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Magnificent AMD Gaming Build

by ThoughtA

NOTE: A more recent version of this guide is available here.

Description

CPU and Cooler

The Ryzen 7 2700 is an octo-core processor that utilizes AMD SMT technology for a total of sixteen threads. This CPU is one of the top models of the new, 2nd-generation Ryzen processors. It is overclockable, and to take fuller advantage of that, we are including the new be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4.

Motherboard

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.

Memory

For memory, we're filtering for the best-priced 2x8GB kit of DDR4 RAM with a heatsink. We've limited it to DDR4-2800 to DDR4-3200 as Ryzen CPUs scale well with higher frequency memory.

Storage

We're also using a parametric filter that will actively select the best-priced SSD of roughly 500GB 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.

GPU

Our GPU is the very popular GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. 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 1080 Ti available, but feel free to click the "From parametric filter" link to browse our listing of 1080s Tis. For those interested in VR, the GTX 1080 Ti will have no problem playing any and and all applications currently on the market.

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

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: 366W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $259.00 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $259.00 Amazon Buy
CPU Cooler $82.89 FREE $82.89 OutletPC Buy
Motherboard
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Chipset: AMD X470
$144.89 -$30.00 FREE $114.89 OutletPC Buy
$30.00 mail-in rebate
Memory
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2800, DDR4-2933, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
  • Heat Spreader: Yes
  • Color: Black, Black/Gray, Black/Silver, Black/White, White, White/Gray, White/Silver
$107.99 $0.99 $108.98 Newegg Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 500 GB - 10000 GB
  • Type: SSD
$63.99 FREE $63.99 Newegg Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 3000 GB - 10000 GB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$61.20 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $61.20 Amazon Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
  • Length: 224 mm - 403 mm
$749.99 $4.99 $754.98 Newegg Buy
Case $93.99 $9.99 $103.98 Newegg Buy
Power Supply $103.10 -$20.00 FREE $83.10 OutletPC Buy
$20.00 mail-in rebate
Base Total: $1667.04
Mail-in Rebates: -$50.00
Shipping: $15.97
Total: $1633.01
* 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.

Comments Sorted by:

Lobsterareawesome 7 Builds 3 points 7 months ago

Hey :D what about adding the Seasonic Focus + line up into te parametric filtering? fully modular and not too expensive

Tomidius 2 points 4 months ago

I just purchased all of these parts and got them installed. I did get the Aoros 470x gaming 5 which is the only thing different. Same brand just a little more bells and whistles. The motherboard doesn’t seem to be finding either one of my hard drives or windows install isn’t finding them to install to I have down loaded the mb disc and all the raid drivers form aoros support and havnt had them found yet. What can I do? I wanna get this running. Thanks !

pcp1989 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

hey man did you get your mobo/drives sorted out yet?

PierreVisconti 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

The 1800x costs $240 and when paired with an x370 motherboard will be significantly cheaper and more powerful than a 2700 with an x470 motherboard.

pcp1989 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

i would not get that motherboard though, its not a very good board at all especially for overclocking a ryzen 2nd gen processor. also at that price point you might as well get the evga supernova g3 80+ gold certified psu. last i looked the 550/650 watt versions were going for 69.99. prolly get the 750w for 79.99 which isnt bad considering its fully modular and evga's newest model. last thing is the cpu cooler, at 84.99 i'd go ahead and look into getting a liquid aio. personally picked up the corsair h100i v2 liquid aio on sale for 95.99 on sale at best buy (normally priced around $105-$110usd) about two months ago and it's great. it keeps my ryzen 5 1600 nice and cool around 65-68 celcius at full load under prime95 with a 3.9ghz overclock usining approximately 1.39volts. idk how the be quiet air cooler performs but it could be worth looking into your options before buying it though, 85 dollars is alot of money. good luck on your builds.

update: also the ryzen 7 1700 is priced around 200 dollars which is 80 dollars cheaper then the 2nd gen r7 2700 and they're not that much different then each other. think the 2700 overclocks maybe 100-200ghz faster then the r7 1700 and that depends how lucky you are in the silicon lottery. you could get a chip that only oc's to 4.0 which is basically what the r7 1700 does so you could get the r7 1700 and use the other 70-80 dollars to get a better motherboard.

HiroNewf 1 point 3 months ago

why not more ram? I mean I know it is not needed but I would personally do this build with 32gb of ram. But I guess for most people it is not necessary. I would also change that Motherboard. And maybe go to a fully modular power supply. But of course this would all cost more money.

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ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 5 months ago

Whoop, brief snag. Fixed, thanks!

Reason:
Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
AMD - Ryzen 7 2700 3.2 GHz 8-Core Processor 8W - 65W
be quiet! - Dark Rock Pro 4 50.5 CFM CPU Cooler 5W - 10W
Team - Vulcan 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2800 Memory 11W - 11W
Mushkin - Source 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Hitachi - Ultrastar 7K3000 3 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11 GB Turbo Video Card 62W - 250W
Total: 92W - 366W