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Great Intel Gaming Build

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CPU

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.

Motherboard

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

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.

Storage

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.

GPU

In light of recent stock shortages due to the current cryptocurrency mining craze, we've updated the GPU to the more powerful Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080. It's one of the best price for performance cards on the market and an absolute powerhouse. The GTX 1080 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 1080 will have no problem playing any and and all applications currently on the market.

When video card stock and availability normalizes again, we will make sure to update our guides as appropriate to reflect the change in the market.

To keep the noise and temperatures down, we've updated the filter to include a minimum length to avoid "mini" versions of the card, which prioritize fitting into small builds, such as an ITX case. You can choose to use this filter instead, if you want to include the smaller cards for any reason. Note that smaller cards will be louder or hotter - or both.

Case

The build will be housed in the NZXT S340 Elite mid tower case. This case features a tempered glass window and front panel USB 3.0 and HDMI ports. It can fit full length video cards and has a sleek PSU shroud to keep your build looking cleaner. It also has a bumped-out cable management bar towards the front of the case interior to help you manage and hide cables.

PSU

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.

AMD Version

Here is the AMD version of our Great Gaming Guide..

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Estimated Wattage: 356W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU £155.94 £155.94 Aria PC Buy
Motherboard
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Chipset: Intel B250
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
  • RAM Type: DDR4
£71.99 £71.99 Aria PC Buy
Memory
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2400, DDR4-2666, DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
£106.87 £106.87 Amazon UK Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 500GB - 10TB
  • Type: SSD
£122.14 £122.14 Amazon UK Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1080
  • Length: 224mm - 403mm
£474.97 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime £474.97 Amazon UK Buy
Case £75.99 £75.99 Ebuyer Buy
Power Supply £73.72 FREE £73.72 CCL Computers Buy
Total: £1081.62
* 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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