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Build Guide

Magnificent Intel Gaming Guide

by ThoughtA

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


CPU and Cooler

At this budget, we're running an i5-8600K. This hex-core CPU features an unlocked multiplier for easy and often significant overclocking. While not all games will benefit from overclocking, games like Overwatch and Battlefield 1 can benefit significantly from a faster CPU. Overclocking can also help your CPU stave off obsolescence for a good while longer.

To take fuller advantage of the overclockability, we are including the new be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4.


We're using a parametric selection of motherboards that keep with a black and white theme. The parametric selection will actively choose the best-priced motherboard of the group. All motherboards in the group use the Z370 chipset, which allows the i5-8600K to be overclocked. Additionally, they all have 4 DDR4 DIMM slots and are capable of using the CPU's integrated GPU, in case you need to RMA your GPU or are waiting for a sale or upgrade of using the CPU's integrated GPU.


For memory, we're filtering for the best-priced 2x8GB kit of DDR4 RAM that would match a black and white build and also is 2666 or faster. Feel free to click the "From parametric filter" link to see the various options and pick a color that suits you.


We're also using a parametric filter that will actively select the best-priced SSD of at least 500GB capacity. Additionally, we're including a 3TB mechanical hard drive in a parametric filter for things like storing media and extra games. Everyone's storage needs differs, so feel free to change the capacity to your heart's desire.


Our GPU is the very popular GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. This is currently one of the fastest single GPU video cards in the market - you may want to look into a 120-144Hz and/or 2560x1440 resolution monitor for this bad boy. The parametric filter is set for the best-priced 1080 Ti available, but feel free to click the "From parametric filter" link to browse our listing of 1080s Tis. For those interested in VR, the GTX 1080 Ti will have no problem playing any and and all applications currently on the market.


All of our parts are on display in the Fractal Design Meshify C TG. This tempered glass-sporting case has a unique take on mesh fronts. The mesh is bent into a variety of angles that give a cool effect, both looking at it straight on and at various angles in differing lighting.

The Meshify C TG features 2x front panel USB 3.0 ports, and it has a PSU shroud and cable management holes and tie-offs to help your build look cleaner. It can also fit full-sized video cards.


Powering the build is a sparse selection of some of the most well-reviewed PSUs available - all without breaking the bank. All of them are certified 80+ Gold and either semi-modular or fully-modular.

AMD Version

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

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Estimated Wattage: 401W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $259.89 $259.89 Amazon Buy
CPU Cooler $110.99 FREE $110.99 SuperBiiz Buy
Motherboard $159.89 FREE $159.89 OutletPC Buy
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2666, DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200, DDR4-3300, DDR4-3333
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
  • Heat Spreader: Yes
  • Color: Black, Black/Gray, Black/Silver, Black/White, White, White/Gray, White/Silver
$79.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $79.99 Amazon Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 500 GB - 10000 GB
  • Type: SSD
$54.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $54.99 Amazon Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 3000 GB - 10000 GB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$54.15 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $54.15 Amazon Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Price: $0.00 - $850.00
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
  • Length: 224 mm - 403 mm
$749.99 $4.99 $754.98 Newegg Buy
Case $159.98 -$20.00 FREE $139.98 Newegg Buy
$20.00 mail-in rebate
Power Supply $109.89 -$20.00 FREE $89.89 OutletPC Buy
$20.00 mail-in rebate
Base Total: $1739.76
Mail-in Rebates: -$40.00
Shipping: $4.99
Total: $1704.75
* 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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Bwatson10 2 points 12 months ago

So I’m new to the pc building world. Do you need an operating system it seems necessary?

Cfojustice 1 point 12 months ago

Yes you would need an operating system because your PC wouldn't run on anything without it.

diabolicflame93 4 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Yeah you would. Windows 10 is good. You can use a trial version if you fresh boot windows onto a PC - only downside is that you can't change wallpaper and there is a water mark in the rt side of the screen. There are a lot of good youtube videos on installing windows or other OS (operating systems). "How-To Guide - Windows 10 - Clean Install - USB Thumb Drive" by Tech Deals is a good place to start.

