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Build Guide

Enthusiast Intel Gaming Build

by manirelli

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



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 Ti 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 Ti is perfectly suited for VR gaming as well. When using a GTX 1080 Ti 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 37 Riing Edition case. This case has a unique 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: 326W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $408.75 $408.75 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
$169.00 $169.00 IJK 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
$132.00 FREE $132.00 Newegg Australia Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 500 GB - 12000 GB
  • Type: SSD
  • Interface: M.2 (M)
  • Form Factor: M.2-2280
$104.50 FREE $104.50 Newegg Australia Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 3000 GB - 10000 GB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$85.32 $85.32 Amazon Australia Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1080
$789.00 $789.00 Device Deal Buy
Case $149.00 $149.00 PCCaseGear Buy
Power Supply $116.60 FREE $116.60 Newegg Australia Buy
Total: $2073.17
* 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

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asch3ron 4 points 8 months ago

I will buy this build next week! I'm playing mainly PUBG this days I hope that will work well! Btw it's been a long time since I've build my own computer, I guess I can find some youtube videos. But if you guyz have some advice, let me know!

And thx @manirelli for this build \o/

asch3ron 3 points 8 months ago

Okay, I've order, build that one! It's ******* sick tbh!! @manirelli thx I have 144fps (not constent) in PUBG, no lag (with a min of 90fps with the last patch). IO9 144fps too.

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jferris5 2 points 9 months 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 3 points 9 months 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 3 points 9 months ago

Thanks a ton!

joekester 2 points 9 months ago

finally found a great build. this is almost perfect for what i need and i will most likely be using this for my build. I just have 1 simple question. is this cooler overkill ? cuz at 180 CAD it's unreasonably expensive considering the cpu itself is 320. Idk if it's just that this particular model is super expensive here in canada (which happens occasionally) or if it actually is an overkill expensive cooler. and if so do I really need this cooler or is there a better alternative ? thanks in advance

caument 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

It is priced around $90 US, so it is a higher end air cooler. Overkill depends on your desire to overclock the i5. If so, this would bean option worth considering. Otherwise, something like Cryorig's M9i could be a cheaper alternative.

Darckhelmet 2 points 8 months ago

I’m terms of cable management - are there any extensions I should get hold of?

Darckhelmet 1 point 8 months ago

bump :)

dark12 1 point 10 months 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 8 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

they dont have it in stock

Darckhelmet 1 point 8 months ago

Hi there, very new to building and really like the sound of this one.

Could someone possibility explain what the compatibility issues mean?

Thank you in advance :)

Simeonb 2 points 8 months ago


What they mean is that when you have SSDs in the M.2 slots, they share the same data lanes as some of the 'normal' harddrive ports. In real world terms, this means that for every SSD in the M.2 port you have (up to two), you won't be able to plug in a 'normal' 2.5 or 3.5 HDD/SSD.

I hope that makes sense.

Darckhelmet 1 point 8 months ago

that does, thank you!

Darckhelmet 1 point 8 months ago

Hey all,

just wondered if anyone could share how to overclock this system ( ive not overclocked before) watching a few videos about how to do it and looks pretty straightforward.

thanks in advance

shocktruppen 1 point 8 months ago

If you are new to overclocking just go into system bios and a. use the motherboards overclocking system, usually bumps it up about 15% if you have a water cooler. And use xmp settings for your memory to overclock that. You should be fine.

Gahleon 1 point 8 months ago

Solid build but have some questions. I recently built this 30 days ago but i appear to be having shut down issues. My GPU/CPU runs pretty cool but if i'm playing a game the PC will randomly shut down. I check event viewer and get error 41 but not really sure passed that.

Is the PSU strong enough for this rig?

BossCrossMan 1 point 8 months ago

Yes, most definitely.

shocktruppen 1 point 8 months ago

Make sure , A. That you have not overtightened the air cooler on the cpu, B. Make sure your psu cable is fully seated into your motherboard and all other peripheral plugs from psu are seated properly. Pull them and reseat it with attention to detail. C. Make sure your power setting is set to high performance. D. If you have overclocked your cpu try backing it off or using the motherboard overclocking tool to overclock it to a lower setting I.E. about 15%. E. Make sure your computer is plugged into a surge protector. Use cpuid hw monitor to monitor your power usage and temps. See if something is out of wack. Personally 550w for this rig is cutting it too close for me. It isint always about the wattage, it's about the amps too. But I think you may just have something loose from the build.

Gahleon 1 point 8 months ago

Thanks for the Advice, I will go and check all these items.

I wonder though if my CPU is over heating. I am not overclocking and my CPU is generally at 48-60C when playing Final Fantasy 14 -- the game isnt that intense on the rig. I'm using the recommended CPU fan. I feel like it should be cooler than that?

0verfiend 1 point 7 months ago

any update mate? just curious.

Gahleon 2 points 7 months ago

Ended up changing out the PSU. Upgraded to 850w. I'm guessing with how close this build is to maxing out the wattage, i pushed my luck when gaming on an unoptimized game in window mode causing the CPU and GPU to draw more power than what was available. Anyway, awesome build i'd just go with a higher PSU.. its not going to hurt and doesnt cost more than 20$ more for a 850w.

