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Magnificent Intel Gaming/Streaming Build

by ThoughtA

Description

CPU

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.

Cooler

To take fuller advantage of the overclockability, we are including the Corsair H100i PRO liquid cooler.

Motherboard

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.

Memory

For memory, we're filtering for the best-priced 2x16GB or 4x8GB 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.

Storage

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.

GPU

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.

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.

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

The selected case is the white NZXT H500i. The H500i includes a tempered glass window, 2x RGB LED strips, and a "CAM-powered Smart Device" for controlling the strips and other RGB lighting if you wish. It also features 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.

Cases tend to be highly personal choices, so make sure you browse our listed cases to see what suits you. If you happen to want a different color version of hte H500i, there are multiple variations available.

PSU

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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Estimated Wattage: 378W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $409.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $409.99 Amazon Buy
CPU Cooler $109.89 -$20.00 FREE $89.89 OutletPC Buy
$20.00 mail-in rebate
Motherboard
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
$118.00 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $118.00 Amazon Buy
Memory
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200, DDR4-3300, DDR4-3333
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 32GB (2x16GB), 32GB (4x8GB)
  • Heat Spreader: Yes
  • Color: Black, Black/Gray, Black/Silver, Black/White, White, White/Gray, White/Silver
$194.99 FREE $194.99 Newegg Business Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 960 GB - 10000 GB
  • Type: SSD
$99.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $99.99 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
$689.99 -$20.00 FREE $669.99 Newegg Buy
$20.00 mail-in rebate
Case $99.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $99.99 Amazon Buy
Power Supply $79.99 -$20.00 FREE $59.99 B&H Buy
$20.00 mail-in rebate
Base Total: $1857.82
Mail-in Rebates: -$60.00
Total: $1797.82
* 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.

Comments Sorted by:

Haze159 1 Build 1 point 8 hours ago

Pretty spicy

chimpyxx 1 point 6 hours ago

Typo in the description for the memory, it says 16gb instead of 32gb

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 5 hours ago

Oop, I forgot I made that change, thanks!

Reason:
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
Corsair - H100i PRO 75 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler 10W - 15W
G.Skill - Ripjaws 4 series 32 GB (4 x 8 GB) DDR4-2800 Memory 23W - 23W
ADATA - SU655 960 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Hitachi - Deskstar 3 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Gigabyte - GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB TURBO OC Video Card 53W - 215W
Total: 103W - 378W