decade old MMO when stuff gets hairy but it would quite often slow to a chug. Much less so with this build, but surprisingly the frames still go down quite a bit. Just not enough to be jarring anymore, yet.
Disappointed that things seem to be breaking more often but again, so much has changed from Friday to Saturday it'd be difficult and bandwidth-intensive to properly diagnose. We'll see how it goes down the line. Really wanted to pick up the Gaming 7 --well, actually, I wanted the Aorus Gaming 3 Z370 board but it looks like the VRMs on everything but the Gaming 7 were ineffably hot and I didn't want to be taken hostage for $100 just to get a properly functioning VRM, so I flipped off Gigabyte and went MSI (and settled for a knock above what I actually wanted anyways). I may eventually pick up the Gaming 7 anyways, but this is a good starting point at least.
Now, Ryzen probably woulda done me good. But I'm a curious boy, and the Coffee Lake prices have been wildly below my expectations for the performance points, so I decided, screw it. So far, very impressed.