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Build Guide

Great Intel 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.

Note: If you'd prefer to consider a similar build, but instead using an AMD Ryzen processor, be sure to check out our Great AMD Gaming Build Guide.


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 500GB of space. Everyone's storage needs differs, so feel free to add or remove capacity 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 War. For those interested in VR, the GTX 1070 will have no problem playing any and and all applications currently on the market.

To keep the noise and temperatures down, we've updated the filter to include a minimum length to avoid "mini" versions of the card, which prioritize fitting into small builds, such as an ITX case. You can choose to use this filter instead, if you want to include the smaller cards for any reason. Note that smaller cards will be louder or hotter - or both.


Our build will be housed in the Antec P8 ATX mid tower case. This case features a tempered glass window and 2x front panel USB 3.0 ports. It can fit full length video cards and features a PSU shroud to keep your build looking cleaner. The P8 also contains quite a bit of cable management features, such as cutouts, bumps and tie-offs.


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

AMD Version

Here is the AMD version of our Great Gaming Guide..

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Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 306W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $194.69 $194.69 OutletPC Buy
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Chipset: Intel B250
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
  • RAM Type: DDR4
$94.99 -$20.00 $1.99 $76.98 Newegg Buy
$20.00 mail-in rebate
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2400, DDR4-2666, DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
$184.99 -$25.00 FREE $159.99 Newegg Buy
+ USD $25 off w/ promo code EMCPEEV78, ends 1/22
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 500GB - 10TB
  • Type: SSD
$134.88 $134.88 OutletPC Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1070
  • Length: 224mm - 403mm
$799.89 $799.89 OutletPC Buy
Case $69.99 FREE $69.99 Newegg Buy
Power Supply $64.99 $64.99 SuperBiiz Buy
Base Total: $1544.42
Promo Discounts: -$25.00
Mail-in Rebates: -$20.00
Shipping: $1.99
Total: $1501.41
* 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:

ForSquare 2 points 24 days ago

Would you still recommend this today?

KeatRedd 2 points 23 days ago

It was made 9 days ago, of course it's still recommended! PC parts don't change that fast

MollitZ 1 point 24 days ago


J_Vilander 1 point 16 days ago

No longer recommended

Rader54 1 point 3 days ago

get the 8400 instead of the 7500

Mrwin 1 point 23 days ago

What would be the pros and cons of this over the AMD build?

Guy_E 1 point 17 days ago

Well, AMD has parts that are more towards budget builds, however they do not have parts that match Nvidia’s more high end products

tonpcproject 1 point 21 days ago

seems great

No_Spoon 1 point 14 days ago

How does this case do with maintaining temps?

ducksarecool2 1 point 13 days ago

I'm looking at this for my first real PC build and I honestly have no clue what I'm doing. As I'm currently using a laptop, I'd need to get a monitor and a keyboard, does anybody have any suggestions? I'd like to be able to use Nvidia G-Sync as well. Also, does this build allow for future upgrades? I would like to be able to make this build better instead of completely getting a new one in the future.

enedin 1 point 13 days ago

im right there in the same boat as you. i dont know what im doing either and im tired of using a laptop

Spartagous 0 points 8 days ago


enedin 1 point 7 days ago


Rader54 1 point 3 days ago

Get a newer 8th gen system, I am currently waiting for the other motherboard chip sets to come out as the only one that is out is the z370, which is really meant for high end systems. Monitors that use g-sync are usually really expensive, you can usually find them for around $400. I wouldn't suggest this because this chip set (b250) is not supported after 7th generation.

sedarko 1 point 13 days ago

Is this build considered decent/powerful? or more entry level?

lysolmax 1 point 10 days ago

Well it is titled "great"! There's much cheaper build guides under the "modest" build and "entry" build. so yes.

Abuda 1 point 11 days ago

Could I put a i7 7800X on this, instead of the i5

OnePerson3003 1 point 9 days ago

you need an x299 motherboard for that. but I recommend 8700k over it because the motherboards are cheaper and it is better for gaming and productivity

kksparks 1 point 10 days ago

IT says 500GB SSD but under it says Capacity 500GB - 10TB so can you still get 10tb out of it? because if I were to get this I would want like 2tb

pabaptista 2 points 7 days ago

The description bellow indicates the parametric filter options put. So in this case he automatically chooses the cheapest SSD harddrive that has at least 500gb and less than 10TB of space.

farhanalam2 1 point 8 days ago

would it be okay if i went with an evga supernova 550W psu and a wd hard drive as well as a 250 gb ssd? im kind of new to the 'pcmasterrace'

freak0nature 1 point 3 days ago

yes it's okay

Meowanimeaddict 1 point 6 days ago

Would i be able to use 2 SAMSUNG C24FG73 Full HD 24" Curved QLED Gaming Monitor - Black with this pc

Rader54 1 point 3 days ago

No, you can only use 4 crt monitors with this system...

Colob1473 1 point 3 days ago

Hey guys is this good for a first pc?


Also do I need to pick an operating system and software?

Draconnis 1 point 1 day ago

I see your spending quite a bit of money, why not get a motherboard that can support 8th gen intel? One you currently picked can only use 6th and 7th gen. Also, with DDR4 Ram and graphic card prices inflated as hell at the moment, it may make sense to get a lower cost graphic card and wait out the price hike that's going on in 2018. Then sell it and upgrade to a new one later.

Colob1473 1 point 21 hours ago

Hey draconnis, since this comment I have changed a few things round which made the build cheaper.


What would you suggest, the gtx 1060, or the Radeon RX 580?

Do you think this is still a respectable build?

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