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Excellent Intel Gaming/Streaming Build

Description

CPU/CPU Cooler

For the Excellent Intel Gaming Build build we selected the Intel Core i5-9600K as our processor. To better cool the i5-9600K we selected the Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML240L RGB which provides fantastic cooling at an unbeatable price.

Motherboard

The i5-9600K is an unlocked processor so 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.

Memory

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.

Storage

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

GPU

On a budget of roughly 1250 dollars we decided to go with an excellent graphic card. The Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 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 1080 is perfectly suited for VR gaming as well. When using an RTX 2070 you should consider stepping up your monitor to a 120/144hz screen for the best gaming experience.

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.

Case

All of our components are housed in the Corsair Carbide SPEC-06 RGB case. This case has a nice black finish, a large tempered glass side panel window, power supply shroud, room for enthusiast CPU coolers, watercooling radiators, two pre-installed case fans, built in RGB lighting and front panel USB3.0.

PSU

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 and provide more than enough power for this system while at stock clocks or overclocking.

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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CPU Cooler Corsair H100i PRO 75 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler
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€118.90
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€118.90
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Motherboard ASRock Z390 Pro4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard

From parametric filter: Form Factor: ATX; Max RAM: 64 GB - 1024 GB; Chipset: Intel Z390; SLI/CrossFire: 2-Way SLI Capable, CrossFire Capable; SATA 6Gb/s Ports: 6 - 12; Onboard USB3.0 Headers: Yes

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€113.99
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€113.99
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Memory G.Skill Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2800 Memory

From parametric filter: Speed: DDR4-2800, DDR4-2933, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200, DDR4-3300, DDR4-3400; Type: 288-pin DIMM; Modules: 2 x 8GB; Heat Spreader: Yes

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€57.46
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€57.46
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Storage Silicon Power A55 512 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive

From parametric filter: Capacity: 500 GB - 12000 GB; Type: SSD; Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s, M.2 (B+M), M.2 (M)

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€55.42
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Storage Seagate Constellation ES.2 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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€69.98
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Video Card Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB WINDFORCE 2X Video Card

From parametric filter: Chipset: GeForce RTX 2070

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€425.09
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Case Corsair SPEC-06 ATX Mid Tower Case
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€99.90
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€99.90
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Power Supply Corsair TXM Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply

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Base Total: €1237.54
Shipping: €15.98
Total: €1253.52
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Comments

  • 8 months ago
  • 3 points

Is there a video explaining to build this setup? I'm new to building computers and would appreciate any help sent my way.

  • 8 months ago
  • 4 points

hi azizaleisa, on youtube there is a very good pc building series on pauls hardware channel. it's not exactly this build here but he explains all the components. hope this will help you

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you like reddit or Quora better and why?

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  • 8 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks for the build! Any thoughts on this build but with a i5-9400f instead of the 9600k for gaming at 1080p with 144+ fps?? Also I'm wondering If I replace the case with a NZXT 500 should I get some extra case fans or not necessary?

  • 8 months ago
  • 3 points

I'm new to PC gaming and I was just wondering how this system would run games like Battlefield Rainbow Six siege post scriptum squad games like that

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

What is both the best air CPU cooler and wireless card/adapter for this build?

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

For air CPU cooling I always recommend the be quiet! pure rock (if on budget they run around $35). It cools better than the coolermaster hyper 212 evo and is significantly less quiet I sometimes forget that they are there. Try to use 2 fans blowing the same direction on the CPU cooler if you want better temputures.

For a wireless adapter I used the ASUS PCE-AC56 which is a little pricey compared to cheaper ones it runs around $50.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm using a Cryorig H7 for an identical build to this, running 4.5Ghz all cores and really cool and quiet. And a MUCH easier install than the Hyper 212, i speak from a bad experience. :)

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

hi there, i'm planning to get me a new system for gaming an streaming, too. now i' curious, why u picked a 6core/6thread cpu. is it because of the new nvenc encoding? i was thinking about a i7-8700k cpu because auf the 6core/12thread option. would this be a worse choice?

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

The amount of threads hardly increases gaming performance, so it;s really not worth the slight boost for the extra money

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

thank you for your reply and opinion.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Why did you decide to change the case from the h500 from the last build?

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

gonna looookkkkk ssexexxy

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Why does the parametric filter for the mobo include SLI capability when the video card doesn't support SLI?

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

These are general guides and starting points. By adding SLI support if someone changes the GPU they would be able to add another card in the future.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for putting this page up.

I am trying to build my first PC but I am also looking at pre-built options. The below link has similar configuration and also offers Microsoft 10, keyboard and mouse with the build. And, the price is about $200 cheaper. Is there a catch?

