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Enthusiast Intel Gaming/Streaming Build

Description

CPU

At this budget, we're running the Intel Coffee Lake Refresh i7-9700K. The 9700K features 8 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! Dark Rock Pro 4 has been added to the list. A cooler of this stature will allow a high overclock without overheating or becoming noisy.

Note: If you'd prefer to consider a similar build, but instead using an AMD Ryzen processor, be sure to check out our Enthusiast 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 500GB of space. We have also added a parametric filter for a 3TB mechanical drive for mass storage, such as extra games and videos. 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 2080 is one of the best price for performance cards on the market. The RTX 2080 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.

Case

All of our components are housed in the Cooler Master MasterCase H500 case. This case features a clean design and a tempered glass window. It includes 2x front panel USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports, 2x front panel USB 2.0 ports, 1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type C port, 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 Enthusiast Gaming Guide..

Compatibility: See notes below.

Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU Intel Core i7-9700K 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor
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£313.00
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CPU Cooler be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 50.5 CFM CPU Cooler
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£67.90
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£67.90
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Motherboard MSI Z390-A PRO ATX LGA1151 Motherboard

From parametric filter: Form Factor: ATX; Chipset: Intel Z390; Memory Slots: 4 - 16; M.2 Slots: 2 - 4

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£98.85
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£98.85
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Memory Team T-FORCE DARK Z 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 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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£59.28
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£59.28
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Storage Crucial P1 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive

From parametric filter: Capacity: 500 GB - 12000 GB; Type: SSD; Form Factor: M.2-2280; Interface: M.2 (M)

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£58.42
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£58.42
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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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£62.44
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£62.44
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Video Card MSI GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB SEA HAWK X Video Card

From parametric filter: Chipset: GeForce RTX 2080

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£599.99
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£599.99
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Case Cooler Master MasterCase H500 ATX Mid Tower Case
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£90.99
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£90.99
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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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£64.31
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Total: £1415.18
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Compatibility Notes

  • Note: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.
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Comments

  • 5 months ago
  • 6 points

"For our GPU, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 is one of the best price for performance cards on the market. The RTX 2080 will provide a consistent 60fps on many demanding games like PUBG) at Ultra at 1080p, and even 1440p for some games"

Isn't the 2080 easily a 1440p 144hz card for most games? Perhaps even 4k territory, I think. This description wildly understates this card's capabilities.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

A 2080 ti can run fortnite on 1080 at 500-600 FPS

  • 5 months ago
  • 3 points

Hi,

How do I see the date that these kind of build guides were posted?

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

hello, I dont believe it says when it was posted but this is the most up-to-date version. As soon as the next generation of products is released there will be a new list.

  • 4 months ago
  • 3 points

Hello, I think 550w power supplier it's too low for this building. Minimum is 650w and it will load power supplier to 90%. Better use 750 -850w power supplier. i7 9700k uses 125 wats in boost. RTX 2080 uses ~ 220w
+ all perepherials devices, usb, cooler, fans and so on.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

You got the CPU wrong. I think it's supposed to be i7 but okay.

  • 6 months ago
  • 3 points

Whoops, fixed the typo. Thanks!

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

For someone new in the PC building community i have to ask, is this a good starter PC because it is around my budget but im not sure what PC parts are good or what to get i just know a friend of mine recommend this site and said look for a build on here.

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  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

The MSI GeForce graphics card says the recommended PSU should be 650w but the one for this build is only 550w, how big of an issue is this??

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Personally, I wouldn't run this with less than 650w.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

it should be fine, you can change the power supply if you would like but as long as you arent hitting like 540 watts on a 550 watt psu you should be okay. I would highly reccomend spending the extra 20ish bucks incase something does happen (which can fry your 1500$ system)

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Im also new to building PC's is this a good build i have no idea i what to look for and to not

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

You should first decide if you want to build your PC just for gaming or streaming, gaming, content creation, etc. It would be generally easier to proceed from there as you'll have a decent idea of what CPU/GPU combination you'll need

  • 5 months ago
  • 0 points

Well i would like to do both gaming and streaming. I know a lot ot streamers have duel PC's one for games and one for streaming but i obviously not at that stage

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

If you had to change the case what would you change it to because the case is said to heat up alot and not enough space for the cooler

Not Critism just asking

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I recently completed this build and the case is big enough for the cooler and my idle temps are around 30°C-40°C, which are normal idle temperatures.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

what about under load?

