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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.

Cooler

To take fuller advantage of the overclockability, we are including the Corsair H100i PRO 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 3.1 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 2800 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 3TB 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 to your heart's desire.

GPU

Our GPU is Nvidia's new GeForce RTX 2080. This is currently one of the fastest single GPU video cards in the market - you may want to look into a 120-144Hz and/or 2560x1440 resolution monitor for this bad boy. The parametric filter is set for the best-priced RTX 2080 available, but feel free to click the "From parametric filter" link to browse our listing of RTX 2080. For those interested in VR, the RTX 2080 will have no problem playing any and and all applications currently on the market. In addition, the new RTX cards feature special ray tracing cores that will hopefully see use in future games.

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 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 selected case is the white NZXT H500i. The H500i includes a tempered glass window, 2x RGB LED strips, and a "CAM-powered Smart Device" for controlling the strips and other RGB lighting if you wish. It also features 2x front panel USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, 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.

Cases tend to be highly personal choices, so make sure you browse our listed cases to see what suits you. If you happen to want a different color version of hte H500i, there are multiple variations available.

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 either semi-modular or fully-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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€452.95
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CPU Cooler Corsair H100i PRO 75 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler
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€129.00
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Motherboard Gigabyte Z390 D ATX LGA1151 Motherboard

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

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€116.55
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€116.55
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Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory

From parametric filter: Speed: DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200, DDR4-3300, DDR4-3333; Type: 288-pin DIMM; Modules: 2 x 16GB, 4 x 8GB; Heat Spreader: Yes; Color: Black, Black/Gray, Black/Silver, Black/White, White, White/Gray, White/Silver

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€147.33
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€147.33
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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

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€109.00
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€9.95
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€118.95
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Storage Toshiba P300 3 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

From parametric filter: Capacity: 3000 GB - 10000 GB; Type: 7200RPM; Form Factor: 3.5"; Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s

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€81.11
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€81.11
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Video Card

From parametric filter: Chipset: GeForce RTX 2080; Length: 224 mm - 403 mm

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No Prices Available
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Case NZXT H500i ATX Mid Tower Case
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Power Supply

From parametric selection: Show

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Base Total: €1031.99
Shipping: €23.85
Total: €1055.84

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Comments

  • 8 months ago
  • 16 points

Great build, only issue I have is, if it's nearly 2 grand might as well have a NVMe M.2 thrown in.

  • 5 months ago
  • 3 points

remove the current storage and swap it out for a 1 or 2 tb NvMe SSD

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

The build is not great. Low end motherboard paired with a good cpu and gpu, although the cpu is not the best for streaming due to no HT.

  • 4 months ago
  • 0 points

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/CpvcdX hey check out my build

  • 4 months ago
  • 0 points

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/CpvcdX hey check out my build

  • 9 months ago
  • 11 points

Pretty spicy

  • 8 months ago
  • 9 points

This build is sick! Its been a long time since I've been into hardware but after poking around I made a couple adjustments that turn this beast up to 11 & offer some modularity.

I stuck with the same CPU, PSU, & cooling.

For MOBO I've landed on the ASUS Prime Z390, it has that sweet sweet M.2 without breaking the bank, motherboards seem to drop off in useful features around $200 so I couldn't see a reason to buy anything fancier.

I'm still not certain about storage, but the WD 500GB Blue M.2 is cheap and well reviewed. Still have to research how much investing into a swanky M.2 will benefit me.

For the RAM I went with the Corsair Vengeance 2x16gb DDR4-3200, as other users have pointed out, 3200 is much better suited to the build.

The GPU I made a small change, only cause I don't like blower cards for the noise/rattling, I went with the regular non-blower Zotac 2080.

I added a monitor with >144hz, <1ms & G-sync thats a decent price (Acer - XB241H), but you can get way better deals if you don't opt for g-sync.

Last but not least, if I'm gonna jam so much dough into a computer, I want to show it off! To that end I chose the open & wall mountable Thermaltake core P90 case.

Altogether my build has $600 on this one, so its a significant upgrade, but I'm pretty sure I've got the investments made in the right places (except the case lol). Still learning about hardware & tweaking the build to get the features/modularity I want at the best price, so please offer critique if you have time! I'm looking to build something that will last a while, run high end games, & support multiple VMs/networking sims.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

I built this and my computer wont recognize the gfx card. any ideas?

