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Guide

Enthusiast AMD Gaming/Streaming Build

Description

CPU

At this budget, we're using the new AMD Ryzen 5 3600X. Since it is overclockable the be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 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 Enthusiast 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 requirements differ, so feel free to add or remove capacity as needed.

GPU

For our GPU, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super is one of the best price for performance cards on the market. The RTX 2080 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.

Case

All of our components are housed in the Fractal Design Meshify C Blackout. This case features a completely black design and a tempered glass window. It includes 2x front panel USB 3 ports, full mesh front panel, a PSU shroud, and a number of cable management holes and tie-offs to help your build look cleaner. It can also comfortably fit full-sized video cards and large CPU coolers.

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 Enthusiast Gaming Guide..

Compatibility: No issues or incompatibilities found.

Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 3600X 3.8 GHz 6-Core Processor
Base
€257.21
Promo
Shipping
Tax
Price
€257.21
Where
Buy
CPU Cooler be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 50.5 CFM CPU Cooler
Base
€116.64
Promo
Shipping
Tax
Price
€116.64
Where
Buy
Motherboard Asus PRIME X570-P ATX AM4 Motherboard

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

Base
€179.99
Promo
Shipping
€9.95
Tax
Price
€189.94
Where
Buy
Memory G.Skill Aegis 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
€98.21
Promo
Shipping
Tax
Price
€98.21
Where
Buy
Storage Intel 660p 512 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive

From parametric filter: Capacity: 500 GB - 12000 GB; Type: SSD; Form Factor: M.2-2280; Interface: M.2 (M)

Base
€90.75
Promo
Shipping
Tax
Price
€90.75
Where
Buy
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
€82.22
Promo
Shipping
Tax
Price
€82.22
Where
Buy
Video Card PNY GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8 GB Blower Video Card

From parametric filter: Chipset: GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER

Base
€789.00
Promo
Shipping
€3.95
Tax
Price
€792.95
Where
Buy
Case Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case
Base
€89.99
Promo
Shipping
€9.95
Tax
Price
€99.94
Where
Buy
Power Supply Corsair RM (2019) 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply

From parametric selection: Show

Base
€99.90
Promo
Shipping
€9.95
Tax
Price
€109.85
Where
Buy
Base Total: €1803.91
Shipping: €33.80
Total: €1837.71

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Comments

  • 22 days ago
  • 2 points

Is this litteraly the best pc you can buy at this price?

  • 13 days ago
  • 2 points

Really depends on what you want to do. There is money to be saved with a B450 mobo as the article says - if you're willing to update bios/troubleshoot with an older board, or figure out which ones are compatible out of the box. The Ryzen 5 3600X also comes with the slightly better Wraith Spire cooler already, which will cool fine for stock settings but isn't the quietest.

  • 2 days ago
  • 1 point

would get a better motherboard. Like the ASUS - TUF GAMING X570-PLUS which is a way better motherboard but for 20 dollars more. (or get the wifi version 20 dollar more than non wifi)

  • 29 days ago
  • 1 point

Any suggestions for my first build? I'll be using it for some gaming as well as data science/machine learning workloads, and running VMs: https://pcpartpicker.com/user/akababa/saved/DRq4dC

  • 19 days ago
  • 1 point

Why get the 3600x throw the upgraded cooler away then add a 90 buck cooler. That's 295$. A 3700x is $309 and 3800x is 339 and that would actually improve a streaming system. More cores more multitasking. You could even get an aio for that money.

Just my opinion

  • 5 days ago
  • 2 points

The major complaint with the stock AMD CPU cooler is that it's quite noisy. If you can overlook that, a 3700x sure is worth it.

The $90 CPU cooler isn't worth it though imo. There are CPU coolers below $50 that would be more suitable.

  • 24 days ago
  • 0 points

The CPU in my opinion should be a little better with that massive GPU ¯_(ツ)_/¯

  • 9 days ago
  • 4 points

You dropped this: \

  • 21 days ago
  • 0 points

With the R5 3600X CPU, I wouldn't pair it with a 2080 Super. If you're buying new parts, one of the best Graphics Cards you can pair with that processor is a RX5700XT, and you can overclock both a good bit. Even stock, isn't really very much less than the 2080 Super. RX5700XT is a beat of a card, even at 1440. 1080p, it plays everything on Ultra at 60-120+ fps, and 1440p most games at 60-90 fps if you notch a few of the settings down to high. Save a few hundred bucks too, which you could put anywhere else in the build. More cooling, more fans, Lights, extra HDD or SSD storage, or a decent 27-32 inch 1440 monitor if you don't have one already.

That's my advice. That's just too much GPU for that CPU imo. You wouldn't even see the card's full potential, so why not just get a slightly lesser card, and get the most out of it for $200-$400 less.

  • 14 days ago
  • 2 points

You wouldn't be using this card on a standard 1440p monitor anyway, likely a 1440p or a 4K, and if that's the case, the GPU will be doing the vast majority of the heavy lifting, so the 3600x wouldn't bottleneck it in any way. My issue with 3600x is, this build has a DR Pro4, meaning overclocking will take place, why not just go with the non x 3600, or maybe even a 2700 or 2700x which will help with the streaming part.

  • 5 days ago
  • 0 points

No, I dont agree with many of these parts picked out. pick better parts, like bring the 3600x to a 3600 and over clock it, keep the 2080s and much more. If i could post a part picked list i would do much better than this. smh

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  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

If the goal is gaming I would never compromise a core component like the GPU for more storage which can be added at any time.

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  • 29 days ago
  • 1 point

is 3200MHz that much better than the 3000Mhz RAM?

  • 29 days ago
  • 1 point

RAM speeds are completely irrelevant in practice. Also, 16gb is all you ever need for like 99% of gaming.

  • 29 days ago
  • 1 point

16GB will be enough for Gaming and Streaming online?

  • 5 days ago
  • 1 point

Ryzen cpu's love fast memory. In gaming Ryzen cpus do preform better with faster memory and i recommend 3600mghz for zen 2 and 3200 for zen+ and zen cpu's

  • 2 days ago
  • 1 point

For ryzen that isn't true.

  • 9 hours ago
  • 1 point

AMD's Ryzen CPU Benefits from faster memory

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