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Build Guide

Excellent Intel Gaming Build

by manirelli

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


CPU/CPU Cooler

For the Excellent Intel Gaming Build build we selected the Intel Core i5-8600K as our processor. To better cool the i5-8600K we selected the CRYORIG - H5 Universal.


The i5-8600K is an unlocked processor so 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 SSD with at least 500GB of space and a minimum 3TB of mechanical storage at 7200rpm.


On a budget of roughly 1250 dollars we decided to go with an excellent graphic 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 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 a nice black finish, a large tempered glass side panel window, power supply shroud, room for enthusiast CPU coolers, watercooling radiators, two pre-installed case fans, 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: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 296W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $358.00 $358.00 Shopping Express Buy
CPU Cooler $47.30 $47.30 Amazon Australia Buy
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Chipset: Intel H370
  • SLI/CrossFire: 2-Way SLI Capable, CrossFire Capable
  • SATA 6Gb/s Ports: 6 - 10
  • Max RAM: 64 GB - 1024 GB
  • Onboard USB3.0 Headers: Yes
$137.00 $137.00 PC Byte 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
$113.30 FREE $113.30 Newegg Australia Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 480 GB - 12000 GB
  • Type: SSD
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s, M.2 (B+M), M.2 (M)
$78.47 $78.47 Amazon Australia Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 2000 GB - 10000 GB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$45.53 $45.53 Amazon Australia Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1070 Ti
$720.00 $720.00 Device Deal Buy
Case $109.00 $109.00 PCCaseGear Buy
Power Supply $119.00 $119.00 Austin Computers Buy
Total: $1727.60
* 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:

Scoide 4 points 10 months ago

Does this run 60fps+ and 1080p consistently and for most games? I would like it if you let me know. Thanks.

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 6 points 10 months ago

Without issue.

patty2cold 2 points 9 months ago

Any additional fans needed? I’ve purchased everything and had a friend question why didn’t I get a cooling fan. (Ps. First build)

Snifflick 1 point 9 months ago

yes. but it would be cheaper to get a 1060. a 1070 TI is full on overkill.

Dads_pasta 4 points 9 months ago

If I built this should I play on a 1440p monitor or 1080?

LazyTube 0 points 9 months ago

I'd go ahead and say 1080, but check for comparisons on YouTube and such...

NASCARNick 3 points 9 months ago

Could you use this setup and just switch the i5 to the i7? Like would you need a different mother board? New to PC gaming...

Ethan_Lapin -3 points 8 months ago

As long as it's not a K series processor (i.e. i7 8700k). The 8th gen Intel K series processors can be overclocked and need a B360 motherboard. All other 8th gen processors use Z370 boards.

mikelegacy 1 point 8 months ago

This is simply not true. You can overclock an 8th Gen 8700K on a Z370 board. I personally do it. A simple google search will give you 1000 examples of people showing you how to do it.

I run an ASUS Prime Z370-A with an 8700K overclocked to 4.5 Ghz.

Ethan_Lapin 1 point 8 months ago

This is purely what Intel recommends, for novice builders, buying a B360 board may just be easier/better.

A_PC_Part_Picker 2 points 9 months ago

I think this might be a good list. 2 question though.

1) Can I pick another processor of the i7's list? Or is it recommended to get a new list that is better suited for i7's?

2) Are there any other cables or other needed to be bought that aren't in this list?

Though 1 thing I probably should mention, I live in Belgium Europe, and this list is €1364,55.

Ethan_Lapin 2 points 8 months ago

Answers: 1) Any i7 that works on your motherboard is perfect for this list, but if you did upgrade to i7 I advise you upgrade other components as well. 2) Windows 10, thermal paste, case fans, and cable management supplies are helpful. 3) That price is way too high, try to pinpoint the specific expensive part and swap it.

whatschwandt 1 point 8 months ago

What other components would be worth/you suggest upgrading if I were to buy an i7 8700 processor?

Ethan_Lapin 1 point 8 months ago

Well, a bigger CPU needs more stuff, so maybe a bigger PSU, a better cooler, a 1080/1080 Ti GPU, and a nicer case. More RGB is always good, and an extra stick of RAM couldn’t hurt. If you really need the i7 performance you’ll probably need more storage as well for video files.

Laiserfish 2 points 8 months ago

Should I purchase extra case fans to keep the PC cool, or is it unnecessary?

Lakshya394 2 points 8 months ago

can you use this to stream?

Wyatt.Herron 1 point 8 months ago

didnt even see your comment

jhuff29 1 point 11 months ago

@PrivatePengu, so are you saing that if I want to buy this build, I should upgrade to an 8600 of a 8400 and it will work a lot better?

