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Magnificent AMD Gaming/Streaming Build

Description

CPU

The new Ryzen 7 3700X is an octa-core processor that utilizes AMD SMT technology for a total of sixteen threads.

If you'd prefer to consider a similar build, but instead using an Intel processor, be sure to check out our Magnificent Intel Gaming Build Guide.

Cooler

To take full advantage of the overclockability, we are including the Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML240R RGB liquid cooler.

Motherboard

We're using a parametric filter for X570 ATX motherboards. Our compatibility and pricing engines will automatically select the best-priced motherboard that is compatible with the rest of the build.

Memory

For memory, we're filtering for the best-priced 2x16GB kit of DDR4 RAM with a heatsink. We've limited it to DDR4-3200 and faster speeds, as Ryzen CPUs scale well with higher frequency memory.

Storage

We're also using a parametric filter that will actively select the best-priced SSD of at least 1TB capacity. Additionally, we're including a 4TB mechanical hard drive in a parametric filter for things like storing media and extra games. Everyone's storage needs differs, so feel free to change the capacity to your heart's desire.

GPU

Our GPU is Nvidia's new GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER. You may want to look into a 120-144Hz and/or 2560x1440 resolution monitor for this powerful card. The parametric filter is set for the best-priced RTX 2080 SUPER available, but feel free to click the "From parametric filter" link to browse our listing of RTX 2080 SUPERs, which will grow as more become available. For those interested in VR, the RTX 2080 SUPER will have no problem playing any and and all applications currently on the market.

For streaming, the newly-updated NVENC encoding will offload the task to the GPU with a minimal performance hit using OBS (Open Broadcaster Software) while providing image quality similar to or better than x264 Fast quality.

To keep the noise and temperatures down, we've updated the filter to include a minimum length and a minimum of 2 fans to avoid "mini" versions of the card, which prioritize fitting into small builds, such as an ITX case. You can choose to use this filter instead, if you want to include the smaller cards for any reason. Note that smaller cards will be louder or hotter - or both.

Case

The Phanteks Eclipse P400A Digital is an updated version of the original Eclipse P400. The primary changes are the mesh front, which allows for better airflow, and the RGB fans in the front.

Featured in the case are a tempered glass side panel window, a PSU shroud, and 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 front panel ports. The Eclipse P400A Digital also includes plenty of cable management holes and tie-offs to help your build look cleaner.

If you'd like a version in white or without RGB fans, those options are available too.

PSU

Powering the build is a sparse selection of some of the most well-reviewed PSUs available - all without breaking the bank. All of them are certified 80+ Gold and fully-or semi-modular.

Intel Version

Here is the Intel version of our Magnificent Gaming Guide.

Compatibility: See notes below.

Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor
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$578.00
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$578.00
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CPU Cooler Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML240R RGB 66.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler
Base
$137.00
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$137.00
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Motherboard ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming 4 ATX AM4 Motherboard

From parametric filter: Form Factor: ATX; Chipset: AMD X570; Memory Slots: 4 - 16

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$268.40
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$268.40
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Memory Team T-FORCE VULCAN Z 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory

From parametric filter: Speed: DDR4-3200, DDR4-3300, DDR4-3333, DDR4-3400, DDR4-3466, DDR4-3600, DDR4-3666, DDR4-3733, DDR4-3800; Type: 288-pin DIMM; Modules: 2 x 16GB, 4 x 8GB; CAS Latency: 3 - 19; Heat Spreader: Yes; Color: Black, Black/Gray, Black/Silver, Black/White, White, White/Gray, White/Silver

Base
$249.00
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$249.00
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Storage Crucial BX500 960 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive

From parametric filter: Capacity: 960 GB - 10000 GB; Type: SSD

Base
$147.95
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$147.95
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Storage Toshiba X300 4 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

From parametric filter: Capacity: 4000 GB - 10000 GB; Type: 7200RPM; Form Factor: 3.5"; Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s

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$209.00
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$209.00
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Video Card GALAX GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8 GB EX (1-Click OC) Video Card

From parametric filter: Chipset: GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER; Length: 224 mm - 403 mm; Cooling: 2 Fans, 3 Fans, 120 mm Radiator, 120 mm Radiator + 1 Fan, 120 mm Radiator + 2 Fans, 240 mm Radiator, 240 mm Radiator + 1 Fan

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$1199.00
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$1199.00
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Case Phanteks Eclipse P400A Digital ATX Mid Tower Case
Base
$159.00
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$159.00
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Power Supply SeaSonic FOCUS Plus Platinum 750 W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply

From parametric selection: Show

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$225.00
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$225.00
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Total: $3172.35

