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Build Guide

Excellent Intel Gaming Build

by manirelli


CPU/CPU Cooler

For the Excellent Intel Gaming Build build we selected the Intel i5-8500 as our processor. To better cool the i5-8500 we selected the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO. While the i5-8500 comes with a stock cooler the 212 EVO will lower both temps and noise in the system.


The i5-8500 is a locked processor so we set the parametric filters for H370 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 from DDR4-2666 to DDR4-3200.


Using the parametric filters this build will incorporate an SSD with at least 480GB of space and a minimum 2TB of mechanical storage at 7200rpm.


On a budget of roughly 1250 dollars we decided to go with an excellent graphic card. The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 TI 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 TI is perfectly suited for VR gaming as well. When using a 1070 TI 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 Corsair Carbide Series 275R. This case has a nice black finish, a large tempered glass side panel window, power supply shroud, room for enthusiast CPU coolers, watercooling radiators, two pre-installed case fans, 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: 369W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $189.89 $189.89 SuperBiiz Buy
CPU Cooler $29.99 -$10.00 FREE $19.99 Newegg Buy
$10.00 mail-in rebate
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Chipset: Intel H370
  • SLI/CrossFire: 2-Way SLI Capable, CrossFire Capable
  • SATA 6Gb/s Ports: 6 - 10
  • Max RAM: 64GB - 1TB
  • Onboard USB3.0 Headers: Yes
$95.89 $95.89 SuperBiiz Buy
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2666, DDR4-2800, DDR4-2933, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
  • Heat Spreader: Yes
$152.99 FREE $152.99 Newegg Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 480GB - 12TB
  • Type: SSD
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s, M.2 (B+M), M.2 (M)
$89.99 FREE $89.99 Newegg Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 2TB - 10TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$53.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $53.99 Amazon Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1070 Ti
$479.99 -$20.00 $0.99 $460.98 B&H Buy
$20.00 mail-in rebate
Case $79.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $79.99 Amazon Buy
Power Supply $66.60 FREE $66.60 Newegg Business Buy
Base Total: $1239.32
Mail-in Rebates: -$30.00
Shipping: $0.99
Total: $1210.31
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* Some physical dimension restrictions cannot (yet) be automatically checked, such as cpu cooler / RAM clearance with modules using tall heat spreaders.

Comments Sorted by:

jhuff29 1 point 8 days ago

@PrivatePengu, so are you saing that if I want to buy this build, I should upgrade to an 8600 of a 8400 and it will work a lot better?

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 8 days ago

You need to click the reply button on his post. There is no tagging at this time.

PrivatePengu 1 point 5 days ago

The 8400 would be a downgrade, the 8600 would only give marginally better performance. If you have the money, sure, get an 8600, but the 8500 will probably perform just as well. I'd recommend just sticking with the 8500 for now.

The 8600 is not a lot better - it's better, but not by that much. It's only worth it if you have the money to buy it. If you don't, it's not worth shelling out the additional for the 8600.

BOODOG 1 point 1 day ago

Could I potentially stream with this build

Nitrosylic 1 point 8 hours ago

Does the cooler listed in this build have pre-applied thermal paste?

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 3 hours ago

It comes with a small tube of paste.

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PrivatePengu 1 point 14 days ago

You can't overclock an 8400... The 8600K is the only overclockable Coffee Lake i5 right now, but it's $45 more.

Storm55 1 point 14 days ago

I think he means Turbo Boost.

PrivatePengu 2 points 14 days ago

But what is the point of his comment then? The 8500 is still faster, and there's money for it. No reason to downgrade.

His comment only makes sense if he means overclocking the 8400 to the same level as the 8500.

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Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
Intel - Core i5-8500 3GHz 6-Core Processor 8W - 65W
Cooler Master - Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler 5W - 10W
ASRock - H370 Pro4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard 17W - 70W
Team - Vulcan 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory 14W - 14W
Team - L5 LITE 3D 480GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Hitachi - Ultrastar 7K3000 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
MSI - GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB ARMOR Video Card 45W - 180W
Total: 95W - 369W