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Magnificent Intel Gaming Guide

by ThoughtA




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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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..

Part List Customize This Part List

Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 474W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU €259.46 €259.46 Amazon Italia Buy
CPU Cooler €123.39 €123.39 Amazon Italia Buy
Motherboard €149.89 €149.89 Amazon Italia Buy
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
€141.80 €141.80 Amazon Italia Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 500GB - 10TB
  • Type: SSD
€127.90 €127.90 Amazon Italia Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 3TB - 10TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
€72.90 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €72.90 Amazon Italia Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
  • Length: 224mm - 403mm
€745.01 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €745.01 Amazon Italia Buy
Case €165.00 €165.00 Amazon Italia Buy
Power Supply €165.90 €165.90 Amazon Italia Buy
Total: €1951.25
* 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 25 days ago

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

FurriiChan 1 point 1 day ago

How much more does that cost? Just curious.

RichardMalfitano 1 point 1 day ago

From $260 to $370, so $110 extra.

Metalwolfy 2 points 3 days ago

This build looks amazing and I'm considering building it, but are there any cheaper options for the GPU? Will going with like a 1080 6gb hurt the rest of the build at all?

T_H_I_C_C 1 point 2 days ago

It would have less performance, meaning less FPS, and the CPU would probably be a bit overkill for the 1060 6GB.

If you got rid of the 1080 Ti you could really only go for 1080p at pretty high settings.

rebel5cum 1 point 1 day ago

The 1070 and 1070ti are right in the 1440p 60fps range in terms of performance. The 1080 is kind of the overkill 1440p card. It won't play everything at 4k 60fps. If you are going to be playing at 1080p, the 1060 6GB will be great.

grey_line 1 point 1 day ago

With all the crypto currency mining going on lately, it's generally a bad time to buy a GPU unfortunately.

acewingman 1 point 1 month ago

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


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 1 month 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 1 month ago

Mate, thats a i5-8600k not a i7

ThoughtA staff submitter 3 points 28 days ago

Thanks for the correction!

Galligan 1 point 29 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 7 points 28 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 24 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 28 days ago

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

M1N1_Raptor7 0 points 24 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 28 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 28 days ago

Haha yep!

LonghornAlamo2040 1 point 28 days ago


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

ThoughtA staff submitter 2 points 28 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 28 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 28 days ago

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

dwang040 2 Builds 2 points 27 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 27 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 24 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 24 days ago

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

Lobsterareawesome 6 Builds 3 points 21 days ago

i think he means video editing

hwill12345 1 point 16 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 13 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 15 days ago

Why that 1080Ti over the 1080Ti mini?

Lobsterareawesome 6 Builds 3 points 12 days ago

that Ti probably has a better cooler

Trizzie_Brah 1 point 14 days ago

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

skoop321 1 Build 2 points 6 days ago

Just like everything in life my man.

ziffle 1 Build 1 point 13 days ago

Should really focus on an I7 in this build :P

HarambeOurSavior 1 point 13 days ago

why tho?

skoop321 1 Build 1 point 6 days ago

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

BettyBoo42 1 point 4 days 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 13 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 13 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 10 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 4 days 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.

Krumble1 1 point 12 days ago

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

GM007 1 point 10 days ago

Why a blower style card.

BettyBoo42 1 point 4 days 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 10 days ago

the i5 may bottleneck the ti just saying

Lobsterareawesome 6 Builds 1 point 5 days ago

no it wont

BettyBoo42 1 point 4 days 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 10 days ago

WOW look how the prices of this build have increased.

SamsPcmasterace 1 point 10 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 10 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 9 days ago

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

BettyBoo42 1 point 4 days 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 9 days ago

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

BettyBoo42 1 point 4 days 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 9 days ago

I have a strong hatred for the case

Refusinq 1 point 7 days ago

Will this build also work with my GTX 1050 Ti?

Lobsterareawesome 6 Builds 1 point 5 days ago

Yes it would

Steve1466 1 point 5 days ago

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

hmdanx 1 point 4 days 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 4 days 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.

Jyrone 1 point 3 days ago

Pretty dope... but I would still prefer an AMD CPU since the whole bypass with Intel's. I don't trust Intel anymore.

Colob1473 1 point 2 days ago

Hey guys is this good for a first pc?


Also do I need to pick an operating system and software?

Matsozetex 1 Build 1 point 2 days ago

Better CPU, RAM and PSU:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 1500X 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $238.00 @ Shopping Express
Motherboard ASRock - Fatal1ty AB350 Gaming K4 ATX AM4 Motherboard $135.00 @ Scorptec
Memory G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $278.00 @ Umart
Storage Samsung - 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $119.00 @ Shopping Express
Storage Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $59.00 @ Shopping Express
Video Card Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Windforce OC Video Card $649.00 @ PLE Computers
Case Antec - P8 ATX Mid Tower Case $85.00 @ Scorptec
Power Supply XFX - XTR 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $119.00 @ PCCaseGear
Keyboard Thermaltake - CHALLENGER PRIME Wired Gaming Keyboard $38.50 @ Newegg Australia
Mouse Logitech - G402 Wired Optical Mouse $49.00 @ Shopping Express
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1769.50
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-01-17 23:45 AEDT+1100
Colob1473 1 point 2 days ago

Thanks heaps, that list is cheaper too! Will this be able to run most games at high settings with a solid FPS?

Matsozetex 1 Build 2 points 2 days ago

Yes, this can do 1080p 60-100hz or 1440p 60-100hz

Colob1473 1 point 2 days ago

Thank you, this is my first time building a pc, that is why I don’t know much. Hopefully I don’t break anything trying to put it together.

KhaosxTitan 1 point 2 days ago

People should step away from an Intel based system due to their hole in their security. With the new patch to fix the hole it slows your processing power to 2/3 or 1/2 of the original performance depending on the CPU. This goes for anything with an Intel based processor. With the update to fix this you can't deny updates on windows 10 so any other OS you are fine. Another problem is that if you have Windows 10 the updated turns AMD based systems into a brick making them not boot.

Ilikecoputrs 1 point 1 day ago

Jeez, GPUS are expensive rn

Hemes 0 points 26 days ago

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

Lobsterareawesome 6 Builds 1 point 24 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 13 days ago

facts aabout the i5

BettyBoo42 1 point 4 days 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.

Honor 4 Builds 0 points 12 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 12 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 12 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 6 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.

vagabond139 5 Builds 1 point 1 day ago

Brand means nothing when it come to parts. That is not how you should choose parts if you want a good build.

Caedonanewman 0 points 8 days ago

why 2600+?

Matsozetex 1 Build 1 point 2 days ago

Large performance gains in going from 2400 to 2666 MHz. Beyond such there is still performance gains but relatively less compared to the jump from 2400 to 2666.

A_Petaflop_Will_Do -1 points 1 month ago

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

Superb_Falcon 2 points 29 days ago

But i5 is also a hex-core...

NewMoonGamingHD 2 points 29 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 28 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 29 days ago

thank you.

Brood550 1 Build -1 points 29 days ago

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

MjolnirThunder 2 points 29 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 29 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 29 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 29 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 29 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 29 days ago


niquer123 -5 points 20 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 18 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 12 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 5 days ago

Agreed BL

thedukeanator13 1 Build 2 points 18 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 19 days ago

it's called "magnificent" fora reason

Steve1466 1 point 5 days 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 1 month 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 28 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 26 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 25 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 24 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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ThoughtA staff submitter 4 points 27 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 27 days ago

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

Namnguyen 1 Build 1 point 24 days ago

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

ThoughtA staff submitter 2 points 24 days ago

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