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Great AMD Gaming Build

by ThoughtA

Description

CPU

At this budget, we're using the AMD Ryzen 5 2600. The R5 2600 includes a stock cooler, so a 3rd-party cooler isn't necessary. Since we aren't overclocking our CPU, the stock cooler will be sufficient in keeping temperatures acceptable.

Note: If you'd prefer to consider a similar build, but instead using an Intel processor, be sure to check out our Great Intel Gaming Build Guide.

Motherboard

We're using a parametric filter to constantly select the best-priced motherboard while meeting selected criteria. In this case, we are filtering for ATX B450 chipsets and up to 4 DDR4 DIMM slots for future expansion. The compatibility engine will filter out anything not compatible with the build, and it will automatically update with the best priced option as prices change.

Memory

For our memory, the parametric filter finds the best price on 16GB kits of memory that are within AMD’s recommended specifications. We've limited it to DDR4-3000 and faster speeds, as Ryzen CPUs scale well with higher frequency memory.

Storage

We're use parametric filters to incorporate an SSD with at least 1TB of space. We have also added a parametric filter for a 2TB mechanical drive for mass storage, such as extra games and videos. Everyone's storage needs differs, so feel free to add or remove capacity to your heart's desire.

GPU

For our GPU, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Ti is one of the best price for performance cards on the market and an absolute powerhouse. The GTX 1070 Ti will provide a consistent 60fps on many demanding games like PUBG) at Ultra at 1080p, and even 1440p for some games like Shadow of War. It'll also handle Fortnite with zero issues. For those interested in VR, the GTX 1070 Ti will have no problem playing any and and all applications currently on the market.

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.

Case

All of our parts are on display in the Fractal Design Meshify C TG. This tempered glass-sporting case has a unique take on mesh fronts. The mesh is bent into a variety of angles that give a cool effect, both looking at it straight on and at various angles in differing lighting.

The Meshify C TG features 2x front panel USB 3.0 ports, and it has a PSU shroud and cable management holes and tie-offs to help your build look cleaner. It can also fit full-sized video cards.

PSU

For our power supply, we're using a parametric selection of well-reviewed semi or fully modular units, all of which are 80+ Gold certified or above and can provide plenty of power for this build.

Intel Version

Here is the Intel version of our Great Gaming Guide.

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Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 289W
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Motherboard
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  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Chipset: AMD B450
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
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Memory
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  • Speed: DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200, DDR4-3300, DDR4-3333
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
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Storage
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  • Capacity: 960 GB - 15360 GB
  • Type: SSD
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  • Capacity: 2000 GB - 15360 GB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$54.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $54.99 Amazon Buy
Video Card
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  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1070 Ti
  • Length: 223 mm - 403 mm
$379.99 FREE $379.99 Newegg Buy
Case $93.83 $11.99 $105.82 Newegg Buy
Power Supply $79.97 -$20.00 FREE $59.97 Newegg Buy
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Comments Sorted by:

illumlol 9 points 3 months ago

Will this machine be able to handle 1440, 144 hz gaming?

KENZY9 2 points 3 months ago

I want to know if it will handle 1080p 144hz big world shooters?

kernerstyle 3 points 2 months ago

Yes

KENZY9 2 points 2 months ago

Perhaps to both?

connor333 1 point 1 month ago

you'll need a freesync/gsync monitor as frame rate will fluctuate and has more lows with ryzen cpu's

rogdog56 2 points 2 months ago

Yes, easily

Imlerich 2 points 1 month ago

Yes it will handle 1440p. For example a very similar build gives 68 avg fps in Far cry 5 on ultra and 1440p. You can check this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfEBTKiqjYk

kernerstyle 2 points 2 months ago

Yes

KENZY9 3 points 2 months ago

Yes

kernerstyle 2 points 2 months ago

Perhaps

rogdog56 1 point 2 months ago

It won't be able to push 144hz all the way on ultra but it should be around 100 fps and you can always lower settings and upgrade in the future. And you can OC the 1070 ti past a 1080

Nalyd1369 0 points 26 days ago

I doubt it, but it could do 1080p 144hz

CastionsdiStrada 3 points 2 months ago

Does the Motherboard have wifi support built in? If not, is there another board that would work with the other components listed?

TiagoLambie 3 points 1 month ago

Does this motherboard have a wireless wifi connection?

