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Build Guide

Great AMD Gaming Build

by ThoughtA


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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 this build and most machines outside of the top end enthusiast realm we opted to go with 8GB of DDR4 memory. The parametric filter finds the best price on 8GB 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 using 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.


In light of recent stock shortages due to the current cryptocurrency mining craze, we've updated the GPU to the more powerful Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080. It's one of the best price for performance cards on the market and an absolute powerhouse. The GTX 1080 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 Mordor. For those interested in VR, the GTX 1080 will have no problem playing any and and all applications currently on the market.

When video card stock and availability normalizes again, we will make sure to update our guides as appropriate to reflect the change in 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.


The build will be housed in the Cooler Master MasterBox 5 mid tower. The MasterBox 5 features 2 USB 3.0 front panel ports and has room for video cards of any length. It includes a PSU shroud to hide unsightly cables, plenty of bays for storage drives, and it has room for multiple radiators. There are also plenty of cable management holes.

If you're interested, there's also a black version of the case.


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.

Part List Customize This Part List

Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 336W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU £187.14 £187.14 Aria PC Buy
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Chipset: AMD B350
£77.23 £77.23 Amazon UK Buy
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
£105.90 £5.90 £111.80 Alza Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 500GB - 10TB
  • Type: SSD
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
£132.02 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime £132.02 Amazon UK Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1080
  • Length: 220mm - 403mm
£469.99 £469.99 Overclockers.co.uk Buy
Case £58.06 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime £58.06 Amazon UK Buy
Power Supply £75.95 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime £75.95 Amazon UK Buy
Base Total: £1106.29
Shipping: £5.90
Total: £1112.19
* 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.

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aidancolbeck 3 points 20 days ago

I was thinking about using this but with an AMD gpu. For around the same performance and close to this price or maybe a little cheaper if at all possible, would this be a good idea? If so what would you recommend. I have a 144hz monitor with freesync in mind so this is why I was wondering.

ThoughtA staff submitter 4 points 20 days ago

If you can find one in stock at a reasonable price, that's a great call.

aidancolbeck 2 points 19 days ago

Cool! Which one would you recommend?

cilvre 6 Builds 3 points 13 days ago

Even a Fury X, Fury Nano, or Fury would be good, but those can be harder to find with vega on the horyzen :)

AxiZForce 2 points 19 days ago

maybe rx 580 or 480 would be good for this

Agent_Blackwing 1 Build 1 point 2 days ago

Well RX Vega is a option if you really want to.

RSTArmpit 4 points 19 days ago

Vega would be great for that. Don't get the frontier edition, wait for rx vega and see what they have to offer

aidancolbeck 1 point 19 days ago

Cool. Do you know when that might come out.

goforthegusto 1 point 19 days ago

Late July/early August

Jeffs_ten_commandments 2 points 17 days ago

I'm going to build a pc in mid August but aren't Vega supposed to compete with Nvidia's Quadro Series?Like those "graphics cards"who are made for computing and what not?

Bryce_ 2 points 16 days ago

That's only the Frontier edition VEGA, that's competition against the nvidia quadro series

ibnalfreak 3 Builds 3 points 10 days ago

Good luck finding an AMD GPU. They probably won't cost much less than the 1080, thanks to Cryptominers.

AlexCh6921 2 points 17 days ago

There is no AMD gpu that matches or is similar to the power that the GTX 1080 provides other than Vega. I, would wait for their gaming line up (RX Vega) to come out near the end of July if you're really set on getting a gpu that performs similarly to a gtx 1080 and is from AMD.

jtc2793 1 point 15 days ago

It's too bad AMD cards are in such low supply. A lot of people say they notice worse performance when NVIDIA gpus are paired with AMD cpus.

AlexCh6921 3 points 15 days ago

I don't think that is true at all. Here is an article that displays benchmarks between the 7700k or R7 1800X with the GTX 1060 or RX 480.


Remendador 2 points 11 days ago

I had my R5 1600 paired with an RX 480 8GB and sold the RX because of the prices. With the money I bought a new GTX 1060 6GB and still got a change. Both were custom cards. RX 480 8GB, GTX 1060 6GB.

