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Enthusiast Intel Gaming Build

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Description

CPU/CPU Cooler

For the Enthusiast Intel build we selected the Intel i7-7700k as our processor. To cool the i7-7700k while overclocking we selected the NZXT Kraken X62. The X62 is an excellent choice for our build aesthetically and will allow us to reach our maximum potential for overclocking without building a custom watercooling setup.

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 gorgeous Phanteks Enthoo Pro M TG. This case has a large tempered glass side panel, 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.

Click here to see the AMD version of this build guide

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Compatibility Check: See notes below.

Estimated Wattage: 397W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $427.00 $427.00 Vuugo Buy
CPU Cooler $184.99 $184.99 Newegg Canada 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: 64GB - 1TB
$145.50 -$35.00 $110.50 Vuugo Buy
$35.00 mail-in rebate
Memory
From parametric filter
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
  • Heat Spreader: Yes
$118.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $118.99 Amazon Canada Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 500GB - 12TB
  • Type: SSD
$179.25 $179.25 shopRBC Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 3TB - 10TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$95.75 $95.75 shopRBC Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1080
$643.99 $643.99 PC Canada Buy
Case $124.99 $124.99 Newegg Canada Buy
Power Supply $94.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $94.99 Amazon Canada Buy
Base Total: $2015.45
Mail-in Rebates: -$35.00
Total: $1980.45
* 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 motherboard M.2 slot #2 shares bandwidth with a SATA 6.0 Gb/s port. When the M.2 slot is populated, one SATA 6.0 Gb/s port is disabled.
  • The motherboard M.2 slot #3 shares bandwidth with a SATA 6.0 Gb/s port. When the M.2 slot is populated, one SATA 6.0 Gb/s port is disabled.
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