QuicksilverPyro 2 points 2 months ago

Should I add additional intake fans to the case??

galacticPerson 1 point 2 months ago

You will be fine with the 2 installed case fans. If you want more cold air in your case, move the exhaust fan in the back to the front.

iBubblegoose 2 points 2 months ago

How would this build work if I used the Fractal Focus G instead of the Fractal Meshify C? Would everything fit okay? Which has a better airflow?

besho45689 1 point 3 months ago

Anyone know how good this build will be? Switch to Ryzen 1700x? Do I need to buy fans? Do you recommend I build this will be my first build

HyperNA 1 point 3 months ago

Fans are included in the case and if you buy the Ryzen 5 2600, The wraith CPU cooler is included as well. I wouldn’t really recommend upgrading to the Ryzen 7 1700x because the 2600 has better single and multi-core performance (not by an insane amount but still), and a negligible amount of games can even utilize the extra 2 cores on the 1700x. Also the 1700x doesn’t come with a cooler unlike the 2600 so with the price already exceeding the 2600, it’s not worth it. Simply put the Ryzen 5 2600 is stupidly good for the price, and that’s why it shows up in so many mid-tier builds.

besho45689 1 point 3 months ago

Ok I know you probably havent built this exact build but do you recommend changing anything.. when should i order the parts like on black friday or cyber monday or just now

kernerstyle 2 points 2 months ago

NZXT H500i case is stellar.. Ryzen 2600x CPU... Asrock x470 mobo for additional overclocking functionality for a slight price bump.

nhunzaker 1 point 2 months ago

I went with these changes, super happy with them.

besho45689 1 point 3 months ago

Also what would be a good monior at a good price that suits this builds performance not too expensive tho

HyperNA 1 point 2 months ago

The build is pretty solid, I did change some stuff like the case because of my personal preference and the GPU (to a regular 1070) just because of my budget, otherwise this is a really good build. I would recommend buying your parts now if you haven’t already, I have started since last Monday and have caught some very good deals before they were gone so make sure you look out!

kernerstyle 1 point 2 months ago

Just built with slight modifications. The 2600x is $179 right now and comes with the wraith spiral cooler which is keeping my temps in line. I would ensure your case has a couple extra intakes as well. Very happy with this build for under 1000

polygonFalafel 1 point 3 months ago

How loud does this guy get?

kernerstyle 1 point 2 months ago

king kongs in the trunk

QuicksilverPyro 1 point 2 months ago

really? Is there a way to quiet her down?

skyfox64 3 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Hello! Just wanted you to know, I recommended this build to my cousin for his first build. It's a good budget for a great AMD build. He's already bought half of the parts (Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales coming up this week). Also, I can't lie, Inigo Montoya won me over.

shaZam23 1 point 2 months ago

What is a good cooler to go with CPU?

QuicksilverPyro 1 point 2 months ago

It has a built-in cooler I believe

QuicksilverPyro 1 point 2 months ago

Crap, actually I have no idea, someone pls help.

rogdog56 1 point 2 months ago

It has a great cooler with it, the wraith spire, which can achieve minor overclocks, but you can get an aftermarket cooler for better performance and silence. If you wanted to add one I would recommend the be quiet dark rock 4; it's silent, works great and can cool most CPUs up to 200W TDP.

Sneezez 1 point 2 months ago

Do you think it could handle a game like rust with like 60 frames

DrModMan 1 point 2 months ago

more than 60 and prolly max settings, its a gtx 1070 ti which is really good

NewbieD 1 point 2 months ago

Hi, I'm new to PC building and was wondering if this build will work - https://pcpartpicker.com/list/hmc7gw - Not sure how many fans I need, but the case comes with fans and so does the CPU.

ARCHCULTIST_OF_THE_ELDERKOS 1 point 2 months ago

This build works. however that Lian-Li case is a little pricy if you want to save money. Also, personally, I think the Lian-Li cases are ugly and overrated, go with an NZXT H500 or H700 (just my opinion, up to you) also dont include windows in the price of the computer, for reasons I won't specify. Good luck and have fun! (If you save a little money, upgrade to an X470 board for some easy future-proofing and better OC ability)

QuicksilverPyro 1 point 2 months ago

Wait, DOES the CPU need an external cooler? and if so, what should I get???

Ahobo1 1 point 2 months ago

It does not need an aftermarket cooler if you don't plan on overclocking, or only plan on overclocking a minor amount. The Wraith Spire is one of the best stock coolers to come on a CPU.

SpencerThrone 1 point 2 months ago

This may sound like a stupid question but I'm pretty new to this, but could I change out the SSD for a smaller amount just to shave a few bucks off.

