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Excellent Intel Gaming Build

by manirelli

Description

CPU/CPU Cooler

For the Excellent Intel Gaming Build build we selected the Intel Core i5-9600K as our processor. To better cool the i5-9600K we selected the Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML240L RGB which provides fantastic cooling at an unbeatable price.

Motherboard

The i5-9600K is an unlocked processor so 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 SSD with at least 500GB of space and a minimum 3TB of mechanical storage at 7200rpm.

GPU

On a budget of roughly 1250 dollars we decided to go with an excellent graphic card. The Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 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 1080 is perfectly suited for VR gaming as well. When using an RTX 2070 you should consider stepping up your monitor to a 120/144hz screen for the best gaming experience.

Case

All of our components are housed in the NZXT H500 case. This case has a nice black finish, a large tempered glass side panel window, power supply shroud, room for enthusiast CPU coolers, watercooling radiators, two pre-installed case fans, 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 and provide more than enough power for this system while at stock clocks or overclocking.

Part List Customize This Part List

Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 339W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU €299.00 FREE €299.00 Paradigit Buy
CPU Cooler €65.00 FREE €65.00 Paradigit Buy
Motherboard
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Chipset: Intel Z390
  • SLI/CrossFire: 2-Way SLI Capable, CrossFire Capable
  • SATA 6Gb/s Ports: 6 - 12
  • Max RAM: 64 GB - 1024 GB
  • Onboard USB3.0 Headers: Yes
€135.00 FREE €135.00 Paradigit 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
€149.00 FREE €149.00 Paradigit Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 500 GB - 12000 GB
  • Type: SSD
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s, M.2 (B+M), M.2 (M)
€77.60 FREE €77.60 Paradigit Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 3000 GB - 10000 GB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
€189.00 FREE €189.00 Paradigit Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce RTX 2070
€559.00 FREE €559.00 Paradigit Buy
Case €79.90 FREE €79.90 Paradigit Buy
Power Supply
No Matches Available
Total: €1553.50
* 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.

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CommanderCloud 3 points 1 month ago

How is the (extreme) overclocking on a rig like this, with aircooling and a I5 9600K?

103557 1 point 22 days ago

The AIO in this build ( as of 12/26/18 it is the Cooler Master - MasterLiquid ML240L ) is not exactly built for "Extreme Overclocking" but would be able to handle a quite decent overclock. Cooler Master lists the current AIO in this parts list to be able to cool 230W, whilst the I5 9600k has a base TDP of 95W. Toms hardware tested their I5 9600k @ 5ghz and found that it only pulled 179W - therefore if that is your target, you should be able to reach it with cooling capacity to spare. However as you should know; Overclocking voids your warranty and may damage your CPU and/or MoBo so if you go down that path know the consequences if something goes wrong. I take no responsibility if you damage any components by overclocking based on what I found with 10 minutes of googling. To find the toms hardware article that I found, simply look for their review of the i5 9600k.

stevevalle27 2 points 22 days ago

I take no responsibility if you damage any components by overclocking based on what I found with 10 minutes of googling

Them legalities though xD

daltypooh 2 points 1 month ago

Can I air cool this instead of water cool?

itzsanic 1 point 1 month ago

Yes.

PC_master_race21 1 point 26 days ago

However, the 9600K is capable of overclocking and I would recommend using an AIO if you are planning on pulling any serious overclocks.

JonathanWelch 1 point 16 days ago

Some people might not want to overclock, and the differences between air and aio are so slight that it doesn't really matter which one you get depending on which air cooler we're talking about. The only reason I would buy an AIO is because I think it looks a little better

xJownage 1 Build 1 point 10 days ago

If you don't plan on overclocking, don't get a 9600k as you have no reason to spend an upcharge for an unlocked processor. Get something like an 8700 instead, you get hyper-threading for multi-tasking for little more than the 9600k.

connor333 1 point 4 hours ago

exactly. I went with a dark rock pro 4 air cooler with my latest build and I couldn't be happier with how well it's cooling my 8700k

Pixle_Res 2 points 26 days ago

Is this build VR ready?

