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Build Guide

Magnificent Intel Gaming Guide

by ThoughtA



At this budget, we're running an Intel i7-9700K, which reaches a turbo frequency of 4.9GHz. This octa-core CPU features an unlocked multiplier for easy and often significant overclocking. In addition to better performance now, overclocking can also help your CPU stave off obsolescence for a good while longer.


To take fuller advantage of the overclockability, we are including the Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML240R RGB 240mm liquid cooler.


We're using a parametric selection of motherboards that keep with a black and white theme. The parametric selection will actively choose the best-priced motherboard of the group. All motherboards in the group use the Z390 chipset. This updated chipset allows the i7-9700K to be overclocked and includes new features such as additional USB 3.1 Gen 2, which can transfer at speeds up to a blazing 10Gbps. Additionally, they all have 4 DDR4 DIMM slots and are capable of using the CPU's integrated GPU, in case you need to RMA your GPU or are waiting for a sale or upgrade of using the CPU's integrated GPU.


For memory, we're filtering for the best-priced 2x8GB kit of DDR4 RAM that would match a black and white build and also is 2800 or faster. Feel free to click the "From parametric filter" link to see the various options and pick a color that suits you.


We're also using a parametric filter that will actively select the best-priced SSD of at least 1TB capacity. Additionally, we're including a 3TB mechanical hard drive in a parametric filter for things like storing media and extra games. Everyone's storage needs differs, so feel free to change the capacity to your heart's desire.


Our GPU is Nvidia's new GeForce RTX 2080. This is currently one of the fastest single GPU video cards in the market - you may want to look into a 120-144Hz and/or 2560x1440 resolution monitor for this bad boy. The parametric filter is set for the best-priced RTX 2080 available, but feel free to click the "From parametric filter" link to browse our listing of RTX 2080. For those interested in VR, the RTX 2080 will have no problem playing any and and all applications currently on the market. In addition, the new RTX cards feature special ray tracing cores that will hopefully see use in future games.


The selected case is Fractal Design Define R6 Blackout TG. The R6 includes sound-dampening foam, 2x USB 3.0 ports, and a plethora of hard drive bays. In addition, there are 6x 3.5" and 2x 2.5" bays for any extensive hard drive needs you may have.

It also comes with 2x 140mm fans - 140mm fans tend to generate less noise for the same amount of air movement as 120mm since they don't need to spin as fast. If you are okay with some more noise but want more cooling, the case's ModuVent system allows you to remove parts of the case's exterior to mount more fans.

Cases tend to be highly personal choices, so make sure you browse our listed cases to see what suits you.


Powering the build is a sparse selection of some of the most well-reviewed PSUs available - all without breaking the bank. All of them are certified 80+ Gold and either semi-modular or fully-modular.

AMD Version

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

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Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 369W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $418.89 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $418.89 Amazon Buy
CPU Cooler $124.89 -$15.00 FREE $109.89 OutletPC Buy
$15.00 mail-in rebate
From parametric filter
  • Color: Black, Black / Gray, Black / Silver, Black / White, Silver / Black, White, White / Black
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Chipset: Intel Z390
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
$118.88 FREE $118.88 OutletPC Buy
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200, DDR4-3300, DDR4-3333
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
  • Heat Spreader: Yes
  • Color: Black, Black/Gray, Black/Silver, Black/White, White, White/Gray, White/Silver
$98.00 FREE $98.00 Newegg Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 960 GB - 10000 GB
  • Type: SSD
$102.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $102.99 Amazon Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 3000 GB - 10000 GB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$54.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $54.99 Amazon Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce RTX 2080
  • Length: 224 mm - 403 mm
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$100.00 mail-in rebate
Case $149.90 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $149.90 Amazon Buy
Power Supply $79.99 -$20.00 FREE $59.99 B&H Buy
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Base Total: $1928.42
Mail-in Rebates: -$135.00
Total: $1793.42
* 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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Undefined_ 15 points 2 months ago

Just a note out there for the i7 9700k vs i7 8700k people. The 9th gen i7's are for sure better than the 8th gen i7's. Having 2 more physical cores have always and will always be better than having 4 additional threads. Many workstation applications have not been able to efficiently use the hyper threading to the full potential advantage, and even games. This shows why i7 9700k outperforms in the majority of games and workstation programs over the 8700k. In terms of the value perspective, is the slight performance increase of the 9700k worth the current 60-70 dollar more than the 8700k? In my opinion: no. The 8700k is a better value than the 9700k currently for sure, but this is to deduce the some ridiculous claims people have out there that the 8700k is better than 9700k because it has hyper threading and 12 threads while 9700k is locked and only has 8, which is obviously not true at all.

