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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.

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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
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.

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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
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