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Compatibility Notes

  • Note:The Phanteks Eclipse P400A Digital ATX Mid Tower Case supports video cards up to 420mm long, but video cards over 280mm may block drive bays. Since the GALAX GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8 GB EX (1-Click OC) Video Card is 285mm long, some drive bays may not be usable. The Phanteks Eclipse P400A Digital ATX Mid Tower Case hard drive bays are positioned where some of the bays may be physically blocked when using longer video cards.
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Comments

  • 4 months ago
  • 5 points

any reason why you would not use the x570 with an M.2? you deff have enough PCI lanes open.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

any other changes you'd make? I'm interested into building this pc :)

  • 24 days ago
  • 1 point

Honestly Yes! I would jump up to at least DDR4-3600. Drop the 960gb SSD, and grab a 2TB with a 2TB M.2 drop the AIO and make your own with EKB(Soft Tube is perfectly fine when you're starting out) and now being 3 months later I would jump up to the 3800x or if your wallet can handle it the 3900x.

  • 4 months ago
  • 4 points

3800x is only $10 more than the 3700x right now, and honestly this entire guide needs an update.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

can you make an updated one please? I'm interested into building it so optimizing what I buy would be cool :D

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/user/YamaTwitch/saved/#view=QHHdmG not sure if this link works... if it does, here are a few comments:

i have some of the parts, i listed them as already purchased.

cpu: ryzen 7 3800x is an absolute unit! let me break it down for you, very similar to the i7 9700k but you get twice the amount of cores, and a very respectable cooler (wraith prism). so not only is the 3800x $50 cheaper, you save $100 because you don't need a cooler

mobo: went with the cheapest X570 mobo i could find, because the B450 requires a bio update before you can use the 3800x, meaning you would need another cpu. computer shops could probably do it for you but you might as well put that money into a better board

case: bought the case used for 80, not exactly what i wanted but it was a good price especially with no tax

psu: bought the psu for 109-20 rebate from canada computers. make sure you are getting gold certified, fully modular and at least 650w (checked and it is still available)

ram: i bought this ram locally because it was a decent price, and i will return it if i see a better deal on cyber monday and get that instead

gpu: i am looking at getting a 2080 super, might have to downgrade to a 2070 super if there are no good deals on cyber monday. my advice when you are looking is to avoid 1 fan or 3 fan gpus. 1 is not enough, and 3 is more than you need so you are just paying more for an extra (just as a guideline for a new builder, obviously there are exceptions). i recommend nvidia even though this is mostly an amd system, because of g sync if you will be getting a high refresh rate monitor, and nvenc encoding if you will be livestreaming. for brands i usually lean towards EVGA because of their excellent customer service (which i haven't needed to use much because their product is so reliable :) haha) just wait until monday to pull the trigger because cyber monday should have some sales.

dm me if you have any questions

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey could you look at this build? I am a beginner and was needing some suggestions. Thanks!

https://pcpartpicker.com/user/braaxxad/saved/3p36RB

  • 4 months ago
  • 3 points

Ditch the cooler, the prism wraith that comes with the 3000 series is good enough

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah ok, like you mentioned above. Thanks again!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

There's a HUGE catch to using cheap motherboards - audio! The cheaper X570 boards have the low-end Realtek 800-series audio codecs, while the mid-range ones have the far superior 1200-series codecs. The difference is night-and-day for people even remotely into audio quality.

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  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I think you should get the ryzen 7 2700x, there are some good deals on and it comes with more cores, higher clock speed and better cooler

What are you using this pc for?

American or Canadian site?

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  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

What are you using your pc for? General pointers, assuming gaming and some streaming:

Get a mobo w/o wifi if you don't need it

Ram is too pricey, dual channel 16gb @3200mhz is good enough

M.2 SSD is good, maybe just get 500mb to put your operating system and games on, then get a cheaper 1tb hdd to store videos, pictures and music

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  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Super Novice Builder, I'm trying to build a high-end PC for gaming. Currently, I have 2 1080p monitors. The main questions are am I going overkill with my parts?

https://pcpartpicker.com/user/marcellromero1/saved/#view=GtwNqs

Specifically, GPU, Memory, and Cooler.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Make list public

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry, just made it public.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Let's talk more about what you will be using it for because personally I also use 2 1080p monitors but I run low settings in game to achieve stable 240 fps

Are you going to play with these "competitive" settings or are you more concerned about how the game looks (high/epic settings)?

