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Build Guide

Great AMD Gaming Build

by ThoughtA


Revision History


Update: We've created a build video based on this build guide.


At this budget, we're using the AMD Ryzen 5 1600. The R5 1600 includes a good stock cooler, so a 3rd-party cooler isn't necessary.

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.


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 B350 chipsets and up to 4 DDR4 DIMM slots for future expansion. The compatibility engine will filter out anything not compatible with the build.

Memory and Storage

For this build and most machines outside of the top end enthusiast realm we opted to go with 8GB of DDR4 memory. The parametric filter finds the best price on 8GB kits of memory that are within AMD’s recommended specifications. We've limited it to DDR4-2800 and DDR4-3000 as Ryzen CPUs scale well with higher frequency memory. At the current time, using memory rated over 3000mhz 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.


We're using parametric filters to incorporate an SSD with at least 500GB of space. Everyone's storage needs differs, so feel free to add or remove capacity to your heart's desire.


In light of recent stock shortages due to the current cryptocurrency mining craze, we've updated the GPU to the more powerful Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080. It's one of the best price for performance cards on the market and an absolute powerhouse. The GTX 1080 will provide a consistent 60fps on many demanding games like Battlefield 1 at Ultra at 1080p, and even 1440p for some games like Shadow of Mordor. For those interested in VR, the GTX 1080 will have no problem playing any and and all applications currently on the market.

When video card stock and availability normalizes again, we will make sure to update our guides as appropriate to reflect the change in 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.


The build will be housed in the Cooler Master MasterBox 5 mid tower. The MasterBox 5 features 2 USB 3.0 front panel ports and has room for video cards of any length. It includes a PSU shroud to hide unsightly cables, plenty of bays for storage drives, and it has room for multiple radiators. There are also plenty of cable management holes.

If you're interested, there's also a black version of the case.


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.

Part List Customize This Part List

Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 336W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $197.65 $197.65 OutletPC Buy
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Chipset: AMD B350
$89.99 -$20.00 $3.99 $73.98 Newegg Buy
$20.00 mail-in rebate
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
$129.99 -$10.00 FREE $119.99 Newegg Buy
+ USD $10 off w/ promo code EMCRJBH34, ends 8/23
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 500GB - 10TB
  • Type: SSD
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
$144.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $144.99 Amazon Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1080
  • Length: 220mm - 403mm
$509.99 $4.99 $514.98 Newegg Buy
Case $69.99 FREE $69.99 B&H Buy
Power Supply $69.90 -$20.00 $6.99 $56.89 Newegg Buy
$20.00 mail-in rebate
Base Total: $1212.50
Promo Discounts: -$10.00
Mail-in Rebates: -$40.00
Shipping: $15.97
Total: $1178.47
* 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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aidancolbeck 7 points 1 month ago

I was thinking about using this but with an AMD gpu. For around the same performance and close to this price or maybe a little cheaper if at all possible, would this be a good idea? If so what would you recommend. I have a 144hz monitor with freesync in mind so this is why I was wondering.

ibnalfreak 4 Builds 10 points 1 month ago

Good luck finding an AMD GPU. They probably won't cost much less than the 1080, thanks to Cryptominers.

ThoughtA staff submitter 6 points 1 month ago

If you can find one in stock at a reasonable price, that's a great call.

aidancolbeck 3 points 1 month ago

Cool! Which one would you recommend?

AxiZForce 5 points 1 month ago

maybe rx 580 or 480 would be good for this

cilvre 6 Builds 5 points 1 month ago

Even a Fury X, Fury Nano, or Fury would be good, but those can be harder to find with vega on the horyzen :)

Divyang 5 points 27 days ago

hoe ryzen insert lenny face here

Agent_Blackwing 1 Build 3 points 1 month ago

Well RX Vega is a option if you really want to.

RSTArmpit 6 points 1 month ago

Vega would be great for that. Don't get the frontier edition, wait for rx vega and see what they have to offer

aidancolbeck 3 points 1 month ago

Cool. Do you know when that might come out.

goforthegusto 3 points 1 month ago

Late July/early August

Jeffs_ten_commandments 3 points 1 month ago

I'm going to build a pc in mid August but aren't Vega supposed to compete with Nvidia's Quadro Series?Like those "graphics cards"who are made for computing and what not?

Bryce_ 5 points 1 month ago

That's only the Frontier edition VEGA, that's competition against the nvidia quadro series

swimmerkyle8 1 Build 2 points 26 days ago

Wait for the mainsteam non server class Vega to come out, unless you have a heflty wallet, as first they are quite expensive, and overkill for gaming, even at ultra graphics.

