$2500 Intel Core i9
Intel has revealed the new Core i9 series of CPUs, which will come in 2700K, 3900K and 5800K variants. While plenty of other specs are already available for these chips, Intel’s decision to hold off on releasing prices means that there is no clear indication whether or not buyers should wait another day before pulling out their wallets for this one.
The “intel core i9 desktop” is a high-end desktop computer that has an Intel Core i9 processor. It’s capable of running at up to 5.0GHz with 16 cores and 32 threads.
$2500 Gaming PC with Intel Core i9-10900K and RTX 2080Ti
In this post, we show you how to create the perfect gaming PC with the latest Intel Comet Lake i9 10900K processor and the high-performance Nvidia Geforce RTX 2080Ti graphics card.
Given the high-performance gear included in this construction, the pricing seems to be reasonable.
We were able to do so by reducing the amount of money spent on unnecessary and pricey features.
For the i9 10900K, for example, we might have gone with water cooling. However, water cooling is relatively costly, does not last as long as air cooling, and is not as effective as air cooling.
In the worst-case scenario, the water-cooling system will fail, severely damaging or even destroying your CPU.
This would be a $5000 error in the case of the i9 10900K.
That’s why we went with an air-cooling system instead of a water-cooling system.
By not purchasing an Nvidia Titan RTX, much more money was saved. In comparison to the RTX 2080Ti, the Titan RTX does not provide much improved gaming performance.
When you consider the price difference between the Titan RTX and the Nvidia RTX 2080Ti, it’s hard to believe the Titan RTX is more than twice the price of the Nvidia RTX 2080Ti.
When Intel introduces a new CPU generation, it is a once-in-a-lifetime event.
Because the tech behemoth never spills. Usually. The monarch of the latest CPU generation, the Intel Core i9-10900K, was heavily abused in the test lab.
On April 30, 2020, Intel unveiled 32 new processors for the 10th generation of its desktop CPUs, with something for everyone ranging from the Celeron G5900 to the Core i9-10900K.
Intel’s upcoming CPUs 2020 have been covered extensively by us.
To mention a few features, there’s 5.3 GHz Thermal Velocity Boost, Turbo Boost Max 3.0, DDR4-2933 compatibility, WiFi 6 and 2.5 G Ethernet hardware implementation. However, not all processors have all of the functions.
Intel bestowed the title of “World’s fastest gaming CPU” to the i9-10900K.
And Intel has backed up this claim with a number of gaming benchmarks, as well as a performance boost over a three-year-old PC system.
We only employ benchmarks that assess pure CPU performance in the lab; no benchmarks that measure graphics performance are utilized.
A Gen 10 gaming PC, on the other hand, will undoubtedly arrive shortly.
Overall, this 2500$ Gaming PC Build will be a cutting-edge gaming machine that will perform at its peak for the next five years, making it very future-proof.
The Parts List for a $2500 i9-10900K & RTX 2080 Ti Gaming PC
Intel i9-10900K processor
Intel follows AMD Ryzen and its own Core i9 9900K in the test with the new Core i9 10900K.
The amount of cores and clock speed have been tightened to differentiate itself from AMD’s competitors, which has been ahead in terms of price-performance since the Ryzen 3000 generation at the latest.
The new CPU is expensive: the Core i9 10900K with ten cores costs roughly 590 dollars, while the Core i9 9900K with eight cores costs around 540 dollars, according to the initial price comparison lists.
AMD’s Ryzen 9 3900X processor, which has twelve cores, is already on the market for less than 450 dollars.
Is there a performance gap between Intel and AMD because of the big pricing differential?
Manufacturing and motherboard compatibility: For the Core i9 10900K, Intel continues to employ the 14-nm manufacturing process that was originally used six years ago with Skylake (Core I 6000), although in an improved version.
Coolers for the preceding 1151 socket essentially fit the new – and absolutely required – mainboards for socket 1200, but notably in the case of the Core i9 10900K with a TDP of 125 watts, you should check the manufacturer’s requirements before installing a cooler.
In our gaming benchmarks, the Core i9 10900K performs well, placing it at the top of the overall CPU test field. However, the improvement over the Core i9 9900K is negligible.
