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Build Guide

Great AMD Gaming Build

by ThoughtA



At this budget, we're using the AMD Ryzen 5 2600. The R5 2600 includes a stock cooler, so a 3rd-party cooler isn't necessary. Since we aren't overclocking our CPU, the stock cooler will be sufficient in keeping temperatures acceptable.

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


We're using a parametric filter to constantly select the best-priced motherboard while meeting selected criteria. In this case, we are filtering for ATX B450 chipsets and up to 4 DDR4 DIMM slots for future expansion. The compatibility engine will filter out anything not compatible with the build, and it will automatically update with the best priced option as prices change.


For our memory, the parametric filter finds the best price on 16GB kits of memory that are within AMD’s recommended specifications. We've limited it to DDR4-3000 and faster speeds, as Ryzen CPUs scale well with higher frequency memory.


We're use parametric filters to incorporate an SSD with at least 1TB of space. We have also added a parametric filter for a 2TB mechanical drive for mass storage, such as extra games and videos. Everyone's storage needs differs, so feel free to add or remove capacity to your heart's desire.


For our GPU, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Ti is one of the best price for performance cards on the market and an absolute powerhouse. The GTX 1070 Ti will provide a consistent 60fps on many demanding games like PUBG) at Ultra at 1080p, and even 1440p for some games like Shadow of War. It'll also handle Fortnite with zero issues. For those interested in VR, the GTX 1070 Ti will have no problem playing any and and all applications currently on the market.

To keep the noise and temperatures down, we've updated the filter to include a minimum length 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.


All of our parts are on display in the Fractal Design Meshify C TG. This tempered glass-sporting case has a unique take on mesh fronts. The mesh is bent into a variety of angles that give a cool effect, both looking at it straight on and at various angles in differing lighting.

The Meshify C TG features 2x front panel USB 3.0 ports, and it has a PSU shroud and cable management holes and tie-offs to help your build look cleaner. It can also fit full-sized video cards.


For our power supply, we're using a parametric selection of well-reviewed semi or fully modular units, all of which are 80+ Gold certified or above and can provide plenty of power for this build.

Intel Version

Here is the Intel version of our Great Gaming Guide.

Part List Customize This Part List

Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 289W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $246.05 $246.05 Austin Computers Buy
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Chipset: AMD B450
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
$139.00 $139.00 Scorptec Buy
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200, DDR4-3300, DDR4-3333
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
$178.63 $178.63 Amazon Australia Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 960 GB - 15360 GB
  • Type: SSD
$209.00 $209.00 Mwave Australia Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 2000 GB - 15360 GB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$79.00 $79.00 Shopping Express Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1070 Ti
  • Length: 223 mm - 403 mm
$599.00 $599.00 Umart Buy
Case $139.00 $139.00 Skycomp Technology Buy
Power Supply $119.00 $119.00 Shopping Express Buy
Total: $1708.68
* 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.

Comments Sorted by:

illumlol 5 points 26 days ago

Will this machine be able to handle 1440, 144 hz gaming?

KENZY9 2 points 26 days ago

I want to know if it will handle 1080p 144hz big world shooters?

kernerstyle 2 points 25 days ago


KENZY9 2 points 25 days ago

Perhaps to both?

rogdog56 2 points 5 days ago

Yes, easily

kernerstyle 2 points 25 days ago


KENZY9 2 points 25 days ago


kernerstyle 2 points 25 days ago


rogdog56 1 point 5 days ago

It won't be able to push 144hz all the way on ultra but it should be around 100 fps and you can always lower settings and upgrade in the future. And you can OC the 1070 ti past a 1080

QuicksilverPyro 2 points 20 days ago

Should I add additional intake fans to the case??

galacticPerson 1 point 11 days ago

You will be fine with the 2 installed case fans. If you want more cold air in your case, move the exhaust fan in the back to the front.

hakhanmah 2 points 2 days ago

I build this machine and Its not showing any display There is 2 white light ON ( one the vga and one is with the cpu fan cable on right side )

Can't find any solution why its not showing the display

Any idea?

besho45689 1 point 26 days ago

Anyone know how good this build will be? Switch to Ryzen 1700x? Do I need to buy fans? Do you recommend I build this will be my first build

