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Guide

Great Intel Gaming/Streaming Build

Description

CPU

At this budget, we're running the Intel Coffee Lake Refresh i5-9600K. The 9600K features 6 cores and will perform exceptionally well with all your gaming needs. Since it is overclockable and does not include a stock cooler, the Hyper 212 Black Edition has been added to the list. A cooler of this stature will allow a modest overclock without breaking the bank.

Note: If you'd prefer to consider a similar build, but instead using an AMD Ryzen processor, be sure to check out our Great 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 480GB of space. We have also added a parametric filter for a 2TB mechanical drive for mass storage, such as extra games and videos. Everyone's storage needs differs, so feel free to add or remove capacity to your heart's desire.

GPU

For our GPU, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 is one of the best price for performance cards on the market. The RTX 2060 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.

To keep the noise and temperatures down, we've updated the filter to include a minimum length to avoid "mini" versions of the card, which prioritize fitting into small builds, such as an ITX case. You can choose to use this filter instead, if you want to include the smaller cards for any reason. Note that smaller cards will be louder or hotter - or both.

Case

All of our parts are on display in the Phanteks Eclipse P300 Tempered Glass. This case features a clean design and a tempered glass window. It includes 2x front panel USB 3.1 Gen 1 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 Great Gaming Guide..

Compatibility: See notes below.

Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU Intel Core i5-9600K 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor
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CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black Edition 42 CFM CPU Cooler
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$36.99
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$36.99
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Motherboard Gigabyte Z390 UD ATX LGA1151 Motherboard

From parametric filter: Chipset: Intel Z390

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$99.99
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$99.99
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Memory GeIL EVO POTENZA 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory

From parametric filter: Speed: DDR4-2666, DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200; Type: 288-pin DIMM; Modules: 2 x 8GB

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$49.99
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Storage Inland 480 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive

From parametric filter: Capacity: 480 GB - 15360 GB; Type: SSD

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$45.99
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$45.99
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Storage Western Digital AV-GP 2 TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive

From parametric filter: Capacity: 2000 GB - 15360 GB; Form Factor: 3.5"; Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s

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$39.99
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$39.99
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Video Card EVGA GeForce RTX 2060 6 GB SC ULTRA GAMING Video Card

From parametric filter: Chipset: GeForce RTX 2060; Length: 223 mm - 403 mm

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$349.99
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$349.99
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Case Phanteks P300 ATX Mid Tower Case
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$59.99
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$59.99
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Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA G3 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply

From parametric selection: Show

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Base Total: $977.91
Mail-in Rebates: -$15.00
Shipping: $6.99
Total: $969.90
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Part List Promos / Discounts

  1. $15.00 mail-in rebate

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Compatibility Notes

  • Note:The Gigabyte Z390 UD ATX LGA1151 Motherboard has an additional 4-pin ATX power connector but the EVGA SuperNOVA G3 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply does not. This connector is used to supply additional 12V current to the motherboard. While the system will likely still run without it, higher current demands such as extreme overclocking or large video card current draws may require it.

Comments

  • 9 months ago
  • 5 points

How does the performance of this Intel build guide compare to the AMD one? (https://pcpartpicker.com/guide/X77Ycf/great-amd-gamingstreaming-build#cx3148005)

  • 9 months ago
  • -1 points

They both are very similar but AMD has more cores which makes it better for certain tasks but Intel is also faster for other tasks too. Intel is typically better for gaming but AMD is cheaper and has more cores.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

They both have 6 cores and the Intel CPU has a higher base and turbo clock speed.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Ya but the AMD processor has more threads then the Intel one.

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  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Ryzen's got 167% more threads and 120% bigger cache making it much faster in all tasks. Intel's got higher clocks, giving it some extra fps in games, BUT only if you don't make good use of 2600x's feature xfr2 /pbo. In which case ryzen will suppress it by far. That's why you need an good mobo with it, and not the trashy asrock b450 pro4, like the b450 msi tomahawk.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

...Making it better for rendering and other 3d/editing work (add it, you 4got to mention what more threads do)

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

What is a good wifi adapter for this build, if any?

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I know that this comment is 4 months old, but I'll leave the wifi adapter I use below just in case someone is looking for one.

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/y8BTwP/rosewill-rnx-ac600pcev3-none-wi-fi-adapter-rnx-ac600pcev3

As of July 2019, it is sub $25. The card itself is PCIe x1 and has worked really well in general use, video streaming, and gaming.

  • 5 months ago
  • 0 points

None. Use ethernet cable, because wireless makes connections unstable and you'll end up threatening your Internet provider daily.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

How many frames per second can it push while streaming?

