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Build Guide

Great AMD Gaming Build

by ThoughtA




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.


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 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 DDR4-2800 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 add or remove capacity to your heart's desire.


For our GPU, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 is one of the best price for performance cards on the market and an absolute powerhouse. The GTX 1070 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 War. For those interested in VR, the GTX 1070 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.


Our build will be housed in the Antec P8 ATX mid tower case. This case features a tempered glass window and 2x front panel USB 3.0 ports. It can fit full length video cards and features a PSU shroud to keep your build looking cleaner. The P8 also contains quite a bit of cable management features, such as cutouts, bumps and tie-offs.


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: 309W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $264.00 $264.00 Shopping Express Buy
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Chipset: AMD B350
$114.00 $114.00 Shopping Express Buy
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
$278.00 $278.00 Umart Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 500GB - 10TB
  • Type: SSD
$180.00 $180.00 Umart Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1070
  • Length: 220mm - 403mm
$639.00 $639.00 Scorptec Buy
Case $85.00 $85.00 Scorptec Buy
Power Supply $118.00 $118.00 Shopping Express Buy
Total: $1678.00
* 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.

Comments Sorted by:

Idonotknow 4 points 1 month ago

Hmm... Not sure if a 525gb is future proof enough. Maybe add a 2tb hard drive to future proof it

Blu2K 3 points 10 days ago

I would add an HDD for mass storage. I don't think a 525 gb SSD would last you that long. Personally, I would run something around a 250 SSD and a 1 to 2TB HHD to store games and what not. For a gaming build budget like this, I don't see the importance of much SSD space.

CologneKellz 2 points 12 days ago

I want to make use of my Free Sync monitor, can I replace the 1070 with an ASUS ROG Strix RX 580 graphics card and leave anything else the same?


Thelonewanderer101 1 point 16 days ago

I have an Antec Three Hundred (not three hundred two) case that's been sitting for about 5 or 6 years that I intend to use. Part list says no compatibility issues but I can't find much info about the Three Hundred online. Thoughts?

GDXZeusTheGod 1 point 8 days ago

Quick Question: Is there any way to potentially save some money and go with a GeForce GTX 1050? Thoughts on the differences? Thanks!

croziez 3 points 7 days ago

If you're trying to avoid the expensive mining cards, I would at the very least go with a 1050Ti. You can get them still for cheap and it will have much more performance over the 1050.

Swift-Jack -1 points 1 month ago

You could have saved some money on the RAM it has been shown that there is no significant difference between 2400 RAM and 3200 on an AMD cpu.

Edit: Did see comments on other builds about this can anyone clarify?

ThoughtA staff submitter 7 points 1 month ago

I recommend checking out some benchmarks, as it's pretty largely agreed upon that it definitely does make a significant difference.

Swift-Jack 5 points 1 month ago

Thanks, I have seen some misinformation.

USNS_Epcen 2 Builds 1 point 10 days ago

3200 is the most you want to do because after 3200 is overkill and no gain at all.

Blu2K 1 point 10 days ago

Then I probably shouldn't have gotten 3600MHz RAM for my rig xD