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Build Guide

Excellent Gaming Build

by manirelli

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

Description

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 CRYORIG H7. The H7 is an excellent choice for our build aesthetically and will keep the temperature of the CPU cool while overclocking.

Motherboard/Memory/Storage

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.

GPU

With this budget we decided to go all out on the graphics card. The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 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 1080 is perfectly suited for VR gaming as well. When using a GTX 1080 you should consider stepping up your monitor to a 120/144hz screen for the best gaming experience.

Case/PSU

All of our components are housed in the Phanteks Eclipse P400S. This case has a gorgeousblack finish with RGB accents, 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.

Part List Customize This Part List

Compatibility Check: See notes below.

Estimated Wattage: 325W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $328.99 $328.99 PC-Canada Buy
CPU Cooler $44.99 $44.99 Canada Computers Buy
Motherboard
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
$109.99 $109.99 Newegg Canada Buy
Memory
From parametric filter
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
  • Heat Spreader: Yes
$129.99 $129.99 Newegg Canada Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 480 GB - 10000 GB
  • Type: SSD
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 2.5"
$79.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $79.99 Amazon Canada Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 3000 GB - 10000 GB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$101.50 $101.50 shopRBC Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1080
$619.99 $619.99 Memory Express Buy
Case
Power Supply $99.99 FREE $99.99 Mike's Computer Shop Buy
Total: $1515.43
* 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.

Compatibility Notes

  • The Phanteks - ECLIPSE P400S ATX Mid Tower Case supports video cards up to 395mm long, but video cards over 280mm may block drive bays. Since the Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1080 8 GB G1 Gaming Video Card is 286mm long, some drive bays may not be usable.
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Comments Sorted by:

residentof254 3 points 18 months ago

Nice build. When overclocking, will the PSU 650W handle it? I'm trying to understand how to pick the right PSU calculation what not when seeing the indicated power in PCPP (in this case 392W).

OMGWTHEFBBQ 3 Builds 3 points 18 months ago

650W is plenty for a modern single GPU build. I recommend the EVGA SuperNOVA G2 650W for around $80. Fully modular and 80+ Gold

WirelessCables 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Lol who downvoted this?

Anyway, the wattage counter (with an appropriately sized bumper for overclocking) will tell you.

Defirence 1 point 18 months ago

EVGA is good and all but from what I've seen their PSU's give a hell of a lot of issues. Maybe I'm wrong I don't know.

WirelessCables 1 Build 3 points 18 months ago

Some of their PSUs have issues like the NEX / G1, but any G2 or G3 is perfectly fine.

Nater650 3 points 18 months ago

I was going to use that same processor and GPU also for a gaming PC :D

Jhaines2002 2 points 18 months ago

nice build

Shahrul 2 points 18 months ago

Now i need to get a job and start saving for this build, thank you for making this build!

Defirence 1 point 18 months ago

Good luck on job hunting!

portichae 1 point 18 months ago

I really like this build. My current computer has a 480GB SSD and i have never gone over 250gb as I keep most of my information in cloud storage. I am very new to PC building and am curious as to what the benefits of having a 3tb hardDrive as well as an SSD are? Thank You.

Cole.E 1 point 18 months ago

I believe the plan was for the ssd to be a boot drive and light programs and the hard drive for games

EngagingAnthony 1 point 18 months ago

Would this be able to handle streaming and editing as well?

Aslayer360 1 point 16 months ago

Yes, it would be able to.

DTSULL 1 point 18 months ago

Hey would anyone have any recommendations for a guide or video to follow for a first timer trying to put together this build?

H4NN35 1 point 18 months ago

Could you change the i5 to the ryzen 5 1600x? Because when you think about future games multiple cores will be used...

Aslayer360 1 point 16 months ago

The 1600 and the 1600x really don't have a difference. The only difference is the price, not the performance. So, I would recommend the 1600.

BlackJam 1 point 18 months ago

I'm new to building: is this build able to play upcoming AAA games?

Aslayer360 1 point 16 months ago

Yes, and it will be able to for a long time.

Exp1odingfish 1 point 18 months ago

would a 1070 Bottleneck this build?, i like the look of it but want to lower the cost a bit

526christian 1 point 18 months ago

Ignore bottlenecking. Focus on whether or not the 1070 meets your graphics quality preferences at the framerates you want to play at.

