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Guide

Excellent AMD Gaming/Streaming Build

Description

CPU

At this budget, we're using the new AMD Ryzen 5 3600. Since it is overclockable the Noctua NH-U12S has been added to the list. A cooler of this stature will allow a high overclock without overheating or becoming noisy.

Note: If you'd prefer to consider a similar build, but instead using an Intel processor, be sure to check out our Excellent 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 X570 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.

The X570 chipset was selected rather than the B450 chipset in order to bypass any BIOS update issues that would occur when combining a new Ryzen 3000 series (Zen 2) CPU with a B450 chipset. However, you are welcome to explore those options as well, but be forewarned that because it uses an older chipset, this motherboard may require a BIOS update before it will be compatible with the CPU. The manufacturer may have already updated the B450 BIOS before sending it to retailers, but if not, many motherboards cannot be updated without using an older CPU to do so.

If the motherboard is not updated, the PC is unlikely to boot at all with the new CPU. In this case, you would need to temporarily use an older CPU to update the motherboard BIOS before using a new CPU with it. The CPUs that could do this update would be the Ryzen 1000 CPUs, Ryzen 2000 APUs, and Ryzen 2000 CPUs.

If you stick with the X570 chipset on original part list provided, you will not have to deal with this process.

Memory

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 DDR4-3200 and faster speeds, as Ryzen CPUs scale well with higher frequency memory.

Storage

We're use parametric filters to incorporate an SSD with at least 500GB of space. We have also added a parametric filter for a 3TB 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.

GPU

For our GPU, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER is one of the best price for performance cards on the market. The RTX 2060 SUPER will provide a consistent 60fps on many demanding games like PUBG) at Ultra at 1080p, and even 1440p for some games like Apex Legends. It'll also handle Fortnite with zero issues. For those interested in VR, this card will have no problem playing any and and all applications currently on the market.

For streaming, the newly-updated NVENC encoding will offload the task to the GPU with a minimal performance hit using OBS (Open Broadcaster Software) while providing image quality similar to or better than x264 Fast quality.

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]https://pcpartpicker.com/products/video-card/#c=446&sort=price&page=1) instead, if you want to include the smaller cards for any reason. Note that smaller cards will be louder or hotter - or both.

Case

All of our components are housed in the Fractal Design Meshify C TG case. This case features a clean design and a tempered glass window. It includes 2x front panel USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports, a PSU shroud, and a number of cable management holes and tie-offs to help your build look cleaner. It can also fit full-sized video cards.

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.

AMD Version

Here is the Intel version of our Excellent Gaming Guide..

Compatibility: See notes below.

Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor
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£172.79
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£1.99
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£174.78
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Buy
CPU Cooler Noctua NH-U12S 55 CFM CPU Cooler
Base
£55.99
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Shipping
FREE
Tax
Price
£55.99
Where
Buy
Motherboard MSI X570-A PRO ATX AM4 Motherboard

From parametric filter: Form Factor: ATX; Chipset: AMD X570; Memory Slots: 4 - 16

Base
£139.97
Promo
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Tax
Price
£139.97
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Memory Patriot Viper 4 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory

From parametric filter: Speed: DDR4-3200, DDR4-3300, DDR4-3333, DDR4-3400, DDR4-3466, DDR4-3600; Type: 288-pin DIMM; Modules: 2 x 8GB; Heat Spreader: Yes

Base
£53.82
Promo
Shipping
£3.49
Tax
Price
£57.31
Where
Buy
Storage ADATA Ultimate SU800 512 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive

From parametric filter: Capacity: 500 GB - 12000 GB; Type: SSD

Base
£48.28
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Tax
Price
£48.28
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Storage Toshiba P300 3 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

From parametric filter: Capacity: 3000 GB - 10000 GB; Type: 7200RPM; Form Factor: 3.5"; Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s

Base
£59.32
Promo
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£3.49
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Price
£62.81
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Video Card MSI GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8 GB ARMOR OC Video Card

From parametric filter: Chipset: GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER

Base
£349.97
Promo
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Tax
Price
£349.97
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Case Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case
Base
£79.99
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£11.50
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£91.49
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Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA G3 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply

From parametric selection: Show

Base
£94.99
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£5.48
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Price
£100.47
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Base Total: £1055.12
Shipping: £25.95
Total: £1081.07
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Compatibility Notes

  • Note:The Noctua NH-U12S 55 CFM CPU Cooler may require a separately available mounting adapter to fit the MSI X570-A PRO ATX AM4 Motherboard.

Comments

  • 3 months ago
  • 6 points

Dear Pcpartpicker team.

Please do not use parametric filters for storage. You will get something that is faulty. Ram is OK, because off brands still use Samsung or micron flash storage but for storage. Please. Don't use parametric filters.