  • 6 months ago
  • 3 points

Do you connect wires to it?

  • 6 months ago
  • 3 points

thank you so much it all works.

  • 5 months ago
  • 12 points

bruh moment

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Is there any change you can send a link? If not, it's perfectly fine!

  • 7 months ago
  • 0 points

I copied this build but I have a couple questions. First, when I copied this I found an error in compatibility, reading, "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." Is this important? Secondly, is the WD 500GB Blue M.2 the only storage necessary? Also, why would you go with the Acer - XB241H instead of the Acer - XB271HUA? When I did this it put me out at $1987 which isn't even close to the $600 you had on the modeled PC, so did I miss something or have the prices fluctuated that much? Sorry for all the questions but I am almost brand new to PC building.

  • 7 months ago
  • 4 points

The error message shouldn't be a problem. Your motherboard has 6 sata ports, but for every m.2 slot that is used, one sata port is unable to be used at the same time. Not a problem unless you are planning to have 6 different hard drives (a big no no)

  • 7 months ago
  • 3 points

the samsung 970 evo plus is a much faster M.2 than the WD 500gb Blue. The 970 evo is slightly more but the performance and speeds are phenomenal

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

970 Evo plus is like $150 for 500 GB, and performances only a little better, try crucial NV.m2

  • 7 months ago
  • 8 points

You have a 9700K and an entry level Z390 Mobo. This does not sound like a good fit. If you don't overclock, it's okay but then why would you want a 9th gen. K model if you are not gonna overclock? It's pointless actually. I would suggest going a bit higher in the Z390 Gigabyte series around $160-200 so the overclock capability would be better. The VRMs on the cheap Z390 Mobos are really gonna get you in trouble when you want to overclock.

M.2 is not a big deal since the only benefit would be loading the games faster. That's all. I mean by "fast loading" compared to SSD, it's actually just couple of seconds. I hope you all have couple of seconds to wait yeah? lol.

And 3TB hard-drives are not the sweet spot. Go for 4TB or go down to 2TBs.

In addition, the cooler is not the best option if you're gonna overclock. Go couple of dollars high and upgrade to H115i.

I don't want to talk about the GPU since it's probably the cheapest 2080 in the market. I would go for EVGA XC Ultra which is around $770. But it's a budget thing.

It's actually not a magnificent build. Just "ok" build.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Not only that but no hyper threading so no “streaming” lol

  • 9 months ago
  • 6 points

Does anyone have a picture of this?

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

That flashy pic took maximum effort. ;)

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

one thing i would like to point out at the pc in this picture is that all the fans are exhaust and that may effect temps just saying but other than that it is a great build

  • 7 months ago
  • 4 points

Any chance we could get a video tutorial on putting this together? I know it's a tall ask, but this'll be my first time building a PC so I kinda need all the help I can get here.

If not, any links to seperate installations will help. Just kinda lost with how to build this sucker right now.

  • 6 months ago
  • 3 points

Paul's Hardware on YT has a very good beginners guide to building a PC video series out for 2019, I think that'll answer most, if not all, of your questions.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

check out Jayztwocents on how to build a pc, linus techtips or bitwit has very in depth video tutorials as well.

  • 6 months ago
  • 4 points

People saying this list is sick and op is exactly why we can't have educated user reviews in the world

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

You right

  • 9 months ago
  • 3 points

Ordered everything today. Hope I can remember how to put a computer together. It better now let me down.

  • 9 months ago
  • 6 points

The only thing different that I did was picked some different RAM due to this RAM being out of stock, and I don't want to wait for it to come back in, so I picked some that were equivalent to it. I will post pics of the build once complete, just in case anyone is wondering what it looks like. I also got the black/red case. I'm excited AF, and broke AF now. Lol.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

How were the results?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Great. I wish I could figure out how to upload a pic on here so everyone can see. The only things I went different with were the ream because it was out of stock, so I went with same specs on ram but a bit pricier, and went with a black and red tower, same model though. Loving it. Need to start thinking about overclocking it soon. I think i could handle 4.5-4.9 GHZ, but I honestly haven't ever overclocked before so I am studying how to safely do it. I also am not sure what temp to set my water cooler to, to keep it in safe levels. A little help is quite needed as far as the temp specs go. I have it green for 40c and below, then yellow for anything between 41c-60c, and red for anything over 70c. Hasn't went below green yet, but modding GTA 5 hard lately is making things wanna sorta drop a little, and I really need to start figuring out the overclocking, which I can figure out, but the temps would be great to know lol.

