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Build Guide

Great Gaming Build

by ThoughtA




At this budget, we're running an Intel i5-7500. Any modern i5 will perform admirably for nearly all gaming needs. The i5-7500 includes a stock cooler, so 3rd-party cooler isn't necessary. Since we aren't overclocking our CPU, the stock cooler will be sufficient in keeping temperatures acceptable.


We're using a parametric filter to constantly select the best-priced motherboard while meeting selected criteria. In this case, we are filtering for B250 chipsets and 4 DDR4 DIMM slots for future expansion. The compatibility engine will filter out anything not compatible with the build. The motherboards are also capable of using the CPU's integrated GPU, in case you need to RMA your GPU or are waiting for a sale or upgrade.


Memory needs are slowly but constantly increasing, and we want to stay ahead of the curve. To this end we're using a parametric filter to choose a 16GB kit of memory within Intel's recommended specifications at the best price. The filter will only select 2x8GB kits, allowing us to leave room for extra DIMMs for future expansion.


We're use parametric filters to incorporate an SSD with at least 480GB of space and a minimum of 2TB 7200RPM mechanical storage. Everyone's storage needs differs, so feel free to change those capacities to your heart's desire.


For our GPU, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 is one of the best price for performance cards on the market and an absolute powerhouse. The GTX 1070 will provide a consistent 60fps on many demanding games like Battlefield 1 at Ultra at 1080p, and even 1440p for some games like Shadow of Mordor. For those interested in VR, the GTX 1070 will have no problem playing any and and all applications currently on the market.

The filter also avoids video cards that are considered "mini" length, as those will not cool as effectively or quietly, and the small savings to be had with them isn't really worth it with this budget.

You can choose to use this filter instead, if you want to include the smaller cards for any reason.


The build will be housed in the Deepcool DUKASE V2 mid tower. The DUKASE V2 features 1 USB 2.0 and 1 USB 3.0 front panel and has room for video cards of any length. It includes a PSU shroud to hide unsightly cables, two 5.25" external bays, plenty of bays for storage drives, and it has a cool channel specifically for installing an LED strip. There are also plenty of cable management holes.

If you're interested, there's also a white version of the case.


For our power supply, we're using a parametric selection of a five well-reviewed semi or fully modular units, all of which are 80+ Bronze certified or above and can provide plenty of power for this build.


You can see us build a slightly modified version of this build on our YouTube channel here!

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Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 316W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $188.49 $188.49 OutletPC Buy
Motherboard $69.89 $69.89 OutletPC Buy
From parametric filter
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
$93.99 FREE $93.99 Newegg Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 480GB - 10TB
  • Type: SSD
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 2.5"
$129.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $129.99 Amazon Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 2TB - 10TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 3 Gb/s, SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$56.50 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $56.50 Amazon Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1070
  • Length: 224mm - 403mm
$366.89 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $366.89 Amazon Buy
Case $54.99 FREE $54.99 B&H Buy
Power Supply $54.90 -$10.00 $6.99 $51.89 Newegg Buy
$10.00 mail-in rebate
Other $29.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $29.99 Amazon Buy
Base Total: $1045.63
Mail-in Rebates: -$10.00
Shipping: $6.99
Total: $1042.62
* 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.

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Dova-Pug 1 Build 11 points 1 month ago

ya need to swith dat cpu to a ryzen 5 and that mobo to an am4

Agent_Blackwing 1 Build 1 point 10 days ago


ez1lla 4 points 1 month ago

I just completed this build, and it powers on but constantly restarts every 12 seconds. I have tried resetting everything, reconnecting the PSU connectors, resetting CMOS. Nothing seems to help. Any ideas?

Archlon 1 point 4 days ago

if you want help, go to the r/buildapc discord server. they will help you for sure.

Canitrunsteam 3 points 1 month ago

Does Steam run at reasonable FPS?

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ShepP61 2 points 1 month ago

I want to build this pc, but i wanted to put an AMD Ryzen 7 processor in it instead of the i5. My friend said that with that motherboard it would fry. Is this true, and should i just stick to the i5?