Answering your question: My Ryzen performs better with the 1060 than with the 480. So I think it's a misinformation.

evancase12 2 points 10 days ago

As great of an idea as that is, and it is a great idea, the AMD RX-470/480/570/580 are extremely hard to find at a reasonable price atm, due to the resurgence of data mining. If I were you I would wait a couple of months for the prices to drop as new supplies come in. I bought a GIGABYTE RX-480 for about 180 bucks brand new a couple of months ago, and the same one is now going for 750 dollars from GIGABYTE....so yeah....

Vincent264 3 points 15 days ago

Does all those webshops ship to Europe? (more specific: Netherlands)

MountieXXL 1 Build 1 point 8 days ago

Mindfactory does, 20 - 40eur shipping, depending on the amount/size. Amazon.de has an English website on request and ships for free to Finland so I guess it shouldn't be different for the NL. Just remember they adjust the tax to match your shipping address' country when you check out, so the prices will change before buying.

DaxMan 2 points 15 days ago

Hey, ThoughtA, I was wondering if you recommend any extra fans that are compatible with the case or anything else to help this build run great, so that I can get a realistic full price of the build.

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 15 days ago

Since the case already comes with two fans, I'd definitely recommend not buying any additional fans unless you find yourself really needing them. In most cases, the two fans will be enough.

DaxMan 1 point 15 days ago

Let's say I switch to a Corsair - SPEC-01 RED ATX Mid Tower Case and add a Master Cooler system. Would this be a good choice? I've heard of some complications with the case you recommend and it not being very 'friendly' to first time computer builders.

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 15 days ago

I'm not sure which cooler system you're referring to, but the SPEC-01 is a fine case.

DaxMan 1 point 15 days ago

Also, could you give me your professional opinion on this build that I have pieced together from separate builds. https://pcpartpicker.com/list/rT7Pqk. Thank you very much. :D

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 15 days ago

Looking good! Professional reviews on that cooler seem a little sparse, so you may wish to explore some that have more verification of performing well. I'm sure you'd be happy with this build though!

DaxMan 2 points 15 days ago

I apologize for the constant barrage of questions, but I was just wondering if you had a recommendation for a cooling system that would work good with the system I set up?

Thanks Again,

Dax <3

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 15 days ago

There are quite a few decent ones at that price point. I'd head on over to our Part List Opinions Wanted subforum to get some suggestions.

DaxMan 1 point 15 days ago

Thank you very much. I'll make sure to contact you if I have anymore questions.

MattireR 2 points 11 days ago

Extreme Noobie here, only console type of noob. I was wondering if this build would handle streaming as well.

sonickid15 2 points 10 days ago

It could definitely handle streaming, though the r7 1700 would have the best performance and is about 100$ more

MattireR 1 point 3 days ago

Thank you!!!

fritt01 2 points 7 days ago

This build would handle streaming very very easily as long as you have good internet connection.

MattireR 1 point 3 days ago

Thank you!!!

brett_hacking 2 points 7 days ago

Have to say I like this build, but I feel like you're underplaying how powerful the 1080 is. It can easily play most games at 1440p MAX settings and get a stable 60+. That card is incredibly powerful

Sporadicus 1 point 20 days ago

A note to people using the Gigabyte AB350 and 350M Gaming-3 motherboards: these boards do not have LED RGB connections, so you will not be able to control the color of the AMD wraith spire cooler. I haven't found a work-around for this yet.

jn310803 1 point 20 days ago

If you're talking about the RGB on the coolers, the Ryzen 5 coolers DO NOT have RGB. Only the Ryzen 5 1700's stock cooler has RGB.

GTek 4 points 17 days ago

*Ryzen 7 Sorry to be that guy who points it out.

JakeyG 1 point 20 days ago

Would you also need to buy an operating system?

MattLore 3 points 20 days ago

Whenever you see $(Insert amount here) PC just add $100 to the price for the actual price of the pc build. I hate how any youtuber/ online publication tries to say its that price when they dont even include a operating system.

saq1610 4 points 11 days ago

Or just use Linux for a change eh?

ajpinton 11 Builds 2 points 10 days ago

You technically can use windows in its trail mode as long as you want and its fully functional less having a water mark and not being able to change your wallpaper. Baring that there is always Linux which is free, and several ways to get windows product keys at less than retail if you dont mind doing some legwork.

I have never had an issue with the techtubers leaving out the OS in the cost as that is really up to the user as to what they need/want.

KAKA_BOOL -3 points 19 days ago

u can get one from ur nearest computer store for about $5-10, so eh.

