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The "f*** you money" AMD build (Build 8-A)



This build goes a bit bonkers and picks up a few things you probably don't need to rock high-end gaming, but boy, they sure are fun. You can crush 1080p gaming and you can crush 1440p gaming. You run the only GPU capable of playing 4K 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 two more Ryzen generations. You could easily swap out the included CPU for whatever Ryzen CPUs release in 2018 or 2019. And, of course, the GPU would also be available to upgrade regardless, although no upgrades exist with current consumer technology, so you'll have to wait for the next release from Nvidia in late 2017 or early 2018... and even then, we don't know how significant it'll be over the 1080 Ti.

CPU: The Ryzen 1800X is an octa-core, sixteen-thread CPU. If you're building this rig, you should probably overclock. In fact, the 1800X is binned to support higher clocks, so on average, it will on average overclock better than the Ryzen 1700 we used in our previous builds. It does not come with a stock cooler, so we have to use an aftermarket cooler such as the Noctua in this list. It is very reasonable to consider going for an AIO liquid cooling option or even a build-your-own liquid cooling solution.

Motherboard: We move up to one of the better X370-series boards. This gives us a few more features, possibly better overclocking control, and more future expandability; MSI, ASUS, ASRock, and Gigabyte are all reputable brands. An X370 board especially allows for a dual GPU (SLI) setup, but be advised that you may also need to upgrade your PSU to a higher wattage to support SLI.

RAM: We double our RAM from 16 GB to 32 GB to give plenty of overhead for RAM-intensive operations, such as heavy photo and video editing. We've also bumped the RAM up to 3200 MHz, which is going to provide a very modest improvement for quite a few tasks, assuming you can get it to clock at the rated speed despite Ryzen RAM shenanigans.

Storage: While our HDD stays at 2 TB (although adding another 2 TB HDD wouldn't be unreasonable), we've moved up to a 1 TB NVMe SSD, which will provide somewhat faster speeds than SATA SSDs, while also giving you a very hefty amount of SSD-based storage space.

Video card: We still have a single 1080 Ti in this build, but we've swapped over to a liquid-cooled ("hybrid") card. This will let your card run cooler and quieter than most air-cooled cards, and you may be able to overclock it a little bit higher. You could go for a dual-1080 Ti build here if you wanted, but I'm still not convinced that SLI is a good choice these days.

Case: This is a highly personal choice, but the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv case chosen here is really beautiful, large, and easy to work within. We've got the same two extra case fans, but you might want to toss in another one or two depending on how high you overclock your 1800X to help dissipate all that heat.

PSU: We maintain the 650w power supply as with our previous build. You could look into upgrading this to a Platinum or Titanium efficiency rated PSU, but it isn't really necessary.

Compatibility Check: See notes below.

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CPU Cooler $79.80 $79.80 OutletPC Buy
Motherboard $229.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $229.99 Amazon Buy
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  • Manufacturer: Corsair, Crucial, G.Skill
  • Speed: DDR4-3200
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 32GB (2x16GB)
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Compatibility Notes

  • The Noctua - NH-D15S 82.5 CFM CPU Cooler may require a separately available mounting adapter to fit the Asus - CROSSHAIR VI HERO 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 1800X 3.6GHz 8-Core Processor 11W - 95W
Noctua - NH-D15S 82.5 CFM CPU Cooler 5W - 10W
Asus - CROSSHAIR VI HERO ATX AM4 Motherboard 17W - 70W
G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4-3200 Memory 29W - 29W
Seagate - Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Samsung - 960 EVO 1TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
EVGA - GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB FTW3 HYBRID GAMING Video Card 70W - 280W
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: 140W - 524W
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