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Build Guide

Enthusiast Intel Gaming Build

by manirelli



CPU/CPU Cooler

For the Enthusiast Intel build we selected the Intel i7-7700k as our processor. To cool the i7-7700k while overclocking we selected the NZXT Kraken X62. The X62 is an excellent choice for our build aesthetically and will allow us to reach our maximum potential for overclocking without building a custom watercooling setup.


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 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.


All of our components are housed in the gorgeous Phanteks Enthoo Pro M TG. This case has a large tempered glass side panel, 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: 397W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $498.00 $498.00 1stWave Technologies Buy
CPU Cooler $279.00 $279.00 1stWave Technologies 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
$219.99 $3.90 $223.89 Mighty Ape Buy
From parametric filter
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
  • Heat Spreader: Yes
$241.53 FREE $241.53 PC Force Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 500GB - 12TB
  • Type: SSD
$249.95 $249.95 Computer Lounge Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 3TB - 10TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$154.23 FREE $154.23 PC Force Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1080
$899.00 FREE $899.00 DTC Systems Buy
Case $160.55 FREE $160.55 PC Force Buy
Power Supply $139.00 $139.00 1stWave Technologies Buy
Base Total: $2841.25
Shipping: $3.90
Total: $2845.15
* 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:

YungNillaP 1 point 20 hours ago

For the compatibility notes it says the M.2 slot shares bandwidth with a SATA 6.0 Gb/s port and that there is two so one will be disabled. I don't know what that means but I would like to. If anyone could explain that and if it will cause problems please let me know. Thank you

Xzapxstedtin 1 point 6 hours ago

This basically means that your mobo has two m.2 slots but populating either of those slots will disable some of the sata inputs. This doesn't usually cause much trouble unless you plan on populating both m.2 slots and also using a large amount of sata devices such as hdd or 2.5" ssd/ hue+ ect. Presumably you plan to use m.2 slot as an ssd anyway thus eliminating the need for many extra storage devices.