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Magnificent Intel Gaming Guide

by ThoughtA




This build follows a striking black and white color aesthetic. In light of that, a number of part selection decisions were influenced in pursuit of this aesthetic, while impacting cost and performance as little as possible.

CPU and Cooler

At this budget, we're running an i5-8600K. This hex-core CPU features an unlocked multiplier for easy and often significant overclocking. While not all games will benefit from overclocking, games like Overwatch and Battlefield 1 can benefit significantly from a faster CPU. Overclocking can also help your CPU stave off obsolescence for a good while longer.

To make the most of the overclockability, we're adding the Fractal Design Celsius S24 liquid cooler, which will really let you push the CPU.


We're using a parametric selection of motherboards that keep with a black and white theme. The parametric selection will actively choose the best-priced motherboard of the group. All motherboards in the group use the Z370 chipset, which allows the i5-8600K to be overclocked. Additionally, they all have 4 DDR4 DIMM slots and are capable of using the CPU's integrated GPU, in case you need to RMA your GPU or are waiting for a sale or upgrade of using the CPU's integrated GPU.


For memory, we're filtering for the best-priced 2x8GB kit of DDR4 RAM that would match a black and white build and also is 2666 or faster. Feel free to click the "From parametric filter" link to see the various options and pick a color that suits you.


We're also using a parametric filter that will actively select the best-priced SSD of at least 500GB capacity. Additionally, we're including a 3TB mechanical hard drive in a parametric filter for things like storing media and extra games. Everyone's storage needs differs, so feel free to change the capacity to your heart's desire.


Our GPU is the very popular GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. This is currently one of the fastest single GPU video cards in the market - you may want to look into a 120-144Hz and/or 2560x1440 resolution monitor for this bad boy. The parametric filter is set for the best-priced 1080 Ti available, but feel free to click the "From parametric filter" link to browse our listing of 1080s Tis. For those interested in VR, the GTX 1080 Ti will have no problem playing any and and all applications currently on the market.

Due to the high cost of GPUs and low availability, we are using a parametric filter for a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti with a max price set. With patience and vigilance, you can find a video card for around this price, and we want to provide a part list that is more accurate to this concept.


All of our parts are on display in the Corsair Crystal 570X RGB. The first thing you'll notice about this case is lots of glass. There's glass on nearly every side of the case, including behind the motherboard backpanel! It really looks gorgeous in person, though you may wish to pick up a microfiber cloth for fingerprints (you should have one for your monitor anyway).

The Crystal 570X can everything you'll want for this build. It features 2x USB 3.0 ports, can fit even large PSUs and CPU coolers, and, of course, it can fit full sized video cards.


Powering the build is a sparse selection of some of the most well-reviewed PSUs available - all without breaking the bank. All of them are certified 80+ Gold and either semi-modular or fully-modular.

AMD Version

Here is the AMD version of our Magnificent Gaming Guide..

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Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 221W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $378.99 $378.99 PB Technologies Buy
CPU Cooler $239.00 FREE $239.00 PC Force Buy
Motherboard $309.00 $309.00 1stWave Technologies Buy
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2666, DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200, DDR4-3300, DDR4-3333
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
  • Heat Spreader: Yes
  • Color: Black, Black/Gray, Black/Silver, Black/White, White, White/Gray, White/Silver
$315.00 $315.00 1stWave Technologies Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 500GB - 10TB
  • Type: SSD
$207.00 FREE $207.00 Paradigm PCs Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 3TB - 10TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$136.84 $136.84 PB Technologies Buy
Video Card
No Matches Available
From parametric filter
  • Price: $0.00 - $850.00
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
  • Length: 224mm - 403mm
Case $316.98 $316.98 PB Technologies Buy
Power Supply $196.00 $196.00 1stWave Technologies Buy
Total: $2098.81
* 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:

Flash24 2 points 27 days ago

Intel - Core i5-8600K 3.6GHz 6-Core Processor instead of this i7 - core would be better graphics card 1060 or 1080 would be perfect and water cooling system if we add this pc would work like beast but it will rise it value

bigwalt 2 points 4 days ago

the i5 is listed in the description, did I miss something?

milanunderberg 1 point 1 month ago

What should I use as a video card?

MusketBallHugo 3 points 1 month ago

go to nowinstock.net,

they show all available videocards comparing prices from even more websites. I got a 1080 for 650 including tax (MSI Gaming X 8GB) off amazon from that website.

TheBSMachine 1 point 1 month ago

I'm using a 1080 from EVGA and it's amazing.

Rraghav 1 point 16 days ago

GTX 1060 for 1080p, GTX 1070, 1070 TI, 1080 for 1440p. GTX 1080 TI for 4k. Cheapest 1080 TI available now : https://m.newegg.com/products/N82E16814500419?nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-VigLink-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=6163686&SID=jfl9p4hp8w011rh100053

AnonymouslyQuacked 1 point 12 days ago

1440p is pretty much 4k.