AlexCh6921 6 points 1 month ago

There is no AMD gpu that matches or is similar to the power that the GTX 1080 provides other than Vega. I, would wait for their gaming line up (RX Vega) to come out near the end of July if you're really set on getting a gpu that performs similarly to a gtx 1080 and is from AMD.

jtc2793 1 point 1 month ago

It's too bad AMD cards are in such low supply. A lot of people say they notice worse performance when NVIDIA gpus are paired with AMD cpus.

AlexCh6921 6 points 1 month ago

I don't think that is true at all. Here is an article that displays benchmarks between the 7700k or R7 1800X with the GTX 1060 or RX 480.


Remendador 3 points 1 month ago

I had my R5 1600 paired with an RX 480 8GB and sold the RX because of the prices. With the money I bought a new GTX 1060 6GB and still got a change. Both were custom cards. RX 480 8GB, GTX 1060 6GB.

Answering your question: My Ryzen performs better with the 1060 than with the 480. So I think it's a misinformation.

Honkey 1 point 5 days ago

Thats the truth. i have amd build with nvida gtx 1060 and they dont pair well, im about to switch back to intel i7, i dont stream or anything anymore just pure gamiing

Suneez 4 points 14 days ago

I have had too many issues with AMD over my life. I strictly use GeForce now. its more user-friendly imho.

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Ricardo_Nixon 1 Build 4 points 1 month ago

holy ****...people can now put together a gtx 1080 build for $1.1k. I remember when you needed 1.5k to build a kickass 1080 build

waleheroix 2 points 1 month ago

ikr if i didnt need to buy my first monitor(a 144hz one at that) then i would get this build when i buy and build in a month

Vincent264 3 points 1 month ago

Does all those webshops ship to Europe? (more specific: Netherlands)

MountieXXL 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Mindfactory does, 20 - 40eur shipping, depending on the amount/size. Amazon.de has an English website on request and ships for free to Finland so I guess it shouldn't be different for the NL. Just remember they adjust the tax to match your shipping address' country when you check out, so the prices will change before buying.

MattireR 3 points 1 month ago

Extreme Noobie here, only console type of noob. I was wondering if this build would handle streaming as well.

fritt01 4 points 1 month ago

This build would handle streaming very very easily as long as you have good internet connection.

MattireR 1 point 1 month ago

Thank you!!!

sonickid15 2 points 1 month ago

It could definitely handle streaming, though the r7 1700 would have the best performance and is about 100$ more

MattireR 1 point 1 month ago

Thank you!!!

JakeyG 2 points 1 month ago

Would you also need to buy an operating system?

MattLore 7 points 1 month ago

Whenever you see $(Insert amount here) PC just add $100 to the price for the actual price of the pc build. I hate how any youtuber/ online publication tries to say its that price when they dont even include a operating system.

saq1610 7 points 1 month ago

Or just use Linux for a change eh?

ajpinton 11 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

You technically can use windows in its trail mode as long as you want and its fully functional less having a water mark and not being able to change your wallpaper. Baring that there is always Linux which is free, and several ways to get windows product keys at less than retail if you dont mind doing some legwork.

I have never had an issue with the techtubers leaving out the OS in the cost as that is really up to the user as to what they need/want.

faaaaq 1 point 21 days ago

They are probably (rightfully) assuming the person building already owns a legit copy of Windows, so they dont need to buy a new copy... If you choose to sell your previous machine with the OS intact so you can't keep it, thats your problem.

KAKA_BOOL -4 points 1 month ago

u can get one from ur nearest computer store for about $5-10, so eh.

RSTArmpit 4 points 1 month ago

It's optional. You can legally get Windows 10 for free, search up the deactivated edition. It has 99% of the features.

mgfmcfc 1 point 1 month ago


DaxMan 2 points 1 month ago

Hey, ThoughtA, I was wondering if you recommend any extra fans that are compatible with the case or anything else to help this build run great, so that I can get a realistic full price of the build.

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 1 month ago

Since the case already comes with two fans, I'd definitely recommend not buying any additional fans unless you find yourself really needing them. In most cases, the two fans will be enough.

DaxMan 1 point 1 month ago

Let's say I switch to a Corsair - SPEC-01 RED ATX Mid Tower Case and add a Master Cooler system. Would this be a good choice? I've heard of some complications with the case you recommend and it not being very 'friendly' to first time computer builders.

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 1 month ago

I'm not sure which cooler system you're referring to, but the SPEC-01 is a fine case.

DaxMan 1 point 1 month ago

Also, could you give me your professional opinion on this build that I have pieced together from separate builds. https://pcpartpicker.com/list/rT7Pqk. Thank you very much. :D

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 1 month ago

Looking good! Professional reviews on that cooler seem a little sparse, so you may wish to explore some that have more verification of performing well. I'm sure you'd be happy with this build though!

DaxMan 2 points 1 month ago

I apologize for the constant barrage of questions, but I was just wondering if you had a recommendation for a cooling system that would work good with the system I set up?

