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Excellent AMD Gaming Build

by manirelli

Description

CPU/CPU Cooler

For the Excellent AMD Gaming Build build we selected the Ryzen 5 2600X as our processor. To better cool the R5 2600X we selected the Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML240L RGB which provides fantastic cooling at an unbeatable price.

Motherboard

The Ryzen 5 2600X is an unlocked processor so we set the parametric filters for X470 ATX motherboards that support up to 64GB of DDR4 memory, six SATA 6Gb/s devices, multiple expansion cards, and crossfire or SLI functionality.

Memory

With our increased budget we selected 16GB of RAM. The parametric filter finds the best price on 16GB kits of memory that are within AMD’s recommended specifications from DDR4-2800 to DDR4-3400. At the current time, using memory rated over 3400mhz is not advised without doing extra research as DIMM support can be hit or miss. AMD is working on releasing additional BIOS updates to add better compatibility for higher frequency memory.

Storage

Using the parametric filters this build will incorporate an SSD with at least 500GB of space and a minimum 3TB of mechanical storage at 7200rpm.

GPU

On a budget of roughly 1250 dollars we decided to go with an excellent graphic card. The Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 is one of the single best cards on the market right now. At 1080p or even 1440p you will not have any problems with AAA games and the 1080 is perfectly suited for VR gaming as well. When using an RTX 2070 you should consider stepping up your monitor to a 120/144hz screen for the best gaming experience.

Case

All of our components are housed in the NZXT H500 case. This case has a nice black finish, a large tempered glass side panel window, power supply shroud, room for enthusiast CPU coolers, watercooling radiators, two pre-installed case fans, and front panel USB3.0.

PSU

For our power supply, we're using a parametric selection of well-reviewed fully and semi-modular units, all of which are 80+ Gold certified and provide more than enough power for this system while at stock clocks or overclocking.

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Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 336W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $199.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $199.99 Amazon Buy
CPU Cooler $69.89 FREE $69.89 Walmart Buy
Motherboard
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Chipset: AMD X470
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
$129.15 FREE $129.15 OutletPC Buy
Memory
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2800, DDR4-2933, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200, DDR4-3300, DDR4-3400
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
  • Heat Spreader: Yes
$84.99 $0.99 $85.98 Newegg Business Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 500 GB - 12000 GB
  • Type: SSD
$57.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $57.99 Amazon Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 3000 GB - 10000 GB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$55.45 FREE $55.45 Amazon Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce RTX 2070
$529.99 -$52.99 FREE $477.00 Newegg Buy
+ 10% off w/ promo code EMCTVUY24, limited offer
Case $69.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $69.99 Amazon Buy
Power Supply $79.99 -$20.00 FREE $59.99 B&H Buy
$20.00 mail-in rebate
Base Total: $1277.43
Promo Discounts: -$52.99
Mail-in Rebates: -$20.00
Shipping: $0.99
Total: $1205.43
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* Some physical dimension restrictions cannot (yet) be automatically checked, such as cpu cooler / RAM clearance with modules using tall heat spreaders.

Comments Sorted by:

Synchro 2 Builds 5 points 2 months ago

I'm actually considering a 2070 because I hate myself. But I REALLY shouldn't

Paul.Ashioya 1 point 2 months ago

same

rogdog56 1 point 2 months ago

RX 3080 might have same performance without useless RTX so wait

rogdog56 4 points 9 days ago

Oh boy, I love when people downvote me just because I mentioned the alternative of AMD. If you love your Nvidia cards so much that you can't handle that there could be a better option, don't go down to a comment section to discuss it.

FireStorm888 1 point 1 month ago

If the leaks are true

rogdog56 2 points 1 month ago

Yes, I'm pretty sure about the CPU core increase, but not so sure about the GPUs.