0verfiend 1 point 7 months ago

PSU. Thanks for the update.

Gahleon 1 point 7 months ago

Well, I've tried reseating all my connectors. All was good, however, i'm still encountering the issue. Its pretty random when it shuts down. Kernel error that windows gives is very vague so that leads me no where. I thought maybe it was an issue with my power outlet so i changed it and it still doing it. At this point i'm at a complete loss of why it continues to shut down. I thought heat -- but i don't think its heat. I thought maybe power or loose connection... but reseated everything.

My only long shot idea is, the card is quite heavy. its a EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW. I have it on PCIX-16 and it just feels loose when my computer is upright. I thought as another test i would lay my pc on the side so that if it was a loose connection that might lead me to the root cause. However, i'm just guessing now with no real solution in sight :(.

Tom64o 1 point 7 months ago

Try running some stress tests on your cpu and gpu (you can download them for free) This way you can watch the temps and wattage as the test is running. Also if it shuts down during one of the tests it will narrow down where the problem is. If it doesn't shut down ¯_(ツ)_/¯ sorry I tried. I have nothing after that. I'm sure you've googled the error code?

Darckhelmet 1 point 8 months ago

With the mother board - would anyone be able to tell me how to cable 5LED 140mm fans? I know each is 0.23 Amps.... and have read can’t take more than 1A but does that include CPU cooler? The chassis optional\water pump fan controller up to 1.5A... any advice very much appreciated!

thanks in advance

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

Updated, thanks

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matt_galaxy 1 point 7 months ago

8th gen Intel CPUs only support DDR4 2666mhz, not DDR4 3000mhz which is listed. looks like a good build tho

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

That isn't exactly true. They officially support 2666 but will absolutely work with higher frequency ram.

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Laiserfish 1 point 7 months ago

Can this run games like COD, Crysis 3, CS:GO, and Fortnite?

matt_galaxy 1 point 7 months ago

YES, look at benchmarks for the GTX 1080 GPU, it will tear through all well-known games.

DJBruno559 1 point 7 months ago

is this the best ram to get for z370 mobos?

zachtessier 0 points 9 months 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

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Slayerz1220 1 point 8 months ago

Does this come with thermal compound for the cpu?

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whos_your_llama 1 point 8 months ago

Also looking for a first time build. When you say "cables" do you mean the cables that hook everything together internally? Or did you mean external cables like ethernet and HDMI?

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PoliJim 0 points 8 months ago

Hello, new to building PC's and there are so many different brands and kinds of parts. I really don't need anything to fancy but I want a good built computer! I mainly play Fortnite, but I also play games like Subnautica, Rust, PUBG, and Ark Survival. Would this be a good build or would a 1070/1070ti be good enough? Just want a good computer but don't want to go overkill for my needs if that makes sense! It just gets confusing because there are so many different kinds of motherboards and coolers..etc. Appreicate the help!!!

Brion_Sundae 1 point 8 months ago

A 8600K and a 1080 should be powerful enough to handle every game you can throw at it with ease, I'm not that knowledgeable with computers but if you want, a step down to a 1070 should be ok if you want to save some money. Don't quote me though

belzace 1 point 7 months ago

i will rue the day that a 1080 cant handle a game. just imagine where we will be in ten years :Sad:

Brion_Sundae 1 point 7 months ago

10 years we'll probably have the things in Ready Player one lol

rockoo12 0 points 7 months ago

Can someone explain to me the compatibility notes? I understan when an M.2 slot is populated the SATA port in that data lane is disabled, but why is this worth mentioning? What is an M.2 SSD compared to another type of SSD? Maybe I do not understand it at all. Thank you.

Lord_Polar_ -3 points 10 months 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 9 months ago

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

shocktruppen 1 point 8 months ago

lol bottlenecker.com=dumbazz.com it should be lol it's mumbo jumbo website that doesn't mean anything.

Paparoachda1 1 point 10 months 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 8 Builds 2 points 10 months 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 10 months 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 8 Builds 2 points 10 months 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 10 months 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 8 Builds 2 points 10 months 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

shocktruppen 1 point 8 months ago

What monitor are you planning on using, that matter a bunch.

shocktruppen 1 point 8 months ago

That's not even remotely true. Any current generation cpu works fine. The gpu does all the heavy lifting in majority of games not the cpu. What matters is what kind of monitor you are using. 1080/60hz gtx 1080 is overkill/overpaying and so on. Bottleneck scmottleneck, bottlenecking is not an issue in current generation cpu's. Gpu to monitor is your consideration. Use the right gpu for the monitor you are using and go from there for the ssd/memory/etc.

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Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
Intel - Core i5-8600K 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor 11W - 95W
be quiet! - Dark Rock Pro 4 50.5 CFM CPU Cooler 5W - 10W
G.Skill - Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2800 Memory 11W - 11W
HP - EX900 500 GB M.2-2280 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: 78W - 326W