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Enthusiast Intel Gaming/Streaming Build

Description

CPU

At this budget, we're running the Intel Coffee Lake Refresh i7-9700K. The 9700K features 8 cores and will perform exceptionally well with all your gaming needs. Since it is overclockable and does not include a stock cooler, the be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 has been added to the list. A cooler of this stature will allow a high overclock without overheating or becoming noisy.

Note: If you'd prefer to consider a similar build, but instead using an AMD Ryzen processor, be sure to check out our Enthusiast AMD Gaming Build Guide.

Motherboard

We're using a parametric filter to constantly select the best-priced motherboard while meeting selected criteria. In this case, we are filtering for Z390 chipsets for its enabled overclocking and to avoid potential BIOS update issues. The parametric filter also checks for 4 DDR4 DIMM slots for future expansion. The compatibility engine will filter out anything not compatible with the build. The motherboards are also capable of using the CPU's integrated GPU, in case you need to RMA your GPU or are waiting for a sale or upgrade.

Memory

Memory needs are slowly but constantly increasing, and we want to stay ahead of the curve. To this end we're using a parametric filter to choose a 16GB kit of memory within Intel's recommended specifications at the best price. The filter will only select 2x8GB kits, allowing us to leave room for extra DIMMs for future expansion.

Storage

We're use parametric filters to incorporate an SSD with at least 500GB of space. We have also added a parametric filter for a 3TB mechanical drive for mass storage, such as extra games and videos. Everyone's storage requirements differ, so feel free to add or remove capacity as needed.

GPU

For our GPU, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 is one of the best price for performance cards on the market. The RTX 2080 will provide a consistent 60fps on many demanding games like PUBG) at Ultra at 1080p, and even 1440p for some games like Apex Legends. It'll also handle Fortnite with zero issues. For those interested in VR, this card will have no problem playing any and and all applications currently on the market.

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 Cooler Master MasterBox MB530P case. This case features a clean design and a tempered glass window. It includes 2x front panel USB 3 ports, 2x front panel USB 2.0 ports,, a PSU shroud, and a number of cable management holes and tie-offs to help your build look cleaner. It can also fit full-sized video cards.

PSU

For our power supply, we're using a parametric selection of well-reviewed semi or fully modular units, all of which are 80+ Gold certified or above and can provide plenty of power for this build.

AMD Version

Here is the AMD version of our Enthusiast Gaming Guide..

Compatibility: See notes below.

Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU Intel Core i7-9700K 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor
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₹33799.00
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₹33799.00
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CPU Cooler be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 50.5 CFM CPU Cooler
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₹15928.00
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₹15928.00
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Motherboard ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming 4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard

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

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₹11500.00
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₹11500.00
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Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 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

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₹7499.00
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₹7499.00
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Storage Intel 660p 512 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive

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

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₹5890.00
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₹5890.00
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Storage Seagate Barracuda 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

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₹9645.00
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₹9645.00
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Video Card MSI GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB VENTUS GP Video Card

From parametric filter: Chipset: GeForce RTX 2080

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₹57636.00
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₹3328.00
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₹60964.00
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Case Cooler Master MasterBox MB530P ATX Mid Tower Case
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₹9385.00
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₹9385.00
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Power Supply EVGA 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply

From parametric selection: Show

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₹8207.00
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FREE
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₹8207.00
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Base Total: ₹159489.00
Shipping: ₹3328.00
Total: ₹162817.00
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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.
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Comments

  • 2 months ago
  • 3 points

I just purchased this build. Can anyone tell me a complimentary monitor I should get to use with this build. Thanks!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I was thinking about buying this build, what do you think of it? Is it worth the money? Is there any issues with it you've noticed maybe? Thanks!

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  • 2 months ago
  • 0 points

It really doesn't matter much, but to get the most out of this build, I would suggest a 1440p or 4k 144hz monitor. This build is more than capable of running games at 1440p >120 fps, so this would allow you to experience this kind of performance.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

This will be my first time ever building a PC and I've been teaching myself about computers for the past few weeks, just wanted to ask are all of the parts in this rig compatible? like is the case big enough for the motherboard? is the GPU cooler too big for the RAM slots? ECT

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

That part list is automatically checked for compatibility and will show warnings/notes if there are any issues.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

<3

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Is there a link to a video based off this build I’m a first time PC builder thanks

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I highly doubt it. When I built my first PC, I just watched a collection of tutorials on YouTube. Although all the parts are usually different it really does help. :) I watched vids like: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gO-V8E9MIBg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhX0fOUYd8Q https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZaFqY8UF6I

Hope this helps :)

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Might be a dumb question, but I already have a 1070 FE so would I be okay to just use that instead of spending for the 2080? Will I see major performance differences? I mostly play League and WoW so for those I know I'll be plenty okay, but I do want some kind of future-proofing.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Your 1070 will be completely okay for games in the future. The reason you’d want to upgrade now is if you want to change to an even higher resolution or framerate. Personally, I wouldn’t upgrade yet.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I'm new to gaming computers. This should be fine to run the oculus rift s right?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thinking about buying this build. Can anyone tell me if I’m making a good decision or a mistake.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

this pc is very capable of playing games at 1440p while getting over 100fps in most game and even play 4k at 60-100 fps

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  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Does this set up come with the windows 10 software? Or would that have to be a add on? Also could the cpu hold a 970 ssd and external 1tb ssd?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

no but you can get it free if you go here https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10 and download it to a flash drive

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

Yes the installion is free but you will need a key which can be around 100$

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

is this pc good for a beginner build?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

you should have no problem building this

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I was looking at this build for my first build. I noticed that that the compatibility notes says "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." Will this cause any problems?

  • 28 days ago
  • 1 point

No issues unless you plan to use all of the SATA ports on your motherboard (few people ever do this).

  • 28 days ago
  • 1 point

okay thank you

  • 25 days ago
  • 1 point

Will this build run vr smoothly as is or are any other accessories required? Second, if i paired this build with a 1080p 144hz monitor instead of a 1440 144hz would I simply be wasting money? Is the difference between the 2 monitors performances and visuals that significant? Thanks

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

So if I were to switch out cpu cooling with corsair h100i rgb platinum 750 cfm liquid cpu cooler and the ram with the trident neo 32gb would there be enough room in this case? Really looking to make it more flashy than it is.

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

There should be plenty of room. Double check by updating the part list.

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

I did it said the physical dimensions couldn’t be calculated for cooling and ram clearance. So figured I’d ask. Thanks for the reply.

  • 2 months ago
  • 0 points

A friend recently told me a building manual comes when you order the parts. Is this true, and if so, which component?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

With the help of YouTube videos and the manuals that come from the motherboard and the case, you should be able to make it all work. The trickiest part is knowing where to plug in the psu cables and even then I didn't have many problems with that during the building of my first build.

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