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Build Guide

Enthusiast Intel Gaming Build

by manirelli



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

Part List Customize This Part List

Compatibility Check: See notes below.

Estimated Wattage: 399W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $326.94 $326.94 Amazon Australia Buy
CPU Cooler $119.00 $119.00 PCCaseGear Buy
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Chipset: Intel Z370
  • M.2 Ports: 2 - 4
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
$159.00 $159.00 Umart Buy
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2666, DDR4-2800, DDR4-2933, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
  • Heat Spreader: Yes
$239.00 $239.00 Umart Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 500GB - 12TB
  • Type: SSD
  • Interface: M.2 (M)
  • Form Factor: M.2-2280
$169.00 $169.00 Umart Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 3TB - 10TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$105.06 $105.06 Amazon Australia Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1080
$728.00 $728.00 Shopping Express Buy
Case $136.79 $136.79 Amazon Australia Buy
Power Supply $148.00 $148.00 Shopping Express Buy
Total: $2130.79
* 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.

Compatibility Notes

  • The motherboard M.2 slot #1 shares bandwidth with a SATA 6.0 Gb/s port. When the M.2 slot is populated, one SATA 6.0 Gb/s port is disabled.
  • The motherboard M.2 slot #2 shares bandwidth with a SATA 6.0 Gb/s port. When the M.2 slot is populated, one SATA 6.0 Gb/s port is disabled.
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Comments Sorted by:

jferris5 2 points 1 day ago

Hey there, I'm new to all of this and looking to build a gaming PC. I'm just wondering the reason for both the SSD and the HDD. Why wouldn't someone want to just have one SSD with a lot of storage or vice versa? If anyone can clarify it would be a big help. Thanks!

Nitrosylic 1 point 13 hours ago

SSD- Fast storage but more expensive per gig.

HDD- Slow storage but cheaper per gig

You put your operating system and some programs that can benefit from being faster (such as your most played games that also have loading screens) on the SSD and then everything else goes on the HDD.

Edit: forgot a word

jferris5 1 point 10 hours ago

Thanks a ton!

dark12 1 point 1 month ago

When I go to the Umart's website that is listed in the part list, just redirects me to the homepage. Do you guys maybe know why this is happening?

Link to the part list: https://au.pcpartpicker.com/product/DykwrH/kingston-memory-hx426c15fbk216

Lobsterareawesome 7 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

they dont have it in stock

zachtessier 0 points 11 days ago

I am new to this website but i wanted to build my own PC but I know nothing about how to build them or anything so I have a couple of questons

1: Is this all of the stuff i need to build this PC. 2: Is there any instructions on how to build it? 3: Is this a strong gaming PC and if I wanted to get more gigabytes how would i attach the hard drive or whatever to the PC or would I just plug it in or something?

Sorry for sounding stupid, thanks

EmuJeff 2 points 5 days ago

Hi Zach! You don't sound stupid at all. I'll try to clear some stuff up.

  1. This should be plenty to build this specific pc (which is quite a good build). If you have a little extra cash, you could invest in a better cooler or higher end storage. Remember that you will need a monitor, keyboard, mouse, and cables, and a headset. If you buy this, make sure you get the above parts (or you can't use it).

  2. Youtube has many good PC assembly videos, and there are many forums where you can ask questions about building.

3a. This is quite a powerful pc. It should handle anything you throw at it. I'd recommend a 144 hertz monitor to take full advantage of the graphics card.

3b. I don't know whether you are talking about adding more RAM or adding more storage, so I'll answer both.

RAM: 16 gigs of RAM should be plenty for anything anyone is planning to do (unless you do hardcore multi-application video editing or something). If you do want to upgrade the RAM, just buy a stick of it, and plug it into the motherboard.

Storage: As with the RAM, the current storage is plenty. If you want more you could buy a drive and plug it in.

Respond if you have any questions.

