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Magnificent Intel Gaming Guide

by ThoughtA

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Description

Theme

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.

Motherboard

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.

Memory

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.

Storage

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.

GPU

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.

Case

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.

PSU

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: 474W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU €257.90 €4.69 €262.59 Alza Buy
CPU Cooler €105.99 FREE €105.99 ARLT Buy
Motherboard €157.80 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €157.80 Amazon Deutschland Buy
Memory
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
€186.05 €186.05 Amazon Deutschland Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 500GB - 10TB
  • Type: SSD
€129.85 €6.99 €136.84 Mindfactory Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 3TB - 10TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
€64.79 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €64.79 Amazon Deutschland Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
  • Length: 224mm - 403mm
€742.46 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €742.46 Amazon Deutschland Buy
Case €169.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €169.99 Amazon Deutschland Buy
Power Supply €123.16 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €123.16 Amazon Deutschland Buy
Base Total: €1937.99
Shipping: €11.68
Total: €1949.67
* 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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arthurh 3 points 21 days ago

this is literally the pc im building in a week but im getting an i7 8700k instead

acewingman 1 point 28 days ago

Need to update the Motherboard section as you mention the i7 instead of the i5...

Motherboard

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 i7-8700K 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.

stalewind 2 Builds 1 point 28 days ago

I know you meant i5 8600K, description said it all. Maybe the 570 White from New Egg would compliment the color scheme. Also the Trident (non RGB) black/white kit would also enhance the artistic appeal to the build https://pcpartpicker.com/product/4n648d/gskill-tridentz-series-16gb-2-x-8gb-ddr4-3200-memory-f4-3200c16d-16gtzkw but the white kit you have is 40 bucks less so never mind.

Exavier11 1 point 28 days ago

Mate, thats a i5-8600k not a i7

ThoughtA staff submitter 3 points 24 days ago

Thanks for the correction!

Galligan 1 point 25 days ago

I want to build a pc but I have no clue parts are compatible. My concern is when I buy parts, they will not work or fit together. I want to be able to buy the parts, put them together and then install windows without any cutting or reordering of parts. Can anyone help me?

tragiktimes101 6 points 24 days ago

2 things you can do. First is your build list on this website will throw up incompatibility warnings on nearly all items that aren't compatible (a few can fall through the cracks).

The second thing you can do is once you have a list, post it in the "part list opinions" forum section. Ask if everything is compatible. The people there will help you quickly.

Lobsterareawesome 6 Builds 3 points 20 days ago

PCPP will usually automatically tell you if the part list is incompatible. But just to make sure you can post your part list on the forum here and ask for opinions

biggkenny 2 points 25 days ago

Chuck your parts list on the forums and people will let you know if they arent compatible

M1N1_Raptor7 0 points 20 days ago

I looked at ur save build every thing is good just get an good gpu and ur cpu should be like an 7600k or go up to the 8600k if u have more money

LonghornAlamo2040 1 point 24 days ago

I can get behind this. I would just swap the case and HDD for something of my preference-HOLD ON, A 650W PSU?! REALLY?? THAT'S OK?

ThoughtA staff submitter 3 points 24 days ago

Haha yep!

LonghornAlamo2040 1 point 24 days ago

O.O

What about two 1080's or 1080Ti's?

ThoughtA staff submitter 2 points 24 days ago

With two 1080 Tis, I'd probably be most comfortable with an 850W PSU. You definitely couldn't use a 650W unit.

You can add the parts to a list and check what our wattage calculator says and go from there.

LonghornAlamo2040 1 point 24 days ago

I figured the Ti's would be best with 850w. I know we have the wattage calculator, I just don't fully trust it because it's just an estimate and it doesn't account for the factory overclocks. Or does it?

ThoughtA staff submitter 2 points 24 days ago

If the manufacturer reports a higher than normal TDP, we factor that into the wattage calculation.

dwang040 2 Builds 2 points 23 days ago

Did you know, that a system with two 1080s in sli only use around 450W??? Well, now you know!

mfort312@gmail.com 1 point 23 days ago

Why don't the 8x00 series Intel CPUs show up on the list of compatible CPUs for this build?

Jaxyn_Logan 1 point 21 days ago

Hi I might say if you have the money for a build like that upgrade to a I-7 because it would be useful for other things also like myabe YouTube

Over9000GHz 1 Build 1 point 20 days ago

What. An i7 is as good as an i3 when it comes to youtube.

Lobsterareawesome 6 Builds 3 points 17 days ago

i think he means video editing

hwill12345 1 point 13 days ago

What are the thoughts on bumping to an i7-8770k, are the performance increases insignifigant? I've heard its better for multitasking and multi monitor setups which is big to me.