Godiga 1 point 2 months ago

Sure, I got a 500GB ssd instead.

tstammen 1 point 2 months ago

Will the GeForece GTX 1070 Ti support three monitors? If not, what's a good alternative GPU? Also, I'm a little wary of the ADATA SSD based on the reviews posted to NewEgg. Will the ASRock B450 motherboard support an M.2 SSD, specifically the Samsung 970 EVO M.2?

526christian 1 point 2 months ago

Will the GeForece GTX 1070 Ti support three monitors?

Sure, up to 4 monitors if you so wish.

Will the ASRock B450 motherboard support an M.2 SSD, specifically the Samsung 970 EVO M.2?

Sure.

zenden_blind 1 point 2 months ago

Amp extreme $379 right now. $20 more than amp edition. I will get it.

DrModMan 1 point 2 months ago

I'm definitely buying these parts for christmas, what order should i order the parts? Like what can be assembled first without the need of other parts? Also is there anyway to get windows 10 for free? Like use the trial and just get a program to remove the watermark? Also does anyone have any good video recommendations for me that show a straight through build that I can mirror?

rogdog56 1 point 2 months ago
  • You should order all the parts at once, but it's best if case, mobo, and psu arrive first as you can just add the other components on top of that
  • For windows, what I'm doing to give more money to my rig itself is that I'm going to buy a copy of windows at a later time (you can install windows and then just buy a licence from the windows store) Also, you can use a program to activate windows for free, but I'm not allowed to refer you to that on this website. It also is very unstable and can by revoked by Microsoft at any time if they detect it's a faulty version. I used to use it but because it's very temporary activations I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. If you really hate the watermark being there but you know you're going to buy Windows, but you just want it to GO AWAY, there's a way you can hide it by editing the registry which I'll let you google because I don't know if I can explicitly tell you how on this website without this comment being deleted
  • For me, Bitwit Kyle's tutorial was the most helpful, however in any build with a HDD cage in the psu shroud, insert the HDD first so you don't have to mess around with the PSU and the HDD later on.

  • I don't recommend piracy, please don't delete this reply ThoughtA or manirelli

DrModMan 1 point 2 months ago

You're right, I shouldn't have said anything about pirating windows on here, sorry guys.

Thanks for the helpful comment. I'll order the case, motherboard, and power supply first and then once I get more money I'll order the rest.

rogdog56 1 point 2 months ago

Alright, good luck!

DrModMan 1 point 2 months ago

Also one other thing, so this video if I watch it now, and then watch it when im building I'll be able to build it no probs?

Also something im worried about is what to connect to what.

rogdog56 1 point 2 months ago

He goes through it in the video. I was worried about it too but it's pretty simple, don't worry. Like the USB 2 from the front of the case you route behind the mobo tray and then there are slits under the mobo where you can connect the cable, and it should say "USB 2.0" on the mobo. Same for most of the other cables, but your motherboard manual will explain in more detail

DrModMan 1 point 2 months ago

Is there a reason why this gtx 1070 to is so much cheaper than the rest

rogdog56 1 point 2 months ago

The price has gone down over time due to new products releasing and there's still stock for it

rogdog56 1 point 2 months ago

Nice list, meshify is a great case

captz 1 point 2 months ago

Would this be powerful enough to run games like GTA V, Witcher 3, and Modded Skyrim SE with a decent framerate? Sorry for the generic question but I'm new to this

archiemattocks 1 point 2 months ago

Depends on the resolution of your monitor, will be able to if you have a 1080p or 1440p panel. If you have a 1080p panel, then it will be able to run it higher than 60fps

sir_the_mysterious_wolf 1 point 2 months ago

i have no experience with pcs and want a gaming pc will this be good

Ahobo1 2 points 2 months ago

Yes. This is an excellent build that will be good for a few years.

Mr_Tops 1 point 2 months ago

for like years ive been using a pc that can handle MAYBE 15 - 30 fps on LOW now i can actually play :) :) :)

ZA1L 1 point 2 months ago

could i build this normally, just without the cooler?

sir_the_mysterious_wolf 1 point 2 months ago

Will this be ok for a newbie to the gaming pc world and pc world in general

VladislavA 1 point 1 month ago

Can I use MSI B450 TOMAHAWK instead? Is AsRock B450 Pro4 better?

Noodles7 1 point 25 days ago

you could use the tomahawk, but it is a much higher price for performance, I would recommend the B450-A PRO if you are looking for something in the middle. It has no rgb tho.

VladislavA 1 point 1 month ago

Doesn't this build require additional fans?

wombat334 1 point 1 month ago

ok, i have a 1080 gtx 8mb card(evga), would that affect the form factor or the power supply or can i run with this for the rest of the stuff?