HyperNA 1 point 26 days ago

Fans are included in the case and if you buy the Ryzen 5 2600, The wraith CPU cooler is included as well. I wouldn’t really recommend upgrading to the Ryzen 7 1700x because the 2600 has better single and multi-core performance (not by an insane amount but still), and a negligible amount of games can even utilize the extra 2 cores on the 1700x. Also the 1700x doesn’t come with a cooler unlike the 2600 so with the price already exceeding the 2600, it’s not worth it. Simply put the Ryzen 5 2600 is stupidly good for the price, and that’s why it shows up in so many mid-tier builds.

besho45689 1 point 26 days ago

Ok I know you probably havent built this exact build but do you recommend changing anything.. when should i order the parts like on black friday or cyber monday or just now

kernerstyle 2 points 25 days ago

NZXT H500i case is stellar.. Ryzen 2600x CPU... Asrock x470 mobo for additional overclocking functionality for a slight price bump.

nhunzaker 1 point 13 days ago

I went with these changes, super happy with them.

besho45689 1 point 26 days ago

Also what would be a good monior at a good price that suits this builds performance not too expensive tho

HyperNA 1 point 24 days ago

The build is pretty solid, I did change some stuff like the case because of my personal preference and the GPU (to a regular 1070) just because of my budget, otherwise this is a really good build. I would recommend buying your parts now if you haven’t already, I have started since last Monday and have caught some very good deals before they were gone so make sure you look out!

kernerstyle 1 point 25 days ago

Just built with slight modifications. The 2600x is $179 right now and comes with the wraith spiral cooler which is keeping my temps in line. I would ensure your case has a couple extra intakes as well. Very happy with this build for under 1000

polygonFalafel 1 point 26 days ago

How loud does this guy get?

kernerstyle 1 point 25 days ago

king kongs in the trunk

QuicksilverPyro 1 point 20 days ago

really? Is there a way to quiet her down?

skyfox64 2 Builds 1 point 26 days ago

Hello! Just wanted you to know, I recommended this build to my cousin for his first build. It's a good budget for a great AMD build. He's already bought half of the parts (Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales coming up this week). Also, I can't lie, Inigo Montoya won me over.

shaZam23 1 point 20 days ago

What is a good cooler to go with CPU?

QuicksilverPyro 1 point 20 days ago

It has a built-in cooler I believe

QuicksilverPyro 1 point 19 days ago

Crap, actually I have no idea, someone pls help.

rogdog56 1 point 3 days ago

It has a great cooler with it, the wraith spire, which can achieve minor overclocks, but you can get an aftermarket cooler for better performance and silence. If you wanted to add one I would recommend the be quiet dark rock 4; it's silent, works great and can cool most CPUs up to 200W TDP.

Sneezez 1 point 20 days ago

Do you think it could handle a game like rust with like 60 frames

DrModMan 1 point 5 days ago

more than 60 and prolly max settings, its a gtx 1070 ti which is really good

NewbieD 1 point 19 days ago

Hi, I'm new to PC building and was wondering if this build will work - https://pcpartpicker.com/list/hmc7gw - Not sure how many fans I need, but the case comes with fans and so does the CPU.


This build works. however that Lian-Li case is a little pricy if you want to save money. Also, personally, I think the Lian-Li cases are ugly and overrated, go with an NZXT H500 or H700 (just my opinion, up to you) also dont include windows in the price of the computer, for reasons I won't specify. Good luck and have fun! (If you save a little money, upgrade to an X470 board for some easy future-proofing and better OC ability)

QuicksilverPyro 1 point 19 days ago

Wait, DOES the CPU need an external cooler? and if so, what should I get???

SpencerThrone 1 point 14 days ago

This may sound like a stupid question but I'm pretty new to this, but could I change out the SSD for a smaller amount just to shave a few bucks off.

Godiga 1 point 14 days ago

Sure, I got a 500GB ssd instead.

