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Build Guide

Excellent Intel Gaming/Streaming Build

by manirelli


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.


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.


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 SSD with at least 500GB of space and a minimum 3TB of mechanical storage at 7200rpm.


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.

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 Corsair Carbide SPEC-06 RGB 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, built in RGB lighting 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 and provide more than enough power for this system while at stock clocks or overclocking.

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Estimated Wattage: 339W
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  • 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
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  • Speed: DDR4-2800, DDR4-2933, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200, DDR4-3300, DDR4-3400
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
  • Heat Spreader: Yes
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  • Capacity: 500 GB - 12000 GB
  • Type: SSD
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s, M.2 (B+M), M.2 (M)
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  • Capacity: 3000 GB - 10000 GB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
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Video Card
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  • Chipset: GeForce RTX 2070
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bigjockschmitty 2 points 1 month ago

What is both the best air CPU cooler and wireless card/adapter for this build?

azizaleisa 2 points 28 days ago

Is there a video explaining to build this setup? I'm new to building computers and would appreciate any help sent my way.

wuldorin 2 points 25 days ago

hi azizaleisa, on youtube there is a very good pc building series on pauls hardware channel. it's not exactly this build here but he explains all the components. hope this will help you

Bsloww 1 point 26 days ago

Honestly you can look up almost any Intel build on you tube builds are pretty standard and basically universal. Once you get your first build down others are 100x smoother and quite enjoyable

wuldorin 2 points 25 days ago

hi there, i'm planning to get me a new system for gaming an streaming, too. now i' curious, why u picked a 6core/6thread cpu. is it because of the new nvenc encoding? i was thinking about a i7-8700k cpu because auf the 6core/12thread option. would this be a worse choice?

trigangle 2 points 11 days ago

The amount of threads hardly increases gaming performance, so it;s really not worth the slight boost for the extra money

wuldorin 2 points 11 days ago

thank you for your reply and opinion.

CommunistPie 2 points 18 days ago

Thanks for the build! Any thoughts on this build but with a i5-9400f instead of the 9600k for gaming at 1080p with 144+ fps?? Also I'm wondering If I replace the case with a NZXT 500 should I get some extra case fans or not necessary?

edthacker 1 point 1 month ago

Why did you decide to change the case from the h500 from the last build?

ReaperOCE 1 point 1 month ago

gonna looookkkkk ssexexxy

Spade-s 1 point 1 month ago

Why does the parametric filter for the mobo include SLI capability when the video card doesn't support SLI?

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

These are general guides and starting points. By adding SLI support if someone changes the GPU they would be able to add another card in the future.

meetashok 1 point 1 month ago

Thanks for putting this page up.

I am trying to build my first PC but I am also looking at pre-built options. The below link has similar configuration and also offers Microsoft 10, keyboard and mouse with the build. And, the price is about $200 cheaper. Is there a catch?


Drewbie707 1 point 1 month ago

From what I can see, the Processor is a 9400F vs a 9600. similar, but if you see here, the operating frequency is lower. As well as it doesn't have hyperthreading or onboard graphics, that's the big difference with the processors with the F.


Another thing that probably gets the price lower is the brand and size of the SSD and HDD. THe SSD on this build is half the size, and then brands could be different.

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Significantly less CPU power, half the RAM, stock CPU cooler, 1/2 the SSD space, 1/3 the HDD space.

You can get cheap mouse and keyboard combos for 30 bucks. If you are looking to save 200+ dollars I would recommend going for the Great guide

duckofde4th 1 point 1 month ago

Heads up, this build is impossible. There isn't enough space to fit the water cooler and the RAM. So you'll definitely need a different case or CPU cooler.

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

You mount the CPU cooler on the front of the case instead of the top.

duckofde4th 2 points 1 month ago

Oops, I didn't know that was an option with water coolers. Thanks for clarifying that. Awesome setup!

Bottorff 1 point 28 days ago

I don't intend to overclock my system. Would I be safe in using the stock cooler on the CPU in that case?

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 27 days ago

There is no stock cooler for the 9600k.

patttyj 1 point 25 days ago

Is the only major difference between this build and the "great intel gaming build" the GPU?

azizaleisa 1 point 24 days ago

I know this is probably an amateur question, but I was wondering if I need to buy thermal paste separately or if it would be coming with the parts?

arob35 1 point 18 days ago

Does this motherboard come with wi-fi and Bluetooth? If not, could you recommend the components we would need to add for that?

Dogmar 1 point 10 days ago

I'm new to PC gaming and I was just wondering how this system would run games like Battlefield Rainbow Six siege post scriptum squad games like that

UIdmv 1 point 10 days ago

Will this build come with all the tools needed to build it? or will i have to have parts to finish it off?

Lsrv 1 point 9 days ago

Is it possible to use a NZXT 500i case with this build instead? Planning to build my own pc soon thats why

idecked 1 point 5 days ago

If I bought this wouldn't I need to also buy Windows 10?

BazzJazzRC -1 points 1 month ago
  1. You have a 2070 with an i5 which is sort of a bottle neck
  2. Don’t spend the extra money on 2800mhz ram just get 2666mhz and overclock
  3. you brought a motherboard that is sli so spent more money and you only have 1 gpu I under stand future proof but sli Is not as relavent as it was a few years ago
Smarty147 3 points 1 month ago

The i5-9600k base clock is 3.7 GHz and max turbo to 4.6 GHz, and it's 6-core. Not even close to being a bottle neck. Just short of a bottleneck would be a i5-8400.

True, ram speed doesn't have a huge impact on gaming/streaming.

Your choice of mobo below is $24 more and not SLI.

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eesti 2 points 1 month ago

Excellent Intel Gaming/Streaming Build

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

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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
Corsair - H100i PRO 75 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler 10W - 15W
OLOy - 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory 14W
Mushkin - Source 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Hitachi - Ultrastar 7K3000 3 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Gigabyte - GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB WINDFORCE Video Card 46W - 185W
Total: 339W