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Enthusiast Intel Gaming Build

by ThoughtA

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51 Comments

Description

CPU and Cooler

At this budget, we're running an i7-7700K. This quad-core CPU features an unlocked multiplier for easy and often significant overclocking. While not all games will benefit from overclocking, games like Overwatch can benefit significantly from a faster CPU. Overclocking can also help your CPU stave off obsolescence for a good while longer. All of that being said, if you're not comfortable overclocking, you can save money by stepping down to an i7-7700, removing the non-stock cooler, and going with a cheaper B250 or H270 motherboard. The i7-7700 does come with a cooler, so if you step down and remove the H7 cooler, you'll still have adequate cooling.

The i7-7700K also features Hyperthreading, which is Intel's name for its Simultaneous Multithreading. This allows your PC to use 8 threads across your four cores, which helps with some productivity tasks and is starting to help with certain games as well.

As mentioned, we're using the Cryorig H7 cooler. This is an easy to install, good-looking cooler than saves enough money for us to fit that sweet, sweet GTX 1080 Ti.

Motherboard

We're using a parametric selection of motherboards that keep with a black and whitre theme. The parametric selection will actively choose the best-priced motherboard of the group. All motherboards in the group use the Z270 chipset, which allows the i5-7600K 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.

Memory

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

Storage

We're also using a parametric filter that will actively select the best-priced SSD of roughly 1TB capacity. Additionally, we're including a 3TB mechanical hard drive in a parametric filter. Everyone's storage needs differs, so feel free to change the capacity or add a mechanical drive to your heart's desire.

GPU

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.

Case

All of our parts are housed in a white NZXT S340 Elite. This case features a tempered glass window and is Simply gorgeous in its simplicity. It features 2 USB 3.0 front panel ports and can fit pretty much any length video card. The S340 Elite also has a lot of cable management options, including a PSU shroud, which will serve to hide any unsightly cables.

PSU

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

For the AMD version of our Enthusiast Gaming guide you can find it here.

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Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 462W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $326.49 $326.49 OutletPC Buy
CPU Cooler $34.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $34.99 Amazon Buy
Motherboard $105.99 $1.99 $107.98 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
  • Color: Black, Black/Gray, Black/Silver, Black/White, White, White/Gray, White/Silver
$107.99 FREE $107.99 Newegg Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 960GB - 10TB
  • Type: SSD
$264.95 FREE $264.95 Adorama Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 3TB - 10TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$65.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $65.99 Amazon Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
$689.49 FREE $689.49 SuperBiiz Buy
Case $98.99 $98.99 SuperBiiz Buy
Power Supply $69.90 -$20.00 FREE $49.90 Newegg Buy
$20.00 mail-in rebate
Base Total: $1764.78
Mail-in Rebates: -$20.00
Shipping: $1.99
Total: $1746.77
* 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:

Camaxide 1 Build 3 points 22 days ago

The parametric selection is an awesome idea :) nice job :)

Snair 2 points 16 days ago

I'm looking to stream and possibly use VR is there any modification's you would recommend? thanks.

Natemacinnes 2 points 14 days ago

If you want to stream on the same unit, you should consider using a Ryzen chip, a 1600x or 1700x. The extra cores will help you both play the game and stream.

Snair 1 point 14 days ago

Thank you. I let some guys at work look at my part list as well, and they said the same thing.

shreduhsoreus 5 Builds 2 points 13 days ago

If you end up getting a 1080 Ti and aren't gaming at 4K, you should really let the GPU do the encoding. You'll have the smoothest gameplay and stream.

shreduhsoreus 5 Builds 1 point 13 days ago

Or just use the GPU to encode. This build does include a 1080 Ti after all...

Natemacinnes 1 point 12 days ago

Yeah, maybe. Probably depends on the game.

I'll be building mine this weekend, I'll test it out.

toxicbandit 1 point 22 days ago

do u think this pc will be capable of running destiny 2 with more than 60 frames and good quality?

iWizardzZ_x 2 points 22 days ago

It Should easily run 60 but regardless of the power of this pc we are yet to wait for the beta atleast to come out to get a idea on how the game runs , and about your other comment ssd is better than hdd because ssd has way faster read and write speeds so it loads games and the os alot faster.

toxicbandit 1 point 21 days ago

thx for the help

minigun2003 2 points 21 days ago

this pc can run anything bro

Zpalq 2 points 11 days ago

But can it run mine sweeper?

minigun2003 1 point 9 days ago

Oh snap, i havent tested the out.

toxicbandit 1 point 22 days ago

and why are solid state drives better than mechanical drives? srry im new to this computer tech.

Camaxide 1 Build 1 point 22 days ago
  • SSD's are way faster than the fastest HDD's.
  • SSD's does not corrupt data or potentially break if bumped while writing data.
  • SSD's are completely silent while HDD's all make noise.

though * HDD's are cheaper per MB than SSD's and comes in larger sizes.