Qunithepro 1 point 1 month ago

Ryzen 7 physically will not fit into the motherboard. Get a B350 motherboard if you want R7.

ShepP61 1 point 1 month ago

thanks man

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Windfinder 2 points 1 month ago

If I wanted to slap a GTX 1080 on this build instead of the 1070, is there anything else that I should consider upgrading to keep pace? I'm asking because I noticed that the enthusiast gaming builds have nicer CPUs to match the 1080s, but I'm having trouble finding many other consistent differences. Is upgrading the 1070 to the 1080 the simplest and most cost effective way to increase this build's performance and price range? Would I also have to upgrade the CPU? Thanks so much, first time builder here.

bluestorm21 4 points 1 month ago

Everything here would do well with a GTX 1080, though you might look at benchmarks and think about what you want to do with your system before deciding to make that almost $200 jump. Unless you are playing games above 1080p, or 1440p with a high refresh rate, the GTX 1080 is a bit overkill...not that this is an issue, just something to be aware of if you're trying to save some cash. You are correct in saying a GPU upgrade would be the best way to improve gaming performance, however.

Rossa250 1 point 1 day ago

if i want to upgrade the Gpu what would be your recommendation without spending absolutely loads?

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Spy_FirstTimeBuilder 2 points 1 month ago

Hi. This is my first build. I would like a great computer with great processing and FPS. I think this would be a great one. Though I really don't know how to build it, well after getting the parts. Could you give me some advice on how to put the parts together because that would be much appreciated. Thanks.

SW89 2 points 1 month ago

I am exactly in the same situation, would really appreciate some sort of quick guide from more experienced people here . Thanks.

RobsterL 1 point 1 month ago

im also in this situation and am also confuse about cooling...

gruskada 1 point 1 month ago

This video helped me out quite a bit - it's of a slightly upgraded version of this build:


What are you confused about with cooling? FYI, the i5-7500 comes with a decent stock cooler.

SW89 1 point 29 days ago

Thanks <3, will check this out !

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mdsmichigan 2 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Glad to see these updated again! It's pretty cool to see the video linked as well.
The only note I have is that Battlefield 1 has been out for six months now... maybe it's time to update this portion? I know the Excellent guide has a potential replacement description:

With this budget we decided to go all out on the graphics card. The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 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 1070 is perfectly suited for VR gaming as well. When using a GTX 1070 you should consider stepping up your monitor to a 120/144hz screen for the best gaming experience.

ez1lla 1 point 1 month ago

I am right in the middle of this build, and about to order my SSD. Is there any reason why I wouldn't go with the Samsung 960 EVO (250GB)? I understand it's a smaller drive, but wouldn't it be much faster? This board has M.2, so it would be compatible right? Thanks in advance!


526christian 3 points 1 month ago

The 960 EVO is "faster" in raw numbers, but for a gaming PC there won't be any meaningful difference in user experience. In this case, capacity or cost should be prioritized.

This board has M.2, so it would be compatible right? Thanks in advance!

Yes, the M.2 slot supports PCI-e x4.

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rafcaf 1 point 1 month ago

Is there an all-around cable bundle that one can get for this build, or does all the cables come with it?

towerdivermp 2 points 1 month ago

Cables are included with the PSU, motherboard and GPU, for their respective parts.

rafcaf 1 point 1 month ago

Can this build can handle one of the curve monitors?

BladeGear 1 point 1 month ago

How good is this computer at playing Dayz, Rust, H1z1, etc??

DarkEpics 1 point 13 days ago

I have DayZ and Rust, I have a R7 360 2gb, 8 gb DDR3 Ram, Althon X4 860K Quad Core, and DayZ runs great, rust runs fine on the lowest settings. So I'm sure this pc can run those games fine without any issues.

skippyikeoh 1 point 5 days ago

Please upgrade your ram. DDR3 ram makes me hurt inside.

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RobsterL 1 point 1 month ago

If i am going to be getting parts over an extended period of time should i update my list as the parts update or should I keep it the same.