  • 8 months ago
  • 3 points

Not sure why you would pick a 3TB HDD. They are known to be one of the the worst as far as reliability. For $10 more I'd go with a 4TB. I jumped from 1TB to 4TB a couple years ago after reading a BackBlaze Blog on their HDD reliability. 3TB's were some of the worst drives they have ever installed in their systems, regardless of manufacturer.

And an NVMe M.2 SSD would make more sense. If you can afford a 2080, a 1TB NVMe should fit your budget.

  • 6 months ago
  • -2 points

Why in the world do you need even a 3tb or 4tb HDD you could just get a 500 Gig or 1 tb M.2 NVME

  • 6 months ago
  • 3 points

For media like movies and music. Also games.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

4tb is a bit extreme though unless you are building a raid 5 server. a 1tb NVME is suitable for a gaming rig judging by the fact that i have a 500 gig nvme

  • 6 months ago
  • 3 points

Very few people make a strictly gaming rig. 4TB isn't a lot, when you start ripping a few movies. Extra HDD space is a lot cheaper than a second computer.

  • 5 months ago
  • 0 points

I think a lot of people make strictly gaming rigs lol

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I have almost 12 TB of space between my various drives accumulated over the last few years. Storage for my youtube videos and orthography for X-Plane. But when I built my PC I did a 250 GB m.2 for Windows and then 2 TB for everything else. I then added a TB SSD later and then another 8 TB HHD for excessive storage. When I build a new PC in the next few years, I'll likely take the HHDs along while possible upgrading the SSDs. For this build guide, I'm not sure why they went with a 3 TB, though.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I hardly think that 4TB is too extreme. I personally have 128GB SSD and 2x 1TB HDD. Both of my HDDs are basically full from just my steam library and other games.

  • 7 months ago
  • 3 points

Don't think this was tested much, the MOBO this build suggested, only has one USB header, and the Corsair rgb control as well as the NZXT smart device both need a header. Without buying some janky adapters that may potentially circuit your USB ports you sacrifice one for the other......

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

That's not a bad point, but this is largely due to limitations in the filter used to select the motherboard. There's just a selection for "USB headers Yes/No", rather than giving you a choice in how many there should be.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

I was one of the ones to ask about this last time, but I think SSDs should be sorted parametrically like PSUs, as some SSDs are pretty crap, including the SU650 (unsure about the SU655)

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  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

It's totally insane to spend 100+ dollars on a cooling fan for CPU, yet have a weaker CPU. All that water cooling fad can be replaced by a simple heatsink+fan combo for so much cheaper, and put the extra money towards a better processor like 9900k for double the threads. If you aren't overclocking the CPU, it's more efficient and you get less waste heat/energy. DDR4-2800 is complete waste of money also, you can buy DDR4 2666 without overclocking the ram and get a very attractive discount.

  • 8 months ago
  • 0 points

What better CPU can you get for $100?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

The difference between 9900k and 9700k is $100.

  • 8 months ago
  • 0 points

not like you're gonna find a cheap cooler to cool it

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

$15-30 bucks gets you a very decent heatsink and fan combo that does more than adequately at stock speeds. 9900k + heatsink = 525 + 25 = $550. 9700k + watercooling/radiator/fancy setup: $410 + $130 = $540.

The cooling solution is simply over-emphasized and is a big source of waste for money. As long as you are within the designed thermal window, it makes no difference 48 degrees vs 52.

The only time you might needs extra fancy cooling is when overclocking, and that's wasting away electricity, converting it into useless heat that needs to be removed.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I still think $15-30 isn't enough, considering factors like turbo boost, and decent logic. I would spend $45 minimum for both processors

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Why do you put "streaming" in there? Why is streaming, next to gaming, so important? I have a mediocre system that's never had any problems with streaming videos on YouTube or Netflix. Perhaps I don't understand streaming in your context.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

It's more to do with creating a stream that others will view.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for clarifying. Since I don't give a rats *** about creating streams, I don't know that. For me a high end PC is for gaming and browsing the web.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, same.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

the light strips in the 500i are such a waste of money and not worth the extra money over the 500

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Streaming

Ugh, gross.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

-rep

'Streaming'

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Typo in the description for the memory, it says 16gb instead of 32gb

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Oop, I forgot I made that change, thanks!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm new to PC building and I just wanted to ask do you need a "Software" to build a gaming PC because I see you and a lot of other builds not have a "Software" in the build. I was just wondering so I can save a little money if it's not needed.

