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Excellent Intel Gaming Build

by manirelli

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CPU/CPU Cooler

For the Excellent Intel Gaming Build build we selected the Intel i5-7600k as our processor. To cool the i5-7600k while overclocking we selected the be quiet! Dark Rock 3. The Dark Rock 3 is an excellent choice for our build aesthetically and will keep the temperature of the CPU cool while overclocking.

Motherboard/Memory/Storage

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.

GPU

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.

Case/PSU

All of our components are housed in the NZXT S340 Elite. This case has a gorgeous red/black finish, a large side panel window, 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/nwXscf/excellent-amd-gaming-build

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Estimated Wattage: 442W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $318.00 $318.00 Shopping Express Buy
CPU Cooler $89.00 $89.00 PCCaseGear Buy
Motherboard
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
$159.00 $159.00 Umart Buy
Memory
From parametric filter
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
  • Heat Spreader: Yes
$176.00 $176.00 Umart Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 480GB - 10TB
  • Type: SSD
  • Form Factor: 2.5"
$193.00 $193.00 Shopping Express Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 3TB - 10TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$121.00 $121.00 IJK Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1080
$759.00 $759.00 Scorptec Buy
Case $149.00 $149.00 PCCaseGear Buy
Power Supply $135.00 $135.00 PCCaseGear Buy
Total: $2099.00
* 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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Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
Intel - Core i5-7600K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor 11W - 91W
be quiet! - Dark Rock 3 67.8 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler 5W - 10W
ASRock - Z270 Pro4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard 17W - 70W
G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory 11W - 11W
SanDisk - Ultra II 480GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Toshiba - 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Zotac - GeForce GTX 1080 8GB AMP! Edition Video Card 57W - 230W
Total: 107W - 442W