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Build Guide

Great Intel Gaming Build

by ThoughtA

Description

CPU

At this budget, we're running the Intel Coffee Lake i5-8400. Unlike previous generations' i5s, the Coffee Lake i5s are 6-core processors. The i5-8400 will perform very well with all your gaming needs. It includes a stock cooler, so 3rd-party cooler isn't necessary. Since we aren't overclocking our CPU, the stock cooler will be sufficient in keeping temperatures acceptable.

Note: If you'd prefer to consider a similar build, but instead using an AMD Ryzen processor, be sure to check out our Great AMD Gaming Build Guide.

Motherboard

We're using a parametric filter to constantly select the best-priced motherboard while meeting selected criteria. In this case, we are filtering for B360 chipsets and 4 DDR4 DIMM slots for future expansion. The compatibility engine will filter out anything not compatible with the build. The motherboards are also capable of using the CPU's integrated GPU, in case you need to RMA your GPU or are waiting for a sale or upgrade.

Memory

Memory needs are slowly but constantly increasing, and we want to stay ahead of the curve. To this end we're using a parametric filter to choose a 16GB kit of memory within Intel's recommended specifications at the best price. The filter will only select 2x8GB kits, allowing us to leave room for extra DIMMs for future expansion.

Storage

We're use parametric filters to incorporate an SSD with at least 1TB of space. We have also added a parametric filter for a 2TB mechanical drive for mass storage, such as extra games and videos. Everyone's storage needs differs, so feel free to add or remove capacity to your heart's desire.

GPU

For our GPU, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Ti is one of the best price for performance cards on the market and an absolute powerhouse. The GTX 1070 Ti will provide a consistent 60fps on many demanding games like PUBG) at Ultra at 1080p, and even 1440p for some games like Shadow of War. It'll also handle Fortnite with zero issues. For those interested in VR, the GTX 1070 Ti will have no problem playing any and and all applications currently on the market.

To keep the noise and temperatures down, we've updated the filter to include a minimum length to avoid "mini" versions of the card, which prioritize fitting into small builds, such as an ITX case. You can choose to use this filter instead, if you want to include the smaller cards for any reason. Note that smaller cards will be louder or hotter - or both.

Case

All of our parts are on display in the Fractal Design Meshify C TG Dark. This tinted, tempered glass-sporting case has a unique take on mesh fronts. The mesh is bent into a variety of angles that give a cool effect, both looking at it straight on and at various angles in differing lighting.

The Meshify C TG features 2x front panel USB 3.0 ports, and it has a PSU shroud and cable management holes and tie-offs to help your build look cleaner. It can also fit full-sized video cards.

PSU

For our power supply, we're using a parametric selection of well-reviewed semi or fully modular units, all of which are 80+ Gold certified or above and can provide plenty of power for this build.

AMD Version

Here is the AMD version of our Great Gaming Guide..

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Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 281W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $339.00 $339.00 Centre Com Buy
Motherboard
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Chipset: Intel B360
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
$129.00 $129.00 Umart Buy
Memory
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2666, DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
$150.17 $150.17 Amazon Australia Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 960 GB - 15360 GB
  • Type: SSD
$195.98 $195.98 Mwave Australia Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 2000 GB - 15360 GB
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$76.95 $76.95 Shopping Express Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1070 Ti
  • Length: 223 mm - 403 mm
$599.00 $599.00 Umart Buy
Case $139.00 $139.00 Skycomp Technology Buy
Power Supply $119.00 $119.00 Shopping Express Buy
Total: $1748.10
* 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:

p40warhawk1 3 points 20 days ago

How would you rate your experience with this build?

Rick646 2 points 17 days ago

Would there be any problems with switching the video card to the gaming version instead of the DUKE version?

ThoughtA staff submitter 2 points 17 days ago

Nope!

Rick646 2 points 17 days ago

thanks for the quick reply

ram0010 2 points 15 days ago

I really like this build and am thinking to build it however if you have benchmarked it based on popular games and software I am very keen to know. Otherwise very nice

iBubblegoose 2 points 14 days ago

How would this build due at max settings on games like Overwatch, Witcher, Skyrim, Froza? Is the 8400 going to be able to keep up with a 1070 Ti GPU?

Noxast 1 point 2 hours ago

According to GPU User Benchmark website, all these games would get over 90-120+ fps using the 1070ti. According to TheBottlenecker, the i5 8400 paired with the 1070ti would produce just a 2-3% bottleneck, well within acceptable range. This is a good setup for the games you mentioned at 1080p ultra/max settings.

Christopher.Walsh 2 points 13 days ago

So i dont really care about SSD. I think i will wait a couple years before buying one since the load time is only a couple seconds shorter from what ive seen. Also i was wondering. Can i replace the GTX 1070ti with the MSI - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6 GB GAMING X Video Card as i think this would be better for me as the price here in canada is farely cheap. Would any of you find me a 1070ti that is cheaper and better.

P.S. This is my first build and i dont have alot of money.(1500$) and im still in my teens 15. So i want some thing that can play R6S on high or ultra. Also a couple other games. Thanks

p.s.s. Im french so pls dont complaing about my english

smoke_png 2 points 6 days ago

What kind of FPS are you looking for? The 1060 6gb will do fine, and should be able to run high/ultra @60fps 1080p. R6 is a fairly easy to run, which is even better news. I don't know how Canadian currency scales, but you may want to reference the excellent Intel Gaming Build guide, which is priced at just over $1300

obiquiet 2 points 6 days ago

The reviews on the SSD are horrible on Newegg. Has anyone had any experience for over 6 months with the ADATA SU650? All of the reviews where the customer has owned it for 6 months or longer state that the drive fails.

boatfullogoats 2 points 1 day ago

Using this as my first gaming PC, the last parts are coming in today. Wish me luck!

clorence 1 point 21 hours ago

Good luck!

Bcash 1 point 17 days ago

Just curious, Intel 9th gen came out. Would we be better of with Core i5 9th gen? Thanks for the great work Thought A.

Mr_Potato_Man 1 point 5 days ago

Will this be good for pretty much any game at max settings at 1440p, medium to high at 4k?

Noxast 1 point 2 hours ago

Depends what you think is playable. I know that's not what you're hoping to hear. For reference, games like Overwatch, CS:GO etc will get 120+fps on max settings (generally), while more demanding games like Witcher will get high 90+fps on max, all this at 1080p resolution. Moving up to 1040 and especially 4k you'll see drop offs from there to probably mid 50-60 fps if I had to guess (haven't tested it). Someone please correct me if I'm wrong on that last bit.

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Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
Intel - Core i5-8400 2.8 GHz 6-Core Processor 8W - 65W
Crucial - Ballistix Sport LT 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2666 Memory 11W - 11W
ADATA - Ultimate SU800 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Western Digital - Blue 2 TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive 3W - 15W
MSI - GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8 GB Video Card 45W - 180W
Total: 69W - 281W