  • 9 months ago
  • 3 points

well you can use linux instead of windows

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

The FPS must be really high if we use RTX 2080 to play Minesweeper. ;)

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe the FPS will be so high that the computer will crash from overloading Minesweeper :)

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Windows costs about 150USD but people have come up with "creative ways" of obtaining keys for cheap so no one puts the cost of it on there build. You do need an operating system to run your completed build, unless you just like looking at the bios screen

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

You can actually get Windows 10 for around $100.

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  • 7 months ago
  • 0 points

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  • 7 months ago
  • 8 points

You must be really fun at parties.

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  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Microsoft offers a Windows 10 Disc Image. The only thing is that you'll get a watermark telling you to activate Windows and some personalization features will be missing.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

That option is just if you want to buy specific software on the side, things for word processing, video editing etc. Only the operating system is required, and you can use Linux for free if you know how. If you have no idea what anything is in the software choices then you probably have no need for them.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

you don't its probably way to late to tell you but yeah

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Does this build support sli?

  • 8 months ago
  • 3 points

the asrock z390 pro4 motherboard does not support sli.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Make sure to select a mobo that is sli compatible, as the current filter will give non-sli compatible boards.

  • 9 months ago
  • -2 points

Yes, the RTX 2080 supports NV link (updated version of SLI)

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Any other cases or places to buy the case from? PB Tech is sold out

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

hey OP, you copy pasted the same paragraph in the GPU section.

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  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

I think he means that the same paragraph is posted twice in a row. The bit about filtering out mini versions.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

no like, literally in the section describing the GPU, the last 2 paragraphs are exactly the same. on this specific guide..

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh! I see now.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

One more questions. The memory is out of stock at NewEgg... any thoughts on comparable memory offering at Amazon or Newegg?

Many thanks

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

This needs pulled from the front page of the site. 5 of the 8 components show 'No Matches Available'. Doesn't help much...

  • 9 months ago
  • 4 points

I would check to see if you have any merchants disabled on your preferences page.

  • 9 months ago
  • 0 points

My apologies.. I was looking at some stuff last night and wanted Amazon's lightning fast shipping so I set it to only look there. I didn't realize the filter would stay on after I closed it out. I'm even on a different computer from last night too. Good info for next time. Thanks for clearing it up! Also, that's a nice build!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

noice

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

If I upgrade to the 2080 ti, will this build run 4k at 130 fps?

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Depends on the game and the settings, but yes

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you link me a 4k monitor over 120hz?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

There aren't any yet, that I know of, which are publicly available.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

This is the only screen I know of capable of that, more expensive than 95% of people are willing to spend though; https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/geforce/products/big-format-gaming-displays/

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

My Completed Build, I went with a GigaByte UD Z390 Motherboard though and the Gigabyte RTX 2080 Turbo OC 8g. DeadPool Not INcluded

https://imgur.com/a/zMSmnPa

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

what's the plural of Deadpool?

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Deadpoolers

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Has anyone used a gpu brace/support? That RTX looks huge and I'm wondering if it'll start drooping after a few years.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi,

I'm new to the PC gaming world as I am switching from console. Fortnite is 80% of the reason I'm getting a gaming setup so I need 240fps constantly and at least 60fps end games. Like I said, I'm not informed enough but this seems to be able to do that trick but be overkill.

I don't plan to stream, just want a high end gaming PC. The only thing I can see I don't need is the GeForce RTX 2080, I think the GeForce RTX 1080 Ti would be sufficient. Do you suggest the rest of your build with the 1080 ? Thank you!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

i think it would be good.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

It would have work for you, but good luck finding a 1080Ti at a reasonable price. I'd go with the 2070 once you get tired of looking lol.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

In the GPU section, the last paragraph was added twice. Great guide though!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Is this a good computer build? (The reason I chose that Motherboard is because of future proofing) https://pcpartpicker.com/list/XgRDRJ

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

A just took a quick look at this and I say get a better cpu cooler, if you can afford a 1080 ti you should get a better cooler.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

thoughts on this?