In our open test setup with the powerful Noctua NH-D15 cooler, the 10900K regularly hits a high 4.9 GHz on all ten cores thanks to Thermal Velocity Boost.
Temperatures under gaming stress vary from 65 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
The two more cores of the Core i9 10900K above the 9900K are definitely evident in our application testing rather than in gaming benchmarks.
As a result of its high clock rates, the 10900K is the fastest CPU in the test field.
Many cores aren’t completely depleted all of the time: When an application scales effectively with a large number of cores, such as Cinebench R15, Ryzen CPUs with more than ten cores may obviously outperform the Core i9 10900K.
The Intel CPU, on the other hand, is more likely to be just ahead if the clock rate also plays a larger impact.
One thing to keep in mind, especially in application benchmarks, which often put the ten CPU cores under far greater duress than games:
Due to TDP constraints, the Intel CPU can only sustain its highest clock rate for a brief period of time.
Thus, in our Handbrake test, 4.9 GHz is present on all cores for around the first 30 seconds, after which the figure declines to about 4.4 to 4.5 GHz.
Essentially, the new top model from Intel is the same as the previous top models:
The large cost is only justifiable if you really must have Intel’s fastest desktop CPU, particularly because a new mainboard is also required.
Noctua NH-D15 CPU Cooler
Noctua doesn’t actually provide a new cooler with the NH-D15S.
Instead, it’s essentially a tweaked version of the popular NH-D15 with better PCIe and memory compatibility.
This is made possible by the asymmetrical design and the removal of the second fan.
In typical operation, the difference between single and dual fan operation is minor, according to our measurements.
For many people, the NH-D15S should be the superior option: there are less compatibility issues to worry about, but there isn’t much of a reduction in cooling performance.
A second set of fan brackets is included with the NH-D15S just in case.
The high-compatibility version of the NH-D15 retains all of the original’s premium qualities.
The NH-D15S is a quality product from the intricately designed package to the finely built cooler and the constantly properly operating fan to the vast selection of accessories.
It’s also worth noting that the guarantee is exceptionally lengthy at six years. The Noctua cooler is highly powerful, even when operating in semi-passive mode.
Finally, the Noctua NH-D15S is a complete package for the discerning user.
The only thing that is really bad is that Noctua does not take advantage of the removal of the second fan to provide an even greater discount on the purchase price.
Even though the NH-D15S is a few dollars cheaper to purchase, the NH-D15 has a slightly superior price-performance ratio when compared to the NF-A15 PWM fan.
Cryorig’s R1 Ultimate is specifically suggested as a strong dual-tower option.
The futuristic look is a question of personal preference, but the R1 Ultimate’s performance is undeniable.
We didn’t suggest this cooler in our Christmas recommendation for nothing.
Currently, however, availability is a little less than ideal.
The Thermalright Le Grand Macho, which we just evaluated, is a decent alternative if you’re looking for a cooler that can operate in semi-passive mode (the one flaw in Noctua’s flagship models).
The Noctua NH-D15S is a no-brainer for discerning purchasers, particularly since the NH-already D15’s impressive entire package has been strengthened by improved compatibility.
As a result, we’ve given the Noctua NH-D15S our Excellent Hardware Award.
ASUS ROG Maximus XII Hero Z490 Motherboard
Intel Comet Lake-S Overview
The Z490 chipset and the LGA 1200 socket, which Intel launched with the Comet Lake S series, are used in the ASUS mainboard.
This is the tenth generation of desktop CPUs, which is presently available.
They are built on the Skylake architecture, which means they feature a 14 nm structure.
With Comet Lake-S, Intel has increased the clock speed of the CPUs and added hyperthreading to practically all models.
The processors with free multiplier, i.e. the K versions, have a thermal power dissipation (TDP) of 125 watts apiece.
This is also true with the Core i9-10900K, the new series’ highest powerful processor.
It has 10 cores and 20 threads, and it can clock up to 5.3 GHz on two cores utilizing Thermal Velocity Boost — all cores hit 4.9 GHz at the same time.
