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Build Guide

Enthusiast Intel Gaming/Streaming Build

by manirelli



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.

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.


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.


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
$187.41 $187.41 Amazon 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
$113.30 FREE $113.30 Newegg Australia Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 500 GB - 12000 GB
  • Type: SSD
  • Interface: M.2 (M)
  • Form Factor: M.2-2280
$109.86 $109.86 Amazon Australia Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 3000 GB - 10000 GB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$84.62 $84.62 Amazon Australia Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce RTX 2080
$1039.00 FREE $1039.00 PC Byte Buy
Case $149.00 FREE $149.00 PLE Computers Buy
Power Supply $119.00 $119.00 Austin Computers Buy
Total: $2326.19
* 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

  • 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.
  • The motherboard M.2 slot #3 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.
  • Flag compatibility notes as incorrect

Comments Sorted by:

KaneJosephKing 2 points 1 month ago

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

eesti 1 point 1 month ago


Shawncs 2 points 1 month ago

550 watt power supply for a rtx 2080?

eesti 1 point 1 month ago

It works

ImApparentlyHuman 1 point 2 months ago

These new build guides lookin DUMMY THICC

Respawnz 1 point 1 month ago

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

eesti 1 point 1 month ago

Yes, and kind of

chimpyxx 1 point 1 month ago

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

ReG-Gunner.YT 1 point 1 month ago

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

ReG-Gunner.YT 1 point 1 month ago
kiddoe 1 point 1 month ago

This build cane a long way

CullenNotColon 1 point 1 month 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?

GavTyv_R6 1 point 26 days ago

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

DarrylcPhoto 1 point 21 days ago

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?

J4YTX 1 point 4 days ago

i made a mid tier gaming and editing pc guide list....but i can make one for 1600 or 2000(CAD) for editing. If you want

J4YTX 1 point 4 days ago

in my opinion...If i had a $2000 budget i wouldn't use an i5 and a blower style gpu..... 1-i5 are good cpus, but when you have an insane budget of 2 grand, im not gonna use an i5 2-Blower style gpus are trash cooling solution. 3-A 550 watt psu??...at least a 600 watt or better for a 2080, but its fine i guess.......i would go for more watts for upgrading in the future

XR3Y_187 1 Build -1 points 1 month ago

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

AlexInSpace 1 point 3 days ago

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

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 - Aegis 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
Gigabyte - GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB WINDFORCE Video Card 53W - 215W
Total: 361W