Thanks Again,

Dax <3

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 1 month ago

There are quite a few decent ones at that price point. I'd head on over to our Part List Opinions Wanted subforum to get some suggestions.

DaxMan 1 point 1 month ago

Thank you very much. I'll make sure to contact you if I have anymore questions.

LeMoise 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

Great Build! Gonna use most of this parts list to build my first PC!

Is a 512GB SSD necessary? I want to use the SSD for the OS and a HDD for storing my Steam games and other files, so 512 seems a bit much, but I notice its the suggested amount due to the parametric filter.

Also, is it worth getting the 1600x? If its easy to switch with the 1600 I'd heavily consider it.

Here is my tweaked list: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/pndfBP


InvaderGir 1 point 1 month ago

Depends on your needs, if you keep a lot of programs on your main drive, 250GB could fill up quite fast, some games also load faster from being on an SSD.

The 1600x isn't really worth it over the 1600, a slight overclock to the 1600 will match or outperform it.

brett_hacking 2 points 1 month ago

Have to say I like this build, but I feel like you're underplaying how powerful the 1080 is. It can easily play most games at 1440p MAX settings and get a stable 60+. That card is incredibly powerful

fritt01 2 points 1 month ago

It is funny that I was curious of the price difference between this build and the similar Intel build they talked about. The price is very similar (total price and CPU price) so I looked at Passmark CPU benchmarks for the Intel i5 7500 v.s. the Ryzen 5 1600. Intel's was 8K and AMDs was 12K (higher number better performance). Definitely more bang for the buck with AMD.

Nonfrustrated 1 Build 2 points 25 days ago

not sure how I feel about running a R5 1600 with a 1080, especially when youre running a stock cooler, do you think theyre be any bottlenecking?

Kitzu 1 point 19 days ago

Never. CPU is seldom the bottleneck.

staticmemes 2 points 20 days ago

So I bought everything listed for the build, and may of ran into an issue. The motherboard I bought listed was the b350 msi gaming plus, and I'm not sure (kindve new to this), that it had the right bios for the ryzen 1600. I put everything together accordingly, and nothing pops up on my monitor. Any ideas?

en3rgy22 2 points 20 days ago

I was looking at this build but I'm not sure if it's the right for me..

Would this be a little too much if I'm on a 1080p monitor? Also, I'm looking for a build that would last me for a long time with the occasional change of GPU and increase of RAM capacity.

Thanks in advance

johnrob 1 point 4 days ago

If you've got the budget for a 1080 I think go for it.

I do not, but I want a 144hz 1080p monitor. Most of this build stays the same, but I'm looking for a used 970 or a 1060 for less than $250.

I very well may need to turn settings down on modern games, but 144hz looks better to me than anti-aliasing and filtering.

On black friday I want to upgrade to a 1080ti and a 2k 144hz monitor.

reillysm 2 points 13 days ago

quick noob question, would this build be able to connect to wifi and to download windows 10 software or would i need a optical drive and wireless adapter?

Ingal 2 points 8 days ago

Its probably easier and faster to install windows from a USB drive. But installing from optical also would work, it just means you would have to own one.

Sporadicus 1 point 1 month ago

A note to people using the Gigabyte AB350 and 350M Gaming-3 motherboards: these boards do not have LED RGB connections, so you will not be able to control the color of the AMD wraith spire cooler. I haven't found a work-around for this yet.

jn310803 2 points 1 month ago

If you're talking about the RGB on the coolers, the Ryzen 5 coolers DO NOT have RGB. Only the Ryzen 5 1700's stock cooler has RGB.

GTek 7 points 1 month ago

*Ryzen 7 Sorry to be that guy who points it out.

De_Martian 1 point 1 month ago

1080 might be a little overkill for the 1600 (depending on our workload), but you could probably go for the 1070

rioot123 4 points 1 month ago

I think it's because miners are grabbing 1070s now

Haze159 -2 points 1 month ago

they are grabbing 1060s, 1070s and 1080s

saq1610 4 points 1 month ago

Not 1080s.

adventureguy 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Not GTX 1080s, GDDR5X memory messes with mining. However, because of such high prices in the mid-range, gamers are grabbing GTX 1080s which have caused a slight price bump of $50

MrDez 1 point 1 month ago

I'm new to this all but what exactly is the mining thing that's going on?

adventureguy 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

People are mining for cryptocurrency. Basically they use GPUs to solve problems and then they get a type of cryptocurrency which they can then sell for money later on. How much money you can sell on these are based on the market and exchange rates. Right now they’re super profitable and many people are currently mining and buying GPUs, raising the price.

Calico_Morgan 1 point 29 days ago

They used the 1080 for the same reason I can't get my MSI 1060 I want so bad: data miners. It sucks to be doing specific builds right now because 1060's and 1070's aren't listed anywhere and when they are, they have stupid prices.