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

I built this PC, but it doesn't seem to be POSTing. The motherboard is not beeping. Did I do something wrong?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

your ram might be dead

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

I figured out the issue. I put the entire thing perfectly together and then forgot to attach the HDMI cord to the video card. I attached it to the motherboard, and obviously the integrated graphics didn't run with the video card hooked into the motherboard and powered on.

  • 8 months ago
  • 3 points

Hey man, how do you find the build so far? Everything good?

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Wanted to say thank you for this build. My 7 year old gaming comp suddenly shuffled off the mortal coil and I needed to put some parts together quickly. I built this with a bit bigger power supply I happened to have on hand, and the AMD RX 480 I had in the old system. I spent less than $700 total on a new case, mobo, CPU, CPU cooler, memory, and a fresh SSD, and I feel I got a lot of machine for my money.

The suggested case looks sleek, and I appreciate the smaller form factor. I didn't have much trouble with the case, but I did have to take out one side of the HD cage to get the power supply cables to fit well. The CPU cooler is also a little fiddly -- there's a bunch of parts and minimal instructions. But I also have yet to see my CPU break 40C (I haven't done any overclocking so far.)

The only other thing I should mention is that there are no default drivers for the ASRock mobo the parametric search suggested in Win 10, so I had to rip the mobo CD onto a thumb drive in order to get the machine fully working -- not even the ethernet worked without the driver on the mobo disk! No internet to download new drivers, oops. I assume you could even download the drivers from ASRock while you wait for the board to be shipped out. Or maybe you have a USB cd drive hanging around, I sure don't, and no point in buying one just for this one use.

All in all, super happy with the machine.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

What it still work if I got an Intel Core i7 8700k instead? Would I need a better power supply and better fans?

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

planning on building around this guide for my very first self build, but I've changed it abit and i'm hoping someone can look at my build to see if its all compatible, pcpartpicker seems to think it is. https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/DcFDtg

  • 5 months ago
  • 0 points

joemcmc it isn’t really worth it getting the i5-9600k unless you are over clocking, May I suggest getting the 9400f instead?

I also recommend that you get some case fans

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Could the CPU be replaced with an i5-8500?

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

From my knowledge, yes. Go Amazon to double check.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Any 8th/9th gen would work with a Z390.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Is this build Bluetooth compatible?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Not sure what you mean, but I just use a USB Bluetooth adapter I got for a few bucks off of amazon and it works fine.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Would/does this setup run ‘Rust’ smoothly???

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Definitely , this setup can run any game at 1080p maxed out settings with well iver 60fps

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Your builds is very good and fantastic. Do you think this build is good for most of games at (2K-1440p) or full hd (1080p) +60 fps.....??? Also as a beginner player do think this build is good and upgradable ?? thank you so much

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

It probably would be able to for most games. My GTX 970 can run most games at 2K at 60fps. This is a much newer card so I'd imagine. I think this is a very good build tho for a first computer.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

At full HD it should run from well over 100fps in most games. https://gpu.userbenchmark.com/Nvidia-RTX-2060-6GB/Rating/4034 Plus the RTX 2060 is basically the 2070 if you overclock it since there is little difference in gaming performance with both GPUs. At 2K it should also run over 60fps, and remember to keep ray tracing off.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

If you are looking for an upgradable option you should go for AMD because the current b-450 motherboards will be compatible with the new generation of Ryzen CPU's. Most games at 1440p will run around 60 fps or more, depending on the quality that you run the game at, and at 1080p ultra setting on just about every game you should be able to consistently hit 100+ fps.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

how is this compared to AMP build? im looking to build my first compter

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

AMD sorry i was on mobile

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

In general, AMD is better for multitasking, but Intel is better for single core intensive work. AMD is typically a little cheaper, but if you are building for gaming go intel. If you are building a workstation/ all-rounder, go AMD.

  • 8 months ago
  • 0 points

I'm no expert but I can tell you that AMD is cheaper

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Is this build able to support using the 2070? or should I make some part changes?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

You can test anything you want by just editing the list. pcpp will automatically tell you if it works or not. and yes it does work

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thoughts on using the MSI - GeForce RTX 2060 6 GB VENTUS OC Video Card (https://pcpartpicker.com/product/RVNv6h/msi-geforce-rtx-2060-6-gb-ventus-oc-video-card-rtx-2060-ventus-6g-oc) instead of the current video card? I've heard that the original is loud and overheats.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, I’m super new to computer building and really wanted a good build to start off from. So I found this build and started working on it. I had bought the pieces you had posted earlier, not the ones that are there now. Which makes me confused and worried that I spent my money wrong because I’ve hit a snag and I’m unsure if anyone can help me. Once I had built and put all the pieces together, following a nicely detailed step by step building guide video on YouTube, I’m now experience problems.