Franfran2424 2 points 26 days ago

Yes. Anything on 1060 level and above is VR ready, both from Nvidia and AMD

Centuri 2 points 1 day ago

overall looks good and very similar to my build, heres some food for thought :

  1. if your planning to upgrade to an i7 or i9 eventually i wouldnt get a cheap z390 board, spend £40+ more and get a mid range one like the gigabyte Auros Elite or Pro, they have proper 3.0 gen 2 USB and ive heard the cheap boards have issues coping with the i9, and little things like heatsinks on the m.2 slots and a nicer looking board all round is worth the money in my humble opinion, also people complain about the gigabyte bios but lets be honest, it still does everything you need it too in the end so dont be put off

  2. get a 970 evo M.2 SDD for an extra £45 for an average speed increase of 156%!!! according to userbenchmark.com, i had an Agility 3 64GB SSD from my old rig and when i compared it to the 970 evo is was literally over 3000% slower lol, and that same SSD was the only thing keeping my old 2004 Rig playing games like league of legends

  3. 2070 is nice card, i opted for a 1070 ti but it totally depends on current prices and what monitor you have, ive got a 24" 1080p 144hz monitor and figured the i5 9600k and 1070ti would be be enough to keep a decent fps on that screen after watching some youtube comparison vids, probably a little overkill but id rather that than underkill haha

thats all i can think of atm, just trying to share what ive learned recently!

rynerrr 1 point 1 month ago

Hi there, how does the RTX 2070 compare to the GTX 1080 from the previous build? New pc builder over here, trying to make sense of it all.

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 6 points 1 month ago

They are roughly equal with a 5-10% performance gain on the 2070.

RockSawyer 2 points 1 month ago

Hi, I've decided to build this PC even though I've never built one before. Will I need to get thermal paste as well?

Anarkhiya 2 points 1 month ago

The cost is really minimal compared to the possible benefits you'll receive. People report that under full load, a good thermal paste (which you can pick up for less than $15) helps keep their CPU a few degrees centigrade cooler, which is always a plus.

Glitch247 1 point 19 days ago

I've purchased to the NZXT Kraken X62 for an i7 9700K. I'm not sure what the thermal paste pre-applied is like - can you recommend a good thermal paste?

Junker666 1 point 15 days ago

I have always used Noctua's thermal paste on my builds and never had an issue. Noctua NT-H1

If you want to learn more, found a recent guide over on the CS GO Forums that goes into details of thermal paste if you want to read more.

https://csgopedia.com/the-best-thermal-paste-to-use/

Anarkhiya 1 point 18 hours ago

NXZT has a good factory paste, never had an issue with it. And most pastes within $15 generally have the same performance, so any really. The differences, like I said are a few degrees centigrade cooler, but that does make a good difference if you plan on overclocking your CPU. where the temperature could be the same as a stock speed processor.

malckier 1 point 1 month ago

Get it. It's cheap and you won't be sorry you didn't have it.

Jimbino 1 point 1 month ago

you don't have to, but the stuff pre-applied is not very good

rynerrr 1 point 1 month ago

Got it. Thanks a lot!

gotchayebish -2 points 1 month ago

thats not true because when you consider the affect the ray tracing will have when games become rtx enabled its another world and for the extra 200$ id say it worth it

ryanferber 3 points 1 month ago

He's talking about the performance gain with Ray Tracing disabled. Ray tracing is buggy at the moment anyway. I've disabled it entirely on my RTX 2080.

KENZY9 1 point 1 month ago

Damn, you built all that for 2 grand? https://au.pcpartpicker.com/list/pzHJGG Where DID i Go wrOng ?

sgtwaddles 3 points 1 month ago

That CPU, and the headset, and paying nearly 300 for Windows 10

minininja0412 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Will an i5 bottleneck a 2070?

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 3 points 1 month ago

Nope, the new i5 CPUs are 6 cores, similar to the older i7 chips.

ProfessorGarfield 1 point 1 month ago

The 9th gen I5s haven't shown any significant performance increase from the 8th gen, so getting the 8600k wouldn't impact perfromance and you can still save a buck. Also, the 8th gen I5s are also hexacores.

gotchayebish 1 point 1 month ago

a 2070 for 500$ their is no way that card is real

loganbell2355 1 point 1 month ago

well soon there will be a 2050, 2060 and a 2030 rtx gpus

*most likely or no

Brandini838 1 Build 1 point 9 days ago

lol 2060 come out

loganbell2355 1 point 9 days ago

YAY i need to check it

iNoah 1 point 9 days ago

I would not recommend buying the $500 2070 RTXs as they tend to stop working within a few months and crash a lot.

theo13627 1 point 1 month ago

Does the pc have good cooling?

itzsanic 0 points 1 month ago

Yes.

Grillymore 1 point 1 month ago

I may buy these parts. I'm new to pc building and you really helped me. Thanks!

Js032213 1 point 1 month ago

So how well does this PC handle games? Does it get good FPS?

PC_master_race21 1 point 26 days ago

You will most likely be able to play most games such as Battlefield 5 and Black Ops 4 at around 100 FPS on high settings at 1080p and around 80 fps at 2K (1440p) on high settings. After all this is quite a high end build!