I'm not a PC builder, but I have some money I've been saving up for a high end rig. I was looking at the corsair i60 pro but thought I could get more bang for my buck with a custom build! I have a friend who will assemble it for me. I'm just not really that much of a whizz with parts

https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/PQ77LJ

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I would say get an ssd, if you have that sort of budget you should definitely get an ssd

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm extremely new to building computers so if your an expert at building, please don't get offended by my choices. Right now, I'm thinking of getting a 2080 ti for the investment long-term after I viewing what I saw in the benchmarks online; because I'm a major noob does it matter which brand I choose? If it does matter, does anyone have recommendations? With that being said, I also had a question about how important is it to get a better motherboard?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay, these are my changes after I talked with a few people. If you have any advice to the build please go ahead and reply. https://pcpartpicker.com/list/ZFqF29

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you got any benchmark scores for this build?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

What case fans/how many should I buy for this setup And anything else besides paste needed to buy outside of what's set up?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Anybody play the latest flight sims like DSC World or X-Plane 11? Will this rig run such programs well? As a rule, if a rig can run latest flight simulators with high visual quality and high frame rates, it can run anything, no?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

This is probably a dumb question, but I’m confused about the fan cables coming out of the NZXT control hub. I was able to get everything else connected to the motherboard, but there’s a cable coming out of the “Fan 1” slot that has three plugs. The first plug has four pins and the other two have three pins. I can’t seem to find documentation explaining what they are, and I can’t find any logical spot for them to plug into the motherboard. Obviously I’m new to this. Any insights or direction would be much appreciated.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I am also confused about this... - All the case fans seem to connect to the Smart Device, the only cable outgoing is a cable with three splits, seemingly to plug in more fans sometime. - I don't have anything to plug into Sys fans 1/2/3

Will the case fans work through the Smart Device ?

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Can someone please link me a video to install all these parts or even an example video.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

watch a build guide. the parts are may be different but in general they are the same concept when installing. this is a pretty through one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhX0fOUYd8Q

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

i need to start saving up

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

lit

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

good just the graphics card isn't that good only has one fan

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

If I bought this, I would trade in the Hard Drive for a SSD.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Very solid machine for under 2k. Nice to see prices on SSDs and GPUs coming down.

2 years ago a similar build would have been almost 3k

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

how much fps does it run in fortnite ??

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

You should ditch the 3 TB HDD for a 1/2 TB one and get a M.2 drive . The build's around $2000 you should have a M.2

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

M. 2 SSDs don't have an increase in performance unless you use an NVMe SSD.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

The motherboard does not have enough usb ports to support the liquid cooler + the fans from the case??

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

NZXT Internal USB hub.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Could you stop using the parametric filter on almost all if not all of your guides? Just try to actually make a part list/build guide without using it.

  • 7 months ago
  • 3 points

If I don't use a filter, the price will inevitably become far from optimal over time, as prices change and items go in and out of stock. Not to mention differing country's prices.

Sorry if you don't like, but the filters are staying.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Why not use the i9 9900k? Defiantly use the m.2. I plan on using the h700i case. For the gaming card why not use the strix version instead of the turbo? Also major question I have and cant find a answer, I've never used radiators and it really makes me nervous to use one. How often do they leak is there a way to prevent it form frying for mobo and CPU?

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

u can get way cheaper RAM at better speed with RGB & no boot drive?

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

The parametric filter is already selecting for the lowest-price RAM available of many speeds. I'd be happy to see a faster memory kit at a lower price if you link one.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

That's half as much RAM - of course it will be cheaper.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

OH, just realized it was 32GB & not 16GB, sorry, my bad

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

https://ibb.co/9NFppwv This is the build that I built on letsbld.com. I honestly have little experience to building a pc and looking to get into it now but looking for insight about it. Id love to save money on this if i can but this is something I've been looking at for some time now. Is it worth the money?

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Would this be capable to run VR?

