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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.

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

Cooler

To take full advantage of the overclockability, we are including the Corsair H115i RGB Platinum 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 3.2 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 3200 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 SUPER. You may want to look into a 120-144Hz and/or 2560x1440 resolution monitor for this powerful card. The parametric filter is set for the best-priced RTX 2080 SUPER available, but feel free to click the "From parametric filter" link to browse our listing of RTX 2080 SUPERs, which will grow as more become available. For those interested in VR, the RTX 2080 SUPER 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 and a minimum of 2 fans 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 Lian-Li PC-O11 Dynamic. This dual chamber case includes a tempered glass window and a second chamber for installing your PSU and hard drives completely out of the way. It also features 1x USB 3.2 Type-C, 2x front panel USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports, and a number of cable management holes and tie-offs to help your build look cleaner. It can also fit full-sized video cards.

Additionally, the PC-O11 Dynamic can fit multiple radiators if you opt for a higher end video card that includes its own liquid cooling.

Note that this case does not come with case fans, so we have included 2x Noctua NF-F12 PWM fans, though you should feel free to swap out for compatible case fans you'd prefer.

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 fully-or semi-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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CPU Cooler Corsair H115i RGB PLATINUM 97 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler
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£125.99
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£127.98
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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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£90.99
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£90.99
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Memory Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory

From parametric filter: Speed: DDR4-3200, DDR4-3300, DDR4-3333, DDR4-3400, DDR4-3466, DDR4-3600, DDR4-3666, DDR4-3733, DDR4-3800; Type: 288-pin DIMM; Modules: 2 x 16GB, 4 x 8GB; CAS Latency: 3 - 19; Heat Spreader: Yes; Color: Black, Black/Gray, Black/Silver, Black/White, White, White/Gray, White/Silver

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£126.98
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£132.46
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Storage PNY CS900 960 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive

From parametric filter: Capacity: 960 GB - 10000 GB; Type: SSD

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£74.98
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£74.98
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Storage Toshiba X300 4 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

From parametric filter: Capacity: 4000 GB - 10000 GB; Type: 7200RPM; Form Factor: 3.5"; Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s

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£85.09
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£85.09
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Video Card MSI GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8 GB VENTUS OC Video Card

From parametric filter: Chipset: GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER; Length: 224 mm - 403 mm; Cooling: 2 Fans, 3 Fans

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£649.98
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Case Lian Li PC-O11 Dynamic ATX Full Tower Case
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£112.10
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£112.10
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Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA G3 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply

From parametric selection: Show

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£94.99
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£100.47
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Case Fan Noctua NF-F12 PWM chromax.black.swap 54.97 CFM 120 mm Fan
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£19.98
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£19.98
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Case Fan Noctua NF-F12 PWM chromax.black.swap 54.97 CFM 120 mm Fan
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£19.98
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Base Total: £1710.23
Shipping: £12.95
Total: £1723.18
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Comments

  • 1 month ago
  • 3 points

I just completed this build the other day and it's worth noting that the USB-C case cable doesn't connect to the listed motherboard. You'll need an adapter if you want your USB-C slot on the front to operate

  • 19 days ago
  • 1 point

Can't wait to build my first pc!

  • 3 months ago
  • 0 points

I'm confused why the magnificent build has a worse GPU than the enthusiast one. Why not the 2080 super on this build and 2070 super on the enthusiast one?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

How would you update this build, i am curious on how you will build this.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

What were the comments below, i was not able to read them before they got deleted.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I was basically explaining what I was changing, but i thought would've been better to just link a build instead, so i deleted them.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I think this build just go re-done once again.

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  • 3 months ago
  • 0 points

Im also confused why the magnificent build seems to have a less powerful gpu. I do not know much about the "super" cards however, could someone please explain.

  • 3 months ago
  • 0 points

Hi, same question as the others. Why does this build have a GTX 2070 Super while the Enthusiast build has the 2080?

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