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883102550&ignorebbr=1

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

From what I can see, the Processor is a 9400F vs a 9600. similar, but if you see here, the operating frequency is lower. As well as it doesn't have hyperthreading or onboard graphics, that's the big difference with the processors with the F.

https://www.anandtech.com/show/13815/intels-new-9th-gen-desktop-cpus-i3-9350kf-i5-9400f-i5-9400-i5-9600kf-i7-9700kf-i9-9900kf

Another thing that probably gets the price lower is the brand and size of the SSD and HDD. THe SSD on this build is half the size, and then brands could be different.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Significantly less CPU power, half the RAM, stock CPU cooler, 1/2 the SSD space, 1/3 the HDD space.

You can get cheap mouse and keyboard combos for 30 bucks. If you are looking to save 200+ dollars I would recommend going for the Great guide

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Heads up, this build is impossible. There isn't enough space to fit the water cooler and the RAM. So you'll definitely need a different case or CPU cooler.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

You mount the CPU cooler on the front of the case instead of the top.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Oops, I didn't know that was an option with water coolers. Thanks for clarifying that. Awesome setup!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't intend to overclock my system. Would I be safe in using the stock cooler on the CPU in that case?

  • 8 months ago
  • 3 points

There is no stock cooler for the 9600k.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Is the only major difference between this build and the "great intel gaming build" the GPU?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I know this is probably an amateur question, but I was wondering if I need to buy thermal paste separately or if it would be coming with the parts?

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Normally buy separately. But it will have pre-applied paste usually. You can buy paste later

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Does this motherboard come with wi-fi and Bluetooth? If not, could you recommend the components we would need to add for that?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Will this build come with all the tools needed to build it? or will i have to have parts to finish it off?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Is it possible to use a NZXT 500i case with this build instead? Planning to build my own pc soon thats why

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

If I bought this wouldn't I need to also buy Windows 10?

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

yes, but you can get it cheap if you already have an existing version of windows. https://youtu.be/vHS_3qi0kXg this guide is very helpful

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

i5 9600k is not good for single pc gaming streams

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

better to get a 2700 or a 2600 or 9400f

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

We have an AMD version of this guide and the 9400F is an inferior choice at this budget.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello I’ve played nothing but console my whole life but I want to get a good gaming build to play/stream fortnite. I was wondering if someone could let me know if this build for that or if there are and changes I should make to this list before I start purchasing parts. Thanks in advance.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

I used this guide a few months back to put together my first PC, but I'm having some serious issues managing the heat. Trying to run games quickly brings up my heat levels past 100 degrees... and even further, causing shutdowns. Would anyone have an idea of what to check?

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Please make a post in troubleshooting. It sounds like something isn't installed correctly.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello i am thinking of buying this computer but will i have problems streaming and gaming on the same computer with i5 9600k 6 cores and 6 threads? or will it do just fine with the new nvec stream system?

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

is there a way to get windows for free???

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

yes sir! check out this yt video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkafkI32Cs0

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

tttthhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaannnnnnnnnnnnkkkkkkk yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyooooooooooooooooooooooooouuuuuuuuuuuu :) :) :)

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I recently made this build and i have learned that this card is sometimes defective is there something i can do to make it last longer and not artifact?

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

win the silicon lottery. literally hope it isnt DOA.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point
  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Not the place to post it in and no, why do you have 2 CPU AIOs? That power supply isn't going to allow much headroom for OC while the fan will be rippin while idling, and also you're not going to be able to fit a sound card and network adapter. You don't have an SLI bridge, also that case doesn't have enough internal drive bays. You don't need that much thermal compound, ever. That GPU cooler isn't built for the 2080ti and will most likely cause clearance issues while not contributing to cooling. It's a waste of $8000 and I hope this is a joke.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Will this build run modern to future games at 120 or so fps on high video settings? I'm new to building computers and was just curious about the possibilities of this build.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

when I say high video settings, I mean at 1080p

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Would it be ok to switch out the motherboard for the Z390A? https://www.asus.com/us/Motherboards/PRIME-Z390-A/ And also what would happen if I were to put 4 sticks of 8gb ram? Would it increase anything performance wise?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 9 months ago
  • -3 points
  1. You have a 2070 with an i5 which is sort of a bottle neck
  2. Don’t spend the extra money on 2800mhz ram just get 2666mhz and overclock
  3. you brought a motherboard that is sli so spent more money and you only have 1 gpu I under stand future proof but sli Is not as relavent as it was a few years ago
  • 9 months ago
  • 4 points

The i5-9600k base clock is 3.7 GHz and max turbo to 4.6 GHz, and it's 6-core. Not even close to being a bottle neck. Just short of a bottleneck would be a i5-8400.

True, ram speed doesn't have a huge impact on gaming/streaming.

Your choice of mobo below is $24 more and not SLI.

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  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Excellent Intel Gaming/Streaming Build

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

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