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Build Guide

Excellent Gaming Build

by manirelli

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


CPU/CPU Cooler

For the Excellent Gaming Build build we selected the Intel i5-7600k as our processor. If you're not building a workstation or professional machine, this is the de facto standard for overclockable gaming builds at the moment. To cool the i5-7600k while overclocking we selected the be quiet! Dark Rock 3. The Dark Rock 3 is an excellent choice for our build aesthetically and will keep the temperature of the CPU cool while overclocking.


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 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.


All of our components are housed in the Phanteks Eclipse P400S. This case has a gorgeousblack finish with RGB accents, a large side panel window, 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: 292W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $279.89 FREE $279.89 OutletPC Buy
CPU Cooler $84.88 FREE $84.88 OutletPC 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
$81.99 $81.99 SuperBiiz Buy
From parametric filter
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
  • Heat Spreader: Yes
$69.89 FREE $69.89 OutletPC Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 480 GB - 10000 GB
  • Type: SSD
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 2.5"
$48.99 FREE $48.99 Newegg Business Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 3000 GB - 10000 GB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$53.88 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $53.88 Amazon Buy
Video Card $439.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $439.99 Amazon Buy
Case $69.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $69.99 Amazon Buy
Power Supply $69.00 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $69.00 Amazon Buy
Total: $1198.50
* 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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GoodGamerFTW 7 points 25 months ago

-rep not enough rgb

Simontoshi111 2 points 24 months ago

I would recommend Deepcool DUKASE WHV2 ATX Mid Tower Case instead of the thermaltake versa they are the exact same price

XxAlexcsxX 2 points 24 months ago

Good Pc he can run the all the games at the moment on AVG 75FPS or 80FPS in ultra high settings i think is a good price for a pc but if i need to find some errors i think whit amd processors can be more cheap and whit a better power station Srry for my english im not english and im learning xD

wdanford 2 points 24 months ago

Seems odd to suggest an i5 now when the Ryzen R5 1600 exists.

RCRS-7 1 point 24 months ago

Well this build was updated before the Ryzen 5 CPUs were released. I highly doubt that they will not switch to the R5 processors when they updated the builds.

Argoyle 1 point 24 months ago

Is the R5 1600X compatible with everything else listed here? The parametric filter keeps eliminating the motherboard when I have both the Ryzen and a GTX 1070 selected, but I figured it might just be they haven't got all of the compatibility data in for the Ryzen yet.

I_am_poor_pls_donate 1 point 24 months ago

you do need a mobo capable with the amd sockets. I can't figure out if you know. sorry :)

_RiBS_ 2 points 24 months ago

Hey everybody, I have never built a PC and know next to nothing about them. This build was recommended to be by a friend and I was wondering if there should be any changes to this set up to make it better? Also general tips for a complete newbie?

The_Builder_... 1 point 23 months ago

Watch all the Youtube videos you can.

Nuckles_56 4 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Why oh why that case?

fn230 9 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

I actually like that case. :|

FHD32423 1 point 25 months ago

But isn't it "Too Big"?

fn230 9 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

There's a difference between liking something and wanting something. :)

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manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

Keep it polite or don't comment on this site.

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Variety is the spice of life. The build guide is just a starting point and cases are highly personal decisions.

Nuckles_56 4 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

I understand that, I was just wondering why you didn't choose something with a more subtle RGB implementation, that's all

WirelessCables 1 Build 5 points 25 months ago

It's 2017, there are no subtle RGB implementations any more.

Nuckles_56 4 Builds 4 points 25 months ago

I suppose you have a point, if the whole surface of every part doesn't have a RGB LED then it is a subtle implementation

WirelessCables 1 Build 0 points 25 months ago


kodysdgko 1 point 24 months ago

So true

MrBeanSprout 0 points 23 months ago

Will most cases fit all the hardware? Sorry, I am a noob when it comes to building a PC I am creating my first one.

nlarkin 1 point 24 months ago

That Case looks like a spaceship! Lmao

bunnychan 1 point 24 months ago

Omg that case is BEAUTIFUL!

Cicero_ 5 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

It's too bad you can't blacklist stuff from a parametric filter, since there are several SSD's you probably don't want, like the V300, SSD Plus, and SP 550. 526christian posted a great thread covering the issues regarding the SSD Plus. And the V300's issues are well documented. While the SP550 arguably isn't as bad as the other two, it's still near the bottom of the charts in terms of performance. I'm sure you know this, though.