What is the refresh rate of your main monitor? If it is only 60hz then yes this is way overkill but you could also consider getting a better monitor

If there is ever a doubt about whether you will be overkill just look up benchmarks for your gpu+cpu for the game you will be playing. Plenty of vids on youtube

While I am waiting on your response I can tell you a few things right away:

Cooler: the wraith prism that comes with the 3800x is good enough for modest overclocks

The ram is really high end, all you really need is 8gbx2 @3200mhz, can consider 32gb depending on what you are using it for

Storage is actually more important than you think here. You can save money by getting a 250gb m.2 ssd for windows and the games you play the most, then get a 1tb hdd for videos, pictures and music that you don't need to access as often

We can talk about the gpu more once you tell me more about what you are using it for. One last question: do you plan on streaming?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey sorry about the late reply, with holidays and everything I have been a bit preoccupied. I'm mainly concerned with how the game will look and the monitor I have is 2 of the following: HP 23.8-inch FHD IPS Monitor with Tilt/Height Adjustment (VH240a, Black). I will mainly use this for gaming, vr headset, and programming homework. As well as streaming movies and videos. I always went ahead and updated the storage to your recommendations. I chose parts that had good ratings.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

definite over kill. R9 may be over kill for your needs unless you're a heavy content creator. X570 is unnecessary. MSI MAX B450 will come updated as per the"MAX" and the R53600 should be enough. cooler especially liquid is overkill, R5 needs none. cheaper RAM for DDR3200 add RGB if you want. over priced case i suggest meshify C. This is something ive been working on https://pcpartpicker.com/list/Vm6YWb that seems would fit what you want, however this is a build supportive for a 1440p monitor.

  • 4 months ago
  • -2 points

be the change you want to see in the world

  • 2 months ago
  • 3 points

I do have some comments to make on this build. This is coming from someone who doesn't care much about RGB and is not interested at all in streaming.

I'm personally not a fan of liquid CPU coolers. A friend of mine's H110 started leaking, but he noticed it just in time before it could do any damage. The chance of leaking is indeed very low, but the possibility is always there. I recommend getting a high-end air cooler, like the Be Quiet DRP4 or the Noctua NH-D15. Minimal difference in performance, but cheaper, safer and quieter.

I get wanting to cut corners, but cheaping out on the motherboard is something you should never, ever do. The ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming 4 is simply not a good motherboard. The VRM on it is bad. Any type of overclocking isn't going to end well on this motherboard. The absolute cheapest X570 motherboard I would recommend would be the Asus PRIME X570-P, but for a couple more bucks, the Asus TUF GAMING X570-PLUS with or without WIFI would be better.

The 32 GB RAM has a nice frequency and the timings are pretty solid, but again, coming from someone who doesn't care much about streaming, I would instead go for faster 16 GB RAM. The faster the RAM, the better for Ryzen CPU's. The Team Dark Pro 16 GB 3200 has the same frequency, but the timings are much better. CL14. 14-14-14-31. Those are some pretty insane specs.

There are 2 storage methods in this build, 1 SSD and 1 HDD, so I'm going to assume that the OS is meant to be installed on the SSD. I've never heard of TCSunBow, but at that price and capacity, there is no way that SSD has any DRAM, it's not ideal to have your OS on DRAM-less SSD's. Games on DRAM-less SSD's is fine, but not for your OS. I'd prefer this setup, again coming from someone who doesn't stream and only games:

  • 250GB lightning fast SSD for OS related software only.
  • 2 TB regular SSD dedicated for game storage.

I dislike HDD's a lot, they're loud and slow, so I wouldn't use them, but I get why someone who streams would.

The case is good, but not worth the price, in my opinion. It looks nice, but I prefer the simple looks of a NZXT H510.

The PSU in this build is a tier B PSU according to this tier list that is used by many. It's a well researched list that is well worth a read. https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/1116640-psu-tier-list-40/

I created a quick build, with my preferred parts: https://pcpartpicker.com/user/Saint-XCVII/saved/67Pxcf

EDIT: What I do want to mention is that you should always be sure whether or not your RAM sticks will fit underneath a CPU cooler that "overlap" the RAM like the ones I mentioned. After doing some more research, the RAM I recommended has a height of 45mm while the space directly beneath the fan of the be quiet DRP4 has a 40mm clearance. Getting lower profile RAM, moving the CPU fooler fan a bit to the top or changing the configuration of the CPU cooler are other alternatives. https://www.bequiet.com/admin/ImageServer.php?ID=3c506a15636@be-quiet.net&.jpg

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

I second everything here for anyone interested in gaming without streaming/recording and not interested in rgb but instead price/performance

The owners of this site seem to just set parametric filters for each item, so as not to recommend an infamous rosewill psu for example (lol). Which is great for someone looking for geneal guidelines but if you just go out and buy everything listed here exactly, you're going to have a bad time. Not to mention that some people have specific use cases for their pc and it takes someone who knows what they are doing to figure that out. I suspect that the vast majority of people on this build guide do not know exactly what they are looking for, that is why they are here.

Anyway I guess this was just a long winded +1 to this comment by saint.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Does anyone know a reasonable alternative to liquid cooling for this build? And if not, does anyone know how difficult the listed cooler is to install for a beginner?

