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Guide

Great Intel Gaming/Streaming Build

Description

CPU

At this budget, we're running the Intel Coffee Lake Refresh i5-9600K. The 9600K features 6 cores and will perform exceptionally well with all your gaming needs. Since it is overclockable and does not include a stock cooler, the Hyper 212 Black Edition has been added to the list. A cooler of this stature will allow a modest overclock without breaking the bank.

Note: If you'd prefer to consider a similar build, but instead using an AMD Ryzen processor, be sure to check out our Great AMD Gaming Build Guide.

Motherboard

We're using a parametric filter to constantly select the best-priced motherboard while meeting selected criteria. In this case, we are filtering for Z390 chipsets for its enabled overclocking and to avoid potential BIOS update issues. The parametric filter also checks for 4 DDR4 DIMM slots for future expansion. The compatibility engine will filter out anything not compatible with the build. The motherboards are also capable of using the CPU's integrated GPU, in case you need to RMA your GPU or are waiting for a sale or upgrade.

Memory

Memory needs are slowly but constantly increasing, and we want to stay ahead of the curve. To this end we're using a parametric filter to choose a 16GB kit of memory within Intel's recommended specifications at the best price. The filter will only select 2x8GB kits, allowing us to leave room for extra DIMMs for future expansion.

Storage

We're use parametric filters to incorporate an SSD with at least 480GB of space. We have also added a parametric filter for a 2TB mechanical drive for mass storage, such as extra games and videos. Everyone's storage needs differs, so feel free to add or remove capacity to your heart's desire.

GPU

For our GPU, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 is one of the best price for performance cards on the market. The RTX 2060 will provide a consistent 60fps on many demanding games like PUBG) at Ultra at 1080p, and even 1440p for some games like Apex Legends. It'll also handle Fortnite with zero issues. For those interested in VR, this card will have no problem playing any and and all applications currently on the market.

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.

Case

All of our parts are on display in the Phanteks Eclipse P300 Tempered Glass. This case features a clean design and a tempered glass window. It includes 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.

PSU

For our power supply, we're using a parametric selection of well-reviewed semi or fully modular units, all of which are 80+ Gold certified or above and can provide plenty of power for this build.

AMD Version

Here is the AMD version of our Great Gaming Guide..

Compatibility: No issues or incompatibilities found.

Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU Intel - Core i5-9600K 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor
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$339.00
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$339.00
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CPU Cooler Cooler Master - Hyper 212 Black Edition 42 CFM CPU Cooler
Base
$43.75
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$43.75
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Motherboard ASRock - Z390 Phantom Gaming 4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard

From parametric filter: Chipset: Intel Z390

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$168.50
Promo
-$30.00 1
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$138.50
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Memory G.Skill - Value 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2666 Memory

From parametric filter: Speed: DDR4-2666, DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200; Type: 288-pin DIMM; Modules: 2 x 8GB

Base
$93.99
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$93.99
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Storage Patriot - Burst 480 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive

From parametric filter: Capacity: 480 GB - 15360 GB; Type: SSD

Base
$64.99
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$64.99
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Storage Western Digital - RE 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

From parametric filter: Capacity: 2000 GB - 15360 GB; Form Factor: 3.5"; Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s

Base
$64.75
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$64.75
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Video Card Gigabyte - GeForce RTX 2060 6 GB GAMING OC Video Card

From parametric filter: Chipset: GeForce RTX 2060; Length: 223 mm - 403 mm

Base
$469.99
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$469.99
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Case Phanteks - P300 ATX Mid Tower Case
Base
$79.99
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$79.99
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Power Supply Corsair - TXM Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply

From parametric selection: Show

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$99.99
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-$20.00 2
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$79.99
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Base Total: $1424.95
Mail-in Rebates: -$50.00
Total: $1374.95

Part List Promos / Discounts

  1. $30.00 mail-in rebate
  2. $20.00 mail-in rebate

Comments

  • 2 months ago
  • 5 points

How does the performance of this Intel build guide compare to the AMD one? (https://pcpartpicker.com/guide/X77Ycf/great-amd-gamingstreaming-build#cx3148005)

  • 2 months ago
  • 0 points

They both are very similar but AMD has more cores which makes it better for certain tasks but Intel is also faster for other tasks too. Intel is typically better for gaming but AMD is cheaper and has more cores.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

They both have 6 cores and the Intel CPU has a higher base and turbo clock speed.