Zacc101 1 point 1 month ago

Hello, It seems as the motherboard is out of stock. Do you have a replacement for that?

kamaljyot 1 point 1 month ago

hey i edited this build around alot and made my own buld for aprox 200$ more. can you give me feedback on it thx! https://pcpartpicker.com/list/rxWVZ8

bluestorm21 1 point 1 month ago

Unless you're really keen on overclocking, the gaming performance benefit of the 7600K vs. the 7500 is marginal for the $200+ surplus you will pay for a liquid cooler, more expensive chip, and OC ready motherboard. That's not to say don't do it if that's something you want, but other than CPU intensive games (cites: skylines, ashes of the singularity, Starcraft II, etc.), $200 invested in that way will give you single digit increases, and for that price you might as well just get a GTX1080.

TheBravados 1 point 1 month ago

Is there a wireless card you can recommend for this build?

ShepP61 1 point 1 month ago

i want to use an amd ryzen. what motherboard should i use?

redman2112 1 point 1 month ago

I just want to make sure that the games I play (Overwatch, emulators, indie games, etc) will be able to run at very good performance on this machine. My friend who has built a number of computers for himself says that your motherboard should be a really good investment. Is this motherboard a good pick? I don't want to have buyer's remorse a year from now that I didn't go with a better motherboard but I also feel my friend might not be giving me the best advice. Also how important is the LED strip? Do I need it or is it just for visuals? Thanks for any help anyone can throw my way. First PC build for me

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 1 month ago

The LED strip is strictly for visuals. You don't have to buy it.

The motherboard will do its job perfectly fine - you won't have to worry about that.

fanaticzgg 1 point 1 month ago

Hey guys it seems that when I have the GPU connected I have no signal to monitor, however when it is removed I can get the computer to boot up like normal. I've tried taking the ram out, went to bios and made sure onboard graphics was off etc. I just don't know what to do anymore. Anyone have any possible solutions?

eryhaker 1 point 1 month ago

Have you tried setting it to Wumbo?

fanaticzgg 1 point 1 month ago

What is wumbo?

eryhaker 2 points 27 days ago

I wumbo. You wumbo. He- she- me... wumbo. Wumbo; Wumboing; Wumbology: the study of Wumbo. It's first grade, Spongebob!

turqey 1 point 28 days ago

Since this is at the top end of the budget, and beside dropping the LED's, what would be the first thing to downgrade on this build just to lower the price slightly? I recently did a different build and purchased Windows 10 for it, can I install it on this new build? Or is that not allowed? Also can anyone recommend a wall mount approximately 32"monitor for this build? Since 1k was my budget for the whole thing, it would have to be on the low end price wise. Sorry for any dumb questions, even though this is my second go around, I still am a total newbie to this stuff. Thank you! BTW my first build turned out great thanks to this site!

gruskada 2 points 28 days ago

I'd go with a smaller SSD if that fits your needs (250GB is fine to run Windows off of with some room left over for some other high-performance programs). You can also evaluate if a smaller hard drive would work for you.

Aside from that, I'd look at just getting 1 8GB stick of RAM to start with. You can add an additional one later without wasting money (try to buy the same exact kind, though). RAM is currently pretty expensive as well.

I wouldn't skimp on the power supply or case.

turqey 1 point 27 days ago

Thank you!

Overseer108 1 point 26 days ago
Overseer108 1 point 26 days ago

I can downgrade to a 1 TB

I_am_poor_pls_donate 1 point 23 days ago

it's a good build, although I would not buy the 3rd party cooler, with a stock it isn't necessary. the cpu isn't capable of overclocking so a cooler is unnecessary. imo I'd go with amd but that's just me :) don't downgrade to 1tb, it's a very little price reduction, but a lot of storage reduction. good build :)

ringosilver 1 point 21 days ago

Its my first time here and my build is similar to yours so could you tell me how to make mine a bit cheaper without sacrificing performance? I do think the motherboard is a bit overkill but i can't find another with wifi and usb 3.1 cuz it isn't going to be just a gaming pc and yes i do want to overclock so will i need fans for it? thanks :) https://pcpartpicker.com/list/8jVhJV

doddyjnt 1 point 21 days ago

hey this is great

Sindalis 1 point 17 days ago

IMO there is no reason to use any i5 anymore other than the i5-7600K. And only that one due to the sheer clock speed you can get out of it.