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Alternative is to just use the stock cooler which is actually perfectly fine! Pre applied thermal paste so all you have to do is screw it in carefully

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Followed this build exactly but could not fit the RAM in with the CPU Cooler. Ended up having to use the stock CPU cooler.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

same here.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Is the issue the Phantek case or the motherboard + AIO CPU Cooler + RAM geometry? I am planning on building this shortly and I am curious if I should go for the AIO recommended. I am using Meshify C as my case, since Phantek's was out of stock.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm guessing they tried to fit the ARGBs above the motherboard instead of at the front of the case. I used the P400S not the P400A, but didn't have any fit issues.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you. I will try the AIO in various locations then.

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  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

seems like a few other people have run into the same problem i did where there isnt enough clearance between the ram and the top of the case to install the radiator for the water cooler. what i ended up doing was taking the chassis fans off the front and mounting the radiator there and then installing the chassis fans at the top of the case. hope this helps.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool build but with one or 2 sacrifices- no gaming impact- you can have it for significantly less

PCPartPicker Part List: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/dj6Nq3

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor (£174.78 @ Aria PC) Motherboard: Asus Prime X470-Pro ATX AM4 Motherboard (£145.58 @ Aria PC) Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory (£60.78 @ Aria PC) Storage: Samsung 860 Evo 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£119.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk) Video Card: MSI GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8 GB VENTUS OC Video Card (£658.92 @ CCL Computers) Case: Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case (£88.99) Power Supply: Corsair RMx (2018) 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply (£95.32 @ More Computers) Total: £1344.36 Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-11-08 23:23 GMT+0000

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

And yes I understand the board was chosen for X570 easy compatibility but first; This board comes with the latest bios, supporting Ryzen 3000 Or you can just buy the board featured here for £2 less

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

what about the ryzen 7 3800x

  • 4 months ago
  • -1 points

I would say the $50 extra for the 3800x isn't worth the small improvement in performance. The 3800x is basically the same CPU but with a slightly higher base clock. If you are willing to put more money into your CPU, I would just bite the bullet and get the 3900X since there's a much greater difference in performance and core count between the two.

  • 4 months ago
  • 0 points

false atw

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Can someone suggest a wifi card

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

The wifi card that I have in my build and have been very happy with is this https://pcpartpicker.com/product/6Zs8TW/asus-pce-ac55bt-b1-none-wi-fi-adapter-pce-ac55bt-b1.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Does this build have integrated graphics? I can afford all the parts except for the graphics card which may take another three or four months to save up for. In the mean time will I be able to build the PC without a graphics card and use it for ordinary desktop stuff such as editing documents etc?

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

As the CPU doesn't have integrated graphics you will need a graphics card.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for your answer. I looked at the specifications and came to the same conclusion but I am a complete noob so I thought I'd better ask.

I will now go over to https://pcpartpicker.com/guide/jxqqqs/magnificent-intel-gamingstreaming-build and ask the same question about the Intel version of this build in the hope that the Intel CPU will have some basic graphics capability. It's a shame because I really wanted an AMD setup.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I've noticed there aren't any case fans for this, is that because they're not needed for this build or because it doesn't matter which fan you have?

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

There are three extra slots for a 120mm fan on the P400A case. If you have more luck with the CPU cooler suggested than I did you'll only need one, but my CPU cooler was too large to attach to the top of the case and still fit the RAM in, at least on the ASRock x570 Phantom Gaming 4.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

It depends. If you get the liquid cooler to work you only need one 120mm fan. I couldn't get the liquid cooler fans to fit with the RAM so I needed three 120mm fans. Either way you need some additional fan(s).

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

12-18-19 build from pp

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Cut the 2080 and put in a 2070 super which will free up about 200 bucks, change the board to an ASUS TUF Gaming X570-Plus (Wi-Fi) ATX Motherboard, change the storage to a Corsair MP510.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

https://de.pcpartpicker.com/user/themissingcode/saved/VqwwhM

I have done few changes, My purpose for this build is a development workstation and maybe a NAS storage, but that is a side job, this is why I picked a case with several bays.

I am a bit inclined into having AMD Ryzen 9 3900X instead, but not sure if the extra 150€ worth it?

I would like to add more RAM later because I am always running out of RAM so I would like to have extra RAM slots.

I already have a 34' screen and planning to get an extra one, maybe a 27'. Is the video card sufficient for that, or should I opt out for something better? I have no experience with custom builds, so I just picked up what seemed to have good rating and does not cost a lot since I do not do any gaming, but i sometime do some photo editing.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm trying to do an AMD build around a Ryzen 9... Looking for thoughts on my preliminary choices... https://pcpartpicker.com/user/bwelks/saved/#view=4krxcf

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  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

What country? I can help you find a good deal

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