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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 Phanteks PH-TC14PE in white to match our case. The PH-TC14PE 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.


Using the parametric filters this build will incorporate an 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.

Due to the high cost of GPUs and low availability, we are using a parametric filter for a GeForce GTX 1080 with a max price set. With patience and vigilance, you can find a video card for around this price, and we want to provide a part list that is more accurate to this concept.


All of our components are housed in the Thermaltake View 31 TG RGB. This case has multiple 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.

Click here to see the AMD version of this build guide

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Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 326W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $419.00 $419.00 Centre Com Buy
CPU Cooler $109.00 $109.00 PCCaseGear Buy
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Chipset: Intel Z370
$156.00 $156.00 Shopping Express Buy
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2400, DDR4-2666, DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
  • Heat Spreader: Yes
$113.30 FREE $113.30 Newegg Australia Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 500 GB - 12000 GB
  • Type: SSD
$95.00 $95.00 IJK 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
Power Supply $119.00 $119.00 Austin Computers Buy
Total: $1884.79
* 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.

Comments Sorted by:

23csharamatew 3 points 15 months ago

jeez why are GPUs so expensive lately?

IBC 4 points 15 months ago

It is all about mining.

john_ryng 2 points 15 months ago

will it be fine if i decided to put in an intel i7 8700k instead of the i5? will it overheat?

carterhatescake 1 point 14 months ago

it shouldn't overheat. this is a very nice cooler and you shouldn't have any heat problems :D

Hization 1 point 16 months ago

What's another case that would be compatible with this build?

picker4mtm 1 point 13 months ago

almost any case works just see if it is compatible

dokipc 1 point 15 months ago

Has anyone else built this? The CPU cooler is too large to orient it at the case exhaust without blocking the RAM slots.

dokipc 1 point 15 months ago

update: I didnt realize i could just clip the fan to the heatsink off center. Tight fit but it's running now.

CorMazz 1 point 15 months ago

So how did that end up working? Is it still making good contact and/or providing airflow to the heatsink?

elratonmodesto 1 point 15 months ago

I was able to avoid this by putting the ram in first and then attaching the heatsink, Ram JUST fits in under the heatsink radiators.

elratonmodesto 1 point 15 months ago

Can anyone who's done this build answer a question for me? Graphics card doesnt seem to fit. Bought it a few weeks ago when it was recommending an Asus Geforce GTX 1080. Seems to be barely too long to fit into the case

elratonmodesto 1 point 15 months ago

nvm figured it out. Didn't realize the panel on the back next to the "gates" was removable. Noob question

iKaramba 1 point 15 months ago

I don't understand why people are building PCs rn. RAM and GPUs are higher than ever before, no reason to build a PC. Wait until lowered prices.

SevenRealms12 2 points 14 months ago

cause i dont have on and i need one

demonslayer 1 point 14 months ago

lol exactly, laptop's busted and this seems a better bet than another laptop. Not a great time for it but it is what it is.

Asklepyos 1 point 14 months ago

would the fractal meshify c case be compatible with this build? Thx for help!

IamNaP 1 point 14 months ago

Does anyone know an alternate compatible GPU as I am in quite a rush to build my PC and the current GPU is out of stock?

connor333 1 point 14 months ago

You'd be doing this great GPU a disservice if you stick it with a 1080p monitor. Love the build though.

Homeriscool 1 point 14 months ago

i know very little about building pcs, but can i ask why pc builders are using i5 processor instead of i7 ? Is it to do with price or compatibility?

Synchro 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago


I'd say it's the price probably. For gaming alone you aren't going to notice a difference unless you're looking at performance numbers if you get the i5 over the i7. In other words, you'll get more frames per second, but only about 5

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manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Pretty sure you are thinking of a different case. This one has been well-reviewed at nearly every outlet - particularly for the large intake vents and airflow. The case scored a 97% on TweakTown, recommendation from Guru3D, and Gamersnexus placed it in competition with the S340, 400C, and Inwin 303.

Padjey 1 point 16 months ago

Hey are you able to link me to an alternate case as this case doesn’t seem to ship to Australia???

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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
Phanteks - PH-TC14PE 78.1 CFM CPU Cooler 5W - 10W
G.Skill - FORTIS 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2400 Memory 11W
Crucial - MX500 500 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: 326W