Az1nPersuasion 1 point 24 months ago

Is this a good build its my first build and what games will this run well https://pcpartpicker.com/list/bfTXNN

Slurth 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

WE WANT RYZEN 5 AND WE WANT IT NOW! Lol. Do it, Ryzen 5s are cheaper or similarly priced to this CPU with a lower TDP.

ringosilver 1 point 24 months 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

BaconOfWar66 1 point 23 months ago

I always first check anyone's SSD first, your's is quite good but if you want you could save about $26 on a SATA SSD(I wouldn't if I were you) instead of a M.2. http://ssd.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Samsung-960-Pro-NVMe-PCIe-M2-512GB-vs-Samsung-850-Evo-250GB/m182182vs2977 <-- heres a comparison of the two.

Here is a suggestion; try to use the ethernet on the motherboard, so you don't have to worry about the WiFi part. If you can't use Ethernet cables, try a powerline adapter like this one https://www.amazon.com/TP-Link-Powerline-Adapter-Starter-TL-PA4010KIT/dp/B00AWRUICG/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1495378082&sr=1-1&keywords=tp+link+powerline+adapter . I have the 2 port version of this and it greatly increased the speed of my internet because of it, which I was using wireless before it. It's really easy to do so don't worry if it will be hard if you get it.

I also noticed you don't have a case listed on the list, you need one of those. You don't have a monitor listed so I'm guessing you already have one.

Try this one(Gigabyte - GA-Z270X-Ultra Gaming ATX LGA1151 Motherboard), it doesn't have the wireless built in but I said you can try a powerline adapter. It has 4 USB 3.1 ports so there you go. The motherboard has support for almost anything you might need to upgrade to like a i7 7700k for example maybe in the future.

Also you defiantly need some(not a lot)case fans for your build if you want to overclock,specifically a CPU fan, which you have. You also should just have case fans anyway even if you don't want to overclock. I suggest the ARCTIC Arctic F12 case fans, they are 120mm but I don't size fans you need because you don't have a case listed.

vipercustom 1 point 24 months ago

I might consider building this in the future, but I'll have to look at other parts first.

BaccaBoy15 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

The specs sheet says this is 2 way sli-compatible, yet the board says it's not when you look at the part on partpicker? Which is it?

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Which board? everyone will see a different option based on pricing preferences and local deals.

BaccaBoy15 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

Gigabyte GA-Z270P-D3 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard

The part obviously isn't sli compatable, yet the info on the list says it is.

Jertery 1 point 23 months ago

I just want to ask before I purchase anything, will I be able to run games with the highest capacity?

Crazyrzy 1 point 23 months ago

yes, the GTX 1070 is manageable of running all games at 1080p/1440p ultra settings with no problem

spicymeatball_ 1 point 23 months ago

how high could you overclock the CPU in this build approximately in this configuration?

aeyo 1 point 23 months ago

Manirelli do you have any recommendations for a SSD drive that is m2 with at least 480GB storage?

ErtFlat 1 point 23 months ago

Pretty balanced, I like it.

Slurth 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago


AeroSan9 1 point 23 months ago

noob here. can anyone tell if this is a good build or not?


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manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 4 points 24 months ago

550W is far more than enough for this build. The current estimation under full load is roughly 365W which leaves 200W headroom.

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manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 9 points 24 months ago


GeForce GTX 1070 - On your average system the card requires you to have a 450 Watts power supply unit. GeForce GTX 1070 SLI - On your average system the cards require you to have a 650 Watts power supply unit.



Take your pick

vagabond139 5 Builds 5 points 24 months ago

I would suggest you follow you own advice....

PureBlackFire 1 Build 2 points 24 months ago

DDRDavid, you should take the time to educate yourself on component and system power consumption BEFORE making bold and rude posts about it. it's a little embarrassing.

Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
Intel - Core i5-7600K 3.8 GHz Quad-Core Processor 11W - 91W
be quiet! - Dark Rock 3 67.8 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler 5W - 10W
GeIL - EVO POTENZA 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2400 Memory 11W
Team - L5 LITE 3D 480 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Hitachi - Ultrastar 7K3000 3 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1070 8 GB G1 Gaming Video Card 37W - 150W
Total: 292W