Brett_5s 13 points 2 months ago

will it run minesweeper?

eesti 8 points 2 months ago

only at .1 fps on lowest settings

Brett_5s 6 points 2 months ago

dang. A whole 0.1 fps?

eesti 6 points 2 months ago

That's on lowest settings

microbigboi 1 point 1 month ago

sorry sir i can run anything ever made... except minesweeper

Gibbytronix 3 points 21 days ago

Task manager?

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Fitsloth 5 points 2 months ago

Is it better to wait on Cyber Monday? To buy all this part?

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Uberbob102000 5 points 2 months ago

This build guide is incorrect, the 9700k does NOT support hyperthreading, it's 8 core/8 thread only.

ThoughtA staff submitter 3 points 2 months ago

Woop, thanks for catching that!

Fitsloth 1 point 2 months ago

Is this the correct one? "Intel - Core i7-8700K 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor"

ThoughtA staff submitter 2 points 2 months ago

In terms of featuring Hyperthreading? Yes, the i7-8700K does, while the i7-9700K does not. However, the 9700K has 2 additional physical cores .

Spizar 4 points 2 months ago

Can someone please confirm that this pc works and all parts are compatible? And if anyone would change something about this what they would change. I'm thinking of buying this and I need confirmation this is a good selection.

ooferino 2 points 1 month ago

This site is designed to make sure everything is cpmpatible...

jamescameron 1 point 2 months ago

I would also like to know, I was impatient so I ordered some of the parts already so if anything I’ll update you when I finish it

navinoo 1 point 1 month ago

how is it so far?

jamescameron 3 points 1 month ago

Everything is working fine from what I can tell, I do not have an Ethernet cable yet so I can’t run full diagnostics but there were no capatibility issues. I chose MSI 2080 Gaming X Trio instead so it is a little cramped, but that’s no surprise. Case is good quality and relatively easy to work with, I will update once everything is running and I can take benchmark tests.

Fitsloth 2 points 2 months ago

Question on the Memory: Would G.Skill - Trident Z RGB 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory vs. what you have displayed(ADATA - XPG GAMMIX D10 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory)? Thanks in advance

PC_master_race21 2 points 1 month ago

In terms of compatibility it should be fine, I would definitely go for the trident z ram because RGB..

Nater650 2 points 2 months ago

There’s also a version of that case that has USB type C

the-doodle-noodle 2 points 2 months ago

will roblox work on this build?

PC_master_race21 3 points 1 month ago

Barely, I would consider going for the Titan RTX GPU for at least 60 fps on low settings, lol..

eesti 1 point 9 days ago

no, it will explode as soon as you install it

tup 2 points 1 month ago

You might want to change the ssd Because it performs horribly

ooferino 2 points 1 month ago

It's just a filter, it gets whatever they tune the filter to at the lowest price. They aren't saying you have to buy the SSD listed.

mackeydingo 2 points 1 month ago

Wondering if people think the following monitor would be a good choice to maximize gaming goodness from this rig. Are there better/cheaper alternates that still hit all the sweet spots?

Acer - XB271HU bmiprz 27.0" 2560x1440 165 Hz Monitor


xevvier 2 points 1 month ago

this one is another good option. don't own it myself but it's what I intend to buy next. 1440p, gsync, 165hz, 1ms. there's a 27" version as well that sometimes goes for almost the same price as the 24". if you look around for a bit this one can be found easily for $350.


mackeydingo 1 point 1 month ago

This monitor does seem to be a value, but it appears to require calibration in a way I just don't see the Acer described as needing. Not sure how much difference that makes if you understand the calibration process. Or how difficult that is to learn. I'm no expert at such things myself..

mackeydingo 1 point 1 month ago


SevenThree 1 point 2 months ago

Thanks for this! Looking to upgrade my RAM, so might as well buy a CPU and MOBO why I'm at it.

jvonbrake 1 point 2 months ago

Compatibility notes say that some drive bays may not be usable with this card. With the parts listed, will there be an issue?

pianoman594 1 point 2 months ago

Is there an issue with the design because the video card may block drive bays?