According to Intel, the switch to a new socket was essential since power consumption tends to climb beyond the higher TDP with Comet Lake-S.
As a result, a new chipset was required, and the ASUS ROG Maximus XII Hero (Wi-Fi) was chosen.
Features and design
The Maximus XII Hero is part of the new Z490 lineup’s premium class.
Only the Maximus XII Extreme and Maximus XII Formula are available in this nation, hence the price is expensive at slightly under 430 dollars.
The predecessor, the ROG Maximus XI Hero (Test), featured silver highlights, while the successor is entirely matte black.
The Aura RGB lighting on the I/O cover and chipset cooler adds a pleasant touch, but it can be turned off at any moment.
When it comes to cooling, the eight-layer motherboard includes a variety of them.
Three heat sinks and a continuous heatpipe left, below, and above the socket protect the voltage regulators (VRMs) and transistors (MOSFETs).
Optionally, the accompanying 40 millimeter fan may be mounted at the top right corner of the board.
This should, however, only be of interest to severe overclockers. It isn’t essential in a typical system with adequate air circulation.
The cooling components should counterbalance the new TDP’s higher heat development.
The power supply is regulated by ASUS with 14 + 2 phases, and the MOSFETs are rated for currents up to 60 amps. There is another 8 + 4 pin connection for the CPU.
Weaker CPUs, such as those without a free multiplier and with lower TDP than the Core i9-10900K, should generally function OK with the 8-pin connection alone.
For the top CPU, however, we suggest utilizing both connectors.
The 8-pin connection, by the way, has a metal covering and strengthened pins to accommodate larger currents.
Additional metal heat sinks additionally protect the processor at the mainboard’s right center, as well as the three M.2 slots in total.
All of the latter support the four-lane PCIe 3.0 interface.
The ASUS documentation do not specify if the connections are already PCIe 4.0 compliant.
The Comet Lake S series doesn’t support them anyhow, but the Z490 chipset will almost certainly be able to utilize the newer standard with the next generation, which is why other manufacturers are already including the essential components into some of the newly released motherboards.
Two of the M.2 slots are long enough to accommodate comparable SSDs in the 22110 format, while the other M.2 slot can only accommodate SSDs with a length of 80 millimeters.
With the entire bandwidth, only the topmost connection may be utilized at any one moment.
The bandwidth of the center one is shared with the third PCIe slot, while the bandwidth of the bottom one is shared with two SATA ports.
RAID systems are conceivable, and the ASUS Maximus XII Hero is compatible with Intel Optane storage.
Seven screws must be removed to access the top two M.2 slots; this may take a little longer than normal to assemble the system, but it is not a major flaw.
Metal reinforcement is available in the top two of the three big PCIe slots, which share a total bandwidth of 16 lanes.
As a result, multi-graphics card configurations are conceivable.
Three mini PCIe x1 slots are also available.
The motherboard has six SATA connections, each with six gigabits per second (Gbit/s), for connecting hard drives and SATA SSDs inside.
SupremeFX audio and good connection
The first Ethernet port has a maximum speed of 1 Gbps and is coupled to Intel’s internal network processor.
The second port, due to a Marvell chip, can even reach up to five Gbit/s.
Because an Intel AX201 card is fitted, the mainboard also supports the current Wi-Fi 6 standard.
The bundled 22 antenna connects to the back of the device with ease. There’s also Bluetooth 5.1 on board.
Unfortunately, there is no Thunderbolt 3 connector, just a header, necessitating the use of an extra extension card.
The newest version of ASUS’ SupremeFX is available in terms of audio.
It has automated impedance identification for front and rear headphone outputs, 7.1 surround capability, and a DAC + AMP, among other features.
The ROG Maximus XII Hero (Wi-Fi) from ASUS is a multi-functional motherboard that is well-suited to Intel’s tenth-generation CPUs.
Because the Z490 chipset doesn’t provide many new features, the changes between it and the previous generation are rather marginal.
The substantial heat sinks and three M.2 slots are positives in our opinion.
However, the whole product comes at a cost.
The motherboard is rather costly, with a suggested retail price of roughly 430 dollars, although this is also true of other competing products in this class.
