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Great Intel Gaming/Streaming Build

Description

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 Hyper 212 Black Edition 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

Memory needs are slowly but constantly increasing, and we want to stay ahead of the curve. To this end we're using a parametric filter to choose a 16GB kit of memory within Intel's recommended specifications at the best price. The filter will only select 2x8GB kits, allowing us to leave room for extra DIMMs for future expansion.

Storage

We're use parametric filters to incorporate an SSD with at least 960GB of space. Everyone's storage needs differs, so feel free to add or remove capacity to your heart's desire.

GPU

For our GPU, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER is one of the best price for performance cards on the market. The RTX 2060 SUPER 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.

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

All of our parts are on display in the NZXT H510 mid tower case. This case features a clean design and a tempered glass window. It includes 1x USB-C port and 1x front panel USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A port, 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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£189.98
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£1.99
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£191.97
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CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black Edition 42 CFM CPU Cooler
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£29.31
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£2.99
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£32.30
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Motherboard Gigabyte Z390 D ATX LGA1151 Motherboard

From parametric filter: Chipset: Intel Z390

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£90.99
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£90.99
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Memory Patriot Viper 4 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory

From parametric filter: Speed: DDR4-3200, DDR4-3300, DDR4-3333, DDR4-3400, DDR4-3466, DDR4-3600; Modules: 2 x 8GB; CAS Latency: 3 - 19

Base
£54.99
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£3.49
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£58.48
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Storage PNY CS900 960 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive

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

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£79.98
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£79.98
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Video Card Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8 GB WINDFORCE OC Video Card

From parametric filter: Chipset: GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER; Length: 223 mm - 403 mm

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£356.30
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FREE
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£356.30
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Case NZXT H510 ATX Mid Tower Case
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£72.17
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£72.17
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Power Supply Corsair TXM Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply

From parametric selection: Show

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£63.97
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£63.97
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Base Total: £937.69
Shipping: £8.47
Total: £946.16
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Comments

  • 1 month ago
  • 3 points

I was curious, as a total noob, what's with the motherboard having an additional 4-pin ATX power connector but the power supply not? Just curious as this would be my first build and I didn't want to run into any problems. Also, if this is a factor, can someone recommend a power supply that this would work with? Thanks in advance for any and all information.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

If you go to the power supplies tab and you scroll down, you should see an option for and extra 4 pin psu

  • 23 days ago
  • 1 point

The extra 4 pin connector is designed for extreme overclocking. Think the type of overclocking youd need liquid nitrogen for. So for 99% of us we wont need that extra 4 pin and it also isnt required to get your system to boot.

  • 2 days ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

whats better this or the AMD version for live streaming

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

AMD if you used CPU encoding (x264) but if you used NVENC im pretty sure they would preform about the same.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

don't forget Intel QuickSync, which is capable of dedicated H.264 encoding with the dedicated encode/decode core

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't know you could use it for streaming.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Depends on what you need. AMD has more cores so if you do video editing or stuff like that get AMD

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  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey I'm also a noob as well as a lot of others when it comes to this, so I really appreciate the responses all the help you guys offer. Two quick questions:

1) I noticed the case is no longer available, another similar one you can add/recommended?

2) As well as a monitor that would match the build? I just don't want to buy a monitor that under/over performs for the build.

Thanks!

  • 2 months ago
  • 3 points

1) An NZXT H500 is great case for this build, and there's a bunch of colors to choose from.

2) Would rather have a higher resolution (harder to see individual pixels) or a higher framerate and refresh rate (Would make everything look smoother)

Depending on which, you should look into a 144hz 1080p monitor or a 120hz 1440p monitor. I can recommend monitors for either category upon a response :)

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I too am interested in which case would be suitable for this build. Thanks, I am grateful for your expertise as well guys.

  • 15 days ago
  • 1 point

Buy a Spec 05 it cost 49.99 usd and looks so good

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Is it recommended that I buy additional fans to mount to the top of the case as exhaust?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

No, as for this case the cpu cooler will pull in fresh air from the top vent. Two 120mm fans should be mounted in the front middle and bottom slots of the case, and 1 in the rear. See gamers nexus video on the case.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you need to buy windows 10 or an operating system, or do this come with one?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

There isn’t such a thing as a custom built pc “coming with” an OS, you will have to buy that separately

  • 3 months ago
  • 3 points

ok thank you. I was just wondering cause I thought they would've had an OS as a default part or whatever as the build.