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schen57 1 point 2 months ago

Has anyone tested this on high end VR performances? Any review on that?

Lemonsquid 1 point 2 months ago

I just built this rig. I started up Star Citizen on Very High settings. A few minutes into the game and the pc shuts itself off. Is my cpu overheating?

Catscratch 1 point 1 month ago

Did you find out why this happened?

Jamega 0 points 2 months ago

Probably. You should make sure the liquid cooling is working right.

ZhenyuWhoWantsAPC 1 point 2 months ago

If I was to build this what FPS would I get on different games?! I would also would like a benchmark on different games on 1440p since I would like to make this PC! Different games like Fornite, Pubg, Overwatch and more!

mrjoejackson 1 point 1 month ago

To put simply, you're getting a top video card and processor (2080 + i7) and 16gb of ram. These 3 components alone will get you 60+ FPS (when desired) and 120+ FPS (for your smooth 144hz monitors) on the highest settings in every game, especially what you've listed above Fortnite-Pubg-Overwatch. It wouldn't be magnificent otherwise ;)

Gibbytronix 1 point 2 months ago

Just out of curiosity why did you use the zotac blower rtx card instead of the Asus turbo blower card? And again Out of curiosity why did you use a blower cooler on the cpu instead of a 3rd party cooler?

I_Remember_DOS 1 point 2 months ago

I am a total newbie to PC building, but have been a long time fan of gaming, etc. I am almost 50 and decided to splurge this year with the Magnificent Intel build. This is my first ever PC. All the parts have been ordered and have arrived. But, I do have a question.

As I began the build process, I watched several videos to help me along and make sure I don't end up with a brick. The MOBO and processor step has me stumped because the i7 I ordered does not include a thermal dissipator as I have seen in the videos I've watched. Is this correct? Does this MOBO not need something sitting on top of the processor to draw away the heat?

I_Remember_DOS 1 point 2 months ago

Okay, now I feel stupid because I see the Cooler Master is a "CPU cooler." Pardon, my idiocy.

jonwhite04 2 points 1 month ago

Good luck with the build! After you've done it once, it gets easier. I honestly usually spend more time struggling with drivers, etc than the "building" part.

I just ordered the parts for this same setup. Gonna put them all together next week when I get back into town.

I_Remember_DOS 1 point 1 month ago

It took me several evenings when I didn't have other stuff to do. I had a PSU issue. It wouldn't turn on. I detached everything power wise and reattached and reseated the power switch headers on the mobo. This morning I finally got lights and fan spin. Now on to the OS boot once I can nab a USB and product key from the store.

I'm certain the drivers will be the next struggle. I had to order an M.2 wifi card today.

Andrear 1 point 1 month ago

Can i use the rtx 2080ti instead of the 2080?

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Spiderlilly 1 point 1 month ago

Is this build okay for streaming...?

jamescameron 2 points 1 month ago

Talking out of my *** here but it should be decent for streaming, nothing beats having a separate pc specifically for streaming but this build should work alright.

Catscratch 2 points 1 month ago

This build should handle streaming very well as long as you have the bandwidth to do so.

Blechy 1 point 1 month ago

I'm new to PC building and I bought this setup. I'm confused by the cooling system: Is it suggested to use the radiator at the top, rear, or front of the case? I went with top, but the motherboard seems to only have 4 pin connectors for fans, whereas this setup requires 5 (1 front, 1 rear, 2 top, and 1 cooler fan on CPU). Am I missing something?

Blechy 1 point 1 month ago

I see. Not only does cooler comes with a 1:2 splitter, but also case has a built in 1:9 fan splitter. Neat.

