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Great Intel Gaming Build

by ThoughtA

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Description

CPU

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.

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 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

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. Everyone's storage needs differs, so feel free to add or remove capacity to your heart's desire.

GPU

In light of recent stock shortages due to the current cryptocurrency mining craze, we've updated the GPU to the more powerful Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080. It's one of the best price for performance cards on the market and an absolute powerhouse. The GTX 1080 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 Mordor. For those interested in VR, the GTX 1080 will have no problem playing any and and all applications currently on the market.

When video card stock and availability normalizes again, we will make sure to update our guides as appropriate to reflect the change in 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

The build will be housed in the NZXT S340 Elite mid tower case. This case features a tempered glass window and front panel USB 3.0 and HDMI ports. It can fit full length video cards and has a sleek PSU shroud to keep your build looking cleaner. It also has a bumped-out cable management bar towards the front of the case interior to help you manage and hide cables.

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: 336W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $179.79 $179.79 SuperBiiz Buy
Motherboard
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Chipset: Intel B250
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
  • RAM Type: DDR4
$74.99 -$20.00 FREE $54.99 Newegg Buy
$20.00 mail-in rebate
Memory
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2400, DDR4-2666, DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
$129.99 FREE $129.99 Newegg Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 500GB - 10TB
  • Type: SSD
$129.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $129.99 Amazon Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1080
  • Length: 224mm - 403mm
$499.99 FREE $499.99 B&H Buy
Case $79.99 $79.99 SuperBiiz Buy
Power Supply $66.99 FREE $66.99 SuperBiiz Buy
Base Total: $1161.73
Mail-in Rebates: -$20.00
Total: $1141.73
* 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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Lobsterareawesome 4 Builds 4 points 1 month ago

Any reason why the i5 isnt a coffeelake? just curious ;) Motherboard prices?

BoyScout staff 21 Builds 3 points 1 month ago

Sorry, I missed your comment earlier -- but you guessed it! At the moment, with only Z370 boards available starting at around double the price for the Kaby Lake B250 motherboards, it's tough to recommend Coffee Lake at this budget. We do typically prefer to recommend the latest generation platforms for giving more upgrade options down the road, so we're keeping an eye on it and will update the lower budget guides once options start popping up that might work well.

Lobsterareawesome 4 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

Yeah makes sense. I wanted to upgrade to coffeelake too. But since i have a b250 mobo and the z370 ones are so expensive im just gona replace my g4560 with a i7 7700 and the 1050 Ti with a 1080 Ti.

Razerfree 1 point 15 hours ago

In theory you could get the i3-8100 with a Z370 board and upgrade the CPU to i5-i7 later since the 8100 performs pretty much the same as the 7500. You would be paying $40 less for the CPU and investing them in the Motherboard. At this point I think $180 for the i5-7500 is a bad investment value-wise.

Lobsterareawesome 4 Builds 1 point 14 hours ago

too late

unmovingcastle 1 point 2 hours ago

does it mean go for AMD atm?

simonetm 1 point 3 days ago

What would you recommend if I wanted to go with a Coffee Lake? 8400 or 8600K or something else?

pinghat 2 points 1 month ago

Built this a few days ago and it’s my first build. Put it on a ASUS ROG Swift monitor.

Runs PUBG at ultra, very smooth, looks great.

I’m pretty happy with this site and the suppliers were good. Some delivered next day, some it took 7 days...

But I’m used to late deliveries, so no probs.

Wait a week, build a PC... great fun.

Teonclot 2 points 1 month ago

Hey pinghat,

I'm considering to buy all the parts for this PC and this is my first time but I got one question.

Lets say I buy everything on this list, will I be able to put togheter the pc without any problems? With this I mean I won't miss out on any parts that are necessary for a PC?

hockeydman03@gmail.com 1 point 28 days ago

Yup! Everything in this parts list is all the required components you need to build a PC and have it run very good settings in most high end games (GTA5, PUBG, Rust, CS:GO, etc, etc). Of course you will still need a mouse and keyboard, and monitor. Other than that you're set! :D

afuture 1 point 26 days ago

I am a newbie too looking to order the parts for this build. I am wondering, what kind of tools would you need to build these?

