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Build Guide

Magnificent Intel Gaming/Streaming Build

by ThoughtA



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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 384W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $518.75 $518.75 Vuugo Buy
CPU Cooler $149.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $149.99 Amazon Canada Buy
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
$167.68 -$30.00 $137.68 Vuugo Buy
$30.00 mail-in rebate
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
$212.99 $212.99 Newegg Canada Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 960 GB - 10000 GB
  • Type: SSD
$134.99 $134.99 Canada Computers Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 3000 GB - 10000 GB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$94.99 $94.99 Newegg Canada Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce RTX 2080
  • Length: 224 mm - 403 mm
$884.88 -$25.00 $859.88 Canada Computers Buy
$25.00 mail-in rebate
Case $129.99 $129.99 Powertop Buy
Power Supply $133.99 $133.99 PC-Canada Buy
Base Total: $2428.25
Mail-in Rebates: -$55.00
Total: $2373.25
* 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.

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Haze159 1 Build 6 points 1 month ago

Pretty spicy

Bigolpardy 5 points 25 days ago

This build is sick! Its been a long time since I've been into hardware but after poking around I made a couple adjustments that turn this beast up to 11 & offer some modularity.

I stuck with the same CPU, PSU, & cooling.

For MOBO I've landed on the ASUS Prime Z390, it has that sweet sweet M.2 without breaking the bank, motherboards seem to drop off in useful features around $200 so I couldn't see a reason to buy anything fancier.

I'm still not certain about storage, but the WD 500GB Blue M.2 is cheap and well reviewed. Still have to research how much investing into a swanky M.2 will benefit me.

For the RAM I went with the Corsair Vengeance 2x16gb DDR4-3200, as other users have pointed out, 3200 is much better suited to the build.

The GPU I made a small change, only cause I don't like blower cards for the noise/rattling, I went with the regular non-blower Zotac 2080.

I added a monitor with >144hz, <1ms & G-sync thats a decent price (Acer - XB241H), but you can get way better deals if you don't opt for g-sync.

Last but not least, if I'm gonna jam so much dough into a computer, I want to show it off! To that end I chose the open & wall mountable Thermaltake core P90 case.

Altogether my build has $600 on this one, so its a significant upgrade, but I'm pretty sure I've got the investments made in the right places (except the case lol). Still learning about hardware & tweaking the build to get the features/modularity I want at the best price, so please offer critique if you have time! I'm looking to build something that will last a while, run high end games, & support multiple VMs/networking sims.

SoontobeExpert 1 point 10 days ago

I copied this build but I have a couple questions. First, when I copied this I found an error in compatibility, reading, "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." Is this important? Secondly, is the WD 500GB Blue M.2 the only storage necessary? Also, why would you go with the Acer - XB241H instead of the Acer - XB271HUA? When I did this it put me out at $1987 which isn't even close to the $600 you had on the modeled PC, so did I miss something or have the prices fluctuated that much? Sorry for all the questions but I am almost brand new to PC building.

Morhaan 1 point 4 days ago

The error message shouldn't be a problem. Your motherboard has 6 sata ports, but for every m.2 slot that is used, one sata port is unable to be used at the same time. Not a problem unless you are planning to have 6 different hard drives (a big no no)

allnigsbad 4 points 1 month ago

Does anyone have a picture of this?

Dante9006 1 Build 3 points 1 month ago

Great build, only issue I have is, if it's nearly 2 grand might as well have a NVMe M.2 thrown in.

graywesley 2 points 1 month ago

Ordered everything today. Hope I can remember how to put a computer together. It better now let me down.

graywesley 6 points 1 month ago

The only thing different that I did was picked some different RAM due to this RAM being out of stock, and I don't want to wait for it to come back in, so I picked some that were equivalent to it. I will post pics of the build once complete, just in case anyone is wondering what it looks like. I also got the black/red case. I'm excited AF, and broke AF now. Lol.

TheOddSurvivor 1 point 1 month ago

How were the results?

graywesley 1 point 1 month ago

Great. I wish I could figure out how to upload a pic on here so everyone can see. The only things I went different with were the ream because it was out of stock, so I went with same specs on ram but a bit pricier, and went with a black and red tower, same model though. Loving it. Need to start thinking about overclocking it soon. I think i could handle 4.5-4.9 GHZ, but I honestly haven't ever overclocked before so I am studying how to safely do it. I also am not sure what temp to set my water cooler to, to keep it in safe levels. A little help is quite needed as far as the temp specs go. I have it green for 40c and below, then yellow for anything between 41c-60c, and red for anything over 70c. Hasn't went below green yet, but modding GTA 5 hard lately is making things wanna sorta drop a little, and I really need to start figuring out the overclocking, which I can figure out, but the temps would be great to know lol.

