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Enthusiast Intel Gaming Build

by manirelli



For the Enthusiast Intel build we chose the newly released Intel Coffee Lake i5-9600k as our processor.

CPU Cooler

To cool the i5-9600k while overclocking we selected the be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 to match our case. The Dark Rock Pro 4 is an excellent choice for our build aesthetically and will allow us to reach our maximum potential for overclocking without watercooling.


To allow overclocking on the processor, we set the parametric filters for Z390 ATX motherboards that support up to 64GB of DDR4 memory, six SATA 6Gb/s devices, multiple expansion cards, and crossfire or SLI functionality.


With our increased budget we selected 16GB of RAM. The parametric filter finds the best price on 16GB kits of memory that are within Intel’s recommended specifications from DDR4-2800 to DDR4-3400.


Using the parametric filters this build will incorporate an m.2 SSD with at least 500GB of space and a minimum 3TB of mechanical storage at 7200rpm.


With this budget we decided to go all out on the graphics card. The Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 is one of the single best cards on the market right now. At 1080p or even 1440p you will not have any problems with AAA games and the RTX 2080 is perfectly suited for VR gaming as well. When using an RTX 2080 you should consider stepping up your monitor to a 120/144hz screen for the best gaming experience.


All of our components are housed in the Corsair Crystal 570X RGB case. This case has a multiple tempered glass panels, room for enthusiast CPU coolers, watercooling radiators, and front panel USB3.0.


For our power supply, we're using a parametric selection of well-reviewed fully and semi-modular units, all of which are 80+ Gold certified, have two EPS cables, and provide more than enough power for this system while at stock clocks or overclocking.

Part List Customize This Part List

Compatibility Check: See notes below.

Estimated Wattage: 364W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU €299.00 €9.95 €308.95 Komplett Buy
CPU Cooler
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Chipset: Intel Z390
  • M.2 Ports: 2 - 4
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
€138.85 €138.85 Custompc Buy
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2800, DDR4-2933, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200, DDR4-3300, DDR4-3400
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
  • Heat Spreader: Yes
€130.72 €130.72 Custompc Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 500 GB - 12000 GB
  • Type: SSD
  • Interface: M.2 (M)
  • Form Factor: M.2-2280
€100.57 €100.57 Custompc Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 3000 GB - 10000 GB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
€81.61 €81.61 Custompc Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce RTX 2080
€849.00 €3.95 €852.95 Komplett Buy
Case €189.00 €9.95 €198.95 Komplett Buy
Power Supply €103.54 €103.54 Custompc Buy
Base Total: €1892.29
Shipping: €23.85
Total: €1916.14
* 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.

Compatibility Notes

Comments Sorted by:

minininja0412 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

Will an i5 bottleneck a 2080?

ryanferber 1 point 1 month ago

No, as the i5 listed here is a 6 core CPU similar to the older generation i7 CPUs. Every system bottlenecks at times, so I wouldn't worry.

Bettercopy232 1 point 7 days ago

Bottleneck a meme

Suite401 2 points 11 days ago

The RTX 2080 box lists a requirement for 650W system power supply, but the above recommended power supply is 550W. Do you have any recommendations for that? Thanks.

jeleopard 1 point 10 days ago

Yea this confuses me, too. Why not list a higher powersupply?

LefSkull 1 point 9 days ago

550wi is fine for most builds

jeleopard 1 point 9 days ago

But is it fine for this?

I'm super new to this haha.

CamFortyFive 1 point 9 days ago

Wondering the same thing.

Also very new to PC building as well haha

ImApparentlyHuman 1 point 3 days ago

its fine

ImApparentlyHuman 1 point 3 days ago

yes its fine

Chaldfont 1 point 1 month ago

You could switch out the i5 for a Ryzen 5 2600 and it would be cheaper and still have about the same specs right?

stevevalle27 1 point 1 month ago

The i5 9600k would be better for gaming.

2700x is the only AMD CPU I would choose over it. Even the 2700x would be less efficient in most titles. However, if you're looking into a workstation, the 2700x is whoopin butt!

Chaldfont 1 point 1 month ago

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/WMTxCb how would this be for games like PUBG Rainbow six siege and call of duty bo4

stevevalle27 1 point 1 month ago

2600 is a great CPU at the price. The gtx 1070 wont have any problems running those games. You might have to turn down a few settings in game to get a smooth 100+FPS.

The Ryzen CPUs rely heavily on the RAM for performance. If you can, look for a higher RAM speed. 3000-3200!

Chaldfont 1 point 1 month ago

Ok i will do that. Thank you!

JasonScar 1 point 1 month ago

If I was you I would get something like a 1tb internal hard drive for more storage

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xxirishmanxx 1 point 1 month ago

I would do a little future proofing for $70+ on your gpu and get a lower end 2070. You may not "need" it now. But for a small upcharge you can get a superior card

Chaldfont 1 point 1 month ago

Yeah but, i dont need RTX also the GTX 1060 is a great budget card

Chaldfont 1 point 1 month ago

If the prices go down ill get a GTX1070 but that probably wont happen

baggboyPCPP 1 point 1 month ago

If you're going to go that list dont get that cooler. The 2600 comes with a free cooler that is very likely better than the $10 one you listed.

Chaldfont 1 point 1 month ago

Alright thank You!

schen57 1 point 1 month ago

What's the difference between Magnificent build and Enthusiast's build? This is cheaper than the magnificent build. How does this compare to the magnificent build in terms of pros and cons of the performances?

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Magnificent is our highest tier.

New2BuildingPCs 1 point 1 month ago

how would this stream a game like assassin's creed odyssey on somewhat high settings?

Lushas 1 point 1 month ago

would this be good for streaming and multi tasking?

Jay_castro21 1 point 11 days ago

Instead of using the Ryzen, or i5.. could I use the i7-8700k? And swapping the video card with a GeForce RTX 2070? Would this be a okay build?

LefSkull 1 point 9 days ago

if your just gaming a i5 is fine u could swap it out for a i7 but wouldn't make to much seance if your just gaming

Jay_castro21 1 point 5 days ago

Thanks! Great build, I’m going the similar route as well haha.

unintelligent 1 point 1 hour ago

Will this build handle the most intensive non VR games in 1080p with relative ease as of Jan. 2019? This would be purely for gaming, no streaming/recording. Additionally, does anyone have any alternative recommendations for any of the parts listed?

Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
Intel - Core i5-9600K 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor 11W - 95W
be quiet! - Dark Rock Pro 4 50.5 CFM CPU Cooler 5W - 10W
Team - Vulcan 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory 14W - 14W
ADATA - XPG SX6000 Pro 512 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Toshiba - P300 3 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
MSI - GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB AERO Video Card 53W - 215W
Total: 89W - 364W