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Magnificent Intel Gaming Guide

by ThoughtA




This build follows a striking black and white color aesthetic. In light of that, a number of part selection decisions were influenced in pursuit of this aesthetic, while impacting cost and performance as little as possible.

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 make the most of the overclockability, we're adding the Fractal Design Celsius S24 liquid cooler, which will really let you push the CPU.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Due to the high cost of GPUs and low availability, we are using a parametric filter for a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti with a max price set. With patience and vigilance, you can find a video card for around this price, and we want to provide a part list that is more accurate to this concept.


All of our parts are on display in the Corsair Crystal 570X RGB. The first thing you'll notice about this case is lots of glass. There's glass on nearly every side of the case, including behind the motherboard backpanel! It really looks gorgeous in person, though you may wish to pick up a microfiber cloth for fingerprints (you should have one for your monitor anyway).

The Crystal 570X can everything you'll want for this build. It features 2x USB 3.0 ports, can fit even large PSUs and CPU coolers, and, of course, it can fit full sized video cards.


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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Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 221W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU ₹22100.00 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime ₹22100.00 Amazon India Buy
CPU Cooler
Motherboard ₹10226.59 ₹10226.59 Amazon India Buy
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
₹12408.41 ₹12408.41 Amazon India Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 500GB - 10TB
  • Type: SSD
₹9544.77 ₹9544.77 Amazon India Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 3TB - 10TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
₹5453.86 ₹5453.86 Amazon India Buy
Video Card
No Matches Available
From parametric filter
  • Price: ₹0.00 - ₹850.00
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
  • Length: 224mm - 403mm
Case ₹14700.00 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime ₹14700.00 Amazon India Buy
Power Supply ₹10799.00 ₹10799.00 Amazon India Buy
Total: ₹85232.63
* 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.

Comments Sorted by:

milanunderberg 1 point 13 days ago

What should I use as a video card?

TheBSMachine 1 point 12 days ago

I'm using a 1080 from EVGA and it's amazing.

MusketBallHugo 1 point 11 days ago

go to nowinstock.net,

they show all available videocards comparing prices from even more websites. I got a 1080 for 650 including tax (MSI Gaming X 8GB) off amazon from that website.

Bwatson10 1 point 2 days ago

So I’m new to the pc building world. Do you need an operating system it seems necessary?

Cfojustice 1 point 1 day ago

Yes you would need an operating system because your PC wouldn't run on anything without it.

holguin.ad 1 point 1 day ago

will everything here work with the i7 core?

Flash24 1 point 6 hours ago

Intel - Core i5-8600K 3.6GHz 6-Core Processor instead of this i7 - core would be better graphics card 1060 or 1080 would be perfect and water cooling system if we add this pc would work like beast but it will rise it value

Junz18 -1 points 11 days ago

1060 msi 6gb man. Its cool and cheaper

vagabond139 5 Builds 1 point 7 days ago


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
Fractal Design - Celsius S24 87.6 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler 10W - 15W
Asus - Prime Z370-A ATX LGA1151 Motherboard 17W - 70W
Corsair - Vengeance LED 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory 11W - 11W
Crucial - MX300 525GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Toshiba - P300 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Total: 55W - 221W