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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 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: 469W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $367.00 $367.00 Centre Com 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
$145.00 $145.00 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
$207.45 $207.45 Amazon Australia Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 500GB - 12TB
  • Type: SSD
  • Interface: M.2 (M)
  • Form Factor: M.2-2280
$160.00 $160.00 Umart Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 3TB - 10TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$115.00 $115.00 IJK Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
$989.00 $989.00 Scorptec Buy
Power Supply $109.00 $109.00 Shopping Express Buy
Total: $2211.45
* 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.
  • Flag compatibility notes as incorrect

Comments Sorted by:

SavagePigeon 6 points 21 days ago

Nothing about the build, but BE CAREFUL. The gpu was being sold by an amazon seller called smartercase and THEY ARE A SCAM!!! Many people including myself never received our items. Amazon has been contacted and I am getting a refund but now I have to find another more expensive gpu, be careful everyone.

Happycow 1 point 20 days ago

Your saying avoid purchasing the gpu off of Amazon??

SavagePigeon 2 points 19 days ago

No, now if you go to the amazon page for it, amazon has displayed a new seller with good reputation. Sorry a bit misleading. Was more of just a warning to always be careful, but now it looks like its fine! Also seems the build isnt using the ZOTAC brand anymore so also should be good, i ended up just spending a bit more and getting the GIGABYTE OC 1080 ti

Happycow 1 point 19 days ago

Oh okay cool thanks lol

THALEXIS32XD 2 points 28 days ago

Since when a GTX1080Ti costs 526.00 ?

OolonCaluphid 1 Build 2 points 19 days ago

Since Amazon incorrectly reports global store prices to PC Part picker excluding VAT, (20%), Duties and fees.

I've messaged PCPP about this, Amazon global store prices are NOT representative, the GPU the parametric filter selects is over £200 more landed in the UK.

Spheniscidae 1 point 27 days ago

Since the RTX announcement

Steve1466 1 point 1 month ago


KeyteeChan 1 point 1 month ago


SavagePigeon 1 point 27 days ago

Anyone got a setup video of this build with how to install everything from scratch? Newbie here

dreamweaver_ 2 points 27 days ago

These are more basic parts so if you look up how to build a gaming pc from scratch it will most likely show you how to build it. It would be another case if there was water cooling or something else of that more complicated sort to install. Also this case can be organized very well so look up the case and how to build a pc using that.

bondical 1 point 25 days ago

I have a similar build with but struggling to get to 5ghz with the 8600k on the asrock pro 4 board. Anyone have any tips or links?

EvilHedgehog 1 point 1 day ago

whats ur cooler, and what voltage is it at

Happycow 1 point 20 days ago

Is this a good first pc and be able to run AAA games at a decent FPS? (Sorry brand new to pc gaming) Also is intel or AMD for processor??

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 20 days ago

This will run just about anything you can throw at it.

Happycow 1 point 20 days ago

Even with an i5 chip?

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 2 points 20 days ago

The newer i5 chips are similar to previous i7s in terms of cores. You will not have any issues.

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rockoo12 1 point 16 days ago

Is there a suggested wifi card (PCI vs USB)? Not sure how to choose or if it is compatible. Also, has anyone used this case? I see a lot of mixed reviews on it and was looking for some input. Thank you.

Happycow 1 point 9 days ago

Also can anyone recommend a different case that would work?

ShakinBacon 1 point 8 days ago

a more expensive or less expensive case?

Happycow 1 point 8 days ago

Equal or less, also with good airflow but idk how many parts light up in this build so idk if a glass panel is necessary

ShakinBacon 1 point 8 days ago

Ok so, if you want a pretty good case for an amazing price, I would recommend the Cooler Master - MasterBox TD500 ATX Mid Tower Case. It goes for bout exactly 100 dollars CAD and has 4 rgb fans inside of it. I used to have the case and I added 2 more fans in it. Overall, it was a really good case which comes at an amazing price. Would easily recommend it to you.

Happycow 1 point 8 days ago

Omg man thank you so so much, it looks so amazing. Definitely using this one!!!

ShakinBacon 1 point 8 days ago

Np bro

magoo9739 1 point 6 days ago

I have said this on others for this graphic card, it is another 119 pounds for customs unless you can get it for that price in the UK

ReadingUpsidedown 1 point 4 days ago

An i5 build? Enthusiast? That's a bit of a stretch.

wesselgaz 1 point 3 days ago

Ah, I love it when people think they know it better just because they heard i7 is better than i5.

You don't need an i7 for a gaming build, this rig is good enough to play the newest AAA titles on Ultra on atleast 100+ fps on 1920x1080.

ReadingUpsidedown 0 points 3 days ago

The title said enthusiast, not budget.

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Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
Intel - Core i5-8600K 3.6GHz 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
Patriot - Viper 4 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
Zotac - GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB Blower Video Card 62W - 250W
Total: 115W - 469W