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Enthusiast AMD Ryzen Gaming Build

by manirelli

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Description

With the release of the new R7 Ryzen processors from AMD we decided to put together a second version of the Enthusiast Gaming build. The performance in gaming is similar to that of the Intel equivalent part list. We’ve also created a build video based on this part list with some upgrades and tweaks that will be uploaded shortly.

CPU and Cooler

The R7 1700 is an octo-core processor that utilizes AMD SMT technology for a total of sixteen threads. This model has the best price for performance of the three new processors and it comes bundled with an RGB stock cooler. Like the rest of the R7 CPUs, the 1700 is overclockable and the stock cooler is more than capable for some moderate increases in clock speed. If you are looking to squeeze out even higher clocks, you can opt to add a CPU cooler to this part list. Keep in mind, at the current time, many of the higher end coolers on the market require an additional bracket that is not yet available but should be shipping soon.

Motherboard

We're using a parametric selection of X370 ATX motherboards. This will allow for both SLI or Crossfire graphics card setups. If you only plan to use a single GPU, you may consider looking into B350 motherboards instead – both X370 and B350 support CPU overclocking. The parametric selection will actively choose the best-priced motherboard of the group. Additionally, they all have 4 DDR4 DIMM slots, 6-8 SATA ports, and PCIE/NVME capable m.2 slots. All of the selected motherboards have video outputs but these will only work with the upcoming Ryzen APUs as the R7 processors do not have onboard graphics.

Memory

For memory, we're filtering for the best-priced 2x8GB kit of DDR4 RAM with a heatsink. We've limited it to DDR4-2800 and DDR4-3000 as Ryzen CPUs scale well with higher frequency memory. At the current time, using memory rated over 3000mhz is not advised without doing extra research as DIMM support can be hit or miss. AMD is working on releasing additional BIOS updates to add better compatibility for higher frequency memory. Feel free to click the "From parametric filter" link to see the various options and pick a color that suits your part list.

Storage

We're also using a parametric filter that will actively select the best-priced SSD of roughly 1TB capacity and a 3TB 7200RPM hard drive. Everyone's storage needs differ, so feel free to change the capacity, drive form factor, or add a mechanical drive to suit your storage requirements.

GPU

Our GPU is the very popular GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. This is currently one of the fastest single GPU video cards in the market - you may want to look into a 120-144Hz and/or 2560x1440 resolution monitor for this card. The parametric filter is set for the best-priced 1080 Ti available, but feel free to click the "From parametric filter" link to browse our full list of 1080 Ti options. For those interested in VR, the GTX 1080 Ti will have no problem playing any and all applications currently on the market.

Case

All of our parts are housed in the NZXT S340 Elite. This case comes bundled with two fans at the front of the case to intake air and the side panel is a large piece of tempered glass. The S340 Elite has a large shroud that can be used to hide cables from the power supply and storage. Additionally, the case has plenty of room to manage the cables, USB3.0 ports, and fan filters on all of the major fan mounts.

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-modular.

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Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 429W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $428.00 $428.00 Shopping Express Buy
Motherboard $199.00 $199.00 IJK Buy
Memory
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
  • Heat Spreader: Yes
$159.00 $159.00 Umart Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 960GB - 10TB
  • Type: SSD
$389.00 $389.00 Shopping Express Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 3TB - 10TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$121.00 $121.00 IJK Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
$1044.00 $1044.00 PLE Computers Buy
Case $149.00 $149.00 PCCaseGear Buy
Power Supply $155.00 $155.00 Shopping Express Buy
Total: $2644.00
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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.

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WirelessCables 1 Build 2 points 22 days ago

Ah, yes, the S340 Elite...

It hasn't been in a build guide before, has it?

celticdb 2 points 21 days ago

If I wanted a build with these exact specs but with a white theme, what ram, mobo and case would you recommend?

I'm assuming this would handle 4k@60fps?

