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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 be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 to match our case. The Dark Rock Pro 4 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 from DDR4-2666 to DDR4-3200.


Using the parametric filters this build will incorporate an m.2 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 Ti 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 Ti is perfectly suited for VR gaming as well. When using a GTX 1080 Ti 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 Thermaltake View 37 Riing Edition case. This case has a unique side panel, 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

Part List Customize This Part List

Compatibility Check: See notes below.

Estimated Wattage: 466W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU £263.94 £263.94 Aria PC Buy
CPU Cooler £69.23 FREE £69.23 More Computers Buy
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Chipset: Intel Z370
  • M.2 Ports: 2 - 4
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
£89.91 £89.91 Ebuyer Buy
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2666, DDR4-2800, DDR4-2933, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
  • Heat Spreader: Yes
£114.67 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime £114.67 Amazon UK Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 500GB - 12TB
  • Type: SSD
  • Interface: M.2 (M)
  • Form Factor: M.2-2280
£95.38 FREE £95.38 Amazon UK Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 3TB - 10TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
£56.39 £56.39 Aria PC Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
£609.98 £609.98 Ebuyer Buy
Case £113.48 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime £113.48 Amazon UK Buy
Power Supply £50.77 £50.77 Amazon UK Buy
Total: £1463.75
* 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.

Compatibility Notes

  • The motherboard M.2 slot #1 shares bandwidth with a SATA 6.0 Gb/s port. When the M.2 slot is populated, one SATA 6.0 Gb/s port is disabled.
  • The motherboard M.2 slot #2 shares bandwidth with a SATA 6.0 Gb/s port. When the M.2 slot is populated, one SATA 6.0 Gb/s port is disabled.
  • Flag compatibility notes as incorrect

Comments Sorted by:

SavagePigeon 6 points 1 month ago

Nothing about the build, but BE CAREFUL. The gpu was being sold by an amazon seller called smartercase and THEY ARE A SCAM!!! Many people including myself never received our items. Amazon has been contacted and I am getting a refund but now I have to find another more expensive gpu, be careful everyone.

Happycow 1 point 1 month ago

Your saying avoid purchasing the gpu off of Amazon??

SavagePigeon 2 points 1 month ago

No, now if you go to the amazon page for it, amazon has displayed a new seller with good reputation. Sorry a bit misleading. Was more of just a warning to always be careful, but now it looks like its fine! Also seems the build isnt using the ZOTAC brand anymore so also should be good, i ended up just spending a bit more and getting the GIGABYTE OC 1080 ti

Happycow 1 point 1 month ago

Oh okay cool thanks lol

THALEXIS32XD 2 points 2 months ago

Since when a GTX1080Ti costs 526.00 ?

OolonCaluphid 2 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

Since Amazon incorrectly reports global store prices to PC Part picker excluding VAT, (20%), Duties and fees.

I've messaged PCPP about this, Amazon global store prices are NOT representative, the GPU the parametric filter selects is over £200 more landed in the UK.

Phildilf 3 Builds 2 points 17 days ago

This isn't the only thing listed like this.

I saw a post where a guy put a 980x in a build and PCPP has it listed at $1000. lol.

There's a bunch of stuff listed incorrectly. With newer builds, the cost is semi accurate. Anything else is a shot in the dark really.

Spheniscidae 1 point 1 month ago

Since the RTX announcement

James.k 2 points 7 days ago

Why? Why? WHY?Are you using the i5-8600k Instead of the vastly superior i7-8700k?

jaggedcow 1 point 5 days ago

To save the price difference. It won’t make a huge difference since most games still depend on single threaded IPC, hyperthreading is not as good as real cores, and the i5 overclocks better generally.

The i7 is only worth it if you’re going to be streaming or editing video (though really Ryzen would be a better choice). But for just gaming and general use the i5 will be just as fast and 70% the cost

Phildilf 3 Builds 1 point 2 days ago

Over $100 more for the 8700k. "vastly superior"? Nope. Not for gaming at least (which is what this rig is built for). The 8600k is known as one of the best gaming processors.

Steve1466 1 point 2 months ago


KeyteeChan 1 point 2 months ago


SavagePigeon 1 point 1 month ago

Anyone got a setup video of this build with how to install everything from scratch? Newbie here

dreamweaver_ 2 points 1 month ago

These are more basic parts so if you look up how to build a gaming pc from scratch it will most likely show you how to build it. It would be another case if there was water cooling or something else of that more complicated sort to install. Also this case can be organized very well so look up the case and how to build a pc using that.

bondical 1 point 1 month ago

I have a similar build with but struggling to get to 5ghz with the 8600k on the asrock pro 4 board. Anyone have any tips or links?

EvilHedgehog 1 point 1 month ago

whats ur cooler, and what voltage is it at

bondical 1 point 15 days ago

dark rock pro 4, same as the above build

EvilHedgehog 1 point 15 days ago

that's probably your cooler, you are trying to everclock 1.6 GHZ, which is alot, W/O a liquid cooler. I'd go with a corsair H100i or a NZXT Kraken H62. If you are willing to spend more for a cooler and better cooler, you could get a Thermaltake Floe-Riing

Happycow 1 point 1 month ago

Is this a good first pc and be able to run AAA games at a decent FPS? (Sorry brand new to pc gaming) Also is intel or AMD for processor??

