PCPartPicker

  • Log In
  • Register

Build Guide

Great Intel Gaming Build

by ThoughtA

Description

CPU

At this budget, we're running the Intel Coffee Lake i5-8400. Unlike previous generations' i5s, the Coffee Lake i5s are 6-core processors. The i5-8400 will perform very wellall gaming needs. It 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.

Motherboard

We're using a parametric filter to constantly select the best-priced motherboard while meeting selected criteria. In this case, we are filtering for B360 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

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.

Storage

We're use parametric filters to incorporate an SSD with at least 500GB of space. We have also added a parametric filter for a 2TB mechanical drive for mass storage, such as extra games and videos. Everyone's storage needs differs, so feel free to add or remove capacity to your heart's desire.

GPU

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 PUBG) at Ultra at 1080p, and even 1440p for some games like Shadow of War. It'll also handle Fortnite with zero issues. 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.

Case

Our build will be housed in the black NZXT H500. This case features a tempered glass window and 2x front panel USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports. It can fit full length video cards and features a PSU shroud to keep your build looking cleaner. The S340 Elite also contains quite a bit of cable management features, such as cutouts, bumps and tie-offs.

You can find white, black/blue, and black/red versions of the H500 as well.

PSU

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..

Part List Customize This Part List

Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 344W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $199.79 FREE $199.79 OutletPC Buy
Motherboard
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Chipset: Intel B360
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
$79.99 -$10.00 FREE $69.99 B&H Buy
$10.00 mail-in rebate
Memory
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2666, DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
$134.99 FREE $134.99 Newegg Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 500GB - 10TB
  • Type: SSD
$82.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $82.99 Amazon Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 2TB - 15.4TB
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$49.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $49.99 Amazon Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1070
  • Length: 223 mm - 403 mm
$369.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $369.99 Amazon Buy
Case $69.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $69.99 Amazon Buy
Power Supply $69.99 -$20.00 FREE $49.99 B&H Buy
$20.00 mail-in rebate
Base Total: $1057.72
Mail-in Rebates: -$30.00
Total: $1027.72
* 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

There are no comments.
Reason:
Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
Intel - Core i5-8400 2.8GHz 6-Core Processor 8W - 65W
MSI - B360-A PRO ATX LGA1151 Motherboard 17W - 70W
Team - Vulcan 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory 14W - 14W
Mushkin - Source 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Seagate - Barracuda Green 2TB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive 3W - 15W
EVGA - GeForce GTX 1070 8GB SC GAMING ACX 3.0 Black Edition Video Card 42W - 170W
Total: 86W - 344W