Rraghav 1 point 11 days ago

Only if you have a good monitor.

aidanhayes 1 point 7 days ago

the i5 has integrated grapgics

Bwatson10 1 point 29 days ago

So I’m new to the pc building world. Do you need an operating system it seems necessary?

diabolicflame93 2 Builds 2 points 18 days ago

Yeah you would. Windows 10 is good. You can use a trial version if you fresh boot windows onto a PC - only downside is that you can't change wallpaper and there is a water mark in the rt side of the screen. There are a lot of good youtube videos on installing windows or other OS (operating systems). "How-To Guide - Windows 10 - Clean Install - USB Thumb Drive" by Tech Deals is a good place to start.

Cfojustice 1 point 29 days ago

Yes you would need an operating system because your PC wouldn't run on anything without it.

Rraghav 1 point 16 days ago

Yes. You can install steamOS, it is free and has variety of games available

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ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 21 days ago

Don't troll.

ChippoMax 0 points 18 days ago

Sorry just joking. Didn't mean anything bad by it.

holguin.ad 1 point 28 days ago

will everything here work with the i7 core?

Rraghav 1 point 11 days ago

https://m.newegg.com/products/N82E16814500419?nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-VigLink-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=6163686&SID=jfl9p4hp8w011rh100053 This is the cheapest 1080 TI available right now. You can buy that or else 1080. The performance difference is only about 35%

SlipperyBill 1 point 25 days ago

I'm extremely new to this, but just so I understand, if I buy all of these things listed above I can build my own computer? Nothing else is needed? Do I just buy an OS on the side to install/add to this?

EDIT: I also notice there's no video card listed — do I not need one?

BetaSprite 1 point 25 days ago

No, it means that the requirements that OP put in place for the video card are not currently met by anything that PCPartPicker sees on the market. You can see that the intended video card would have had:

Price: $0.00 - $850.00 Chipset: GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Length: 224mm - 403mm

diabolicflame93 2 Builds 1 point 18 days ago

You would probably have to buy a GPU as well if you plan on using this build for gaming. Your build would run but would not be able to play most modern games. You would be using the integrated graphics to run the games. And, yes, you need to buy or have an OS for the build to be able to run.

DrLitch 1 point 24 days ago

You could add to this build by installing an M2-2280 SSD drive for the OS. Nothing fancy or large, perhaps 128GB - 256GB. Not an essential addition by any means and does add cost. They are more popular for Laptops but I have seen numerous PC builders employ them. Love to see builds using the i5.

STNLYKM 1 point 21 days ago

Can anyone recommend a video card in the $300 ~$400 range for this build?

AnonymouslyQuacked 1 point 21 days ago

With the prices now you definitely can't get a 1080 Ti for that price, maybe a 1050 Ti if that's the kind of build you want.

diabolicflame93 2 Builds 1 point 18 days ago

Current prices would put a 1060 6gb in that range or you could get a 1050 ti for about $200.

Rraghav 1 point 16 days ago

Go for MSI GTX 1060

STNLYKM 1 point 21 days ago

Is there a cheaper case that will fit all? Does anyone have any recommendation for a video card in the $300 to $400 range?

AnonymouslyQuacked 1 point 21 days ago

Go for a Asus ROG strix 4gb 1050 Ti. But then you would want to go for a Asus ROG strix motherboard.

StreetFly 1 point 1 day ago

You can get a 1060 6gb for 300 to 400 $$

poolbeast75 1 point 20 days ago

Could i use a fan cooler instead of a water cooler?

AnonymouslyQuacked 1 point 19 days ago

Yes, but they don't work as well. Mostly.

HelmerDFudd 1 point 15 days ago

So I am about to save up for a PC hopefully and plan on streaming, video editing, and gaming obviously. I know the basics about PC's but what would you consider I could do with this build or what I should change slighlty, like maybe a better CPU or something along those lines. The RAM seems fine and so does the SSD and Hard Drive. I don't know anything about motherboards or really GPU's. Any help appreciated! Thanks.

AnonymouslyQuacked 1 point 12 days ago

Firstly I would wait until Nvidia releases their 1180 GPU's in July. And for the MOBO I would recommend the ROG Strix Z370-E or some asus one, in my humble opinion.

Junz18 0 points 1 month ago

1060 msi 6gb man. Its cool and cheaper

vagabond139 5 Builds 2 points 1 month ago


diabolicflame93 2 Builds 1 point 18 days ago

Regarding GPU in that price range.

Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
Intel - Core i5-8600K 3.6GHz 6-Core Processor 11W - 95W
Fractal Design - Celsius S24 87.6 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler 10W - 15W
Gigabyte - Z370 AORUS Ultra Gaming (rev. 1.0) ATX LGA1151 Motherboard 17W - 70W
Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory 11W - 11W
ADATA - Ultimate SU800 512GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Seagate - Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Total: 55W - 221W