ShadowCloudz 1 point 1 month ago

i would personally go for a cheaper case, a 500gb ssd and no hard drive as well as a cheaper motherboard so i could afford an rtx 2070 + r5 2600x. But this build is great too.

shepcom 1 point 1 month ago

This configuration is for how many years?

jitendrad 1 point 1 month ago

Can it able to handle 4k gaming at good FPS?

Mindbuster1234 1 point 1 month ago

Trying to figure out if I should go with an AMD build or Intel for around this price. Anyone have any tips on what I should do. I remember historically Intel was more up-gradable in the future, has that changed?

EmeryV 1 point 1 month ago

Does this come with a pre-applied thermal paste, or should I buy it myself? Also all the cables are included, right?

BigJerm44 1 point 1 month ago

Would this build be sufficient for streaming as well?

jefwithonef 1 point 1 month ago

If I want to use this build for only streaming from a console could I skip the gpu and maybe beef up the build somewhere else?

Sebebi 1 point 28 days ago

No, the current cpu requires a gpu. Only go a lower tier gpu like the gtx 1060 or radeon rx 580.

RAmpunt 1 point 1 month ago

I plan to change 1070ti for 2060 and should i upgrade to msi b450 tomohawk board?

Farex 1 point 28 days ago

I don't see why not.

RAmpunt 1 point 28 days ago

Thanks

MrFlopperZ 1 point 25 days ago

is it safe to use a 600w +80 psu?

eesti 1 point 18 days ago

yes, just look at reviews from reputable sources like johnnyguru, tom's hardware, and gamers nexus

sw25481 1 point 23 days ago

Time has come to change to the RTX 2060?

This build was a perfect compromise when submitted 2 months ago but times have changed and the RTX 2060 is now substantially cheeper than the 1070ti (at least in the UK) and arguably equivalent or better in almost all benchmarks. I would argue it is time to refresh the parametric filter to include this card.

pauloverdi 1 point 14 days ago

can /should I get a RTX 2070 instead on the 1070 Ti?

eesti 1 point 13 days ago

get a 2060

tup 1 point 14 days ago

Get a 2070 for $60 more

eesti 1 point 13 days ago

or a 2060 for less

tup 1 point 13 days ago

Yeah but the 2070 out performs more in most cases so it would be better to get a 2070 and the 2060 performs worse than the 1070 ti

eesti 1 point 13 days ago

the 2060 isn't worse?

geardaddys 1 point 9 days ago

Hi all..

I'm upgrading a computer I built a few years ago with most of these parts. I did get a EGVA 1080TI used for a great price, so I'll swap that for the 1070. I have a question though about the MOBO and the above memory.. Can anyone confirm that the B450PRO4 MOBO is compatible with G.Skill Aegis DDR4-3000 memory? I went to the ASRock website, and this memory (as suggested above) is actually not listed.. I've already purchased it, so I'm hoping it will work! Link to MOBO memory compatibility chart: https://www.asrock.com/mb/AMD/B450M%20Pro4/index.asp#Memory

Thanks very much.. This is only my second build, and I hardly remember the first one!

eesti 1 point 6 days ago

it should work, DDR4 is standardized

Lyczkowski 1 point 7 days ago

can this pc build connect 2 monitors??

eesti 1 point 6 days ago

yes

BrotherRyan766 1 point 1 day ago

would a 2060 be a good switch?

DaveTheVoice 0 points 2 months ago

Awesome specs! I'm a 3D artist and I have been told over and over again that Gaming computers are the best for me. Do you agree?

rogdog56 3 points 2 months ago

Yes, any good gaming rig will be great for most 3d rendering tasks because gaming is basically just a constant 3d rendering task

archiemattocks 0 points 2 months ago

The vega 56 is a really good price at the moment and could look better in games you have a freesync monitor

turtle328 1 Build 3 points 2 months ago

What? The 1070 TI outperforms it and the cheapest Vega 56 is like $400 which is worse than $380...

What price was it at for you?

archiemattocks 2 points 1 month ago

I'm in the uk, where everything is overpriced. The Vega card is better value for money here, especially if you have a free synch monitor. You can get a strix vega 56 for the price of a zotac mini 1070ti.

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Reason:
Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor 8W - 65W
G.Skill - Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory 14W - 14W
ADATA - SU655 960 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Hitachi - Deskstar 3 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Asus - GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8 GB TURBO Video Card 45W - 180W
Total: 73W - 289W