i7-9700KF Gaming PC – $2,000 Build – 144 FPS Gaming @ 1080p / 1440p / 4K ? Parts Overview


Hello and welcome to tech deals and the Intel i7 at 9700 KF PC build guide if you are interested in 1080p, 1440p or perhaps 4k gaming, and a hundred and forty four plus frames per second, if you want a pure gaming machine, none of that content creation And live streaming stuff. You want something with maximum frame rates at a reasonable value. Then you’ve come to the right place: [, Music, ]! This is part one of a three-part video guide on this $ 2,000 premium PC build. This is, as I said, in the intro geared for gaming performance. Yes, you could do content creation and live streaming on it to a point, but that’s not the focus maximum gaming performance for the money with a nice premium. Experience is the goal now. This is not top of the line. You can, of course, absolutely spend more money – the i99 to 900k. Yes, we’ll get there and talk about that. However, you can $ 100 yourself to $ 3,000, if you’re, not very careful, so this provides amazing performance and a great build quality without breaking the bank. Part 2 of this video series will be the detail build itself. The camera will be overhead and will go step by step to the build process, including some of the challenges and even mistakes that occur during the build process. We livestream this build and if you’ve seen it already well, then you know what to expect, but that live stream was 4 hours long and it willing to bet that most people don’t want to watch a four-hour long, build video, so we’re gon na condense that down Just to the part of installing all the components and make it much more watchable part three will be the performance testing where we actually benchmark it. We do power, temp, noise and, of course, performance testing.

How well does this Hardware actually play games? How many frames per second can we get at some different resolutions if you are not subscribed to the channel? That’S what the subscribe and the Bell notification icon are for to be notified when those videos come out, but in this video it’s all about the parts overview. We’Re gon na go through all of these components and parts and talk about what benefit they provide and what you could do to increase or decrease the budget. Should you, for example, get the I $ 9.99 hundred K? How much RAM should you have? How much storage is it we’re spending more or less on your video card? We’Re gon na talk about that step by step in today’s video. Thank you very much to gigabyte for sponsoring this video without their support. These would be much harder to do. They provided the RAM the motherboard and the video. However, they did not have a say in the editorial content of this video and they did not get a preview of it before published. So everything I have to say here is my own opinion. Links to all the products in today’s video, as well as some of the suggested alternatives will be down in the video description below those links, are to Amazon, Newegg and eBay. They are affiliate links using them supports the channel at no extra cost to you. If you like this content – and you want to see more of it, please consider using those when shopping. It’S greatly appreciated whenever we do these build guide video series. Inevitably, somebody goes down to the comment section and says: I’d pick it for case or I wouldn’t use that cooler or I prefer XYZ brand of SSD great custom. Pcs are custom, build it your way, one a different case.

One, a different SSD want a different cooler. No problem, that’s the whole point of a custom PC. Consider this to be a starting, build guide. If you’re looking at building a premium Intel based system, maybe you stick with the i7? Maybe you get the I nine ninety nine hundred K, maybe you prefer Amazon, a soos or asrock as opposed to gigabyte, not a problem. They all make very nice motherboards. Those are personal choices based upon your brand preferences, but within any given price category generally get what you pay for so swap the parts out, but a two thousand dollar Intel build is generally going to be a very premium experience with amazing performance and tons of future. In front of it now it’s time to go through all the components step by step and discuss their pros and cons and what you can upgrade to, or maybe downgrade to, depending upon how you want to move the pieces around on this particular chessboard. You’Ll already notice. We’Ve got the first piece of the puzzle on the desk right now. Now this build at two thousand dollars is being done with the i7 9700 kf8 cores, eight threads turbos up to 4.9 gigahertz, it’s a very nice CPU, and you can pick it up for just over $ 300.