FireStorm888 1 point 1 month ago

Yeah but we'll all find out more about both the CPU and GPU at CES soon. Just because they almost absolutely will tease them, and possibly realease the 3000 series CPUs.

powderedonutsale 2 points 1 month ago

Never say definitely.

rogdog56 1 point 1 month ago

Yes

Haitispaceagency 1 point 1 month ago

I bought one for the same exact reason. Has worked out reallt well so far.

NKB007 3 points 2 months ago

Hey everyone, I am building this with all the parts above except using a different SSD. I will report back if anyone is interested. Components arrive in a few days.

Lying 3 points 2 months ago

I also want to build this as my 1st PC but i dont want to cheap out on the SSD & or other important components. Let me know how it turns out

NKB007 2 points 1 month ago

I posted a mini-update above :) This is my first PC as well so I am still learning but everything seems to work great. Only component I changed was the RAM but they are extremely similar products.

Spookymcslave 2 points 2 months ago

cool, keep us updated

NKB007 1 point 1 month ago

Updated as reply to original :)

brian94 2 points 2 months ago

How is the computer running? I'm thinking about building the same one. Would you recommend it?

NKB007 2 points 1 month ago

I absolutely recommend it for the price above. Mine was a little bit more but just due to poor timing on sales lol. I posted mini-update above.

RCRCMVP 2 points 2 months ago

hows it coming? everything seem pretty good?

NKB007 1 point 1 month ago

Works great, I posted mini-update above.

NKB007 2 points 1 month ago

Hey guys, sorry for late update but wanted to test run it for a little bit. Had it together for about two weeks now and everything runs perfectly. I have ran multiple games on Ultra Settings at over 100fps 144Hz. I monitor GPU Usage and it hasn't gone above 40% or 55 degrees and I see no throttling. I don't have the benchmarks on me currently, as I am updating from Work, but can post later if people want them. Overall, it looks beautiful in the case and the X470 is highly recommended. The only issue is that some in-game cheat detection software thinks the MOBO customization (Aorus RGB) is a cheat software. All you have to do is kill the software in Task Manager and it runs fine.

Ronan29 1 point 18 days ago

Hey, I was thinking of building this one and I don't really understand why you would need two storage things. I just don't understand why you would need two instead of just one for cheaper.

larvinminn 1 point 18 days ago

This is a gaming rig. Most games nowadays take u[ over 60 gigabytes of storage, and if you only use an SSD, then you won't have enough room for 3 games and windows. If you only use a hard drive, then windows will boot and run slow. It's recommended to use the hard drive for games and the SSD for windows, so you only need a 200ish gigabyte SSD to run windows, if you want to save some money.

TrueNordHero 2 points 2 months ago

will all of these parts fit in without any problems?

PCGURU27 2 points 2 months ago

yes

Mr.SavageX 2 points 1 month ago

Is the windows 10 operating system important?

mtj3 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Yes, you need an OS to have a working computer, and for these parts to work properly, you need Windows 10 (or possibly some version of Linux, but you would have to ask someone else about that.) You will be missing drivers if you use the current gen parts with Windows 7/8. The good news is that you can still upgrade from 7/8 to 10 for free, even though that promotion was officially retired 2 years ago, if you own a genuine, registered copy of Windows (google "Windows 10 free upgrade").

Ryzenbuild2018 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Ryzen 2600x with rtx 2070 for $1686. A really good valued set up. Mine is similar but Ryzen 2700x with Msi rtx 2070 game z for $1972. Was gonna go with Ryzen 2600 originally, but couldn't resist 2700x at $345 cad from Black Friday.

Gaggy 1 point 2 months ago

Getting similar setup for around $2000 in Aus. R7 2770x (approx AU $380 ) and EVGA rtx 2070

femmy 1 point 2 months ago

any other reliable motherboard i could use with ryzen? the reviews are pretty scary.

ScottieWP09 3 points 2 months ago

Asus X470-Pro. More expensive but outstanding reviews.

femmy 1 point 2 months ago

ah, i went with an x470 before i got your response, but thank you!

FireStorm888 1 point 1 month ago

If your using only one card you could get away with a B450 board just make sure to do some research online and look at the reviews all around. That way you know what your going to get and what features it comes with.

