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Great AMD Gaming Build

by ThoughtA

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34 Comments

Description

CPU

At this budget, we're using the AMD Ryzen 5 1600. The R5 1600 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.

Motherboard

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 B350 chipsets and up to 4 DDR4 DIMM slots for future expansion. The compatibility engine will filter out anything not compatible with the build.

Memory and Storage

For this build and most machines outside of the top end enthusiast realm we opted to go with 8GB of DDR4 memory. The parametric filter finds the best price on 8GB kits of memory that are within AMD’s recommended specifications. 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. We're use parametric filters to incorporate an SSD with at least 500GB of space. Everyone's storage needs differs, so feel free to change those capacities as needed.

GPU

In light of recent stock shortages due to the current cryptocurrency mining craze, we've updated the GPU to the more powerful Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080. It's one of the best price for performance cards on the market and an absolute powerhouse. The GTX 1080 will provide a consistent 60fps on many demanding games like Battlefield 1 at Ultra at 1080p, and even 1440p for some games like Shadow of Mordor. For those interested in VR, the GTX 1080 will have no problem playing any and and all applications currently on the market.

When video card stock and availability normalizes again, we will make sure to update our guides as appropriate to reflect the change in 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.

Case

The build will be housed in the Phanteks Enthoo Pro M Acrylic mid tower case. This case features an interesting acrylic window that presents itself in a way similar to tempered glass windows. It can fit CPU coolers, video cards, and PSUs of just about any size, and you'll find 2 USB 3.0 ports on the front panel. It also includes a PSU shroud and several rubber-grommeted cable management holes to help hide any unsightly cables. The Enthoo Pro M Acrylic also has loads of room for hard drive expansion, and if you want a 5.25" bay for an optical drive or something else, it has you covered.

PSU

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: See notes below.

Estimated Wattage: 339W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $279.00 $279.00 Shopping Express Buy
Motherboard
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Chipset: AMD B350
$114.00 $114.00 Shopping Express Buy
Memory
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
$189.00 $189.00 Umart Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 500GB - 10TB
  • Type: SSD
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
$204.00 $204.00 Shopping Express Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1080
  • Length: 220mm - 403mm
$749.00 $749.00 Mwave Australia Buy
Case $119.00 $119.00 Scorptec Buy
Power Supply $118.00 $118.00 Shopping Express Buy
Total: $1772.00
* 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

  • The Phanteks - Enthoo Pro M Acrylic ATX Mid Tower Case supports video cards up to 420mm long, but video cards over 300mm may block drive bays. Since the GALAX - GeForce GTX 1080 8GB EX OC SNPR White Video Card is 371mm long, some drive bays may not be usable.
  • Flag compatibility notes as incorrect

Comments Sorted by:

IncognitoGamer123 8 points 1 month ago

Just a tip for everyone when buying a computer, check your local sales tax and make sure it's in your budget. Because %8 (My local sales tax) of $1200 is $96. So this computer (After mail in rebates) is really around $1300

Galactic_Destro 4 points 26 days ago

Hey just wondering does the PC come with fans? If it doesn't do you recommend some? Also are they quiet? And I know this this is gonna be my 4th question but is the PC easy to build and reliable? Thanks, (this is gonna be my first PC build so gotta be extra careful!)

KingQuez 3 points 11 days ago

All pc’s are really the same to build, I would recommend to watch YouTube while doing it so you can be really cautious

nateleephillips 3 points 20 days ago

It appears the case is no longer available.

fastcjgt3 1 point 17 days ago

The team are probably making changes to the site and have to redo that page.

CanIGetA_TootToot 2 points 25 days ago

Built this over the weekend, and I'm now running all my favourite games at a solid 60fps on ultra settings on a 1060 6gb. I paired the B350 board with Corsair RAM (flashing the BIOS to get the advertised 3000mhz) and all is working well. The board also supports Mystic Light, and with some fancy braided cables, the Cooler Master 5 tower looks brilliant - just make sure you select a colour scheme rather than relying on this list to do it for you - ie the white CM5 was cheaper at the time, but didn't suit my Black/Red required theme.

bob55909 1 point 12 days ago

What games are you running as an example?

KingQuez 1 point 11 days ago

Most games should run really well, as long as they are optimized they should all run 60fps high settings on 1080 with a 1060

danmee10 2 points 25 days ago

I've never used this site for a build before...I just picked up a PowerColor - Radeon RX VEGA 56 8GB Video Card which you guys have in your system, but you don't seem to have much info on it. I'm concerned that there could be some compatibility issues that could arise as a result. Are these concerns unfounded? Can I just swap that in for the gforce 1080 and call it good if it says I can?

KingQuez 1 point 11 days ago

Depends on your CPU, you need a high end CPU for a 1080 so the CPU doesn’t bottleneck the 1080 costing performance.