The ASUS board has many of options for enthusiasts, particularly in terms of ports and communication.
Nonetheless, we would have preferred a Thunderbolt 3 connector or at the very least a USB port capable of speeds of up to 20 Gbit/s.
32GB (2x16GB) 3200MHz Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro RAM
The RAM package from Corsair comes in a basic yet robust box.
The heatspreader in our test sample is either black or white.
Due to its tight fit and high loop structure, the aluminum heatspreader encloses practically the whole memory and guarantees good heat dissipation.
Corsair employs Samsung B-Dies in a single-rank configuration on an eight-layer black PCB for the memory modules.
In our test sample, we couldn’t find any processing flaws.
Corsair Vengeance RGB PRO memory comes with a two-year guarantee.
Overclocking and technology
Corsair’s experts have leapt on Intel XMP 2.0 profile support in addition to the excellent cooling technology.
In terms of performance, our test sample had nothing to complain about:
The DDR4 kit performed well with the required 3,200 MHz (CL16) at 1.35 Volt on an ASUS ROG Maximus X Formula mainboard.
Overclocking is feasible as well: we were able to “whip” both bars to 3.400 MHz by manually increasing the power supply voltage to 1.40 Volt. At CL16, the latency stayed the same.
Software and RGB lighting
Corsair’s iCUE software, as well as MSI Mystic Light and Gigabyte RGB Fusion motherboard solutions, can control the LEDs.
Surprisingly, ASUS Aura isn’t supported.
Not only can you modify the color and illumination modes of the LEDs in the well-organized software, but you can also read out numerous data (temperature, clock rate, timings, etc.).
“Game Integration” is another new feature. The Corsair RGB hardware functions as a form of “ambient light” if the game supports the iCUE-SDK.
For instance, in the shooter Far Cry 5, if you are struck too many, the whole RGB lights would glow red. It’s a clever ruse.
Corsair’s new Vengeance RGB PRO memory is presently the quickest RGB memory we’ve tested.
The beautiful RGB illumination also speaks for our test kit, in addition to the acceptable performance and excellent compatibility.
The kit is completely completed by the well-organized software (change RGB lighting, read out values, and game compatibility) and the not-too-high heatspreaders.
In a nutshell, RGB aficionados and enthusiasts may get in without hesitation!
GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics card
The card has the TU102 GPU in full configuration and gigs, and it has a little higher clock speed than the standard model.
As a result, the Aorus’ boost clock is 1.770 MHz, compared to 1.545 MHz for the standard card and 1.635 MHz for Nvidia’s own Founders Edition.
As a result, it outperforms the competitors that we’ve evaluated so far, such as the Palit GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Dual with 11GByte GDDR6 VRAM.
However, the graphics cards’ architecture is identical to the rest of the components – other from cooling and overclocking, board partners have no control over gigabytes.
The well-known Turing architecture serves as the foundation. The visual computations of the Gigabyte Aorus are handled by 4,352 shaders (“CUDA cores”).
In addition, the memory bus is 352 bits wide, with a transfer rate of 616 GBytes per second, allowing the 11 GByte GDDR6 VRAM to be fully used.
The outstanding performance is shown by strong benchmark results.
In synthetic benchmarks like 3DMark, the Gigabyte Aorus GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Xtreme Waterforce already outperforms the previous top, the Palit GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Dual.
In 3DMark Time Spy Extreme, this already scores 5,167 points, while the Gigabyte graphics card takes the lead with 5,428 points.
The gaming benchmarks, particularly in UHD resolution, show a similar image.
Because the gigabyte is always a few frames per second faster than the competitors here.
For example, in Shadow of the Tomb Raider, the gigabyte averages 68 and the Palit 63 frames per second.
In GTA V, we measured 99 to 93 frames per second in favor of the Gigabyte Aorus GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Xtreme Waterforce.
Apart from the performance, the two features are another incentive to buy an RTX graphics card. Raytracing and DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling).
However, since these two alternatives are still in their early stages of adoption in the gaming industry, the number of games that support them is still manageable.
Battlefield V is likely to remain the headline title, with Shadow of the Tom Raider joining the ranks as well.
