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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 i5-7600k as our processor. To cool the i5-7600k while overclocking we selected the be quiet! Dark Rock 3. The Dark Rock 3 is an excellent choice for our build aesthetically and will keep the temperature of the CPU cool while overclocking.


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 NZXT S340 Elite. This case has a gorgeous red/black finish, a large side panel window, 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.

If you'd like to see the AMD version of this build check out our other guide here: https://pcpartpicker.com/guide/nwXscf/excellent-amd-gaming-build

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Estimated Wattage: 142W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU Cooler
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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: 64 GB - 1024 GB
From parametric filter
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
  • Heat Spreader: Yes
€99.00 FREE €99.00 Paradigit Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 480 GB - 10000 GB
  • Type: SSD
  • Form Factor: 2.5"
€62.90 FREE €62.90 Paradigit Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 3000 GB - 10000 GB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
€114.99 FREE €114.99 Paradigit Buy
Video Card
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From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1080
Power Supply
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Total: €276.89
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* Some physical dimension restrictions cannot (yet) be automatically checked, such as cpu cooler / RAM clearance with modules using tall heat spreaders.

Comments Sorted by:

drychapstick 2 points 19 months ago

I'm having trouble installing the be quiet fan onto the cpu/motherdrive. PLZ help @manirelli ;_;

Lue219 1 point 18 months ago

Fixed it yet?

Outlaw_123 1 point 19 months ago

Will the i5 7600k and the gigabyte gtx 1080 work well together? Im a bit skeptical on that. Also, will the cryorig h7 be ok instead of that cpu cooler? Will a corsair 750W work fine too instead of 550W?

DevboCreation 2 Builds 2 points 19 months ago

Hey I currently use the i5 7600k with a 1080. You can check out my build. I use a corsair watercooler cant remember the exact one but my temps are nice and low. I really only play PUBG, but rock it at a steady 90fps at ultra or 120-140 at low settings. I also use a 750w and its plenty.

Outlaw_123 0 points 19 months ago

Yo. This is outdated. I did tons of research these past few weeks and found out that ryzen is better UNLESS you heavy oc under liquid cooling your intel cpu to 4.8-5 ghz. It will give you quite a bit more fps that way in games. Ryzen is just better overall, it has more cores and is a bit cheaper AND has a cooler. That doesnt mean intel is trash, but I found out ryzen is just better for the average person who wants to stream a bit and play games. Strict gamers are the only ones who need intel really.

Note: If did not your cpu yet you just wasted money because liquid coolers arent just for nice and cool but you will get better performance. Make value of your parts

bwyatt10 -1 points 19 months ago

Instead of the i5 7600k go with the Ryzen 5 1600X, it out performs the i5 7600k and is only 5 more dollars. The Ryzen 5 1600X will work great with the 1080 also. 750W would be fine.

Lobsterareawesome 8 Builds 2 points 19 months ago

it actually doesnt outperform the 7600k. for gaming the 7600k is still better. But not by much. I would get a ryzen 5 1600.

vagabond139 5 Builds 2 points 19 months ago

I have seen reviews where does come out sometimes depending on the game and it is very often just a few FPS behind so I would say they are more or less tied performance wise although it is foolish to say either out right out performs the other.

Outlaw_123 2 points 19 months ago

Yea. Ryzen 5 1600x is a waste of money btw. the normal 1600 comes with a cooler and is just a little slower. I changed my build if you guys want to look at it. https://pcpartpicker.com/list/7NcX6X

Biono 1 point 18 months ago

What monitor would be better for this build? 1080p 144hz or 1440p 144hz?

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Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
Intel - Core i5-7600K 3.8 GHz Quad-Core Processor 11W - 91W
be quiet! - Dark Rock 3 67.8 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler 5W - 10W
Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2400 Memory 11W
Kingston - A400 480 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Toshiba - X300 4 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Total: 142W