Lordgaben2156 2 points 9 days ago

case white s340 elite ram any white ddr4 kit mobo any white x370 am 4 board and for 4k 60 depends on game and settings

SirTreePuncher 3 Builds 1 point 20 days ago

if you check out my profile, i did a ryzen black/white with rgb build in the s340 elite. turned out really well imo.

celticdb 1 point 19 days ago

Your build is really sweet, well done! It also helps with my decision process as I was wondering how to achieve white cables and your build basically answered that question. I'm working on my first build....

One last question, the additional fans you bought, were they required or you got them for asthethics and rgb? I'm pretty much done reviewing CPUs, GPUs, mobos and ram but I was left wondering why you guys are investing in these fans... Or do I have to go back to the drawing board.

Love your mobo...have my eye on the x370 Taichung.

SirTreePuncher 3 Builds 2 points 19 days ago

the taichi would be a sweet pickup. they have the best vrms for best overclocking. it was sadly out of stock and wouldve been about 30$ more than the x370 krait.

for the cables, the silverstone ones i have are fine but its pretty awful without cable combs. everywhere. if you want white or white/black together phanteks offers extensions with clear cable combs. they look pretty great also.

i got all the fans for the sake of rgb everything haha. biwit's really inspired this one. but the fans themselves are great. very quiet idle and not too loud when gaming. if you want these, you NEED the hue+, a word of warning. also if you decide on kraken x?2 as a cooler, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE MULTIPLE USB 2.0 ON YOUR MOBO. i didnt on my current build im doing rn and had to buy the usb hub from nzxt. but if you decide on other fans, make sure they are pwm. if they arent, it can be super loud and super annoying (aka my first mAtx pc).

good luck with your build!

celticdb 1 point 19 days ago

Thanks for the info. I'm probably just going to get rgb ram and a little stock rgb on the GPU and I'm going to stick with the stock ryzen fan that comes with the 1700. Fans/cooling is the one area I've neglected research on (since there's hundreds of other areas) but I'm getting there. Until now I had no idea what a kraken was or pwm which is now very helpful to know. But I should be good with the ryzen stock fan and the ones that will come with a solid case? I will do some over locking and planning to stick a 1080ti in there.

Cura_Guy 2 points 21 days ago

I'm a noob basically when it comes to PC parts etc. But i'm am really looking to buy this setup. But do you have any suggestion on maybe another case for more fans, because i live in a place where its pretty warm all year round.

Zilla74 1 point 17 days ago

Hey, of course this depends on your budget but I would recommend the Corsair 730T Black ATX Full Tower Case (730T Black)

spencrU 1 point 15 days ago

I was planning on using the S340 Elite myself but ended up deciding on the Phanteks P400 TG instead.

It's about the same price point and has similar features but can hold two 120/140mm fans up top instead of one as well as full size AIO's in the front with a push/pull fan setup if you want. I was going to build mine with the Kraken x62 and 7 total fans so it might be more up your alley.

crowcawer 1 point 14 days ago

I'm pretty sure the stand off for the 340E is that it has an HDMI in the front for VR.

Anyansayo 1 point 14 days ago

I am amazed that a 550 Watt PSU is sufficient.

Pandemic187 1 point 9 days ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFx26E_DBUY

Bottom line: each iteration of hardware is more power efficient than the last, as a rule of thumb.

TeachMePC 1 point 8 days ago

Would this be better for gaming in 4k / streaming than a build with an intel 7700k?

Cheeky0ne 1 point 7 days ago

Can this build game and stream?

poon_slayer_123 1 point 3 days ago

Should have gone with a ryzen 5 1600 because if you overclock it it has very similar performance to the ryzen 7 1700

Reason:
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
ASRock - Fatal1ty X370 Gaming K4 ATX AM4 Motherboard 17W - 70W
GeIL - SUPER LUCE 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory 14W - 14W
Crucial - MX300 1.1TB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Toshiba - 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
EVGA - GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB Founder Edition Video Card 62W - 250W
Total: 107W - 429W