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

An RTX 2080 is more than able to run VR.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Does any body know the temps of this pc

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

what kind of monitor would go well with the rtx 2080

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

If you want just 1080p gaming definitely get at leas 144hz. If you are looking for 1440p gaming i personally would still go with 144hz monitors like the upcoming raptor 27 form razer or other monitor but you probably could get a 100-120hz one for cheaper if you are looking at 4K gaming than you probably would want something higher than 60hz if you aren’t using ultra settings but 144hz 4K monitors go into the thousands

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

9700k for streaming

Is this a troll? Or you're expected to do GPU encoding that's worse quality?

And it's recommending a blower card at the moment lol. I hope no one actually builds this.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

A ton of people say the GPU in this build bricks or just stops working for no reason. Is this the case. If so what's a better one.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

the build is pretty good if you dont care about showing off your pc. If you wanna show off your pc on your desk i created this one, I mainly down graded to a 8700k and rtx 2070. https://pcpartpicker.com/user/Taki%4012982/saved/#view=MJNcqs

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

In addition to other concerns raised, the H500i is an absolute waste of money. Just get the regular H500 and don't worry about the garbage "smart" device - it's far cheaper.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Mine

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm very new to PC building and if all goes well this exact build would be my first gaming pc. Anyone who built the exact build hows it working for you? Any issues while using it or building it?

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

I used this as a starting point for my first PC build. If anyone has any suggestions or sees any conflicts with parts please let me know as I am somewhat unfamiliar with building PCs. https://pcpartpicker.com/list/23ntMZ I'm on the fence between the 9700k and the 9900k because it's only about a 80$ price difference at this point. I probably couldn't splurge for the 2080 Ti however, so I'm not sure if the 9900k is even worth it.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

If you really need hyperthreading than get the 9900k, but the 9700k is enough for gaming.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Can this stream at 720p60fps for games like pubg and overwatch?

  • 5 months ago
  • 0 points

EASILY

Source: i build this myself and it can. (using Nvidias NVENC encoder in OBS)

  • 5 months ago
  • 0 points

720p is not considered a quality stream anymore. IF you plan to stream, aim for 1080p or don't even start, please.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

What a terrible build. Bad MOBO, Blower style GPU, cheap SSD, cheap HDD.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

the lack of vrm cooling on that mobo defeats all purpose of overclocking whatsoever

also a blower card in an ATX case???

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

cool build

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey I am a Australian, and I was wondering if the power cable was Australian and if I could change it to Australian if it want, or do I just have to buy one separately?

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty sure the cable depends on the country you buy it from, so no.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Important note for people who end up building this RIG like i did:

I had the issue that when i first booted trying to install windows it would show the windows icon and the little circling loading dots and then it froze. I looked up and tried alot of things, almost went to return my CPU and Motherboard. But the actual fix was updating the bios from a flash drive from version F6 to F7 so the motherboard could support this CPU!

This may be extremely obvious to some of you but as a first time upgrader, this took me ALOT of time to figure out.

I hope i help someone with this post.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

This Guide build looks nice but it also looks like it has issues from what i have read so im leaning to something like this one.

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i7-9700K 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor $399.00 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler Cooler Master - MasterLiquid ML240L RGB 66.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $54.99 @ B&H
Motherboard ASRock - Z390 Extreme4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $148.78 @ OutletPC
Memory G.Skill - Trident Z RGB 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $99.99 @ Newegg
Storage Silicon Power - A80 512 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $59.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate - Barracuda Compute 4 TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive $84.99 @ Amazon
Video Card MSI - GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB VENTUS OC Video Card $659.99 @ Newegg
Case Deepcool - MATREXX 55 ATX Mid Tower Case $65.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA - SuperNOVA G1+ 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply $65.98 @ Newegg
Wireless Network Adapter Gigabyte - GC-WB867D-I PCIe x1 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi Adapter $31.99 @ Amazon
Case Fan Cooler Master - SickleFlow (Blue) 69 CFM 120 mm Fan $8.39 @ OutletPC
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1755.07
Mail-in rebates -$75.00
Total $1680.07
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-06-16 13:48 EDT-0400
  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Geeze! It's probably $2200 in Norway..

