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Build Guide

Enthusiast Intel Gaming Build

by manirelli

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


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 Thermaltake View 31 TG. This case has a comes included with LED fans, large tempered glass panels, 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.

If you'd like to see the AMD version of this build check out our other guide here: https://pcpartpicker.com/guide/M6FfrH/enthusiast-amd-ryzen-gaming-build

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Estimated Wattage: 327W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $605.00 $605.00 Device Deal Buy
CPU Cooler $215.00 FREE $215.00 PLE Computers 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: 64 GB - 1024 GB
$155.10 FREE $155.10 Newegg Australia Buy
From parametric filter
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
  • Heat Spreader: Yes
$113.30 FREE $113.30 Newegg Australia Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 480 GB - 10000 GB
  • Type: SSD
  • Form Factor: 2.5"
$77.93 $77.93 Amazon Australia 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
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1080
$789.00 $789.00 Device Deal Buy
Case $128.00 $128.00 Shopping Express Buy
Power Supply $119.00 $119.00 Austin Computers Buy
Total: $2286.82
* 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:

Ray0421 4 points 19 months ago

Can someone post a few pictures of the completed build??

joemelbourne 3 points 19 months ago

will this build support an additional sound card?

Emily5153526 1 point 19 months ago

Is there a cheaper cooling system that would be suitable?

TheGangstaKangaru 1 point 18 months ago


popw 1 point 19 months ago

How quiet is this system? I'm new to the site here and can't see how to filter for overall system/fan/CPU or GPU fan noise. I'm looking for the quietest system without water cooling if possible.

Outlaw_123 2 points 19 months ago

with i7 7700k, you will most likely need a water cooler if oc. I think an air cooler is OK at most with i7 7700k without oc, since that cpu runs hotter than widowmaker. I don't recommend that 1080 since it is loud and has bad cooling. For around 10 more bucks, you can get a gigabyte 1080 with better cooling and may be as loud. But a good case that resists the sound should be ok. A few more fans and this build is good. Overall, it probably would be one of the louder builds, but it is a powerhouse and worth your money.

popw 1 point 19 months ago

Thanks for the advice. I think I'm not interested in overclocking and I gather liquid cooling is an unnecessary hassle for me and I dont want pump noise. Also I probably want to go for a 1080Ti and your points are important to me as I m after a quiet system. What do you think of this setup which I assume is quieter: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/yM8KwV It's more than I was hoping to spend - is there a quiet cheaper 1080Ti you suggest over this one?

I'm trying a bigger PSU because I want expandability in case in the future I want a 2nd 1080Ti and I dont want the PSU taxed right now so it's fans don't run at full. Any thoughts? I'm planning on using this for VR dev - I havent built my own PC since like 2010 so things are alot different now. Thanks for you help. :)

Outlaw_123 2 points 19 months ago

800 W is enough for expansion or even 750W. 1000W is overkill. 1080ti is also over kill unless you are playing in 4k, even a 1080 should be fine. And also Im in US (lol) that price is ridiculously high. Anyways, that gpu I think is loud. Cant find any reasonable priced quieter 1080tis (sorry). If you dont want any oc, liquid cooling is a waste of money, (unless you are rich and want your pc to look great). A cryorig h7 should be fine. Good build overall, and as marketers say, VR Ready!! :)

Cadrean 1 point 19 months ago

hey so I'm trying to salvage some of my current pcs parts just curious if these will work as replacements. I.e. so I dont have to waste extra money.

Power supply (current): Thermaltake Smart M series Bronze 80 plus 850watts (modular cables)

I'll be keeping my 1TB internal drive instead of purchasing the recommended 7200 RPM HD

X-navigator apevia full atx tower

I don't want something overly loud...

but I was looking around this


bf1940 1 point 19 months ago

Bruce ?

Get_Out 1 point 18 months ago

Are you guys going to be upgrading this build to coffee lake?

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

When those CPUs are more readily available we will update for Coffee Lake.

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Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
Intel - Core i7-7700K 4.2 GHz Quad-Core Processor 11W - 91W
NZXT - Kraken X62 Rev 2 98.17 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler 10W - 15W
G.Skill - FORTIS 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2400 Memory 11W
Kingston - A400 480 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Hitachi - Deskstar 7K3000 3 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Inno3D - GeForce GTX 1080 8 GB Twin X2 Video Card 45W - 180W
Total: 327W