BuildingMeAPC 1 point 15 hours ago

from what I myself have looked at, the ryzen 1600 and the 1080 what cause any bottleneck and they do say that the only reason they went for a 1080 over a 1070 was because of how stupidly expensive 1070's are because of the mining craze.

ArchiMEMEdes 1 point 1 month ago

Looking to build something very similar as this for my first build... is this case good? is it worth getting extra case fans? does the b350m listed support overclocking?

MrDez 1 point 1 month ago

According to Kyle(Bitwit) and Paul's Hardware, it does support overclocking and is good for it

ArchiMEMEdes 2 points 1 month ago

that's good to know! edging ever closer to pulling the trigger

MrDez 2 points 1 month ago

Well I should be more specific, best budget Ryzen board that can overclock sufficiently. They use this board(Currently a different one then shown above now I believe) for their Ryzen builds so it's definitely a good one

staticmemes 1 point 1 month ago

I'm looking and I found this build pretty enticing.

Building my first mid tier build, would this work well to support 2-3 monitors / 1080 fps and just like standard games such as CSGO and whatnot?

80-wattHamster 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

This is considerably above mid-tier; it's using the second-fastest consumer-focused GPU ever produced. It'll drive three monitors easily, and throw more FPS from CSGO than most monitors have refresh rate.

SuperMagicalRainbow 1 point 1 month ago

Is there anything else I need to buy to be able to do this build like Wifi adapters or an Operating system?

80-wattHamster 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

Yes; if you want Wi-fi, you'll need an adapter, as well as an OS. Look further up the comments for discussion on OS choice.

MrDez 1 point 1 month ago

I'm still wondering the same

theeedragonsi 1 point 1 month ago

This Build can run 64 bit OS right?

InvaderGir 1 point 1 month ago


BiteSizeGamer 1 point 1 month ago

Hey just wondering can this pc handle GTA V with modding at 60fps and 1080p

dontbejohn 1 point 1 month ago

definitely. the 1080 can do that and more even at 1440p and 4k!

iWasDjWtf 1 point 1 month ago

Will GTA V work well with this build?

InvaderGir 1 point 1 month ago

Yes, very well.

Catstronaut1 1 point 1 month ago

so what about for OS? I'm new to this kind of thing, but do you have to buy the OS? or is there a way to get it for free?

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ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 22 days ago

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ozzystapleton 1 point 1 month ago

My 1080 consistenly gives 144+fps at very high - ultra at 1080p, and I'd expect always above 60fps at 1440p ultra (on all reasonable titles, nothing like arma 3 maxed out). But good build!

zburrfoot 1 point 1 month ago

Hey ThoughtA, I was looking to do a well rounded build for gaming + streaming, thoughts on this one https://pcpartpicker.com/list/JcXhpb

InvaderGir 2 points 1 month ago

Not ThoughtA but can still give some advice.

  • The 1600x isn't really worth it over the 1600, especially if you overclock it.

  • The H55 cooler can be outperformed by cheaper air coolers like the Scythe FUMA or the Cryorig H7, the stock cooler is also sufficient enough for a light overclock.

  • You can get cheaper and faster RAM.

  • That SSD is not good, it suffers from much slower than advertised speeds and 120GB is really limiting even for just the OS and a few apps.

  • I would also go for a better quality PSU.

This is what I'd go for, cheaper and better parts.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor $199.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard MSI - B350 GAMING PLUS ATX AM4 Motherboard $94.99 @ Amazon
Memory Team - Dark 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $102.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital - Blue 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $83.69 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $39.99 @ Amazon
Video Card EVGA - GeForce GTX 1070 8GB FTW HYBRID Video Card $519.89 @ Amazon
Case Fractal Design - Focus G (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $49.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply EVGA - BQ 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $59.89 @ OutletPC
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1151.42
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-07-13 16:04 EDT-0400
johnrob 1 point 4 days ago

Why go with that ridiculous hybrid 1070? It's more expensive than a 1080 at that price point.

The FTW is a pretty card, I have a 1070 ftw, but I got it refurbed for $390. If I had $500+ I would have definitely gone with a 1080

InvaderGir 1 point 4 days ago

This post was over a month ago, prices change. Back then it was going for around $450.

johnrob 1 point 4 days ago

It's crazy to me that prices went UP on an electronic device. I do not understand the cryptocurrency thing...From every article I've read it doesn't seem like it would be very lucrative.

InvaderGir 1 point 4 days ago

Supply and Demand. It must be pretty lucritive to deplete mutiple GPU stocks completely.

dontbejohn 1 point 1 month ago

I'm thinking of building a new pc soon for 4k gaming and just regular stuff (homework, documents, youtube). Would this be a good option? The 8gb on the 1080 looks like a solid option for it, and ryzen looks like the stuff right now, so yeah. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

InvaderGir 1 point 1 month ago

The 1080 can handle 4k gaming with a few tweaked settings to reach 60fps, the CPU doesn't matter as much at 4k since most of the work is being done by the GPU.

