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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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Estimated Wattage: 384W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU Cooler €122.90 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €122.90 Amazon Italia 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
€123.75 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €123.75 Amazon Italia Buy
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
€219.99 €219.99 Corsair Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 960 GB - 10000 GB
  • Type: SSD
€109.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €109.99 Amazon Italia Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 3000 GB - 10000 GB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
€74.50 €74.50 Amazon Italia Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce RTX 2080
  • Length: 224 mm - 403 mm
€724.10 €724.10 Amazon Italia Buy
Case €111.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €111.99 Amazon Italia Buy
Power Supply €149.03 €149.03 Amazon Italia Buy
Total: €1636.25
* 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 7 points 1 month ago

Pretty spicy

allnigsbad 5 points 26 days ago

Does anyone have a picture of this?

graywesley 2 points 25 days ago

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

graywesley 5 points 25 days 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 12 days ago

How were the results?

graywesley 1 point 7 days 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.

Dante9006 1 Build 2 points 8 days ago

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

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 29 days 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 27 days 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 26 days ago

well you can use linux instead of windows

mrainy 1 Build 1 point 21 days ago

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

PundaSkills 1 point 3 days ago

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

Vals_Fan 1 point 19 days 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.

NzClarky 1 point 4 days 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 4 days ago

You can actually get Windows 10 for around $100.

NzClarky 1 point 3 days ago

You can actually get it for $10usd

alanw707 1 point 27 days ago

Does this build support sli?

chimpyxx 1 point 26 days ago

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

Didya 1 point 21 days ago

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

DJninjaNZ 1 point 25 days ago

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

William.Gonzales 1 point 25 days ago

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

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Vals_Fan 2 points 19 days 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 19 days 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 19 days ago

Oh! I see now.

Pixmap 1 point 21 days 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 20 days 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 18 days 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 18 days 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 2 points 18 days ago

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

Sc02t 1 point 18 days 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 17 days ago


Sgtqman19 2 Builds 1 point 16 days 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 16 days 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 1 point 16 days 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 16 days 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.

dabballfool 1 point 16 days ago

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

eesti 1 point 12 days ago

Depends on the game and the settings, but yes

Arcelas.PC 1 point 2 days ago

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

Youfit 1 point 16 days 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 10 days ago

what's the plural of Deadpool?

3oaouas0ou 2 points 6 days ago


Apl_Juice 1 point 16 days 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.

Stealthyninja29 1 point 16 days 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.

Killertofu88 1 point 11 days 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 9 days 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 5 days ago

i think it would be good.

Nelots 1 point 4 days ago

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

Friendly-Fire 1 point 1 day 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.

IndigoHaze 0 points 8 days ago
ajdroc -7 points 26 days 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 26 days ago

Magnificent Intel Gaming/Streaming Build

eesti 1 point 19 days 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 - 29W
TCSunBow - X3 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Toshiba - 3 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Zotac - GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB Blower Video Card 53W - 215W
Total: 109W - 384W