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Build Guide

Excellent Intel Gaming Build

by manirelli


CPU/CPU Cooler

For the Excellent Intel Gaming Build build we selected the Intel i5-8400 as our processor. To better cool the i5-8400 we selected the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO. While the i5-8400 comes with a stock cooler the 212 EVO will lower both temps and noise in the system.


The i5-8400 is a locked processor so we set the parametric filters for Z370 ATX motherboards that support up to 64GB of DDR4 memory, six SATA 6Gb/s devices, multiple expansion cards, and crossfire or SLI functionality.


With our increased budget we selected 16GB of RAM. The parametric filter finds the best price on 16GB kits of memory that are within Intel’s recommended specifications.


Using the parametric filters this build will incorporate an SSD with at least 480GB of space and a minimum 2TB of mechanical storage at 7200rpm.


On a budget of roughly 1250 dollars we decided to go with an excellent graphic card. The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 TI is one of the single best cards on the market right now. At 1080p or even 1440p you will not have any problems with AAA games and the 1070 TI is perfectly suited for VR gaming as well. When using a 1070 TI you should consider stepping up your monitor to a 120/144hz screen for the best gaming experience.

Due to the high cost of GPUs and low availability, we are using a parametric filter for a GeForce GTX 1070 Ti with a max price set. With patience and vigilance, you can find a video card for around this price, and we want to provide a part list that is more accurate to this concept.


All of our components are housed in the Phanteks Eclipse P400S TG. This case has a nice black finish, a large tempered glass side panel window, white power supply shroud, room for enthusiast CPU coolers, watercooling radiators, two pre-installed case fans, and front panel USB3.0.


For our power supply, we're using a parametric selection of well-reviewed fully and semi-modular units, all of which are 80+ Gold certified and provide more than enough power for this system while at stock clocks or overclocking.

Click here to see the AMD version of this build guide

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Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 186W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $248.00 $248.00 Shopping Express Buy
CPU Cooler
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Chipset: Intel Z370
  • SLI/CrossFire: 2-Way SLI Capable, CrossFire Capable
  • SATA 6Gb/s Ports: 6 - 10
  • Max RAM: 64GB - 1TB
$158.00 $158.00 Shopping Express Buy
From parametric filter
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
  • Heat Spreader: Yes
$161.40 $161.40 Umart Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 480GB - 12TB
  • Type: SSD
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s, M.2 (B+M), M.2 (M)
$157.90 $157.90 Umart Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 2TB - 10TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$73.00 $73.00 Shopping Express Buy
Video Card
No Matches Available
From parametric filter
  • Price: $0.00 - $650.00
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1070 Ti
Case $129.00 $129.00 PCCaseGear Buy
Power Supply $108.00 $108.00 Shopping Express Buy
Total: $1035.30
* Using your selected merchants and only including nearby in-store pickup prices)
* Some physical dimension restrictions cannot (yet) be automatically checked, such as cpu cooler / RAM clearance with modules using tall heat spreaders.

Comments Sorted by:

hamkey 1 point 1 month ago

Would this build be able to play GTA V at high settings + add ons or x plane 11 at high fpm with high settings? I'm sorry but this is my first build and I know nothing about building PC's.

drewsmill 2 points 1 month ago

It should run just fine on high mabye on ultra because I have a 1059 ti and trash cpu and I run it fine

strongerbuild 1 point 1 month ago

Hi. I want to know, what 144Hz monitor is suited for such build? Are Freesync monitors ok, since cheaper? I am looking something from the Pixio range...

SageThunder 1 point 1 month ago

put it on the build and then the automated system will tell you if you have any problems just make sure it is turned on and it will say if it has any problems or not!

MmmhK 1 point 1 month ago

I was wondering if this is compatible EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 6gb with this build

riotssk 1 point 1 month ago

Yes, I'm planning to use the Gigabyte GV-N1060WF2OC-6GD and the filter says there are no issues. The cheaper PNY VCGGTX10606PB-CG isn't compatible with some mid-tower cases as it's a longer card.

RafiBombed 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

The cpu in this build is a beast for gaming, just did a similar build and i have no complaints at all.

Archie5583 1 point 24 days ago

Could you swap out the 1070 ti for a Radeon RX 480 or nah??

Nater650 2 points 21 days ago

Yes, you can

ZJayJohnston 1 point 3 days ago

Im really interested in this build. But I want to make sure I have right components for future upgrades. Is this motherboard functional for overclocking cpu? If not whats a good motherboard that will do so.

KSIHawkk 1 point 2 days ago

yes to overclocking. yes this board is future proof, i'm dont have much experience with intel chips but im pretty sure this board is the newest atm.

KSIHawkk 1 point 2 days ago

board is overclock compatible but the chip is lock at 2.8ghz

ExDeeXDD 1 point 2 days ago

Motherboard allows for overclocking of ram(with xmp)and of an unlocked cpu. The chipset is future proof for later upgrade of coffee lake but I heard that intel will be releasing a new socket by the end of the year which will make new gens incompatible with this mobo.

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Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
Intel - Core i5-8400 2.8GHz 6-Core Processor 8W - 65W
Cooler Master - Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler 5W - 10W
MSI - Z370-A PRO ATX LGA1151 Motherboard 17W - 70W
Kingston - FURY 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory 11W - 11W
Silicon Power - Silm S55 480GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Seagate - Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Total: 47W - 186W