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Build Guide

Excellent AMD Gaming Build

by manirelli

Description

CPU/CPU Cooler

For the Excellent AMD Gaming Build build we selected the Ryzen 5 2600 as our processor. To better cool the R5 2600 we selected the CRYORIG - H5 Universal.

Motherboard

The Ryzen 5 2600 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 SSD with at least 500GB of space and a minimum 3TB of mechanical storage at 7200rpm.

GPU

On a budget of roughly 1250 dollars we decided to go with an excellent graphic 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 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. This case has a nice black finish, a large tempered glass side panel window, power supply shroud, room for enthusiast CPU coolers, watercooling radiators, two pre-installed case fans, 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: 366W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $228.49 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $228.49 Amazon Canada Buy
CPU Cooler $62.75 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $62.75 Amazon Canada Buy
Motherboard
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Chipset: AMD X470
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
$162.99 $162.99 PC-Canada Buy
Memory
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2666, DDR4-2800, DDR4-2933, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
  • Heat Spreader: Yes
$168.99 $168.99 Newegg Canada Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 500GB - 12TB
  • Type: SSD
$107.87 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $107.87 Amazon Canada Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 3TB - 10TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$98.99 $98.99 PC-Canada Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1080
$619.99 $619.99 Memory Express Buy
Case $129.99 $129.99 Newegg Canada Buy
Power Supply $109.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $109.99 Amazon Canada Buy
Total: $1690.05
* 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 CRYORIG - H5 Universal 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler may require a separately available mounting adapter to fit the MSI - X470 GAMING PLUS ATX AM4 Motherboard.
  • Flag compatibility notes as incorrect

Comments Sorted by:

Ronand251 3 points 1 month ago

where could i get a mounting adapter for the cpu cooler to fit the motherboard?

Eg0_tripper 1 point 5 days ago

You have to jump through some hoops on the company website. I just did this build and the cooler is NOT compatible out of the box :(

Smaky 1 point 1 month ago

This will be my first pc build. Planning to buy the parts by Christmas. Is a 1440p 144hz monitor with gsync an overkill with this build? Or I should aim for a 100hz? Thanks

IAmSkeletor 2 points 1 month ago

144hz would be fine with this build. There's always room to upgrade so I'd say go for it even if it ends up being overkill.

KeyteeChan 1 point 1 month ago

I think it's not an overkill BUT remember that i am not a pc expert

Booperdooper32 4 points 29 days ago

OK I WILL REMEMBER THAT YOURE NOT A PC EXPERT

KeyteeChan 1 point 28 days ago

lol

Brion_Sundae 1 point 12 days ago

Definitely not. 1440p would be perfectly fine with a GTX 1080.

Jorm 1 point 1 month ago

I’m looking to make a pc for the first time. Is this build difficult to assemble? Also would it have trouble with games like MHworld or dark souls3? Lastly would this pc last me a long time and be able to have upgrades done to it easily if they were necessary down the line?

Booperdooper32 1 point 25 days ago

Oh and the pc would flawlessly run most AAA titles at 1080p high at around 120-240fps, 4K 60-90 FPS etc etc.

Booperdooper32 0 points 29 days ago

I’d upgrade the cpu to futureproof, should be easily upgradable but with this cpu you could be looking at a cpu bottleneck in future

papps1 1 point 1 month ago

Is the additional CPU cooler really needed? I have a Ryzen 5 2600 and was just going to use the stock fan.....

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

Needed? No. For better OC and quieter performance, it is an option.

heyderpxd18 1 point 1 month ago

Any other recommendations for RAM since the one in the guide is sold out?

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Click the "from parametric filter" link under the ram and you can see all of the filtered options sorted by price.

xSixGhost 1 point 1 month ago

I'm going to build a new PC and my list is quite similar to yours, but I have the 2600x instead of the 2600, is there much change between the two? I also have a corsair HX750I 80+ Plat. Would that be an overkill?

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Your CPU is slightly better as is the PSU. Good luck!

NoZy 1 point 29 days ago

I am a noob at PC's and i am starting my new job soon, so i would like to build my own PC for the first time, and these parts seems good to me! The problem i have is that the new line of cards just came out, so my question is, can i put a 2080 Nvidia in this machine?

Booperdooper32 2 points 29 days ago

Yes. The cards are not out yet but you should be able to swap the 1080 for a 2080.

