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



Updated November 15th, 2018

This build goes bonkers and picks up a few things you don't need to rock high-end gaming, but boy, they sure are fun. You can crush 1080p gaming, you can crush 1440p gaming, and you run the best GPU for 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.

CPU: The Ryzen 2700X is an octa-core, sixteen-thread CPU. If you're building this rig, you can consider an 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: The RTX 2080 Ti is an absolute beast with a matching price. The future potential for ray-tracing-based games is unclear, but this is the best option that exists currently. I don't ever recommend SLI configurations, but if you want to go that dual-GPU route, be sure you have a case that's large enough and a power supply that can handle that much power draw.

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 bump up to 750w to give a bit more room for high-end overclocking, but we also 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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CPU Cooler $89.95 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $89.95 Amazon Buy
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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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  • Rating: 4 stars, 5 stars
  • Manufacturer: Corsair, Crucial, G.Skill
  • Speed: DDR4-3200
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 32GB (2x16GB)
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Storage $174.99 FREE $174.99 Newegg Buy
Video Card
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  • Chipset: GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
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Case $189.99 -$25.00 $7.99 $172.98 Newegg Buy
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Power Supply
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  • Manufacturer: EVGA, SeaSonic
  • Wattage: 750 W - 2000 W
  • Type: ATX
  • Modular: Full
  • Efficiency: 80+ Platinum, 80+ Titanium
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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 3.7 GHz 8-Core Processor 13W - 105W
Noctua - NH-D15 82.5 CFM CPU Cooler 5W - 10W
G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory 29W - 29W
Toshiba - P300 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
HP - EX920 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
EVGA - GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11 GB Black 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: 117W - 434W
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