  • 29 days ago
  • 2 points

Ya but the AMD processor has more threads then the Intel one.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

What is a good wifi adapter for this build, if any?

  • 2 months ago
  • 0 points

i got a great wifi adapter for 500k.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

I built this PC, but it doesn't seem to be POSTing. The motherboard is not beeping. Did I do something wrong?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

your ram might be dead

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

I figured out the issue. I put the entire thing perfectly together and then forgot to attach the HDMI cord to the video card. I attached it to the motherboard, and obviously the integrated graphics didn't run with the video card hooked into the motherboard and powered on.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hey man, how do you find the build so far? Everything good?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Could the CPU be replaced with an i5-8500?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

From my knowledge, yes. Go Amazon to double check.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

How many frames per second can it push while streaming?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Is this build Bluetooth compatible?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Not sure what you mean, but I just use a USB Bluetooth adapter I got for a few bucks off of amazon and it works fine.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Would/does this setup run ‘Rust’ smoothly???

  • 29 days ago
  • 1 point

Definitely , this setup can run any game at 1080p maxed out settings with well iver 60fps

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Your builds is very good and fantastic. Do you think this build is good for most of games at (2K-1440p) or full hd (1080p) +60 fps.....??? Also as a beginner player do think this build is good and upgradable ?? thank you so much

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

It probably would be able to for most games. My GTX 970 can run most games at 2K at 60fps. This is a much newer card so I'd imagine. I think this is a very good build tho for a first computer.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

At full HD it should run from well over 100fps in most games. https://gpu.userbenchmark.com/Nvidia-RTX-2060-6GB/Rating/4034 Plus the RTX 2060 is basically the 2070 if you overclock it since there is little difference in gaming performance with both GPUs. At 2K it should also run over 60fps, and remember to keep ray tracing off.

  • 29 days ago
  • 1 point

If you are looking for an upgradable option you should go for AMD because the current b-450 motherboards will be compatible with the new generation of Ryzen CPU's. Most games at 1440p will run around 60 fps or more, depending on the quality that you run the game at, and at 1080p ultra setting on just about every game you should be able to consistently hit 100+ fps.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

how is this compared to AMP build? im looking to build my first compter

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

AMD sorry i was on mobile

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I'm no expert but I can tell you that AMD is cheaper

  • 26 days ago
  • 1 point

In general, AMD is better for multitasking, but Intel is better for single core intensive work. AMD is typically a little cheaper, but if you are building for gaming go intel. If you are building a workstation/ all-rounder, go AMD.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Is this build able to support using the 2070? or should I make some part changes?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

You can test anything you want by just editing the list. pcpp will automatically tell you if it works or not. and yes it does work

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Wanted to say thank you for this build. My 7 year old gaming comp suddenly shuffled off the mortal coil and I needed to put some parts together quickly. I built this with a bit bigger power supply I happened to have on hand, and the AMD RX 480 I had in the old system. I spent less than $700 total on a new case, mobo, CPU, CPU cooler, memory, and a fresh SSD, and I feel I got a lot of machine for my money.

The suggested case looks sleek, and I appreciate the smaller form factor. I didn't have much trouble with the case, but I did have to take out one side of the HD cage to get the power supply cables to fit well. The CPU cooler is also a little fiddly -- there's a bunch of parts and minimal instructions. But I also have yet to see my CPU break 40C (I haven't done any overclocking so far.)

