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Build Guide

Excellent Intel Gaming Build

by manirelli

NOTE: A more recent version of this guide is available here.


CPU/CPU Cooler

For the Excellent Intel Gaming Build build we selected the Intel i5-7600k as our processor. To cool the i5-7600k while overclocking we selected the Cooler Master Hyper 212X dual fan cooler. This version of the cooler is the successor to the wildly popular Hyper 212 EVO is an excellent choice for our build aesthetically and will keep the temperature of the CPU cool while overclocking.


To allow overclocking on the processor, we set the parametric filters for 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. Using the parametric filters this build will incorporate an SSD with at least 500GB of space and a minimum 3TB 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 Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 5 RGB. This case has a nice black finish, a large tempered glass side panel window, power supply shroud, room for enthusiast CPU coolers, watercooling radiators, three RGB 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.

Click here to see the AMD version of this build guide

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Estimated Wattage: 145W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU €259.00 €3.99 €262.99 Alternate Belgium Buy
CPU Cooler
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Chipset: Intel Z270
  • SLI/CrossFire: 2-Way SLI Capable, CrossFire Capable
  • SATA 6Gb/s Ports: 6 - 10
  • Max RAM: 64 GB - 1024 GB
€217.00 €3.95 €220.95 Bytes At Work Buy
From parametric filter
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
  • Heat Spreader: Yes
€89.99 FREE €89.99 Paradigit Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 500 GB - 12000 GB
  • Type: SSD
€64.90 €3.99 €68.89 Alternate Belgium Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 3000 GB - 10000 GB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
€114.99 FREE €114.99 Paradigit Buy
Video Card
No Matches Available
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1080
Case €89.00 FREE €89.00 Paradigit Buy
Power Supply €103.00 €3.95 €106.95 Bytes At Work Buy
Base Total: €937.88
Shipping: €15.88
Total: €953.76
* 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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MusketBallHugo 1 point 17 months ago

You need to update this, even then the i5 7600k wont use the 1080 to its full potential, swap it out for an 8400

Lobsterareawesome 8 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

the 7600k wont bottleneck the 1080

cpaustin2000 1 point 17 months ago


roler913 1 point 17 months ago

Hi, can you please recommend another cpu cooler for this build? The Dark Rock 3 is kind of expensive where I live. Thanks!

Lobsterareawesome 8 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Cooler master hyper 212 evo

cpaustin2000 1 point 17 months ago

Ciao Marenilli, Wondering if this build will work for HTC Vive. Anything you would change now that you have had the computer for a while? Looking to get a computer that can run Vive and expand as things change in the VR world. Thank you. Carlos

Lobsterareawesome 8 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor $189.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard MSI - B350 TOMAHAWK ATX AM4 Motherboard $64.99 @ Newegg
Memory Team - Dark 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $139.99 @ Newegg
Storage Crucial - MX300 525GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $129.99 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital - BLACK SERIES 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $116.28 @ OutletPC
Video Card Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1080 8GB WINDFORCE OC 8G Video Card $499.99 @ Newegg
Case Fractal Design - Focus G (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $39.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $54.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1276.11
Mail-in rebates -$40.00
Total $1236.11
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-11-23 15:30 EST-0500

I would look at something like this as it is a current generation CPU and has better overall value. It would be able to run Vive without single issue and the experience would be really good. The ryzen 5 1600 6 core CPU is a very good CPU and you even have the potential to overclock it. The gtx 1080 doesnt really need an explantion since it is such a powerful card. let me know if you have further questions. I'll be happy to help

cpaustin2000 1 point 17 months ago

Very nice...thanks for sharing.

laurets 1 point 16 months ago

Sorry, I'm new to building your own pc. This is going to be a first. I have a question about the wifi. I read the ASRock - Z270 Pro4 ATX LGA1151 has the M.2 (Key E) slot, but the Wi-Fi module is not included. Does that mean you would need to buy the module and insert it into the M.2 slot for it to work with wifi?

XxDiamondBlade9 2 points 16 months ago

I wouldn't recommend using WiFi on a high end gaming setup as wired is pretty much always going to be superior, but if you choose to go wireless yes you would need a USB adapter or an internal card to use WiFi. As far as i know there isn't a terribly large difference between the two except that internal cards are usually better at a distance because there is more room for the antenna, so whichever is more convenient for you is probably whats best.

laurets 1 point 16 months ago

That's all great to know, thanks for the information.

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Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
Intel - Core i5-7600K 3.8 GHz Quad-Core Processor 11W - 91W
be quiet! - Dark Rock 3 67.8 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler 5W - 10W
G.Skill - Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory 14W
Mushkin - Source 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Toshiba - X300 4 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Total: 145W