CreepyerGamerX 1 point 10 months ago

you can actually download windows 10 for free from Microsoft and install it via a USB I did that for my laptop once about a year ago and I have yet to see any problems that and with the trial version I was able to change my wallpaper and even if you weren't you could probably use a program called wallpaper engine form Steam which is only $5 and in my opinion is money well spent with what it gives you anyways just saying what i thought and was on my mind

Rraghav 1 point 11 months ago

Yes. You can install steamOS, it is free and has variety of games available

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ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 12 months ago

Don't troll.

ChippoMax 1 Build 0 points 11 months ago

Sorry just joking. Didn't mean anything bad by it.

CreepyerGamerX 1 point 10 months ago

what did you say....

ChippoMax 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

tbh, I can't remember, it has been a while. I am sure I said something about deleting system 32.

Flash24 2 points 12 months ago

Intel - Core i5-8600K 3.6GHz 6-Core Processor instead of this i7 - core would be better graphics card 1060 or 1080 would be perfect and water cooling system if we add this pc would work like beast but it will rise it value

bigwalt 1 point 11 months ago

the i5 is listed in the description, did I miss something?

milanunderberg 1 point 12 months ago

What should I use as a video card?

MusketBallHugo 4 points 12 months ago

go to nowinstock.net,

they show all available videocards comparing prices from even more websites. I got a 1080 for 650 including tax (MSI Gaming X 8GB) off amazon from that website.

TheBSMachine 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

I'm using a 1080 from EVGA and it's amazing.

Rraghav 1 point 11 months ago

GTX 1060 for 1080p, GTX 1070, 1070 TI, 1080 for 1440p. GTX 1080 TI for 4k. Cheapest 1080 TI available now : https://m.newegg.com/products/N82E16814500419?nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-VigLink-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=6163686&SID=jfl9p4hp8w011rh100053

AnonymouslyQuacked 0 points 11 months ago

1440p is pretty much 4k.

Rraghav 1 point 11 months ago

Only if you have a good monitor.

CreepyerGamerX 1 point 10 months ago

....... no 1440p is either 4k or its not

aidanhayes 1 point 11 months ago

the i5 has integrated grapgics

CreepyerGamerX 1 point 10 months ago

dude does that matter they are **** you try playing overwatch or bf1 on intel integrated graphics

aidanhayes 1 point 10 months ago

very true

Necromancer007 1 point 11 months ago

Tbh, i wouldnt buy new, try to buy a 980ti or 980

Junz18 1 point 12 months ago

1060 msi 6gb man. Its cool and cheaper

vagabond139 5 Builds 2 points 12 months ago


diabolicflame93 4 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Regarding GPU in that price range.

holguin.ad 1 point 12 months ago

will everything here work with the i7 core?

Rraghav 1 point 11 months ago

https://m.newegg.com/products/N82E16814500419?nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-VigLink-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=6163686&SID=jfl9p4hp8w011rh100053 This is the cheapest 1080 TI available right now. You can buy that or else 1080. The performance difference is only about 35%

zSPC 1 point 10 months ago

Yes, but don't. The Ryzen 7 2700x is cheaper and has a higher benchmark and more cores. https://www.cpubenchmark.net/compare/Intel-i7-8700K-vs-AMD-Ryzen-7-2700X/3098vs3238

CreepyerGamerX 1 point 10 months ago

you would need a different motherboard with the AM$ chipset don't forget that i have a ryzen system my self and this summer i am planning to upgrade to the 2700X

SlipperyBill 1 point 12 months ago

I'm extremely new to this, but just so I understand, if I buy all of these things listed above I can build my own computer? Nothing else is needed? Do I just buy an OS on the side to install/add to this?

EDIT: I also notice there's no video card listed — do I not need one?

BetaSprite 1 point 12 months ago

No, it means that the requirements that OP put in place for the video card are not currently met by anything that PCPartPicker sees on the market. You can see that the intended video card would have had:

Price: $0.00 - $850.00 Chipset: GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Length: 224mm - 403mm

diabolicflame93 4 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

You would probably have to buy a GPU as well if you plan on using this build for gaming. Your build would run but would not be able to play most modern games. You would be using the integrated graphics to run the games. And, yes, you need to buy or have an OS for the build to be able to run.

