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Build Guide

Enthusiast Intel Gaming Build

by manirelli



For the Enthusiast Intel build we chose the newly released Intel Coffee Lake i5-8600k as our processor.

CPU Cooler

To cool the i5-8600k while overclocking we selected the Phanteks PH-TC14PE in white to match our case. The PH-TC14PE is an excellent choice for our build aesthetically and will allow us to reach our maximum potential for overclocking without watercooling.


To allow overclocking on the processor, we set the parametric filters for Z370 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 500GB 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.

Due to the high cost of GPUs and low availability, we are using a parametric filter for a GeForce GTX 1080 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 components are housed in the Thermaltake View 31 TG RGB. This case has multiple tempered glass panels, 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.

Click here to see the AMD version of this build guide

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Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 399W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU €229.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €229.99 Amazon Italia Buy
CPU Cooler €69.90 €69.90 Amazon Italia Buy
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Chipset: Intel Z370
€98.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €98.99 Amazon Italia Buy
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2400, DDR4-2666, DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
  • Heat Spreader: Yes
€141.80 €141.80 Amazon Italia Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 500GB - 12TB
  • Type: SSD
€119.00 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €119.00 Amazon Italia Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 3TB - 10TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
€70.81 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €70.81 Amazon Italia Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Price: €0.00 - €725.00
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1080
€584.85 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €584.85 Amazon Italia Buy
Case €121.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €121.99 Amazon Italia Buy
Power Supply €132.95 €132.95 Amazon Italia Buy
Total: €1570.28
* 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:

Valiric 5 points 1 month ago

not an enthusiast grade build in any manner... but decent build?

matogl0396 1 Build 4 points 24 days ago

Completely agree, this was my first thought as well. Nothing wrong with this build at all, but the word "enthusiast" I think is misused here.

three8one 2 Builds -1 points 1 month ago


Outlaw_123 0 points 1 month ago

Motherboard is a bare minimum, maybe better psu, 8600k could be a 8700k

three8one 2 Builds 0 points 1 month ago

8700K's single core speed is only 4% better than 8600K's, and its Quad-Core speed is only 1% better. 8600K is 30% cheaper. You do the math.

chimarz 1 point 1 month ago

But, he was saying its not enthusiast nothing about price there, this is just an middle upper tier gaming rig, i see nothing "enthusiast" about this build.

three8one 2 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

What would make it an enthusiast build?

Outlaw_123 -2 points 29 days ago

Yeah sure for gaming but for production? 8700k blows 8600k out of the water. And if it's enthusiast, you probably want to go for the best, not as much as the value

three8one 2 Builds 4 points 28 days ago

It's called Enthusiast Intel Gaming Build so I assumed it was for gaming... my mistake...

Valiric 0 points 1 month ago

Low end parts

ACanOfSpam 1 point 1 month ago


gabman2303 1 point 26 days ago

If I wanted to cheapen this down a bit, could I get 8gb 3000 Ram(2x4gb)? Also, any other ways to cheapen this build up a little bit? I like the processor and graphics card. Maybe go to a 1070 or 1070ti?

Lobsterareawesome 7 Builds 2 points 12 days ago

I wouldn't get only 8GB tbh

gabman2303 1 point 12 days ago

Since I posted that comment I have bought nearly all my pc and am almost ready to build. I went with 16gb so glad to hear your comment!

Lobsterareawesome 7 Builds 2 points 12 days ago

No worries. Just so you know.. the cooler master hyper t2 is a bit weak if you want to get a 8600k. Don't get me wrong.. It'll do the job but you won't really have any room to OC the CPU.

gabman2303 1 point 12 days ago

ARCTIC - Freezer 33 eSports ONE (Black/Red) CPU Cooler this is what I just bought. Thoughts?

gabman2303 1 point 12 days ago


Be honest, I am open to any feedback. This will be my first build attempt or first PC in general

Lobsterareawesome 7 Builds 1 point 12 days ago

Congrats actually.. this is a pretty solid build :D Will last you a couple of years for sure :D

royalinbound 1 point 3 days ago

Nice build, but that's not your motherboard is it?

DonavansNOoJOKE 1 point 26 days ago

Nice build, I'm waiting on the VC prices to drop eventually and snag me something hopefully.

shanddizon 1 point 26 days ago

sir can you help me to build a cpu with sjs gtx 1070 and i7 8700k not OC build i dont know what other parts should i buy i want the high end gaming can you help me please !

bwthimmesch 0 points 26 days ago

check out my current system build. just change the 1080ti to 1070.

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supersami100 1 point 17 days ago

nice build

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
Phanteks - PH-TC14PE 78.1 CFM CPU Cooler 5W - 10W
Gigabyte - Z370P D3 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard 17W - 70W
G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory 14W - 14W
Crucial - MX500 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Toshiba - 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Inno3D - GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Twin X2 Video Card 45W - 180W
Total: 98W - 399W