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Guide

Magnificent Intel Gaming/Streaming Build

Description

CPU

At this budget, we're running an Intel i7-9700K, which reaches a turbo frequency of 4.9GHz. This octa-core CPU features an unlocked multiplier for easy and often significant overclocking. In addition to better performance now, overclocking can also help your CPU stave off obsolescence for a good while longer.

If you'd prefer to consider a similar build, but instead using an AMD Ryzen processor, be sure to check out our Magnificent AMD Gaming Build Guide.

Cooler

To take full advantage of the overclockability, we are including the Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML240R RGB liquid cooler.

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 Z390 chipset. This updated chipset allows the i7-9700K to be overclocked and includes new features such as additional USB 3.2 Gen 2, which can transfer at speeds up to a blazing 10Gbps. 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 2x16GB or 4x8GB kit of DDR4 RAM that would match a black and white build and also is 3200 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 1TB capacity. Additionally, we're including a 4TB 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 as needed.

GPU

Our GPU is Nvidia's new GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER. Consider pairing it with a high refresh rate and/or high resolution monitor to take full advantage of the card's capabilities. The parametric filter is set for the best-priced RTX 2080 SUPER available, but feel free to click the "From parametric filter" link to browse our listing of RTX 2080 SUPERs, which will grow as more become available. For those interested in VR, the RTX 2080 SUPER will have no problem playing any and and all applications currently on the market.

For streaming, the newly-updated NVENC encoding will offload the task to the GPU with a minimal performance hit using OBS (Open Broadcaster Software) while providing image quality similar to or better than x264 Fast quality.

To keep the noise and temperatures down, we've updated the filter to include a minimum length and a minimum of 2 fans 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 Corsair iCUE 465X features tempered glass windows on both the front and side. Notably, it includes 3x Corsair LL120 RGB fans in the front and a Lightning Node CORE to control them. This case's front glass panel is offset more than those of other cases with a front glass panel, which allows for more airflow inside. Also inside the case are a PSU shroud, cable management holes, and tie-offs, which will make the PC easier to keep looking clean.

The front panel features 2x USB 3.0 ports.

There is a white version if you'd prefer that.

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 fully-or semi-modular.

AMD Version

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

Compatibility: No issues or incompatibilities found.

Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU Intel Core i7-9700K 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor
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€449.00
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€3.95
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€452.95
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CPU Cooler Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML240R RGB 66.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler
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€109.95
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€9.95
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€119.90
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Motherboard Gigabyte Z390 D ATX LGA1151 Motherboard

From parametric filter: Form Factor: ATX; Chipset: Intel Z390; Memory Slots: 4 - 16; Color: Black, Black / Gray, Black / Silver, Black / White, Silver / Black, White, White / Black

Base
€135.78
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€135.78
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Memory Kingston HyperX Fury 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory

From parametric filter: Speed: DDR4-3200, DDR4-3300, DDR4-3333, DDR4-3400, DDR4-3466, DDR4-3600, DDR4-3666, DDR4-3733, DDR4-3800; Type: 288-pin DIMM; Modules: 2 x 16GB, 4 x 8GB; CAS Latency: 3 - 19; Heat Spreader: Yes; Color: Black, Black/Gray, Black/Silver, Black/White, White, White/Gray, White/Silver

Base
€179.00
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€9.95
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€188.95
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Storage Samsung 860 QVO 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive

From parametric filter: Capacity: 960 GB - 10000 GB; Type: SSD

Base
€129.00
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€9.95
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€138.95
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Storage Toshiba 4 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

From parametric filter: Capacity: 4000 GB - 10000 GB; Type: 7200RPM; Form Factor: 3.5"; Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s

Base
€120.65
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€120.65
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Video Card Inno3D GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8 GB Twin X2 OC Video Card

From parametric filter: Chipset: GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER; Length: 224 mm - 403 mm; Cooling: 2 Fans, 3 Fans

Base
€937.42
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€937.42
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Case Corsair iCUE 465X RGB ATX Mid Tower Case
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No Prices Available
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Power Supply

From parametric selection: Show

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No Prices Available
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Base Total: €2060.80
Shipping: €33.80
Total: €2094.60

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Comments

  • 2 months ago
  • 3 points

Some suggestions:

  • this OLOy Ram has CAS 16-18-18 timing, which is very slow at 3200mhz. This build would achieve 2-5% fps in some games by dropping to a 16gb kit at 14-14-14 CAS timings, which would also leave headroom for a 3600mhz overclock at 16-16-16 for even better performance. It's 2020, timings are starting to matter for CPU performance, and you won't be using more than 16gb in gaming until a while after DDr5 is standard anyway

  • I still recommend everyone use a 1tb M.2 NVMe SSD as a boot drive. It's only ~10% more expensive, but 3-6x faster. That extra $15 is game-changing over the years.

Builder, I don't think you should be trusting the filter for the cheapest thing out there, they matter more than the aesthetic part splurges. The timing and storage speed can be daunting to first time builders seeing this list, but recommending low MSRP Cas 14 kit and literally any NVME ssd keeps new builders a step ahead.

  • 1 month ago
  • 6 points

Can u make a list of parts u would prefer I legit know nothing about building PCs and it seems like u know a lot

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

How hard is it to add a fully modular power supply into your build? It would literally cost $9 more dollars. Smh

  • 2 months ago
  • 3 points

The single cable that isn't modular on the one PSU that's semi-modular is the sleeved 24-pin ATX cable, which will always be used. One might still prefer that be modular if replacing it with custom extensions, but that's a little outside the scope of this guide. Even then, that builder could always just choose one of the other PSUs in the parametric selection.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh, I was unaware of that info. Thanks for the clarification

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Pardon a newbie's lack of knowledge, but I have two questions. 1. Why does the selected PSU have that many more watts than the estimated usage? 2. When building this computer, you would also need to buy a copy of your desired OS to install as well, correct?

