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Build Guide

Excellent Intel Gaming Build

by manirelli

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

Description

CPU/CPU Cooler

For the Excellent Intel Gaming Build build we selected the Intel i5-8500 as our processor. To better cool the i5-8500 we selected the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO. While the i5-8500 comes with a stock cooler the 212 EVO will lower both temps and noise in the system.

Motherboard

The i5-8500 is a locked processor so we set the parametric filters for H370 ATX motherboards that support up to 64GB of DDR4 memory, six SATA 6Gb/s devices, multiple expansion cards, and crossfire or SLI functionality.

Memory

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.

Storage

Using the parametric filters this build will incorporate an SSD with at least 480GB of space and a minimum 2TB of mechanical storage at 7200rpm.

GPU

On a budget of roughly 1250 dollars we decided to go with an excellent graphic card. The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 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 1070 TI is perfectly suited for VR gaming as well. When using a 1070 TI you should consider stepping up your monitor to a 120/144hz screen for the best gaming experience.

Case

All of our components are housed in the Corsair Carbide Series 275R. 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.

PSU

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: 296W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $219.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $219.99 Amazon Buy
CPU Cooler $26.92 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $26.92 Amazon Buy
Motherboard
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Chipset: Intel Z370
  • SLI/CrossFire: 2-Way SLI Capable, CrossFire Capable
  • SATA 6Gb/s Ports: 6 - 10
  • Max RAM: 64 GB - 1024 GB
$99.99 -$20.00 FREE $79.99 Newegg Business Buy
$20.00 mail-in rebate
Memory
From parametric filter
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
  • Heat Spreader: Yes
$94.99 FREE $94.99 Newegg Business Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 480 GB - 12000 GB
  • Type: SSD
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s, M.2 (B+M), M.2 (M)
$52.99 FREE $52.99 Newegg Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 2000 GB - 10000 GB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$58.50 FREE $58.50 Amazon Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Price: $0.00 - $650.00
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1070 Ti
$358.99 FREE $358.99 B&H Buy
Case $89.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $89.99 Amazon Buy
Power Supply $65.99 FREE $65.99 SuperBiiz Buy
Base Total: $1068.35
Mail-in Rebates: -$20.00
Total: $1048.35
* 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 Phanteks - ECLIPSE P400S TEMPERED GLASS ATX Mid Tower Case supports video cards up to 395mm long, but video cards over 280mm may block drive bays. Since the Zotac - GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8 GB AMP Edition Video Card is 300mm long, some drive bays may not be usable.
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Comments Sorted by:

hamkey 1 point 8 months ago

Would this build be able to play GTA V at high settings + add ons or x plane 11 at high fpm with high settings? I'm sorry but this is my first build and I know nothing about building PC's.

drewsmill 2 points 8 months ago

It should run just fine on high mabye on ultra because I have a 1059 ti and trash cpu and I run it fine

strongerbuild 1 point 8 months ago

Hi. I want to know, what 144Hz monitor is suited for such build? Are Freesync monitors ok, since cheaper? I am looking something from the Pixio range...

SageThunder 1 point 8 months ago

put it on the build and then the automated system will tell you if you have any problems just make sure it is turned on and it will say if it has any problems or not!

MmmhK 1 point 8 months ago

I was wondering if this is compatible EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 6gb with this build

riotssk 1 point 8 months ago

Yes, I'm planning to use the Gigabyte GV-N1060WF2OC-6GD and the filter says there are no issues. The cheaper PNY VCGGTX10606PB-CG isn't compatible with some mid-tower cases as it's a longer card.

RafiBombed 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

The cpu in this build is a beast for gaming, just did a similar build and i have no complaints at all.

Archie5583 1 point 8 months ago

Could you swap out the 1070 ti for a Radeon RX 480 or nah??

Nater650 2 points 8 months ago

Yes, you can

ZJayJohnston 1 point 7 months ago

Im really interested in this build. But I want to make sure I have right components for future upgrades. Is this motherboard functional for overclocking cpu? If not whats a good motherboard that will do so.

KSIHawkk 1 point 7 months ago

yes to overclocking. yes this board is future proof, i'm dont have much experience with intel chips but im pretty sure this board is the newest atm.

KSIHawkk 1 point 7 months ago

board is overclock compatible but the chip is lock at 2.8ghz

ExDeeXDD 1 point 7 months ago

Motherboard allows for overclocking of ram(with xmp)and of an unlocked cpu. The chipset is future proof for later upgrade of coffee lake but I heard that intel will be releasing a new socket by the end of the year which will make new gens incompatible with this mobo.

CreepyerGamerX 1 point 7 months ago

2.8Ghz really that is not fast enough for me I need at least 3.2 or more

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

The CPU turbos to 4.0

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Reason:
Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
Intel - Core i5-8400 2.8 GHz 6-Core Processor 8W - 65W
Cooler Master - Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler 5W - 10W
GeIL - EVO POTENZA 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2400 Memory 11W - 11W
Team - L5 LITE 480 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Seagate - Barracuda 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Zotac - GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8 GB AMP Edition Video Card 45W - 180W
Total: 75W - 296W