This gaming desktop build generally runs between $700 and $800* and utilizes the brand new workhorse 8th generation Intel i5 processor. It is all you need to run any current game on a 1080p HD monitor at ultra max settings. It can even run most games on a 1440p HD monitor! You can go above and beyond and spend more but then it’s only for bragging rights. This Intel i5 will blow the cheaper AMD PC away and perform much better than any next generation video game console such as an XBOX One or a Playstation 4. Keep in mind with this powerful desktop you can still easily upgrade it later with a different processor, new graphics card, extra RAM or more hard drive space. The motherboard LGA 1151 z300 series socket can also fit the i7 8th gen processor. This specific desktop will handle many other heavy task like video editing, audio creation, Photoshop, large file processing and so on. It is truly the ultimate Intel i5 8th generation build.
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Current Intel i5 8th Gen Parts List
- CPU: Intel i5 8600k 8th Gen
- Mobo: Gaming LGA 1151 Z370
- Memory: 8GB DDR4 RAM
- GFX Card: GTX 1060 Mini 3GB
- Hard Drive: 1 Terabyte SATA 7200RPM [SSD Upgrade]
- Power Supply: PSU
- Computer Case: [better cases]
*Update: As you can see the computer is no longer under $800 or anywhere near $700. This is because a massive increase in demand for custom PC builds due to mining Bitcoins. The cost of graphic cards and memory has skyrocketed and will only go up higher as time goes on. This is a very unfortunate thing for the average gamer. The hardware that we require is almost always sold out and even when it is in stock, it’s a lot more expensive now. You have no choice, it will not get better anytime soon. Pricing of the past has come and gone. Build now before it gets even more costly.
Intel Gaming Upgraded PC Build
An SSD is honestly the best possible upgrade you can get for a gaming computer. Why? Well I won’t go into details here but I have a full article on the SSD advantage here.
Most of you already know the SSD Upgrade and would like to know which drive to buy. The 250GB Evo is the prime medium. I personally have the 500GB but you may be fine with a 250GB as it will host Windows and many applications and games. Even if you get the 250GB SSD you can still get the 2nd 1TB magnetic disc hard drive for all of your storage and downloads.
Processor: Intel Quad Core i5-8600k 3.6GHz CPU
The brand new industry busting 8th gen i5 with the 300 chipset is the best choice for an Intel i5 power build under $800 dollars. The i5 passes benchmarks with flying colors continuously and for it’s price, it’s all you need. It’s a LGA 1151 Socket and will work perfectly with the 300 series motherboard and graphics card paired. It kills benchmark tests when faced with the AMD.
This specific i5 is often out of stock due to high popularity so you may have to order it now and wait a few days. It’s worth it. If you’re wondering why we’re not recommending the i7 for this build, it’s because you honestly do not need it for gaming. The hyper threading will not give you a performance boost for the current round of modern games. It may in the future, but when that time comes you can upgrade.
Motherboard: LGA 1151 Z370P DDR4
This board supports the LGA 1151 socket and fits perfectly with the i5 series processors. You can also put a i7 in it or upgrade later. It’s a great board. If you decide to get another motherboard be sure to get LGA 1151 300 chipset for this processor.
GFX Card: GeForce GTX 1060 Mini 3GB GDDR5 VS R9 480 4GB
You’ve probably already heard about this card or had your eyes on it. Well, you were right, this is the card you want for this build. You’ll be able to run the current generation of games on ultra and get at least 65 frames per second or higher. If you look around, you’ll see many advocating for the R9 480, but why? Well, I kind of feel it is a covert advertising campaign in the form of forum users. Trickery. Almost every benchmark you’ve come across was using the GTX 1060 against the R9 480 shows the GTX 1060 being the better card.
RAM: 16GB DDR4 Gaming RAM
16 Gigs is going all out but you can upgrade this to 32GB if you want. Seriously, you won’t be able to tell the difference between 16GB and 32GB when gaming but if you’re like me, you’re going to go for 32GB of RAM anyway. Yeah, overkill.
Hard Drive: Fast 1 Terabyte 7200rpm
Same idea as before, internal drive but if you can afford it get the 250GB SSD for the OS installation. It is mentioned below in the Computer Upgrades. An SSD can be the single biggest boost to speed for your computer. If you have the extra money in your budget, do not skip this component.
PSU: Non Generic 500w PSU
A known and trusted name brand power supply unit with 500w, more than enough to run this beast. If you plan on adding a 2nd video card you would have to get a bigger PSU.
Computer Tower: Perfect ATX Gaming Case
I personally spent more and went with the 500R but this case here is so cheap and has all that you need. It’s a super budget gaming case and really helps you put more money into things like the graphics card and random access memory. If you want to be proud of your gaming rig though, you may want a better looking case.
Build your own i5 gaming PC summary
This cheap power PC build packs a lot of power for it’s low $700 – $800 price range. If there was one thing I would change about it, is I would get an SSD Drive for the main OS Partition. The Solid State Drive will surely increase performance immensely. My Windows installation boots up in under 10 seconds with the SSD installed. This gaming computer will kill existing pre-builds that can cost well over $1,000 and for only around $700 and a little assembly you get the best money can buy. It will run any of today’s games on Ultra and look amazing. It’s pretty much what you’ve been waiting for.