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Build Guide

Enthusiast Intel Gaming Build

by manirelli

NOTE: A more recent version of this guide is available here.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


All of our components are housed in the Corsair Crystal 570X RGB case. This case has a multiple tempered glass panels, room for enthusiast CPU coolers, watercooling radiators, and front panel USB3.0.


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.

Part List Customize This Part List

Compatibility Check: See notes below.

Estimated Wattage: 361W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $405.00 $405.00 Shopping Express Buy
CPU Cooler $119.00 $119.00 PCCaseGear Buy
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Chipset: Intel Z390
  • M.2 Ports: 2 - 4
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
$178.20 FREE $178.20 Newegg Australia Buy
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
$128.70 FREE $128.70 Newegg Australia Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 500 GB - 12000 GB
  • Type: SSD
  • Interface: M.2 (M)
  • Form Factor: M.2-2280
$109.10 $109.10 Amazon Australia Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 3000 GB - 10000 GB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$84.40 $84.40 Amazon Australia Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce RTX 2080
$999.00 $999.00 Mwave Australia Buy
Case $239.00 $239.00 Centre Com Buy
Power Supply $119.00 $119.00 Austin Computers Buy
Total: $2381.40
* 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:

Suite401 3 points 3 months ago

The RTX 2080 box lists a requirement for 650W system power supply, but the above recommended power supply is 550W. Do you have any recommendations for that? Thanks.

jeleopard 1 point 3 months ago

Yea this confuses me, too. Why not list a higher powersupply?

LefSkull 1 point 3 months ago

550wi is fine for most builds

jeleopard 1 point 3 months ago

But is it fine for this?

I'm super new to this haha.

CamFortyFive 1 point 3 months ago

Wondering the same thing.

Also very new to PC building as well haha

ImApparentlyHuman 1 point 3 months ago

its fine

ImApparentlyHuman 1 point 3 months ago

yes its fine

minininja0412 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

Will an i5 bottleneck a 2080?

ryanferber 2 points 4 months ago

No, as the i5 listed here is a 6 core CPU similar to the older generation i7 CPUs. Every system bottlenecks at times, so I wouldn't worry.

Bettercopy232 2 points 3 months ago

Bottleneck a meme

SovietPCBoi -1 points 2 months ago

Although, it would be better to to have i7 7700k

eesti 3 points 2 months ago

the 7700k is outright worse

Chaldfont 1 point 4 months ago

You could switch out the i5 for a Ryzen 5 2600 and it would be cheaper and still have about the same specs right?

stevevalle27 1 point 4 months ago

The i5 9600k would be better for gaming.

2700x is the only AMD CPU I would choose over it. Even the 2700x would be less efficient in most titles. However, if you're looking into a workstation, the 2700x is whoopin butt!

Chaldfont 1 point 4 months ago

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/WMTxCb how would this be for games like PUBG Rainbow six siege and call of duty bo4

xxirishmanxx 3 points 4 months ago

I would do a little future proofing for $70+ on your gpu and get a lower end 2070. You may not "need" it now. But for a small upcharge you can get a superior card

Chaldfont 1 point 4 months ago

Yeah but, i dont need RTX also the GTX 1060 is a great budget card

Chaldfont 1 point 4 months ago

If the prices go down ill get a GTX1070 but that probably wont happen

stevevalle27 1 point 4 months ago

2600 is a great CPU at the price. The gtx 1070 wont have any problems running those games. You might have to turn down a few settings in game to get a smooth 100+FPS.

The Ryzen CPUs rely heavily on the RAM for performance. If you can, look for a higher RAM speed. 3000-3200!

Chaldfont 1 point 4 months ago

Ok i will do that. Thank you!

JasonScar 1 point 4 months ago

If I was you I would get something like a 1tb internal hard drive for more storage

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baggboyPCPP 1 point 4 months ago

If you're going to go that list dont get that cooler. The 2600 comes with a free cooler that is very likely better than the $10 one you listed.

Chaldfont 1 point 4 months ago

Alright thank You!

schen57 1 point 4 months ago

What's the difference between Magnificent build and Enthusiast's build? This is cheaper than the magnificent build. How does this compare to the magnificent build in terms of pros and cons of the performances?

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Magnificent is our highest tier.

New2BuildingPCs 1 point 4 months ago

how would this stream a game like assassin's creed odyssey on somewhat high settings?

Lushas 1 point 4 months ago

would this be good for streaming and multi tasking?

Jay_castro21 1 point 3 months ago

Instead of using the Ryzen, or i5.. could I use the i7-8700k? And swapping the video card with a GeForce RTX 2070? Would this be a okay build?

LefSkull 1 point 3 months ago

if your just gaming a i5 is fine u could swap it out for a i7 but wouldn't make to much seance if your just gaming

Jay_castro21 1 point 3 months ago

Thanks! Great build, I’m going the similar route as well haha.

XenoKnight 1 point 3 months ago

Would I need to buy anything else besides the OS? Do I need fans? Cables?

eesti 1 point 2 months ago

that all comes with the products

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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
G.Skill - Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2800 Memory 11W
Crucial - P1 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Hitachi - Deskstar 7K3000 3 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
NVIDIA - GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB Founders Edition Video Card 53W - 215W
Total: 361W