I have a basic ikea toolkit (has pliers, screwdriver, hammer). Do I need something in particular?

XxDiamondBlade9 2 points 25 days ago

All you need is a screwdriver capable of handling some smaller screws, some would also recommend a static strap, but personally as long as you touch some metal before handling anything sensitive you should be fine.

Lobsterareawesome 4 Builds 2 points 17 days ago

You need a 64 bit Operating system though (like windows 10 home/pro).. but all you need is a Phillips nr. 2 screwdriver and an anti-static wrist strap and you are good to go

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squirrelsRduck 1 point 16 days ago

how do u know where to put each part within the case, or which cables to connect together? do the components include instructions, or is it really obvious where each goes? like a kid putting the circle toy in the circle shaped hole, or a triangle in the triangle shaped hole?

Lobsterareawesome 4 Builds 2 points 13 days ago

Instructions come with the parts but i highly recommend watching a build tutorial on youtube

pinghat 1 point 28 days ago

I am in the electronic security business (alarms, cctv, access control, etc), which is pretty unrelated to building a PC, so close, but so far...

I think I put it all together in about an hour, then a bit longer to get some tidy looking cables.

Only issue I had was the RAM didn’t snap in properly, the PC would start, then shut down in seconds, lol

Quick search had me sorted.

I really had to snap them in, I was suprised how much force was needed.

Oh, then plus all the updates... then some game downloads... it all takes a while.

But overall it was fun and easy.

But throwing in another $1600 on a good keyboard, mouse, pad, headset and monitor is needed.

No point in have a good PC with bad monitor and peripherals I think.

I ended up with:

Razor Kraken Pro V2 headset Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum Mouse Corsair K70 RBG Rapid Fire Keyboard ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q 27" 165Hz IPS G-Sync Monitor AS PG279Q

I know it’s not the biggest baddest PC, but for somebody who has always had simple and cheap PCs, it’s great!

Only problem I have now is playing with WASD

Hard to break a 30 year old console controller habit, it’s really hard, but I’m getting there.

I’d recommend building this for sure, have fun!

Lobsterareawesome 4 Builds 2 points 17 days ago

Holly crap.. 1600 bucks for peripherals.. God damn. My peripherals cost like in total 870.- and im totally happy with it. I have a Dell 27" 1440p /144Hz /G-sync monitor, a Logitech G213 Keyboard and a logitech G300 mouse, HyperX cloud II Headset oh and some logitech speakers that were like 20 bucks. I preferr spending less on peripherals and spending more on the PC itself.. expensive peripherals are still bling bling imo. I have a 1080 Ti and an i7 7700 and im super glad i spent hte money on the PC parts.

pinghat 2 points 13 days ago

As long as you’re happy

Lobsterareawesome 4 Builds 1 point 13 days ago

yeah... Nothing wrong with having expensive peripherals ;)

TheBigBaki 1 point 27 days ago

you spent 1600 $ on mouse, keyboard, monitor, etc???? are they made out of gold?

pinghat 1 point 27 days ago

No, they were made out of diamonds...lol

With all the money I saved by building my own PC I could burn some extra money on some nice gear.

It wasn’t about saving every cent, it’s just fun to research and follow this build I found on this site.

Even as a novice I know I can build an OK PC, but I can’t build a nice monitor, I can’t build a nice mechanical keyboard or mouse...

Have you got a list of similar stuff I mentioned for a better price? Not being a smart guy, just curious if there’s a list of equipment with similar and cheap.

From my quick research a great monitor will easily cost over $1000 and a good headset can cost hundreds... plus a good keyboard hundreds more...

