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Great Intel Gaming Build

by ThoughtA




At this budget, we're running an Intel i5-7500. Any modern i5 will perform admirably for nearly all gaming needs. The i5-7500 includes a stock cooler, so 3rd-party cooler isn't necessary. Since we aren't overclocking our CPU, the stock cooler will be sufficient in keeping temperatures acceptable.

Note: If you'd prefer to consider a similar build, but instead using an AMD Ryzen processor, be sure to check out our Great AMD Gaming Build Guide.


We're using a parametric filter to constantly select the best-priced motherboard while meeting selected criteria. In this case, we are filtering for B250 chipsets and 4 DDR4 DIMM slots for future expansion. The compatibility engine will filter out anything not compatible with the build. The motherboards are also capable of using the CPU's integrated GPU, in case you need to RMA your GPU or are waiting for a sale or upgrade.


Memory needs are slowly but constantly increasing, and we want to stay ahead of the curve. To this end we're using a parametric filter to choose a 16GB kit of memory within Intel's recommended specifications at the best price. The filter will only select 2x8GB kits, allowing us to leave room for extra DIMMs for future expansion.


We're use parametric filters to incorporate an SSD with at least 500GB of space. Everyone's storage needs differs, so feel free to add or remove capacity to your heart's desire.


For our GPU, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 is one of the best price for performance cards on the market and an absolute powerhouse. The GTX 1070 will provide a consistent 60fps on many demanding games like Battlefield 1 at Ultra at 1080p, and even 1440p for some games like Shadow of Mordor. For those interested in VR, the GTX 1070 will have no problem playing any and and all applications currently on the market.

The filter also avoids video cards that are considered "mini" length, as those will not cool as effectively or quietly, and the small savings to be had with them isn't really worth it with this budget.

You can choose to use this filter instead, if you want to include the smaller cards for any reason.


The build will be housed in the Cooler Master MasterBox 5 mid tower. The MasterBox 5 features 2 USB 3.0 front panel ports and has room for video cards of any length. It includes a PSU shroud to hide unsightly cables, plenty of bays for storage drives, and it has room for multiple radiators. There are also plenty of cable management holes.

If you're interested, there's also a black version of the case.


For our power supply, we're using a parametric selection of well-reviewed semi or fully modular units, all of which are 80+ Gold certified or above and can provide plenty of power for this build.

Part List Customize This Part List

Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 306W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU €200.75 €200.75 Amazon France Buy
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Chipset: Intel B250
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
  • RAM Type: DDR4
€94.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €94.99 Amazon France Buy
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2400, DDR4-2666, DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
€131.36 €131.36 Amazon France Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 500GB - 10TB
  • Type: SSD
€139.44 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €139.44 Amazon France Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1070
  • Length: 224mm - 403mm
€399.90 €399.90 Amazon France Buy
Case €67.10 €67.10 Amazon France Buy
Power Supply €89.90 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €89.90 Amazon France Buy
Total: €1123.44
* 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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Vanacy 2 Builds 4 points 16 days ago

Nice build! I would swap the locked i5 7500 with a Ryzen 5 1400.

Metacomet10 5 points 16 days ago

Keep in mind this is a specifically Intel build

Soupnad 3 points 16 days ago

Whats the situation with cables here? What would I need to get on top of this stuff for connecting it all?

fickleninja 3 points 10 days ago

You're likely only going to need a screw driver to get everything assembled. All the cables should be included with the parts.

morty35 2 points 16 days ago

Does anyone know if you need to buy additional fans for this build?

fickleninja 1 point 10 days ago

The official case website says it comes with 2 pre-installed fans. 120mm in the front and rear. It should be enough to get you going and you could upgrade for better cooling in the future if needed.

RunieBagel 1 point 17 days ago

For it to be wirless you would have to add a USB or get a wireless card I assume?

Soccer62587 2 points 17 days ago

A PCI wireless card would in most cases be faster than a USB wireless dongle. You also don't want to lose one of your 5x USB 2.0/3.0 ports, since they seem to fill out quicker than you think.

RobsterL 1 point 4 days ago

I am currently having the same problem as this guy. but i looked at my completed build and there isnt space for a pci wireless card. did i do something wrong?