These days, it’s starting to get pretty reasonably priced. However, you may very well notice the I $ 9.99 hundred K on the desk to be completely blunt. If it were my money – and I was spending $ 2,000 on computer, it would have an ion in it, but that’s not what we’re building today. So if you’ve got the extra a hundred and sixty ish dollars that it costs to go to the i9 by all means, you’ll get eight cores and 16 threads. It’S hyper threaded, whereas the i7 9700 KF is not, and the i9 9900 K has Intel integrated graphics built into it, which the F does not that’s what the F at the end of KF means. Now. You can also buy an i7 9700 K without the F and then you get the Intel integrated graphics. Who cares you say who, in the world’s building this and remotely cares about Intel integrated graphics? Well, you can use those for Quick Sync, video, transcoding and even live-streaming, especially with the i9. You can use your video card for playing the game and you can use the Intel integrated, graphics to live stream to twitch or mixer and put 0 load on your main video card. Just turn on the integrate in integrated graphics in the BIOS, which all the major motherboards support, and then you can run both quick sync on the CPU and your video card. If you want a live stream, however, if you don’t give two hoots about live streaming, then you don’t need Intel’s, Quick, Sync and then the F processor, and especially if it saves you money. It makes a lot of sense. Now, when I go down to the i5 9600 K at this price point not on your life, I didn’t even bother putting the processor on the desk. That’S just a big fat, No Deal it’s cheaper. Currently, it’s really close to $ 200 and it’s six cores and 6 threads.

But if you’ve got $ 2,000, I hope you’re not building a 6 core machine at the end of 2019, regardless of which CPU choice you make you’re going to need a cooler, because neither the i7 or the i9 include one and frankly, if Intel gave you one You’D want to replace it anyway, you’re generally going to be looking for either a top-of-the-line air tower cooler or a top-of-the-line liquid cooler, and I have two good examples of those right here. The be quiet dark rock pro 4 at about $ 90, absolutely fits the bill and will run either of those CPUs at 5, gigahertz on all the cores and threads. On the other hand, do you want all the RGB do maybe push beyond 5 gigahertz or run at lower ambient temperatures for longer life or run in a hotter environment? Maybe, with a little bit less airflow, take a look at the gigabyte or a 360 millimeter. All the RGB liquid cooler, it is more expensive, you’re, looking at something in the hundred and $ 50 plus range for a good 360 versus ninety ish dollars for a good tower cooler. However, if you don’t want to really cramp to install watch part two of this video to see how that installs in there, if you want more space around your motherboard space for your video card space, for your RAM, the benefit to a liquid cooler. As you mount the radiator on the top or the front, and then you just have the pump itself on the CPU, freeing up the installation and of course, RGB out the just everything there’s more RGB on this than you can shake a stick at. On the other hand, not a produ wants to put liquid in their computer, and that’s fine, because well this exists so either. One of these is a reasonable option for either of those Intel CPUs. What is not a reasonable option is to go substantially below either of these choices.

Can you use a 240 millimeter liquid cooler? You can, but you may have problems running at 5 gigahertz. I have tried that I have a 240 millimeter liquid cooler on the previous generation. I7 8700 K and it’ll do the 5 gigahertz, but it’s really hot. I don’t recommend it. 360 is ideal for 5 gigahertz on especially 8 cores and 16 threads. Now, as far as that, Noctua n HD 15 of the be quiet, they’re fine. But if you go below those, if you go to the $ 50.00 air tower cooler range, you start to lose direct contact. Heat pipes, you lose fins, you often lose. The second fan it’s possible and doable. But let me ask you this question: is it worth saving $ 30 in your $ 2,000, build to potentially have heat and / temp issues? I say no so spend the 90 dollars or spend 150 dollars and build your system write. Your CPU needs a motherboard and in this case we’ve gone with a mid-range model, the gigabyte or SPRO Wi-Fi one and $ 70. It’S got a lot of features for the money and it’s a relatively good value. All things considered, if you’re going with a 300 ish dollar, I 790 700 K or K F, then that’s about where you want to be 200, would be the absolute most you’d want to spend on a motherboard now you’ll notice that the gigabyte Oris master is on Top six months ago, I built an I 999 hundred K with a three thousand dollar budget. The Cadillac platinum build and I used that premium board, but that’s closer to $ 300. It makes sense for a $ 500 CPU, but it doesn’t make sense for a 300 ish dollar CPU. So if you want to go that way, you can spend more money, but the hundred and seventy dollar or is pro Wi-Fi, actually has it. Where really counts and that’s power, delivery, twelve plus one digital power delivery on the VRMs, that’s plenty for all the overclocking!

