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Build Guide

Enthusiast Intel Gaming Build

by manirelli



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: 399W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $234.89 $234.89 OutletPC Buy
CPU Cooler $79.99 -$10.00 FREE $69.99 Newegg Buy
$10.00 mail-in rebate
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Chipset: Intel Z370
$89.89 $89.89 OutletPC 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
$167.99 -$15.00 FREE $152.99 Newegg Buy
+ USD $15 off w/ promo code EMCPSEV32, ends 3/22
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 500GB - 12TB
  • Type: SSD
$127.90 $127.90 OutletPC Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 3TB - 10TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$65.50 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $65.50 Amazon Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Price: $0.00 - $725.00
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1080
$609.99 $4.99 $614.98 Newegg Buy
Case $99.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $99.99 Amazon Buy
Power Supply $69.99 -$13.99 $2.99 $58.99 Newegg Buy
+ 20% off w/ promo code MMPSALE20, ends 3/26
Base Total: $1546.13
Promo Discounts: -$28.99
Mail-in Rebates: -$10.00
Shipping: $7.98
Total: $1515.12
* 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:

ACanOfSpam 1 point 9 days ago


Valiric 1 point 7 days ago

not an enthusiast grade build in any manner... but decent build?

three8one 2 Builds 1 point 3 days ago


Outlaw_123 1 point 2 days ago

Motherboard is a bare minimum, maybe better psu, 8600k could be a 8700k

three8one 2 Builds 0 points 2 days ago

8700K's single core speed is only 4% better than 8600K's, and its Quad-Core speed is only 1% better. 8600K is 30% cheaper. You do the math.

chimarz 1 point 1 day ago

But, he was saying its not enthusiast nothing about price there, this is just an middle upper tier gaming rig, i see nothing "enthusiast" about this build.

three8one 2 Builds 0 points 1 day ago

What would make it an enthusiast build?

Valiric 1 point 1 day ago

Low end parts

Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
Intel - Core i5-8600K 3.6GHz 6-Core Processor 11W - 95W
Phanteks - PH-TC14PE 78.1 CFM CPU Cooler 5W - 10W
Gigabyte - Z370P D3 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard 17W - 70W
G.Skill - Aegis 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory 14W - 14W
Western Digital - Blue 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Hitachi - Ultrastar 7K3000 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Mini ITX Video Card 45W - 180W
Total: 98W - 399W