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

This will run just about anything you can throw at it.

Happycow 1 point 1 month ago

Even with an i5 chip?

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 3 points 1 month ago

The newer i5 chips are similar to previous i7s in terms of cores. You will not have any issues.

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connor333 1 point 3 days ago

if you're aiming for high frame rates go for the i7

cgleach 1 point 16 days ago

This is one of the best pc's out there. xD

rockoo12 1 point 1 month ago

Is there a suggested wifi card (PCI vs USB)? Not sure how to choose or if it is compatible. Also, has anyone used this case? I see a lot of mixed reviews on it and was looking for some input. Thank you.

Happycow 1 point 1 month ago

Also can anyone recommend a different case that would work?

ShakinBacon 1 point 1 month ago

a more expensive or less expensive case?

Happycow 1 point 1 month ago

Equal or less, also with good airflow but idk how many parts light up in this build so idk if a glass panel is necessary

ShakinBacon 1 point 1 month ago

Ok so, if you want a pretty good case for an amazing price, I would recommend the Cooler Master - MasterBox TD500 ATX Mid Tower Case. It goes for bout exactly 100 dollars CAD and has 4 rgb fans inside of it. I used to have the case and I added 2 more fans in it. Overall, it was a really good case which comes at an amazing price. Would easily recommend it to you.

Happycow 1 point 1 month ago

Omg man thank you so so much, it looks so amazing. Definitely using this one!!!

ShakinBacon 1 point 1 month ago

Np bro

magoo9739 1 point 1 month ago

I have said this on others for this graphic card, it is another 119 pounds for customs unless you can get it for that price in the UK

Happycow 1 point 1 month ago

Would this pc be able to play DayZ, arma3 fallout 4 etc.?

devynbam123 1 point 26 days ago


Asday 1 point 1 month ago

£1337? Did you do that on purpose?

_XiTe_ 1 point 28 days ago

Does that mobo support overclocking to 5ghz?

Srggear 1 point 26 days ago

Power supply seems weak, under full load the 1080Ti can pull 300W+ alone. Having less that 250W headroom for CPU and all other functions is ridiculous. Why not add $30 and get a 650W+ PSU that will not have to be running 100% so much. I guarantee that that 550W will be running its fan loud whenever you do anything demanding. Secondly, an i5 seems like a strange choice for an "enthusiast Intel build". Most i7 aren't even enthusiast level in my eyes.

PrivatePengu 1 point 18 days ago

Because it's unnecessary. And it's an enthusiast gaming build, not an enthusiast build, therefore upgrading to an i7 wouldn't be worth the cost.

jimferno 1 point 24 days ago

Would it make any sense to get a GTX 1070 instead of the 1080 to save a little cash? Trying to come up with a build for gaming, music production, twitch streaming, and video editing. Thanks!

KazooKID123 1 point 21 days ago

Is 550w PSU not enough for a 1080 TI?

KarlGman 1 point 14 days ago

To be honest, i would rather have a i7-8700k or r7-2700x over a i5, even if i downgrade to a gtx 1080.

frylock567 1 Build 1 point 9 days ago

Everything is well picked except the PSU. Go at least 650W

Twix14 1 point 3 days ago

Im looking at the Thermalright Le Grande Macho RT over the Be Quiet! Dark Pro 4, but im not really sure if it's good. I saw some reviews and just need a 2nd opinion. :D

ReadingUpsidedown 0 points 1 month ago

An i5 build? Enthusiast? That's a bit of a stretch.

wesselgaz 3 points 1 month ago

Ah, I love it when people think they know it better just because they heard i7 is better than i5.

You don't need an i7 for a gaming build, this rig is good enough to play the newest AAA titles on Ultra on atleast 100+ fps on 1920x1080.

ReadingUpsidedown -1 points 1 month ago

The title said enthusiast, not budget.

WalkerMC 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

I agree, enthusiast is not i5, It's a powerful chip, but an i7 4790k isn't enthusiast anymore but was at one point. Just because an i5 is as powerful as old i7's that doesn't make it enthusiast.

JonLernerCanada 1 point 29 days ago

That older i7 4790k chip will still let you play just about anything you throw at it with a good frame rate, especially when overclocked.

WalkerMC 1 Build 1 point 29 days ago

That's true, and it's still a great chip, but it is no no longer enthusiast grade and 8700k and 7700k smash it.

PrivatePengu 1 point 18 days ago

It's an enthusiast gaming build, not an enthusiast build. Ergo, an i7 makes no sense here.

Phildilf 3 Builds 0 points 17 days ago

No final pictures of everything installed? How dare you!


illusionbolt9670 -5 points 1 month ago

you would be bottlenecking the cpu and maybe the gpu

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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
be quiet! - Dark Rock Pro 4 50.5 CFM CPU Cooler 5W - 10W
ASRock - Z370 Pro4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard 17W - 70W
Patriot - Viper LED 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory 11W - 11W
ADATA - XPG 512GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Toshiba - P300 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Zotac - GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB Mini Video Card 62W - 250W
Total: 112W - 466W