Intel Enthusiast Gaming Build: Spring 2020 Edition Wrap Up

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Today, our goal was to take a look at what we could put together for an Intel-based Mid-High End Enthusiast build that hit a price point of about $2000-2500. This should put the options and selections within the reach of a large segment of enthusiasts who are looking for a good blend of top-end performance but not bank-breaking bills. So take a look at a quick summary of our build here today and see what tickles your fancy.

Intel Enthusiast Gaming Build: 2020 Spring Edition Summary

omponentModelPrice
CPUIntel Core i9-9900KS$599.99 ($783.30*)
MotherboardMSI MEG Z390 ACE$299.99 ($268.79)
CPU CoolerSilverstone PF360-ARGB$129.99
GPUGeForce RTX 2080 SUPER$699.99
RAMG.Skill TridentZ Royal
(F4-3200C14D-16GTRG)
$182.99
Hard DriveSamsung 970 EVO Plus 1TB$219.99 ($199.99)
PSUASUS ROG Thor 850$219.99
CaseSilverStone Primera PM02$149.99 ($144.99)
Total$2502.92 ($2630.03)
Prices are stated in MSRP and at time of publication (in parentheses)
*Only listing at time of writing but from an untrusted source

Intel Enthusiast Gaming Build Alternate: 2020 Spring Edition Summary

ComponentModelPrice
CPUIntel Core i9-9900KF$499.99 ($477.96)
MotherboardMSI MEG Z390 ACE$299.99 ($268.79)
CPU CoolerNoctua NH-D15S$99.99 ($73.99)
GPUGeForce RTX 2070 SUPER$499.99
RAMG.Skill Ripjaws V Series
(F4-3200C14D-16GVX)
$125.99
Hard DriveSK Hynix S31 SSD 1TB$119.99
PSUSeasonic PRIME PX-850$189.99 ($199.99)
CaseSilverStone Primera PM02$149.99 ($144.99)
Total$1985.92 ($1911.69)
Prices are stated in MSRP and at time of publication (in parentheses)

At the end of the day, we feel that we are left with a couple of very capable machines and a number of different combinations that you could custom tailor to your budget in this $2000-2500 range. There are certainly other options for just about every component we have selected today. However, we feel you can’t go wrong with these items as basics, or at least jumping-off points, for your next Intel Mid-High End Enthusiast Gaming build. This has been our Intel Enthusiast Gaming PC Build Guide.

Final Points

That said, by all means, click through the provided links for each component, if you so choose, or take our suggestions and sit and wait for a minute. We’ll also get a cut if you use our links, but it won’t cost you any more than it would otherwise. You will notice that we have included both “normal retail/list prices” and actual prices at the time of this article when they differed as they do fluctuate over time (or whenever when of the DRAM manufacturers needs to have an “accidental fire”). Indeed, while originally prepping this article I managed to snag that SK Hynix S31 SSD 1TB for $84.99 from Amazon. That is a nice chunk of change saved.

Now, for those of you who run a bit leaner on the budget, don’t fret. We have a guide coming up for you next. So, if an $2000-2500 system doesn’t tickle your fancy then stop back soon for our AMD Mid-Range Gaming Build Guide: Spring 2020 article where we chop our budget in half!

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