Aside from that, many development teams are wary about these two new technological options.
Temperatures are low, but not eerily silent.
Gigabyte’s Aorus GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Xtreme Waterforce features its own water cooling, as the name indicates.
Nonetheless, in our tests, the graphic card did not prove to be a quiet pedal.
For example, under full load in 3D mode, our measurements yielded an average of 3.1 sone – in contrast, the air-cooled Palit GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Dual produced 2.8 sone in the same test run.
Both of these figures are acceptable. In exchange, the Gigabyte Aorus outperforms the competition in terms of temperature development.
Thanks to the water cooling, we reached a maximum temperature of 59 degrees Celsius.
In exchange, water cooling and performance result in a high power consumption of 443 watts, making it one of the most powerful cards we’ve ever evaluated.
Because of the considerable buffer in cooling performance, we experimented with overclocking and significantly accelerated the Waterforce:
The base clock was increased from 1.350 MHz to 1.506 MHz, while the boost was increased from 1.770 MHz to 1.928 MHz.
This added an average of 5 frames per second to Far Cry V in 4K resolution, and at least 3 frames per second to The Division 2.
So, if you like to play about with things and efficiency isn’t a big deal to you, you may get a substantial performance boost here.
Despite its water cooling, the Gigabyte Aorus GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Xtreme Waterforce installs in two slots on a desktop PC.
This is because the fans included in the delivery are intended to blast the heated exhaust air outdoors, among other things, and must be fitted in the case properly.
Three DisplayPorts in version 1.4, three HDMI 2.0b connectors, and a USB Type-C connection with VirtualLink are accessible after installation.
These are adequate connection options for a multi-monitor configuration or a VR headset connection.
Parts of the graphics card, as well as the fans, are RGB-illuminated, and the Gigabyte Fusion program may be used to customize them.
If you want to acquire a really high-end graphics card, you should look at the performance and equipment first, rather than your budget.
The Gigabyte Aorus GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Xtreme Waterforce performs well in this test, leaving little room for the competitors.
However, these features come at a cost: this model will set you back over 1.300 dollars.
Samsung 970 EVO SSD 1TB of memory storage (M.2 NVMe)
The Samsung EVO 970 1TB has enough of storage capacity.
Despite its small size, the Samsung 970 EVO 1 TByte SSD with M.2 interface has a lot of storage capacity for its class.
There are still 931.5 GBytes available after formatting. The SSD contains a 1,024 MByte cache for data storing in the middle.
Despite the high purchase prices, the price-to-performance ratio is favorable. Samsung’s EVO version outperforms both the test winner, the Samsung 970 PRO 1TB, and the smaller 970 PRO 512GB in this category.
While the PRO versions are somewhat more costly at 40 cents per GB, the EVO is just 30 cents per GB.
Review of the Samsung EVO 970 SSD fleet
The Samsung 970 EVO 1TB is impressive not just in terms of storage capacity, but also in terms of transfer speeds.
Average values of 2,846 MByte/s are reached while reading compressible data, such as documents, and 3,030 MByte/s are achieved when reading non-compressible data, such as music.
When writing, the average values for compressible data are 1,325 MByte/s and non-compressible data are 1,691 MByte/s.
With these transfer speeds, the Samsung 970 EVO is in the top tier.
However, it must concede defeat in writing to a few rivals, but it still ranks in the top third of the best list.
Reading access times of 0.027 milliseconds and writing access times of 0.021 milliseconds are in the middle of the pack.
In the centre of the test field are the IOPS (input and output commands per second).
The categorization is minimal since the discrepancies are in the microsecond range and the IOPS numbers are near together.
Samsung’s 970 EVO SSD hard drive offers excellent speed and lots of storage capacity.
The M.2 SSD does not have any significant flaws.
The drive might be a little quicker while writing data, but this is a major complaint. The pricing is fairly reasonable for a device with 1 TB of storage capacity.
GAMEMAX RGB750-Rainbow Power Supply (PSU)
In any case, one point should be noted straight from the start:
For a few dollars, looking at the computer’s power supply is surely saving on the wrong end.
