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Build Guide

Excellent Intel Gaming Build

by manirelli


CPU/CPU Cooler

For the Excellent Intel Gaming Build build we selected the Intel i5-8500 as our processor. To better cool the i5-8500 we selected the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO. While the i5-8500 comes with a stock cooler the 212 EVO will lower both temps and noise in the system.


The i5-8500 is a locked processor so we set the parametric filters for H370 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 480GB of space and a minimum 2TB 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 1070 TI 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 TI is perfectly suited for VR gaming as well. When using a 1070 TI 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 Corsair Carbide Series 275R. 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: 366W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $307.90 FREE $307.90 PC Force Buy
CPU Cooler $66.00 $66.00 1stWave Technologies Buy
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Chipset: Intel H370
  • SLI/CrossFire: 2-Way SLI Capable, CrossFire Capable
  • SATA 6Gb/s Ports: 6 - 10
  • Max RAM: 64GB - 1TB
  • Onboard USB3.0 Headers: Yes
$200.00 FREE $200.00 PC Force 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
$299.00 $299.00 1stWave Technologies Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 480GB - 12TB
  • Type: SSD
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s, M.2 (B+M), M.2 (M)
$153.00 FREE $153.00 Paradigm PCs Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 2TB - 10TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$104.00 FREE $104.00 PC Force Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1070 Ti
$799.95 $799.95 Computer Lounge Buy
Case $138.98 $138.98 PB Technologies Buy
Power Supply $149.00 $149.00 1stWave Technologies Buy
Total: $2217.83
* 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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Scoide 4 points 1 month ago

Does this run 60fps+ and 1080p consistently and for most games? I would like it if you let me know. Thanks.

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 5 points 1 month ago

Without issue.

patty2cold 2 points 8 days ago

Any additional fans needed? I’ve purchased everything and had a friend question why didn’t I get a cooling fan. (Ps. First build)

Dads_pasta 4 points 22 days ago

If I built this should I play on a 1440p monitor or 1080?

jhuff29 1 point 2 months ago

@PrivatePengu, so are you saing that if I want to buy this build, I should upgrade to an 8600 of a 8400 and it will work a lot better?

PrivatePengu 3 points 2 months ago

The 8400 would be a downgrade, the 8600 would only give marginally better performance. If you have the money, sure, get an 8600, but the 8500 will probably perform just as well. I'd recommend just sticking with the 8500 for now.

The 8600 is not a lot better - it's better, but not by that much. It's only worth it if you have the money to buy it. If you don't, it's not worth shelling out the additional for the 8600.

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

You need to click the reply button on his post. There is no tagging at this time.

BOODOG 1 point 1 month ago

Could I potentially stream with this build

trylaarsdam 2 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Probably, but you might be limited to a 30fps 1080p stream.

Nitrosylic 1 point 1 month ago

Does the cooler listed in this build have pre-applied thermal paste?

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

It comes with a small tube of paste.

dherneisen 1 point 1 month ago

I noticed that the motherboard you chose has a maximum memory freq. of 2666 MHz, and you chose DDR4-3000 which obviously has a max freq. of 3000 MHz. Compatibility issue? The RAM would only operate up to the max mobo freq., which seems like a waste?

Or am I missing something? :)

Just cross-checking some motherboards on a new build I wish to start on soon and stumbled across this. Confused me a little bit though on the memory and motherboard compatibility.

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 3 points 1 month ago

The 3000 is less expensive and will be able to run at 2666.

mktk101101 1 point 1 month ago

I'm building pc for the first time. Can someone tell me if I this is the complete list of components I'll need? What about Wireless connectivity, usb/ethernet ports? And does these parts come with screws to attach to the case?

caument 1 Build 1 point 15 days ago

Yes, it is complete minus the operating system and peripherals. All necessary hardware is provided with the individual components (cases come with mounting screws/extras, power supplies with screws, etc. Wireless would require the purchase of a wireless adapter and ethernet ports are available on the i/o panel of the motherboard.

In addition to that, if you are going through with a build for the first time, I would highly recommend watching some videos of other people building a computer as it will walk you through the process.

adamling 1 point 1 month ago

would still need to buy windows

SlapLemons 1 point 1 month ago

If you can do without the SSD add in a Corsair H100i v2 Liquid Cooler & 32GB intel optane for just $1243 https://pcpartpicker.com/user/SlapLemons/saved/Pcxhqs Make the PC run even faster without that extra 500GB drive when you already rocking 2TB or in another situation your original fan, no optane, but an upgrade to i7-8700k cpu Either way is a benchmark gamble

stitchesandlace 1 point 15 days ago

Would this be overkill for a 1060 6GB? I replaced my dead GPU with that last year, but all my other components are nearing 5 years old and need replacing. I'm looking to build a decent gaming system that will last the lifespan of the 1060, and I'm not sure if this or the budget build (or something in between) would be best suited for it.

A_PC_Part_Picker 1 point 11 days ago

I think this might be a good list. 2 question though.

1) Can I pick another processor of the i7's list? Or is it recommended to get a new list that is better suited for i7's?

2) Are there any other cables or other needed to be bought that aren't in this list?

Though 1 thing I probably should mention, I live in Belgium Europe, and this list is €1364,55.

Dude53p 1 point 11 days ago

What colors does this pc show? Is it mainly black or does it have Many MIX MATCHING colors. I just want to know for a color set up. Thanks :)

Claytonmh 1 point 6 days ago

My budget is a bit lower than this. I have 2 questions. Will a gtx 1060 fit in this build. And also I have a 144 hz monitor. Do I need a gpu that can output 144+ FPS in order to run 144 hz?

jliv 1 point 6 days ago

Thanks for the great build guide. Looks like these get updated every two months. Any ETA for the next iteration?

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 3 points 6 days ago

Either this week or next. We are starting to see B450 boards show up for AMD so we may wait those out a little bit to feel out their place in the guides.

jliv 1 point 5 days ago

Awesome, thanks!

aburn9 1 point 5 days ago

Does this run 144fps at 1080p consistently?

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 5 days ago

It will depend on the game and your settings but for most it shouldn't be an issue.

NASCARNick 1 point 5 days ago

Could you use this setup and just switch the i5 to the i7? Like would you need a different mother board? New to PC gaming...

Edition_ 1 point 35 minutes ago

Lol, it would run 144 fps, but at 100 degrees, one fan? possibly 2-3? Not efficient cooling

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PrivatePengu 1 point 2 months ago

You can't overclock an 8400... The 8600K is the only overclockable Coffee Lake i5 right now, but it's $45 more.

Storm55 1 point 2 months ago

I think he means Turbo Boost.

PrivatePengu 2 points 2 months ago

But what is the point of his comment then? The 8500 is still faster, and there's money for it. No reason to downgrade.

His comment only makes sense if he means overclocking the 8400 to the same level as the 8500.

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Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
Intel - Core i5-8500 3GHz 6-Core Processor 8W - 65W
Cooler Master - Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler 5W - 10W
Gigabyte - H370 HD3 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard 17W - 70W
Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory 11W - 11W
ADATA - Ultimate SU650 480GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Seagate - Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB Video Card 45W - 180W
Total: 92W - 366W