Best Intel 8th Gen Gaming Rig for $1000 (2017)
Written by: TheDemontool - 17:43 Nov-12-2017

So I decided to find out what you can build for around $1000 using the recent Intel processor lineup.

My previous lists were built around Ryzen 5 and Intel i5 7th Gen. When the Intel 8th Gen got released I just had to use it because of the higher core count and performance per core. It looks like a worthy upgrade from my Intel i5 3rd Gen. Don't you think?

Unfortunately you are stuck with only 1 chipset option and that being the very high end Z370, so you can't opt for a cheaper motherboard like the B250 chipset ones from the previous gen. 

So I came up with two options built around an Intel i5 8th Gen processor.

Option 1 is built around Speed with a better SSD and more RAM. Option 2 is built around Performance with OC possibility, better cooling and better GPU. What do you think? Can you come up with an Option 3, built around Balance? :)

 

UPDATE: It came to my attention that lower end chipsets will be releasing Q1 2018. I'll update this list when they get released. I'll be able to build a proper balanced rig then with those out. Therefore currently Option 2 seems to be the best IMO to get the most out of the Z370 chipset. 

 

Option 1

CPU: Intel Core i5-8400 2.8-4.0GHz 6-Core

Motherboard: Gigabyte Z370 AORUS Gaming 3

Memory: Kingston FURY 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 

SSD: Samsung 960 EVO 250GB M.2-2280 NVMe

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM 

Graphics Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 6GB G1 Gaming

Case: Corsair Carbide 400C ATX Mid Tower

PSU: Decent 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX 

 

Option 2

CPU:  Intel Core i5-8600K 3.6-4.3GHz 6-core

Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212X Air Cooler

Motherboard: Gigabyte Z370 AORUS Gaming 3

Memory: Kingston FURY 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2666 

SSD:  Samsung 850 Evo 250GB SATA 6Gbps 

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM 

Graphics Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 8GB G1 Gaming

Case: Corsair Carbide 400C ATX Mid Tower

PSU: Decent 500W 80+ Gold Certified ATX 

 


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bro i think you should wait for 3 years if you are not in hurry.
your pc is still good check my pc if you think i am joking


i didnot like both options here is my list


core i5 3470
evga gtx 1080 ti 11gb ftw
16gb ram


your cpu is still ok so i think you should upgrade your gpu if you are hurry

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But six cores dude. It will blaze through daily tasks. I play Planetside 2 and I can use the extra CPU juice :D

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Unless they have updated planetside 2, it does NOT benefit from more than 2 cores/threads, that's how it was back in the day.

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They updated the heck out of it :)

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Here is my option 3
CPU Core I7 7700K
MOBO Gigabyte/ASUS Z270
Ram 16 Gigs 2400 Mhz
SSD Samsung Evo 250 Gb
HDD Seagate Barracuda 2TB-7200
GPU VEGA 56/ GTX 1070ti
Casing Corsair Carbide 400C ATX Mid Tower
PSU Corsair TXM 650W 80+ Gold

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The i7 7700k is quite a lot more expensive than the i5 8600k.

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I would suggest a combination of both
i5 8400
Gigabyte Z370 AORUS Gaming 3
Samsung 850 Evo 250GB SATA 6Gbps
Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 8GB G1 Gaming
Corsair Carbide 400C ATX Mid Tower
Decent 500W 80+ Gold Certified ATX
Kingston FURY 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 (I'd suggest you go for a cheaper 2133/2400Mhz kit as with intel CPUs there is no real benefit from higher clocked memory).


No reason to get an i5 8600k over an i5 8400 with a gtx 1070 as the i5 8400 never runs at 2.8GHz, usually it runs at 3.6-3.8GHz.


Go for the evo 850 to save money and with the money saved from the SSD and CPU + cooler get a gtx 1070.

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That would put me completely over the budget. The price of the GPU is three times the price drop from the cheaper SSD. That's why I couldn't go with this option.

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Ok then, go with option 2, but instead of the i5 8600k for 250$ go for the i5 8400 for 180$ and with the saved money double the amount of System Ram, buying a cheaper 2x 8GB kit.