You could ever want to do on this motherboard 2m about two slots: lots of RGB plenty of USB ports. Frankly, even for the Einon, it’s not a bad choice if you’re looking to save money but still get hyper threading. That leads us to our system memory and in terms of capacity of memory. There’S really only one choice: 32 gigabytes of RAM 16 is not even an option if you’re spending $ 2,000 on your system going from 32 gigs to 16 gig saves you about 2 % of the total system price. However, games are already starting to use up to 16 gigs of ram with windows. Of course, even games that are a year old, like the division 2, will use 11 to 12 gigabytes of system ram with nothing running. In the background I mean completely clean system, I’m seeing several other games in that 10 to 12 gigabyte range. Now you could kind of get away with it seriously. That’S not the place to save money here. 64 gigabytes is not necessary for a gaming PC and won’t for the foreseeable future. If 24 were reasonable, we do 24, but it’s not sorting. 32. Now, if you do an, I $ 9.99 hundred K and content creation and live streaming of anything with lots of programs, open is important to you. Maybe 64 gigs isn’t crazy. It’S only another 120 dollars, which is about 5 % of the system build and it might be something to consider, but for like 98 % of you watching this video, it’s 32 gigabytes or bust. Now, let’s talk about RAM speed. We have 32 gigs of DDR. 430. 200 megahertz at CL 16 in here you can buy faster Ram and it’s not much more expensive, but it isn’t much faster. Despite the fact that the number looks more impressive, ddr4 3200 CL 16 in the real world is very, very close and performance to ddr4 3600 CL 19.

Now, at the moment, it’s only about 10 or 15 dollars more to get 3600 CL 19 over 3200 CL 16 and if that all sounds confusing, just buy the 3200 and don’t worry about it, but you can buy the 3600 if you want it just it doesn’t Really make a real-world difference: I’ve tested this. I’Ve done a video on it and they’re. Pretty close, you can buy ddr4 4000 and 4000. Cl 19 can be quite impressive in certain benchmarks when you’re looking for it, it doesn’t make that big of a real-world difference and you will spend a pretty premium premium trying to get up to that 4000 in memory. Speed, save your money there’s a lot of other places to put it in a $ 2,000, build honestly 3200 to 3600 is where it’s at. If we’re going to be playing games, we need a graphics card and in this $ 2,000 build we have a very nice one gigabytes gaming overclocked r-tx 2070 super. It is a very nice card for 1440p gaming. It will play any game on the market today. At 14:40 P now will not play every game at 1440p at 144 frames per second, but it will play the games where it matters Rainbow. Six siege fortnight overwatch call of duty, modern warfare, battlefield 5. It will play those games at high detail at a hundred and forty four ish frames per second, some 200 plus some up to 144, but it will absolutely do that at 1440p. It will not play Ghost Recon breakpoint at 1440p at 144 frames per second frankly, an RT X, 20 ATT.

