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Magnificent Intel Gaming Guide

by ThoughtA

NOTE: A more recent version of this guide is available here.

Description

Theme

This build follows a striking black and white color aesthetics. 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 i7-7700K. This quad-core CPU features an unlocked multiplier for easy and often significant overclocking. While not all games will benefit from overclocking, games like Overwatch can benefit significantly from a faster CPU. Overclocking can also help your CPU stave off obsolescence for a good while longer.

The i7-7700K also features Hyperthreading, which is Intel's name for its Simultaneous Multithreading. This allows your PC to use 8 threads across your four cores, which helps with some productivity tasks and is starting to help with certain games as well.

Our cooler is the Phanteks PH-TC12DX_BK. This is an easy to install, cooler that fits our black and white color theme and performs well.

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 Z270 chipset, which allows the i5-7700K 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. 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 roughly 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 housed in the gorgeous white and black Phanteks P400S Tempered Glass edition. This ATX mid tower case features a tempered glass window to show off the starkly contrasted black and white internals. Speaking of white internals, this case has white PSU shroud to hide any unsightly cables, and it conveniently matches our color scheme perfectly. It also features 2 USB 3.0 front panel ports, can fit pretty much any length video card, and has 2x 3.5" and 2x 2.5" bays.

You may also wish to check out the version of this case where the front is white and the PSU shroud is black.

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

You can find the AMD version of our Enthusiast Gaming Guide here.

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Estimated Wattage: 142W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU €461.87 €461.87 Custompc Buy
CPU Cooler
Motherboard
No Matches Available
Memory
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2400, DDR4-2666, DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
  • Heat Spreader: Yes
  • Color: Black, Black/Gray, Black/Silver, Black/White, White, White/Gray, White/Silver
€110.78 €110.78 Custompc Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 480 GB - 10000 GB
  • Type: SSD
€62.10 €62.10 Custompc Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 3000 GB - 10000 GB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
€86.54 €86.54 Custompc Buy
Video Card
No Matches Available
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
Case €120.71 €120.71 Custompc Buy
Power Supply
No Matches Available
Total: €842.00
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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:

yycho0108 6 points 20 months ago

I'm a bit scared, but trying this build out for the first time! Any tips on first-timers for assembly?

yycho0108 3 points 20 months ago

Just finished building today! Thank you so much for the guide. I had a few hiccups here and there but all in all everything is working fine!

AllDaySuccess 1 point 19 months ago

Nice can we see the build? What monitor did you put with it? I think I will try to build this one as well.

WirelessCables 1 Build 3 points 20 months ago

Since we've now got "Magnificent" guides, is there a chance there'll be "Stellar" ones? ;)

EagleByte 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

XD. I'll get to work on that...

fallingPC 1 point 20 months ago

i'm really new to this but i really need advice if my build is good or just dumb

https://pcpartpicker.com/user/fallingPC/saved/#view=Yq6YJx

FestiveCringe 1 point 20 months ago

You should add a sdd.

fallingPC 1 point 20 months ago

i'll add an ssd later. but are the parts good?

VeryYes 1 point 20 months ago

Parts look good, but you may want to consider a better monitor. Your rocking a lot of GPU power for a 1080p display :)

fallingPC 1 point 20 months ago

can you suggest a few good monitor? and also what is the difference between this mother board and the rog ix hero?

VeryYes 2 points 20 months ago

The monitor you have listed is definitely a "good monitor" and your 1080 card will run most modern games at top FPS averages if you roll with your selected monitor. The card is just capable of running at higher resolutions with no problems and some might argue the card is "overkill." Do a little research and find something that fits your budget and preference. Nothing wrong with a 1080p 144hz monitor though. Mobos are also a matter of what your build demands. Make sure your RAM speed is supported by the board and that you have the appropriate number of slots for any additional fans or what not that you may be adding. Hope that helps.

pc@lover.com 1 point 19 months ago

Your full range build: great overall but might want to switch the air cooler for an aio liquid cooler for your CPU.

fallingPC 1 point 19 months ago

yeah i know that aio is good, but since i'm still a newbie at building pc i'm going with air cooler then upgrade it to a custom loop when i'm ready

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pc@lover.com 1 point 19 months ago

Good choice. I would suggest going with the cryorig h7 air cooler if your ram doesn't have tall heat sinks. I went with an air cooler on my forst build.

fallingPC 1 point 19 months ago

i think i'll stick with air cooler, i'll be using the corsair vengeance lpx ram so no problem. but i'm thinking about switching to the h7 if i want to push my red lights design, corsair also has rams that have red leds.

pc@lover.com 1 point 19 months ago

That's the ram that I'm going to have. It's called corsair vengeance led ram( I meant the led ram). An air cooler is fine.

pretzelbob 1 point 20 months ago

TL;DR The computer I have in mind is nowhere close to a fully dedicated gaming computer but something that can easily handle it.

I've never built a PC but I'm using a bit of an oldie. I'm using just a standard Dell Precision T1500, which means it has an i3 CPU 540 3.07 GHz and a NVIDIA Quadro FX 380 GPU. I'm in the market for an upgrade, but nothing massive, just something that can handle every day work, some office stuff, and some side gaming, something that can easily handle Rocket League or SNOW at full graphics. Is this upgrade too big? Should I stick with another build guide?

periodical 1 point 20 months ago

Am very interested in this build. I was wondering what the justification is for having a 550W versus an 850W for power supply? Am a complete beginner here, but saw other guides recommended over 550W for the TI.

pc@lover.com 1 point 19 months ago

It is recommended that you go for at least an 850w power supply due to the power draw of the 1080 ti which is rated at over 200w. If you want the best efficiency out of the power supply, get a power supply that its peak power is double than the power needed to run the system since the top of the psu efficiancy curve is around 50%:)

Ornix 1 point 20 months ago

I wish you would feature this one too :)

Swinebane46 1 point 19 months ago

Anywhere this build can be improved? I have a good amount left in my budget and would like to purchase this or a similar build.I am willing to spend up to 3k.

The_M26_Pershing 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

You would save a lot of money just going for a regular 1080, no use in buying a TI. 550 watts is not too good, but just prefer the Corsair 750 watt, it's litterly only 4 bux more, I prefer seagate and samsung for SSD and harddrives, and you could save some just buying a liquid cooler that's ten bux less than what you have right now. Otherwise those changes if they were made it would be a great gaming computer

FrederickSFahrenheit 1 point 19 months ago

Would this be good for streaming or should I go for the AMD gaming, streaming and editing build?

tahaalazzawi6@gmail.com 1 point 14 months ago

if i were you i would switch to AMD because intel had a data breach that decreased the proforments levels by 50%. But other then that nice build but if you are going for $2000 PC i would not buy a graphics card for almost $1000. i would get something like a 1050 TI by MSI.

Reason:
Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
Intel - Core i7-7700K 4.2 GHz Quad-Core Processor 11W - 91W
Phanteks - PH-TC12DX_BK 68.5 CFM CPU Cooler 5W - 10W
ADATA - XPG GAMMIX D10 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2666 Memory 11W - 11W
Team - L5 LITE 480 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Toshiba - P300 3 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Total: 33W - 142W