Most people will prefer OS and Games on SSD for the speed, while using HDD's for file storage to save money.

toxicbandit 1 point 21 days ago

thx for the help

WirelessCables 1 Build 1 point 21 days ago

SSDs have no moving parts, which makes them far faster. Think about a record player. In order to get to another part of the song, the needle needs to move quite a distance. Combine that with the fact that data isn't always stored logically, (fragmenting) and you end up with a faster SSD.

They can (not always) be more durable, since there's no parts to break or misalign

SSDs are much quieter than HDDs because they have no moving parts.

However, SSDs are more expensive, and have a limit to the amount of data that can be written before the SSD can no longer write, even if the drive isn't full. This takes a long time, however, so you shouldn't be worried. If you leave an SSD without power for an extended period of time, (Say, 1 year +) you might lose some data as well.

shplody 1 point 21 days ago

Skylake x is around the corner. Wait and see how the 7800x (6/12) overclocks, it may be $200ish worth spending, especially at this price point.

abduldotkhan 1 point 20 days ago

In your motherboard description you said "All motherboards in the group use the Z270 chipset, which allows the i5-7600K to be overclocked"

Does this motherboard allow the i7-7700K (the processor used in this build) to be overclocked as well?

Also, has this build been tested to ensure there are no clearance issues?

If OP could please clarify these questions, that would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

OMGWTHEFBBQ 3 Builds 3 points 18 days ago

Hi, I'm not the OP, but I build plenty of systems, and I have a lot of experience with system builds.

Yes, the motherboard will overlclock the 7700k. All Z270 motherboards support overclocking for K-series CPUs that fit in the socket (LGA 1151).

There shouldn't be any clearance issues, as the CPU cooler is within the maximum allowed CPU cooler height. Same thing for the GPU.

abduldotkhan 1 point 16 days ago

Thanks!

abduldotkhan 1 point 16 days ago

Haha I'm a bit new to PC building - I've got one more question if you don't mind. My friend was saying that it might not be a good idea to use air cooling (as opposed to liquid) when overclocking the 7700K.

Since the build didn't go into detail for the cooler, I was wondering if you had any insights there. Thanks again :)

OMGWTHEFBBQ 3 Builds 4 points 15 days ago

You're welcome! This is a great place to ask questions and do research if you're new, and there's a lot of us that are happy to help. Another great resource is TomsHardware.com. Very helpful forms and articles over there.

Regarding the cooler for the 7700K, the guide mentioned the Cryorig H7. It's a great cooler, especially for the price. That CPU should be around 60C under load at stock clock speeds, and you should be able to overclock it to at least 4.8GHz and still technically be within safe operating temperatures, around 75-80C or so. You can also add a second fan to the H7. But if you want to be at 4.8GHz or higher, and keep temps below 70C, you could either get a better air cooler, or liquid cooling. This is all without delidding, too. You can lower your temps even more if you did that. High end air coolers are usually quieter than AIO (all in one) closed water coolers, and perform about the same (and sometimes better than the cheaper AIOs). The Noctua NH-D15 is beast of a cooler, but it's pretty big. Definitely make sure it fits in the case you want. The downside is that they can be quite large. If you go with a water cooler, I would recommend the NZXT Kraken X62, Swifttech H220 X2, or Corsair H110i. You can match the performance of those with an air cooler at half the price, it will just be larger than an AIO.

TL;DR - If you just want to do a little overclock and not push as far as you can, an H7 will be sufficient. You can even add a second fan for better performance. But if you want a 4.8GHz + overclock and stay in the 50-65C range, get a high end air cooler or high end AIO water cooler.

I would be more than happy to help you with a build tailored to your preferences, as there are some things I would change about this build. It's not a bad build, but there are some preferences to brands and models that I would change.

WhatALad 1 point 6 days ago

And what would those be? Because i'm looking to purchase this build and i was wondering if there was anything worth changing!

P.S Im pretty new to all this PC Building stuff :)

hiddeneye 1 point 20 days ago

The German filter has picked a 550W PSU. Is that not a little tight for the overclocking possibilities here?

DogBiscuits 1 Build 1 point 19 days ago

Absolutely not. I Have a 7700k oc'd to 5ghz 1080 ti oc'd to 2050mhz and a 550 gold G1 from evga and it never even hits above 415 at its highest draw.

BenZBear 1 point 17 days ago

with a budget this bug, get an AIO

KennyTheG2 1 point 17 days ago

Do these builds come Pre-Built? or when it delivers do u have to make it?

Ancel3 4 points 16 days ago

The parts all come separate, you've got to assemble it yourself.