Am I wrong in paying $1600 for a monitor, keyboard, headset and mouse?

My idea is:

A $5000 prebuilt PC can be made for $2000 But a $1000 monitor can’t be purchased or made for $300 Same with keyboard Same with mouse Same with headset

TheBigBaki 1 point 10 days ago

Sorry, i just was a lil bit stunned by all these prices. But i guess it just depends on view. I personally would never spend so much money on peripheres (my mouse cost me 30 $, my monitor about 200, my keyboard 20$). So because i am not so much interested in these pro keyboards and stuff like that i didnt really know about any prices. If you really are into gaming then i guess you buy the best of the best ;)

TheItMaster 1 point 4 days ago

Your peripherals are more expensive then my entire pc....

pinghat 1 point 14 hours ago

What country are you in?

Brianc041 1 point 8 days ago

You also need windows 10

DuckyTheDinosaur 2 points 1 month ago

the ram it lists is out of stock, any suggestions on what i should get in place of the ones it lists?

BoyScout staff 21 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Which memory kit are you looking at? The part list should be using a parametric filter to find the least expensive option matching the criteria set by the guide, but filtered by your region and retailer preference. Do you happen to have any retailers removed from your preferences?

DuckyTheDinosaur 1 point 29 days ago

I haven't removed any thing from my preferences if that's what your asking

BoyScout staff 21 Builds 1 point 29 days ago

I was curious which kit it's suggesting to you that is showing out of stock. If the current suggested memory was out of stock, the parametric filter should have replaced it with the next least expensive option matching the guide's filters and compatibility. If it gave you an out of stock item, I'd like to investigate the issue.

kripley 1 point 26 days ago

Seems to be the ADATA - XPG Z1 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory, offered for 159.99 from Memory Express. https://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX53622

MrGlippyGlopp 2 points 24 days ago

So I'm new to all this building but question was I plan on OCing so should I grab myself a aftermarket cooler , is this build supportive of a aftermarket cooler and if so which ones are comparable?

Kerbels++++ 1 point 1 day ago

I'm not sure if I'm too late to help you, but the i5-7500 can't OC, you need a K or X series chip. Or you could go with AMD. I'm pretty sure they all OC. And to overclock, you do need an aftermarket cooler, something like the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO, Corsair H60, or the Corsair H100i v2 if you have a slightly larger budget.

Couture 2 points 18 days ago

Hey :) The Parametric filter selected the MSI - B250 PC MATE ATX LGA1151 as the mother board, I was just curious (Couldnt seem to find it on google, I may be dumb) to if this motherboard had WiFi built in or if I would need an adapter. Thanks!

Lobsterareawesome 4 Builds 1 point 1 day ago

for the b250 pc mate you'd need a wifi adapter since the motherboard doesnt have wifi built in

QuiteTheDown 2 points 7 days ago

If i wanted to overclock the CPU, firstly is there any reason I shouldn't do that, secondly do I need a third party cooler?

Lobsterareawesome 4 Builds 2 points 1 day ago

This CPU is locked anyway so no overclocking.. you need "k" processors with intel for that..

Taylorboss 1 point 25 days ago

Great build I am going to pick it up. What monitor is suggested with this build? I am ok with both 1440p and 1080p.

PlasLucas 1 point 22 days ago

hey man, i am looking in building a mid range to high end affordable gaming pc, i have two questions, is the 1080 overkill would the 1070 perform good too? and what monitor and keyboard do you recommend(not too expensive).

Archkro 1 point 11 days ago

I was thinking the same question. The 1080 seems like overkill for this build. I am looking to build my PC and even with this design I was leaning towards buying the 1070 to save a bit. I think this graphics card would be worth it and allow me to invest more into a monitor with g-sync.

Nathanzepol 1 point 7 days ago

I am basing my build off this guide, and I have the same thoughts. I definitely feel like the 1080 would be an overkill and they are pretty expensive. I have been looking for a 1070, but they are still about $399-430, so I figure might as well go all out and buy the 1080 at that point?

