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Enthusiast Intel Gaming/Streaming Build

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.

Compatibility: See notes below.

Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU Intel - Core i5-9600K 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor
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$398.00
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$398.00
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CPU Cooler be quiet! - Dark Rock Pro 4 50.5 CFM CPU Cooler
Base
$119.00
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$119.00
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Motherboard ASRock - Z390 Pro4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard

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

Base
$184.00
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$184.00
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Memory G.Skill - Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2800 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

Base
$118.80
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FREE
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$118.80
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Storage Crucial - P1 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive

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

Base
$94.00
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$94.00
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Storage Seagate - Constellation ES 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

Base
$88.50
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$88.50
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Video Card Gigabyte - GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB WINDFORCE Video Card

From parametric filter: Chipset: GeForce RTX 2080

Base
$929.00
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Price
$929.00
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Case Fractal Design - Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case
Base
$149.00
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$149.00
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Power Supply SeaSonic - G 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply

From parametric selection: Show

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$102.47
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$102.47
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Total: $2182.77

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.

Comments

  • 2 months ago
  • 3 points

550 watt power supply for a rtx 2080?

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

It works

  • 13 days ago
  • 1 point

that's definitely not enough of a power supply

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

These new build guides lookin DUMMY THICC

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, and kind of

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point
  • 29 days ago
  • 1 point

i7 would be more than enough even though the 9600k does also work

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

This build cane a long way

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

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?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

if it was up to me I'd get at least 650w just to be safe

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I am looking for a Pc that is fast for film and photography editing using DaVinci Resolve and Adobe products, I also require a 4k screen with a minimum of 27" screen, maybe curved a little, unsure about that bit. any advice?

  • 24 days ago
  • 1 point

For a monitor, the LG-27UD68-W is a great 27" 4k monitor at $400. For the PC, depending on how much you're willing to spend, a i7 8700k or 9700k would be a good buy for the cost.

  • 24 days ago
  • 1 point

For a more in-depth look at builds for video editing, look at https://www.logicalincrements.com/articles/videoediting

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  • 28 days ago
  • 1 point

i5 9600k is not good for single pc gaming streams

  • 10 days ago
  • 1 point

Depends on the setup you're using. You can use the NVIDIA codec for streaming now through 3rd party applications and take away the strain from cpu and put it on GPU.

  • 24 days ago
  • 1 point

Why not get a better CPU like the i7 8700k or 9700K?

  • 15 days ago
  • 1 point

6 cores is more than enough for gaming. You could always overclock the 9600k, even though you should probably get a better motherboard.

  • 11 days ago
  • 1 point

I would change the psu with the 650 watt corsair psu white and the white h500 case for an even neater look

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/dnhKHx/corsair-rmx-2018-850-w-80-gold-certified-fully-modular-atx-power-supply-cp-9020188-na

  • 11 days ago
  • 1 point

And for more power to the 2080

  • 4 days ago
  • 1 point

I am thinking of building my own PC for gaming mostly in the competitive multiplayer field. My budget is $1,500. Is there any upgrades that I should make to this build? Currently, I have a 1080p 144hz monitor for my pre-built pc. Wanted to build one so I have more customization and upgradibility. If anyone can link me a better build for 1080p 144hz, that would be great!

  • 2 months ago
  • -1 points

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

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

yea... but this is a pc build not a gaming setup. so it was stated correctly. Notice how it says build?

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