Aslayer360 1 point 16 months ago

It wouldn't bottleneck.

moicanocwb 0 points 18 months ago

and the operation system

Batyo 2 points 18 months ago

Yeah most builds dont include the operating system to make them look better in price...

darkbydesire -4 points 18 months ago

or soundcard lol. ''pc gaming is so cheap'' wait until you get to the extra costs

robowarrior10 5 points 18 months ago

Who the hell buys a soundcard in 2017?

darkbydesire -2 points 18 months ago

lol after posting that comment i googled if people still used soundcards... well today i learned not a lot of people do.

darkbydesire -2 points 18 months ago

lol after posting that comment i googled if people still used soundcards... well today i learned not a lot of people do.

VertigoNow22 0 points 18 months ago

Could i swap out the 1080 for a GTX 960 and still get good performance? First time building a PC, and im hoping to salvage that from my old one.

Elliot_Martin 2 points 18 months ago

I'm afraid the graphics card would be a huge bottleneck and you would get no where near the same performance as a GTX 1080. If your budget is tight then I recommend the GTX GTX 1070. Its a 1080p beast and runs 1440p games at a solid 60fps

Nater650 0 points 18 months ago

Only the one I came up has the CPU cooled with a Corsair h115i and the PSU I have is much bigger (850W)

_Chicken_Wang_ 0 points 18 months ago

this is a pretty nice build! gj

funnydonut 0 points 18 months ago

I'm new to PC building and I have a question: I want to switch out the i5 7600k to a i7 7700k, is that a good idea? I want my PC to last a long time purely for gaming. If I do switch, what other parts/components do I need to change to adjust with the i7 7700k?

Pigles 3 points 18 months ago

For games a good GPU is much more important than a CPU. You will be totally safe if you go with the i5 as long as you don't skip on a nice GPU.

BudgetCuldesac 2 points 18 months ago

i5 should be pretty solid for gaming, especially for the price, and it will probably stay like that for a long while. if you do switch to an i7 7700k, you don't really have to switch anything out of the system, everything should work together like they would with an i5 7600k. just know that you wouldn't be fully utilizing the i7 7700k most of the time when gaming.

The_True_Inferno 1 Build 2 points 18 months ago

Being completely honest, if you want your pc to last a really long time, I don't see going with Kabylake as the best idea, with its current estimated llife span of the platform(z170 - z270 chipset and 6000 - 7000 series of processors, etc) ending in around a year and the i7 7700k being the very best cpu you can get on the platform. There will be no more new cpu's on it and it will be replaced by cannonlake new year which will boast 6 core chips, which will not be compatible with these motherboards. Also to add, while the i5 and i7 provide higher framerates than the ryzen counterparts, they are nearly fully tapped out during gaming, meaning that their currently at their limit of performance. Ryzen cpu have much more untapped power for performace, they still have not been fully optimised, and as games become more thread based and optimised, the ryzen cpu's will gain more performance and last longer than the intel counterparts. The platform of AM4 is also said to be supported for the next 2-3 years, so there will be very likely new cpu's in the future to upgrade to. Also, to get the best out of the i7 7700k, you will need a higher end aftermarket cooler keep it cool enough, like an all in one watercooler, as it runs quite hot, sometimes requiring a delid just to stay at 5.0ghz stable, cutting further into costs. Best to save money and go with a ryzen r5 1600 and a b350 mobo and maybe the stock cooler if you want to futher save costs, as it still allows for OC's. And while it won't have the highest framerate when compared to the i5 or i7 but is very close behind, it and the am4 platform will last much longer, will be cheaper, has better frametimes and has more threads and cores (even comes with a stock cooler that is also beefy enough to allow for overclocking!). Then pair it with a gtx 1080 and have fun!

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Reason:
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
CRYORIG - H7 49 CFM CPU Cooler 5W - 10W
Team - Vulcan 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory 14W - 14W
Crucial - BX500 480 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Seagate - Barracuda 3 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1080 8 GB G1 Gaming Video Card 45W - 180W
Total: 81W - 325W