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Build Guide

Enthusiast AMD Gaming Build

by manirelli



For the Enthusiast AMD build we chose the newly released Ryzen 7 2700 as our processor. The stock Wraith Spire cooler will keep the processor cool and stay quiet while adding some flair to your build with RGB LEDs.


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 DDR4-2666 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.


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 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 GTX 1080 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 Phanteks - Enthoo Pro M Tempered Glass case. This case has atempered glass side panel, 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.

Click here to see the Intel version of this build guide

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Compatibility Check: See notes below.

Estimated Wattage: 359W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU €319.00 €9.95 €328.95 Komplett Buy
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Chipset: AMD X470
  • SLI/CrossFire: 2-Way SLI Capable
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
€129.99 €9.95 €139.94 Komplett Buy
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
  • Heat Spreader: Yes
€182.02 €182.02 Custompcparts Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 500GB - 12TB
  • Type: SSD
  • Interface: M.2 (M)
  • Form Factor: M.2-2280
€117.02 €117.02 Custompcparts Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 3TB - 10TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
€79.65 €79.65 Custompcparts Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1080
€604.34 €604.34 Custompcparts Buy
Case €121.08 €121.08 Custompcparts Buy
Power Supply €144.95 €9.95 €154.90 Komplett Buy
Base Total: €1698.05
Shipping: €29.85
Total: €1727.90
* 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

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Metallaio 2 points 1 month ago

Is fine to run a 1080ti on this build?

Lobsterareawesome 7 Builds 2 points 1 month ago


MattVint 1 point 1 month ago

Dont see why not. I dont think the 2700 would bottleneck the 1080ti.

rogdog56 0 points 1 month ago

definitely, there is no way a bottleneck can be created here. 3.2ghz octocore is more than enough for 1080ti

__opossum__ 2 points 29 days ago

Just completed this build with a couple of customizations, but I had an issue with the SeaSonic 550 Gold Plus. I assembled everything correctly but received no power to the motherboard. I took it to a shop and said that the unit did not have the proper cables and it worked just fine with an EVGA 750 they had, which I subsequently bought. Additionally they also suggested that a build like this should be using a 750 and that 550 was stretching it.

That being said, this is my very first build so I can't substantiate their claims from my own knowledge. Just wanted to encourage discussion and perhaps prevent someone else from having the same issue. Other than that the build went great and is an absolute monster so far.

Thank you!

misterdutch 2 points 9 days ago

The estimated power usage is 357 Watts. I wonder why they told you that 550 would be stretching it.

shocktruppen 0 points 6 days ago

I would never use a 550 for any new build with all the new generation cpu/gpu's. It's not just about wattage it's about amperage also, throw in all the peripherals and 550 IS an anemic psu for this build. 750 would be my base standard for any new generation build.

pegotico 2 Builds 1 point 4 days ago

I would never use a 550 for any new build with all the new generation cpu/gpu's. It's not just about wattage it's about amperage also, throw in all the peripherals and 550 IS an anemic psu for this build

Not true.. Please do research before... You buy the psu according to your specific hardware. Look at the consumption of the 1080ti.


He bought a seasonic focus gold plus 550 watts which is an excellent psu. Probably the best 550 watts unit along with the EVGA G2/G3..


There was an issue with the psu but that doesnt mean that its not capable of powering this system even if you overclock everything. NOw.. I wouldnt use a crappy psu.

Shuun007 2 points 25 days ago

Will I need to buy any additional cables to assemble this build?

jloar13 2 points 16 days ago

Just curious...is there any reason that the parts in this build wouldn't fit in the Corsair Carbide 275R used in your "Excellent" AMD build? The Corsair case's smaller size would be a better fit for my workstation than the Phanteks. Would I still be able to install all of the "Enthusiast" innards (still interested in the improved processor and video card), and possibly an extra fan down the road if I ever need it, into the Corsair? I am unlikely to ever even consider a liquid cooler, extra RGB lights, too many additional drives, etc.

Crofter 5 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Looks good though need to edit "..within Intel’s recommended specifications.." .

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Woops! Nice catch.

nothłngPersonal 1 point 2 months ago

what about 2700x?

Lobsterareawesome 7 Builds 4 points 2 months ago

you can OC the 2700 and get similar performance..

LatiosGaming 1 point 2 months ago

2700X is just binned better, not much else other than the Wraith Prism.