Kezah 1 point 1 month ago

does the ryzen cpu come with a decent stock cooler?

MrDez 2 points 1 month ago

Yes it does

Fant3m 1 point 1 month ago

Will there be a video for this build?

ThoughtA staff submitter 2 points 22 days ago
mke 2 points 13 days ago

Overwatch Epic 2560x1440 134 fps If I would set epic to low, 11440 to 1080, will it b possible to reach a 200+ fps? Considering this build.

Izack123 1 point 5 days ago

Unless you have a 200+hz monitor (very new and not even worth it right now) 200 fps would really not be worth it. If you have a 144hz monitor you could probably tweak the settings just a little bit to get 144fps+ at all times. Overwatch is a very well optimized game

underallied 1 point 1 month ago

This seems like a really good build setup. I want to make my first gaming pc, and I was wondering if this pc would be good for playing games at a reliable 1080p 60fps while recording to Youtube and possibly streaming to Twitch/Youtube?

taruntj5 1 point 1 month ago

hell yeah, it will smash 1080p gaming, 60fps?, its way overkill for dat, more like 1440p 100+ in everything, just dont put games on ultra, ultra settings sucks, drain too many resources and you wot be able to notice difference between ultra and high unless you freeze and compare frame by frame.

johnrob 1 point 4 days ago

I'd expand on that by saying, sometimes it's best to set it to ultra then tweak settings to your liking.

I always turn AA and Filtering to about half of whatever "Ultra" is, I also turn of depth of field effects and anything else that fuzzes up the picture. Even a 1070 is more than enough to run 1080p 60fps.

wolverene 1 point 1 month ago

How do you download drivers and such without an optical drive? Do you just find them all online? Buying Windows is also online correct?

taruntj5 1 point 1 month ago

yes, you can get them all online.

alpoo 1 point 1 month ago

Hello I don't know if this question is permitted here, but, I am looking for my first real pc, if I understand correctly, if I get this all I will need in addition to this is the moniter? Any help or recommendations would be much appreciated. Thank you.

taruntj5 3 points 1 month ago

Keyboard, mouse and a monitor, headphones.

taruntj5 1 point 1 month ago

I have a question about this ram, I don't think this ram runs at 2800mhz on amd systems, it was made for intel systems in mind if im correct. I will only run at 2133mhz with ryzen.

mounir155 1 point 1 month ago

Excellente "AMD Ryzen" building! Is it working well for high games? like last GTA5 and others.

Izack123 1 point 5 days ago

This build will easily destroy GTA 5. You can run on 4k and probably still get a constant 60+. If you just have a 1080 monitor it will easily get 60+ fps no matter what and would even be considered a bit overkill unless you have a 144hz monitor.

staticmemes 1 point 29 days ago

The DDR4 posted in this build isn't in stock anymore. I bought everything but that and the graphics card, which is also different than the one originally posted.

What should I buy to replace the DDR4, and is this graphics card better than the ASUS one previously posted? ~Thanks!

InvaderGir 2 points 27 days ago

Any DDR4 kit should work just fine with the right bios updates.

They use a Parametric filter which selects the cheapest item withing the selected specs so the GPU you're seeing is the cheapest one available. Any non blower style card will work fine.

SpaceEnthusiast 1 point 28 days ago

Hello ThoughtA, I was wondering on getting your opinion on my part list. I plan on getting the parts once the rx 580's are in stock at a reasonable price. Are there any problems with the compatibility that pcpartpicker didn't pick up? I tried reducing the price as much as possible. Thanks in advance, SpaceEnthusiast. Oops, forgot the link https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/b/rshypg

Madman595 1 point 28 days ago

Only thing I would change is to swap out Motherboard for one that has WLAN.

TheLepatus 1 point 28 days ago

Let’s say that i have Bose QC 35. If i build this PC could i connect it to my headphones? Does the motherboard/or any; support bluetooth? Ps. I’m new at building PCs and don’t have perfect english yet :P

InvaderGir 2 points 27 days ago

This motherboard does not have Bluetooth built in so you cannot connect the QC35 wirelessly, it does have 3.5mm jacks at the back though.

If you want bluetooth you'll need to buy an adapter, you can get them as cheap as $8.

jmajeremy 1 Build 1 point 27 days ago

Generally nice idea. Unfortunately where I live GTX 1080s are still selling for around $900 so I think for now I'll just use a cheaper GTX 1060, and maybe upgrade whenever Nvidia next releases a new generation of GPUs...

saw-tech 1 point 26 days ago

Can this run Arma 3 (singleplayer and multiplayer) at any graphics setting while getting 30+ frames?

iiNNeX 1 point 15 days ago

Easily, depends on Resolution though. You ll be fine on 1080p with 60+fps on Ultra. On 1440p you might have to disable AA to achieve 60fps, but definitely over 30.

saw-tech 1 point 10 days ago


saw-tech 1 point 26 days ago

What does the SSD mean when it says: "Capacity: 500GB - 10TB"? I don't understand how it can have different capacities and I doubt it can go up to 10TB of SSD.