You should obviously pay attention to a very excellent quality, especially with the power supply, since if you save at the incorrect end, you risk much quicker wear and tear of other PC components.
- The amount of watts fitted to your computer is, of course, the most important factor. You won’t benefit from either too much or too little watts. The practical tip “Power supply: how many watts for which PC?” has further information on this subject.
- You should also think about the quantity of connectors and whether or not they are compatible with your PC components. Power supply with cable management, where you may connect the connections yourself, are very interesting in this context.
- If you spend a lot of time on your computer, a silent fan will come in handy. So pay attention to how loud it may become when you purchase it.
- A quality feature is a separate on/off switch for the power source. The power supply continues to consume power even if the computer is turned off.
- If you’re not sure which power supply is optimal for your PC, bequiet.com’s power supply calculator can assist. All you have to do is input basic information about your computer’s components, such as the CPU, VGA, and RAM, and you’ll get recommendations.
The Gamemax RGB750 is a wonderful PSU that matches our i9 10900K and RTX 2080Ti build well.
Cooler Master MasterBox MB600L Case & Case Fans
Cooler Master hopes to deliver enclosures that are especially compelling in terms of price/performance ratio with the MasterBox line.
This is where the new MasterBox MB600L comes into play.
Regardless of whether the Midi Tower is given at a low price, it should be capable of water cooling.
The matt plastic face of the MasterBox MB600L is the most noticeable feature on the outside.
Cooler Master avoids greater form plays and simply bevels the front edges gently. Color accents in red, blue, or gray add a little diversity behind it.
In the sloping transition between the front and lid, the I/O panel contains two USB 3.0 ports as well as jack connections for a headset.
A single 120 mm fan in the back cools the MasterBox BL600L from the manufacturer.
However, up to three 120 mm fans or two 140 mm fans may be added behind the front panel as an alternative.
The installation option for an optical drive must be deleted for the third 120 mm fan, though.
Only versions beginning with the MCB-B600L-KA5N-S have this 5.25-inch drive port.
The rear fan may be removed if a 120 mm radiator is required. Behind the front, a big 280 or even 360 mm radiator may be placed.
The heat exchanger’s maximum height should be 5 cm (without fan).
The mainboard chamber is separated from the power supply and the two 2.5 and 3.5 inch drive slots by a contemporary interior.
It has enough area for graphics cards up to 40 cm long and CPU coolers up to 16 cm tall.
1.5 to 2.3 cm of cable management space is available. The reasonable case width may be attributed to both the CPU cooler height and cable management.
The BL600L MasterBox is 212 x 454.5 x 464 mm in size (W x H x D).
The Cooler MasterBox MB600L is presently available in three color options: red, blue, and gray, according to our pricing comparison.
It looks to be the 5.25-inch drive space versions in each casing.
The not-yet-available case will set you back approximately $50.
$2500 in conclusion Gaming PC with Intel Core i9-10900K and RTX 2080Ti
Overall, this $2500 i9-10900K & RTX 2080Ti Gaming Build is every gamer’s dream machine.
You will not only be able to play games at the highest graphical settings, but you will also be able to do so for at least the next 3-5 years.
Yes, $2500 is not cheap, but it is well worth it for aficionados and regular users.
And, although the price for this Build seems to be somewhat expensive, the price-to-performance ratio is great.
You will get a cutting-edge gaming system that will perform at the greatest level possible.
The “intel core i9 gaming pc” is a high-end gaming PC that has an Intel Core i9 processor. It also comes with 16 GB of RAM, and a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics card. The price for this PC starts at $2500.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is $2500 good for a gaming PC?
A: You are likely better off spending that money on a different type of PC.
Is the Core i9 10850K worth it?
A: There are pros and cons to both the Core i9-10850K in comparison with the Ryzen 7 1700. The performance of the AMD processor is slightly better, but it comes at a higher price point. However, Intels chipset on this particular model offers more support for high speed storage devices than what AMD has offered so far.
Is Core i9 overkill?
A: Core i9 is overkill for most computer users at this point. Its too expensive and probably not worth it if youre building a gaming rig, especially since the next generation of CPUs are coming out soon.
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