Zombienumshkin 1 point 1 month ago

For all of these amazing parts the price seems to good to be true. Is it worth it to upgrade the CPU to an i7 or higher, or is that just unnecessary?

MigasTavo 1 point 1 month ago

It depends on what you want to get. The i5 seems enough to me, specially if it is a only gaming PC, but if you want the extra performance you can go for it

SoichiroHonda 1 point 1 month ago

Hi there. This is almost the same as the build I'm starting at the moment. Please have a look and tell me if I can change something and make it better value for money https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/z6jR6s P.S I don't trust these AIO coolers and this is why I'm going for traditional one.

SoichiroHonda 1 point 1 month ago

The target is 1080p gaming at high fps 100+

Vmorrow33 1 point 1 month ago

You might want to consider swapping out that cpu cooler for a liquid cooler w/ a radiator. The temp savings are going to be noticeable and it should only run you about 30-40 more for a decent one. Also I would consider picking up a low priced HDD (Seagate and Hitachi make pretty decent drives for low cost) for bulk storage.

Franfran2424 2 points 26 days ago

The temperatures don't change that much. And he said he wants air coolers.

KillerBeastly1 1 point 1 month ago

Tried to do my best to make one similar in price, but better components like SSD, More ram, and a better cooler. https://pcpartpicker.com/list/nFTHD2

userfotis 1 point 29 days ago

Is this case silent compared to other cases with glass on the side?

PC_master_race21 1 point 26 days ago

This case is fairly quiet but not the quietest according to gamers nexus, here is his video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HK5Aulw7YI&t=1006s

If you are truly concerned I recommend installing some sound dampening foam or going with one of bequiet's cases.

Bsloww 1 point 25 days ago

do you have a image of the build?

LectroFiy 1 point 24 days ago

How much FPS would I run fortnite with this on high settings and streaming 1080/720p

Brandini838 1 Build 1 point 9 days ago

Quite a lot, without streaming 200+ so with streaming maybe around 150+?

room214 1 point 23 days ago

The motherboard has a sticker right where I should put the thermal paste. Do we peel it off or leave it on? It does not appear to be a sticker that can easily be removed.

josh3159 1 point 22 days ago

I have heard the Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2070 has a track record of crashing. Does anyone have any experience with this card?

Pavel567bg 1 point 21 days ago

Im planning to buy these parts around Spring.I see you are doing another part every 2 or 3 months should i wait for the newest one when the time comes.(example: if you have posted 2 months ago should i wait for the new one)

rblatch 1 point 18 days ago

Will I be able to add three additional internal hard discs to this build. If not what would be necessary to do this?

Illrunyou 1 point 17 days ago

Wait, the motherboard you selected states it uses MEMORY TYPE DDR4-2133 / 2400 / 2666 but the RAM you have shown is 2800. Is that compatible??

MrHiggsBoson 2 points 16 days ago

From the Gigabyte site for that board: Support for DDR4 4266(O.C.) / 4133(O.C.) / 4000(O.C.) / 3866(O.C.) / 3800(O.C.) / 3733(O.C.) / 3666(O.C.) / 3600(O.C.) / 3466(O.C.) / 3400(O.C.) / 3333(O.C.) / 3300(O.C.) / 3200(O.C.) / 3000(O.C.) / 2800(O.C.) / 2666 / 2400 / 2133 MHz memory modules

Spartan20022 1 point 15 days ago

Hello got a quick question. Will this build be good for gaming, streaming, and some video editing? Just wondering if it will be able to handle it all or would I have to get a separate pc build for streaming and video editing?

baiballs 1 point 11 days ago

This is similar to my build I'm planning out and I'm questioning if the differences would be worth it. I've been told liquid cooling can be hard to deal with, especially for first time builders so I didn't go that route but I'd be open to it if it's worth it.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i5-9600K 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor $259.99 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler Scythe - FUMA Rev.B 79 CFM CPU Cooler $46.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI - MPG Z390 GAMING EDGE AC ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $180.60 @ Amazon
Memory Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $119.99 @ Amazon
Storage Samsung - 860 Evo 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive $147.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate - BarraCuda 4 TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive $98.15 @ Amazon
Video Card EVGA - GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB Black Video Card $549.99
Case Silverstone - Redline RL06BR-PRO ATX Mid Tower Case $86.88
Power Supply Corsair - TXM Gold 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $89.98 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $138.50
Keyboard Corsair - K55 RGB Wired Gaming Keyboard $46.99 @ Amazon
Mouse Corsair - Harpoon RGB Wired Optical Mouse $3.53
Headphones Corsair - HS50 Headset $47.59 @ Amazon
Other Logitech C922x Pro Stream Webcam $68.99
Other Spectre 32" 144hz 1920x1080 Curved Monitor $249.69
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $2135.85
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-01-06 19:48 EST-0500
bookenout 1 point 9 days ago

Why do you have a case with only one top exhaust port and a CPU cooler that demands a two part exhaust port?? That case doesn't seem to match your build.

