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Build Guide

Excellent Gaming Build

by manirelli



CPU/CPU Cooler

For the Excellent Intel Gaming Build build we selected the Intel i5-7600k as our processor. To cool the i5-7600k while overclocking we selected the be quiet! Dark Rock 3. The Dark Rock 3 is an excellent choice for our build aesthetically and will keep the temperature of the CPU cool while overclocking.


To allow overclocking on the processor, we set the parametric filters for 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 480GB 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.


All of our components are housed in the NZXT S340 Elite. This case has a gorgeous red/black finish, a large side panel window, 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.

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Estimated Wattage: 392W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU €292.94 €292.94 Amazon France Buy
CPU Cooler
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Chipset: Intel Z270
  • SLI/CrossFire: 2-Way SLI Capable, CrossFire Capable
  • SATA 6Gb/s Ports: 6 - 10
  • Max RAM: 64GB - 1TB
€120.90 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €120.90 Amazon France Buy
From parametric filter
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
  • Heat Spreader: Yes
€128.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €128.99 Amazon France Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 480GB - 10TB
  • Type: SSD
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 2.5"
€133.36 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €133.36 Amazon France Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 3TB - 10TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
€89.00 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €89.00 Amazon France Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1080
€588.15 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €588.15 Amazon France Buy
Case €99.90 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €99.90 Amazon France Buy
Power Supply €89.90 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €89.90 Amazon France Buy
Total: €1543.14
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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:

mredible 4 points 19 days ago

Hi, This will be my first gaming build. I have a few questions to do with cooling. Will this PC be kept cool enough? What temperature will the GPU & CPU run at when maxed out on AAA games in this setup? And how does the temperature of the CPU and GPU affect the lifetime of the PC? Would you recommend liquid cooling for this build and if so what would you recommend? Thank you.

Hp7242 1 Build 3 points 16 days ago

I'm no expert, so do not just take my word for it. You may have to do research on the parts yourself, but it should be kept cool enough, CPU might run low 70s if you overclock it (which you should if you get a "K" series CPU), GPU may run low 80s with the blower style cooler, but you can adjust the fan curve if that does not make you happy. You should not worry about the heat affecting the lifetime of the PC. You will probably upgrade parts before they ever come close to dying, and if they die sooner than that, you can probably get a replacement for free because of a defect. I would not recommend liquid cooling for this PC unless you know what you are doing and are willing to pay a couple hundred dollars more. I think you would be fine with just the cooling the parts come with though. Hope this helps!

Lordgaben2156 1 point 11 days ago

temps should be cool enough that water cooling is not required and there should be no overheating or reduced lifespan

ItsMuni 2 points 16 days ago

I'm also thinking of building this as well, I'm fairly new to building so apologies if my question is a bit ignorant , but will i also need to buy a ethernet adapter for this ? or will it have one ? same thing for an audio adapter. Since that GTX 1080 isn't in stock , thoughts on this one? Its the same same build but with a different 1080 , https://pcpartpicker.com/list/gnK8BP Thank you.

Anarkhiya 2 points 16 days ago

Hey Muni,

Good news! No, you will not. The motherboard comes with an on-board ethernet adapter which, when built, will be on the back of the case. So case closed!

For future reference, when you're checking out motherboards, look on the left side under specifications, and check for the section 'Onboard Ethernet.' It being present signifies you'll find an adapter on the motherboard.

Also, the secondary 1080 you linked is actually a bit better than the one in the default build, so definitely, it will do.

Happy building!

*Edits for spelling, derp.

Roofless 1 point 12 days ago

Would you be able to use this as a Hackintosh?

wildmike85 1 point 11 days ago

When I placed my order, the only available 1080 was a Zotac mini. Is there any reason to be cautious with a mini GPU? Does it perform the same as EVGA that is available now? Am I able to overclock it? I'm definitely reading and learning a lot, but I really appreciate any help. This is my first build. Thanks, guys!

lol-m8 1 point 6 days ago

The only concern I would have with the Zotac Mini is overclocking, since it might not have the proper cooling to overclock far enough to have an effect on performance. It will though perform almost identically with the EVGA ACX 3.0 GTX 1080. I wouldn't recommend overclocking with the Zotac Mini, since you might crash or experience a lot more heat on the card. Hopefully this helps you out.

Over9000GHz 1 point 7 days ago

Hey Ryan,

Do you have the video on where you built this PC? I have seen videos based on a youtube channel (Boy Scout) where a guy named Ryan (is that you?) built PC's and I enjoyed every one of them. I might buy this build later too.

Thank you a lot.

discokong 1 point 1 day ago

I'm looking to make this my first gaming build. Would there be any issues with this build if I were to swap out the case for the Fractal Define R5 ATX Mid? Would the cooler still be necessary considering the case would come with 2 fans?

fallingPC 1 point 19 hours ago

need suggestions. are the components i used good? for the cooler i would be using air cooler since i may not overclock the cpu. and i really need suggestions if i should stick with the mother board or switch it over with the rog ix hero


Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
Intel - Core i5-7600K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor 11W - 91W
be quiet! - Dark Rock 3 67.8 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler 5W - 10W
MSI - Z270 TOMAHAWK ATX LGA1151 Motherboard 17W - 70W
G.Skill - FORTIS 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory 11W - 11W
SanDisk - SSD PLUS 480GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Toshiba - 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1080 8GB G1 Gaming Video Card 45W - 180W
Total: 95W - 392W