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Build Guide

Magnificent AMD Gaming/Streaming Build

by ThoughtA



The Ryzen 7 2700X is an octa-core processor that utilizes AMD SMT technology for a total of sixteen threads. This CPU is the top model of the new, 2nd-generation Ryzen processors.


To take fuller advantage of the overclockability, we are including the Corsair H100i PRO liquid cooler.


We're using a parametric filter for X470 ATX motherboards. Our compatibility and pricing engines will automatically select the best-priced motherboard that is compatible with the rest of the build.


For memory, we're filtering for the best-priced 2x16GB or 4x8GB kit of DDR4 RAM with a heatsink. We've limited it to DDR4-2800 and faster speeds, as Ryzen CPUs scale well with higher frequency memory.


We're also using a parametric filter that will actively select the best-priced SSD of at least 1TB capacity. Additionally, we're including a 3TB mechanical hard drive in a parametric filter for things like storing media and extra games. Everyone's storage needs differs, so feel free to change the capacity to your heart's desire.


Our GPU is Nvidia's new GeForce RTX 2080. This is currently one of the fastest single GPU video cards in the market - you may want to look into a 120-144Hz and/or 2560x1440 resolution monitor for this bad boy. The parametric filter is set for the best-priced RTX 2080 available, but feel free to click the "From parametric filter" link to browse our listing of RTX 2080. For those interested in VR, the RTX 2080 will have no problem playing any and and all applications currently on the market. In addition, the new RTX cards feature special ray tracing cores that will hopefully see use in future games.

For streaming, the newly-updated NVENC encoding will offload the task to the GPU with a minimal performance hit using OBS (Open Broadcaster Software) while providing image quality similar to or better than x264 Fast quality.

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.


The selected case is the white NZXT H500i. The H500i includes a tempered glass window, 2x RGB LED strips, and a "CAM-powered Smart Device" for controlling the strips and other RGB lighting if you wish. It also features 2x front panel USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, a PSU shroud, and a number of cable management holes and tie-offs to help your build look cleaner. It can also fit full-sized video cards.

Cases tend to be highly personal choices, so make sure you browse our listed cases to see what suits you. If you happen to want a different color version of hte H500i, there are multiple variations available.


Powering the build is a sparse selection of some of the most well-reviewed PSUs available - all without breaking the bank. All of them are certified 80+ Gold and fully-modular.

Intel Version

Here is the Intel version of our Magnificent Gaming Guide.

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Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 394W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $283.79 FREE $283.79 Amazon Buy
CPU Cooler $109.99 -$20.00 FREE $89.99 Newegg Buy
$20.00 mail-in rebate
From parametric filter
  • Color: Black, Black / Gray, Black / Silver, Black / White, Silver, Silver / Black, White
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Chipset: AMD X470
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
$131.65 FREE $131.65 OutletPC Buy
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2800, DDR4-2933, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 32GB (2x16GB), 32GB (4x8GB)
  • Heat Spreader: Yes
  • Color: Black, Black/Gray, Black/Silver, Black/White, White, White/Gray, White/Silver
$189.99 $0.99 $190.98 Newegg Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 960 GB - 10000 GB
  • Type: SSD
$94.99 FREE $94.99 Newegg Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 3000 GB - 10000 GB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$54.15 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $54.15 Amazon Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce RTX 2080
  • Length: 224 mm - 403 mm
$699.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $699.99 Amazon Buy
Case $99.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $99.99 Amazon Buy
Power Supply $114.89 -$20.00 FREE $94.89 OutletPC Buy
$20.00 mail-in rebate
Base Total: $1779.43
Mail-in Rebates: -$40.00
Shipping: $0.99
Total: $1740.42
* Using your selected merchants and only including nearby in-store pickup prices)
* Some physical dimension restrictions cannot (yet) be automatically checked, such as cpu cooler / RAM clearance with modules using tall heat spreaders.

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CookieMonzter 1 point 29 days ago

To take fuller advantage of the overclockibility.

Is fuller a word?