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

The only game i have played on it is fortnite and the temperature is always around 47°C.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

The ASRock motherboard currently showing for this doesn't have an RGB header so the case front lit fans won't work with it.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Since this motherboard doesn't have an RBG header, you'll have to use the RGB controller that comes with the case which connects from the fans to a SATA connection.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, I'm pure new to computer building. I want to do editing on AVID and creation content. Would it be a good PC build? Thanks :)

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

If your doing content creation, I would recommend something like a ryzen 3700X and an rtx 2070 SUPER as it's about the same power as the 2080 but about 150 bucks cheaper.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Can this run minecraft at high frames rates with shaders with proper monitor, I’m a pc building noob :v

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Absolutely.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Need some assistance troubleshooting this build

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Please make a post in the troubleshooting forum.

https://pcpartpicker.com/forums/forum/22-troubleshooting/

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the quick reply!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I've been researching PC parts and how to build a PC (I'm completely new to it all) and although this seems good and it's within my price range I'm not entirely sure if I need this much. I am a new CS student and I currently only want to play a few games on my PC (Overwatch, WOW, fortnite perhaps), although once I purchase my first computer I've got a feeling I'll be more inclined to play more. Would this be a right fit? Or should I drop down to the modest build?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

It depends on resolution, FPS, and graphical settings on which one you should consider buying. 144hz, 1080p, comp settings? Modest should be good for all your needs. if you feel you need 144hz, max settings and maybe even in 1440p, this build is more than adequate. but do also keep in mind that if you wouldn't like the windows watermark, you can buy that for $20 in some places, but one from microsoft can be about $100. Hope this helped!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

hi I'm new to computer building and I wanna build something that will be able to run most games I don't care about streaming or anything like that. I just need a somewhat powerful PC. if anyone has any recommendations, that would be great as long as I'm able to run something like DOOM with minimal lag and good graphics that would be great. I'll continue to look around. thx everyone

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

What's your budget?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I am currently putting together this build, and it seems like the CPU cooler doesn't give enough clearance for the RAM? I've put the RAM in first, since the cooler fan hangs overhead. However, the cooler doesn't lay flat on the CPU now? Not sure what I can do, would really appreciate help from someone who completed this build

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

The fan can be mounted higher or on the other side of the cooler. If you swap sides make sure to use the same orientation as the fan in the middle.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the quick response! The front fan came mounted already, and I didn't realize it could move up one slot. Those few mm give it enough space.

Appreciate the help

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  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Would this do raytracing ? for games like minecaft and the quake rtx benchmark. im a new to this but would like to know if it would run it

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, it will

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Is this a good build? What FPS do you run at in Fortnite.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Can someone please recommend a black case that will work with this build? The h500 seems to be out of stock everywhere. Thanks

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for letting me know. We'll update that tomorrow.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

nice

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

CPU cooler out of stock can you recommend a new one?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Could you possibly find a CPU Cooler that would be good for this build seems like the one you have is out of stock. And also what fps would you have in Fortnite? Thanks.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm looking to build a gaming pc about this price range I have pieces selected for a build I put together but would like some info from someone who has experience with this stuff.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

ok saying the RTX 2080 will run fortnite with no problems is like saying Taco Bell is going to give you the runs. OBVIOUSLY it will, a GTX 970 will run Fortnite with no problems at all.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

And yet, its one of the most common questions on all of our build guides. These guides are generally aimed at new and inexperienced builders who don't have any frame of reference for performance.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

well, i suppose your right.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Is this still a good system to buy for 2019-2020 gaming?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

So, I played with this build a little and realized its missing a few things. My first question is why you wouldnt match Ram to CPU? The highest that chip can support is 2 sticks running at 2666. The case was fine I guess. Comments and reviews showed it was cramped at times with cable management. So I changed it out. Changed cooling to liquid because I live in a place without airconditioning. Aircooled just doesnt cut it without help sometimes. Added a monitor to match the video card. Then I glanced at the price. Can anyone look at this and trim off some fat? Maybe I made a bad assumption. This just seems expensive is all. https://pcpartpicker.com/list/sBqxFG

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

The memory is absolutely compatible above 2666. You will see better performance up to around 3200-3400 where diminishing returns really start to kick in. Liquid vs Air won't be affected by your higher ambient temps as this is a top tier air cooler that performs just as well as the majority of 240-280mm radiator options.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the reply, It was around 2 am where I was and I was doing insomnia driven reading trying to wrap my head around different builds I've been playing with. How do you figure out RAM and CPU speed pairing? It was easy to read up on for a AMD Ryzen but it was much harder to figure out why, for instance, the description of an i7 8700 reads:


Max Memory Size (dependent on memory type) 128 GB Memory Types DDR4-2666 Max # of Memory Channels 2 Max Memory Bandwidth 41.6 GB/s ECC Memory Supported ‡ No


  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

2666 is the "maximum" listed spec. Technically anything over that is an overclock but the majority of the time on both Intel and AMD CPUs you want to be using 3000-3200

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

New to all this tech stuff so would appreciate the help. I plan on play games like rainbow six, overwatch and more importantly SEGA TOTAL WAR games with everything on high/ultra settings? I know total war is a heavy game to run so do I need to look for a more upgraded PC or will this build run smoothly?

