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Build Guide

Excellent Intel Gaming/Streaming Build

by manirelli


CPU/CPU Cooler

For the Excellent Intel Gaming Build build we selected the Intel Core i5-9600K as our processor. To better cool the i5-9600K we selected the Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML240L RGB which provides fantastic cooling at an unbeatable price.


The i5-9600K is an unlocked processor so 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.


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.


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


On a budget of roughly 1250 dollars we decided to go with an excellent graphic card. The Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 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 1080 is perfectly suited for VR gaming as well. When using an RTX 2070 you should consider stepping up your monitor to a 120/144hz screen for the best gaming experience.

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.


All of our components are housed in the Corsair Carbide SPEC-06 RGB case. This case has a nice black finish, a large tempered glass side panel window, power supply shroud, room for enthusiast CPU coolers, watercooling radiators, two pre-installed case fans, built in RGB lighting and front panel USB3.0.


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 and provide more than enough power for this system while at stock clocks or overclocking.

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Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 336W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $319.00 $319.00 Canada Computers Buy
CPU Cooler $129.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $129.99 Amazon Canada Buy
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Chipset: Intel Z390
  • SLI/CrossFire: 2-Way SLI Capable, CrossFire Capable
  • SATA 6Gb/s Ports: 6 - 12
  • Max RAM: 64 GB - 1024 GB
  • Onboard USB3.0 Headers: Yes
$167.68 -$30.00 $137.68 Vuugo Buy
$30.00 mail-in rebate
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
$113.99 $113.99 Newegg Canada Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 500 GB - 12000 GB
  • Type: SSD
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s, M.2 (B+M), M.2 (M)
$79.99 $79.99 Canada Computers Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 3000 GB - 10000 GB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$99.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $99.99 Amazon Canada Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce RTX 2070
$619.99 $619.99 Mike's Computer Shop Buy
Case $109.99 -$10.00 $99.99 Canada Computers Buy
$10.00 mail-in rebate
Power Supply $99.99 -$20.00 $79.99 Canada Computers Buy
$20.00 mail-in rebate
Base Total: $1740.61
Mail-in Rebates: -$60.00
Total: $1680.61
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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.

Comments Sorted by:

bigjockschmitty 2 points 28 days ago

What is both the best air CPU cooler and wireless card/adapter for this build?

azizaleisa 2 points 1 day ago

Is there a video explaining to build this setup? I'm new to building computers and would appreciate any help sent my way.

edthacker 1 point 27 days ago

Why did you decide to change the case from the h500 from the last build?

ReaperOCE 1 point 15 days ago

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Spade-s 1 point 13 days ago

Why does the parametric filter for the mobo include SLI capability when the video card doesn't support SLI?

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 13 days ago

These are general guides and starting points. By adding SLI support if someone changes the GPU they would be able to add another card in the future.

meetashok 1 point 13 days ago

Thanks for putting this page up.

I am trying to build my first PC but I am also looking at pre-built options. The below link has similar configuration and also offers Microsoft 10, keyboard and mouse with the build. And, the price is about $200 cheaper. Is there a catch?


Drewbie707 1 point 13 days ago

From what I can see, the Processor is a 9400F vs a 9600. similar, but if you see here, the operating frequency is lower. As well as it doesn't have hyperthreading or onboard graphics, that's the big difference with the processors with the F.


Another thing that probably gets the price lower is the brand and size of the SSD and HDD. THe SSD on this build is half the size, and then brands could be different.

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 13 days ago

Significantly less CPU power, half the RAM, stock CPU cooler, 1/2 the SSD space, 1/3 the HDD space.

You can get cheap mouse and keyboard combos for 30 bucks. If you are looking to save 200+ dollars I would recommend going for the Great guide

duckofde4th 1 point 9 days ago

Heads up, this build is impossible. There isn't enough space to fit the water cooler and the RAM. So you'll definitely need a different case or CPU cooler.

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 2 points 9 days ago

You mount the CPU cooler on the front of the case instead of the top.

duckofde4th 2 points 8 days ago

Oops, I didn't know that was an option with water coolers. Thanks for clarifying that. Awesome setup!

Bottorff 1 point 1 day ago

I don't intend to overclock my system. Would I be safe in using the stock cooler on the CPU in that case?

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 1 day ago

There is no stock cooler for the 9600k.

BazzJazzRC -1 points 18 days ago
  1. You have a 2070 with an i5 which is sort of a bottle neck
  2. Don’t spend the extra money on 2800mhz ram just get 2666mhz and overclock
  3. you brought a motherboard that is sli so spent more money and you only have 1 gpu I under stand future proof but sli Is not as relavent as it was a few years ago
Smarty147 3 points 15 days ago

The i5-9600k base clock is 3.7 GHz and max turbo to 4.6 GHz, and it's 6-core. Not even close to being a bottle neck. Just short of a bottleneck would be a i5-8400.

True, ram speed doesn't have a huge impact on gaming/streaming.

Your choice of mobo below is $24 more and not SLI.

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eesti 2 points 17 days ago

Excellent Intel Gaming/Streaming Build

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 9 days ago

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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
Corsair - H100i PRO 75 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler 10W - 15W
G.Skill - Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2800 Memory 11W - 11W
Western Digital - Blue 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Seagate - Barracuda 3 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Zotac - GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB Video Card 46W - 185W
Total: 84W - 336W