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Intel High-end Gaming (Build 7-I)

SoupaSoka

Description

This build is the Intel equivalent of our Build 7 AMD. We swap out the Ryzen 1700 for an Intel 8700K and pick a comparable Z370 motherboard in place of the AM4 motherboard. This build will perform 20% better (or more!) in most games than the Build 7 AMD, but will be comparable or fall behind slightly in multi-tasking in some tasks, such as streaming, video editing, and rendering, due to the slightly lower core/thread count of the Intel 8700K. The 8700k is the best CPU for gaming on the market, and it's a damn strong competitor for thread-heavy usage as well.

CPU: The Intel 8700K is a six-core, twelve-thread CPU. It can be overclocked, but it runs hot, so you'll want a hefty aftermarket cooler such as the Noctua included in this build, especially if you overclock.

Motherboard: The Z370 board is selected from a parametric filter, but just about any of these boards will handle general needs without a problem.

RAM: This build maintains the very solid 16 GB of RAM, which should be plenty for gaming for at least a couple of years. The speed/frequency of the RAM is less important for a build using any Intel CPU, but at this budget range, aiming for higher-frequency RAM is a reasonable choice, so we're sticking with 3000 MHz RAM.

Storage: We stuck with our M.2 SSD which uses a SATA interface. This build maintains the HDD at 2 TB. You could easily spend some money upgrading the size of your SSD, or even swap to an NVMe drive that is a PCIe or M.2 form factor, but I'm not convinced that the real-world speed increases are all that noticeable.

Video card: The 1080 Ti is our big change here, and boy, it is significant. The 1080 Ti is the only GPU out right now that can be considered for 4K gaming, so if that's what you want to do, this is your only choice. If you're only at 1440p gaming, you'll still find this card is a hefty improvement over the 1080, and the 1080 Ti will "max out" far less often than the 1080.

Case: This is a highly personal choice. However, the Phanteks Eclipse P400 is a gorgeous case and should still be quite functional even for future builds. The two extra case fans will help maintain cooling throughout your system.

PSU: Although a 550w PSU is probably enough for this build, I feel more comfortable having a little more headroom, so we've upgraded to a 650w PSU while still maintaining full modularity and a Gold efficiency rating.

Compatibility Check: See notes below.

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Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $404.99 FREE $404.99 B&H Buy
CPU Cooler $78.49 FREE $78.49 Newegg Buy
Motherboard $129.99 -$30.00 $2.99 $102.98 Newegg Buy
$30.00 mail-in rebate
Memory
From parametric filter
  • Rating: 4 stars, 5 stars
  • Manufacturer: Corsair, Crucial, G.Skill
  • Speed: DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
$184.99 FREE $184.99 Newegg Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Rating: 4 stars, 5 stars
  • Manufacturer: Corsair, Crucial, Kingston, Mushkin, Samsung, SanDisk, Western Digital
  • Capacity: 480GB - 600GB
  • Type: SSD
  • Form Factor: M.2-2242, M.2-2260, M.2-2280
$139.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $139.99 Amazon Buy
From parametric filter
  • Rating: 4 stars, 5 stars
  • Manufacturer: Crucial, Hitachi, Samsung, SanDisk, Western Digital
  • Capacity: 1.9TB - 4TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
  • Buffer Cache: 64MB, 128MB, 512MB
$56.50 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $56.50 Amazon Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Rating: 4 stars, 5 stars
  • Manufacturer: Asus, EVGA, Gigabyte, MSI
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
  • Video RAM: 11GB
  • Length: 187mm - 403mm
$719.99 FREE $719.99 B&H Buy
Case $79.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $79.99 Amazon Buy
Power Supply $96.54 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $96.54 Amazon Buy
Operating System $99.89 -$10.00 $89.89 OutletPC Buy
$10.00 mail-in rebate
Case Fan
Base Total: $1991.36
Mail-in Rebates: -$40.00
Shipping: $2.99
Total: $1954.35
* 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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Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
Intel - Core i7-8700K 3.7GHz 6-Core Processor 11W - 95W
Noctua - NH-D15S 82.5 CFM CPU Cooler 5W - 10W
Gigabyte - Z370 AORUS GAMING WIFI (rev. 1.0) ATX LGA1151 Motherboard 17W - 70W
G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory 14W - 14W
Crucial - MX300 525GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Hitachi - Ultrastar 7K3000 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB Gaming OC 11G Video Card 62W - 250W
be quiet! - SilentWings 3 pwm 59.5 CFM 140mm Fan 1W - 5W
be quiet! - SilentWings 3 pwm 59.5 CFM 140mm Fan 1W - 5W
Total: 117W - 479W
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