HarambeOurSavior 1 point 9 days ago

tbh i dont think theres THAT much of a diffrence in performance. But in cost theres a diffrence of $124 lol

ExtremeBeginner 1 point 11 days ago

Why that 1080Ti over the 1080Ti mini?

Lobsterareawesome 6 Builds 3 points 8 days ago

that Ti probably has a better cooler

Trizzie_Brah 1 point 10 days ago

this could now be greatly improved, but at a higher price

skoop321 1 Build 2 points 2 days ago

Just like everything in life my man.

ziffle 1 Build 1 point 9 days ago

Should really focus on an I7 in this build :P

HarambeOurSavior 1 point 9 days ago

why tho?

skoop321 1 Build 1 point 2 days ago

When you are already spending $1500+ on a PC alone you should just go all out already.

BettyBoo42 1 point 1 day ago

There is no such thing as have to. You might aswell say "Hey, why spend $2500 on an i7 8700k 1080 ti sli build when you can build a threadripper". There is a fine balance on parts when it comes to value over performance. In terms of value, the i3 8350k is at a value never really seen before, where an i3 beats out every old i5 and i3 on the board along with most of Ryzens low end lineup, but it doesn't have the perfomance of the i5 8600k. Sam can be said with i5 8600k vs the i7 8700k, theres less value in the 8700k but much more performance, but in games that performance goes unnoticed as very few games don't use hyperthreading. So the i5 8600k is the perfect middleground.

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ryandonovan617 1 point 9 days ago

Hi,I've never built or even had a PC before so please have some remorse for me. If I were to get all these parts and build the PC, it would be able to run all new games and stuff really well right? I'm assuming I't does but I wanted a bit of clarification. I would be using this for simply gaming, and maybe a bit of typing for school work. Is this build the way to go or not? Please let me know, and like I said earlier, I'm 100% new to this so don't flame me. Thanks.

Edit: Is there any parts I could change so it's not as expensive but still works as good?

HarambeOurSavior 1 point 9 days ago

I would suggest mess around with youtube vids and making parts lists whle also looking at reddit for build help. Please dont buy this as your first setup because you could probaly spend less to just game, and of course the games you play matters. Please dont spend $2k to play csgo or something lol. Also use things like userbenchmark and other stuff. Just because this can game doesnt mean it will suit your and be cost effective. Please research :)

tobiasjh 1 point 7 days ago

Yeah what are the games you are looking to play on your future pc and how much would you want to spend? How fantastic do you want it to be? Definitely think about what you want before you start buying. A good beginning for a medium pc that runs most games pretty well for a low cost is Ryzen 5 or 7 series with a GTX 1060. This setup is much less money and a good start. If you play low graphics games you can go a lot cheaper. Send me a message if you ever need some help with stuff.

BettyBoo42 1 point 1 day ago

Try using userbenchmark in combination with Youtube to get average perfomance numbers along with price and value and you should get a very nice answer at almost any price range.

Honor 4 Builds 1 point 8 days ago

I'd get a Corsair or EVGA PSU instead and get a western digital HDD over a Hitachi one.

... And I'd get a Corsair CPU cooler instead too ... and maybe a different brand of RAM.

Other than that, solid build.

And if you really want to be picky, go ASUS or EVGA with the 1080 Ti.

And i7 8700k.

Also, grammar error in the 'Case' section of the guide.

Lobsterareawesome 6 Builds 1 point 8 days ago

You know that Seasonic makes probably THE best PSUs out there? and a lot of corsair or EVGA PSUs are just rebranded Seasonic PSUs ;) And the Duke MSI card is a very good card dude ;) thats not being picky.. just being brand preferance ;)

Honor 4 Builds 1 point 8 days ago

Yeah, I'll admit I'm a fanboy for those three brands, especially Corsair. You get what you pay for sometimes.

skoop321 1 Build 2 points 2 days ago

Corsair is great but my EVGA Supernova that I ended up putting more cash than i wanted to now has buzzing coils, which drives me absolutely insane. Everything else is super quiet, an then there is a constant bzzzzzzzzzz in the back.

Krumble1 1 point 8 days ago

Shouldn't the SSD parametric filter be from 480GB+? There are some SSDs that are slightly smaller than 500.

GM007 1 point 6 days ago

Why a blower style card.

BettyBoo42 1 point 1 day ago

Probably because of the case setup. The crystal has a bit iffy airflow so a blower makes sure the case is cooler because it acts like an extra exhaust fan.

naddario 1 point 6 days ago

the i5 may bottleneck the ti just saying

Lobsterareawesome 6 Builds 1 point 1 day ago

no it wont

BettyBoo42 1 point 1 day ago

It shouldn't bottleneck it whatsoever. The only downside is the threads which don't impact games at all, only multitasking and editing/rendering which the 6c 6th core and 1080ti already have taken care of.

wheelerj 1 point 6 days ago

WOW look how the prices of this build have increased.

