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The "money is no object" Intel build (Build 8-I)

SoupaSoka

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Updated November 15th, 2018

This build is the Intel equivalent of our Build 8 AMD. This build goes a bonkers and picks up a few things you don't need to rock high-end gaming, but boy, they sure are fun. You can crush 1080p gaming, you can crush 1440p gaming, and you run the best GPU for playing 4K at a decent framerate. This build will perform better in most games than the Build 8 AMD, but may be comparable or fall behind slightly in multi-tasking in some tasks, such as streaming, video editing, and rendering. The 9900k is the best CPU for gaming on the market, and it's a damn strong competitor for thread-heavy usage as well; as a note, the 9700k is fairly comparable in most gaming workloads.

CPU: The Intel 9900K is an eight-core, sixteen-thread CPU. It can be overclocked, but it runs hot, so you'll want a hefty aftermarket cooler such as the Noctua included in this build, especially if you overclock. Speaking of which, because we've chosen a larger case, we can easily fit in the dual-fan Noctua NH-D15 instead of the single-fan NH-D15S used in our lower-tier builds. It is very reasonable to consider going for an AIO liquid cooling option or even a build-your-own liquid cooling solution for this price-range, if you so desire. If you go for an AIO, don't get anything smaller than a 240mm or you might as well just stick to the Noctua air cooler... and even a 240mm might not be much of an upgrade. Look for 280mm and 360mm radiator options if you want to go the AIO route, IMO.

Motherboard: The Z390 board is selected from a parametric filter, but I highly recommend you read reviews on whatever board you buy, with a particular focus on the VRM quality and the overclocking capabilities of the board. If you prefer on-board WiFi instead of using a PCIe WiFi solution, a USB Wi-Fi dongle, or wired ethernet, be sure to get a motherboard that has built-in WiFi.

RAM: We double the RAM to 32 GB, so you're well-covered in that regard and should never "run out" of RAM. We also bump up to 3200 MT/s which should offer a minor improvement all around over 3000 MT/s.

Storage: While our HDD stays at 2 TB (although adding another 2 TB HDD wouldn't be unreasonable), we've moved up to a 1 TB NVMe SSD, which will provide somewhat faster speeds than SATA SSDs, while also giving you a very hefty amount of SSD-based storage space.

Video card: The RTX 2080 Ti is an absolute beast with a matching price. The future potential for ray-tracing-based games is unclear, but this is the best option that exists currently. I don't ever recommend SLI configurations, but if you want to go that dual-GPU route, be sure you have a case that's large enough and a power supply that can handle that much power draw.

Case: This is a highly personal choice, but the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv case chosen here is really beautiful, large, and easy to work within. We've got the same two extra case fans which more or less maxes out fan slots in your case, assuming you're using the hybrid GPU. If you end up purchasing a non-liquid-cooled GPU, you could consider adding another case fan to your build.

PSU: We bump up to 750w to give a bit more room for high-end overclocking, but we also upgrade to 80+ Platinum efficiency. Why? Besides the marginally better efficiency, resulting in a slightly lower power bill and a little less heat output from the PSU, it's simply because we can.

Compatibility Check: See notes below.

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CPU $569.99 FREE $569.99 Newegg Buy
CPU Cooler $84.43 FREE $84.43 Newegg Business Buy
Motherboard
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  • Rating: 4 stars, 5 stars
  • Chipset: Intel Z390
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Memory
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  • Rating: 4 stars, 5 stars
  • Manufacturer: Corsair, Crucial, G.Skill
  • Speed: DDR4-3200
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 32GB (2x16GB)
$269.89 FREE $269.89 OutletPC Buy
Storage $189.99 FREE $189.99 Newegg Buy
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Video Card
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  • Chipset: GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
$1319.95 FREE $1319.95 B&H Buy
Case $159.99 -$20.00 $5.99 $145.98 Newegg Buy
$20.00 mail-in rebate
Power Supply
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  • Manufacturer: EVGA, SeaSonic
  • Wattage: 750 W - 2000 W
  • Type: ATX
  • Modular: Full
  • Efficiency: 80+ Platinum, 80+ Titanium
$133.89 -$25.00 FREE $108.89 Newegg Buy
$25.00 mail-in rebate
Operating System $108.89 -$10.00 FREE $98.89 OutletPC Buy
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Case Fan $26.90 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $26.90 Amazon Buy
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Base Total: $3100.18
Mail-in Rebates: -$55.00
Shipping: $5.99
Total: $3051.17
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* 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 SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports. When the M.2 slot is populated, two SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports are disabled.
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Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
Intel - Core i9-9900K 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor 11W - 95W
Noctua - NH-D15 82.5 CFM CPU Cooler 5W - 10W
G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory 29W - 29W
Toshiba - P300 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
HP - EX920 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
EVGA - GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11 GB XC GAMING Video Card 62W - 250W
be quiet! - SilentWings 3 pwm 59.5 CFM 140mm Fan 1W - 5W
be quiet! - SilentWings 3 pwm 59.5 CFM 140mm Fan 1W - 5W
Total: 115W - 424W
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