BuildingMeAPC 1 point 15 hours ago

The "Capacity: 500GB-10TB" means that the filter used searches from 500GB minimum amount of storage to a maximum of 10TB.

PixelWastelander 1 point 26 days ago

Hi, I'm pretty new to the PC world, but I'm ready to get into it. I've seen a lot about Player Unknown's Battlegrounds, and I've heard that it's very demanding. Would this build be able to run PUBG at higher settings? Thanks for the help.

domdoran 1 point 25 days ago

Indeed it will. This is similar to my build (although I have a 1080 ti), and I get ~100 fps on average @ 1440p. If you're going 1080p, it'll be that much better.

jbanz55 1 point 25 days ago

ok, this honestly isn't about the PC but i love looking through all the comments even though i have no partly no idea what they mean, i'd love to learn about all of this.

iiNNeX 1 point 15 days ago

PC Hardware is an addiction buddy :)

GageGoesGravy 1 point 25 days ago

Right now i play on a laptop from like 2013 and get 60 fps in csgo with low settings. i dont really know much about pc parts and ive been a console player my whole life. the $1000 for a pc is a lot to me for just a gaming platform. could this run arma 3, rust, mmo's and survival games well? these types of games take a lot to run. All i see online is people with these crazy expensive pc's and i just dont really know the price range well at all; like does $1000 get me 80 fps on a game compared to $4000 gets me 200 fps. if im spending this much money on a gaming pc, it makes me feel better knowing what im getting from it. any links or videos that could help me get a better understanding of this?

LOLREKT1337 1 point 24 days ago

IThis pc build is great the best gaming graphics cards are the 1080ti and the 1080.This one has a 1080 which is a very powerful graphics card.The cpu is great too you will be able to stream while playing which means that arma will run good cause its a more cpu demanding game.Rust will run no problem at this probably at max settings with more than 60fps.For arma I want to tell you that it depends on the servers a lot and just as a hole the game is not very well optimized.But this pc will run every game at max settings on 1080/1440p with well above 60fps and is capable to run games at 4k too.

GageGoesGravy 1 point 24 days ago

alright thank you for the tips

murauskas101 1 point 23 days ago

Does PC include a cd drive?

saw-tech 1 point 23 days ago

(also known as an optical drive) No, and this case doesn't have a space for one.

murauskas101 1 point 22 days ago

Thank you for letting me know

briantbates 1 point 19 days ago

Does anyone know of any downsides of replacing the MasterBox case with a NZXT S340 case? Thanks!

tragiktimes101 1 point 17 days ago

I would rather see a m.2 NVMe ssd, 3000mhz RAM, and a 370 chipset, but not bad.

iiNNeX 2 points 15 days ago

I would downgrade the 1080 to a 1070 and add the above as you suggested.

Cade77 1 point 16 days ago

What would be the performance difference getting either a Windows 10 or Windows 7? Can a Windows 7 run the same games as a Windows 10?

iiNNeX 2 points 15 days ago

W7 is old, do not get it anymore. It is also out of support and does not "properly" support DX12 titles. W10 Pro is the way to go, you can get it cheap from many Key websites around, google it :)

thegreatthane 1 point 16 days ago

the MasterBox 5 is on back order until the middle of august, does anyone have any good recommendations for something with comparable price / cable management?

bong7 1 point 14 days ago

I was always curious about the power supply. Can 550W handle this build??

pokeydoggo 1 point 14 days ago

This is a very good and solid build for the budget price of this tier. It cannot get cheaper than this without sacrificing either build quality or reliability or storage space or other components. I had made a similar one but with a smaller ssd and a HDD.

I suggest that the people in this comment section should read upon review articles and the price listing of different components, and what their power draw is. A 550watt psu can easily pull this build. And for that Dutch guy (like I am) look for similiar parts on the dutch site tweakers . net

BritishWolf 1 point 14 days ago

Need to build a pc in £900 price range anyone give me best specs?

shiibbyy 1 point 9 days ago


Basically the same parts, just saving £200 by buying a 1060 instead of a 1080. As others are saying, this build the 1080 may be over kill as the CPU will bottleneck it. So the 1060 is the sweet spot for a GPU with this CPU.

mke 1 point 13 days ago

Overwatch Epic 2560x1440 134 fps If I would set epic to low, 11440 to 1080, will it b possible to reach a 200+ fps? Considering this build.