UnknownPriority 1 point 1 month ago

I use mine on the front of the case, saw a video about it. Front of the case has the benefit of cooling the GPU as well from some of the air that passes through the rad, and the cool air that gets pulled from outside is a bit better than the warm air from inside the case.

tendopathtTBE 1 point 1 month ago

would this build work for a 240hz monitor for csgo?

jamescameron 1 point 1 month ago

Yes, if you already have a 240hz I’d say stick with it but if you are still shopping for a monitor, 144hz is more than enough, especially for cs

mackeydingo 1 point 1 month ago

I understand that you used the parametric filter for the SSD. Can anyone comment on that part? I'm seeing some mixed reviews online regarding that piece. Is there a better substitute?

YoungNova 1 point 1 month ago

That's SSD is okay, not great

Im going to build this build using the

Samsung - 970 Pro 512 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive Which you install onto the mother board itself. which the ASRock - Z390 Pro4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard supports. Note: this will disable one of the sata ports because it shares bandwidth

Im also adding a second Samsung - 860 Evo 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive

codeman1 1 point 1 month ago

I'm sorry if this is a dumb question, I'm going to start buying the parts to this build and wanted to know if it comes with an ethernet port or if I need to buy the wired network adapter. Also which part effects how many HDMI ports there are or do I need to connect them via USB ports? And how many monitors could I connect to this build as is? Thank you!

macadoodle 1 point 1 month ago

The graphics card and brand determines how many HDMI, display port, monitors, etc. So look up the specs on the graphics card to see what configurations are supported. I used a 1080 to instead of 2070 and it has different configurations it supports (2 HDMI, 4 display ports or 1 HDMI, 1 dvi, display ports is my card)

codeman1 1 point 1 month ago

Okay thank you so much!

macadoodle 1 point 1 month ago

Sure. There is Ethernet in the Mobo too. You will need a wireless card or USB dongle for wireless

codeman1 1 point 1 month ago

oh okay, and since your answering back fast, Will this PC be a very difficult thing to do on my own with research and instructions? This will be my first build, I know its a bit extreme for the first one but I don't care to build another for a while and want to make sure I'm set for a while. Also I'm thinking of getting the ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 2080 AMP 256-bit (ZT-T20800D-10P) Video card since it comes with 3 fans and Battlefield V but I'm nervous it isnt noob friendly for installation and tweaking. or just the one with only 1 fan (ZT-T20800A-10P). The reviews are relativity the same

macadoodle 1 point 1 month ago

It was my first build too, and it took me about three nights+ to do it. I think if I would have known what I was doing, I could have done it in <2 hours. Hardest for me was figuring out how to plug the fans in properly. I had the power for the cooler pump plugged into the wrong socket and the cpu wasn't cooling, and I didn't know what I was doing wrong for about a day... a total noob mistake.

But with patience and care, reading the various manuals, and googling, I think it's pretty do-able. Also, watching videos is helpful. Cable management wasn't obvious to me at first, but it's pretty awesome when you figure it out. Wear an anti-static wrist strap just in case.

I think installing the video card will be pretty easy.. I have the 1080 ti as I mentioned, but pretty much you just pop them in the slot and add the power cords.

macadoodle 1 point 1 month ago

My first build and it's going pretty well. I even successfully transferred my SSD to the new build.

One thing I don't get is where to plug the front USB 2.0 into the motherboard, since the CPU cooler also wants a 9 pin header and I only see one 9 pin on the Mobo...

codeman1 1 point 1 month ago

I'm about to buy the suggested Zotac Geforce RTX 2080 Blower Video Card but thought it would be a better idea to grab the 3 fanned version for better cooling. It is larger than the original and I wanted to make sure I could fit it in there while using all the ports or if I should just get a larger case. The compatibility notes says it could be too big, If I could get someones opinion on this that would be amazing!

KelvinM21 1 point 1 month ago

I don't get why you went all out on the cpu and gpu, the cooler is great but then you just cheaped out on everything else, the ram is not the type of ram there should be on a 1700+ pc, the storage is from wack companies, I just don't get why.

KelvinM21 1 point 1 month ago

You also could've easily gotten a fully modular power supply, you also spent so much on the case for no reason, the nzxt h500 is a great case, a lot of airflow and the cable management on the nzxt case is wonderful. Also a fully modular power supply would help in cable management.

koojo 1 point 23 days ago

It's a build "guide". That's all it is.