SamsPcmasterace 1 point 6 days ago

you did just choose the cheapest parts you want by setting the low to high filter without caring about performance

zsedwards2020 1 point 6 days ago

This would be nice, I just feel that they went way out there when it came to the GPU. No longer a budget option IMO with a near $1,000 GPU. You can get GPUs for 200 or 300 and then it'd be worth it.

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 5 days ago

Unfortunately, the price of GPUs has blown up big time very recently.

BettyBoo42 1 point 1 day ago

It seems like importing from overseas might be a good option. Prices in northern/central europe have risen very little after the crypto currency rush (due to much higher taxes, lower profits, etc.)

Lobsterareawesome 6 Builds 1 point 5 days ago

Can sb explain what i missed with GPUs? why are they so expensive?

BettyBoo42 1 point 1 day ago

Crypto currency mining. It is getting bigger by the day and people buy high end GPUs for their relatively inexpensive hashrate compared to dedicated miners.

hakunamatata21 1 point 5 days ago

I have a strong hatred for the case

Refusinq 1 point 3 days ago

Will this build also work with my GTX 1050 Ti?

Lobsterareawesome 6 Builds 1 point 1 day ago

Yes it would

Steve1466 1 point 1 day ago

idk why u picked these parts cuz they r **** boiii

hmdanx 1 point 1 day ago

The price of the video card is exaggerated, because the price of the company was only $ 699 I suggest waiting for a moment before buying a video card, because its price will be reduced after months

BettyBoo42 2 points 1 day ago

It might not, as crypto currency is becoming more popular by the day. Ever since bitcoin hit a value of near $20,000 the amount of miners has skyrocketed so don't be too sure that prices will change for the better. The same thing is happening to Nvidia and their resellers as happened to AMD Vega.

Hemes 0 points 22 days ago

Do u really need 3 TB of hd Get an i7 instead

Lobsterareawesome 6 Builds 1 point 20 days ago

Well by loosing the 3TB HDD you still aren't compensating for an i7. the i5 is good enough imo.

HarambeOurSavior 1 point 9 days ago

facts aabout the i5

BettyBoo42 1 point 1 day ago

They have the same amount of cores and since this is a gaming build, that is really all that matters (along with clock speeds and such) but threads don't. So the i7 would be no better at games, maybe by a fraction of perhaps 2-3 fps with everything else being the same.

Caedonanewman 0 points 4 days ago

why 2600+?

A_Petaflop_Will_Do -1 points 27 days ago

If you're getting a 1080Ti, get a hex-core i7. Worth it.

Superb_Falcon 2 points 26 days ago

But i5 is also a hex-core...

NewMoonGamingHD 2 points 25 days ago

i7 comes with hypertreading. Meanwhile for the i5, doesn´t come with hyperthreading. This is useful for games that are CPU-intensive game.

tragiktimes101 2 points 24 days ago

The hyperthreading doesn't currently play a huge role in gaming because most games can't take advantage of more than 6 threads well anyway. At least as of yet.

A_Petaflop_Will_Do 1 point 25 days ago

thank you.

Brood550 1 Build -1 points 25 days ago

Personally I'd go with a cheaper case and get a GPU that's not a blower....

MjolnirThunder 2 points 25 days ago

The GPU is because they have the parametric filter, so it automatically defaults to the cheapest option within the specs they have listed.

Brood550 1 Build 0 points 25 days ago

LOL, kind of defeats the point of posting a build guide then. Could just make that filter available to everyone and save the hassle of these.

Buildtimeboys 1 Build 2 points 25 days ago

The parametric filter is available for everyone...

These build guides are just so people have an idea of what you can build for a particular budget, as well as what parts are good for that budget.

Brood550 1 Build -5 points 25 days ago

That's all fine and dandy but with the price variation of the 1080ti it really doesn't help budget of the builder is trying to budget for this amount. Also, crucial is not a company I would feel comfortable with using either. Ordered RAM for a server 8 sticks of the same thing. 4 were Samsung sourced with heat spreaders the other 4 were unidentifiable without heat spreaders.

Buildtimeboys 1 Build 3 points 25 days ago

Yea, these builds are outlines at best. I have seen a fair few people use them as a starting point with reasonable success, though.

crucial is not a company I would feel comfortable with using either.

Don't know about their RAM, but their MX300 SDD's are great.

Goroyo9090 -2 points 25 days ago

hi

Big_Nick_Digger 1 Build -3 points 24 days ago

So your saying that this exact gpu is very popular... but it only has one review on this site.

ThoughtA staff submitter 4 points 24 days ago

The GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is very popular. There's a lot more than one GTX 1080 Ti, and the parametric filter sorts through most of them.

llamafacelukas 1 Build 5 points 24 days ago

A lot of cringe-worthy comments going on in here. Sorry you gotta deal with it.