RSTArmpit 3 points 19 days ago

It's optional. You can legally get Windows 10 for free, search up the deactivated edition. It has 99% of the features.

mgfmcfc 1 point 20 days ago


De_Martian 1 point 18 days ago

1080 might be a little overkill for the 1600 (depending on our workload), but you could probably go for the 1070

rioot123 3 points 18 days ago

I think it's because miners are grabbing 1070s now

Haze159 -2 points 16 days ago

they are grabbing 1060s, 1070s and 1080s

saq1610 3 points 11 days ago

Not 1080s.

adventureguy 1 Build 1 point 9 days ago

Not GTX 1080s, GDDR5X memory messes with mining. However, because of such high prices in the mid-range, gamers are grabbing GTX 1080s which have caused a slight price bump of $50

MrDez 1 point 8 days ago

I'm new to this all but what exactly is the mining thing that's going on?

adventureguy 1 Build 2 points 8 days ago

People are mining for cryptocurrency. Basically they use GPUs to solve problems and then they get a type of cryptocurrency which they can then sell for money later on. How much money you can sell on these are based on the market and exchange rates. Right now they’re super profitable and many people are currently mining and buying GPUs, raising the price.

Calico_Morgan 1 point 1 day ago

They used the 1080 for the same reason I can't get my MSI 1060 I want so bad: data miners. It sucks to be doing specific builds right now because 1060's and 1070's aren't listed anywhere and when they are, they have stupid prices.

Ricardo_Nixon 1 Build 1 point 16 days ago

holy ****...people can now put together a gtx 1080 build for $1.1k. I remember when you needed 1.5k to build a kickass 1080 build

waleheroix 1 point 12 days ago

ikr if i didnt need to buy my first monitor(a 144hz one at that) then i would get this build when i buy and build in a month

ArchiMEMEdes 1 point 16 days ago

Looking to build something very similar as this for my first build... is this case good? is it worth getting extra case fans? does the b350m listed support overclocking?

MrDez 1 point 8 days ago

According to Kyle(Bitwit) and Paul's Hardware, it does support overclocking and is good for it

ArchiMEMEdes 2 points 6 days ago

that's good to know! edging ever closer to pulling the trigger

MrDez 2 points 5 days ago

Well I should be more specific, best budget Ryzen board that can overclock sufficiently. They use this board(Currently a different one then shown above now I believe) for their Ryzen builds so it's definitely a good one

staticmemes 1 point 14 days ago

I'm looking and I found this build pretty enticing.

Building my first mid tier build, would this work well to support 2-3 monitors / 1080 fps and just like standard games such as CSGO and whatnot?

80-wattHamster 1 Build 1 point 7 days ago

This is considerably above mid-tier; it's using the second-fastest consumer-focused GPU ever produced. It'll drive three monitors easily, and throw more FPS from CSGO than most monitors have refresh rate.

SuperMagicalRainbow 1 point 13 days ago

Is there anything else I need to buy to be able to do this build like Wifi adapters or an Operating system?

80-wattHamster 1 Build 2 points 7 days ago

Yes; if you want Wi-fi, you'll need an adapter, as well as an OS. Look further up the comments for discussion on OS choice.

MrDez 1 point 8 days ago

I'm still wondering the same

theeedragonsi 1 point 13 days ago

This Build can run 64 bit OS right?

InvaderGir 1 point 7 days ago


BiteSizeGamer 1 point 12 days ago

Hey just wondering can this pc handle GTA V with modding at 60fps and 1080p

dontbejohn 1 point 10 days ago

definitely. the 1080 can do that and more even at 1440p and 4k!

iWasDjWtf 1 point 12 days ago

Will GTA V work well with this build?

InvaderGir 1 point 7 days ago

Yes, very well.

Catstronaut1 1 point 11 days ago

so what about for OS? I'm new to this kind of thing, but do you have to buy the OS? or is there a way to get it for free?

MrDez 1 point 8 days ago

There's a video on YouTube by Paul's Hardware, he has a website where he gets $100 Windows OS for like around $20 I think it was. I'd recommend checking it out, I'd tell you the website but I don't remember it

ozzystapleton 1 point 11 days ago

My 1080 consistenly gives 144+fps at very high - ultra at 1080p, and I'd expect always above 60fps at 1440p ultra (on all reasonable titles, nothing like arma 3 maxed out). But good build!

zburrfoot 1 point 10 days ago

Hey ThoughtA, I was looking to do a well rounded build for gaming + streaming, thoughts on this one https://pcpartpicker.com/list/JcXhpb

InvaderGir 1 point 7 days ago

Not ThoughtA but can still give some advice.

