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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 Thermaltake Versa C22 RGB Snow Edition. This case has a gorgeous white 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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Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 362W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $315.75 $315.75 Vuugo Buy
CPU Cooler $108.03 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $108.03 Amazon Canada 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
$154.98 -$35.00 $119.98 NCIX Buy
$35.00 mail-in rebate
From parametric filter
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
  • Heat Spreader: Yes
$111.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $111.99 Amazon Canada Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 480GB - 10TB
  • Type: SSD
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 2.5"
$168.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $168.99 Amazon Canada Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 3TB - 10TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$79.99 $79.99 Newegg Canada Buy
Video Card $533.98 FREE $533.98 DirectCanada Buy
Case $84.99 $84.99 Memory Express Buy
Power Supply $94.98 -$10.00 $84.98 NCIX Buy
$10.00 mail-in rebate
Base Total: $1653.68
Mail-in Rebates: -$45.00
Total: $1608.68
* 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.

Comments Sorted by:

GoodGamerFTW 4 points 24 days ago

-rep not enough rgb

XxAlexcsxX 3 points 18 days ago

Good Pc he can run the all the games at the moment on AVG 75FPS or 80FPS in ultra high settings i think is a good price for a pc but if i need to find some errors i think whit amd processors can be more cheap and whit a better power station Srry for my english im not english and im learning xD

Simontoshi111 2 points 21 days ago

I would recommend Deepcool DUKASE WHV2 ATX Mid Tower Case instead of the thermaltake versa they are the exact same price

wdanford 2 points 12 days ago

Seems odd to suggest an i5 now when the Ryzen R5 1600 exists.

RCRS-7 1 point 9 days ago

Well this build was updated before the Ryzen 5 CPUs were released. I highly doubt that they will not switch to the R5 processors when they updated the builds.

Nuckles_56 1 Build 1 point 28 days ago

Why oh why that case?

fn230 13 Builds 1 point 28 days ago

I actually like that case. :|

FHD32423 1 point 27 days ago

But isn't it "Too Big"?

fn230 13 Builds 1 point 27 days ago

There's a difference between liking something and wanting something. :)

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manirelli staff submitter 7 Builds 1 point 24 days ago

Keep it polite or don't comment on this site.

manirelli staff submitter 7 Builds 1 point 27 days ago

Variety is the spice of life. The build guide is just a starting point and cases are highly personal decisions.

Nuckles_56 1 Build 1 point 27 days ago

I understand that, I was just wondering why you didn't choose something with a more subtle RGB implementation, that's all

WirelessCables 1 Build 5 points 25 days ago

It's 2017, there are no subtle RGB implementations any more.

Nuckles_56 1 Build 4 points 25 days ago

I suppose you have a point, if the whole surface of every part doesn't have a RGB LED then it is a subtle implementation

WirelessCables 1 Build 0 points 24 days ago


kodysdgko 1 point 6 days ago

So true

nlarkin 1 point 21 days ago

That Case looks like a spaceship! Lmao

bunnychan 1 point 17 days ago

Omg that case is BEAUTIFUL!

Cicero_ 1 Build 1 point 11 days ago

It's too bad you can't blacklist stuff from a parametric filter, since there are several SSD's you probably don't want, like the V300, SSD Plus, and SP 550. 526christian posted a great thread covering the issues regarding the SSD Plus. And the V300's issues are well documented. While the SP550 arguably isn't as bad as the other two, it's still near the bottom of the charts in terms of performance. I'm sure you know this, though.

YoungProdigy45 1 point 11 days ago

Daft Punk case

Az1nPersuasion 1 point 9 days ago

Is this a good build its my first build and what games will this run well https://pcpartpicker.com/list/bfTXNN

Slurth 1 Build 1 point 6 days ago

WE WANT RYZEN 5 AND WE WANT IT NOW! Lol. Do it, Ryzen 5s are cheaper or similarly priced to this CPU with a lower TDP.

_RiBS_ 1 point 6 days ago

Hey everybody, I have never built a PC and know next to nothing about them. This build was recommended to be by a friend and I was wondering if there should be any changes to this set up to make it better? Also general tips for a complete newbie?

DDRDavid -5 points 23 days ago

550w haha sure

manirelli staff submitter 7 Builds 4 points 23 days ago

550W is far more than enough for this build. The current estimation under full load is roughly 365W which leaves 200W headroom.

DDRDavid -5 points 23 days ago

Are you being serious. Look at the actual power draw look it up. Don't use those estimates on pcpartpicker

manirelli staff submitter 7 Builds 9 points 23 days ago


GeForce GTX 1070 - On your average system the card requires you to have a 450 Watts power supply unit. GeForce GTX 1070 SLI - On your average system the cards require you to have a 650 Watts power supply unit.



Take your pick

vagabond139 5 Builds 5 points 21 days ago

I would suggest you follow you own advice....

PureBlackFire 1 Build 2 points 13 days ago

DDRDavid, you should take the time to educate yourself on component and system power consumption BEFORE making bold and rude posts about it. it's a little embarrassing.

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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
PNY Anarchy 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory 11W - 11W
PNY CS1111 480GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Hitachi Deskstar 7K3000 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 8GB G1 Gaming Video Card 37W - 150W
Total: 87W - 362W