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The "money is no object" AMD build (Build 8-A)

SoupaSoka

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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 one more Ryzen generation. You could easily swap out the included CPU for whatever Ryzen CPUs release in 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 2018 or 2019... and even then, we don't know how significant it'll be over the 1080 Ti.

CPU: The Ryzen 2700X is an octa-core, sixteen-thread CPU. If you're building this rig, you should probably overclock. It does come with a stock cooler, but to really maximize your overclock, you'll want a great aftermarket cooler such as the Noctua in this list. Speaking of which, because we've chosen a larger case, we can easily fit in the dual-fan Noctua NH-D15 instead of the single-fan NH-D15S used in our lower-tier builds. It is very reasonable to consider going for an AIO liquid cooling option or even a build-your-own liquid cooling solution for this price-range, if you so desire.

Motherboard: We are using the newer X470-series boards, sorted to be ATX-sized and include on-board WiFi. The X470 boards provide your best chance to reach peak overclocks and provide more future expandability; MSI, ASUS, ASRock, and Gigabyte are all reputable brands. An X470 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 MT/s, 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.

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 SLI support isn't so great these days and generally isn't recommended.

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 which more or less maxes out fan slots in your case, assuming you're using the hybrid GPU. If you end up purchasing a non-liquid-cooled GPU, you could consider adding another case fan to your build.

PSU: We maintain a 650w power supply as with our previous build, but we upgrade to 80+ Platinum efficiency. Why? Besides the marginally better efficiency, resulting in a slightly lower power bill and a little less heat output from the PSU, it's simply because we can.

Compatibility Check: See notes below.

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  • Manufacturer: ASRock, Asus, Gigabyte, MSI
  • Socket / CPU: AM4
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Chipset: AMD X470
  • Wireless Networking: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
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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-D15 82.5 CFM CPU Cooler may require a separately available mounting adapter to fit the ASRock - X470 Master SLI/AC 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 2700X 3.7GHz 8-Core Processor 13W - 105W
Noctua - NH-D15 82.5 CFM CPU Cooler 5W - 10W
ASRock - X470 Master SLI/AC ATX AM4 Motherboard 17W - 70W
G.Skill - Trident Z 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4-3200 Memory 29W - 29W
Toshiba - P300 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Samsung - 960 EVO 1TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB Aorus Waterforce Xtreme Edition Video Card 62W - 250W
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: 134W - 504W
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