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 9 days ago

The cooler is mounted to the front of the case.

Giltamont 1 point 6 days ago

I bought the old version of this build a few days ago, but got the gigabyte version instead because of a link error. Why the switch to MSI? Is it because the gigabyte windforce kind of had lots of crashing problems?

Also the Gskill 2800 is out of stock.

tcmoran94 1 point 6 days ago

I'm currently installing the above mentioned cooling system and motherboard, but the wire connecting from the turbine cooler requires a 3 pin location on the motherboard, and there doesn't seem to be one anywhere. Does anyone have any advice as to how I can remedy this? Please be aware I'm very new to this, thanks.

bearylazy 1 point 1 day ago

you can plug in the 3 pin into the 4 pin one, just leaving the far right one out.

NHpc603 1 point 6 days ago

Close to a build I’ve been working on, got all components and having it put together monday. Been working on getting everything since black friday. https://pcpartpicker.com/user/NHpc603/saved/3txMZL

Swen_van_Spanje 1 point 5 days ago

How much does this PC cost with shipping costs??

zero9605 1 point 4 days ago

Hi, I'm glad to find this, i think i will use it as guide for my upgrade. Currently have i5 6500 and EVGA GTX 1060 6G SX on a Asus B150. Got a couple of questions tho -Is keeping on i5 the best idea? Everytime I tell people I will upgrade they say "go for the highest i7 you can" -How noticeable is the upgrade in graphics going from the 1060 to a RTX 2070?

Thanks!

insanity_plea 1 point 3 days ago

"How noticeable is the upgrade in graphics going from the 1060 to a RTX 2070?"

HUGE. I upgraded from a 1060 6Gb to an EVGA RTX 2070 XC Ultra and the differences are night and day. I run Ultra in every game now. It really is nice not having to worry about what the settings are. Just set to Ultra and play. Buy an 8th gen i5 like an 8600(k) and you will be happy.

InternalBeast 1 point 2 days ago

Where would you install the 240 mm radiator on the case?

Shobah 1 point 2 days ago

On the front. There's a 4-5cm gap for airflow through the bottom and the through top cracks. This is a negative-pressure designed case, i.e. the fans point outwards and air will find a way in through any available gap.

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 2 days ago

To the front.

StangsNCamaros 0 points 1 month ago

Hi, I want to ask about the thermal management on the CPU. It seems like you have picked out the CPU and the GPU first as priorities, which I completely agree with, then you use the rest of the "Budget" on the rest of the components. I'm not sure how efficient or what the performance of the rest of the build compares to, but I question the performance of the CPU Cooling systems. Considering that it is still from a reliable-ish company, I still do not trust the Cooler since it is a Low - Mid end System.
I question the reliability of this system, Please inform me.

csmyth662 1 Build 0 points 1 month ago

Um ok if you want to spend another $100 for no reason go ahead, I have been using the cooler shown for a while now and it is great for ryzen overclocking

KillerBeastly1 1 point 1 month ago

I use a Cooler Master MasterLiquid 240 on my 1600x and it stays under 60c under load, and its OVC to 4.25ghz.

Freddyiskewl 0 points 1 month ago

Hi is it possible if I can use an i7 instead of an i5

itzsanic 1 point 1 month ago

Yes.

poogone -1 points 1 month ago

How would you put Windows on this? I understand the whole process very well accept this aspect... Is it cheaper to just buy a pre-fab since Windows is preinstalled? Windows costs about $200

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 5 points 1 month ago

Windows is generally around 90-100 dollars. You install it via USB.

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poogone 3 points 1 month ago

Is this the dumbest question ever? First time considering not using a Mac, please help lol

csmyth662 1 Build 6 points 1 month ago

i laughed so hard at this

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PC_master_race21 1 point 26 days ago

NZXT's BLD service is also pretty good for pre-built systems as well.

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poogone 1 point 1 month ago

Which keys?

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Juswork 1 point 9 days ago

I am also happy to revise

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 9 days ago

Don't spam.

Juswork 1 point 7 days ago

There is something with this webpage and using it on iOS. You post, it appears on the page. You refresh then it disappears.

I’m only after getting some comments on my first build

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
Cooler Master - MasterLiquid ML240L RGB 66.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler 10W - 15W
Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory 14W - 14W
Crucial - MX500 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Western Digital - Red Pro 4 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Gigabyte - GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB WINDFORCE Video Card 46W - 185W
Total: 87W - 339W