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Build Guide

Great Gaming Build

by ThoughtA




At this budget, we're running an Intel i5-7500. Any modern i5 will perform admirably for nearly all gaming needs. The i5-7500 includes a stock cooler, so 3rd-party cooler isn't necessary. Since we aren't overclocking our CPU, the stock cooler will be sufficient in keeping temperatures acceptable.


We're using a parametric filter to constantly select the best-priced motherboard while meeting selected criteria. In this case, we are filtering for B250 chipsets and 4 DDR4 DIMM slots for future expansion. The compatibility engine will filter out anything not compatible with the build. The motherboards are also capable of using the CPU's integrated GPU, in case you need to RMA your GPU or are waiting for a sale or upgrade.


Memory needs are slowly but constantly increasing, and we want to stay ahead of the curve. To this end we're using a parametric filter to choose a 16GB kit of memory within Intel's recommended specifications at the best price. The filter will only select 2x8GB kits, allowing us to leave room for extra DIMMs for future expansion.


We're use parametric filters to incorporate an SSD with at least 480GB of space and a minimum of 2TB 7200RPM mechanical storage. Everyone's storage needs differs, so feel free to change those capacities to your heart's desire.


For our GPU, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 is one of the best price for performance cards on the market and an absolute powerhouse. The GTX 1070 will provide a consistent 60fps on many demanding games like Battlefield 1 at Ultra at 1080p, and even 1440p for some games like Shadow of Mordor. For those interested in VR, the GTX 1070 will have no problem playing any and and all applications currently on the market.

The filter also avoids video cards that are considered "mini" length, as those will not cool as effectively or quietly, and the small savings to be had with them isn't really worth it with this budget.

You can choose to use this filter instead, if you want to include the smaller cards for any reason.


The build will be housed in the Deepcool DUKASE V2 mid tower. The DUKASE V2 features 1 USB 2.0 and 1 USB 3.0 front panel and has room for video cards of any length. It includes a PSU shroud to hide unsightly cables, two 5.25" external bays, plenty of bays for storage drives, and it has a cool channel specifically for installing an LED strip. There are also plenty of cable management holes.

If you're interested, there's also a white version of the case.


For our power supply, we're using a parametric selection of a five well-reviewed semi or fully modular units, all of which are 80+ Bronze certified or above and can provide plenty of power for this build.


You can see us build a slightly modified version of this build on our YouTube channel here!

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Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 316W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $292.00 $292.00 1stWave Technologies Buy
Motherboard $134.00 FREE $134.00 DTC Systems Buy
From parametric filter
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
$185.00 FREE $185.00 Paradigm PCs Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 480GB - 10TB
  • Type: SSD
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 2.5"
$229.95 $229.95 Computer Lounge Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 2TB - 10TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 3 Gb/s, SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$111.00 $111.00 1stWave Technologies Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1070
  • Length: 224mm - 403mm
$625.00 $625.00 1stWave Technologies Buy
Case $121.00 $121.00 PB Technologies Buy
Power Supply $169.00 $169.00 1stWave Technologies Buy
Total: $1866.95
* 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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Dova-Pug 1 Build 3 points 3 days ago

ya need to swith dat cpu to a ryzen 5 and that mobo to an am4

ShepP61 2 points 20 days ago

I want to build this pc, but i wanted to put an AMD Ryzen 7 processor in it instead of the i5. My friend said that with that motherboard it would fry. Is this true, and should i just stick to the i5?

Qunithepro 1 point 19 days ago

Ryzen 7 physically will not fit into the motherboard. Get a B350 motherboard if you want R7.

ShepP61 1 point 16 days ago

thanks man

Windfinder 2 points 18 days ago

If I wanted to slap a GTX 1080 on this build instead of the 1070, is there anything else that I should consider upgrading to keep pace? I'm asking because I noticed that the enthusiast gaming builds have nicer CPUs to match the 1080s, but I'm having trouble finding many other consistent differences. Is upgrading the 1070 to the 1080 the simplest and most cost effective way to increase this build's performance and price range? Would I also have to upgrade the CPU? Thanks so much, first time builder here.

bluestorm21 2 points 15 days ago

Everything here would do well with a GTX 1080, though you might look at benchmarks and think about what you want to do with your system before deciding to make that almost $200 jump. Unless you are playing games above 1080p, or 1440p with a high refresh rate, the GTX 1080 is a bit overkill...not that this is an issue, just something to be aware of if you're trying to save some cash. You are correct in saying a GPU upgrade would be the best way to improve gaming performance, however.

Spy_FirstTimeBuilder 2 points 14 days ago

Hi. This is my first build. I would like a great computer with great processing and FPS. I think this would be a great one. Though I really don't know how to build it, well after getting the parts. Could you give me some advice on how to put the parts together because that would be much appreciated. Thanks.

SW89 2 points 14 days ago

I am exactly in the same situation, would really appreciate some sort of quick guide from more experienced people here . Thanks.

RobsterL 1 point 9 days ago

im also in this situation and am also confuse about cooling...

gruskada 1 point 5 days ago

This video helped me out quite a bit - it's of a slightly upgraded version of this build:


What are you confused about with cooling? FYI, the i5-7500 comes with a decent stock cooler.