Worry not, though! It's all actually much simpler than it may seem! Everything comes with a guide to tell you where to stick it, and things will only fit in one slot, with one orientation. It's like LEGO, but for adults!

If you're still uncomfortable doing it yourself, I'm sure you could find someone to do it for you! Just head over to your local college, library, or game/computer store. It shouldn't be too hard to find a nerd who would be glad to do it for a quick 20 bucks. :p

Arvnsard 1 point 16 days ago

Can a 240 or 280 mm rad fit in the front of the case? I like the build but I'm thinking an air cooling solution isn't enough for overclocking

alienassasin3 1 point 14 days ago

Yeah, think so but just to be sure, you can check the product page on the NZXT website.

PunksterViking 1 point 15 days ago

I know it says I COULD run this build on a 1440p at 140hz. But does anyone know if I can keep a solid fps rate? I know having both can be taxing on a pc. Thx!

Lobsterareawesome 2 Builds 1 point 10 days ago

Don't know but maybe look for benchmarks on yt

squiggz 1 point 15 days ago

Ok so I'm not entirely sure how overclocking works, but I'm interested in trying it. Does overclocking happen automatically or does it require manual action?

Lobsterareawesome 2 Builds 1 point 10 days ago

it requires manual action. i have no clue how its done though..

mooncaller 1 point 11 days ago

can this build be used for designing editing purpose ? if so how limited will i be with the gpu and ram ? should i look at the more specialized gpu rather than the gtx line will the amd ryzen build https://pcpartpicker.com/guide/DgH9TW/enthusiast-amd-ryzen-gaming-build be better ?

Lobsterareawesome 2 Builds 1 point 10 days ago

For design and editing things i would go with the Ryzen build. It has 4 more cores and will be better suited for your needs. The GTX 1080 Ti will be more than enough and is a very powerful card. If you do professional editing and CAD stuff i would add 16 GB of memory (so 32 GB in total). Make sure though that the Memory is compatible with the motherboard because ryzen only supports certain memory (memory support list of the Motherboard is a good source). Hope i could help ;P

Brandon.Le 1 point 8 days ago

Hi guys, I have a few question about this build: Will I be able to stream and VR on this build? Should I stay with air cooler or liquid cooler? Recommendation on liquid cooler that fit this case? Should I pick a stronger power supply? For example, 800W. Is it easy to put it together? (I'm new to Pc stuff and It's my first time tho. Kinda scared actually). _ I'm sorry for saying this but should I get a prebuilt pc? Because with the same price listed above I can get a prebuilt pc with the same specs from cyberpower. (I might be wrong cuz I don't know much about computer tho) Anyway, Thanks! (Also sorry about my bad English).

JackDalmation 1 point 7 days ago

Hi there, I had a question. I'm new to the whole custom-building your PC thing. Your rig looks amazing. But do you have suggestions regarding these parts?

Sound Card

Wired Network Adapter

Wireless Network Adapter

External Storage

Thanks in advance!

TeachMePC 1 point 6 days ago

Hey ive been reading up on building a pc for about a month now and I havent come across that term yet. What does it mean for the motherboard to be able to RMA the GPU? I am unfamilliar with the term RMA.

Dimzin 1 Build 1 point 3 days ago

R.M.A. Return Merchandise Authorization.

TeachMePC 1 point 3 days ago

omg thanks I thought it was a part :)

realhammad 1 point 6 days ago

can we add liquid cooler in this ?

benmbaker 1 point 6 days ago

What level of overclocking will that CPU cooler support?

TCD123 1 point 4 days ago

Any video to make this build??

TylerLatour 1 point 2 days ago

Hi there,

Looking to do my first build off of this list - have little to no experience, so I apologize if this is a stupid question. The case appears to have space for two fans at the front. These are not included in the build list... is this because they aren't necessary as there is already sufficient cooling, or is this something that is needed, and just not mentioned at it is something that someone building a PC should just know to include?

Thanks.. :)

TacoPacoBell 1 point 2 days ago

I wonder if this will run loud since it is not liquid cooling. Should I opt in for liquid cooling...or not?

jtbking 1 point 1 day ago

I'm kinda a noob but, is 550W PSU enough?

767300ER 1 point 21 hours ago

Hello, would this build be good for P3D V4?

RandyLee 1 point 19 hours ago

Hi 767300ER...I am a flight simmer also and this rig should work really well for P3D.

767300ER 1 point 17 hours ago

Sweet man thanks for the response.

Reason:
Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
Intel - Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor 11W - 91W
CRYORIG - H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler 5W - 10W
Asus - PRIME Z270-P ATX LGA1151 Motherboard 17W - 70W
Team - Dark 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory 11W - 11W
SanDisk - Ultra II 960GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Hitachi - Ultrastar 7K4000 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
MSI - GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB Founders Edition Video Card 62W - 250W
Total: 112W - 462W