Gallaxee 2 points 8 days ago

Any chance we could get a video tutorial on putting this together? I know it's a tall ask, but this'll be my first time building a PC so I kinda need all the help I can get here.

If not, any links to seperate installations will help. Just kinda lost with how to build this sucker right now.

chimpyxx 1 point 1 month ago

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

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 1 month ago

Oop, I forgot I made that change, thanks!

eesti 1 point 1 month ago

I was one of the ones to ask about this last time, but I think SSDs should be sorted parametrically like PSUs, as some SSDs are pretty crap, including the SU650 (unsure about the SU655)

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justind21 1 point 1 month ago

I'm new to PC building and I just wanted to ask do you need a "Software" to build a gaming PC because I see you and a lot of other builds not have a "Software" in the build. I was just wondering so I can save a little money if it's not needed.

Nugget_who-e 2 points 1 month ago

well you can use linux instead of windows

mrainy 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

The FPS must be really high if we use RTX 2080 to play Minesweeper. ;)

PundaSkills 1 point 1 month ago

Maybe the FPS will be so high that the computer will crash from overloading Minesweeper :)

NzClarky 2 points 1 month ago

Windows costs about 150USD but people have come up with "creative ways" of obtaining keys for cheap so no one puts the cost of it on there build. You do need an operating system to run your completed build, unless you just like looking at the bios screen

Nelots 1 point 1 month ago

You can actually get Windows 10 for around $100.

NzClarky 4 points 1 month ago

You can actually get it for $10usd

jackson24me 1 point 4 days ago

$6 dm me if you want the link to a hookup ;)

Vals_Fan 1 point 1 month ago

That option is just if you want to buy specific software on the side, things for word processing, video editing etc. Only the operating system is required, and you can use Linux for free if you know how. If you have no idea what anything is in the software choices then you probably have no need for them.

Reece4608 1 point 19 days ago

you don't its probably way to late to tell you but yeah

alanw707 1 point 1 month ago

Does this build support sli?

chopsin 2 points 24 days ago

the asrock z390 pro4 motherboard does not support sli.

Didya 1 point 1 month ago

Make sure to select a mobo that is sli compatible, as the current filter will give non-sli compatible boards.

chimpyxx 0 points 1 month ago

Yes, the RTX 2080 supports NV link (updated version of SLI)

DJninjaNZ 1 point 1 month ago

Any other cases or places to buy the case from? PB Tech is sold out

William.Gonzales 1 point 1 month ago

hey OP, you copy pasted the same paragraph in the GPU section.

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Vals_Fan 2 points 1 month ago

I think he means that the same paragraph is posted twice in a row. The bit about filtering out mini versions.

William.Gonzales 2 points 1 month ago

no like, literally in the section describing the GPU, the last 2 paragraphs are exactly the same. on this specific guide..

diypartsjoy 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Oh! I see now.

Pixmap 1 point 1 month ago

Love it. Any chance you can have success by replacing the NZXT with the H200i model. small area like to reduce the footprint. Thank you in advance for the help!

diypartsjoy 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

No, the motherboard is full ATX. The H200i is a Mini ITX case. If you get a Mini ITX motherboard, you could fit everything into the H200i, though.

Pixmap 1 point 1 month ago

One more questions. The memory is out of stock at NewEgg... any thoughts on comparable memory offering at Amazon or Newegg?

Many thanks

Sc02t 1 point 1 month ago

This needs pulled from the front page of the site. 5 of the 8 components show 'No Matches Available'. Doesn't help much...

ThoughtA staff submitter 3 points 1 month ago

I would check to see if you have any merchants disabled on your preferences page.

Sc02t 1 point 1 month ago

My apologies.. I was looking at some stuff last night and wanted Amazon's lightning fast shipping so I set it to only look there. I didn't realize the filter would stay on after I closed it out. I'm even on a different computer from last night too. Good info for next time. Thanks for clearing it up! Also, that's a nice build!

jimbob12345 1 point 1 month ago


dabballfool 1 point 1 month ago

If I upgrade to the 2080 ti, will this build run 4k at 130 fps?

eesti 1 point 1 month ago

Depends on the game and the settings, but yes

Arcelas.PC 1 point 1 month ago

Can you link me a 4k monitor over 120hz?

caboaddict 1 point 25 days ago

There aren't any yet, that I know of, which are publicly available.