SuperMagicalRainbow 2 points 20 days ago

Can I upgrade the CPU to a Ryzen 1700 8 core?

ray135 1 point 19 days ago

Yes.

jcoronado619 1 point 1 month ago

That RAM isn't on either AMD's supported list or Asrock's. I bought it thinking you were credible, but my system won't except it. Do your research before you start recommending things, but I guess the same should be said to me. Take this build down or change the RAM before others waste there money.

ThoughtA staff submitter 3 points 1 month ago

Would you mind explaining what you mean by the system not accepting the RAM? There's no reason why the memory and motherboard shouldn't work together.

Please note that QVLs (the lists you're referring to) are only the lists that the companies have physically tested themselves and are by no means exhaustive. There will be far more memory kits that are compatible and no on a given QVL than are on one.

jcoronado619 0 points 1 month ago

Have you actually tested this build? I have the same motherboard and cpu, however the system wouldn't post. So I'm pretty sure it doesn't work. However, I could be wrong and the issues I've been having with might system might involve the cpu instead of the RAM

All you have told me so far is that it should work, but do you know if it actually works?

ThoughtA staff submitter 3 points 1 month ago

Though I have not personally tested with these exact parts, I am 100% certain it's compatible and works. It doesn't have to be physically tested for one to know it's compatibility.

If your PC isn't POSTing, chances are either that one of your components is defective or there's been an installation error. I recommend posting in our Troubleshooting subforum for help diagnosing the issue.

jcoronado619 -3 points 1 month ago

By the way, that wasn't the original motherboard on this post. It was the AB350 Pro4 by Asrock.

ThoughtA staff submitter 3 points 1 month ago

The part list uses a parametric list, which constantly and actively updates to select the least expensive motherboard that meet selected criteria, such as socket, chipset, and, of course, compatibility.

Thanks for clarifying which motherboard is the one you're referring to, though.

xMrCuddles 3 points 27 days ago

The G.Skill - Trident Z is specifically listed in the QVL under F4-3200C16D-16GTZB, The Ryzen motherboards definitely do have a ton of issues with ram compatibility, but it definitely recommended something that is correct.

Shawnrules 1 point 19 days ago

I'm really just looking for a PC to run ultra/max at 1080. I'm new to PC building, and was wondering if this would run those well? Games like: Destiny 2 PUBG Diablo 3 CS GO SCII LOL

Anyone have any build recommendations or advice on this one. Budget around 1400.

(Sticking to 1080p gaming since I'm in love with my Benq monitors)

Outlaw_123 1 point 19 days ago

Are you playing on a 144hz monitor? If so, this build should be solid one. If not, you should consider building something cheaper

zarsa 1 point 17 days ago

This build will easily play those games at far more than 60fps at 1080p. I'd say it's a bit overkill.

GosuSang 1 point 9 days ago

1070 is best for 144hz 1920 at those games. destiny and pubg is pretty demanding.

fastcjgt3 1 point 17 days ago

Do a fx-4300 build to show the real AMD power! XD

HotwingCindy 1 point 15 days ago

Make sure yall use the same exact parts as the video if you're gonna follow along. The compatibility filter failed me.

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 14 days ago

Would you mind linking the part list you're referring to so I can take a look?

moosemcgee 1 point 12 days ago

is there a build video for this guide?

KingQuez 1 point 11 days ago

PCOutlet does not take tax, at least on my build they didn’t, I’ve heard some negative feedback from them, but that’s where I have ordered my build, and they did not charge tax, if you want to save $100 or even more, I would recommend there, and shipping costed me $8 on a $1000 build.

HGerbels1 1 point 11 days ago

Is it appropriate to post my customized parts-list here? Because i am a beginner and dont know if the parts i selected are compatible.

justin_144 1 point 5 days ago

Post the list to reddit.com/r/buildapc

Chocolateo 1 point 4 days ago

Hello I was wondering if some one could show me a decent monitor that could do this computer justice (I'm really new to pc building and pc in general). Also could this build run editing software and games at max settings with good fps?

ForRealsGamer 1 point 3 days ago

Hey, i'm new to building PC's so sorry if this sound's stupid but do you NEED to have a sound card, wired network adapter, and wireless network adapter? If you can help me that would be greatly appreciated!

chonas 1 point 1 day ago

FYI, this specific mobo has no SOC voltage adjustment in BIOS. It also has a very tough time getting above 2800 mhz w/ ram speed.

I'd recommend an x370. It's a bit more expensive, but guarantees more compatibility with higher speed RAM. This is from over 40 hours trying to get my 3600 mhz RAM to get above 2800.

Chingz 1 point 1 day ago

Can anyone recommend me a pc building video because I have one video I just want to too compare and see which is more reliable.

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Reason:
Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor 8W - 65W
ASRock - AB350 Pro4 ATX AM4 Motherboard 17W - 70W
G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory 14W - 14W
Crucial - MX300 525GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
GALAX - GeForce GTX 1080 8GB EX OC SNPR White Video Card 45W - 180W
Total: 86W - 339W