Also you can definitely squeeze a 660p nvme ssd in there.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

660ps are just as unreliable as the one they have

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

660ps are reliable, they just use QLC NAND with SLC caching, so as long as your not downloading the entire Internet every day, you'll be fine.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

QLC nand deteriorates quickly in both speed and reliability as you fill it up but I do still agree with you they should fit a better ssd just not the 660p.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

They radeon 5700xt not stock so you dont have to worry about over heating is way better than the 2060 for same price why not that?

  • 17 days ago
  • 1 point

Streaming performance isn't great on the 5700XT. It's amazing for pure gaming but the 2060's encoder is better and works. NVENC encoding on the Turing chips don't break performance while streaming because of the dedicated hardware encoding module on it from what I hear. If using the 5700XT, streamers will have to offload all the encoding to the CPU, which will work find for a year or two until new games come out.

  • 3 months ago
  • 4 points

It says mini cards are filtered out but actually the parts list includes a mini video card.

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  • 3 months ago
  • 3 points

Have a parts list saved that is of similar price. Vastly different choices in parts though. I'm an armchair gamer - I have many things to do and gaming is just for fun so the top-of-the-line/ newest release isn't a concern for me. I chose the Ryzen 7 2700 (no BIOS issues) paired with the ASRock B450 Pro MOBO and a Sapphire Radeon RX 590 PULSE GPU (will probably get another one later on for CrossFire). I chose Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (x2) for my RAM and plan to expand with more later. Finally a Western Digital 500GB SSD, ASUS DVD/CD drive, Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy sound card, and a ASUS wifi card (this is only because my router is on the other side of the house from where my computer sits). I'm not sure how this set up compares, ability-wise, with the parts list above but at most I plan on Fallout 4 and a couple of MMOs and this set up should do reasonably well with those.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

I am doing my first build and after stalking the boards a while I think this is the one I am going to go with. I do have a few questions I was hoping to get some feedback on first if someone feels up to it.

  1. The video card in the build is a mini so I was going to switch it out for a full size. The two that I considered are the - https://pcpartpicker.com/product/3wBTwP/msi-geforce-rtx-2060-6-gb-gaming-z-video-card-rtx-2060-gaming-z-6g or https://pcpartpicker.com/product/Wzyqqs/msi-geforce-rtx-2060-super-8-gb-gaming-x-video-card-rtx-2060-super-gaming-x

  2. The CPU cooler suggested requires a separate mounting bracket to be ordered. Is there another cooler you would suggest that would not need additional hardware?

  3. I mostly stick to MOBAs and strategy games. Should I consider moving up to 32 gb ram while I am doing the build and if so any suggestions.

Thanks to anyone who takes the time to lend some advice. I am new to the process and it has been daunting trying to learn the ins and out.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

It's better you go for 2060 super, 2060 alone is as useless compare to it's price. If you are not overclocking or doing light overclocking stock should do, if not you can get new cooler that doesn't require stress or separate bracket, like be quiet dark rock series, noctua na-12u or so. If you have the change you can go for 32gigs at higher frequency 3200MHz but 16gigs should do if not.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

An NH-D15 for a 3600? Isn't that a bit overkill? An X570 board would be overkill when any B450 board would be fine and save up on cash. And an RTX 2060 super, seriously? When the 5700 XT exists? An overwatted power supply will cause less efficiency and that wouldnt be that bad, but you decided to pick the EVGA GQ that is notably loud under loads.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Where would you buy the mounting adapter if needed?

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

did u figure out if it was required?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

The recommended video card is not in stock. Do you know of any that are similar in quality and compatibility? Same with the power supply. Thanks!

  • 3 months ago
  • 3 points

5700 xt is an AMD card that is cheaper, and should actually perform better in majority of games.

  • 3 months ago
  • 3 points

Way better. The 5700xt is almost on par with the 2070S I believe. RTX is just a gimmick at the moment...

  • 3 months ago
  • 0 points

But the blower cooler is trash and the better aftermarket solutions (in my region at least) are either not available or so much more expensive than the reference that it defeats the point of its "price to performance".

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

aftermarkets versions are out and coming to other regions really soon for 5700/xt. also The 5700xt IS on par with 2070 and sometimes even better if u couls pull off a good oc

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Would this work with a geforce 2070 super?

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

yes

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Does this setup need the extra cpu cooler or will it work without it?

  • 3 months ago
  • 0 points

It does come with a stock cooler but you will see significant improvements with the listed cooler when running at stock and especially if you overclock.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

does this board support wifi?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Will Ryzen 3600 bottleneck 2070 super? Thinking about going with 2070 super for 1440p 144hz gaming.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

No it won't, r5 3600 is not a small processor

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

This is my first build. if you could give me feedback and tell me if there's anything i should change on the list that would be great and i would appreciate. its primarily for gaming/streaming https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/user/ReconPrestige.tv/saved/#view=rmnXvK

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Any RTX that is not super doesn't deserve the price, it's better you get 2070 super!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

The CPU cooler fan is currently out of stock, is there any good alteratives?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi there! I'm thinking about building this setup as my first gaming PC, but have a couple questions. First, I'm thinking about swapping out the video card listed for a 5700xt. Would this build with that card be VR capable?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome, thank you!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello, Im doing by first pc build and im a bit unsure. But i most likely gonna buy these but i got some questions.