Gbear17 1 point 9 days ago

This is the only screen I know of capable of that, more expensive than 95% of people are willing to spend though; https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/geforce/products/big-format-gaming-displays/

Youfit 1 point 1 month ago

My Completed Build, I went with a GigaByte UD Z390 Motherboard though and the Gigabyte RTX 2080 Turbo OC 8g. DeadPool Not INcluded


eesti 1 point 1 month ago

what's the plural of Deadpool?

3oaouas0ou 2 points 1 month ago


Apl_Juice 1 point 1 month ago

Has anyone used a gpu brace/support? That RTX looks huge and I'm wondering if it'll start drooping after a few years.

Killertofu88 1 point 1 month ago

These guides are very helpful! I'm hoping you can do a updated higher-end gaming/editing/animation PC build sometime for this guy who's been on mac for the last 12 years and is looking to build a PC to replace his iMac with something more powerful.

Caadilac 1 point 1 month ago


I'm new to the PC gaming world as I am switching from console. Fortnite is 80% of the reason I'm getting a gaming setup so I need 240fps constantly and at least 60fps end games. Like I said, I'm not informed enough but this seems to be able to do that trick but be overkill.

I don't plan to stream, just want a high end gaming PC. The only thing I can see I don't need is the GeForce RTX 2080, I think the GeForce RTX 1080 Ti would be sufficient. Do you suggest the rest of your build with the 1080 ? Thank you!

neva3h 1 point 1 month ago

i think it would be good.

Bigolpardy 1 point 26 days ago

It would have work for you, but good luck finding a 1080Ti at a reasonable price. I'd go with the 2070 once you get tired of looking lol.

Nelots 1 point 1 month ago

In the GPU section, the last paragraph was added twice. Great guide though!

Friendly-Fire 1 point 1 month ago

Not sure why you would pick a 3TB HDD. They are known to be one of the the worst as far as reliability. For $10 more I'd go with a 4TB. I jumped from 1TB to 4TB a couple years ago after reading a BackBlaze Blog on their HDD reliability. 3TB's were some of the worst drives they have ever installed in their systems, regardless of manufacturer.

And an NVMe M.2 SSD would make more sense. If you can afford a 2080, a 1TB NVMe should fit your budget.

CausticComet 1 point 26 days ago

Is this a good computer build? (The reason I chose that Motherboard is because of future proofing) https://pcpartpicker.com/list/XgRDRJ

sollu 1 point 20 days ago

thoughts on this?

I'm not a PC builder, but I have some money I've been saving up for a high end rig. I was looking at the corsair i60 pro but thought I could get more bang for my buck with a custom build! I have a friend who will assemble it for me. I'm just not really that much of a whizz with parts


Zanbasse 1 point 20 days ago

It's totally insane to spend 100+ dollars on a cooling fan for CPU, yet have a weaker CPU. All that water cooling fad can be replaced by a simple heatsink+fan combo for so much cheaper, and put the extra money towards a better processor like 9900k for double the threads. If you aren't overclocking the CPU, it's more efficient and you get less waste heat/energy. DDR4-2800 is complete waste of money also, you can buy DDR4 2666 without overclocking the ram and get a very attractive discount.

eesti 1 point 19 days ago

What better CPU can you get for $100?

Zanbasse 1 point 18 days ago

The difference between 9900k and 9700k is $100.

eesti 1 point 18 days ago

not like you're gonna find a cheap cooler to cool it

Zanbasse 1 point 17 days ago

$15-30 bucks gets you a very decent heatsink and fan combo that does more than adequately at stock speeds. 9900k + heatsink = 525 + 25 = $550. 9700k + watercooling/radiator/fancy setup: $410 + $130 = $540.

The cooling solution is simply over-emphasized and is a big source of waste for money. As long as you are within the designed thermal window, it makes no difference 48 degrees vs 52.

The only time you might needs extra fancy cooling is when overclocking, and that's wasting away electricity, converting it into useless heat that needs to be removed.

eesti 1 point 16 days ago

I still think $15-30 isn't enough, considering factors like turbo boost, and decent logic. I would spend $45 minimum for both processors

TheOddSurvivor 1 point 19 days ago

I'm extremely new to building computers so if your an expert at building, please don't get offended by my choices. Right now, I'm thinking of getting a 2080 ti for the investment long-term after I viewing what I saw in the benchmarks online; because I'm a major noob does it matter which brand I choose? If it does matter, does anyone have recommendations? With that being said, I also had a question about how important is it to get a better motherboard?

TheOddSurvivor 1 point 19 days ago

Okay, these are my changes after I talked with a few people. If you have any advice to the build please go ahead and reply. https://pcpartpicker.com/list/ZFqF29

JasonDL 1 point 19 days ago

Have you got any benchmark scores for this build?