PrivatePengu 3 points 11 months ago

The 8400 would be a downgrade, the 8600 would only give marginally better performance. If you have the money, sure, get an 8600, but the 8500 will probably perform just as well. I'd recommend just sticking with the 8500 for now.

The 8600 is not a lot better - it's better, but not by that much. It's only worth it if you have the money to buy it. If you don't, it's not worth shelling out the additional for the 8600.

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

You need to click the reply button on his post. There is no tagging at this time.

BOODOG 1 point 11 months ago

Could I potentially stream with this build

trylaarsdam 3 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Probably, but you might be limited to a 30fps 1080p stream.

Nitrosylic 1 point 11 months ago

Does the cooler listed in this build have pre-applied thermal paste?

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

It comes with a small tube of paste.

dherneisen 1 point 10 months ago

I noticed that the motherboard you chose has a maximum memory freq. of 2666 MHz, and you chose DDR4-3000 which obviously has a max freq. of 3000 MHz. Compatibility issue? The RAM would only operate up to the max mobo freq., which seems like a waste?

Or am I missing something? :)

Just cross-checking some motherboards on a new build I wish to start on soon and stumbled across this. Confused me a little bit though on the memory and motherboard compatibility.

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 3 points 10 months ago

The 3000 is less expensive and will be able to run at 2666.

mktk101101 1 point 10 months ago

I'm building pc for the first time. Can someone tell me if I this is the complete list of components I'll need? What about Wireless connectivity, usb/ethernet ports? And does these parts come with screws to attach to the case?

caument 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Yes, it is complete minus the operating system and peripherals. All necessary hardware is provided with the individual components (cases come with mounting screws/extras, power supplies with screws, etc. Wireless would require the purchase of a wireless adapter and ethernet ports are available on the i/o panel of the motherboard.

In addition to that, if you are going through with a build for the first time, I would highly recommend watching some videos of other people building a computer as it will walk you through the process.

adamling 1 point 10 months ago

would still need to buy windows

Ethan_Lapin 2 points 8 months ago

Yes, unless you own it, or it's listed in the build. you must buy Windows.

SlapLemons 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

If you can do without the SSD add in a Corsair H100i v2 Liquid Cooler & 32GB intel optane for just $1243 https://pcpartpicker.com/user/SlapLemons/saved/Pcxhqs Make the PC run even faster without that extra 500GB drive when you already rocking 2TB or in another situation your original fan, no optane, but an upgrade to i7-8700k cpu Either way is a benchmark gamble

Ethan_Lapin 1 point 8 months ago

This rig should cool fine, so liquid cooling isn't needed, but if you don't need the SSD storage it'd be fine. Swapping an SSD for Optane memory is a mistake. If you did upgrade the CPU, you'd need that liquid cooling. Also, RGB is always a good upgrade.

stitchesandlace 1 point 9 months ago

Would this be overkill for a 1060 6GB? I replaced my dead GPU with that last year, but all my other components are nearing 5 years old and need replacing. I'm looking to build a decent gaming system that will last the lifespan of the 1060, and I'm not sure if this or the budget build (or something in between) would be best suited for it.

Ethan_Lapin 1 point 8 months ago

This is a budget build and would be a good choice for a 1060 6GB GPU.

Dude53p 1 point 9 months ago

What colors does this pc show? Is it mainly black or does it have Many MIX MATCHING colors. I just want to know for a color set up. Thanks :)

Ethan_Lapin 1 point 8 months ago

This PC is a black one, very black. I would spice it up with some RGB fans and such. Really anything matches with it.

Claytonmh 1 point 9 months ago

My budget is a bit lower than this. I have 2 questions. Will a gtx 1060 fit in this build. And also I have a 144 hz monitor. Do I need a gpu that can output 144+ FPS in order to run 144 hz?

Ethan_Lapin 1 point 8 months ago

A GTX 1060 will do just fine in this build. The 144hz monitor will run at anything below 144hz, the monitor refreshes at 144hz, so the highest actual (not displayed) frame rate you can achieve is 144 FPS.

jliv 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks for the great build guide. Looks like these get updated every two months. Any ETA for the next iteration?

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 3 points 9 months ago

Either this week or next. We are starting to see B450 boards show up for AMD so we may wait those out a little bit to feel out their place in the guides.

jliv 1 point 9 months ago

Awesome, thanks!

jliv 1 point 8 months ago

Hi again—eta on the revision? Thanks!

malarkey01 1 point 8 months ago

Hi Manirelli, this was a few weeks ago. Just wondering where you are at with the updated build guides for noobs like me? Thanks!

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

Waiting out B450 releases atm.

aburn9 1 point 9 months ago

Does this run 144fps at 1080p consistently?

