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Build Guide

Excellent Intel Gaming Build

by manirelli

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


CPU/CPU Cooler

For the Excellent Intel Gaming Build build we selected the Intel Core i5-8600K as our processor. To better cool the i5-8600K we selected the CRYORIG - H5 Universal.


The i5-8600K is an unlocked processor so 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 from DDR4-2666 to DDR4-3200.


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.


On a budget of roughly 1250 dollars we decided to go with an excellent graphic 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 1080 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 Phanteks Enthoo Pro M Tempered Glass case. This case has a nice black finish, a large tempered glass side panel window, power supply shroud, room for enthusiast CPU coolers, watercooling radiators, two pre-installed case fans, 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: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 329W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $324.99 $324.99 Memory Express Buy
CPU Cooler $61.99 $61.99 Canada Computers Buy
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Chipset: Intel Z370
  • SLI/CrossFire: 2-Way SLI Capable, CrossFire Capable
  • SATA 6Gb/s Ports: 6 - 10
  • Max RAM: 64 GB - 1024 GB
  • Onboard USB3.0 Headers: Yes
$129.88 $129.88 Canada Computers Buy
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2666, DDR4-2800, DDR4-2933, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
  • Heat Spreader: Yes
$99.99 $99.99 Newegg Canada Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 500 GB - 12000 GB
  • Type: SSD
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s, M.2 (B+M), M.2 (M)
$77.99 $77.99 Newegg Canada Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 3000 GB - 10000 GB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$94.99 $94.99 Newegg Canada Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1080
$1001.18 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $1001.18 Amazon Canada Buy
Case $104.99 $104.99 Canada Computers Buy
Power Supply $99.99 -$20.00 $79.99 Canada Computers Buy
$20.00 mail-in rebate
Base Total: $1995.99
Mail-in Rebates: -$20.00
Total: $1975.99
* 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:

nomorewords 1 Build 7 points 8 months ago

I'm gonna wait for a RTX 2070 build, patiently :)

Iker-Morales 3 points 6 months ago

The 2070 RTX is supposed to have a retail price of 600 so you are to have to bump your budget

malarkey01 3 points 8 months ago

IS the PSU sufficient on this build? Should it be upped to 650w?

MCBegz 1 point 7 months ago

yes i would also like to hear about this

polygonFalafel 2 points 6 months ago

How loud and how hot does this build get?

AJHorfilla88 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

this is nice should see it long time ago.

jubarah 1 point 7 months ago

does this system bottleneck ?

GunnarOre 1 point 7 months ago

Not if you're only going to use it for gaming. An 8600k and a 1080 is a perfect gaming combo, you could easily get away with 8400.

Mesavage9107 1 point 7 months ago

what could be some examples of games this build can run?

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

You name the game, this build can run it.

Guardian974 1 point 6 months ago

Would a bigger gtx 1080 with 3 fans also fit?

Nigretto 1 point 6 months ago

I'd imagine it can, but you might want to upgrade the PSU to 650W, and maybe get a full sized case.

Kompski 1 point 7 months ago

Um why is the GTX 1080 listed as $49.50?

INDeeDO 1 point 6 months ago

Apologies firstly for the entry-level question, but I'm considering using this build and swapping the graphics card to a ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB. Would doing so cause any issues in the build? Appreciate any comment on the issue.

Monoxidish 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Don't think so, go ahead

Happycow 1 point 6 months ago

Would a 1080 be enough to play 2k at ultra with 100+ FPS?

Nigretto 1 point 6 months ago

The GTX 1080 listed in the build is more than enough to run at 2k at 100+ fps, but it being the mini version, it'd produce more heat and noise. I'd recommend upgrading to a full sized 1080, like the Gigabyte GTX 1080 Windforce which is around $600CAD atm, which should be even cheaper in US.

connorlee17 2 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

TFW your graphics card now costs more than this build. Feelsbadman.

SAGarrett23 1 point 5 months ago

I don't know a lot about pc specs. In a processor, what does 8600k mean and how much better is 8700k? And also how well would this build handle twitch streaming?

wurmkiller 1 point 5 months ago

I'm definitely new to building computers but do you need to buy the windows operating system with your computer build? Any advice would be appreciated.

Guardian974 1 point 5 months ago

Yes you will have to purchase a copy of windows. You should most definitely watch a few YouTube tutorials that wil’ Explain you all you need to know

wurmkiller 1 point 5 months ago

ok thanks so much! If you have any good ones I'd appreciate a link! :)

Guardian974 1 point 5 months ago

Do you think this build performs better than the same price build guide with AMD cpu?

TraderZed 1 point 5 months ago

Hey! Excuse the total n00b question, but how would this compare to this build: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/guide/dDdnTW/gaming-streaming-and-editing-build

Ultimately, I'm looking to be able to game and stream from the same PC, but seems like the gaming/streaming/editing build linked above might be overkill.

Any idea if this build will be sufficient for gaming AND streaming?


Brandini838 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

It’s fine, but you don’t need 32GB of RAM, change that to 16GB, and you probably won’t need all 960GB on your SSD, but otherwise it is fine.

TraderZed 1 point 5 months ago

Thanks that's very helpful!

erttheking 1 point 5 months ago

I'm a total PC newb, I've been playing all of my games on my pre-built laptop before, so I need to ask a few questions about this.

  1. Do I need to buy anything not listed here to get this thing to work? Aside from Windows 10

  2. Are there any guides or videos I can look at for assembly?

  3. Is this a nice, reliable PC that I won't have to worry about upgrading anytime in the next few years if I want to reliably have 60FPS and 1080p gaming?

  4. How do the two separate storage units work?

  5. Do you have any advice for someone who is an utter noob to this?

MonsterWand 1 point 5 months ago
  1. Get thermal paste for the separate cooler.
  2. There's a ton on youtube.
  3. It's pretty good and it'll last you a few years. But if you're going to drop 480 on a 1080, I would spend extra and get a gtx 2070.
  4. They're two different storages and you can run them in raid 0.
  5. Um, do your research.
HallowRace 1 point 5 months ago
  1. yes
  2. many
  3. yes
  4. ssd store programs and windows, hdd store heavy files games etc
  5. eh listen to them
New2BuildingPCs 1 point 5 months ago

Would this run a game like rainbow 6 siege on highest graphics, also what type of monitor would you recommend for a build like this.

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Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
Intel - Core i5-8600K 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor 11W - 95W
CRYORIG - H5 Universal 65 CFM CPU Cooler 5W - 10W
Team - Vulcan 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory 14W
Team - GX2 512 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Seagate - Barracuda 3 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
PNY - GeForce GTX 1080 8 GB XLR8 Video Card 45W - 180W
Total: 329W