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Matty895 1 point 12 days ago

So I'm thinking about building this pc, but my one question is if I run Overwatch on high settings will be 100+ fps or will it be 60+ fps? I'm new at this so don't judge me.

cooper129 2 points 11 days ago

On a computer like this you would likely be running at 100+ fps, but you also want to consider the monitor. The refresh rate of a monitor (IE 60Hz) can cap the frames you actually see. A 60 Hz monitor will only be able to display 60 frames per second, whereas if you invest in a 144 Hz monitor you will get more visible fps. Hope this helps!

keyrings0 1 point 11 days ago

Would there be any reason to upgrade to an i7?

Lobsterareawesome 4 Builds 1 point 1 day ago

I wouldn't get this build anyway. Its a generation old. I would either wait until the coffee lake CPUs are available or get ryzen! if you have more questions let me know

keyrings0 1 point 1 day ago
Lobsterareawesome 4 Builds 1 point 1 day ago

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor $229.99 @ Amazon Canada
Motherboard ASRock - AB350 Pro4 ATX AM4 Motherboard $108.00 @ Vuugo
Memory Team - Dark 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $199.99 @ Newegg Canada
Storage *Crucial - MX300 525GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $162.99 @ Amazon Canada
Storage Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $54.95 @ Vuugo
Video Card Zotac - GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB AMP Edition Video Card $965.00 @ Vuugo
Case Phanteks - Enthoo Pro M Tempered Glass (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $124.99 @ Newegg Canada
Power Supply SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $104.99 @ Newegg Canada
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $109.75 @ Vuugo
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $2090.65
Mail-in rebates -$30.00
Total $2060.65
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-11-24 04:04 EST-0500

The only thing i changed is the Powersupply. The rest seems like a solid selection of parts

Joshua24verse15 1 point 10 days ago

What kind of frame rates would you expect to see in destiny 2 on 1080p and 4k resolution if you switched the card to a 1060? Or 1070?

Lobsterareawesome 4 Builds 1 point 1 day ago

If you want to play at 4k then stick with a 1080. If you play at 1080p then a 1060 6GB will do just fine.

mwluther 1 point 8 days ago

To install 2400 MHz RAM on this motherboard wouldn't you need an i7 as stated in the Newegg specifications for memory?

Nathanzepol 1 point 6 days ago

That is referring to a 7th generation processor, which the 7000 series are: https://ark.intel.com/products/97123

mwluther 1 point 5 days ago

Ahh okay. I read that wrong. Thanks

CorporateGiant 1 point 4 days ago

How would this PC hold up if I were to try steaming live on Twitch?

TheItMaster 1 point 4 days ago

Bahahaha a gtx 1060 provides 60fps ultra on BF1 the gtx 1080 is overkill for 1080p

Lobsterareawesome 4 Builds 1 point 1 day ago

not if you have a 144Hz monitor.

Pacmandemic 1 point 1 day ago

Would it be less of a hassle to get a motherboard that is Wifi integrated, or is that easily fixed with some other Wifi gadgetry?

Erik_D_ 1 point 21 hours ago

Some problems with the parts here - This may be due to me trying to buy things on black friday, but I'll list the problems below anyway.

Motherboard: discontinued from provider, only available elsewhere at higher prices RAM: ditto Graphics card:"buy" link takes you to the part's page, but the price is inflated

and there's me thinking I'm being clever buying things on black friday - I'll try a lower priced build, but I thought I should let you know

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 14 hours ago

Would you mind linking which motherboard and graphics card you're talking about? I'll take a look at those ones specifically. In the meantime, you can also click on "From parametric filter" to see all of the other listings that meet the criteria of those parts.

RichardConsumer 1 point 16 hours ago

Hey, since the motherboard doesn't come with a Wifi card then which card or adaptor should I use?

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