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If we are going for the i5 8400 we can drop the cooler as well :)

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but it will look ugly in the 400C :/ again its your choice xD

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Stock cooler looks fine :P

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Yes and that way you can get a system with 16GB RAM and gtx 1070. :)


With a gtx 1070 it does NOT matter if you have an i5 8400 or 8600k in games.

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The new CPU can utilize max up to 2666Mhz :)

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Yes, but the RAM this way is more expensive and you will NOT get almost any if any performance increase by going with a more expensive 2666Mhz kit in comparison to a cheaper 2400Mhz :)

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The price drop is quite minuscule. At about $3. Might as well get the higher frequency one.

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oh if so, then sure go for the higher clocked one. The price difference between 2666Mhz and 2400Mhz is usually higher.

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@Psychoman dude you are the most well informed dude out there why do you have -9 points ?

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I calculated again and the price of the 1070 completely puts you over the budget even with the i5-8400. You have to drop the cooler and SSD completely if you are also going be buying more RAM.

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then how are you able to fit it in the budget in the option 2 build?

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What do you mean dude?

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Your option two states that the GPU is a gtx 1070.

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@Andrej997
I didn't say that the witcher 3 is perfect and people hated on me and actually stated its flaws… then I complained about people downovoting without leaving a comment as to why they downvoted me and people downvoted me even more without giving any reason, with the exception of a couple mates. :/


That's why I had -9(it was -13 actually at worst, but I don't care really) :)

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Nah, but this makes the system even more pathetic as I discussed with you before ;-) 'Active Reputation' made things worse…

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Mark Absolutely!

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Some thoughts:
1) You're not going to say "goodbye" to your ASUS VX239H, using it in this setup?
2) Cooler in option 1? :)
3) A 500W PSU with 30A - 40A could be good enough for both options, but maybe a little more 'room' for option 2, considering the GTX 1070? Anyway, capacitor aging isn't really an issue anymore these days, right? Solid caps…
4) Although a dual channel memory architecture -- so don't bother installing 3 x 4GB (nice amount though) -- I'd really set the minimum to rigs like that at (12/)16GB RAM, unless you're not really doing any very demanding tasks aside gaming; 8GB may be good enough, because better graphics aren't inherent to a higher RAM usage to my knowledge. It's also important to mention the user here: I feel you're someone who optimizes his rig very well, so 1 - 1.5 max. utilized on (close to) idle? :)


Nice configs!

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  1. No way. It was big investment :D You can still use Geforce DSR plus I want a rig that will last 5 years at least playing in 1080p :)
  2. No need. Not going to be overclocking. Maybe get one later down the line :)
  3. That's why I suggested the rated efficiency. We have a terrible PSU selection here in this country. Only cheap stuff from Corsair or FSP at best. No Antec or Seasonic. I'm using a UPS so I don't worry a lot power fluctuations. Capacitor aging is minimized? I assume it's still relevant. No proper idea.
  4. Yeah. Dual Channel is a priority. Some games are putting 16GB as recommended so will 8GB really be enough for the next 5 years?

Thanks man. I have lot of essential background apps running so around the 2.5-3 max close to idle :)

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  1. Ah, just read something about Geforce's offered dynamic super resolution; fair enough :)
  2. Okay, but a stock cooler then?
  3. Well, capacitor aging surely is a bit more out of the question in case of motherboards; mostly solid caps at minimum these days (correct me if I'm wrong), not sure about PSUs though. Anyway, it seems that Japanese caps are the worst or below average. That cheap stuff you're referring to might also contain the more low-quality caps? I once read a lot about bad caps over here, but I have lost a part of what I read :D If there's one thing I want save on, it's the heart of the PC. 80+ Gold with a lot less heat production = energy loss due to conversion, and some good +12V values would be neat.
  4. Sure, dual channel for the extra (non-theoretical) gain at minimum.