  • The 1600x isn't really worth it over the 1600, especially if you overclock it.

  • The H55 cooler can be outperformed by cheaper air coolers like the Scythe FUMA or the Cryorig H7, the stock cooler is also sufficient enough for a light overclock.

  • You can get cheaper and faster RAM.

  • That SSD is not good, it suffers from much slower than advertised speeds and 120GB is really limiting even for just the OS and a few apps.

  • I would also go for a better quality PSU.

This is what I'd go for, cheaper and better parts.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor $199.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard MSI - B350 GAMING PLUS ATX AM4 Motherboard $94.99 @ Amazon
Memory Team - Dark 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $102.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital - Blue 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $83.69 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $39.99 @ Amazon
Video Card EVGA - GeForce GTX 1070 8GB FTW HYBRID Video Card $519.89 @ Amazon
Case Fractal Design - Focus G (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $49.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply EVGA - BQ 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $59.89 @ OutletPC
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1151.42
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-07-13 16:04 EDT-0400
LeMoise 1 point 10 days ago

Great Build! Gonna use most of this parts list to build my first PC!

Is a 512GB SSD necessary? I want to use the SSD for the OS and a HDD for storing my Steam games and other files, so 512 seems a bit much, but I notice its the suggested amount due to the parametric filter.

Also, is it worth getting the 1600x? If its easy to switch with the 1600 I'd heavily consider it.

Here is my tweaked list: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/pndfBP


InvaderGir 1 point 7 days ago

Depends on your needs, if you keep a lot of programs on your main drive, 250GB could fill up quite fast, some games also load faster from being on an SSD.

The 1600x isn't really worth it over the 1600, a slight overclock to the 1600 will match or outperform it.

dontbejohn 1 point 10 days ago

I'm thinking of building a new pc soon for 4k gaming and just regular stuff (homework, documents, youtube). Would this be a good option? The 8gb on the 1080 looks like a solid option for it, and ryzen looks like the stuff right now, so yeah. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

InvaderGir 1 point 7 days ago

The 1080 can handle 4k gaming with a few tweaked settings to reach 60fps, the CPU doesn't matter as much at 4k since most of the work is being done by the GPU.

Kezah 1 point 8 days ago

does the ryzen cpu come with a decent stock cooler?

MrDez 1 point 8 days ago

Yes it does

fritt01 1 point 7 days ago

It is funny that I was curious of the price difference between this build and the similar Intel build they talked about. The price is very similar (total price and CPU price) so I looked at Passmark CPU benchmarks for the Intel i5 7500 v.s. the Ryzen 5 1600. Intel's was 8K and AMDs was 12K (higher number better performance). Definitely more bang for the buck with AMD.

Fant3m 1 point 6 days ago

Will there be a video for this build?

underallied 1 point 5 days ago

This seems like a really good build setup. I want to make my first gaming pc, and I was wondering if this pc would be good for playing games at a reliable 1080p 60fps while recording to Youtube and possibly streaming to Twitch/Youtube?

taruntj5 1 point 3 days ago

hell yeah, it will smash 1080p gaming, 60fps?, its way overkill for dat, more like 1440p 100+ in everything, just dont put games on ultra, ultra settings sucks, drain too many resources and you wot be able to notice difference between ultra and high unless you freeze and compare frame by frame.

wolverene 1 point 5 days ago

How do you download drivers and such without an optical drive? Do you just find them all online? Buying Windows is also online correct?

taruntj5 1 point 3 days ago

yes, you can get them all online.

alpoo 1 point 4 days ago

Hello I don't know if this question is permitted here, but, I am looking for my first real pc, if I understand correctly, if I get this all I will need in addition to this is the moniter? Any help or recommendations would be much appreciated. Thank you.

taruntj5 1 point 3 days ago

Keyboard, mouse and a monitor, headphones.

taruntj5 1 point 3 days ago

I have a question about this ram, I don't think this ram runs at 2800mhz on amd systems, it was made for intel systems in mind if im correct. I will only run at 2133mhz with ryzen.

mounir155 1 point 2 days ago

Excellente "AMD Ryzen" building! Is it working well for high games? like last GTA5 and others.

staticmemes 1 point 1 day ago

The DDR4 posted in this build isn't in stock anymore. I bought everything but that and the graphics card, which is also different than the one originally posted.