Rockym 1 point 17 days ago

What case fans/how many should I buy for this setup And anything else besides paste needed to buy outside of what's set up?

BenzinoNapaloni 1 point 16 days ago

Why do you put "streaming" in there? Why is streaming, next to gaming, so important? I have a mediocre system that's never had any problems with streaming videos on YouTube or Netflix. Perhaps I don't understand streaming in your context.

Mat145 1 point 14 days ago

It's more to do with creating a stream that others will view.

BenzinoNapaloni 1 point 8 days ago

Thanks for clarifying. Since I don't give a rats *** about creating streams, I don't know that. For me a high end PC is for gaming and browsing the web.

Mat145 1 point 4 days ago

Yeah, same.

BenzinoNapaloni 1 point 16 days ago

Anybody play the latest flight sims like DSC World or X-Plane 11? Will this rig run such programs well? As a rule, if a rig can run latest flight simulators with high visual quality and high frame rates, it can run anything, no?

Derek_Coconut 1 point 10 days ago

This is probably a dumb question, but I’m confused about the fan cables coming out of the NZXT control hub. I was able to get everything else connected to the motherboard, but there’s a cable coming out of the “Fan 1” slot that has three plugs. The first plug has four pins and the other two have three pins. I can’t seem to find documentation explaining what they are, and I can’t find any logical spot for them to plug into the motherboard. Obviously I’m new to this. Any insights or direction would be much appreciated.

elefnot 1 point 6 days ago

I am also confused about this... - All the case fans seem to connect to the Smart Device, the only cable outgoing is a cable with three splits, seemingly to plug in more fans sometime. - I don't have anything to plug into Sys fans 1/2/3

Will the case fans work through the Smart Device ?

Tex_Masters 1 point 7 days ago

how come you didn't list an operating system?

elefnot 1 point 5 days ago

Don't think this was tested much, the MOBO this build suggested, only has one USB header, and the Corsair rgb control as well as the NZXT smart device both need a header. Without buying some janky adapters that may potentially circuit your USB ports you sacrifice one for the other......

_-Karma-_ 1 point 6 hours ago

Can someone please link me a video to install all these parts or even an example video.

Sgtqman19 2 Builds 0 points 1 month ago

A horrible choice of drives, motherboard, and ram. If your running a k version cpu no less then 3200mhz. Minimum a Asus Prime board. And it’s 2019 m.2 is a must. Western Digital Black 250gig gen 3 $75. With the current cpu specs it’s like putting a Ferrari engine in a mini van.

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 1 month ago

You're certainly welcome to your own preferences, and I suspect you won't be alone in them, but I'm afraid I'll have to disagree.

If your running a k version cpu no less then 3200mhz.

This is probably most worthwhile out of the three, and I'll revisit this for the next iteration.

Minimum a Asus Prime board.

To what end? What is the performance gain?

And it’s 2019 m.2 is a must. Western Digital Black 250gig gen 3 $75.

I disagree. M.2 is coming down in price, but that drive is a quarter the capacity of the ones in the parametric filter. A faster drive in exchange for lower capacity will be worth it to some, but that's a pretty huge capacity trade.

That being said,

Everyone's storage needs differs

Sgtqman19 2 Builds 0 points 1 month ago

If the m.2 is to much get intel optane with 7200? $75 is very affordable and it has amazing speed. I just don’t see the reason to get a k version chip without getting an equal ladened mobo. It can be done I guess just seems overkill in some areas and underwhelmed in others. Not bad just my opinion.

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 1 month ago

Regarding the motherboard, I'm of the mind that if the benefits can't be enumerated, it's not worth spending more money.

As for the drive, it's not the $75 price tag as much as it is the very low capacity compared to what's selected. Like I've said, the drive is getting cut down to a quarter the size. That's not something to lightly ignore. A better comparison would be the 1TB version, which is over double the price. That will be worth it to some and not worth it to others. As you said, just opinions at this point.

Stealthyninja29 0 points 1 month ago

hey i was wondering if this is a good gaming RGB build please let me know:


and will the gpu fit in my case.

IndigoHaze -1 points 1 month ago
ajdroc -6 points 1 month ago

OK i keep trying to tell this to people ALWAYS go with a Ryzen 7 2700X because it is one of the best processors out there and it comes with a nice cooler and is REALLY cheap

Haze159 1 Build 7 points 1 month ago

Magnificent Intel Gaming/Streaming Build

eesti 1 point 1 month ago

There's a build guide for that

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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
Corsair - Vengeance LPX 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory 29W
Team - L5 LITE 3D 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Seagate - Barracuda 3 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Zotac - GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB Blower Video Card 53W - 215W
Total: 384W