KelvinM21 0 points 21 days ago

Ok but when really, people who don't know much about pc's come here to buy a pc, maybe for work, maybe for gaming, but they don't have much knowledge of pc's, they see guides like these and think woah, people think its great, but when in reality their getting ******, so I recommend shutting up

koojo 2 points 21 days ago

It's a build guide. I see 7k computers with cheap ic's in the memory. It's what they want. To each their own. If people see these guides, and yes more often than not they have cheap parts in a high end build, as something to build then so be it. If they choose to not research what it is they are buying then that's them. Yes an i9 in a low end budget board built for an i5 or later i3 is whacky in my eyes, it's prone to have unforseen issues. It's what they want. Thats their choice and their money. They're just guides for pc building. Again, if people see these as something great and spend their money on crap hardware without out propper research, that's them. Everyone has a problem in someone else's eyes. Have a good day.

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natsukiza 1 point 1 month ago

Does it run solitaire?

Sicnarf2000 1 point 29 days ago

Would it be okay for me to swap the cpu to an i9 9900k? And also thinking about doing 2x 16 GB of ram for 32 total, this is my first build but i intend to use an htc vive pro with it so i want it to be as smoooth as possible lol, is that too much? Or do you guys think it would work out okay?

Beckanator 1 point 24 days ago

I like it. I'm looking to do a new build and was checking this rig out.

Is there a blog or forum to get input and suggestions on a build? I want to build a dedicated machine for my flight simulator. My program is PD3v4, with lots of enhancements. I'm considering running a 4k UHD curved monitor for the immersion factor. I've heard and seen that it can be done on some YT videos. Just have to have the right components, and most importantly the graphics card I understand. I've built two rigs thus far in my 'career.' Both turned out awesome.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

stat6784 1 point 23 days ago

im poor

eesti 1 point 22 days ago

I would suggest looking at the entry level builds under $1k

Joey_Green -1 points 1 month ago

Magnificent is not the word i would use to describe something with less than top of the line specs.

eesti 1 point 10 days ago

It's basically top end for most things one would do

Arkamedix -5 points 1 month ago

There is something that bothers me in all gaming builds i see here: almost in all of them (95+%), you guys add a normal HDD (wich usually is above 1TB+). Now my question is: If you build a gaming pc and you already choosed a 250-500-1000 GB SSD/M.2 , why you need another HDD?For what so much space? Anyway, as a gamer, you cant play more than 3-5 games simultaneously ( i mean for example main game to be WoW, secondary game to be LoL and third game,for casual relax CS-Go). On that 960GB SSD (btw, you mocked this system by choosing a SSD and not a M.2, but this is another subject),you can put almost 20 games that have 40-50 GB each. What you need more? Or this PC is for storage and you should change the title from Gaming PC to Storage PC. Because this is what it is. Adding a HDD and pairing it with a SSD/M.2 is the most stupid thing someone can do: more power comsuption, bottleneck,hardware/software issues,incompatibility sometimes,etc. The era of HDD is over,yet you waste money on a obsolete tehnology.

DaMysteryMan 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

First off, in normal use case NVM.e provides negligible boot/load times compared to SATA. HDDs although old, provide a better value for mass storage. Most of use here have 25+ games we need to store and don’t use often, whereas we all ideally want a 2 Tb SSD it isn’t really worth the $200 price increase if we won’t use it often.

sirsebsatheboss -6 points 2 months ago

When they say “because of my budget” or “with my budget” I’m thinking what budget. My pc is half that including all periferals. WHERE IS THE JUSTICE IN THIS WORLD. LET COMMUNISM REIGN SUPREME. Other than that great build my mouth is watering

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Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
Intel - Core i7-9700K 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor 11W - 95W
Cooler Master - MasterLiquid ML240R RGB 66.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler 10W - 15W
ADATA - XPG GAMMIX D10 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory 14W - 14W
ADATA - SU655 960 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Hitachi - Deskstar 3 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Asus - GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB Turbo Video Card 53W - 215W
Total: 94W - 369W