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Magnificent Intel Gaming Guide

by ThoughtA

Description

CPU and Cooler

At this budget, we're running an i5-8600K. This hex-core CPU features an unlocked multiplier for easy and often significant overclocking. While not all games will benefit from overclocking, games like Overwatch and Battlefield 1 can benefit significantly from a faster CPU. Overclocking can also help your CPU stave off obsolescence for a good while longer.

To take fuller advantage of the overclockability, we are including the new be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4.

Motherboard

We're using a parametric selection of motherboards that keep with a black and white theme. The parametric selection will actively choose the best-priced motherboard of the group. All motherboards in the group use the Z370 chipset, which allows the i5-8600K 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.

Memory

For memory, we're filtering for the best-priced 2x8GB kit of DDR4 RAM that would match a black and white build and also is 2666 or faster. Feel free to click the "From parametric filter" link to see the various options and pick a color that suits you.

Storage

We're also using a parametric filter that will actively select the best-priced SSD of at least 500GB capacity. Additionally, we're including a 3TB mechanical hard drive in a parametric filter for things like storing media and extra games. Everyone's storage needs differs, so feel free to change the capacity to your heart's desire.

GPU

Our GPU is the very popular GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. 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 Ti available, but feel free to click the "From parametric filter" link to browse our listing of 1080s Tis. For those interested in VR, the GTX 1080 Ti will have no problem playing any and and all applications currently on the market.

Case

All of our parts are on display in the Fractal Design Meshify C TG. This tempered glass-sporting case has a unique take on mesh fronts. The mesh is bent into a variety of angles that give a cool effect, both looking at it straight on and at various angles in differing lighting.

The Meshify C TG features 2x front panel USB 3.0 ports, and it has a PSU shroud and cable management holes and tie-offs to help your build look cleaner. It can also fit full-sized video cards.

PSU

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.

AMD Version

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

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Estimated Wattage: 469W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU €225.90 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €225.90 Amazon Espana Buy
CPU Cooler €76.12 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €76.12 Amazon Espana Buy
Motherboard €154.90 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €154.90 Amazon Espana Buy
Memory
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2666, DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200, DDR4-3300, DDR4-3333
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
  • Heat Spreader: Yes
  • Color: Black, Black/Gray, Black/Silver, Black/White, White, White/Gray, White/Silver
€173.10 €173.10 Amazon Espana Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 500GB - 10TB
  • Type: SSD
€114.90 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €114.90 Amazon Espana Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 3TB - 10TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
€73.54 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €73.54 Amazon Espana Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
  • Length: 224mm - 403mm
€799.00 €3.95 €802.95 PC Componentes Buy
Case €88.90 €8.92 €97.82 Alternate Buy
Power Supply
No Matches Available
Base Total: €1706.36
Shipping: €12.87
Total: €1719.23
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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.

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mlgcrossyroad64 2 points 10 days ago

What!?!?! Only an i5 but a GTX 1080 Ti?

SavageVector 1 Build 1 point 9 days ago

Dude, coffee lake's unlocked i5 beats last gen's unlocked i7. It can keep up with a 1080ti for nearly any game you throw at it.

mlgcrossyroad64 1 point 8 days ago

Oh

mlgcrossyroad64 1 point 8 days ago

I didn't know because I usually assume bigger number=better xD but thanks for enlightening me.

SavageVector 1 Build 2 points 8 days ago

You're half right. The number following the 'i' (3,5,7, & 9) gives the series, and a general idea of the power the processor has. The four digit number (and maybe letter) after the 'i' tell you more about the processor itself.

The first of the four numbers tells you the generation (i7-6700 is 6th gen). The next two numbers tell you the level of processor within that generation (_400 will always be the lower i5 for that generation). The fourth number is always a zero, I assume because it looks cool.

A 'k' on the end means the processor is "unlocked"; meaning you can make it work faster than it's designed, but with no promises on how much faster. A 'x' and 'xe' means the processor is overkill and super-overkill, respectively.

