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Octa-Core, First-Level (Build 5)

SoupaSoka

Description

This build pushes for more cores/threads on our CPU and an improved GPU. You can crush 1080p gaming and perform nicely at 1440p, but the biggest improvement in this build is your ability to multi-task or crush multithread-heavy needs, such as video rendering or streaming, with the included 8C/16T processor. This build leaves open future upgrade options, because the AM4 chipset will be in use for at least one more Ryzen generation. You could easily swap out the included CPU for whatever Ryzen CPUs release in 2019, if you want to upgrade at that point. And, of course, the GPU would also be available to upgrade regardless, although if you're only at 1080p, you absolutely should not upgrade the GPU any further in almost all circumstances.

CPU: The Ryzen 2700 is an octa-core, sixteen-thread CPU. It can be overclocked and comes with its own cooler which can handle moderate overclocks. However, if you really want to push your Ryzen 2700's overclock above 3.8 GHz, you'll want an aftermarket CPU cooler which will run you $40-$100 more.

Motherboard: We've kept the same motherboard as our previous build tier. Any medium-priced AM4 B350 motherboard will do for this build, but check reviews to see how well the board handles overclocking; MSI, ASUS, ASRock, and Gigabyte are all reputable brands. Keep in mind, the X370 and X470 boards offer a few extra features above the B350 boards, such as support for higher memory clock speeds, and are probably one of the better upgrades you could make to this build.

RAM: This build maintains the very solid 16 GB of RAM, which should be plenty for gaming for at least a couple of years. The speed/frequency of the RAM is moderately important for a build using any Ryzen CPU, so try to aim for higher speeds with 2666 MT/s at a minimum and 3200 MT/s being the maximum. Don't break the bank jumping from 2666 MT/s to 3000 MT/s or 3200 MT/s however, as it's just not that important and you'll likely only see 2-3% framerate increases from each jump up... which is around 1 to 3 FPS average when you're around 60 FPS.

Storage: We more than double our SDD space to 500 GB which gives you plenty of room for your OS, several games, and some productivity software. This build maintains the HDD at 2 TB.

Video card: The GTX 1070 Ti is a solid upgrade over the 1070, allowing you to blow through almost all 1080p content as well as run many games at 1440p. You won't be running at 4K with any reasonable framerates though, so if 4K is your goal, you'll need to upgrade to a 1080 or more likely a 1080 Ti.

Case: This is a highly personal choice. However, the Phanteks Eclipse P400 is a gorgeous case and should still be quite functional even for future builds. We've moved up to two extra case fans that are 140 mm each. Being larger than their 120 mm counterparts, they can offer the same cooling capacity at a lower RPM and therefore lower noise.

PSU: We make a modest upgrade to our PSU, ensuring that it can handle at least 550 watts, is 80+ Gold rated, and is fully modular. As always, we stick to several reputable brands using our parametric filtering.

Warning: These parts have potential issues/incompatibilities. (See details.)

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  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
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Potential Issues / Incompatibilities

  • Some AMD B350 chipset motherboards may need a BIOS update prior to using Pinnacle Ridge CPUs. Upgrading the BIOS may require a different CPU that is supported by older BIOS revisions.

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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
G.Skill - Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory 14W - 14W
Toshiba - P300 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Mushkin - Source 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8 GB WINDFORCE Video Card 45W - 180W
be quiet! - SilentWings 3 pwm 59.5 CFM 140mm Fan 1W - 5W
be quiet! - SilentWings 3 pwm 59.5 CFM 140mm Fan 1W - 5W
Total: 75W - 299W
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