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Build Guide

Enthusiast Intel Gaming Build

by manirelli

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


CPU/CPU Cooler

For the Enthusiast Intel build we selected the Intel i7-7700k as our processor. To cool the i7-7700k while overclocking we selected the NZXT Kraken X62. The X62 is an excellent choice for our build aesthetically and will allow us to reach our maximum potential for overclocking without building a custom watercooling setup.


To allow overclocking on the processor, we set the parametric filters for 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 480GB 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 Thermaltake View 31 TG. This case has a comes included with LED fans, large 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.

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Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 327W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $605.00 $605.00 Device Deal Buy
CPU Cooler $215.00 FREE $215.00 PLE Computers Buy
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Chipset: Intel Z270
  • SLI/CrossFire: 2-Way SLI Capable, CrossFire Capable
  • SATA 6Gb/s Ports: 6 - 10
  • Max RAM: 64 GB - 1024 GB
$155.10 FREE $155.10 Newegg Australia Buy
From parametric filter
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
  • Heat Spreader: Yes
$113.30 FREE $113.30 Newegg Australia Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 480 GB - 10000 GB
  • Type: SSD
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 2.5"
$77.64 $77.64 Amazon Australia Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 3000 GB - 10000 GB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$84.18 $84.18 Amazon Australia Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1080
$789.00 $789.00 Device Deal Buy
Case $128.00 $128.00 Shopping Express Buy
Power Supply $119.00 $119.00 Austin Computers Buy
Total: $2286.22
* 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:

Samplebot 2 points 21 months ago

Does this build have built in wifi and sound?

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 2 points 21 months ago

You would need to add a wifi adapter.

TheBravados 2 points 21 months ago

Will a WIFI card fit?

Samplebot 1 point 21 months ago


Frayus 1 point 21 months ago

Was also looking at the streaming editing gaming build but they use amd parts idk why but im leaning more to intel. Does this build allow for the same work horse type performance?

BaneHallow12 1 point 21 months ago

Don't quote me on this because I am not entirely sure myself, if someone else comments then take their word and not mine. I believe that AMD is better for stuff like streaming and editing because AMD usually has more cores, and that is what is better for those sorts of tasks rather than gaming, as having a better core clock speed is what is important for gaming.

If I have this wrong then someone please correct me.

gleaf 1 point 21 months ago

Correct... Intel for strictly gaming and no other apps while gaming, AMD Ryzen for just about anything else

DaxMan 1 point 21 months ago

So I'm thinking of swapping out the processor for the i5 7600. Would this be all right, and what, maybe cheaper, but still reliable cooler would you recommend for overclocking the i5?

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

If you plan to drop to an i5 i'd either get the 7600k or swap to ryzen.

DaxMan 1 point 21 months ago

Yes, as I stated I'm going to go with the 7600k, my question is, the cooler is a bit spendy, is there any other reliable option for a cpu water cooler?

Penge 1 point 21 months ago

Bit silly, however is this build good to go? Should there be anything that I should change with the current build or am I clear with ordering and assembling? I'm aware with the whole assembly process but I just want to make sure everything is perfect in terms of parts as this will be my first build.

fallingPC 1 point 21 months ago

i'm really new to this but i really need advice if my build is good or just dumb


Keyann 1 point 21 months ago

Hi uh, sorry for the stupid question but, is there a step-by-step guide to build this? Or some kind of video guide? I'm afraid I might screw up when I do it on my own so, I'm just wondering.

haeload 1 point 21 months ago

There is not. Have you ever built a computer from scratch before? There are plenty of youtube guides and it's all the same stuff. There's only one way to insert RAM, to insert a GPU, to screw in the motherboard to the case. It's all pretty much the same. Corsair and other channels on youtube explain everything perfectly. Also, each piece of hardware will come with a little manual booklet, so you can read (and I recommend you always do) each one of those before installing them.

fallingPC 1 point 21 months ago

need suggestions. are the components i used good? for the cooler i would be using air cooler since i may not overclock the cpu. and i really need suggestions if i should stick with the mother board or switch it over with the rog ix hero


Link27 1 point 20 months ago

What type of moniter should I get for the full potential of this?

Alizkat 1 point 20 months ago

Hi Mate,

This build looks pretty EPIC, I wanted to follow on from Penge's question and ask to make sure this build is good to go? Will things need to be added to get this up and running? Is there anything that I should know about? Am I an idiot for assuming that I will need thermal paste for the CPU? I've been out of the PC building game for a long time.


toxicbandit 0 points 21 months ago

manirelli is this a good build please recommend if i should change anything with it. https://pcpartpicker.com/list/ its based off last months build.

IcyHydro 0 points 21 months ago

Hey, sorry if this question is kind of dumb but I'm new to this kind of stuff. This is a reliable and fast gaming pc build, correct?

tehdergenburn 1 point 21 months ago

It is it has the i7 so you won't have to worry about processors to much and with the 1080a nice motherboard it should work very nicely although if your not comfortable with the water cooling for the cpu get a different cooler for the cpu

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Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
Intel - Core i7-7700K 4.2 GHz Quad-Core Processor 11W - 91W
NZXT - Kraken X62 Rev 2 98.17 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler 10W - 15W
G.Skill - FORTIS 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2400 Memory 11W
Kingston - A400 480 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: 327W