I won’t do that, so keep in mind that it does have its limitations, but you don’t need to play Ghost Recon breakpoint at 144 frames per second. It’S not that sort of game where’s battlefield 5 is, but it will do battlefield 5 at those high frame rates at 1080p. It’S much more capable of a hundred and forty-four frames per second across the board, and it’s an option to consider the Intel CPU provides all the horsepower needed to drive those frames to the graphics card and that’s certainly a benefit. Now the inevitable question is going to come up. Why not an RT X 2060 super or why not a 2080 super? The 2060 super in a two thousand dollar bill just doesn’t belong. In my opinion, it saves you $ 100. It cuts back on your performance. You can, but if you’re trying to save money like that and say it’s really only a hundred dollars difference, then you’re, probably cutting other things back in your building, maybe you’re, building a 1500 hour machine instead of a $ 2,000 machine. As far as the r-tx 2080 super, it’s a lot more money for a relatively small additional boost in performance and, frankly, we’re probably six months away from when I’m filming this video in December of 2019 from the 30 series, don’t spend seven or eight hundred dollars on A video card at this point in the current gen had you done so a year ago. That would have made more sense, but this is kind of the top level price to performance. You can go before the numbers just get absolutely crazy and of course, there’s the RT X 20 ATT on well. If you have all the money in the world rock on, do that, I put a 20 atti in my $ 3,000 Cadillac Platinum bill, but that’s a lot of money in rarified air. The next question somebody’s gon na ask is why not an rx 5700 XT? Those are $ 400 and aren’t they almost as fast as this yeah kinda sorta? Sometimes it depends even in December of 2019, even with the newest adrenaline 2020 drivers, AMD’s Navi drivers for the RX 5700 XT are no equal of Nvidia’s. Now, Nvidia and the past has had its issues with drivers, and I understand that.

But that’s then not now, right now, in 2019 and videos, drivers are cleaner and better work across the board in more games than AMD’s newest drivers do and these fine line technology will fix them over time. After all, this happened with the RX 480 and 580. Those were a little bit rough at launch, but they smoothed out and right now I would absolutely use an rx 580 in a machine that drivers are mature. The cards are very mature. Everything works very nicely on those they haven’t gotten there yet on Navi, so saving $ 100 or 5 % to get a video card with almost as good a performance and troubled drivers that might take three months six months or a year to work out is no Deal in my opinion, so for this budget, it’s our TX 2070 super. Whenever you build a computer, you generally need a case to put it into unless, of course, you’re reusing, something that you already have. This is the be quiet pure base. 500. It is a new design from them and, honestly I like it in general, but not necessarily for this build. I used it because it’s what I had available and in terms of everything on the shelf, its slotted in but as you’ll, see in part. Two of this build video series, or if you watch the livestream of it, it wasn’t my first choice. I would love to have their 700 series case. I think their 700 series would be ideal for this level of build. I don’t have one so I had to use this in fact, that’s why the cooler got changed midway through the process, because it just didn’t quite fit right now. Don’T misunderstand me: the quality of be quiets cases is wonderful. The panel material, the thickness of the metal, the quality of the mesh, the mounting points, the metal in the back, the mesh on the top the interchangeable panel on the top, the power supply shroud, everything’s built really well, it’s got the acoustic paneling inside to muffle. The sounds this is a very quiet build.

I like this machine, it’s a lot of computer for a $ 79 case. I would go up a notch or two a hundred. Maybe a hundred and twenty dollars is probably the right price point to spend on a case for a two thousand dollar build five ish percent of your total system price. So it’s a little bit under cased nice, maybe more appropriate for a 1500 hour build as opposed to this. Now that’s just be quiet. There are so many other manufacturers that you could choose. The list is absolutely endless: Corsair Coolermaster, fractal design, NZXT be quiet and others, and they all make sometimes dozens of cases. It’S a very personal choice. What I will say is that it may look like there’s not enough airflow up here, but there is. I I’ve already done all the benchmarking. I’Ve already done. The build I’ve already tested this and run it five gigahertz on all the cores and threads is not a problem in here. Temperatures are not an issue. You’Ll see that in part three, when I do the game, performance and non game performance benchmarks for this, but it really it isn’t a problem. There is enough airflow in here to make it work. Just fine, it’s just maybe a little bit bigger would have been nice following along from the case, you need a power supply. I genuinely have to say I was pleasantly surprised with this power supply. It was easy to install the cables were easy to work with. It’S extremely quiet: it has a silent wings fan inside. If you don’t know what the silent wings fans are, they’re, not cheap, they’re like 20-ish dollars, apiece they’re worth every penny. My main production workstation downstairs has five of them in there and it’s absolutely worth that. It cut the noise level years later. I did those two years ago, they’re still working great, no noise, no problems whatsoever. This is a 650 watt, fully modular power supply. You can spend less. This is just over a hundred dollars. At the moment, prices vary all the time.