Psyanide 1 point 13 days ago

''The GTX 1080 will provide a consistent 60fps on many demanding games like Battlefield 1 at Ultra at 1080p''

Anyone else lol at this, you can get get 120fps at 1440p with the GTX 1080

bluetube202 1 point 12 days ago

Because your not overclocking with your CPU the 1500x would be better for gaming because it's 4 cores are more powerful and games would be able to take better advantage of a 4 core high clocked CPU than a lower clocked 6 core CPU. ^ cores would only be good if your streaming or editing videos, etc.

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 12 days ago

That was actually a statement made in error. This build can be overclocked.

bluetube202 1 point 12 days ago

But to overclock with the 1600 you would need a third party cooler to get to 4ghz. However with the 1500x you would easily be able to obtain good temperatures at higher than a 4ghz overclock so my previous statement goes unless your streaming or video editing most games will better take advantage of a high clocked 4 core than a lower clocked 6 core and you save money when buying the 1500x rather that the 1600 money you could spend on a third party cooler that can cool your CPU well enough to get to 4.5ghz or maybe even higher.

Mrbilky 1 Build 1 point 6 days ago

4.5? Maybe on liquid nitrogen you're not getting close to 4.5 on water your not going to even see 4.1 unless you have the highest binned cpu they ever produced

bluetube202 1 point 4 days ago

I said maybe even still 4.0ghz is possible with the 1500x which is a higher overclock than the 1600 can hit so I stand by my previous statement.

mke 1 point 12 days ago

Can this build play overwatch on low settings at 200 fps plus? The test you made says it runs at 135 at ultra settings.

bluetube202 1 point 7 days ago

Yes probably at 400 fps

mke 1 point 7 days ago

Making this build, will I ever need a third party cooler in the future? Under load it goes to 68 degrees, but later down the line could It go up? I will not be overclocking at all.

sz3343 1 point 6 days ago

You shouldn't need a third party cooler. Max temp on AMD's website shows max at 95c. Temps shouldn't go up as long as the thermal compound is applied correctly. The stock cooler is really well built from what i've been seeing on various sites.

mke 1 point 6 days ago

Thanks man, advice helped a lot.

mke 1 point 7 days ago

Hi ThoughtA, Is there an equivalent to the MasterBox 5 Black & White Mid-tower Computer Case ? I cannot get my hands on that one, and was hoping you could give me a suggestion for the same build you used on the video.

sz3343 1 point 6 days ago

There is a new MasterBox Lite 5. https://pcpartpicker.com/product/CkM323/cooler-master-masterbox-lite-5-atx-mid-tower-case-mcw-l5s3-kann-01

Looks pretty good. There are a few builds on here using it. Right now it's priced at $49.99 USD.

mke 1 point 6 days ago

Wow this looks great suggestion!

mke 1 point 6 days ago

Do you think the temps with the regular masterbox 5 will translate to this one?

sz3343 1 point 6 days ago

I think they would. There is a 1600 build on here with this case and even though they're using a Cooler Master MasterLiquid 120 aio, their temps under load at 3.8ghz overclock is 47c. Cooling should be great. With no overclock on the stock cooler, it should run quite cool.

Randompcguy11 1 point 12 days ago

Quick question: won't the 1600 bottleneck the 1080, especially since it has a stock cooler so it cant overclock much? Maybe a dumb question, but I am a newbie in this area. And if you can oc with the stock cooler, what voltage and ghz would you recommend? Thanks to anyone who helps me out

sz3343 1 point 6 days ago

I've heard it "bottlenecks" at 1080p. 1440p/4K there wouldn't be. The stock cooler can handle some overclock. I've seen them overclocked to 3.6-3.7 on the stock cooler with decent temps. Voltage and Ghz will depend on the cpu. Not sure on what the average overclock is, but lately i've been seeing 3.8. (with aftermarket cooling.)

Bassa-Marea 1 point 10 days ago

Thanks to whoever included the Masterbox 5. It's one of my case candidates for my first tight-budget build.

I like the fact that I can add optical drives (even though I checked the costs and woah there), but there's no way to mount a fan on the top. Maybe I won't need it but it's such a small feature to add for the price (73€).

mke 1 point 10 days ago

do you need to connect one or two pcie power cables to the gpu, I saw the video and only one was connected. I read somewhere else to connect 2. Pls help ty

Ingal 1 point 9 days ago

I believe this card is powered by a single 8 pin PCIe power cable, and utilizes a PCIe 16x slot like all 1080's. Hope that helps

mke 1 point 8 days ago

Thank you helps a lot. :)

Dr.Ofnothing 1 point 9 days ago

It's a nice build, to be certain, but a couple of questions come to mind:

1.) 525 gigs is not much storage, unless you're cannabilising another HD from an old system. Why not go for a combo of a 250GB SS for OS and games, and a 1TB Firecuda for music, movies, etc. Nearly x3 the storage, same speed, same price, roughly. 2.) 16 GB RAM seems like overkill. Why not nearly halve the price with a 2x4 GB Corsair Vengeance kit? You can always add another when the price of DDR4 drops.
3.) The 1080 is a killer card, but value for money? I'd say go with a 1060 for a little more than half that price (£250). You can run any game now out very well, and for the forseeable future, at 1080. Without a ridonculously expensive g-sync monitor, anything more than 60 FPS is a waste anyway. I guess I just have a rule against buying top-of-the line at the time, since the premium v. performance is rarely worth it.

