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Enthusiast Intel Gaming Build

by manirelli

Description

CPU

For the Enthusiast Intel build we chose the newly released Intel Coffee Lake i5-9600k as our processor.

CPU Cooler

To cool the i5-9600k while overclocking we selected the be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 to match our case. The Dark Rock Pro 4 is an excellent choice for our build aesthetically and will allow us to reach our maximum potential for overclocking without watercooling.

Motherboard

To allow overclocking on the processor, 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.

Memory

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.

Storage

Using the parametric filters this build will incorporate an m.2 SSD with at least 500GB of space and a minimum 3TB of mechanical storage at 7200rpm.

GPU

With this budget we decided to go all out on the graphics card. The Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 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 RTX 2080 is perfectly suited for VR gaming as well. When using an RTX 2080 you should consider stepping up your monitor to a 120/144hz screen for the best gaming experience.

Case

All of our components are housed in the Corsair Crystal 570X RGB case. This case has a multiple tempered glass panels, room for enthusiast CPU coolers, watercooling radiators, and front panel USB3.0.

PSU

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, have two EPS cables, and provide more than enough power for this system while at stock clocks or overclocking.

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Compatibility Check: See notes below.

Estimated Wattage: 364W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $249.99 FREE $249.99 Newegg Buy
CPU Cooler $83.99 FREE $83.99 SuperBiiz Buy
Motherboard
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Chipset: Intel Z390
  • M.2 Ports: 2 - 4
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
$109.99 -$10.00 FREE $99.99 Newegg Buy
$10.00 mail-in rebate
Memory
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2800, DDR4-2933, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200, DDR4-3300, DDR4-3400
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
  • Heat Spreader: Yes
$99.99 FREE $99.99 Newegg Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 500 GB - 12000 GB
  • Type: SSD
  • Interface: M.2 (M)
  • Form Factor: M.2-2280
$89.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $89.99 Amazon Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 3000 GB - 10000 GB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$59.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $59.99 Amazon Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce RTX 2080
$749.99 FREE $749.99 Newegg Buy
Case $119.98 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $119.98 Amazon Buy
Power Supply $49.99 -$10.00 FREE $39.99 Newegg Buy
$10.00 mail-in rebate
Base Total: $1613.90
Mail-in Rebates: -$20.00
Total: $1593.90
* 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.

Compatibility Notes

  • 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.
  • The motherboard M.2 slot #3 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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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
be quiet! - Dark Rock Pro 4 50.5 CFM CPU Cooler 5W - 10W
Team - Vulcan 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory 14W - 14W
Intel - 660p Series 512 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Hitachi - Deskstar 3 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Gigabyte - GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB GAMING OC Video Card 53W - 215W
Total: 89W - 364W