Naturally, you can spend 50 60 70 dollars on a 600 watt or 700 watt 80 plus bronze non-magic modular power supply, and it will certainly do the job, but, just like the case should be about 10 percent of the build price. I think the power supply should be as well so about a hundred dollars for a two thousand dollar build is about the right place to be. You can keep that through multiple builds and multiple upgrades. This power supply should easily last you 10 to 12 years. Without any issue, you could go through three complete, builds and upgrade processes without any problem, so spend a little bit extra and get a really nice power supply, and then you just never have to worry about it. No gaming PC would be complete without some storage. To put your games on, and we have some very nice storage in this build. In fact, 25 % of the entire budget of this computer is going to storage. So if you sit there going how in the world is this computer two thousand dollars? This is where part of it went. We have four terabytes of SSD space. Here we have a one terabyte boot drive and it is frankly the best Samsung’s, 970 Evo, plus one terabyte nvme SSD. Yes, I know the Gen four drives are out. I’D take this over those any day of the week. It’S just a superior Drive all the way around. It’S not cheap two hundred dollars, it’s double the price of some of the cheap one, terabyte nvme SSD options, but if you want the best – and you want something – that’s gon na last, you a very long time. Well, you might want to consider going with the Samsung option, but one terabytes not nearly enough for games these days, call of duty, modern warfare, looking at you over one hundred and fifty gigabytes, that’s nuts! Where is all that storage going? So we have a two terabyte intel: 660 p nvme SSD installed in our second slot. I have reviewed this drive. I’Ve covered it extensively and it’s ironically, the exact same price at the moment as the one terabyte Samsung. If you’re, okay, with slightly slower storage and the limitation of not being able to do full, drive, writes and amazing performance, you might consider just putting two 660 peas in and having four terabytes of nvme and skipping the Samsung.

Although I think, if you’re going Intel, you probably want your boot drive to be a little bit nicer and be a TLC drive instead of a qlc drive. But this provides this room to put games like call of duty. Modern warfare, which are somehow over a hundred and fifty gigabytes. How did that happen? So you don’t want just a one, terabyte SSD as a bonus. We have a third SSD in here. It is a data’s su 800 one terabyte, SATA drive and that’s actually mounted here on the side and one of the two and a half inch drive bays. You need a drive for maybe play games, maybe personal files, your onedrive or Dropbox, or G Drive, sync or anything else that you may be working on. That gives you some additional storage. Now I actually did build the computer with another SSD, but it’s not in the budget because it gets a little bit silly. At that point there is a a 2 terabyte micron 1100 SATA SSD. Nobody should buy one. Those are a little bit slower and a little bit old at this point. I’Ve had it for a couple of years. It used to be on one of my test benches until it got replaced with an Intel. 6 6 DP 2 terabyte drive, but it’s in there for personal use, because this is actually gon na be a personal machine. So I wanted the Institute terabytes of space, but I thought $ 500 of storage was sufficient for this build. So I left it off of the build list, even though you’ll see it in the actual build video itself. One question some of you may ask is what about hard drives? You can get an 8 terabyte hard drive for under 150 dollars and that’s much bigger than this for far less money. Have you used our hard drive lately they’re tall, have you played a game off hard drives? Lately, yeah you can and yes, the frame rates are fine, but there’s more to using a computer than frame rates. I mean yes, you’re buying an Intel system. You want amazing frame rates but level load times and especially in open-world games.

