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Build Guide

Great Intel Gaming/Streaming Build

by ThoughtA



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.


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 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.


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.


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.


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.


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..

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Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 306W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $264.89 FREE $264.89 OutletPC Buy
CPU Cooler $39.89 -$10.00 FREE $29.89 OutletPC Buy
$10.00 mail-in rebate
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: Intel Z390
$109.99 $3.99 $113.98 Newegg Buy
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2666, DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
$69.99 FREE $69.99 Newegg Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 480 GB - 15360 GB
  • Type: SSD
$49.99 FREE $49.99 Adorama Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 2000 GB - 15360 GB
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$52.87 FREE $52.87 Amazon Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce RTX 2060
  • Length: 223 mm - 403 mm
$349.99 FREE $349.99 Newegg Buy
Case $59.99 -$10.00 $5.99 $55.98 Newegg Buy
$10.00 mail-in rebate
Power Supply $69.99 -$20.00 $3.99 $53.98 Newegg Buy
$20.00 mail-in rebate
Base Total: $1067.59
Mail-in Rebates: -$40.00
Shipping: $13.97
Total: $1041.56
* 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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Max_Dota2 4 points 1 month ago

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

carrjack76 0 points 1 month ago

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.

ThatKidThere 2 points 19 days ago

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

RickyZheng 2 points 1 month ago

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

azncom 1 point 1 month ago

i got a great wifi adapter for 500k.

wertwert55 2 points 17 days ago

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

sasthana 1 point 17 days ago

your ram might be dead

wertwert55 2 points 16 days ago

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.

Kris_d 1 point 15 days ago

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

Terramax451 1 point 1 month ago

Could the CPU be replaced with an i5-8500?

carrjack76 1 point 1 month ago

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

Wukong_West1 1 point 1 month ago

How many frames per second can it push while streaming?

WitchofBabylon 1 point 1 month ago

Is this build Bluetooth compatible?

jowgajen 1 point 12 days ago

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.

Moonshine69 1 point 1 month ago

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

Maad@Nori 1 point 1 month ago

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

NateG1999 1 point 1 month ago

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.

Srkr242 1 point 23 days ago

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.

Newtothisstuff413 1 point 20 days ago

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

Newtothisstuff413 1 point 20 days ago

AMD sorry i was on mobile

Antpoo 1 point 17 days ago

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

Codym4399 1 point 17 days ago

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

chickenduck 1 point 12 days ago

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

jowgajen 1 point 12 days ago

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.

Chet_Breister355 1 point 9 days ago

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.

liabird695 1 point 4 days ago

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.

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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
Cooler Master - Hyper 212 Black Edition 42 CFM CPU Cooler 5W - 10W
OLOy - 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2666 Memory 11W
Lexar - NS100 480 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Hitachi - Ultrastar 7K3000 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Gigabyte - GeForce RTX 2060 6 GB OC Video Card 40W - 160W
Total: 306W