Updating that motherboard for the CPU was a bit complicated so what i understood is that i have to buy 2 CPUS... One to update it and one that im gonna use?

Is there anything else that isent on the list i should have before starting on the build?

And is building a pc fairly simple? Just put parts in the right spot and you did it?

Well contact me on Discord Ravage#2196 If anyone has the answers, Thank you

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

This motherboard will not require a BIOS update to work with the CPU

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh okay, But do you think that pc can run Ark Survival Evolved? Because i need a pc that can run that game without lagging way to much.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

And also the CPU cooler is out of stock, will they restock anytime soon? And im wondering if Noctua NH-U12S CPU Cooler works the same as Noctua NH-U12S 55 CFM CPU Cooler. Because i searched and i dont see any place that sells Noctua NH-U12S 55 CFM CPU Cooler.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't think this computer will have any issues running Ark: Survival Evolved. However, Ark is horribly unoptimized and you may just get random FPS sputters but it would perform better than most PC's, especially with AMD components.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, I know this is a lot to ask, but im building my first pc for gaming. I'm not looking for anything Insane something around 1000-1500 canadian, but im totally lost, Ive been told ryzen is the way to go but any help or builds would be great

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Why does it say they're using the nvidia geforce graphics card in the info but when they show the part list it says zotac graphics card.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Nvidia is the OEM and makes the actual chip and provides reference designs for the PCB. Zotac is a brand that takes those components and makes a finished product.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool thanks so this will still work to help me stream?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Aka NVENC ENCODING

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the Noctua cooler come with the appropriate mounting brackets for this motherboard or will I have to purchase an adapter kit as well?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

As of 2019 I believe the mounting kit should be included with the purchase of a U12s.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I see this is asked every day. But I’m new etc etc and looking to get a good pc like to stay round this price build really can’t afford to get much higher. I want to stream,play most games probably, lil computer programming like or more like graphic design and stuff I guess. But can this pc handle what I’m going to be doing with. I really don’t think I’ll be doing any over clocking etc I don’t think. I mean I def want to run some pc games etc, mainly streaming MTG arena and podcast with my play group and doing something with my kids. Can any one pls help me for real. I seen something bout video card wasn’t in stock so someone suggested the 5400xt I believe and is cheaper and as good, is this an option i should just go with anyway? Can some one pls help me with a good pc build.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

What type of Frames can I expect on my games (COD: MW/Monster Hunter: World/Wow) while streaming 720p/60fps?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

SSD Is sold out

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

The prices and parts are constantly updating. You can edit the build and click the parametric filter we used to see the rest of the SSDs that fit the listed criteria.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I saved up just enough to buy all these parts 😭😭 but I forgot about tax 😭 now I don’t have enough to buy the ram , ssd , or hd rip

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Would a Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8 GB WINDFORCE OC 3X or any 3-fan video card be too big for this case?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

They should make yt vids of building tutorials on these on yt

  • 16 days ago
  • 1 point

Any other suggestions for the CPU cooler? Not really a /fan/ of its color.

  • 3 months ago
  • 0 points

Better parts list IMO: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/tPC4RJ

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

There have been a number of reports of issues specifically with msi b450 motherboards and the 3000 series CPUs when updating the BIOS. For now, we are only recommending X570 to guarantee compatibility out of the box.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

MSI are launching the B450 MAX line of motherboards, basically just their regular B450 MOBOS but with out of the box compatibility for 3rd gen. The tomahawk is there as a placeholder for the tomahawk max.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Why would you put a hyper 212 the stock cooler is nearly as good, and yea it’s quite common for tomahawks to not work with Zen 2.

  • 3 months ago
  • 0 points

They hyper 212 is much better than stock. Don't know where you got that notion from. It looks better and cools better.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Not much better and that’s my point, both coolers are build be cooler master and there both comparatively bad. the hyper 212 you have is ridiculously overpriced courtesy of the rgb if you going to spend the extra cash to buy a cooler you should spend more and get a good cooler that will give you more overclocking headroom not one with marginally better performance.

  • 2 months ago
  • 0 points

Why use filters at all? Just gives you some random components that will probably stop working in 2 months. Just take the time to do a custom build with the parts you think are the best for the price range.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

We use them because the guides are available for regions around the world. Picking a static list of components almost always results in parts going out of stock, wild price variations, and lack of availability based on location. The filters keep performance nearly identical while allowing for a parts list that is always complete and filled out with available pricing.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmm. I see. That's cool then. Good looking out for the market.

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