When I tried to install Windows 10 Pro, before it could finish installing, my computer froze. I left it alone for a long time, thinking it was still just installing but no. Hours and hours pass by and so I had to hard reset the pc. Then it sent me on a restart loop. It’s now gotten to the point where I’ll just turn on my PC and it’ll freeze upon power up or it’ll freeze when I’m in the BIOS menu. I literally just pieced everything together a few days ago and have yet to really do anything with it. I’m at a loss because I have tried everything and scoured to the ends of the Internet universe to fix these problems and I don’t know what they are. I’ve re-input the pieces you had here originally, to see if the compatibility was off but pcpartbuilder says it should still be compatible and work fine. I’m now at a loss.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Take it to a Professional. Just to be safe.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I came across this whole website and gosh it makes my life easier since I'm just a beginner. But i came across your build because I got recommended a bit out of my price range, so then i saw yours because i was keen on the CPU on my recommendation anyways.

A few changes has come into mind though, I would like to swap the case for an Corsair Obsidian Airflow 750D, as I'm thinking of upgrading in the future. Is there also a reason why you run two drives one 2TB (i know for storage) and the other 480Gb? Can you just run the 2TB?

Also can you not have a CPU cooler due to the fact the case is designed for cooling if over clocking? Even though the website states it needs one?

I'm also thinking of having a dual screen for my rig but as I can see this mother board has only one HDMI input.

Comments would be appreciated.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Glad we could help!

The case swap would be fine. You can cut out either drive, but I'd strongly recommend making sure to get some kind of SSD for your main drive.

All desktop CPUs need some kind of CPU cooler. Some come with one, but the CPU in this guide does not. You can get a cheaper, lower-performing cooler, but you do need to get one at all.

Make sure you look to the video card for its video ports, not the motherboard. If you plug into the motherboard, you will be using the CPU's integrated graphics, which is massively weaker than the discrete GPU.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmm I see, that totally makes a lot of sense. So you could even have a dual mount with one monitor to the graphics card and one to your mother board for example if you were to go down that road?

I've actually found my recommendation build for cheaper on this website, with a few fix ups. Mind if i ask for your opinion? I've done a few changes towards the list like the power supply and the RAM: The normal list was going to be a Corsair 850W HX850 Platinum and the Corsair Vengeance LPX 16gb DDR4 Black.

Here is my list please see below: https://au.pcpartpicker.com/list/szCkYT

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

i5 9600k is not good for single pc gaming streams

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

you think its good if you have another pc for the stream?

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

is there an image of the build?

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

The motherboard for this build isn't available for me, are there any other motherboards that would work for this build? Maybe the ASROCK B365M PhantomGaming4?

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

B-Series boards are cheaper but can't be overclocked, so that kind of just defeats the purpose of K series processors.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

is there a video guide on how to build this pc if there is please put link to video.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

There are a bunch of Intel build guides on YouTube. It's pretty much the same thing.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

So I only have a laptop and have never built a pc before and have no experience would this build be a good build for my first ever pc?

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Will this build run space engineers and other games like Destiny 2 and HEAVILY modded minecraft?

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Does anyone know how much FPS i would get on Overwatch with this PC Thanks!

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

A well over 140fps for sure

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

What's the specs

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey. So how many frames do you think I can average on fortnite or pubg on medium to high settings. I would go low if I don't get over 140.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

So I'm planning to get this build, and just added a few more essential things to the list. Could anyone rate my list and tell me whether or not I need speakers? https://pcpartpicker.com/list/vcJ3YT

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

cool

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

The ssd is a very bad choice, in both amd and Intel builds. Get the Samsung evo 970 plus 250gb (m2) for many times the ADATA's speed and reliability. The rest pairs nicely,and true, there is not yet an equivalent gaming amd gpu to the RTXs. For the Intel build, get the hyperx 2666mhz ram "predator" that has a cas of 13.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Would this still work if I used an Intel Core i7 8700k instead?

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

What is the preferred monitor for this build?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Basing a build with this guide in mind around $200 cheaper - https://pcpartpicker.com/user/j.higgins/saved/Zjv27P what do you think?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Could this support a 1080p 144hz monitor?

  • 7 months ago
  • 0 points

Original offered parts

  • 6 months ago
  • 0 points

You sure this can run ANY game? Has it been tested on the all-mighty space engineers?

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Both amd and intel's version can run smoothly any game that's been released till now, BUT that goes for 1080p. For 1440p, you'll have just a few limitations, but for 4k, neither build will do, without noticeable compromisions.

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  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't spam. Please make your own topic in the appropriate forum.

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