NoZy 1 point 29 days ago

By the way, i got my own setup right now. Which consists of: Windows 10 Home 64-bit CPU Intel Core i5 6400 @ 2.70GHz 27 °C Skylake 14nm Technology RAM 16,0GB Single-Channel Unknown @ 1063MHz (15-15-15-36) Motherboard LENOVO 364A (U3E1) 23 °C Graphics BenQ XL2411Z (1920x1080@144Hz) 4095MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (MSI) 24 °C Storage 238GB SanDisk SD7SB6S256G1001 (SATA (SSD)) 27 °C 931GB Seagate ST1000DM003-1SB102 (SATA )

Would your build be considered an upgrade? And what is the pros and cons of your build?

MaceWoods 1 point 29 days ago

This will be my first PC build. Pretend as though I know nothing - if I order all of these parts, will I have everything I need to assemble the computer? If not, what else should I need (aside from a monitor). Thanks in advance.

MaceWoods 1 point 29 days ago

Also, I assume I'll need to buy an operating system?

calebbraithwaite 1 point 5 days ago

If you're currently attending a university, you can generally get a Windows 10 key for free through them.

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ThoughtA staff 1 point 28 days ago

Do not advocate piracy.

Booperdooper32 3 points 28 days ago

Do not murder people.

getbretweir 1 point 23 days ago

You'll need an OS (Windows 10) and internet connection. Also, how will you connect online? Will it be via ethernet or WiFi?

If wired, you need an ethernet cable long enough to connect to your setup. If wireless, you can either 1) purchase a motherboard with a built-in wireless card, or 2) purchase a wifi card separately and attach to your motherboard (it's really easy, the card connects to your motherboard just like RAM would), then you attach a small antenna (which will come packaged with wifi card) to the back of your case.

There's nothing else you need, and the cooler on this list isn't a necessity, but probably a good idea to get. It can definitely wait a few months though.

Also, the storage listed is a lot, and may or may not be needed depending on your intended use. Definitely get 250-500GB SSD (I prefer 500) and any additional storage you might need (like if you're saving video) can be put on a hard drive (which looks, and goes into the same spot as your SSD). HDD is cheap these days, and only costs an extra $5-10 for the additional 1TB.

Good luck!

conorb564 1 point 26 days ago

I built the #7 Revision a week before this revision came out, and just want to thank the OP, Sure i could of waited and yes the GPU prices are dropping again but i am fully in love with my new build. Not a pc expert by any means and was very skeptical of building myself but no major hiccups and the reward was so worth it!

My_Name_Is_Classified 1 point 20 days ago

Does this build need an additional wifi card? I want to factor this into the cost and cannot find it on MSI's website, or the information for the motherboard on PCPartPicker.

GaraumiGuru 1 point 19 days ago

Why go for a 750 watt PSU? Do you really need that much to run this machine?

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 17 days ago

This is addressed in the PSU section of the guide. Most X470 motherboards have more than one CPU power cable and that requires moving to larger power supplies to get additional cables.

Happycow 1 point 18 days ago

I’m debating this pc for $1600 with an I5-2600k with a 1080 card or another pc for $2000 with an I5 8600k with a 1080 ti

All I want to do is play on a 2k monitor (120-144 hz) with nice high setting and high FPS for any games (DayZ, Scum, red dead 2).

My question is, would this pc suffice or should I spend the extra $400???

MrTeddyFTW 1 point 10 days ago

spend the extra 400

Noogzy 1 point 15 days ago

What would I lose if I used a b450 instead of this chipset on this processor?

mk_ried 1 point 13 days ago

this PC will be used for streaming Nintendo switch games to you-tube/twitch with a webcam using elgato hd 60, will this PC get the job done?

KittyCatKane 1 point 11 days ago

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MrTeddyFTW 1 point 10 days ago

Ok so i got this exact build a couple weeks ago, and it does work great. ran rainbow 6 siege, far cry 5, and gta 5 at 60 - 80 fps consistently, very good build, would recommend.

KURLOZ_-Op 1 point 8 days ago

great build love it

magoo9739 1 point 6 days ago

graphics card 87 pounds import fee??

drgiorhodes 1 point 6 days ago

This build may be a better alternative https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/user/drgiorhodes/saved/4hFP3C

JaronHop 1 point 6 days ago

is this PC more than capable of playing fortnite? or should I spend less?

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Reason:
Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor 8W - 65W
CRYORIG - H5 Universal 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler 5W - 10W
MSI - X470 GAMING PLUS ATX AM4 Motherboard 17W - 70W
G.Skill - Aegis 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2800 Memory 11W - 11W
Crucial - MX300 525GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Toshiba - P300 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1080 8GB WINDFORCE OC 8G Video Card 45W - 180W
Total: 92W - 366W