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Build Guide

Enthusiast Intel Gaming Build

by manirelli



CPU/CPU Cooler

For the Enthusiast Intel build we selected the Intel i7-7700k as our processor. To cool the i7-7700k while overclocking we selected the NZXT Kraken X62. The X62 is an excellent choice for our build aesthetically and will allow us to reach our maximum potential for overclocking without building a custom watercooling setup.


To allow overclocking on the processor, we set the parametric filters for 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 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 gorgeous Phanteks Enthoo Pro M TG. This case has a large tempered 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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Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 397W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $419.00 $419.00 PLE Computers Buy
CPU Cooler $239.00 $239.00 PCCaseGear Buy
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Chipset: Intel Z270
  • SLI/CrossFire: 2-Way SLI Capable, CrossFire Capable
  • SATA 6Gb/s Ports: 6 - 10
  • Max RAM: 64GB - 1TB
$155.00 $155.00 IJK Buy
From parametric filter
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
  • Heat Spreader: Yes
$190.00 $190.00 Shopping Express Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 500GB - 12TB
  • Type: SSD
$188.00 $188.00 Shopping Express Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 3TB - 10TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$120.51 $120.51 Skycomp Technology Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1080
$675.00 $675.00 PCCaseGear Buy
Case $149.00 $149.00 PCCaseGear Buy
Power Supply $118.00 $118.00 Shopping Express Buy
Total: $2253.51
* 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.

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WhatALad 2 points 1 month ago

Could someone tell me if this would be worth getting and if there is anything i should change that wouldn't make a massive difference in price!


YungNillaP 1 point 1 month ago

I can't recommend anything involving the hardware, but I would check every website to see what deals they offer with the base price, including taxes, free stuff and shipping. Hopefully I'm not stating the obvious but newegg is pretty dope

Brianc041 1 point 1 month ago

You could change the graphics card to drop about 100 bucks

Brianc041 1 point 1 month ago

But it probably wouldn't still be an enthusiast build

IatemyBlobby 1 point 1 month ago

Get a different case, Phanteks doesn't make cases with the best airflow

Zypher13 1 point 4 days ago

You could save about 100 $ on the cooler or you could swap the i7 7700k to an R5 1600 or 1600X

Mdimins 1 point 3 days ago

go with 8700k

Spookybabooky 2 points 29 days ago

Would it be worth upgrading the 1080 to a 1080ti?

YungNillaP 2 points 29 days ago

I think that depends on what resolution you're wanting to play on. 4k or 2k would be ideal to upgrade to a TI. If not though I would just keep the build as is or wait for a price drop.

YungNillaP 1 point 1 month ago

For the compatibility notes it says the M.2 slot shares bandwidth with a SATA 6.0 Gb/s port and that there is two so one will be disabled. I don't know what that means but I would like to. If anyone could explain that and if it will cause problems please let me know. Thank you

Xzapxstedtin 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

This basically means that your mobo has two m.2 slots but populating either of those slots will disable some of the sata inputs. This doesn't usually cause much trouble unless you plan on populating both m.2 slots and also using a large amount of sata devices such as hdd or 2.5" ssd/ hue+ ect. Presumably you plan to use m.2 slot as an ssd anyway thus eliminating the need for many extra storage devices.

YungNillaP 1 point 1 month ago

Thanks a lot man, I appreciate your help.

john_ryng 1 point 29 days ago

could i possibly switch the liquid cooling for fans, im afraid that if i attempt to use liquid cooling ill screw everything up

elstie 2 points 29 days ago

That is an All-In-One liquid cooler, meaning you don't need to hook up any pipes, tubes, compression fittings, fill liquid, etc. It's all already in one closed loop that you just toss in your build. It installs almost exactly the same way as a regular CPU cooler with the exception of one extra mounting point for the radiator side of the loop. I wouldn't worry too much about it if you want to follow the recommendations closely, even if it's your first or second (or however many) build.

john_ryng 1 point 27 days ago

thank you, :D

WestCoastTLR 1 point 28 days ago

Hey, great build. I'm trying to get as high end of a PC in terms of performance and don't really want to pay extra for aesthetics. I noticed the case has tempered glass which seems mostly like an aesthetic addon. Is there another cheaper case with the same functionality i could replace it with. Also, are there any other parts in this build that could be cheaper for the same performance/functions while sacrificing a bit of aesthetics if necessary? Also, what type of monitor would be recommended to go with build?


acejoel1234 1 point 27 days ago

i would recommend a 60hz monitor but if wanna pay more then go for a 120hz or even 140hz monitor they cost alot but i think u would be able to use them sufficiently with this build!