Soccer62587 1 point 4 days ago

Hi RobsterL, since the wireless PCIe card is only x1, you can put that card in any available PCIe slot (x1, x4, x8, x16) on your motherboard and it'll work just fine.

rickyrangel85 1 point 17 days ago

How would this graphics card and cpu combo perform for gaming beyond 60hz? Say 120-144hz

Nick85er 1 point 17 days ago

exceedingly well up to 1440p

(edited to remove unnecessary "2K @")

Dreamalittle 0 points 6 days ago

I have this setup and struggle to get frames much higher than 60 @ 1440p in a lot of AAA titles. setting graphics on low helps. 6700/7700+1080 is a much more suitable combo if he wants to push the 144hz envelope (typically people wanting this are FPS gamers not moba also).

Cmdr__Tim 1 point 6 days ago

At 1440p, things become much more GPU bound, so the difference between a 7700k and a 1600 would be 5 fps at most...

MoodyPlayz 1 point 17 days ago

How is the 16GB of ram on this computer?

alperostr 1 point 13 days ago

Hello This will be the my first custom pc and I honestly will have no idea of what I am doing is there some sort of guide?

moguzon 1 point 4 days ago

Assuming you want a build guide (how to assemble) , there are many good guides on YouTube by Bitwit, Paul's Hardware etc.

Aestria 1 point 12 days ago

Would it make sense for me to upgrade the CPU to an i7? If so should I look at a different motherboard as well or is this one fine as well?

issamami 2 points 9 days ago

Upgrading to an i7 is almost never worth it for any gaming needs, you can upgrade however to the i5-7600K instead, or rather spend the saved money upgrading the graphics card.

cskcvarma13 1 point 11 days ago

hey.. I'm interested in dual boot. Will the config support it?

juder11 1 point 10 days ago

Dual boot doesn't depend on hardware to work, so it is supported by every computer. However, if your dual booting scheme includes installing Linux under UEFI, you may have to make some changes to your BIOS like the ones in this guide to get everything working.

Level1Builder 1 point 9 days ago

Hey, is there any way to make this build a little cheaper (around the $1000 range)? like only using a 150GB SSD and a 2TB HDD? My main concern is to keep the CPU and GPU strength but make it a little easier on my wallet.

moguzon 1 point 4 days ago

Storage is always up to the builder. While SSD's will start up applications muh faster, they are simply a convenience and not a need. A hard drive will be cheaper, and will work fine if youre okay with slower start up speeds.

SlenderDerp 1 point 7 days ago

Would this be able to run games such as Rust at high settings?

brycerahman 1 point 5 days ago

The motherboard seems kinda sketch :(

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 5 days ago

What makes you say that?

brycerahman 1 point 1 day ago

It has no picture on this website which worries me and seems way to cheap to perform well

PhoenixDriver 1 point 4 days ago

Dumb question, but I'm assuming I could spend less than $100 more to swap the GTX 1070 with a GTX 1080 and it would still work fine?

Also how is the noise level on this build? I'm looking for something whisper quiet.

JC43 1 point 3 days ago

If I was to switch the 1070 with a 1080, would it be held back by the other components?

pinchilin 1 point 1 day ago

This looks amazing! Would you guys know if I would have any problems with a 220v outlet (europe) if I just hook an adapter to the end plug? Thanks in advance

tommyj44 1 point 3 hours ago

Would this build be able to play the following games at 60 fps high settings? Diablo 3 WOW League of Legends

moguzon 0 points 4 days ago

Interestiing choice on not including a hard drive

pingiOP -5 points 14 days ago

nice copy paste of one of the build guides on this site

ThoughtA staff submitter 5 points 13 days ago

The two guides were intentionally made in tandem.

pingiOP 1 point 13 days ago

oh oke

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Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
Intel - Core i5-7500 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor 8W - 65W
Asus - PRIME B250-PRO ATX LGA1151 Motherboard 17W - 70W
G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory 11W - 11W
Western Digital - Blue 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Palit - GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Dual Video Card 37W - 150W
Total: 75W - 306W