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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 i5-8400 as our processor. To better cool the i5-8400 we selected the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO. While the i5-8400 comes with a stock cooler the 212 EVO will lower both temps and noise in the system.

Motherboard

The i5-8400 is a locked 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.

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.

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.

Due to the high cost of GPUs and low availability, we are using a parametric filter for a GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 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.

Case

All of our components are housed in the Phanteks Eclipse P400S TG. This case has a nice black finish, a large tempered glass side panel window, white 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: 376W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $250.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $250.99 Amazon Buy
CPU Cooler $92.57 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $92.57 Amazon Buy
Motherboard
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Chipset: Intel Z370
$89.99 $3.99 $93.98 Newegg Buy
Memory
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2400, DDR4-2666, DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
  • Heat Spreader: Yes
$101.99 -$5.00 FREE $96.99 Newegg Buy
+ $5 off w/ promo code MBLB121018A w/ mobile checkout, limited offer
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 500 GB - 12000 GB
  • Type: SSD
$59.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $59.99 Amazon Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 3000 GB - 10000 GB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$59.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $59.99 Amazon Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Price: $0.00 - $725.00
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1080
$539.99 FREE $539.99 B&H Buy
Case $130.65 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $130.65 Amazon Buy
Power Supply $69.89 -$20.00 FREE $49.89 OutletPC Buy
$20.00 mail-in rebate
Base Total: $1396.05
Promo Discounts: -$5.00
Mail-in Rebates: -$20.00
Shipping: $3.99
Total: $1375.04
* 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 Thermaltake - View 31 TG RGB ATX Mid Tower Case supports video cards up to 420mm long, but video cards over 278mm may block drive bays. Since the Zotac - GeForce GTX 1080 8 GB AMP! Edition Video Card is 300mm long, some drive bays may not be usable.
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Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
Intel - Core i5-8600K 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor 11W - 95W
Phanteks - PH-TC14PE 78.1 CFM CPU Cooler 5W - 10W
Mushkin - Enhanced Silverline 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2400 Memory 11W - 11W
Drevo - X1 Pro 512 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Hitachi - Ultrastar 7K3000 3 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Zotac - GeForce GTX 1080 8 GB AMP! Edition Video Card 57W - 230W
Total: 90W - 376W