TlDr; General rule of thumb, the the generation number (the first of the four) is the most meaningful. My i7-6700k (6th gen, two gens old) gets beaten by an i3-8350k (8th gen, current).

CPU.Userbenchmark is a really good cheat-sheet on general power, but it isn't the most reliable benchmark out there. http://cpu.userbenchmark.com/

Gacao_F 1 point 4 days ago

What about AMD ryzen CPU??

SavageVector 1 Build 1 point 4 days ago

I don't work nearly as much with AMDs, so I can't tell you nearly as much.

As with Intel, they have a four digit code, and the first digit is the generation (ryzen's currently on gen 2, TR still on gen 1). The second and third numbers represent how good the chip is within that generation, but I don't have those memorized to the '3', '5', and '7' the same way I do Intel. Finally, just like Intel, the last number always seems to be a '0'.

I have literally no idea what the 'x' on the end means, as I'm pretty sure that all ryzen's are OC'able.

mlgcrossyroad64 1 point 8 days ago

btw could you take a look at my build an see if there is anything I should change because you seem to know more about PC hardware. Here is the link: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/KKmcbX

Memo1010 1 Build 1 point 8 days ago

you should post that in the forums

mlgcrossyroad64 1 point 8 days ago

How

SavageVector 1 Build 1 point 8 days ago

From a quick rundown, the parts list seems perfectly fine.

The only thing I'd suggest taking a look at is maybe replacing your CPU with the Ryzen 3 2200g. It's $20 cheaper, but you likely have to update your motherboard before the CPU will work, which requires going to a store to get it done. It's a bit of extra work, but you save $20, and the 2200g is an APU; meaning you can actually play games without a GPU on medium settings, allowing you to wait until GPU prices drop before upgrading to a dedicated card.

You might need 16gb instead of 8gb with an APU, but that's an easy upgrade to make if you find you need more ram after testing. The Ryzen 5 2400g would also be a viable option over the 2200g.

Other than that, looks good; but as u/Memo1010 said, you should go to the forums if you want good criticism from multiple guys who know more than me about AMD processors.

mlgcrossyroad64 1 point 7 days ago

Thanks for the help.

mlgcrossyroad64 1 point 7 days ago

I will definitely take a look at the APU's

mlgcrossyroad64 1 point 7 days ago

btw one more question: If I use an APU and then I get a GPU in the future, will I need to change it to a CPU?

SavageVector 1 Build 1 point 7 days ago

Nope. The APU works the same as Intel's integrated graphics, only much stronger. When you get a dedicated graphics card, it just shuts down the gpu section of the CPU.

Just be aware that the 2400g is about half the GPU power of a GTX 1050 ti; so graphics will be bottom of the line. The reason to go for the APU is if you think you can last on what equates to a GTX 1030 until prices for better cards finally come back down.

Of course, the ryzen APUs are incredibly new things, and you definitely want more than just my opinion before pulling the trigger. Cheers!

yellowbear 1 point 11 days ago

Will the cooler hide the rgbness of the ram?

Leleedler 1 point 2 days ago

Great build +1 My only change would be going for the NH-D15 over the Dark Rock Pro 4. The mounting system on the Dark Rock, is really awful, and the NH-D15 is a good bit better for the same price. The Dark Rock Pro does look better to most people but, I'll always take Noctua over be quiet!.

averasko 0 points 14 days ago

why do you spend so much on the cooler? it won't be silent during gaming by any means because of the 1080 Ti. but when idle, the most noise will be coming from the case fan rather than the cooler.

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Reason:
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
Asus - Prime Z370-A ATX LGA1151 Motherboard 17W - 70W
Team - Vulcan 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory 14W - 14W
Crucial - MX500 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Hitachi - Ultrastar 7K4000 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Zotac - GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB Blower Video Card 62W - 250W
Total: 115W - 469W