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Build Guide

Enthusiast AMD Gaming Build

by manirelli



For the Enthusiast AMD build we chose the Ryzen 7 2700 as our processor. The be quiet! - Dark Rock Pro cooler will keep the processor cool and stay quiet while overclocking.


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.


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 DDR4-3000 to DDR4-3400. At the current time, using memory rated over 3400mhz 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.


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.


With this budget we decided to go all out on the graphics card. The Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 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 RTX 2080 is perfectly suited for VR gaming as well. When using an RTX 2080 you should consider stepping up your monitor to a 120/144hz screen for the best gaming experience.


All of our components are housed in the Corsair Crystal 570X RGB case. This case has a multiple tempered glass panels, room for enthusiast CPU coolers, watercooling radiators, and front panel USB3.0.


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, have two EPS cables, and provide more than enough power for this system while at stock clocks or overclocking.

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Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 334W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $361.53 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $361.53 Amazon Canada Buy
CPU Cooler $138.04 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $138.04 Amazon Canada Buy
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Chipset: AMD X470
  • SLI/CrossFire: 2-Way SLI Capable
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
$199.40 -$40.00 $159.40 Vuugo Buy
$40.00 mail-in rebate
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200, DDR4-3300, DDR4-3400
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
  • Heat Spreader: Yes
$129.99 $129.99 Newegg Canada Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 500 GB - 12000 GB
  • Type: SSD
  • Interface: M.2 (M)
  • Form Factor: M.2-2280
$89.88 $89.88 Canada Computers Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 3000 GB - 10000 GB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$94.99 $94.99 Newegg Canada Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce RTX 2080
$929.99 $929.99 Memory Express Buy
Case $229.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $229.99 Amazon Canada Buy
Power Supply $108.50 $108.50 Vuugo Buy
Base Total: $2282.31
Mail-in Rebates: -$40.00
Total: $2242.31
* 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:

EnoxRule 1 point 1 month ago

First lol Id improve the ssd but looks good

eesti 1 point 1 month ago

For the next set of guides I want more rigid SSD selection on the high end

Matthew.Gronski 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago


manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

3000* Updated, thanks.

Junior1210 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Is there a significant difference in performance of the Dark Rock Pro 4 vs the stock cooler?

rogdog56 2 points 1 month ago

Certainly, it's also much quieter

LeviAMD 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

good stuff

Plasticpitchfork 1 point 18 days ago

I bought a 1TB WD Blue SSD SATA is there going to be a huge issue with that compared to any other SSD that’s not an expensive Samsung?

Plasticpitchfork 1 point 18 days ago

Also, I didn’t order an aftermarket cooler just yet as I am a first time builder. Will the stock cooler get me by while assessing my needs? Will I be able to overclock at all?

And am I posting in the right place for these kinds of questions?

that.guy.coby 2 points 9 days ago

the one that comes with it will get you by but if you want good temps while overclocking I'd go with an AIO if you have the money but if not you can use a regular air cooler, also the cooler that comes with it is pretty loud.

Plasticpitchfork 1 point 8 days ago

I ended up ordering a 9700K as much as it hurts. I debated long and hard and in all my use cases, not really gaming at 1440p, but professional, Intel is just safer ATM.

I don't have a cooler ordered yet though, 120 or 240? Any brands and/or price points to avoid? I see some for $60 and I think, hmmm...

that.guy.coby 2 points 7 days ago

Intel is a bit safer atm, but for AIO's I'd go with a 240mm, and i wouldn't go with NZXT bc I heard they data mine people's information so I'd go with corsair, and i wouldn't go above 150$ personally bc anything above that is RGB and other bs that isnt really worth the price.

Plasticpitchfork 1 point 7 days ago

Yes I’m not going above $150 but what about below? Probably sticking with Intel although I do believe AMD will be a better bet by the end of the year. I want to pick a winner, not go down with a sinking expensive ship. However, any company being on top means they get greedy and lazy. I don’t see any reason AMD would be any different. So that’s why I’m interested in kind of getting in there during the sweet spot, but, 9700k is in the mail with a motherboard. 2700 is sitting here without a motherboard and I’d probably want a 2700X. so that would be 3 returns and a new order of 2700x and mobo. I’ve really made a mess of this. Lol

that.guy.coby 1 point 7 days ago

Lol, do you plan on gaming or is this just for like adobe and such, but for AIOs you can go for H100i pro (not platinum) , runs for about 110$ with good temps.

Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
AMD - Ryzen 7 2700 3.2 GHz 8-Core Processor 8W - 65W
be quiet! - Dark Rock Pro 4 50.5 CFM CPU Cooler 5W - 10W
G.Skill - Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory 14W - 14W
ADATA - XPG 512 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Toshiba - P300 3 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Gigabyte - GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB WINDFORCE Video Card 53W - 215W
Total: 86W - 334W