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

It will depend on the game and your settings but for most it shouldn't be an issue.

Edition_ 1 point 9 months ago

Lol, it would run 144 fps, but at 100 degrees, one fan? possibly 2-3? Not efficient cooling

Ethan_Lapin 1 point 8 months ago

This CPU doesn't run too hot, so air cooling is just fine. Adding RGB case fans would be amazing because they'd boost cooling and add flare.

nomorewords 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Hi manirelli,

Thank you for the build. I was wondering if there is going to be a update to this soon. Thanks!

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Yep, new updates coming soon.

nomorewords 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Hi manirelli,

Just checking in :)

AtomskNOIR 1 point 8 months ago

Knew to building a PC,so a few questions before I pick these up. Is there any other is there anything else that is needed to make this work? Also is this good for streaming?

Sorry for making this so long but can this run gta as well?

Ethan_Lapin 1 point 8 months ago

You will need Windows 10 (or preferred OS), maybe some case fans to add as well. I think you need thermal paste to attach the fan, I'm not positive but I'd buy it anyways. This PC can stream, but not at high frame rates and not at 1440p (stick to 1080p). This PC will run GTA 5 at 60+FPS at max settings easily.

Stephen_Lyons 1 point 8 months ago

I think this might be the build for me. This will be my first PC (for flight sim) and I was originally going to get something that I could overclock, but realized I probably don't need it and I also don't know how.

Saving money on the K processor and MOBO is nice. Will this processor bottleneck the 1070ti? Could I save even more and go with a 1060 and get the same performance?

Ethan_Lapin 1 point 8 months ago

I don't believe this CPU would bottleneck the 1070ti, you could go with a 1060, but make sure to look at benchmarks to make sure it is the right fit.

OmarShahin 1 point 8 months ago

Question 1, how much noise does the fans make. Since I intend to stream with this. 2) how will the performance be while streaming Fortnite on high settings?

Ethan_Lapin 1 point 8 months ago
  1. The one air cooling CPU cooler shouldn’t be too loud, but if you add more fans it’ll get louder. 2. Streaming 1080p max settings Fortnite should yield 60fps at least.
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A_C_E 1 point 8 months ago

Can this build run at a consistent 144fps with no issues? I’m new to pc builds

Glannondorf 1 point 8 months ago

The G.Skill - Aegis 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2800 Memory is incompatible with the motherboard. I tried installing them last night only to find out that one end of the RAM would fit into place. Upon running into this issue I consulted this list to make sure I didn't mess up or ordered the wrong type of RAM. When i checked the Memory section of this list last night there was another RAM listed than what is currently listed, ADATA AX4U266638G16-DRG XPG GAMMIX D10 16GB (2 x 8GB) Memory Kit, so i started the return process for the G.Skill - Aegis 16GB and ordered the ADATA RAM that was listed. Why was the ADATA listed last night and now the G.Skill is listed again? Am I a moron and the G.Skill is compatible or is the ADATA DDR4 2666 what i need?

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

You generally need to open a clip on at least one side of the motherboard DIMM slot. The memory will only fit in one orientation and you can check the notch on the RAM with the peg in the slot.

There should have been no issues with that kit and your motherboard.

Glannondorf 1 point 8 months ago

Hi, Thanks for the feedback. I've checked multiple times that the RAM is in the correct orientation to fit in the slot and I can confirm that each dimm slot has only one clip to open. The only end that will securely fit into place is the end with the clip. The other end does not appear to fully be down in the slot once the clip is closed.

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

Please make a post on our troubleshooting forum and ideally include some pictures as well.

Wyatt.Herron 1 point 8 months ago

Could i Stream/record with this setup? New to the pc thing

TRISKIT 1 point 8 months ago

What would be the bottleneck on this system CPU?

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PrivatePengu 1 point 11 months ago

You can't overclock an 8400... The 8600K is the only overclockable Coffee Lake i5 right now, but it's $45 more.

Storm55 1 point 11 months ago

I think he means Turbo Boost.

PrivatePengu 2 points 11 months ago

But what is the point of his comment then? The 8500 is still faster, and there's money for it. No reason to downgrade.

His comment only makes sense if he means overclocking the 8400 to the same level as the 8500.

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PrivatePengu 1 point 8 months ago

Doesn't exist.

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manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 8 months ago


Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
Intel - Core i5-8500 3 GHz 6-Core Processor 8W - 65W
Cooler Master - Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler 5W - 10W
G.Skill - Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2800 Memory 11W
TCSunBow - X3 480 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Seagate - Constellation ES.2 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Asus - GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8 GB TURBO Video Card 45W - 180W
Total: 296W