CreepyerGamerX 1 point 10 months ago

No but I would strongly recommend you get if your on a budget try and get a 750 ti or a 1050 ti if possible but if you can spend a bit more then I have a 1060 6gb which is a great card perfect for everything I use it for but i'd say that the 1070/1070 ti is the sweet spot for gaming and if you can go for a 1080/1080ti then yes go for it but also try not to bottleneck your cpu and gpu either (gpu=video card aka Graphics Card) so for something like the 750 ti or 1050 ti or a 1060 6GB i'd say a ryzen 5 and or an i5 would be good if your going for a 1070 or 1080 then ryzen 7 or an i5 or i7 is good

DrLitch 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

You could add to this build by installing an M2-2280 SSD drive for the OS. Nothing fancy or large, perhaps 128GB - 256GB. Not an essential addition by any means and does add cost. They are more popular for Laptops but I have seen numerous PC builders employ them. Love to see builds using the i5.

zSPC 1 point 10 months ago

Not sure why you would be. The Ryzen 5 2600x has a much higher benchmark and is cheaper. #RyzenMasterRace https://www.cpubenchmark.net/compare/Intel-i5-8600K-vs-AMD-Ryzen-5-2600X/3100vs3235

STNLYKM 1 point 12 months ago

Can anyone recommend a video card in the $300 ~$400 range for this build?

Rraghav 2 points 11 months ago

Go for MSI GTX 1060

AnonymouslyQuacked 1 point 12 months ago

With the prices now you definitely can't get a 1080 Ti for that price, maybe a 1050 Ti if that's the kind of build you want.

diabolicflame93 4 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Current prices would put a 1060 6gb in that range or you could get a 1050 ti for about $200.

STNLYKM 1 point 12 months ago

Is there a cheaper case that will fit all? Does anyone have any recommendation for a video card in the $300 to $400 range?

AnonymouslyQuacked 1 point 12 months ago

Go for a Asus ROG strix 4gb 1050 Ti. But then you would want to go for a Asus ROG strix motherboard.

StreetFly 1 point 11 months ago

You can get a 1060 6gb for 300 to 400 $$

zSPC 1 point 10 months ago

The 1060 Ti 6gb is $299 at manufacturer's price on the Nvidia website. Also, use the Ryzen 5 2600x, not this awful i5. Better price, higher benchmark: https://www.cpubenchmark.net/compare/Intel-i5-8600K-vs-AMD-Ryzen-5-2600X/3100vs3235

diabolicflame93 4 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Yeah you can go with a cheaper case. Any of the Corsair Carbide SPEC series would work or the NZXT S340 Mid Tower Computer Case seems like a popular choice right now. There are a lot of options in the $40-$60 dollar range that would allow for a full sized card. Just search for "ATX PC Case" on Amazon or Newegg and take a look at the different options. I have no clue why this build has a $170 case as the primary choice.

poolbeast75 1 point 12 months ago

Could i use a fan cooler instead of a water cooler?

AnonymouslyQuacked 1 point 11 months ago

Yes, but they don't work as well. Mostly.

HelmerDFudd 1 point 11 months ago

So I am about to save up for a PC hopefully and plan on streaming, video editing, and gaming obviously. I know the basics about PC's but what would you consider I could do with this build or what I should change slighlty, like maybe a better CPU or something along those lines. The RAM seems fine and so does the SSD and Hard Drive. I don't know anything about motherboards or really GPU's. Any help appreciated! Thanks.

AnonymouslyQuacked 1 point 11 months ago

Firstly I would wait until Nvidia releases their 1180 GPU's in July. And for the MOBO I would recommend the ROG Strix Z370-E or some asus one, in my humble opinion.

zSPC 1 point 10 months ago
zSPC 1 point 10 months ago
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
Fractal Design - Celsius S24 87.6 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler 10W - 15W
ADATA - XPG GAMMIX D10 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2666 Memory 11W
Mushkin - Source 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Hitachi - Deskstar 3 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11 GB Turbo Video Card 62W - 250W
Total: 401W