What should I buy to replace the DDR4, and is this graphics card better than the ASUS one previously posted? ~Thanks!

SpaceEnthusiast 1 point 19 hours ago

Hello ThoughtA, I was wondering on getting your opinion on my part list. I plan on getting the parts once the rx 580's are in stock at a reasonable price. Are there any problems with the compatibility that pcpartpicker didn't pick up? I tried reducing the price as much as possible. Thanks in advance, SpaceEnthusiast. Oops, forgot the link https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/b/rshypg

Madman595 1 point 16 hours ago

Only thing I would change is to swap out Motherboard for one that has WLAN.

TheLepatus 1 point 10 hours ago

Let’s say that i have Bose QC 35. If i build this PC could i connect it to my headphones? Does the motherboard/or any; support bluetooth? Ps. I’m new at building PCs and don’t have perfect english yet :P

bentongfire 0 points 15 days ago

Chech this out alternative build with liquid aio cpu cooler. HDD and SSD combo https://pcpartpicker.com/list/JWp9zM

Cabist -1 points 18 days ago

AMD build or Intel build?

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ThoughtA staff submitter 3 points 11 days ago

While feedback on guides is very welcome, I have to point out that we don't tolerate rudeness here, whether towards staff or other users. There is zero part list feedback that requires rudeness. Please keep it polite.

Please direct any part requests and reports of pricing errors missing prices to our Request Part Additions / Corrections Here subforum, and I'll be happy to take a look.

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ThoughtA staff submitter 4 points 9 days ago

The attitude isn't appreciated. My first focus on this site is to make sure people follow our rules, the first and foremost of which is to treat others with kindness and respect.

You're clearly looking for a fight, and I'm not going to give you one. Had you behaved appropriately and maturely, I would happily debate the merits and drawbacks of the guide's part recommendations, but you clearly have more interest in flaming and 'winning' than any honest and respectful discourse. With that in mind, I will not be discussing this with you.

If you would like to present your opinions again in a more polite and civil matter, I might respond to your questions. No '*** kissing' necessary. Just no insults or attitude either.

Before you continue commenting, I strongly recommend you review our user code of conduct.

tmt8791 -1 points 7 days ago

Not looking for a fight, looking for an honest response, which you have STILL still yet to give. In my reply I wasn't flaming or being rude, just challenging you to prove me wrong, if you can't take that challenge that does nothing but help to prove my points in my opinion. I am not being rude, just up front and direct, there is a difference. And I am also not "flaming" as I do believe my points have fair merit and I provided at least reasonable proof for my points. I am not a troll or just screwing with you.

So let's try this again. Please, pretty please with sugar on top and all the sprinkles of the world, would you care to reply to my critiques, Sir? I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you.

ThoughtA staff submitter 6 points 7 days ago

Why does everyone on here kiss these guys asses?

If you look at this build and call it "great" then your "stupid".

bring it, the truth hurts.

I was dead on and I think you know it but won't admit it. Like I said, bring it.

Those are some examples of the unacceptable confrontational attitude you're exhibiting. In addition, the blatant sarcasm and disrespect for a very simple request to keep it civil and polite in your second paragraph in your latest comment is yet another example.

You raise some questions worth answering, but as I have made very clear, I will not be engaging with you unless you can maintain polite discourse. To be crystal clear, I have responses to your questions. I am not refraining from answering because I'm "wrong and won't admit it." There are downsides to any build, and I'm happy to discuss them with someone who bothers to be polite. I have not given you a response specifically because you are repeatedly responding with attitude, snark, and sarcasm. That is the only reason.

This is the end of the discussion as far as I'm concerned, unless you can come back with an appropriate attitude. If you continue to violate our code of conduct, your privileges on this site will be revoked.

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Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor 8W - 65W
Asus - PRIME B350-PLUS ATX AM4 Motherboard 17W - 70W
ADATA - XPG Z1 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2800 Memory 11W - 11W
Western Digital - Blue 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Inno3D - GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Twin X2 Video Card 45W - 180W
Total: 83W - 336W