Namnguyen 1 Build 1 point 20 days ago

I think he meant the model of the gtx 1080 ti.

ThoughtA staff submitter 2 points 20 days ago

I know he did. He was misinterpreting a statement in the guide. That's why I was clarifying it.

niquer123 -4 points 16 days ago

You don't need to spend 141$ on this cooler. Anything between 15-40$ with a fan will work perfectly fine. You also forgot to add in the thermal paste. Case is pricey for no reason and why spend so much money on storage ? you could reduce that by a 100$ by having a 250gb ssd that's actually many times faster ( evo series) and have another storage unit that'd be an hdd for 1 tb.

With all of this you could save enough money to get 32gb of ram which will improve your performance. The graphic card you chose isn't even 10% better than the 1070 ti and costs about 25% more. Just get a 1070ti and with the money you save you can get a better CPU

BL64 6 points 14 days ago

Anything between 15-40$ with a fan will work perfectly fine.

No, no, no. Coffee lake runs quite hot comparative to other cpu architectures. Something in the price range you indicated will be barely sufficient for cooling the 8600k (expect temps in the 80s to 90s in a synthetic load). And this is non-overclocked. To cool it reasonably well with a good OC, you'll need something like a double 140mm fan noctua nh-d15 ideally, or a 240mm or higher AIO.

get 32gb of ram which will improve your performance.

Most games today don't even use more than 8gb of ram, that is why most people settle for 16gb as a comfortable amount. 32gb is just overkill for 99% of people and will NOT improve your performance by any appreciable amount.

The graphic card you chose isn't even 10% better than the 1070 ti and costs about 25% more.

This is complete ******** as well.

Lobsterareawesome 6 Builds 2 points 8 days ago

Agree! while some games now actually do use more than 8GB on max settings 8GB is still enough.. but 32 is overkill.. for gaming its pointless

Steve1466 1 point 1 day ago

Agreed BL

thedukeanator13 1 Build 2 points 15 days ago

The cooler they chose, like most, includes thermal paste. Additionally, the cooler they chose will allow for heavy overclocking (which is incredible on the 8600k-- @5.0GHz after running prime95 for 20+mins https://imgur.com/a/5KEd0 ) the heavy overclocking capabilities on the 8th gen of Intel cpus is beyond astounding with a good cooler (and motherboard). Or, a good cooler like the one they used will keep the build quiet, the temps cool, and will still allow for overclocking down the road so they don't need to do as many future upgrades to keep the pc up to par in years to come.

They included that much storage most likely so people can store large files. And with a 1080ti you can watch movies and what not at ridiculous resolutions. And the higher the resolution of something the more storage space it takes up. Plus with a gpu like that you would most likely playing a good amount of AAA titles and overtime that amount of games will add up. As for the ssd. the parametric filtering is automatically picking the crucial over the samsung because it is cheaper (The parametric filter they have setup is setting it to automatically the cheapest 500GB or more SSD).

Down to your comment regarding the 1080ti being not even 10% better than the 1070ti: - http://gpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Nvidia-GTX-1080-Ti-vs-Nvidia-GTX-1070/3918vs3609 - https://www.144hzmonitors.com/other/gtx-1070-ti-vs-gtx-1080-ti/ - https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2017/11/nvidia-gtx-1070-ti-review/ You can look for more articles if you like, but the 1080ti does do a reasonable amount better than the 1070ti. And, as Drekloe pointed out

"it's called "magnificent" fora reason."

Drekloe 1 point 15 days ago

it's called "magnificent" fora reason

Steve1466 1 point 1 day ago

Well maybe you haven't heard that the 1080ti is the best GPU in the world because you live under a rock and haven't heard about anything that's going on around you

Streetguru -6 points 28 days ago

i7 8700 or R7 1700 > 8600K always IMO

Just seems to better to me to have more threads rather than some extra single thread performance when the i7 8700 at least already boosts to 4.3ghz

Also seems weak on performance per dollar

tragiktimes101 1 point 24 days ago

Let's see.

R7 17000 = thread focused (non-high refresh gaming).
i5 8600K = non-thread focused (high refresh gaming).

How the hell are you comparing these completely different oriented chips?

Streetguru 0 points 22 days ago

The main focus is the i7 8700>8600K because at that point do you really need another 10-15fps with the 5ghz 8600K? You can also get away with less cooling for the 8700(non K), and it doesn't really need to be delidded since you aren't OCing it

Otherwise if the best 144hz is the goal that budget can easily fit an 8700K.

tragiktimes101 1 point 22 days ago

But if you don't need the extra threads why would you go with the 8700? I'm not saying it's a bad chip. Just not going to be as good as the K variant for higher refresh rates.

Streetguru 1 point 20 days ago

For the long haul, very likely that the extra threads are more important than a bit more single threaded performance for anyone.

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