SW89 1 point 2 days ago

Thanks <3, will check this out !

ez1lla 2 points 11 days ago

I just completed this build, and it powers on but constantly restarts every 12 seconds. I have tried resetting everything, reconnecting the PSU connectors, resetting CMOS. Nothing seems to help. Any ideas?

mdsmichigan 2 Builds 1 point 22 days ago

Glad to see these updated again! It's pretty cool to see the video linked as well.
The only note I have is that Battlefield 1 has been out for six months now... maybe it's time to update this portion? I know the Excellent guide has a potential replacement description:

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.

ez1lla 1 point 22 days ago

I am right in the middle of this build, and about to order my SSD. Is there any reason why I wouldn't go with the Samsung 960 EVO (250GB)? I understand it's a smaller drive, but wouldn't it be much faster? This board has M.2, so it would be compatible right? Thanks in advance!


526christian 3 points 22 days ago

The 960 EVO is "faster" in raw numbers, but for a gaming PC there won't be any meaningful difference in user experience. In this case, capacity or cost should be prioritized.

This board has M.2, so it would be compatible right? Thanks in advance!

Yes, the M.2 slot supports PCI-e x4.

rafcaf 1 point 22 days ago

Is there an all-around cable bundle that one can get for this build, or does all the cables come with it?

towerdivermp 1 point 8 days ago

Cables are included with the PSU, motherboard and GPU, for their respective parts.

rafcaf 1 point 22 days ago

Can this build can handle one of the curve monitors?

BladeGear 1 point 21 days ago

How good is this computer at playing Dayz, Rust, H1z1, etc??

RobsterL 1 point 20 days ago

If i am going to be getting parts over an extended period of time should i update my list as the parts update or should I keep it the same.

Zacc101 1 point 19 days ago

Hello, It seems as the motherboard is out of stock. Do you have a replacement for that?

kamaljyot 1 point 16 days ago

hey i edited this build around alot and made my own buld for aprox 200$ more. can you give me feedback on it thx! https://pcpartpicker.com/list/rxWVZ8

bluestorm21 1 point 15 days ago

Unless you're really keen on overclocking, the gaming performance benefit of the 7600K vs. the 7500 is marginal for the $200+ surplus you will pay for a liquid cooler, more expensive chip, and OC ready motherboard. That's not to say don't do it if that's something you want, but other than CPU intensive games (cites: skylines, ashes of the singularity, Starcraft II, etc.), $200 invested in that way will give you single digit increases, and for that price you might as well just get a GTX1080.

TheBravados 1 point 14 days ago

Is there a wireless card you can recommend for this build?

ShepP61 1 point 13 days ago

i want to use an amd ryzen. what motherboard should i use?

redman2112 1 point 12 days ago

I just want to make sure that the games I play (Overwatch, emulators, indie games, etc) will be able to run at very good performance on this machine. My friend who has built a number of computers for himself says that your motherboard should be a really good investment. Is this motherboard a good pick? I don't want to have buyer's remorse a year from now that I didn't go with a better motherboard but I also feel my friend might not be giving me the best advice. Also how important is the LED strip? Do I need it or is it just for visuals? Thanks for any help anyone can throw my way. First PC build for me

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 12 days ago

The LED strip is strictly for visuals. You don't have to buy it.

The motherboard will do its job perfectly fine - you won't have to worry about that.

fanaticzgg 1 point 8 days ago

Hey guys it seems that when I have the GPU connected I have no signal to monitor, however when it is removed I can get the computer to boot up like normal. I've tried taking the ram out, went to bios and made sure onboard graphics was off etc. I just don't know what to do anymore. Anyone have any possible solutions?

eryhaker 0 points 7 days ago

Have you tried setting it to Wumbo?

fanaticzgg 1 point 6 days ago

What is wumbo?

eryhaker 1 point 1 day ago

I wumbo. You wumbo. He- she- me... wumbo. Wumbo; Wumboing; Wumbology: the study of Wumbo. It's first grade, Spongebob!

Canitrunsteam 1 point 6 days ago

Does Steam run at reasonable FPS?

turqey 1 point 2 days ago

Since this is at the top end of the budget, and beside dropping the LED's, what would be the first thing to downgrade on this build just to lower the price slightly? I recently did a different build and purchased Windows 10 for it, can I install it on this new build? Or is that not allowed? Also can anyone recommend a wall mount approximately 32"monitor for this build? Since 1k was my budget for the whole thing, it would have to be on the low end price wise. Sorry for any dumb questions, even though this is my second go around, I still am a total newbie to this stuff. Thank you! BTW my first build turned out great thanks to this site!

gruskada 2 points 2 days ago

I'd go with a smaller SSD if that fits your needs (250GB is fine to run Windows off of with some room left over for some other high-performance programs). You can also evaluate if a smaller hard drive would work for you.

Aside from that, I'd look at just getting 1 8GB stick of RAM to start with. You can add an additional one later without wasting money (try to buy the same exact kind, though). RAM is currently pretty expensive as well.

I wouldn't skimp on the power supply or case.

turqey 1 point 23 hours ago

Thank you!

RandomGamingYT 1 point 21 hours ago

Core i5 k series are a much better value since they are overclockable. Non overclockable cpu's are a waste in my opinion

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 20 hours ago

Overclockable CPUs have their place, but it's not simply a matter of the difference in price between a K and non-K CPU. You also have to account for a Z270 motherboard and the additional cost of purchasing a cooler.

Overseer108 1 point 7 hours ago
Overseer108 1 point 7 hours ago

I can downgrade to a 1 TB

Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
Intel Core i5-7500 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor 8W - 65W
Asus PRIME B250M-A Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard 15W - 60W
Kingston ValueRAM 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory 11W - 11W
Western Digital Blue 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Asus GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Video Card 37W - 150W
Total: 77W - 316W