That last sentence of yours is triggering me to start a discussion (and it has before): it's called system requirements > does your system need to contain 16GB or does there need to be 16GB available for the game? Technically it's not the latter, but 1 system with 16GB might have 15GB available for a game whereas the other, unoptimized system may have only 11GB available for the game :D Anyway, purely focused on gaming, I don't think enough for the next 5 years, but there are 4 slots on that motherboard, so 4 x 4GB is an option, right? Both in dual channel of course. Maybe buy 4 x 4GB, test 2 x 4GB + 4 x 4GB, eventually returning 8GB's :P

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Hmmm, so right after startup, that amount? That's a lot, depending on the amount and type of essential background apps of course; never reaching idle state, technically :D

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PS Darn, rereading what I wrote, and I can't edit it: "If there's one thing I DON'T want to save on…." ;-)

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RAM is quite expensive these days. Buying 2x 8GB is much cheaper than getting 2x 4GB considering price/ value.


Game optimization is the main reason I'm suggesting a 16GB RAM for a system. Most of the time the Minimum RAM requirement is what you need considering you have no background apps running.


I tried playing Witcher 3 which asks for 6GB minimum with just a 4GB RAM and the game refused to start up. It opened in the background but didn't launch, if it did launch the game was empty because to NPCs too ages to load in. So the 6GB requirement was justified.


I tried Dying Light with just 4GB as but the game requires 8GB minimum and the game suffered a light stuttering from time to time which was tolerable but ran fine otherwise.


It'd be cool if someone could test and justify the 16GB requirement for Wolfenstein 2 and COD WWII. :)

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If you have the time and your friend with the new rig agrees, you can test this out maybe :D

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Yes ofc, stock cooler. Retail CPU so you get it free with the processor :)

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Mother board is said to use Japanese caps and it failed on me after 3 years inconveniently a few days after the warranty ran out just like every other electronic I've used. The capacitors had failed. Yeah I don't have highest respect for Japanese caps now.

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Hmm, thanks for some more proof regarding Japanese caps. Japanese car parts also don't always seem to be the best, do they? :D

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Yes, I agree, I'd normally go for fewer, lager modules as well, but in case you really go for 8GB, there's always an option left ;-)


Did you recently just test this or some time ago, because you do have 8GB now?! I can imagine that, also because you're, including background apps,
using 2.5 - 3GB by default already.
We need more tests like this. Maybe we should head over to he WS2 & COD WWII game pages to ask there…


But still a chance you'd go with 8GB…? ;-)

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I gave my PC to be serviced a few month back to trusted shop only to find out when I brought it back home that one of my RAM modules is missing. So I was stuck with just 4GB RAM. I only noticed it because of all the trouble the games were giving me. He has no clue who took it. Pretty careless of him. He said he'd replace it but high performance DDR3 RAM is rare around here. Gave me a cheap low frequency RAM module without XMP as standby for the meantime.

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That MOBO in the option 1 is an overkill , if your not getting a K CPU why get a Z rated MOBO ? IMHO option 2 looks far more compelling to get

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i would edit the option 2 , for instance i would get a Hyper 212 EVO instead of the H60 and use the rest of the money to buy a 240 GB SSD , also nice case choice xD i have the same one :D

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I'm currently using Air Cooling currently and it gets quite noisy under load. I'm hoping Liquid Cooling might be quieter. That's the best looking case I found for that price. I liked that removable dust filter on the top as well :)

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I just researched and it seems I was incorrect to assume Hydro coolers would produce less noise. Hyper 212 seems to be a great option.

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Yeah it will do the job just fine , and if youre worried about the space since its a pretty tall cooler ( 212X is 158mm ) i will tell you it will be fine since my cooler ( 212 LED is 160mm ) and it sits quite nicely , also if u want pictures of my rig go to my blog

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It's justified in the description. Intel 8th Gen Processors only have the Z370 chipset :)

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Oh i know that , i was just making a point on why should you spend extra money and get a Z370 board and not get a K CPU , i was trying to point out that option 1 doesnt make much sense

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Because of the extra cost. Some people don't want to bother with OC.

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Yeah, it thought it would only differ like $10, but helping this other guy, there's a price difference of approx. $35 - 40 between the i7-7700 vs. i7 7700K. Worth some brain work…

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You have to factor in the cost of the cooler also. Don't want to keep a stock cooler when you plan to OC. You need a higher rated PSU also.

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