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

instead of being 1.7k how can I make it be 0.017k

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

it is intel so you will have to sacrifice a lot to be under 1k

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

this is the cheep i7 9700k build i'll be comfortable going with but it is no match to this guide build

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i7-9700K 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor $397.89 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler Cooler Master - Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $29.98 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock - B365M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $83.88 @ OutletPC
Memory G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2666 Memory $67.99 @ Newegg
Storage Crucial - MX500 250 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $39.70 @ OutletPC
Storage Seagate - BarraCuda 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $44.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card EVGA - GeForce GTX 1660 6 GB XC GAMING Video Card $209.99 @ Amazon
Case Deepcool - TESSERACT BF ATX Mid Tower Case $49.99 @ B&H
Power Supply EVGA - SuperNOVA G1+ 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply $93.89 @ OutletPC
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1048.20
Mail-in rebates -$30.00
Total $1018.20
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-06-21 11:44 EDT-0400
  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

hey, id change the cooler as a fan is better, also I wouldn't suggest that ram as it isn't too good and commonly will not work, otherwise good build.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

also 32 gb isnt really needed id say 16 or 24gb

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the AMD build work for anyone? I get a 'Page not found' error.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

The CPU is a massive error in this build, you should ALWAYS get the i9 9900k if you plan to stream, especially when you aim for a high end rig! The 9700k lacks HT at gets significally more frame loss then the 9900k.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Do I need to buy thermal paste when I buy the i7 9700K 3.6GHz processor?

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

First time builder :this has all the specs I want but I am wondering if it is possible to adapt the build into an upgrade package. I have spare parts lying around...

Also, Anyone figured out how the new raspberry Pi's can factor? Pretty powerful for the price...

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

This does NOT have all the specs you want, its just upvoted by people who have no clue. The motherboard is at the low end lineup which makes NO sense for that cpu and gpu. Also, the CPU is not the best choice for streaming.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

What would you suggest?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Upgrade the Motherboard by at least 100$ if not more (i would always suggest the Gigabyte Aorus Master). Switch to i9 9900k if you want to stream (9700k has no Hyperthreading, which is a horrible choice for streaming). Upgrade the RAM to 3200MHz. Consider a NVME M.2 SSD, maybe even dump the HDD since you already have a 1 TB SSD in the build.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

yo uh

the 8700k only has slight performance boosts over the 2700x, while being ~$100 more

so its more cost efficient to build an amd rig like this

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

9700k*

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Firstly how much fps will this get on Minecraft (asking for a friend) and will it be able to edit videos on Sony Vegas Pro. I am looking for a pc that will be able to edit and run Minecraft well.

Also this will be my first time building a pc. Does it come with windows and will I have to update drivers??

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Sure you will be able to edit videos, but you should NOT consider this build as it is. As said before, the motherboard is low end, also video editing with a cpu WITHOUT HT is just a waste of time. Change the motherboard and go for the 9900k.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Why u use ram speed 3000 MHz when u have motherboard support until 2666 MHz . Is this make problem or not ? Thanks

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

It supports up to 4300Mhz in OC. The CPU has a "limit" of 2666, but thats not an issue, use XMP and stuff. You should worry about the fact that this is a low end 390 board which is ridiculously bad compared to the high end GPU and a "good" CPU. DO NOT use this build 1:1. Upgrade to a decent Motherboard and go for the i9 9900k if you plan to stream.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Can u help me in this pc please!!!! https://pcpartpicker.com/list/m3vGKB

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I would suggest you get more storage capacity, 240GB is not enough (i would go for at least 500GB). Check for reviews of the parts you used, thats how i get my stuff together. If you have a bit more room in your budget i would wait until AMD release their Graphiccards, the 1650 is on the weak side.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

It's my first time in this . I will use 1Tb ssd "m.2" ,but the main problem what I have here the graphic card I need nvdia card I don't know what's good for performance

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I can recommend "Linus Tech Tips", "Jayztwocents" and "Gamer Nexus" on youtube, they show a lot of tech stuff inclusing comparisons of video cards :)

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Is there any difference between the current 2080 and most 2080s that are priced 100 dollars or more than this one

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Is it possible for me to add a Ryzen 3900x (or any of the 3000's and change the motherboard)?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi yo know you can use RTX 2060 or RTX 2060 super because it reduces the budget but it still give you good gaming experience at 1080p or 2k in most of the AAA title games

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point
  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

The Corsair - H100i PRO 75 Cooler is not available at the moment, what is the next best cooler ?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

This was my first build and I really enjoyed it.

I made a slight change in that I made the SSD my secondary memory instead of the Toshiba HD. And went for a Samsung Ultra M2 for windows, games etc. It boots like a dream!

