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Octa-Core, First-Level (Build 5)



This build pushes for more cores/threads on our CPU and a significantly 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 two more Ryzen generations. You could easily swap out the included CPU for whatever Ryzen CPUs release in 2018 or 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 1700 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 1700's overclock above 3.7 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.

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 MHz at a minimum and 3200 MHz being the maximum. Don't break the bank jumping from 2666 MHz to 3000 MHz or 3200 MHz 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 1080 is a massive upgrade over the 1070, allowing you to blow through all 1080p content as well as run many games at 1440p without major problems. You won't be running at 4K with any reasonable framerates though, so if 4K is your goal, you'll need to drop another $300 or so for 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 upgrade to a slightly larger PSU (550w instead of 500w), but perhaps more importantly, it is fully modular, which will definitely help with cable management. It also has a Gold efficiency rating, so it should run very slightly cooler and more efficiently at a similar load to a less-efficient PSU.

Compatibility Check: See notes below.

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  • Manufacturer: ASRock, Asus, Gigabyte, MSI
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Chipset: AMD B350
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  • Manufacturer: Corsair, Crucial, G.Skill, Kingston, GeIL
  • Speed: DDR4-2666, DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
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  • Manufacturer: Corsair, Crucial, Intel, Mushkin, Samsung, SanDisk, Western Digital
  • Capacity: 460GB - 600GB
  • Type: SSD
  • Form Factor: 2.5"
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  • Rating: 4 stars, 5 stars
  • Manufacturer: Asus, EVGA, Gigabyte, MSI
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1080
  • Video RAM: 8GB
  • Length: 191mm - 403mm
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Case $78.99 FREE $78.99 Newegg Buy
Power Supply $99.89 -$20.00 $79.89 OutletPC Buy
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Operating System $99.89 -$10.00 $89.89 OutletPC Buy
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Case Fan $19.99 $19.99 SuperBiiz Buy
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Total: $1681.07
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Compatibility Notes

  • The Phanteks - ECLIPSE P400 TEMPERED GLASS ATX Mid Tower Case supports video cards up to 395mm long, but video cards over 280mm may block drive bays. Since the Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1080 8GB G1 Gaming Video Card is 286mm long, some drive bays may not be usable.
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Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
AMD - Ryzen 7 1700 3GHz 8-Core Processor 8W - 65W
MSI - B350 PC MATE ATX AM4 Motherboard 17W - 70W
G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory 14W - 14W
Toshiba - P300 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
SanDisk - SSD PLUS 480GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1080 8GB G1 Gaming 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: 92W - 369W
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