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

1 - Good question. 2 - Correct !

  • 29 days ago
  • 2 points

1 - It's because with having more watts than the estimated usage your PC can last longer without the PSU dying. 2 - Correct but not at the same time, you can install windows for free but you will need a windows 10 key to unlock all of the features windows 10 can provide.

  • 15 days ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 20 days ago
  • 2 points

I did this build in Intel and couldn’t get the cooler to fit up above. It hit the ram sticks. I ended up changing to an air cooled solution. Oh, I changed the ram to 4 8 gig Corsair RGB sticks, which part picker said would work.

  • 17 days ago
  • 2 points

Not only that, the RGB fans in the case use up the fan headers and USB header needed for the RGB fans in the cooler specified. The recommended cooler and case really aren't compatible with each other using the recommended motherboard. I've also ordered a air cooled solution instead.

  • 4 days ago
  • 1 point

For someone that doesn't know anything about PCs. What air cooled solution would you recommend for this build that fits?

  • 11 days ago
  • 2 points

Explain to me how the CPU cooler is compatible with this. Because looking at it on the bench, there's absolutely no way it's fitting up top, and there's no screws with the case or the cooler that allow it to be mounted up front.

  • 15 hours ago
  • 1 point

Hi! We’re you able to figure it out? I’m struggling🤦‍♀️

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Can I change this 860 QVO ssd for a 970 EVO Plus M.2 ? I mean, does this MoBo has support for M.2 drives ?

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Looking at the mobo it says there is 1 M.2 drive. You could customize the part list and make the change and it would bring up any possible issues. The only one that could exist is probably m.2 might take up the band that one of the 6.0 Satas takes up removing one of those. But it doesn't look like an issue. I did it for you and the only issue was what I thought.

Note:The motherboard M.2 slot #1 shares bandwidth with a SATA 6.0 Gb/s port. When the M.2 slot is populated, one SATA 6.0 Gb/s port is disabled.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Could it run arma 3?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Yes

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I cannot find any information about compatibility. Would This GTX 1080 work until I can afford a better one in the meantime?

Compatibility of the EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 SC GAMING, 08G-P4-6283-KB, 8GB GDDR5X, 11Gbps Memory (08G-P4-6283-RX)

my pc is dying but I cannot afford the G card atm.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

If you start a new system builder part list with this guide, you can then add your video card to that part list, and it will tell you if it's compatible (it is, by the way).

I strongly recommend using the site's system builder, especially if you want to check compatibility.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

What is a reliable WiFi adapter that I can purchase that works well with Win 10, since this MoBo doesn't come with onboard WiFi? Thanks in advance.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I did buy this build and I'm into overclocking it but I can't yet find an newbie guide for the i7 9700k. Honestly since it's the first time overclocking a cpu, I'm afraid of trying to overclock with the common way (try until you fail then come back to the lasted stable), so I was more into copying a overclock from someone with those same specifications. Does anyone knows were I can find something close to what I want ?

If nothing new comes up, there is what I found myself and probably will follow: GPU: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3yn8gghlw8 CPU: https://www.reddit.com/r/intel/comments/9qvb2y/my_9700k_aint_boosting_to_49ghz/e8c2fcb/?st=jnnlbfy6&sh=c77f4c38 (comment by Pyromonkey83)

I would like to hear some opinions about overclocking too, any new knowledge is welcome.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I7 9700 bottlenecks all the rtx series graphics cards

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

You could buy a prebuilt with a 2080 TI with a 9900k at this price point

  • 29 days ago
  • 1 point

Where

  • 29 days ago
  • 1 point

We can't really get to that if we don't know where it is or where it is located on. It would be great if you can provide us with a link to the prebuilt.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I am building this myself today, I have the components. First time really building a pc like this, any video guides or anything that would be helpful? Definitely nervous

  • 29 days ago
  • 2 points

Did you build the PC yet?

  • 24 days ago
  • 1 point

Hey im looking for some edvice do you think this build is good? I do like the rgb in it so it looks cool. I'm also looking to use this build for homework gaming streaming browsing the web and more. My budget is around $2000ca.Do you think I should change anything? Let me know. https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/user/Stealthyninja29/saved/#view=c9RsXL

  • 20 days ago
  • 1 point

How well does it run Rainbow Six Siege? While streaming and also while not streaming

  • 16 days ago
  • 1 point

More of a minor point but does anyone know if the cooler's RGB will work the with case's inbuilt RGB controller / software?

  • 15 days ago
  • 1 point

Possibly a dumb question. The case in this build has a built in LED node controller which the case fans are connected to. However, the CPU cooler in this build also comes with its own LED node controller. My problem is the motherboard in this build has only one USB connector port for the LED node controller. So i can only connect on or thw other LED controllers to the motherboard. I tried to consolidate all fans to one LED controller but the case fans have different wiring ports than the CPU cooler fans. Is there a way to consolidate to one LED controller node? Or are there adapters I can buy?

Side note: the CPU cooler has to go in the front of the case due to size and colliding with the RAM so f me on that.

  • 8 days ago
  • 1 point

Can someone please explain how to install the liquid cooler? It doesn't seem like it will work.

  • 15 hours ago
  • 1 point

Hi! Were you able to solve the issue? I’m currently trying to build right now and I can’t figure it out!

  • 6 days ago
  • 1 point

Hello, I am planning on building a single gaming/streaming PC for around this price range. How would this PC do with gaming and streaming at the same time? I have been doing research and it seems that most people are pointing towards AMD CPU if you want to stream vs this intel CPU.

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