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  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

The sale of those keys violate Microsoft ToS, and the keys may be unexpectedly disabled. Recommending, suggesting, advising, encouraging, hinting, or in any way implying these keys as a solution or option is not allowed on this site.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

my bad, i didnt realise you guys were so against it. can you explain to me why it violates, it is just a key being resold or am i missing something? sorry for wasting your time if its a stupid question

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

This will do for the build I have in mind

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

This build was great but do you know if that motherboard has phase 4 or phase 8

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey about that ram. the cpu on the intel page says it supports DDR4-2666MHz but the ram here is 3200MHz. so what will work or how will this work

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

2666 MHz is not as quick as the 3200 MHz, either will work they just went with the better option for this build. Hope this helps.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

2666 will work for intel but you will be able to squeeze out more frames from faster ram (you can overclock your ram if you are comfortable) but if you are going with ryzen 1000-2000 go with at least 3000MHz ram and for ryzen 3000 i would recommend 3200MHz ram. it makes much more of a difference on ryzen than on intel.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Did it come applied with thermal paste?

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

thermal paste is included but not applied

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I am new to building computers, but I have been watching your videos on YouTube in addition to other research. I am interested in building a desktop computer mainly for flight simulators (Condor 2 and possibly X-plane) with the possibility of using a VR headset. Would this build effectively handle this workload?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

According to the Condor system requirements, this build would not have a problem handling the workload

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Is intel or AMD better for strictly gaming?

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Intel CPUs can go to higher clocks

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Im a bit of a PC making noob so bear with me, but I know I have to buy Windows but do I have to buy software

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

if you have to pay, yes

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

This looks like the kind of machine I would like to build. Is there any reason why one would not be able to upgrade to Core i9 down the road?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

cooling isn't the beefiest

  • 15 days ago
  • 1 point

Upgrade cpu cooling to an at least 240mm liquid to not get an i9 too hot. Possible the Deepcool captain 240EX? $69.99

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmm I'm new and I just wanted to know that if I can enable an wireless wifi connection without an pci adapter and also without an USB wifi stick in this specific model?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

no

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Im a noob so bare with me... But would this PC work with a different motherboard, as I need one that can support a wireless connection. For instance the MSI x570 gaming edge WIFI?

And if so, would I need to do anything else to get a wireless connection working? Or would it be able to connect to my wireless network as soon as the PC is set up?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, as long as it's compatible. You may need to install drivers off a USB stick

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Im tired of looking through comments because i have no idea whats going on, is this a good pc for fortnite or streaming im just so confused.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

It's able to do both at the same time

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

If so will it stream at 1080p 60fps while in-game frames are 100+?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

yes

  • 15 days ago
  • 1 point

Someone I know has the same specs but with a GTX 1080(which is better by not much maybe 10-15%?) And can stream 1080p60 while plying fortnite 1080p on 240hz

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm looking for something that will edit 4K and run VR games, will this work?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Can this run GTA V at good graphics and with good framerate?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

This can run the game very well at 1440p

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Perhaps the 5700 XT would be a better GPU for this build seeing as it does better in most tests than the 2060S for about the same price

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

go ahead and use it, then

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

The 5700xt has like 3% slower performance than a 2080S amd is 369.99

  • 2 months ago
  • 0 points

Personally I would rather have ray tracing and a backplate instead of a 1% performance buff. Just my preference.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the idiotic question, but I'm a complete noon at this stuff like a lot of people, and are easily overwhelmed by walls of text. Can somebody tell me in English what the advantages and disadvantages of this thing is? What I gathered from a comment I was able to read can this thing really not use wi-fi? I'm looking to play slightly older games like fallout 4, dying light, perhaps the last doom game. Would they run alright? Finally I couldn't help but notice a lack of guides to actually construct this build where could I find one? If you happen upon this I'd be eternally grateful for some guidance here...

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

You could play all of the games you mentioned at 1440p with as many frames as your monitor can display. I can recommend a build guide to a similar PC if you'd like, as well.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

you can if you'd like, though i've already gone ahead with the one that was already provided

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I meant a video that actually shows how to build the PC.

