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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 £147.00 FREE £147.00 Amazon UK Buy
CPU Cooler £44.99 £44.99 Overclockers.co.uk Buy
Motherboard
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Chipset: AMD X470
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
£111.09 £111.09 Amazon UK 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
£139.06 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime £139.06 Amazon UK Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 500GB - 12TB
  • Type: SSD
£75.27 £75.27 Amazon UK Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 3TB - 10TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
£61.80 £61.80 Aria PC Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1080
£414.92 £414.92 Amazon UK Buy
Case £99.99 FREE £99.99 Box Limited Buy
Power Supply £119.99 £119.99 Novatech Buy
Total: £1214.11
* 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 PRO ATX AM4 Motherboard.
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Comments Sorted by:

Smaky 1 point 8 hours 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

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 PRO ATX AM4 Motherboard 17W - 70W
Corsair - Vengeance LED 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory 11W - 11W
Intenso - 512GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Toshiba - P300 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
PNY - GeForce GTX 1080 8GB XLR8 Video Card 45W - 180W
Total: 92W - 366W