TheFriendlyRustPlayer 1 point 2 months ago

Doesn’t come with a Wraith Cooler I think @nothingpersonal

Lobsterareawesome 7 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

the 2700X comes with a prism cooler

TheFriendlyRustPlayer 1 point 2 months ago

Ye thxs

MattVint 0 points 1 month ago

The 2700 can be overclocked past the 2700x.

N0B@N 1 point 2 months ago

Why would you recommend the stock cooler for a $1500 build? A $50 cooler would be a great upgrade.

Lobsterareawesome 7 Builds 3 points 2 months ago

The stock cooler is actually good enough for mild overclocks.

N0B@N 1 point 2 months ago

But this is the 'Enthusiast' Build, where people would want to overclock much more.

Lobsterareawesome 7 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

It's not like people HAVE to use this part list. You can always add a cooler yourself. I rather think that those build guides are directed at inexperienced builders and I think most of inexperienced builders are not going to OC

N0B@N 1 point 2 months ago

But also it would be better for inexperienced builders to have better thermals.

Lobsterareawesome 7 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

why in particular for inexperienced builders? ;) just messing with ya.. I get what you are saying but for stock speeds the stock cooler is good enough.. But on Intel CPUs NEVER use the stock cooler.. those suck ***

MattVint 1 point 1 month ago

What inexperienced builder would be building a system like this if they didnt have enough sense to put a liquid cooler in there?

Arkador 1 point 28 days ago

for $20 I added a Hyper 212 EVO

BurntToast123 1 point 2 months ago

If I was to buy these parts, would it run if i put it all together or no. just a very basic question for a very basic pc builder.

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 3 points 2 months ago

Yep, that's the point of these guides.

dumbdumb 1 point 2 months ago

Will I need to also purchase an operating system with this?

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Yes, if you do not already have a key.

dumbdumb 1 point 2 months ago

Thank you!

Memo1010 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

you could also use Linux, but I wouldn't recommend it

Memo1010 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

the link to take you to the Intel version takes you right here

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Oops, thanks for letting me know. Fixed!

smalleybiggs 1 point 1 month ago

Hey guys, sorry for the dumb question (total builder noob here) but once I purchase a windows 10 key, how do you load it onto the newly built system?

cosmichero2025 5 points 1 month ago

usb stick my dude

MattVint 1 point 1 month ago

You don't need to purchase one, windows 10 is now free off their site. You just need a USB stick to hold windows and all of your drivers.

ZacharyPataky 1 point 27 days ago

Can you share a link for the free Windows 10 key? I can't seem to find it.

DaveGreen 1 point 20 days ago

You can't get a free key (at least, not legally). You can download Windows 10 for free and install it, but you will need the key you paid for to activate it.

Daedrx 1 point 1 month ago

The G.SKILL Aegis 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2800 (PC4 22400) Is sold out where i am from. What is a similar ram i could use?

droem 1 point 1 month ago

Just any 16 GB DDR4 kit will work. Make sure its supported by Ryzen. Lots of opinions, RGB, Camo, black, white, just about anything you can think of.

MattVint 1 point 1 month ago

good build, I would just use a 1080 with more fans for better cooling. I have been disappointed by one fan cards in the past, just not enough cooling.

SgtDibny 1 point 18 days ago

It comes prebuilt right?

IAmSkeletor 1 point 9 days ago

No. You have to either build it yourself, or get someone else to build you for you.

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LordVader2100 1 point 15 days ago

Sorry noob builder here how do I effectively cool this build? Do I need water cooling?

__opossum__ 1 point 11 days ago

The Ryzen comes with the Wraith Spire cooler. From what I understand it is an adequate cooler if you don't intend to overclock.

shocktruppen 1 point 6 days ago

For 12 more dollars I would just go with the 2700x ffs.

vaudevillian 1 point 6 days ago

Any benchmarks to report on this build? FPS/Thermals in specific games on ultra?

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manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 24 days ago
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Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
AMD - Ryzen 7 2700 3.2GHz 8-Core Processor 8W - 65W
MSI - X470 GAMING PLUS ATX AM4 Motherboard 17W - 70W
Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory 14W - 14W
ADATA - XPG 512GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Toshiba - P300 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Palit - GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Dual OC Video Card 45W - 180W
Total: 90W - 359W