A Youtube channel named Joey Delgado does a fantastic job at explaining the process, just find one of his videos that says "Build GUIDE" because otherwise it's just a timelapse.

For example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfM_R1Lx5Hc

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Youtube is a great place to find tutorials for this sort of thing, just search "full build guide with (insert your parts)"

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

ah i see. thanks! sorry for not understanding ^ ^ ;

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Will this setup run 3 monitors (2x1080; 1x2560)?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

yes

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

This pc is allredy perfect but if could be 1 m2 ssd on 250 gb it myght be better

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, Why did you decide to do a MicroATX mobo but pair it with an ATX tower? Also, would there be any ram clearance with the 212 cooler on a micro ATX mobo?

Thanks!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

(PC Building Noob Here, Sorry..) Would this build be able to handle Blade and Soul? If so, around what settings? BnS Recommended Specs: CPU:Intel Quad Core / AMD Phenom II X4 RAM:4GB or above Graphics Card:nVidia Geforce 8800GT / AMD Radeon HD4850 Hard Disk:22GB or above OS:Win7 (64bit) DirectX:9.0c

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

easily

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Couple of questions: 1. MSI-Z390-PRO has only one M.2 slot and I might want to add second M.2 card in the future -so what are good choices? Should I select different motherboard or add expansion card to this one?

  1. CDON.com had an one day offer for Asus STRIX RTX2070 OC for 449€. I bought the card for that price, but now afterwards I'm thinking that would it be wise to return the card and choose different GPU for 1440p gaming? People seems to be quite fanatic with AMD 5700XT.

Plan is to use Alienware AW3418DW monitor. Thanks,

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

The 5700xt has the performance of a 2080s

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Ueet

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

that is a lie

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-9600K 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor $239.99 @ Newegg
CPU Cooler NZXT Kraken X52 Rev 2 73.11 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $134.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard ASRock Z390 Pro4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $104.99 @ Amazon
Memory Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2666 Memory $84.99 @ Amazon
Storage Team MS30 512 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $53.99 @ Amazon
Video Card Asus Radeon RX 5700 XT 8 GB Video Card $359.99 @ Newegg
Case Aerocool Cylon ATX Mid Tower Case $49.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply Raidmax XT 500 W ATX Power Supply $39.98 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1088.91
Mail-in rebates -$20.00
Total $1068.91
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-10-03 00:58 EDT-0400
  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

This is basically the same price but better

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

It’s also rgb

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

And it has a better cpu cooler for more OC

  • 27 days ago
  • 1 point

Same price because your storage is only 512GB

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  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

There will be only around a 10-15 percent increase in performance, it is not worth it

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I am new to building PCs and was wondering if I would be able to use a Corsair Carbide Series 275R Mid-Tower ATX Gaming Case instead of the one listed? Also, will I need to buy additional wiring to connect all the parts together or should that all be included with the parts themselves? Do I also need to buy an adaptor card to use an ethernet cable for internet?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

The case-yes. The wires-no. Everything comes with the wires needed

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Okay that's good, thanks for replying.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

And the Ethernet-no the motherboard comes with an Ethernet plugin

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

A 5700xt is so much better than a 2060 super. It’s 360 bucks for one of the cheaper ones, and it runs 3% slower than the 2080 super in most games

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

go ahead and use it then

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

How would you get the OS? preferably windows 10?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

there are plenty of online tutorials

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

is it possible to upgrade to an i7? would it still work together

  • 23 days ago
  • 1 point

Yes

  • 28 days ago
  • 1 point

So is the additional 4-pin ATX power connector on the motherboard a problem with this build since the power supply doesn't have it or will this build run fine despite this?

  • 16 days ago
  • 1 point

i'm a complete noob, but i have to ask, wouldn't performance get a cpu bottleneck with an i5?

  • 16 days ago
  • 1 point

What would a good software and operating system be for a gaming/streaming pc

  • 3 months ago
  • 0 points

I think the i5 9400f will perform barely the same with a significant low price i mean u can definitely save 90$ in total keeping his stock cooler.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

you could, but you lose access to the iGPU for streaming workloads

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

true

  • 2 months ago
  • 0 points

..

  • 1 month ago
  • 0 points

I think the Intel version is better because it will work better with the motherboard provided. For this price, the PC is sooooo good, however there are better for a slightly cheaper price. Overall this is great. PEACE AND LOVE! :) ;)

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