WestCoastTLR 1 point 27 days ago

Alright, thank you!

acejoel1234 1 point 25 days ago


HerbyW 1 point 27 days ago

Hi im a noob when it comes to pc parts/specs etc but i have saved up money for ages so that i can buy a pc that will last me a while. I would love to build my own but frankly dont know what im doing so i think i am going to go with one where the parts have been picked already. This is at the top of my budget and i like the look of it. Does anyone have any reasons to why i shouldn't go for this one?

acejoel1234 2 points 27 days ago

only the fact that it doesnt have a operating system e.g. windows 10 and also u cand add more storage onto your pc then yes i would go for it!

HerbyW 1 point 27 days ago

thanks for the help:)

acejoel1234 1 point 25 days ago


jayden-birt101 1 point 25 days ago

that looks like are good build

wty989898 1 point 25 days ago

Hi, first time building pc. Could I have some advise on this build? Is there any particular downside for this build, i want to use it for gaming and work. I looked into previous comments and saw people say the case is not as good, what other options for cases am i left with?

thank youuu

Onyx076 1 point 23 days ago

This is my build, essentially. I love my case. Looks great, and I don’t see temps over 75 C on my CPU while OC at 4.5mhz. I’m still new to OC, so I didn’t want to go much higher, for now. GPU I can’t remember off the top of my head. I switched out their mobo with the MSI gaming pro carbon. Upgraded the PSU to an EVGA fully modular 80+ gold 750w (a little overkill, but will last me). I’m currently using the H75 AIO Corsair. I’m sure if I used the Kraken, I would see lower temps. It’s also worth noting, the only case fans I have is the stock in the front, and the fans that come with the H75 in the back in a push/pull config. (The front case fan pulls.) The GPU is an EVGA FTW GeForce GTX 1080. It fits a little snug, but I have the drive cages still in the case. I don’t have an SSD, because I didn’t feel it was worth it for the extra $$$. I use a standard WD Black 2TB 7200rpm HDD, and have no issues with boot times or long load screens. I use my pc for video game streaming, gaming, photoshop, etc. I love my build. It’s my first one, and I think it turned out great.

Coming up I would like to add an SSD and some more case fans, but it’s not a priority at the moment.

Edit* I should note that it posted on the first try. :)

AdmiralConcurnable 1 point 17 days ago

Hey everybody,

I'm in the Netherlands and don't have access to a credit card, is there an alternative to the PNY - anarchy? I just can't seem to find it on any Dutch sites and Best Buy doesn't ship outside of the US. I don't mind going a little bit more expensive. Thank you so so much in advance!

MrSlyWalker 1 Build 1 point 15 days ago

any sticks of ddr4 ram would work. It’s up to you really. There are hundReds of other options

ThunderPunch 1 point 11 days ago

Why was the Crucial SSD choosen? The m.2 B+M format being used is only as fast a a regular SSD. Wouldn't it be more beneficial to use a M.2 drive that has PCIe/NVMe capabilities?

Lobsterareawesome 4 Builds 1 point 8 days ago

NVME is more expensive

shadowzdelta 1 point 11 days ago

I was very interested in this build but a concern came up when I looked into the graphics card for this build. I found poor reviews revolving around the poor ventilation for the card and the fan going bad causing heat spikes resulting in a decline in performance from the card. Has anyone experienced this problem or is this a rare occurrence? If this a real problem does someone have a solution or an alternate graphics card that would work?

Lobsterareawesome 4 Builds 1 point 8 days ago

I suggest using a non blower style card.. those usually tend to get hotter and a bit noisy

Neben5 1 point 8 days ago

For enthusiast grade, that is and ugly memory kit.

PCat3903 1 point 5 days ago
  1. is the kraken cooler best for this build because theres much cheaper and better coolers for the core. so could someone recommend if the kraken is good or if i should get a better or cheaper one.
  2. is the MSI - Z270-A PRO ATX LGA1151 Motherboard a better deal then Gigabyte - GA-Z270P-D3 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard?
  3. What are the two different storage drives for, like are both of them needed, plus is the Western Digital WD10EZEX 1TB better if you don't need that much storage.
  4. i dont really know what a good video card is can you also recommend if this is a good one or if there are better or cheaper.
  5. whats the difference of a semi and full modular for the power supply?
  6. what would be a good optical drive to go with this guide; would the Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS work well?
  7. pleases recommend a good windows operating system, software, monitor, sound card, keyboard, and speakers to go with this
  8. would this build need any case fans, and would the be quiet! - Pure Wings 2 120 51.4 CFM 120mm Fans be compatible

Im just trying to be sure on what computer i want :)

PCat3903 1 point 4 days ago

my main question is does this guide need fans and are the be quiet fans compatible?