ThoughtA staff submitter 3 points 29 days ago

I've just looked into it, and it looks like it is, yes. As best I can tell, both "fuller" and "more full" are acceptable options, but "fuller" is much more common in books.

Prrin 1 point 29 days ago

Y u be so much better at part picking than me... It makes me feel bad

ImApparentlyHuman 1 point 10 days ago

Woah woah woah woah how long have you been building?

Prrin 2 points 7 days ago

Not that long xD

Artun 1 point 27 days ago

what about the software

ambushxxvi 1 point 25 days ago

Never been much for overclocking, and the AMD build is a little closer to the price point that I was looking for. Am I giving up much by going this way over the Intel build?

eesti 1 point 20 days ago

You lose a bit of single-threaded CPU speed, but it runs cooler

meepodota 1 point 19 days ago

How come you went with the 750 W PS if the build requires 400 to run? Wouldn't 550-650 be enough w/ power to spare?

eesti 1 point 18 days ago

I personally think 650 is enough, but I think they went 750 as PSUs get less powerful over time

ExistanceVIP 1 point 14 days ago

also keeping the % usage lower on your psu can reduce noise because fans don't have to ramp as hard. Many silverstone (along with some others) power supplies don't even turn on their fan until they are above 30% usage.

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 18 days ago

I'm inclined to agree. Next iteration, so long as the power requirements don't go up, I'll look into switching to 650W units.

Friendly-Fire 1 point 3 days ago

For a difference of a few dollars, 750W is definitely worth it. Your PSU will only draw the # of watts your hardware requires. If you should ever upgrade something, like going to the next gen video card, you have that option, due to power available. Personally I'd go higher, 850W or even 1000W, in case I decide to add a second video card. Afterall, 8k is coming... :o)

Leoplate25 1 point 18 days ago

Hi! I have a Bitfenix Whisper M 750w. Will it be enough using it with a 9900k? I already have an Evga 1070 ti, 2x 3000mhz Corsair Vengeance White Led, 2x Samsung SSD, a Corsair H100i v2, 3x TT Riing White Led 120mm fans. How much power will my system draw? Thanks in advance!!!

pwnagenerd13 1 point 15 days ago

Hi, I'm new to PC building! Been playing on a laptop for the entirety of my gaming career, and want to make the switch now. I wanted to know whether the parts you've included come with the necessary hardware to put everything together, such as mounting screws, cables, thermal paste, etc. or whether it's understood those will need to be bought separately. Otherwise I'm really excited to get started! Thanks!

Brion_Sundae 1 point 14 days ago

All the screws/cables you need are included with the parts.

gerg87 1 point 8 days ago

This looks like the first build for the "Magnificent" that's using 32 gigs of RAM - is there a reason for that? I was under the impression that unless you're doing application heavy work that 16 should be just fine for gaming.

Prrin 1 point 7 days ago

It can be nice to have extra ram(more ram is never a bad thing) also, for streaming, having extra ram is helpful as it won't all be going into gaming (and this is a streaming pc). Additionally, this is "Magnificent" and 32 gigs does seem to be at least somewhat magnificent

Friendly-Fire 1 point 3 days ago

Not sure why you would pick a 3TB HDD. They are known to be one of the the worst as far as reliability. For $10 more I'd go with a 4TB. I jumped from 1TB to 4TB a couple years ago after reading a BackBlaze Blog on their HDD reliability. 3TB's were some of the worst drives they have ever installed in their systems, regardless of manufacturer.

And an NVMe M.2 SSD would make more sense. If you can afford a 2080, a 1TB NVMe should fit your budget.

fr0d 1 point 4 hours ago

Will this be able to stream 720p @60 while gaming? Will a capture card be needed?

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ThoughtA staff submitter 2 points 27 days ago

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Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
AMD - Ryzen 7 2700X 3.7 GHz 8-Core Processor 13W - 105W
Corsair - H100i PRO 75 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler 10W - 15W
G.Skill - Trident Z RGB 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory 29W
ADATA - Ultimate SU650 960 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Hitachi - Deskstar 3 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Gigabyte - GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB WINDFORCE Video Card 53W - 215W
Total: 394W