The only other thing I should mention is that there are no default drivers for the ASRock mobo the parametric search suggested in Win 10, so I had to rip the mobo CD onto a thumb drive in order to get the machine fully working -- not even the ethernet worked without the driver on the mobo disk! No internet to download new drivers, oops. I assume you could even download the drivers from ASRock while you wait for the board to be shipped out. Or maybe you have a USB cd drive hanging around, I sure don't, and no point in buying one just for this one use.

All in all, super happy with the machine.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thoughts on using the MSI - GeForce RTX 2060 6 GB VENTUS OC Video Card (https://pcpartpicker.com/product/RVNv6h/msi-geforce-rtx-2060-6-gb-ventus-oc-video-card-rtx-2060-ventus-6g-oc) instead of the current video card? I've heard that the original is loud and overheats.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hi, I’m super new to computer building and really wanted a good build to start off from. So I found this build and started working on it. I had bought the pieces you had posted earlier, not the ones that are there now. Which makes me confused and worried that I spent my money wrong because I’ve hit a snag and I’m unsure if anyone can help me. Once I had built and put all the pieces together, following a nicely detailed step by step building guide video on YouTube, I’m now experience problems.

When I tried to install Windows 10 Pro, before it could finish installing, my computer froze. I left it alone for a long time, thinking it was still just installing but no. Hours and hours pass by and so I had to hard reset the pc. Then it sent me on a restart loop. It’s now gotten to the point where I’ll just turn on my PC and it’ll freeze upon power up or it’ll freeze when I’m in the BIOS menu. I literally just pieced everything together a few days ago and have yet to really do anything with it. I’m at a loss because I have tried everything and scoured to the ends of the Internet universe to fix these problems and I don’t know what they are. I’ve re-input the pieces you had here originally, to see if the compatibility was off but pcpartbuilder says it should still be compatible and work fine. I’m now at a loss.

  • 26 days ago
  • 1 point

Take it to a Professional. Just to be safe.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Original offered parts

  • 25 days ago
  • 1 point

I came across this whole website and gosh it makes my life easier since I'm just a beginner. But i came across your build because I got recommended a bit out of my price range, so then i saw yours because i was keen on the CPU on my recommendation anyways.

A few changes has come into mind though, I would like to swap the case for an Corsair Obsidian Airflow 750D, as I'm thinking of upgrading in the future. Is there also a reason why you run two drives one 2TB (i know for storage) and the other 480Gb? Can you just run the 2TB?

Also can you not have a CPU cooler due to the fact the case is designed for cooling if over clocking? Even though the website states it needs one?

I'm also thinking of having a dual screen for my rig but as I can see this mother board has only one HDMI input.

Comments would be appreciated.

  • 25 days ago
  • 1 point

Glad we could help!

The case swap would be fine. You can cut out either drive, but I'd strongly recommend making sure to get some kind of SSD for your main drive.

All desktop CPUs need some kind of CPU cooler. Some come with one, but the CPU in this guide does not. You can get a cheaper, lower-performing cooler, but you do need to get one at all.

Make sure you look to the video card for its video ports, not the motherboard. If you plug into the motherboard, you will be using the CPU's integrated graphics, which is massively weaker than the discrete GPU.

  • 25 days ago
  • 1 point

Hmm I see, that totally makes a lot of sense. So you could even have a dual mount with one monitor to the graphics card and one to your mother board for example if you were to go down that road?

I've actually found my recommendation build for cheaper on this website, with a few fix ups. Mind if i ask for your opinion? I've done a few changes towards the list like the power supply and the RAM: The normal list was going to be a Corsair 850W HX850 Platinum and the Corsair Vengeance LPX 16gb DDR4 Black.

Here is my list please see below: https://au.pcpartpicker.com/list/szCkYT

  • 24 days ago
  • 1 point

i5 9600k is not good for single pc gaming streams

  • 8 days ago
  • 1 point

What it still work if I got an Intel Core i7 8700k instead? Would I need a better power supply and better fans?

  • 18 hours ago
  • 1 point

is there an image of the build?

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  • 18 days ago
  • 1 point

Don't spam. Please make your own topic in the appropriate forum.

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