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

This machine will easily run those games.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the help!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Rtx 2080 will get way more than 60 fps even at 4k while playing very demanding games. You shoud've just chosen an rtx 1080

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Has anyone actually used this build with the recommended power supply? Is it enough for this build?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi! I've seen some comments about the power supply being not enough for this build... since I'm pretty new at this and I'm willing to buy this one, anyone has a good alternative to the power supply they are referencing?

Thanks a lot in advance

  • 3 months ago
  • 0 points

The power supply is more than enough for this build.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

That motherboard only supports 8th gen processors.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

That is incorrect. It will fit both 8th and 9th generation. Not only that, it is compatible with 9th generation without any BIOS updates needed.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

This is the price point im looking to build a gaming computer. I dont care about streaming. I was originally thinking of using a 2070 super. This build has a regular 2080. What would be better for me? Also I can get the I7 9700k for 299.99 right now so anyone have a few tweeks to this build? Save money on the processor upgrade the.... powers upply? Maybe ram? Or is this ram good enough? Or perhaps upgrade the mother board? I dont know what would be best to spend the extra money if I can get processor cheaper and go with a 2070 super instead of 2080. Any advice/new build link?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

-For the graphic card, I would ask if you are going to OC it? I would pick RTX2080 over 2070 super. When you buy it try to get something with 3 fans ( I think the cheapest is gigabyte) IF you are going to OC. Better to not buy some cheap graphics card like from Pyne or galax they are loud have bad fans and have bad heat decapitation so not that great but if your not OC-ing then it's good.

Do not cheap out on power supply and in this case the wattage is also at the lowest it should be for this build. The reason we buy power supplies with the wattage of 600 750 and so on is because of the efficiency of the power draw. It's not that the components would not receive enough power with a 500W power supply it's that the power supply would run at full power which would increase wasted electricity and noise+ heat. Another positive is that after you want to upgrade down the line you can just take the power supply out and give it to the next build Good explanation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwBnkRN9miA&t=819s

The RAM should be upgraded in my opinion since you asked for tweaks to DRR4 3200 memory. The processor is fast but the information needs to be delivered to it in time and 3000 memory is the low limit for a processor of these speeds.

As for the CPU fan. That is one of the best CPU air cooling fans on the market for OC and daily use and it is quiet so it is very good for OC. And the case is also a perfect fit in my opinion for an air cooling OC PC. It has room Large fans and good air intake and outtake. I also made a mistake that I don't want you to repeat and that is THE CASE. I bought the NZXT 500. Nice looking case but the integrated fans were loud and under load, this case WILL get toasty. It's a nice looking case but for on OC capable PC it was garbage and I returned it immediately after I did the tests and noticed what was happening. Remember We are at an age when it's more important for you to keep your case cool than a small GPU upgrade since it does not matter if the parts are simply too hot.

The motherboard is good. Solid-state drives are cheaper now and also good for games since you load things faster. It is a great build but it's hard to make it cheaper without hampering the components inside.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello I want to build this exact one its just its telling me in the notes."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 that something to worry about?Thanks

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Not really. An example my motherboard has 6x SATA 6.0GB/s ports. In the manual, it tells me that if you put an M2 onto the motherboard SATA port number 5+6 will not work. This is with my B450 tomahawk motherboard. You still get 4 SATA ports free which are more than enough for other SSDs, HDDs.

Short; there is no need for concern since almost all modern motherboards have 6 + SATA ports.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, new to the site - Are there any video guides to this build please?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhX0fOUYd8Q A good guide. All PCs have the same components and installation is also about the same and simple just watch the video and assemble and read your motherboard manual to know in which slots you should put the ram in. It might look intimidating but it's simple when you get the parts and finish your first build.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Thankyou very much :)

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build! but i would go with a 9700kf, as well would pay a little more for ddr4-3200. 550 watt is kinda low for this build, 700-750 watt is to go.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

What monitor would be a good pairing with this build? I guess what I mean is should I go with 1080p or 1440p?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

you can get a solid 1440p 144hz experience with this build. Using a 1080 monitor would be detrimental with a build with these components.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

1080p 240hz is still a viable option

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  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I am trying to mount the CPU cooler, however it does not leave any room for the RAM as is. I have the GEIL Eva Potenza RAM from the parametrics, and they are too high profile to fit in with this cooler.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

You can adjust the height of the fan or move it to the other side if it interferes with the RAM

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

How do I just buy this PC

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

👍

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Im new to the PC market and this has the case I want so I really want to buy this pc and get some good prices from black friday, but Im just so new to this idk what to do like whats overclocking mean and yea

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