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Excellent Intel Gaming 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.


All of our components are housed in the NZXT H500 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, 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: 339W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $358.00 FREE $358.00 Mike's Computer Shop Buy
CPU Cooler $84.99 $84.99 Canada Computers 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
$162.01 -$40.00 $122.01 Vuugo Buy
$40.00 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
$129.99 $129.99 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)
$89.99 $89.99 Newegg Canada Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 3000 GB - 10000 GB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$101.50 $101.50 shopRBC Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce RTX 2070
$659.00 $659.00 Canada Computers Buy
Case $99.49 $99.49 Newegg Canada Buy
Power Supply $99.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $99.99 Amazon Canada Buy
Base Total: $1784.96
Mail-in Rebates: -$40.00
Total: $1744.96
* 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:

rynerrr 2 points 20 days ago

Hi there, how does the RTX 2070 compare to the GTX 1080 from the previous build? New pc builder over here, trying to make sense of it all.

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 5 points 20 days ago

They are roughly equal with a 5-10% performance gain on the 2070.

RockSawyer 2 points 17 days ago

Hi, I've decided to build this PC even though I've never built one before. Will I need to get thermal paste as well?

malckier 1 point 14 days ago

Get it. It's cheap and you won't be sorry you didn't have it.

Jimbino 1 point 10 days ago

you don't have to, but the stuff pre-applied is not very good

Anarkhiya 1 point 4 days ago

The cost is really minimal compared to the possible benefits you'll receive. People report that under full load, a good thermal paste (which you can pick up for less than $15) helps keep their CPU a few degrees centigrade cooler, which is always a plus.

rynerrr 1 point 20 days ago

Got it. Thanks a lot!

gotchayebish -2 points 19 days ago

thats not true because when you consider the affect the ray tracing will have when games become rtx enabled its another world and for the extra 200$ id say it worth it

ryanferber 3 points 18 days ago

He's talking about the performance gain with Ray Tracing disabled. Ray tracing is buggy at the moment anyway. I've disabled it entirely on my RTX 2080.

KENZY9 1 point 9 days ago

Damn, you built all that for 2 grand? https://au.pcpartpicker.com/list/pzHJGG Where DID i Go wrOng ?

gotchayebish 2 points 19 days ago

a 2070 for 500$ their is no way that card is real

loganbell2355 1 point 15 days ago

well soon there will be a 2050, 2060 and a 2030 rtx gpus

*most likely or no

minininja0412 1 point 20 days ago

Will an i5 bottleneck a 2070?

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 3 points 20 days ago

Nope, the new i5 CPUs are 6 cores, similar to the older i7 chips.

ProfessorGarfield 1 point 18 days ago

The 9th gen I5s haven't shown any significant performance increase from the 8th gen, so getting the 8600k wouldn't impact perfromance and you can still save a buck. Also, the 8th gen I5s are also hexacores.

theo13627 1 point 18 days ago

Does the pc have good cooling?

itzsanic 1 point 8 days ago


Grillymore 1 point 17 days ago

I may buy these parts. I'm new to pc building and you really helped me. Thanks!

Js032213 1 point 16 days ago

So how well does this PC handle games? Does it get good FPS?

CommanderCloud 1 point 15 days ago

How is the (extreme) overclocking on a rig like this, with aircooling and a I5 9600K?

Zombienumshkin 1 point 14 days ago

For all of these amazing parts the price seems to good to be true. Is it worth it to upgrade the CPU to an i7 or higher, or is that just unnecessary?

MigasTavo 1 point 11 days ago

It depends on what you want to get. The i5 seems enough to me, specially if it is a only gaming PC, but if you want the extra performance you can go for it

daltypooh 1 point 8 days ago

Can I air cool this instead of water cool?

itzsanic 1 point 8 days ago


poogone 1 point 8 days ago

How would you put Windows on this? I understand the whole process very well accept this aspect... Is it cheaper to just buy a pre-fab since Windows is preinstalled? Windows costs about $200

poogone 2 points 8 days ago

Is this the dumbest question ever? First time considering not using a Mac, please help lol

csmyth662 1 Build 3 points 7 days ago

i laughed so hard at this

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 2 points 8 days ago

Windows is generally around 90-100 dollars. You install it via USB.

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philip staff 10 Builds 1 point 4 hours ago

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SoichiroHonda 1 point 6 days ago

Hi there. This is almost the same as the build I'm starting at the moment. Please have a look and tell me if I can change something and make it better value for money https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/z6jR6s P.S I don't trust these AIO coolers and this is why I'm going for traditional one.

SoichiroHonda 1 point 6 days ago

The target is 1080p gaming at high fps 100+

KillerBeastly1 1 point 2 hours ago

Tried to do my best to make one similar in price, but better components like SSD, More ram, and a better cooler. https://pcpartpicker.com/list/nFTHD2

Freddyiskewl 0 points 17 days ago

Hi is it possible if I can use an i7 instead of an i5

itzsanic 1 point 8 days ago


StangsNCamaros -1 points 18 days ago

Hi, I want to ask about the thermal management on the CPU. It seems like you have picked out the CPU and the GPU first as priorities, which I completely agree with, then you use the rest of the "Budget" on the rest of the components. I'm not sure how efficient or what the performance of the rest of the build compares to, but I question the performance of the CPU Cooling systems. Considering that it is still from a reliable-ish company, I still do not trust the Cooler since it is a Low - Mid end System.
I question the reliability of this system, Please inform me.

csmyth662 1 Build 1 point 7 days ago

Um ok if you want to spend another $100 for no reason go ahead, I have been using the cooler shown for a while now and it is great for ryzen overclocking

KillerBeastly1 1 point 2 hours ago

I use a Cooler Master MasterLiquid 240 on my 1600x and it stays under 60c under load, and its OVC to 4.25ghz.

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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 - MasterLiquid ML240L RGB 66.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler 10W - 15W
Team - Vulcan 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory 14W - 14W
Crucial - MX500 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Seagate - Barracuda 3 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Gigabyte - GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB WINDFORCE Video Card 46W - 185W
Total: 87W - 339W