This iteration of our high end build will maintain a neutral scheme to avoid detracting from the Kraken X52's RGB effect. Everyone has a different idea of what being an enthusiast means. You're welcome to share your thoughts on the word in the comments below.
At this budget, we're running an i5-7600K. 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. All of that being said, if you're not comfortable overclocking, you can save money by stepping down to an i5-7600, removing the non-stock cooler, and going with a cheaper B250 or H270 motherboard. The i5-7600 does come with a cooler, so if you step down and remove the Kraken X52, you'll still have adequate cooling. Do note that you'll lose the cool RGB LEDs that are on the Kraken X52, unless you don't want them anyway.
As mentioned, we are using the NZXT Kraken X52, which is a CLC (Closed Loop Cooler) that uses an integrated pump and 240mm radiator to cool your CPU. The pump also just so happens to have a very cool RGB LED ring around it, which can be controlled by the software NZXT CAM. While it isn't included in the part list, you can choose to add a the HUE+ & Aer RGB120 Fans Bundle Pack, which, in my opinion, really match well with the pump light. This combo does not include an LED strip.
We're using a parametric selection of motherboards that don't have too strong of a color that may throw off the LEDs on the Kraken X62. 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 i5-7600K 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, in case you need to RMA your GPU or are waiting for a GPU sale or upgrade.
Storage requirements vary from to user so we've selected both a solid state drive and a mechanical drive as a base line for this guide. Since our motherboard has an m.2 port we can avoid using a couple extra cables by adding an m.2 to the part list. The parametric selection chooses an m.2 drive at 512GB or larger which you can use for your operating system, games and regularly accessed programs. Should you need more storage we have also included a parametric filter to choose a 3TB or larger mechanical drive that runs at 7200rpm. Feel free to add more as less storage based on your usage and needs.
For memory, we're filtering for the best-priced 2x8GB kit of neutral-colored DDR4 RAM. 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 roughly 1TB capacity. Everyone's storage needs differs, so feel free to change the capacity or add a mechanical drive to your heart's desire.
Our GPU is the very popular GeForce GTX 1080. 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 available, but feel free to click the "From parametric filter" link to browse our listing of 1080s. For those interested in VR, the GTX 1080 will have no problem playing any and and all applications currently on the market.
All of our parts are housed in the windowed version of the Fractal Design Define C. This case is kind of like the Define S or Define R5, but it has a shorter length to reduce wasted space. It features 2 USB 3.0 front panel ports and can fit pretty much any length video card. We're already going a little loud with LEDs, and the more streamlined look of the Define C will allow the Kraken X52 to draw the eye without being an eyesore.
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.
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|Power Supply||£84.21||£84.21||Amazon UK||Buy|
|Intel Core i5-7600K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor||11W - 91W|
|NZXT Kraken X52 Liquid CPU Cooler||10W - 15W|
|Gigabyte GA-Z270P-D3 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard||17W - 70W|
|Corsair Vengeance LED 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory||11W - 11W|
|Sandisk Ultra II 960GB 2.5" Solid State Drive||2W - 10W|
|MSI GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Video Card||45W - 180W|
|Total:||96W - 377W|