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Octa-Core, Second-Level (Build 6)

SoupaSoka

Description

This build makes a few modest improvements, including a mild GPU upgrade and better CPU cooler. You can crush 1080p gaming and perform nicely at 1440p... possibly even some 4K gaming. 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 if you're only at 1080p, a GPU upgrade beyond the included GTX 1080 is almost assuredly not needed.

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: We step-up to an X470 board as a significant 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 cooling/performance 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 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 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.

Video card: The GTX 1080 is a solid upgrade over the 1070 Ti used in the previous build. It'll handle basically anything at 1080p and probably many titles at 1440p, but if you want to seriously spend time in 4K-gaming land, you'd likely want to upgrade 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.

Warning: These parts have potential issues/incompatibilities. (See details.)

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  • Manufacturer: ASRock, Asus, Gigabyte, MSI
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Chipset: AMD X370
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  • Speed: DDR4-2666, DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
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  • Type: SSD
  • Form Factor: M.2-2242, M.2-2260, M.2-2280
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  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1080
  • Video RAM: 8GB
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  • Manufacturer: Corsair, EVGA, SeaSonic, be quiet!
  • Wattage: 550W - 2000W
  • Modular: Full
  • Efficiency: 80+ Gold, 80+ Platinum, 80+ Titanium
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Potential Issues / Incompatibilities

  • Some AMD X370 chipset motherboards may need a BIOS update prior to using Pinnacle Ridge CPUs. Upgrading the BIOS may require a different CPU that is supported by older BIOS revisions.
  • The Noctua - NH-D15S 82.5 CFM CPU Cooler may require a separately available mounting adapter to fit the ASRock - X370 Pro4 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.
  • The motherboard M.2 slot #2 shares bandwidth with a SATA 6.0 Gb/s port. When the M.2 slot is populated, one SATA 6.0 Gb/s port is disabled.

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Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
AMD - Ryzen 7 2700 3.2GHz 8-Core Processor 8W - 65W
Noctua - NH-D15S 82.5 CFM CPU Cooler 5W - 10W
ASRock - X370 Pro4 ATX AM4 Motherboard 17W - 70W
G.Skill - Aegis 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory 14W - 14W
Toshiba - P300 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Crucial - MX500 500GB 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: 97W - 379W
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