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Build Guide

Enthusiast Intel Gaming Build

by manirelli

NOTE: A more recent version of this guide is available here.



For the Enthusiast Intel build we chose the newly released Intel Coffee Lake i5-8600k as our processor.

CPU Cooler

To cool the i5-8600k while overclocking we selected the be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 to match our case. The Dark Rock Pro 4 is an excellent choice for our build aesthetically and will allow us to reach our maximum potential for overclocking without watercooling.


To allow overclocking on the processor, 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 from DDR4-2666 to DDR4-3200.


Using the parametric filters this build will incorporate an m.2 SSD with at least 500GB of space and a minimum 3TB of mechanical storage at 7200rpm.


With this budget we decided to go all out on the graphics card. The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 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 1080 is perfectly suited for VR gaming as well. When using a GTX 1080 you should consider stepping up your monitor to a 120/144hz screen for the best gaming experience.


All of our components are housed in the Phanteks - Enthoo Pro M Tempered Glass case. This case has atempered glass side panel, room for enthusiast CPU coolers, watercooling radiators, 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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Estimated Wattage: 146W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $419.00 $419.00 Centre Com Buy
CPU Cooler $109.00 $109.00 PCCaseGear Buy
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Chipset: Intel Z370
$156.00 $156.00 Shopping Express Buy
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2400, DDR4-2666, DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
  • Heat Spreader: Yes
$113.30 FREE $113.30 Newegg Australia Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 500 GB - 12000 GB
  • Type: SSD
$95.00 $95.00 IJK Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 3000 GB - 10000 GB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$84.49 $84.49 Amazon Australia Buy
Video Card
No Matches Available
From parametric filter
  • Price: $0.00 - $725.00
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1080
Case $158.00 $158.00 Shopping Express Buy
Power Supply $119.00 $119.00 Austin Computers Buy
Total: $1253.79
* 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:

Valiric 7 points 13 months ago

not an enthusiast grade build in any manner... but decent build?

matogl0396 3 Builds 7 points 12 months ago

Completely agree, this was my first thought as well. Nothing wrong with this build at all, but the word "enthusiast" I think is misused here.

nightbeast 1 point 11 months ago

decent build, yes, but for gaming I feel an OCed processor is practically useless.

three8one 4 Builds -1 points 13 months ago


Outlaw_123 2 points 13 months ago

Motherboard is a bare minimum, maybe better psu, 8600k could be a 8700k

three8one 4 Builds -1 points 13 months ago

8700K's single core speed is only 4% better than 8600K's, and its Quad-Core speed is only 1% better. 8600K is 30% cheaper. You do the math.

chimarz 2 points 13 months ago

But, he was saying its not enthusiast nothing about price there, this is just an middle upper tier gaming rig, i see nothing "enthusiast" about this build.

three8one 4 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

What would make it an enthusiast build?

Lunemiau 1 point 11 months ago

three8one You forget about the 6 extra logical cores of the 8700K mate. 8600K is fine for gaming, that's completely fine, but if you plan to do more stuff, like minimize a game and do some extra stuff, run software or future proof your computer, you're better off with a 8700K.

What I'd really upgrade more than the CPU is the GPU to a 1080Ti since most recent games wont reach 120 FPS @ 1440p resolution.

You also have to make sure you've got decent speed + timings RAM such as 3200 Mhz @ 14CL and enough cooling to overclock.

three8one 4 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Why would you need 12 cores to game?

Outlaw_123 -2 points 13 months ago

Yeah sure for gaming but for production? 8700k blows 8600k out of the water. And if it's enthusiast, you probably want to go for the best, not as much as the value

three8one 4 Builds 7 points 13 months ago

It's called Enthusiast Intel Gaming Build so I assumed it was for gaming... my mistake...

Valiric 0 points 13 months ago

Low end parts

ACanOfSpam 1 point 13 months ago


gabman2303 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

If I wanted to cheapen this down a bit, could I get 8gb 3000 Ram(2x4gb)? Also, any other ways to cheapen this build up a little bit? I like the processor and graphics card. Maybe go to a 1070 or 1070ti?

Lobsterareawesome 8 Builds 2 points 12 months ago

I wouldn't get only 8GB tbh

gabman2303 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Since I posted that comment I have bought nearly all my pc and am almost ready to build. I went with 16gb so glad to hear your comment!

Lobsterareawesome 8 Builds 2 points 12 months ago

No worries. Just so you know.. the cooler master hyper t2 is a bit weak if you want to get a 8600k. Don't get me wrong.. It'll do the job but you won't really have any room to OC the CPU.

gabman2303 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

ARCTIC - Freezer 33 eSports ONE (Black/Red) CPU Cooler this is what I just bought. Thoughts?

gabman2303 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago


Be honest, I am open to any feedback. This will be my first build attempt or first PC in general

Lobsterareawesome 8 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Congrats actually.. this is a pretty solid build :D Will last you a couple of years for sure :D

royalinbound 1 point 12 months ago

Nice build, but that's not your motherboard is it?

Lunemiau 2 points 11 months ago

Get a 1070Ti at least... but then again, for a very little increase you can get the 1080 anyway, You could go with an i5 8400 and you wouldn't notice the difference.

gabman2303 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago


I have my pc built and this is what I went with. I am very pleased so far! I'm glad your suggestion fits what I did. Thank you!

nightbeast 1 point 11 months ago

If you were to cheapen this down a bit, go with the i5-8500 and a H370 board. Save you $150 and the only thing you loose is overclock potential, which in my mind is useless for gaming (hardly any games are cpu-bound).

The other way to cheapen this down is to go with a 250GB SSD, or get rid of the SSD all together. I personally only have a SSHDD (Seagate Firecuda) and the only time I kick myself for not having an SSD boot drive is when I have to restart my computer (put it to sleep every night, not shutdown).

I would personally do either of these before dropping to a 1070

DonavansNOoJOKE 1 point 12 months ago

Nice build, I'm waiting on the VC prices to drop eventually and snag me something hopefully.

shanddizon 1 point 12 months ago

sir can you help me to build a cpu with sjs gtx 1070 and i7 8700k not OC build i dont know what other parts should i buy i want the high end gaming can you help me please !

Lunemiau 1 point 11 months ago

Don't get a 8700K if you're only getting a 1070. Get a 8600K ONLY IF YOU OVERCLOCK and spend most of your money on the GPU.

Like, an i5 8400 + 1080 will be much better than what you're currently getting.

bwthimmesch -1 points 12 months ago

check out my current system build. just change the 1080ti to 1070.

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supersami100 1 point 12 months ago

nice build

nightbeast 1 point 11 months ago

A $1430 build with what I would consider sub-par storage & memory brands. Here would be my build, for $1000 less and less risk to the end customer:



  1. 90% of the people looking at actually building using parts from this guide without any additional research, I would not want overclocking a CPU, hence the i5-8500 w/ stock cooler.

  2. Seagate / WD are the only 2 companies I trust from a spinning hard drive perspective.

  3. Samsung / WD / SanDisk, and Crucial are the only companies I would trust from a SSD perspective.

  4. Gskill / EVGA / Crucial and Corsair are the only companies I trust when it comes to higher clocked RAM.

Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
Intel - Core i5-8600K 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor 11W - 95W
Phanteks - PH-TC14PE 78.1 CFM CPU Cooler 5W - 10W
G.Skill - FORTIS 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2400 Memory 11W
Crucial - MX500 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Hitachi - Deskstar 7K3000 3 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Total: 146W