You get in a game where you’re traversing, a large amount of terrain they’ll, be skips and stutters as the game is pulling data off of the hard drive games like call of duty, modern warfare, 157 gigabytes in size. It’S not loading. All that into RAM. I mean at times it will but anytime it has to go back to the drive you’re just suffering through relatively slow performance, so put all that on SSDs. If you need a hard drive. Well, that’s what external USB drives for backup are for how much storage do you need scale it to your size? You’Ve got m dot, 2 slots, you’ve got two and a half inch mounting, drive bays and even a couple of three and a half inch drive trays down. There spend more get more when it comes to storage, an often overlooked item. Whenever you are building or budgeting a bill on a PC, our system fans you can buy hundred and twenty millimeter case fans for four or five dollars or less in bulk. They are generally loud, they are generally cheaply made and they generally don’t last very long. These are none of those the silent wings, 3 or the Noctua fans are amazing quality. I have them in a variety of my machines. I’Ve covered them numerous times before, they’re, not inexpensive. You will generally pay twenty dollars plus per fan. You get what you pay for. If you’ve got a two thousand dollar budget spend some of it on fans. I ended up due to the fact that I didn’t have enough spares on the shelf, putting both knocked what and be quiet fans. In this case there is a silent wings. Three exhaust fan in the back. There are two knock to a 140 millimeter fans in the front. There really should have been three 120 s, but I didn’t have three 120. So we put two 140 s. You’Ll see that in the build video they are quiet, they are wonderful airflow and they will last. I don’t we’re safe forever, but effectively forever. If you’ve seen my previous builds, my Cadillac $ 2,000 build with my 8700 K and, if you’ve seen my skylake X, build, for example, those have Noctua and be quiet fans in them respectively.

They are so much nicer than the stock fans. Those cases come with so spend some money on fans get a better computer. All of those parts combined give or take is about two thousand dollars, or at least it was when I initially planned this build the change of the cooler and a few other things adjust to that downward somewhat and prices vary constantly. When you watch this video, these components will almost certainly cost some other number besides $ 2,000, and these are American based prices. If you live somewhere else in the world, then prices are going to vary by region, and you may pick different components based upon that. This is a premium build designed for a premium experience. One of the first things I’m sure people are gon na say is what are you talking about an i7 9700 KF and an RT X, 2070 super? You can build a much less expensive computer than $ 2,000. You don’t have to spend 2,000. You can get closer to $ 1,000 for that bill. Maybe 1,200, maybe 1,400 dollars to build you a really nice system.

What is this $ 2,000 budget? Nonsense? I understand, but this is why I do these Parts guides. It’S been so long talking about all these components. There’S five hundred dollars of storage in this bill. You may not want five hundred dollars of storage. That’S fine custom! Pcs are custom, build it. However, you want, you may not want a hundred and ten dollar power supply. Maybe a sixty or seventy two, our power supply is fine for your preference or you’ll spend less on a cooler or less on a case or you’ll change, something else. There is $ 80 worth of fans in this case, not cooler fans. If you add up the noctua and the be quiet aftermarket fans that I put in this case, that’s like a whole nother, cooler or another assist you can practically by another terabyte of SSD space for just the cost of the fans. How nice do you want your build? How long do you want it to last with no maintenance required, except maybe blowing some dust out? How quiet do you want your build to be? Do you just care about dollars two frames per second, or do you care about how nice your computer is? This is a nice build in a quality case with quality fans with quality motherboard with a silent video card, I’ve got to give gigabyte credit these gaming cards with the triple fan, cooler design. This thing is quiet, as can be. It may not look as pretty with as much RGB as maybe some of the fancier cards out there. I do use some of these cards in my machines because they are legit, very, very quiet and, of course, there’s a lot of other very nice components in here, but it comes down to do you want cheap or do you want premium? That’S a personal choice, but I think this is a very nice build. All things considered. It looks nice, it feels nice, it’s a sweet gaming PC. Did you like this video and you want to see more, be sure to be subscribed to our Channel and hit the bell notification icon in order to be notified when part 2 and part 3 of this video series come out, don’t want to wait and want to See them right now, not a problem.

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