If your considering a gaming build, and its less than that chip, You would be better off using a Ryzen 5 1500X which is cheaper than the i5-7500, comes with a better cooler, runs just as fast (with XFR) and can even overclock on stock cooling to be well and above faster than the 7500

loubrosseau 1 point 12 days ago

I'm new to pc building and I was wondering why there are two different storage types. Do I need both? If so could someone explain the difference please? Thanks

Hades0097 1 point 4 days ago

Also new to the PC building life but to my understanding, the SSD's are extremely faster at launching applications like your games. This is where you would have your windows 10 as well as all your games. Then on the Hard Drive, you would put very big files that you will not access as often as you would the files on your SSD.

stefancurl 1 point 11 days ago

I'm looking for a decent PC and this seems quite good, but I'm not much of a gamer. Instead I might process some photos (I have thousands) with Lightroom or similar. Also handle videos (usually pretty simple stuff though). Maybe some music work.

I like the overall specs on this build, but are there places I can cut corners (and cost) to give me a PC I won't have to replace in two years? For instance, I probably don't need a high-end graphics card - but didn't see a cheaper alternative in the paramatrix list.


stefancurl 1 point 10 days ago

Any thoughts on this?

iDevil 1 point 11 days ago

where are the fans??? im quite suprised no one noticed they were missing...and can the computer keep cool w/o them?

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 11 days ago

Most cases come with at least one fan, and the CPU cooler includes a fan.

iDevil 1 point 11 days ago

true but i think like four fans including the cpu cooler is good enough for cooling but i dont see any fans on the list here (plus if you get two fans with the case and cooler then you just buy two more for 34 or so dollars for decent cooling)

LordIvar 1 point 7 days ago

Looks good.

mrmotley 1 point 7 days ago

Does anyone know what kind of monitor I would need to use this build to its full potential, as far as graphics go, while staying in a reasonable price range?

LDJM 1 point 6 days ago

Would having this exact build but with an ASUS Strix GTX960 2GB make much difference? only got it about 2 years ago and seems like a waste to replace it. If it makes a lot of difference I will consider selling it or giving it to brother

skippyikeoh 1 point 5 days ago

I could cut about 100 bucks off this build while keeping it the same quality...

skippyikeoh 1 point 4 days ago

If I make a ryzen version of this and overclock it quite a bit, will I have to get a better psu? This is my first computer I have ever built so while I have done a crap ton of research I have no real experience.

Rossa250 1 point 1 day ago

Hey I'm new to PC building. I've roughly an extra 150/200 to spend on this build (not including keyboard mouse monitor ect).

What can i improve on here?

RandomGamingYT 0 points 27 days ago

Core i5 k series are a much better value since they are overclockable. Non overclockable cpu's are a waste in my opinion

ThoughtA staff submitter 3 points 27 days ago

Overclockable CPUs have their place, but it's not simply a matter of the difference in price between a K and non-K CPU. You also have to account for a Z270 motherboard and the additional cost of purchasing a cooler.

RandomGamingYT 0 points 23 days ago

You can overclock with stock fans, it just depends on the voltage how much you can actually clock it to

ThoughtA staff submitter 2 points 23 days ago

An Intel K processor does not typically come with a CPU cooler. It's not a matter of having good fans. There is no heatsink at all unless you purchase one separately.

RandomGamingYT 0 points 23 days ago

Hmmm, true.

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ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 4 days ago

I'm glad you were able to fit peripherals in that you wanted. Please do note that the lack of SSD, downgrade from 1070 to 1050 Ti, and halved RAM capacity are not trivial changes. That's not to say you didn't gain anything from the tradeoff, of course.

Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
Intel - Core i5-7500 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor 8W - 65W
Gigabyte - GA-B250M-DS3H Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard 15W - 60W
GeIL - EVO POTENZA 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory 11W - 11W
PNY - CS1111 480GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Hitachi - Deskstar 7K2000 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
EVGA - GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GAMING Video Card 37W - 150W
Total: 77W - 316W