CastionsdiStrada 1 point 12 days ago

Does the Motherboard have wifi support built in? If not, is there another board that would work with the other components listed?

tstammen 1 point 7 days ago

Will the GeForece GTX 1070 Ti support three monitors? If not, what's a good alternative GPU? Also, I'm a little wary of the ADATA SSD based on the reviews posted to NewEgg. Will the ASRock B450 motherboard support an M.2 SSD, specifically the Samsung 970 EVO M.2?

526christian 1 point 7 days ago

Will the GeForece GTX 1070 Ti support three monitors?

Sure, up to 4 monitors if you so wish.

Will the ASRock B450 motherboard support an M.2 SSD, specifically the Samsung 970 EVO M.2?


zenden_blind 1 point 6 days ago

Amp extreme $379 right now. $20 more than amp edition. I will get it.

DrModMan 1 point 5 days ago

I'm definitely buying these parts for christmas, what order should i order the parts? Like what can be assembled first without the need of other parts? Also is there anyway to get windows 10 for free? Like use the trial and just get a program to remove the watermark? Also does anyone have any good video recommendations for me that show a straight through build that I can mirror?

rogdog56 1 point 5 days ago
  • You should order all the parts at once, but it's best if case, mobo, and psu arrive first as you can just add the other components on top of that
  • For windows, what I'm doing to give more money to my rig itself is that I'm going to buy a copy of windows at a later time (you can install windows and then just buy a licence from the windows store) Also, you can use a program to activate windows for free, but I'm not allowed to refer you to that on this website. It also is very unstable and can by revoked by Microsoft at any time if they detect it's a faulty version. I used to use it but because it's very temporary activations I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. If you really hate the watermark being there but you know you're going to buy Windows, but you just want it to GO AWAY, there's a way you can hide it by editing the registry which I'll let you google because I don't know if I can explicitly tell you how on this website without this comment being deleted
  • For me, Bitwit Kyle's tutorial was the most helpful, however in any build with a HDD cage in the psu shroud, insert the HDD first so you don't have to mess around with the PSU and the HDD later on.

  • I don't recommend piracy, please don't delete this reply ThoughtA or manirelli

DrModMan 1 point 4 days ago

You're right, I shouldn't have said anything about pirating windows on here, sorry guys.

Thanks for the helpful comment. I'll order the case, motherboard, and power supply first and then once I get more money I'll order the rest.

rogdog56 1 point 4 days ago

Alright, good luck!

DrModMan 1 point 4 days ago

Also one other thing, so this video if I watch it now, and then watch it when im building I'll be able to build it no probs?

Also something im worried about is what to connect to what.

rogdog56 1 point 4 days ago

He goes through it in the video. I was worried about it too but it's pretty simple, don't worry. Like the USB 2 from the front of the case you route behind the mobo tray and then there are slits under the mobo where you can connect the cable, and it should say "USB 2.0" on the mobo. Same for most of the other cables, but your motherboard manual will explain in more detail

DrModMan 1 point 2 days ago

Is there a reason why this gtx 1070 to is so much cheaper than the rest

rogdog56 1 point 2 days ago

The price has gone down over time due to new products releasing and there's still stock for it

rogdog56 1 point 3 days ago

Nice list, meshify is a great case

captz 1 point 3 days ago

Would this be powerful enough to run games like GTA V, Witcher 3, and Modded Skyrim SE with a decent framerate? Sorry for the generic question but I'm new to this

archiemattocks 1 point 2 days ago

Depends on the resolution of your monitor, will be able to if you have a 1080p or 1440p panel. If you have a 1080p panel, then it will be able to run it higher than 60fps

archiemattocks 1 point 2 days ago

The vega 56 is a really good price at the moment and could look better in games you have a freesync monitor

DaveTheVoice 0 points 21 days ago

Awesome specs! I'm a 3D artist and I have been told over and over again that Gaming computers are the best for me. Do you agree?

rogdog56 1 point 5 days ago

Yes, any good gaming rig will be great for most 3d rendering tasks because gaming is basically just a constant 3d rendering task

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Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor 8W - 65W
Crucial - Ballistix Sport LT 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory 14W - 14W
Crucial - MX500 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Seagate - Barracuda 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
MSI - GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8 GB Video Card 45W - 180W
Total: 73W - 289W