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Build Guide

Excellent Gaming Build

by manirelli



CPU/CPU Cooler

For the Excellent Gaming Build build we selected the Intel i5-7600k as our processor. If you're not building a workstation or professional machine, this is the de facto standard for overclockable gaming builds at the moment. To cool the i5-7600k while overclocking we selected the be quiet! Dark Rock 3. The Dark Rock 3 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 480GB of space and a minimum 3TB of mechanical storage at 7200rpm.


With this budget we decided to go all out on the graphics card. The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 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 is perfectly suited for VR gaming as well. When using a GTX 1070 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 Phanteks ECLIPSE P400. This case has a gorgeous black or white finish depending on your selection, a large side panel window, room for enthusiast CPU coolers, watercooling radiators, 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: 362W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $311.25 $311.25 shopRBC Buy
CPU Cooler $71.38 $71.38 DirectCanada Buy
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: 64GB - 1TB
$129.00 $129.00 Vuugo Buy
From parametric filter
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
  • Heat Spreader: Yes
$114.99 $114.99 Newegg Canada Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 480GB - 10TB
  • Type: SSD
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 2.5"
$143.00 $143.00 Vuugo Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 3TB - 10TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$110.50 $110.50 Vuugo Buy
Video Card $542.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $542.99 Amazon Canada Buy
Case $83.69 $83.69 DirectCanada Buy
Power Supply $99.98 -$10.00 $89.98 NCIX Buy
$10.00 mail-in rebate
Base Total: $1606.78
Mail-in Rebates: -$10.00
Total: $1596.78
* 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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mdsmichigan 2 Builds 3 points 7 days ago

Description says 6600K instead of 7600K under cooling the CPU. Also the great gaming build has a G3 under PSU but the Excellent does not; not to say the G2 isn't great, I had one :). Nice work though, glad to see these being updated!

manirelli staff submitter 7 Builds 3 points 7 days ago

Fixed, nice catch.

Namnguyen 3 points 7 days ago

welcome to 2017

mdsmichigan 2 Builds 1 point 6 days ago

I'm still waiting for the year 3000

Namnguyen 1 point 1 day ago

year 3000? There will be intel core i5 50600K that supports windows 1000

Machigo 1 Build 1 point 6 days ago

Almost exactly the build I went with, but I have the P400S tempered glass edition and Noctua NH-D14 cooler. It's a beast of a machine, really. :)

Tyriden 1 point 6 days ago

Just a question as I'm looking to build something like this, why not go with a M.2 HD for the solid state OS storage?

manirelli staff submitter 7 Builds 2 points 6 days ago

I was shooting for a budget around 1200. Storage is a pretty personal choice. Some people need a lot more or less and paying for more speed is absolutely something you can do if you like.

80-wattHamster 1 point 6 days ago

M.2 is most beneficial when space is limited (which is not the case here) or for NVMe storage (which is more expensive per gigabyte).

lokien87 1 point 6 days ago

Just finished this build. When I built it, the Asus Z170-E was the selected motherboard. That mobo is notorious for DRAM issues. Mine personally had faulty A1 and A2 slots so I have to RMA it. I was a little concerned with the case causing it to be quite noisy due to how open it is, but this thing is really quiet, which is great! The only thing I changed on the build was that I upgraded to the 750W 80+ Gold. The price difference was only ~$30. The 1070 suggests at least 500w, so I wanted the peace of mind.

Without overclocking, this has ran all of the games I've thrown at it at maximum setting. Admittedly, none of those games have been extremely graphics intensive, but it's loaded Fallout 4, Ark and EVE with no problems at about 80FPS on average. The original build was definitely a good one, but with the parametric filters changing things up, I can't speak on the current state. Here was the build I did:


Other than the Mobo hardware failure, I am not disappointed!

badjazy 0 points 2 days ago

That's going to be wasting power, 550w was more than enough. Though if you sli/crossfire and overclock like a psycho, then It would make sense.

Rikitik 1 point 5 days ago

Could you get it shipped all at once, like a button saying buy all or am I missing something out.

Koschmar 2 points 5 days ago

Sometimes it's better to go through and select retailers that work best for you figuring in tax charges and/or shipping (ex: Are you an Amazon Prime member? etc).

Clicking on the part and finding the best one for you shouldn't take too long.

manirelli staff submitter 7 Builds 1 point 5 days ago

PCPartPicker does not sell or ship any parts.

John_Titor 1 point 4 days ago

Pretty good, but as a base guide i'd probably pare down the storage to 1TB HDD and 250GB SSD. Storage isn't essential to gaming performance. Also, needs 2400 RAM for native Kaby Lake. Cheers!

c_henderson6724 1 point 3 days ago

what's the difference between the cpu on this build (7600k) and the one on the great build (7500)

manirelli staff submitter 7 Builds 1 point 3 days ago

Higher clock and unlocked for OC on the 7600k

thelsmonster 1 point 3 days ago

Team dark has some much faster 16 GB kits for like ten bucks more.

TrYeX 1 point 2 days ago

If you live in Sweden get 1060 6gb or you will become broke

avishalom 1 point 2 days ago

I see that some commenters on online forums say that this cooler blocks one of the ram slots.

Can anyone who's built this comment on this issue please?

shaggy2922 1 point 1 day ago

Would the Corsair H100i v2 be a better option for overclocking? Sorry if this is a stupid question, I'm relatively new to building PCs.

Slurth 1 Build -3 points 4 days ago

I like this build guide, I must say. The only thing that I might get different is the PSU, that's not a good price for a 550 watt PSU that is not fully modular. Personally I would get this http://pcpartpicker.com/product/g63RsY/evga-power-supply-120g10650xr as it is fully modular and you get 100 more watts, but a good build none-the-less.

vagabond139 5 Builds 3 points 4 days ago

That PSU is significantly worse and is bad for its price...There is a LOT more to PSU's than what you just mentioned.

vagabond139 5 Builds 1 point 2 days ago

That PSU would look silly in that case since its SFX.

badjazy 1 point 1 day ago

It would not look that bad despite being half size, also it is cheaper and has less watts.

vagabond139 5 Builds 1 point 1 day ago

It would, there would be a visble gap and it would abnormally small. Also keep in mind that its not cheaper in all countires, it costs a fair bit more in the US which is where most people on here are from.

badjazy 1 point 2 days ago

100w would have made it even worse.

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Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
Intel Core i5-7600K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor 11W - 91W
be quiet! Dark Rock 3 67.8 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler 5W - 10W
ASRock Z270 Pro4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard 17W - 70W
GeIL EVO POTENZA 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory 11W - 11W
Crucial BX200 480GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 8GB G1 Gaming Video Card 37W - 150W
Total: 87W - 362W