Kiangamer 1 point 2 months ago

I dont think you should buy the cheapest ssd. The cheaper ones are slower and die quicker. I would suggest a samsung evo 860 1tb for about €130,- or a samsung evo 970 500gb for €120,-. I prefer the samsung evo 970 because its one of the best m.2 ssd

MicarHaus 1 point 2 months ago

I am waiting till ryzen 3 series, personally I would go with a deep cool aio and a phanteks p300

ASenileAsianMan 1 point 2 months ago

If ryzen 3 is as good as it sounds, it will be much worth it to buy

tworock770 1 point 2 months ago

Will the rgb fans even show color in the pc?? The front intake is on the back, and it seems like the radiator and front panel will pretty much block the lighting

mabramson97 1 point 2 months ago

Built this exact PC with a different SSD. Everything fit well. Seems to be working so far, these 2070's have mediocre reviews because they have a tendency to DIE on people, but I'm hoping for the best.

Slurth 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Tbh I'd go for a 2700 just for those extra cores

Volhaiksong 1 point 1 month ago

Serious question here, isn't the psu a bit overkill? (I heard its bad to go way overkill)

jimito09 1 point 1 month ago

High Psu is not overkill .the system uses w/e needs. Now if you go low, well you will overkill (destroy) your system.

FireStorm888 1 point 1 month ago

You could probably save about $20 to $30 by getting a 550 or 600 watt power supply since you most likey will not need that much power, and the estimated consumption is only 340 watts. Even overclocked you could get away, though that doesn't mean you should buy a really cheap psu from a offbrand company, or a low watt power supply that is a couple watts above. Check out JayzTwoCents videos about it along with LinusTechTips videos too. It might be a bit old but over the years the things have gotten more power efficient, and you should still check it out regardless.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LiWThqgFfI4 - JayzTwoCents https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFx26E_DBUY - LinusTechTips https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXku-gsdyok - JayzTwoCents

eijmert 1 point 1 month ago

hi this is the first pc im gonna build, at this moment i have a gtx 650 (yes lol) and my pc can bearly run Ark survival evolved on 30-60 fps, with allot of frame drops. would this be a good pc? or can i better pick some better stuff? gtx 2070 sounds right

angrylzrd 1 point 1 month ago

Where are you mounting the WC radiators in this case?

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

The rad mounts to the front of the case

angrylzrd 1 point 1 month ago

Thanks. I ended up going with the Cooler Master H500P Mesh case for my build.

HatOfTarzan 1 point 1 month ago

Is there anything missing here from a complete setup other than the monitor, mouse, keyboard, etc?

presidenchill 1 point 11 days ago

Youre making me rethink running stock or overclocking since you came close to price of mine https://pcpartpicker.com/guide/ppkcCJ/1200-gaming-amd-mid-range-budget-build-newegg

TheOaklander 1 point 10 days ago

Any reason we need the Cooler? i just built: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/6XnPTB and then saw this and am wondering if i need to get a cooler.

Chareras1985 1 point 8 days ago

Hey everyone. I’m switching from consol to PC. Also gonna use PC for work and general use. This is gonna be my first build. Is this build for upgrading down the road and will it support 1080p/4K?

eesti 1 point 5 days ago

It does 1080p 144hz, and can do 4k better than the Xbox One X

OkayPenguin 0 points 24 days ago

I'm not really an AMD guy. I prefer Intel because its what I had since the beginning.

eesti 1 point 17 days ago

there's a build guide for you

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Reason:
Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
AMD - Ryzen 5 2600X 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor 11W - 95W
Cooler Master - MasterLiquid ML240L RGB 66.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler 10W - 15W
G.Skill - Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2800 Memory 11W - 11W
Drevo - X1 Pro 512 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Hitachi - Ultrastar 7K3000 3 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Gigabyte - GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB GAMING 8G Video Card 46W - 185W
Total: 84W - 336W