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Guide

Great AMD Gaming Build

Description

Introduction

This PC is designed to deliver high performance on all of today's most popular games without being complicated to build or costing too much. It will run well at high settings on 1080p or higher when playing Fortnite, Minecraft, Call of Duty, Rainbow Six Siege, Apex Legends, PUBG, and more.

CPU

The AMD Ryzen 5 3600 provides some of the best bang for your buck. It offers 6 cores, 12 threads, a base frequency of 3.6GHz, and a turbo frequency of 4.2GHz.

This CPU includes a stock cooler, so no additional CPU cooler is required for this build.

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.

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

We are filtering for a 2x8GB kit of DDR4 RAM with a speed of at least DDR4-3200 and a CAS latency of 16 or lower, as Ryzen CPUs scale well with faster memory.

Storage

With Solid State Drives (SSDs) the PC will boot, open programs, and load games considerably faster than mechanical drives.

Since storage needs may differ, adjust the capacity as needed. We recommend at least 500 GB of SSD storage. 1TB typically provides the most optimal storage capacity for the price. We're use parametric filters to incorporate an SSD with at least 960GB of space.

GPU

The AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT is one of the best price for performance cards on the market. The RX 5700 XT 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.

To keep the noise and temperatures down, the filter requires a minimum length to avoid "mini" versions of the card, which prioritize fitting into small builds, such as an ITX case. It also requires a minimum number of 2 fans to avoid "blower" style cards, which usually do not cool the card as well. 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.

Case

All of our parts are on display in the Corsair 275R Airflow mid tower case. The front of this case sports a stylish ventilation pattern, while there's a large tempered glass window on the side. It includes 2x USB 3.0 as well as 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.

Intel Version

Here is the Intel version of our Great Gaming Guide.

Compatibility: No issues or incompatibilities found.

Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor
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€214.19
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€214.19
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Motherboard Asus PRIME X570-P ATX AM4 Motherboard

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

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€179.99
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€9.95
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€189.94
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Memory G.Skill Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory

From parametric filter: Speed: DDR4-3200, DDR4-3466, DDR4-3600, DDR4-3666, DDR4-3733, DDR4-3800, DDR4-3866, DDR4-4000; Modules: 2 x 8GB; CAS Latency: 3 - 16

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€98.21
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€98.21
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Storage Crucial BX500 960 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive

From parametric filter: Capacity: 960 GB - 15360 GB; Type: SSD

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€128.62
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€128.62
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Video Card PowerColor Radeon RX 5700 XT 8 GB Video Card

From parametric filter: Chipset: Radeon RX 5700 XT; Cooling: 2 Fans, 3 Fans, 120 mm Radiator, 120 mm Radiator + 1 Fan, 120 mm Radiator + 2 Fans, 240 mm Radiator, 240 mm Radiator + 1 Fan

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€488.99
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€488.99
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Case Corsair 275R Airflow ATX Mid Tower Case
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No Prices Available
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Power Supply

From parametric selection: Show

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Base Total: €1110.00
Shipping: €9.95
Total: €1119.95

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Comments

  • 1 month ago
  • 7 points

I would swap out the TUF 5700xt to something like the gaming oc, pulse ect. The TUF has issues cooling the memory and is worse than the reference design by like 20c... Running over 100c

  • 29 days ago
  • 3 points

I'd go for a slightly more powerful power supply, a different graphics card model such as the ASUS Strix or the PowerColor Red Devil. I'd also go with some different RAM and more case fans since the Corsair case only has 2 pre-installed

  • 29 days ago
  • 2 points

Would not recommend that SSD, pay $30 more and get a more reputable higher quality brand. They usually have a better memory controller whichc can improve speeds by quite a bit

  • 8 days ago
  • 2 points

While this is true, I wouldn't consider crucial a lower quality brand, just this stuff isn't worth it. Crucial makes better drives than this one.

  • 23 days ago
  • 1 point

Having a DRAMless SSD as your boot drive (especially only a SATA one) is a no bueno. You could get a 1tb mx500 or even a budget 1tb nvme drive for not that much more.

  • 23 days ago
  • 1 point

Which mx500? They have a SATA interface and a M.2

  • 21 days ago
  • 1 point

They're about the same price as one another. It's preference since they both use SATA but in different form factors.

  • 6 days ago
  • 1 point

Does anyone know a good rgb fan I can add to this case that fits. This will be my first build so I don’t know much :) Also, any better ssd that is faster and has a better life and quality? I’ve been reading other comments and want to have a good start in my build.

  • 14 hours ago
  • 1 point

At what fps will this run fortnite? Like this build but don’t know much about pc.

  • 17 days ago
  • 0 points

3600 and 5700 is an amazing pairing but I would go with a 5700 instead of the XT. 8-10% more performance for 20% more $ isn't very hot.

Also the storage and psu are not very good choices as others pointed out, but those things are almost commodities

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