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Enthusiast Intel Gaming Build

by manirelli

Description

CPU/CPU Cooler

For the Enthusiast Intel build we chose the newly released Intel Coffee Lake i5-8600k as our processor. To cool the i5-8600k while overclocking we selected the Phanteks PH-TC14PE in white to match our case. The PH-TC14PE is an excellent choice for our build aesthetically and will allow us to reach our maximum potential for overclocking without watercooling.

Motherboard/Memory/Storage

To allow overclocking on the processor, we set the parametric filters for Z370 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 500GB 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 white Anidees AI Crystal. This case has multiple tempered glass panels, 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: 396W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $326.99 $326.99 PC-Canada Buy
CPU Cooler $109.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $109.99 Amazon Canada Buy
Motherboard
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Chipset: Intel Z370
$160.00 -$40.00 $120.00 Vuugo Buy
$40.00 mail-in rebate
Memory
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2400, DDR4-2666, DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
  • Heat Spreader: Yes
$165.99 $165.99 PC-Canada Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 500GB - 12TB
  • Type: SSD
$163.99 $163.99 PC-Canada Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 3TB - 10TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$93.75 $93.75 shopRBC Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1080
$749.99 $749.99 Memory Express Buy
Case $189.99 $189.99 Newegg Canada Marketplace Buy
Power Supply $94.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $94.99 Amazon Canada Buy
Base Total: $2055.68
Mail-in Rebates: -$40.00
Total: $2015.68
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* Some physical dimension restrictions cannot (yet) be automatically checked, such as cpu cooler / RAM clearance with modules using tall heat spreaders.

Comments Sorted by:

23csharamatew 2 points 7 days ago

jeez why are GPUs so expensive lately?

IBC 1 point 5 days ago

It is all about mining.

Hization 1 point 1 month ago

What's another case that would be compatible with this build?

dokipc 1 point 23 days ago

Has anyone else built this? The CPU cooler is too large to orient it at the case exhaust without blocking the RAM slots.

dokipc 1 point 23 days ago

update: I didnt realize i could just clip the fan to the heatsink off center. Tight fit but it's running now.

CorMazz 1 point 19 days ago

So how did that end up working? Is it still making good contact and/or providing airflow to the heatsink?

elratonmodesto 1 point 5 days ago

I was able to avoid this by putting the ram in first and then attaching the heatsink, Ram JUST fits in under the heatsink radiators.

john_ryng 1 point 10 days ago

will it be fine if i decided to put in an intel i7 8700k instead of the i5? will it overheat?

elratonmodesto 1 point 6 days ago

Can anyone who's done this build answer a question for me? Graphics card doesnt seem to fit. Bought it a few weeks ago when it was recommending an Asus Geforce GTX 1080. Seems to be barely too long to fit into the case

elratonmodesto 1 point 6 days ago

nvm figured it out. Didn't realize the panel on the back next to the "gates" was removable. Noob question

iKaramba 1 point 4 days ago

I don't understand why people are building PCs rn. RAM and GPUs are higher than ever before, no reason to build a PC. Wait until lowered prices.

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manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Pretty sure you are thinking of a different case. This one has been well-reviewed at nearly every outlet - particularly for the large intake vents and airflow. The case scored a 97% on TweakTown, recommendation from Guru3D, and Gamersnexus placed it in competition with the S340, 400C, and Inwin 303.

Matsozetex 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Probably am tbh

Padjey 1 point 29 days ago

Hey are you able to link me to an alternate case as this case doesn’t seem to ship to Australia???

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