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AMD High-end Gaming (Build 7-A)

SoupaSoka

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Updated November 26th, 2018

This build mostly makes two changes: the GTX 1080 is replaced with a 1080 Ti/RTX 2080, and we slightly increase our PSU, although even that change isn't absolutely necessary. You can crush 1080p gaming and you can crush 1440p gaming. You run one of the very best GPUs which capable of playing at 4K resolution at a decent framerate. You can chew through rendering, streaming, or other multi-tasking programs. 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 the only upgrade available would be an RTX 2080 Ti as of late 2018.

CPU: The Ryzen 2700 is an octa-core, sixteen-thread CPU. It can be overclocked and although it comes with a sufficient cooler, we've added a great aftermarket cooler that will allow you to reach the maximum overclock potential of your specific chip; if you're lucky, you can push to 4.1-4.2 GHz. If you don't want to overclock, you can stick to the stock cooler.

Motherboard: Using a parametric filter, we upgrade to the more modern X470-based motherboards which released with the second generation of the Ryzen CPUs in early 2018. X470 boards aren't wildly better than X370 boards, but guarantee out-of-the-box compatibility with the Ryzen 2700 and may offer modest increases in RAM compatibility at higher clock speeds. If you want to reach the highest possible overclock for your CPU, check the VRM/MOSFET quality of the specific board you're considering, as some are better for overclocking than others.

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 stuck with our M.2 SSD which uses a SATA interface. This build maintains the HDD at 2 TB. You could easily spend some money upgrading the size of your SSD, or even swap to an NVMe drive that is a PCIe or M.2 form factor, but I'm not convinced that the real-world speed increases are all that noticeable.

Video card: The 1080 Ti or RTX 2080 (whichever is cheaper) is our big change here, and boy, it is significant. These cards are solid 4K gaming choices, with only the 2080 Ti besting them. If you're only at 1440p gaming, you'll still find these cards to be a hefty improvement over the GTX 1080/RTX 2070.

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. The two extra case fans will help maintain cooling throughout your system.

PSU: Although a 550w PSU is probably enough for this build, I feel more comfortable having a little more headroom, so we've upgraded to a 650w PSU while still maintaining full modularity and a Gold efficiency rating.

Compatibility Check: See notes below.

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CPU $259.89 FREE $259.89 OutletPC Buy
CPU Cooler $79.90 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $79.90 Amazon Buy
Motherboard
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  • Manufacturer: ASRock, Asus, Gigabyte, MSI
  • Socket / CPU: AM4
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Chipset: AMD X470
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$20.00 mail-in rebate
Memory
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  • Rating: 4 stars, 5 stars
  • Manufacturer: Corsair, Crucial, G.Skill, Kingston
  • Speed: DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
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Storage
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  • Manufacturer: Corsair, Crucial, Intel, Mushkin, Samsung, SanDisk, Western Digital
  • Capacity: 480 GB - 600 GB
  • Type: SSD
  • Form Factor: M.2-2242, M.2-2260, M.2-2280
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Video Card
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  • Manufacturer: Asus, EVGA, Gigabyte, MSI
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, GeForce RTX 2080
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Case $79.99 $5.99 $85.98 Newegg Buy
Power Supply
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  • Rating: 4 stars, 5 stars
  • Manufacturer: Corsair, EVGA, SeaSonic
  • Wattage: 650 W
  • Type: ATX
  • Modular: Full
  • Efficiency: 80+ Gold, 80+ Platinum, 80+ Titanium
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Operating System $108.89 -$10.00 FREE $98.89 OutletPC Buy
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Case Fan $26.90 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $26.90 Amazon Buy
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* Some physical dimension restrictions cannot (yet) be automatically checked, such as cpu cooler / RAM clearance with modules using tall heat spreaders.

Compatibility Notes

  • The Noctua - NH-D15S 82.52 CFM CPU Cooler may require a separately available mounting adapter to fit the Gigabyte - X470 AORUS ULTRA GAMING ATX AM4 Motherboard.
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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
Noctua - NH-D15S 82.52 CFM CPU Cooler 5W - 10W
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
Crucial - MX500 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
EVGA - GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB Black Video Card 53W - 215W
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: 88W - 344W
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