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Great Intel Gaming Build

Description

Introduction

This PC is designed to deliver high performance on all of today's most popular games without being complicated to build or costing too much. It will run well at high settings on 1080p or higher when playing Fortnite, Minecraft, Call of Duty, Rainbow Six Siege, Apex Legends, PUBG, and more.

CPU

At this budget, we're running the Intel Coffee Lake Refresh i5-9600K. The 9600K features 6 cores and will perform exceptionally well with all your gaming needs. Since it is overclockable and does not include a stock cooler, the be quiet! Pure Rock Slim CPU cooler has been added to the list. A cooler of this stature will allow a modest overclock without breaking the bank.

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

Motherboard

We're using a parametric filter to constantly select the best-priced motherboard while meeting selected criteria. In this case, we are filtering for Z390 chipsets for its enabled overclocking and to avoid potential BIOS update issues. The parametric filter also checks for 4 DDR4 DIMM slots for future expansion. The compatibility engine will filter out anything not compatible with the build. The motherboards are also capable of using the CPU's integrated GPU, in case you need to RMA your GPU or are waiting for a sale or upgrade.

Memory

We are filtering for a 2x8GB kit of DDR4 RAM with a speed of at least DDR4-3200 and a CAS latency of 16 or lower.

Storage

With Solid State Drives (SSDs) the PC will boot, open programs, and load games considerably faster than mechanical drives.

Since storage needs may differ, adjust the capacity as needed. We recommend at least 500 GB of SSD storage. 1TB typically provides the most optimal storage capacity for the price. We're use parametric filters to incorporate an SSD with at least 960GB of space.

GPU

The AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT is one of the best price for performance cards on the market. The RX 5700 XT will provide a consistent 60fps on many demanding games like PUBG at Ultra at 1080p, and even 1440p for some games like Apex Legends. It'll also handle Fortnite with zero issues. For those interested in VR, this card will have no problem playing any and and all applications currently on the market.

To keep the noise and temperatures down, the filter requires a minimum length to avoid "mini" versions of the card, which prioritize fitting into small builds, such as an ITX case. It also requires a minimum number of 2 fans to avoid "blower" style cards, which usually do not cool the card as well. 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

All of our parts are on display in the Corsair 275R Airflow mid tower case. The front of this case sports a stylish ventilation pattern, while there's a large tempered glass window on the side. It includes 2x USB 3.0 as well as a PSU shroud and a number of cable management holes and tie-offs to help your build look cleaner. It can also fit full-sized video cards.

PSU

For our power supply, we're using a parametric selection of well-reviewed semi or fully modular units, all of which are 80+ Gold certified or above and can provide plenty of power for this build.

AMD Version

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

Compatibility: No issues or incompatibilities found.

Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU Intel Core i5-9600K 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor
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€299.00
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€308.95
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CPU Cooler be quiet! Pure Rock Slim 35.14 CFM CPU Cooler
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Motherboard Gigabyte Z390 D ATX LGA1151 Motherboard

From parametric filter: Chipset: Intel Z390

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€135.78
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€135.78
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Memory Kingston HyperX Predator 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory

From parametric filter: Speed: DDR4-3200, DDR4-3466, DDR4-3600, DDR4-3666, DDR4-3733, DDR4-3800, DDR4-3866, DDR4-4000; Modules: 2 x 8GB; CAS Latency: 3 - 16

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€109.00
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€118.95
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Storage Samsung 860 QVO 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive

From parametric filter: Capacity: 960 GB - 15360 GB; Type: SSD

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€129.00
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€138.95
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Video Card PowerColor Radeon RX 5700 XT 8 GB Video Card

From parametric filter: Chipset: Radeon RX 5700 XT; Cooling: 2 Fans, 3 Fans, 120 mm Radiator, 120 mm Radiator + 1 Fan, 120 mm Radiator + 2 Fans, 240 mm Radiator, 240 mm Radiator + 1 Fan

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€503.54
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€503.54
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Case Corsair 275R Airflow ATX Mid Tower Case
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Power Supply

From parametric selection: Show

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Base Total: €1176.32
Shipping: €29.85
Total: €1206.17

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Comments

  • 28 days ago
  • 4 points

Hello, this is the first time I am building my own desktop. I would appreciate advice and open-discussion to what I am thinking about this build. Thank you in advance for whoever responds. I apologize if I seem scatter-brained.

In the past I haven't done a lot of pc gaming but I am really interested in getting Baldur's Gate 3 when it comes out since I have been playing Divinity Original Sin 2 on my laptop. I won't be streaming, video editing or recording.

Although I want to game on this desktop, the primary use that I will have for the desktop I build will be to connect my laptop and program on it when I am home (I am a computer science student and work as a developer). Then be able to disconnect and have the files I've written at home to take with me on my laptop to school or wherever. I do want something that I can comfortably play games like BG 3, Total War: Three Kingdoms, or Cyberpunk 2077. But really most of my time is spent programming.

I like this build because of where the price point is for my budget. I really like the look of the Corsair case. Other than that I am not really beholden to any processor or graphics card yet.

These are my questions:

  1. With this build just as it is, would it be a good choice for the scenario I have described above?

  2. I don't want to build a PC that is going to be outdated immediately or soon after I build it. I want to get a case and a motherboard that I can easily upgrade with new graphics cards, processors or storage into the future as money or game requirements allow/necessitate. Will this case and motherboard allow for future upgrades?

  3. What is that process like if in 3-5 years I want to upgrade a processor or graphics card etc?

  4. What parts should I get first if I can't afford all of them at the same time?

  5. Any advice and tips for starting this journey would be greatly appreciated.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Are the 5700 xt drivers still having serious issues?

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

How will this build handle 4k video editing?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

How well will such a build run newer AAA titles like RDR2, Call of Duty modern warfare 2, or Battlefield 5? Also will it be able to manage the large unit counts of HOI4, Stellaris, and other strategy titles late game? Looking at either this or the Excellent equivalent for a secondary home entertainment/VR system.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

It can still do everything with little to no issue. It can handle lots of games perfectly. You shouldn't worry about having huge lag problems while playing games or doing editing.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Will this build run Sekiro?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Most likely.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

lol @ pubg "demanding"

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Currently I am looking for a PC to run Minecraft and RainbowSixSiege on. Is this build good enough?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

This build is perfect for that. It can even handle much more demanding games.

  • 28 days ago
  • 1 point

Would this build be appropriate for someone building their first PC?

I play Destiny 2, Overwatch, Apex, GTA V mainly. ID assume it can handle those games alright?

Does anyone have a different recommendation?

  • 26 days ago
  • 1 point

Hello, I am hoping to build this PC for a friend who is hoping to also stream games. How will this PC do with streaming or should I look at the featured " Great Intel Gaming and streaming Build" instead?

  • 24 days ago
  • 1 point

Hello this would be my first time building a pc. Would I need to buy Windows? What kind of monitor works best with this build? I’m very new to Pc so this stuff is very overwhelming.

  • 19 days ago
  • 1 point

Why is nobody talking about RX 5700 XT Driver issues??

Does it really have driver issues or are they fixed

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