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Build Guide

Magnificent AMD Gaming 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 Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML240R RGB 240mm 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 2x8GB 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.


The selected case is Fractal Design Define R6 Blackout TG. The R6 includes sound-dampening foam, 2x USB 3.0 ports, and a plethora of hard drive bays.es. In addition, there are 6x 3.5" and 2x 2.5" bays for any extensive hard drive needs you may have.

It also comes with 2x 140mm fans - 140mm fans tend to generate less noise for the same amount of air movement as 120mm since they don't need to spin as fast. If you are okay with some more noise but want more cooling, the case's ModuVent system allows you to remove parts of the case's exterior to mount more fans.

Cases tend to be highly personal choices, so make sure you browse our listed cases to see what suits you.


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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Estimated Wattage: 379W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $308.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $308.99 Amazon Buy
CPU Cooler $124.89 -$15.00 FREE $109.89 OutletPC Buy
$15.00 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
$129.15 FREE $129.15 OutletPC Buy
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
$98.00 FREE $98.00 Newegg Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 960 GB - 10000 GB
  • Type: SSD
$99.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $99.99 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 2080
  • Length: 224 mm - 403 mm
$779.89 -$100.00 FREE $679.89 OutletPC Buy
$100.00 mail-in rebate
Case $149.90 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $149.90 Amazon Buy
Power Supply $79.99 -$20.00 FREE $59.99 B&H Buy
$20.00 mail-in rebate
Base Total: $1826.25
Mail-in Rebates: -$135.00
Total: $1691.25
* 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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EnoxRule 6 points 2 months ago

First lol

Id get a modular psu

mediumboibob224 3 points 28 days ago


josephi-krakowski 1 point 19 days ago

I'm pretty sure you need a 24 pin.

RockingTalent 0 points 2 months ago

Semi Modular is Good enough. Only the power cables are pre attached in it which you require so not a big issue at all

johnpost 8 points 2 months ago

really depends if you are planning on getting custom cables

jared.melton 2 Builds 6 points 23 days ago

Really disappointed with the SSD choice here. The ADATA SU650 is a budget NAND Flash drive that does NOT have a DRAM cache. For hyper budget builds, this is a perfectly acceptable choice as a boot disk, but I wouldn't even think of using it for the OS in a build of this caliber.

I would recommend the ADATA SU800 or the Crucial MX500 if you're trying to keep costs reasonably manageable... but, honestly, when you're encroaching on $2000, the Samsung 860 EVO or better should be the starting point for your boot disk research.

I think this speaks to an issue I've had with PCPP's parametric filter for some time: I think the lack of sub-filtering in the filter really shows the system's limitations when it comes to SSD's. There doesn't seem to be a field for differentiating DRAM-less SSD's from those with a DRAM cache and I think that should absolutely be a feature ESPECIALLY when we are talking about advising folks on what to use for a boot disk. A cheaper SSD without a DRAM cache will certainly work as a boot disk and is, again, a valid option for a budget build... but it's just not appropriate at this price point.

eesti 2 points 10 days ago

I think they should treat SSDs like they do PSUs, only have a parametric selection of good drives from trustworthy brands

jared.melton 2 Builds 1 point 10 days ago

I don't think that excluding certain brands would solve the issue, tho.

Is Crucial a good brand? Objectively, yes. But there is a MAJOR difference between a BX500 and an MX500. And they BOTH have their place in builds.

Almost all of the brands, major or budget, segment their offerings with different controllers and different caching approaches. I think the simplest way to differentiate between SSD's comes down to DRAM cache or no DRAM cache. It can be as easy as adding in one more binary field: DRAM? Yes/No.

eesti 1 point 10 days ago

As a said, I want to sort by specific SSDs, not specific brands

jared.melton 2 Builds 3 points 10 days ago

I may have misunderstood. I read "only have a parametric selection of good drives from trustworthy brands" to indicate brand-filtering, not drive-specific filtering.

However, I still believe that a "DRAM yes/no" feature would be the simplest way for the end user to quickly determine if a drive is appropriate as a boot disk vs a storage disk. I don't think it would take much change for pcpartpicker to implement.

Jerod.Liverance 3 points 1 month ago

Just waiting here for the 3rd gen processors to drop.

WhatPlantsCrave_ 1 point 21 days ago

yep i bought into first gen ryzen and think 3rd gen should drop right when i am ready to upgrade.

GamingPc2017 1 Build 1 point 7 days ago


Guaco 2 points 1 month ago

Can I go with 32 gb ram?

ImApparentlyHuman 1 point 1 month ago


Crykee 1 point 1 month ago

Be careful with the RAM compatibility for the motherboard. Check the comparability lists online before you buy the RAM.

Flashydie 1 point 1 month ago

Am thinking of pairing 2700x with rx 580, how bad will it be? I wonder

aprzn123 1 point 1 month ago

That's really unbalanced, try 2700 or 2600x with gtx 1070

jaza2345 1 point 1 month ago

that's a lot more expensive though

Balistaguy 0 points 1 month ago

maybe you shouldnt be getting ryzen 7 then....

ugyuu 1 point 21 days ago

The 2600x or 2600 are better to use with the RX 580, unless you'll be upgrading it later on. If you won't overclock your CPU, the 2600x is a great choice. It's only ~$30 more expensive, but also comes with a better cooler.

GamingPc2017 1 Build 1 point 7 days ago

You will need atleast a 1070 or Vega 56

shpdsnyder 1 point 24 days ago

SORRY for a rookie question: Do I remove the two front fans from this case in order to add the new cooler or do I install this new cooler to the inside top of the case?

gibus123 1 point 7 days ago

by any chance someone have a good monitor to run with this computer? and should i buy it because i have 0 understanding in computers and a second opinioin will be very much appreciated.

PCGURU27 0 points 2 months ago


connor333 -1 points 2 months ago

I"m no expert but passing on thoughts: Is it worth getting a cooler like that for a ryzen that doesn't overclock that much? I've been obsessed looking at CPU's for my gaming build, and compared to the 2700x, I'd probably prefer the 8600k since it can overclock quite well and better for gaming. Love to hear your thougths though.

arorarohan907 3 points 2 months ago

For pure gaming purposes, the 8600K is definitely better. However, if you want to stream or video edit, or any kind of intensive workloads, then this is better by a lot. It'a worth getting that cooler in my opinion as while it doesn't overclock nearly as much as Intel CPUs it will still get a sizable performance increase, it'll look better, and it'll run cooler and quieter.

eesti 1 point 16 days ago

there's a build for that

zenden_blind 1 point 2 months ago

Go for 8core processor from right now. Get i7 9700k /i9 9900k if u want intel cpu. Ryzen 7 2700/2700x for better value. (For 8core processor)

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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
Cooler Master - MasterLiquid ML240R RGB 66.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler 10W - 15W
ADATA - XPG GAMMIX D10 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory 14W - 14W
ADATA - SU655 960 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Hitachi - Ultrastar 7K3000 3 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Asus - GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB Turbo Video Card 53W - 215W
Total: 96W - 379W