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Octa-Core, Second-Level (Build 6)

SoupaSoka

Description

This build mostly makes a few modest improvements and is not a huge upgrade over our previous tier. You can crush 1080p gaming and perform nicely at 1440p. 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, 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 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 3.8-4.0 GHz. If you don't want to overclock, you can stick to the stock cooler.

Motherboard: We step-up to an X370 board as a major upgrade over the previous build. Along with the great aftermarket CPU cooler we've added, you'll have a great chance of reaching a high overclock on your CPU. This chipset will have several benefits: better expandability, several nice quality-of-life features, and probably most importantly, much better cooler for the VRMs and MOSFETs on the board itself, which is really beneficial as you push towards higher overclocks on your CPU. You could also go with an SLI GPU approach if you wanted, but honestly, SLI is losing support more and more often these days, so I can't personally recommend that approach. 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 move from a 2.5" SSD to an M.2 SSD. You won't see any speed increases, but the smaller form factor and fewer cables is nice for tidying up your system. This build maintains the HDD at 2 TB, but swapped to a slightly more reputable brand.

Video card: The GTX 1080 is still great in this build. If you want to get into 4K gaming, you'll want to upgrade this to 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. The two extra case fans will help maintain cooling throughout your system.

PSU: We stick with our 550w, fully-modular, Gold-rated PSU. There aren't many choices to upgrade in PSUs at this point, but you could go for Titanium or Platinum rating if you really want to maximize efficiency, but I'd rather spend the extra cash towards getting a 1080 Ti for a GPU upgrade.

Compatibility Check: See notes below.

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CPU $288.58 $288.58 OutletPC Buy
CPU Cooler $78.49 FREE $78.49 Newegg Buy
Motherboard
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  • Rating: 4 stars, 5 stars
  • Manufacturer: ASRock, Asus, Gigabyte, MSI
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Chipset: AMD X370
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$30.00 mail-in rebate
Memory
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  • Rating: 4 stars, 5 stars
  • Manufacturer: Corsair, Crucial, G.Skill, Kingston
  • Speed: DDR4-2666, DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
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Storage
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  • Rating: 4 stars, 5 stars
  • Manufacturer: Corsair, Crucial, Intel, Mushkin, Samsung, SanDisk, Western Digital
  • Capacity: 480GB - 600GB
  • Type: SSD
  • Form Factor: M.2-2242, M.2-2260, M.2-2280
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$120.44 $120.44 OutletPC Buy
Video Card
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  • Rating: 4 stars, 5 stars
  • Manufacturer: Asus, EVGA, Gigabyte, MSI
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1080
  • Video RAM: 8GB
  • Length: 175mm - 403mm
$509.99 $4.99 $514.98 Newegg Buy
Case $79.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $79.99 Amazon Buy
Power Supply $88.99 FREE $88.99 B&H Buy
Operating System $99.89 -$10.00 $89.89 OutletPC Buy
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Case Fan
Base Total: $1713.34
Mail-in Rebates: -$40.00
Shipping: $6.98
Total: $1680.32
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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 82.5 CFM CPU Cooler may require a separately available mounting adapter to fit the MSI - X370 GAMING PLUS ATX AM4 Motherboard.
  • 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 MSI - GeForce GTX 1080 8GB DUKE OC Video Card is 312mm 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 3.0GHz 8-Core Processor 8W - 65W
Noctua - NH-D15S 82.5 CFM CPU Cooler 5W - 10W
MSI - X370 GAMING PLUS ATX AM4 Motherboard 17W - 70W
Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory 11W - 11W
Seagate - Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Crucial - MX300 525GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
MSI - GeForce GTX 1080 8GB DUKE OC 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: 94W - 376W
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