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Enthusiast Intel Gaming/Streaming Build

by manirelli

Description

CPU

For the Enthusiast Intel build we chose the newly released Intel Coffee Lake i5-9600k as our processor.

CPU Cooler

To cool the i5-9600k while overclocking we selected the be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 to match our case. The Dark Rock Pro 4 is an excellent choice for our build aesthetically and will allow us to reach our maximum potential for overclocking without watercooling.

Motherboard

To allow overclocking on the processor, 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 m.2 SSD with at least 500GB of space and a minimum 3TB of mechanical storage at 7200rpm.

GPU

With this budget we decided to go all out on the graphics card. The Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 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 RTX 2080 is perfectly suited for VR gaming as well. When using an RTX 2080 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 Fractal Design Meshify C Dark TG case. This case has a tempered glass side panel, room for enthusiast CPU coolers, watercooling radiators, 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, have two EPS cables, and provide more than enough power for this system while at stock clocks or overclocking.

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Compatibility Check: See notes below.

Estimated Wattage: 364W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU £249.60 £1.99 £251.59 Aria PC Buy
CPU Cooler £64.03 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime £64.03 Amazon UK Buy
Motherboard
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Chipset: Intel Z390
  • M.2 Ports: 2 - 4
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
£99.99 FREE £99.99 CCL Computers Buy
Memory
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2800, DDR4-2933, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200, DDR4-3300, DDR4-3400
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
  • Heat Spreader: Yes
£80.83 FREE £80.83 Box Limited Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 500 GB - 12000 GB
  • Type: SSD
  • Interface: M.2 (M)
  • Form Factor: M.2-2280
£65.75 FREE £65.75 CCL Computers Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 3000 GB - 10000 GB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
£63.12 FREE £63.12 CCL Computers Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce RTX 2080
£641.42 FREE £641.42 Amazon UK Buy
Case £79.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime £79.99 Amazon UK Buy
Power Supply £64.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime £64.99 Amazon UK Buy
Base Total: £1409.72
Shipping: £1.99
Total: £1411.71
* Using your selected merchants and only including nearby in-store pickup prices)
* Some physical dimension restrictions cannot (yet) be automatically checked, such as cpu cooler / RAM clearance with modules using tall heat spreaders.

Compatibility Notes

Comments Sorted by:

Shawncs 2 points 24 days ago

550 watt power supply for a rtx 2080?

eesti 1 point 21 days ago

It works

ImApparentlyHuman 1 point 1 month ago

These new build guides lookin DUMMY THICC

KaneJosephKing 1 point 24 days ago

Now a days is only 16 gigs of RAM enough to game and stream?

eesti 1 point 21 days ago

Yes

Respawnz 1 point 22 days ago

Is an i5 enough for an rtx 2080? Also, would upgrading to 3200 ddr4 ram be worth it?

eesti 1 point 21 days ago

Yes, and kind of

chimpyxx 1 point 18 days ago

3200 MHz wouldn't do much, especially since this is an Intel processor

ReG-Gunner.YT 1 point 11 days ago

Would it be worth the money to Have an I9-9900K instead?

ReG-Gunner.YT 1 point 11 days ago
kiddoe 1 point 5 days ago

This build cane a long way

CullenNotColon 1 point 3 days ago

I have a 500 watt power supply in my case from my last build, can I get away with that or do I need those extra 50 watts?

XR3Y_187 1 Build 0 points 3 days ago

no monitor , keyboard or mouse prices the pc would be more expensive then stated

Reason:
Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
Intel - Core i5-9600K 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor 11W - 95W
be quiet! - Dark Rock Pro 4 50.5 CFM CPU Cooler 5W - 10W
Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory 14W
Intel - 660p Series 512 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Toshiba - P300 3 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Zotac - GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB Blower Video Card 53W - 215W
Total: 364W