Lord_Polar_ -2 points 1 month ago

Personally I think the 1080 is a bit overkill for this build and paired with 8700k it could receive a small amount of bottle necking. I think that the GTX 1070 would be a bit more suitable for this build with still getting fantastic performance.

YfAm4 2 points 20 days ago

2% bottleneck is as low as it really goes. Http://www.thebottlenecker.com This is a godsend website. You're welcome.

Paparoachda1 1 point 1 month ago

I'm just starting to research a build. Can you explain why it would bottle neck? I'd prefer the cost of a 1070 or a 1060 due to cost. Any information or advice is appreciated. BTW, I'm looking at building an inexpensive gaming PC with decent performance that can be upgraded as needed.

Lobsterareawesome 7 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Do you need some help? I've built a couple of systems and I know the struggle when starting out.. hit me up if ya need help

Lord_Polar_ -1 points 1 month ago

It would bottle neck because the CPU isn’t quite powerful enough to supply the video card with enough info if you had an i7 8700k or 7700k it would be better at supplying the video card with info. The 1060 or 1070 would be more suitable.

Lobsterareawesome 7 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

no.. the i5 is completely fine for the 1080. You could even run a 1080 ti with an i5 8600k and not have ANY bottleneck.. just because you dont have an i7 doesn't mean there is bottleneck right away

c89412564 1 point 1 month ago

Hi, I am pretty new to PC build. I have some questions hope you can help, I play WoW and Dota 2 (for now). Here is what I am thinking about: i5 8600k + gtx 1060 6g + 16g +256g ssd. The rest parts I've no idea how to optimize it. And also is i5 8600k or gtx 1060 6g will be a bottleneck or they match each other's performance good? Thank you

Lobsterareawesome 7 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Hi there. The i5 8600k and the 1060 6GB will be a perfect fit and there should not be any bottlenecking at all. I made a part list with all the parts that you need.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i5-8600K 3.6GHz 6-Core Processor $238.99 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler CRYORIG - H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler $34.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI - Z370 SLI PLUS ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $112.90 @ OutletPC
Memory Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory $174.89 @ OutletPC
Storage Western Digital - Blue 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $73.96 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate - Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $59.79 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB Video Card $284.98 @ Newegg
Case Fractal Design - Meshify C Dark TG ATX Mid Tower Case $88.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply SeaSonic - EVO Edition 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $44.99 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $94.89 @ OutletPC
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1274.37
Mail-in rebates -$65.00
Total $1209.37
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-05-17 08:18 EDT-0400

The H7 from cryorig is a perfect cooler for the price and will cool the CPU well. If you want to overclock you probably want a beefier cooler though.. but on stock speeds the h7 will do just fine. the Z370 Motherboard from MSI looks solid and a has plenty of features so basically everything you need. It even has a M.2 slot if you want to add an NVME SSD later on. For memory I selected a 2x8GB kit from corsair. 16GB is the sweetspot and will be enough for quite some time. As The SSD i went with a Western Digital 250GB SSD. The new 3d-nand from WD are really good and have a bigger lifespan than other SSDs. The 2TB HDD from seagate is pretty standard and 7200Rpm. For mass storage and some games that are bigger. The MSI 1060 is currently the cheapest one and will do the job very nicely. performance-wise all 1060 6GBs perform the same. The case from fractal is a very nice one with tempered glass and it has great airflow so your parts get cooled very nicely. the PSU from seasonic is perfect since it has 620W and fully modular. So enough wattage if you want to add a higher end GPU later on. and of course a windows 10 license. if you have any questions let me know :D

Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
Intel - Core i5-8600K 3.6GHz 6-Core Processor 11W - 95W
be quiet! - Dark Rock Pro 4 50.5 CFM CPU Cooler 5W - 10W
ASRock - Z370 Pro4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard 17W - 70W
Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory 14W - 14W
ADATA - XPG 512GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Toshiba - P300 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Asus - GeForce GTX 1080 8GB TURBO Video Card 45W - 180W
Total: 98W - 399W