However, the only issue I had (apart from there being no CD drive, and so having to get the ethernet driver onto a pen drive before I could download anything... I mean, who send drivers on disks nowadays!)

Is I am sometimes getting a blue screen of death with 'MACHINE_CHECK_EXCEPTION'. A google search tells me this can be a hardware issue, or the processor killing the PC when it detects an error.

Has anyone else had this? Does anyone have any ideas?

  • 9 months ago
  • 0 points

Love it. Any chance you can have success by replacing the NZXT with the H200i model. small area like to reduce the footprint. Thank you in advance for the help!

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

No, the motherboard is full ATX. The H200i is a Mini ITX case. If you get a Mini ITX motherboard, you could fit everything into the H200i, though.

  • 9 months ago
  • 0 points

hey i was wondering if this is a good gaming RGB build please let me know:

https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/YsjkBb

and will the gpu fit in my case.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

You don't need such a powerful PSU Especially if you aren't overclocking and 80+ bronze is more than enough. That said, the extra cash you save can go towards a better GPU or a Ryzen7 2700. Yes the GPU will fit

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

I think in stead of getting the 500gb crucial ssd you should get the intel 660p series 1tb m.2 for 110 dollars

  • 9 months ago
  • 0 points

These guides are very helpful! I'm hoping you can do a updated higher-end gaming/editing/animation PC build sometime for this guy who's been on mac for the last 12 years and is looking to build a PC to replace his iMac with something more powerful.

  • 7 months ago
  • 0 points

how come you didn't list an operating system?

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

You could run Linux.

  • 7 months ago
  • 0 points

How did you install CPU cooler in nzxt case I'm having trouble

  • 6 months ago
  • 0 points

thinking of making this

  • 6 months ago
  • 0 points

definitely great value,i tried to make a better build,but i could only get it down by about 70 dollars,good job guys

  • 5 months ago
  • 0 points

Great build!

My only issue is that I'd rather have a more robust motherboard for a little more money, like the ASUS ROG Maximus XI Hero. And I don't feel like I need an 8 GB GPU. I'm happy with 6 GB. But everyone's needs are different. Keeps it around the same price but a better foundation IMO.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

The build is not great. CPU is not good for streaming (no HT), motherboard is low end, especially if you claim to have a "magnificent streaming pc". It does not even have a NVME SSD.

  • 4 months ago
  • 0 points

Hello guys, i'm about to order everything and build up the pc by myself, before I order can you guys tell me if I did a great choice and I want to be sure everything fit together.

Thank you very much !

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point
  • 9 months ago
  • -1 points

A horrible choice of drives, motherboard, and ram. If your running a k version cpu no less then 3200mhz. Minimum a Asus Prime board. And it’s 2019 m.2 is a must. Western Digital Black 250gig gen 3 $75. With the current cpu specs it’s like putting a Ferrari engine in a mini van.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

You're certainly welcome to your own preferences, and I suspect you won't be alone in them, but I'm afraid I'll have to disagree.

If your running a k version cpu no less then 3200mhz.

This is probably most worthwhile out of the three, and I'll revisit this for the next iteration.

Minimum a Asus Prime board.

To what end? What is the performance gain?

And it’s 2019 m.2 is a must. Western Digital Black 250gig gen 3 $75.

I disagree. M.2 is coming down in price, but that drive is a quarter the capacity of the ones in the parametric filter. A faster drive in exchange for lower capacity will be worth it to some, but that's a pretty huge capacity trade.

That being said,

Everyone's storage needs differs

  • 9 months ago
  • 0 points

If the m.2 is to much get intel optane with 7200? $75 is very affordable and it has amazing speed. I just don’t see the reason to get a k version chip without getting an equal ladened mobo. It can be done I guess just seems overkill in some areas and underwhelmed in others. Not bad just my opinion.

  • 9 months ago
  • 0 points

Regarding the motherboard, I'm of the mind that if the benefits can't be enumerated, it's not worth spending more money.

As for the drive, it's not the $75 price tag as much as it is the very low capacity compared to what's selected. Like I've said, the drive is getting cut down to a quarter the size. That's not something to lightly ignore. A better comparison would be the 1TB version, which is over double the price. That will be worth it to some and not worth it to others. As you said, just opinions at this point.

  • 8 months ago
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