With those savings, you can get a sweet 24" IPS monitor (not 144hz, but who can afford G-Sync, really) and the OS, and still come in under £1100. Anyway, just my £.02.

Randompcguy11 1 point 3 days ago

correct me if im wrong, but wouldnt you want a 1080 for 144hz 1080p gaming? you dont need gsync to go over 60fps, and many, many people dont think that over 60fps without gsync is a "waste". but a 1080 is kinda overkill for this build. id think that a 1070 would suffice when prices drop.

Jadofsky 1 Build 1 point 9 days ago


adrianpsf 1 point 7 days ago

Sorry, noob question.

If I wanted more storage, can I just replace with any 2.5" SSD? Can I run an additional SSD?

Or would you guys recommend adding a regular hard drive in there? Is there room in the case for a HD?

This build suits my needs, just want more storage for games, etc.

leoladoudou 2 Builds 1 point 3 days ago

There is enough place for 9 SSD, so I don't think you'll need more then that lol

Retrrro 1 point 6 days ago

This has nothing to do with this build but I am having a problem with my hard drive. My hard drive is making this weird kind of like scratch/rattling noise. And there is no way my hard drive is failing because I bought it like a week ago and put it into my new pc Monday. And I have ran hard drive tests with hard drive testing software and nothing is wrong with it. Also I have checked all the fans and everything and its defiantly the hard drive. And when I open my pc up the noise is clearly coming from the hard drive. Can someone please help me. Idk if this noise is threatening or not but even if it isn't it still annoys the hell outta me! I'm just asking someone for help. Any sort of help will be greatly appreciated. Thank You

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 6 days ago

Please don't spam your question across the guides. The best place to ask this is in our troubleshooting subforum.

Ironstone1 1 point 6 days ago

Is there any preformance difference between buying a Kingston - HyperX Fury Red 16GB (2 x 8GB) + Kingston - HyperX Fury Black 16GB (2 x 8GB) compared to buying one Kingston (4 x 8GB) kit, and painting 2 of the sticks red?

Munchi 1 point 6 days ago


justprewitt 1 Build 1 point 5 days ago

https://pcpartpicker.com/b/zHWD4D Thanks for the inspiration

azelwing 1 point 5 days ago

I made a slightly different build. What do you think? https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/user/azelwing/saved/#view=VftmGX

Dawn_Chorus 1 point 4 days ago

Would this be a good for use with music production software as well? I have an external Scarlet 2i2 sound card. I would be running a DAW with a lot of VST's running simultaneously. I'm guessing anything that can run modern games in high settings could handle that no problem, correct?

Botk689 1 point 2 days ago

New to pc building. Was just wondering if downgrading to a 6gb 1060 would fit here. The 1080 price gives my gf a panic attack lol.

leoladoudou 2 Builds 1 point 5 hours ago

sure you can, but you lose power : the 1060 6gb is still a solid choice for 1080p gaming, but not for 1440p nor 4k

NintendoManiac64 1 point 1 day ago

Completely late on this, but shouldn't the minimum size for the SSD parametric filter be 480GB?

bob55909 1 point 1 day ago

Would this be a good build for a first one? I am trying to upgrade to a gaming pc from a laptop. Does it manage recording good? Can it stream good aswell? Thanks.

leoladoudou 2 Builds 1 point 5 hours ago

Really good pc, good for streaming thanks to ryzen 5 1600. If you want to be even more comfortable with streaming, ryzen 7 line-up might be good to consider too.

Hahawinglet 1 point 1 day ago

Tfw your own build costs as much as the 1080 in this

bentongfire 0 points 1 month ago

Chech this out alternative build with liquid aio cpu cooler. HDD and SSD combo https://pcpartpicker.com/list/JWp9zM

LonghornAlamo2040 0 points 11 days ago

It's darn nice to AMD and the consumers winning again.

Jturns31 0 points 10 days ago

besides the graphics card being bottle-necked by the cpu Extremely and probably need a better brand ssd the build is good

Cabist -2 points 1 month ago

AMD build or Intel build?

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Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor 8W - 65W
ASRock - AB350 Pro4 ATX AM4 Motherboard 17W - 70W
GeIL - EVO POTENZA 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory 11W - 11W
Western Digital - Blue 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1080 8GB D5X Video Card 45W - 180W
Total: 83W - 336W