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Build Guide

Enthusiast AMD Gaming Build

by manirelli

Description

CPU

For the Enthusiast AMD build we chose the newly released Ryzen 7 2700 as our processor. The stock Wraith Spire cooler will keep the processor cool and stay quiet while adding some flair to your build with RGB LEDs.

Motherboard

The R7 2700 is an unlocked processor so we set the parametric filters for X470 ATX motherboards that support up to 64GB of DDR4 memory, six SATA 6Gb/s devices, multiple expansion cards, and crossfire or SLI functionality.

Memory

With our increased budget we selected 16GB of RAM. The parametric filter finds the best price on 16GB kits of memory that are within AMD’s recommended specifications from DDR4-2666 to DDR4-3200. At the current time, using memory rated over 3200mhz 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.

Storage

Using the parametric filters this build will incorporate an m.2 SSD with at least 500GB of space and a minimum 3TB of mechanical storage at 7200rpm.

GPU

With this budget we decided to go all out on the graphics card. The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 is one of the single best cards on the market right now. At 1080p or even 1440p you will not have any problems with AAA games and the 1080 is perfectly suited for VR gaming as well. When using a GTX 1080 you should consider stepping up your monitor to a 120/144hz screen for the best gaming experience.

Case

All of our components are housed in the Phanteks - Enthoo Pro M Tempered Glass case. This case has atempered glass side panel, room for enthusiast CPU coolers, watercooling radiators, and front panel USB3.0.

PSU

For our power supply, we're using a parametric selection of well-reviewed fully and semi-modular units, all of which are 80+ Gold certified and provide more than enough power for this system while at stock clocks or overclocking.

Click here to see the Intel version of this build guide

Part List Customize This Part List

Compatibility Check: See notes below.

Estimated Wattage: 359W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $385.00 $385.00 AX86 Gaming Systems Buy
Motherboard
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Chipset: AMD X470
  • SLI/CrossFire: 2-Way SLI Capable
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
$235.00 $235.00 Mwave Australia Buy
Memory
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
  • Heat Spreader: Yes
$239.00 $239.00 Umart Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 500GB - 12TB
  • Type: SSD
  • Interface: M.2 (M)
  • Form Factor: M.2-2280
$169.00 $169.00 Umart Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 3TB - 10TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$105.06 $105.06 Amazon Australia Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1080
$728.00 $728.00 Shopping Express Buy
Case $136.79 $136.79 Amazon Australia Buy
Power Supply $105.00 $105.00 Shopping Express Buy
Total: $2102.85
* Using your selected merchants and only including nearby in-store pickup prices)
* Some physical dimension restrictions cannot (yet) be automatically checked, such as cpu cooler / RAM clearance with modules using tall heat spreaders.

Compatibility Notes

Comments Sorted by:

Metallaio 2 points 24 days ago

Is fine to run a 1080ti on this build?

Lobsterareawesome 7 Builds 2 points 23 days ago

yep..

MattVint 1 point 11 days ago

Dont see why not. I dont think the 2700 would bottleneck the 1080ti.

rogdog56 1 point 2 days ago

definitely, there is no way a bottleneck can be created here. 3.2ghz octocore is more than enough for 1080ti

Crofter 5 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Looks good though need to edit "..within Intel’s recommended specifications.." .

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Woops! Nice catch.

nothłngPersonal 1 point 1 month ago

what about 2700x?

Lobsterareawesome 7 Builds 4 points 1 month ago

you can OC the 2700 and get similar performance..

LatiosGaming 1 point 1 month ago

2700X is just binned better, not much else other than the Wraith Prism.

TheFriendlyRustPlayer 1 point 1 month ago

Doesn’t come with a Wraith Cooler I think @nothingpersonal

Lobsterareawesome 7 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

the 2700X comes with a prism cooler

TheFriendlyRustPlayer 1 point 1 month ago

Ye thxs

MattVint 1 point 11 days ago

The 2700 can be overclocked past the 2700x.

N0B@N 1 point 1 month ago

Why would you recommend the stock cooler for a $1500 build? A $50 cooler would be a great upgrade.

Lobsterareawesome 7 Builds 3 points 1 month ago

The stock cooler is actually good enough for mild overclocks.

N0B@N 1 point 1 month ago

But this is the 'Enthusiast' Build, where people would want to overclock much more.

Lobsterareawesome 7 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

It's not like people HAVE to use this part list. You can always add a cooler yourself. I rather think that those build guides are directed at inexperienced builders and I think most of inexperienced builders are not going to OC

N0B@N 1 point 1 month ago

But also it would be better for inexperienced builders to have better thermals.

Lobsterareawesome 7 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

why in particular for inexperienced builders? ;) just messing with ya.. I get what you are saying but for stock speeds the stock cooler is good enough.. But on Intel CPUs NEVER use the stock cooler.. those suck ***

MattVint 0 points 11 days ago

What inexperienced builder would be building a system like this if they didnt have enough sense to put a liquid cooler in there?

Arkador 1 point 16 hours ago

for $20 I added a Hyper 212 EVO

BurntToast123 1 point 1 month ago

If I was to buy these parts, would it run if i put it all together or no. just a very basic question for a very basic pc builder.

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Yep, that's the point of these guides.

dumbdumb 1 point 1 month ago

Will I need to also purchase an operating system with this?

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Yes, if you do not already have a key.

dumbdumb 1 point 1 month ago

Thank you!

Memo1010 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

you could also use Linux, but I wouldn't recommend it

Memo1010 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

the link to take you to the Intel version takes you right here

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Oops, thanks for letting me know. Fixed!

smalleybiggs 1 point 20 days ago

Hey guys, sorry for the dumb question (total builder noob here) but once I purchase a windows 10 key, how do you load it onto the newly built system?

cosmichero2025 4 points 20 days ago

usb stick my dude

MattVint 1 point 11 days ago

You don't need to purchase one, windows 10 is now free off their site. You just need a USB stick to hold windows and all of your drivers.

Daedrx 1 point 13 days ago

The G.SKILL Aegis 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2800 (PC4 22400) Is sold out where i am from. What is a similar ram i could use?

droem 1 point 12 days ago

Just any 16 GB DDR4 kit will work. Make sure its supported by Ryzen. Lots of opinions, RGB, Camo, black, white, just about anything you can think of.

MattVint 1 point 11 days ago

good build, I would just use a 1080 with more fans for better cooling. I have been disappointed by one fan cards in the past, just not enough cooling.

__opossum__ 1 point 1 day ago

Just completed this build with a couple of customizations, but I had an issue with the SeaSonic 550 Gold Plus. I assembled everything correctly but received no power to the motherboard. I took it to a shop and said that the unit did not have the proper cables and it worked just fine with an EVGA 750 they had, which I subsequently bought. Additionally they also suggested that a build like this should be using a 750 and that 550 was stretching it.

That being said, this is my very first build so I can't substantiate their claims from my own knowledge. Just wanted to encourage discussion and perhaps prevent someone else from having the same issue. Other than that the build went great and is an absolute monster so far.

Thank you!

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Reason:
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
MSI - X470 GAMING PLUS ATX AM4 Motherboard 17W - 70W
Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory 14W - 14W
ADATA - XPG 512GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Toshiba - P300 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Asus - GeForce GTX 1080 8GB TURBO Video Card 45W - 180W
Total: 90W - 359W