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Build Guide

Magnificent AMD Gaming Build

by ThoughtA

NOTE: A more recent version of this guide is available here.



The Ryzen 7 2700X is an octa-core processor that utilizes AMD SMT technology for a total of sixteen threads. This CPU is the top model of the new, 2nd-generation Ryzen processors.


To take fuller advantage of the overclockability, we are including the Corsair H100i PRO liquid cooler.


We're using a parametric filter for X470 ATX motherboards. Our compatibility and pricing engines will automatically select the best-priced motherboard that is compatible with the rest of the build.


For memory, we're filtering for the best-priced 2x8GB kit of DDR4 RAM with a heatsink. We've limited it to DDR4-2800 and faster speeds, as Ryzen CPUs scale well with higher frequency memory.


We're also using a parametric filter that will actively select the best-priced SSD of at least 1TB capacity. Additionally, we're including a 3TB mechanical hard drive in a parametric filter for things like storing media and extra games. Everyone's storage needs differs, so feel free to change the capacity to your heart's desire.


Our GPU is Nvidia's new GeForce RTX 2080. This is currently one of the fastest single GPU video cards in the market - you may want to look into a 120-144Hz and/or 2560x1440 resolution monitor for this bad boy. The parametric filter is set for the best-priced RTX 2080 available, but feel free to click the "From parametric filter" link to browse our listing of RTX 2080. For those interested in VR, the RTX 2080 will have no problem playing any and and all applications currently on the market. In addition, the new RTX cards feature special ray tracing cores that will hopefully see use in future games.

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.

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.

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 selected case is the white NZXT H500i. The H500i includes a tempered glass window, 2x RGB LED strips, and a "CAM-powered Smart Device" for controlling the strips and other RGB lighting if you wish. It also features 2x front panel USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, 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.

Cases tend to be highly personal choices, so make sure you browse our listed cases to see what suits you. If you happen to want a different color version of hte H500i, there are multiple variations available.


Powering the build is a sparse selection of some of the most well-reviewed PSUs available - all without breaking the bank. All of them are certified 80+ Gold and fully-modular.

Intel Version

Here is the Intel version of our Magnificent Gaming Guide.

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Compatibility Check: See notes below.

Estimated Wattage: 379W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU €359.00 €9.95 €368.95 Komplett Buy
CPU Cooler €109.95 €9.95 €119.90 Komplett Buy
From parametric filter
  • Color: Black, Black / Gray, Black / Silver, Black / White, Silver, Silver / Black, White
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Chipset: AMD X470
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
€171.49 €171.49 Custompc Buy
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2800, DDR4-2933, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
  • Heat Spreader: Yes
  • Color: Black, Black/Gray, Black/Silver, Black/White, White, White/Gray, White/Silver
€98.74 €98.74 Custompc Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 960 GB - 10000 GB
  • Type: SSD
€121.64 €121.64 Custompc Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 3000 GB - 10000 GB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
€85.89 €85.89 Custompc Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce RTX 2080
  • Length: 224 mm - 403 mm
€899.00 €3.95 €902.95 Komplett Buy
Case €238.02 €238.02 Custompc Buy
Power Supply €139.90 €9.95 €149.85 Komplett Buy
Base Total: €2223.63
Shipping: €33.80
Total: €2257.43
* 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 Fractal Design - Define R6 Blackout TG ATX Mid Tower Case supports video cards up to 440mm long, but video cards over 300mm may block drive bays. Since the MSI - GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB GAMING X TRIO Video Card is 327mm long, some drive bays may not be usable.
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Comments Sorted by:

EnoxRule 8 points 5 months ago

First lol

Id get a modular psu

mediumboibob224 3 points 3 months ago


josephi-krakowski 1 point 2 months ago

I'm pretty sure you need a 24 pin.

RockingTalent 0 points 5 months ago

Semi Modular is Good enough. Only the power cables are pre attached in it which you require so not a big issue at all

johnpost 8 points 4 months ago

really depends if you are planning on getting custom cables

Oatmeal25 1 point 2 months ago

not always. Some Seasonic PSUs also have CPU and GPU PCI-E cables attached.

jared.melton 2 Builds 6 points 2 months ago

Really disappointed with the SSD choice here. The ADATA SU650 is a budget NAND Flash drive that does NOT have a DRAM cache. For hyper budget builds, this is a perfectly acceptable choice as a boot disk, but I wouldn't even think of using it for the OS in a build of this caliber.

I would recommend the ADATA SU800 or the Crucial MX500 if you're trying to keep costs reasonably manageable... but, honestly, when you're encroaching on $2000, the Samsung 860 EVO or better should be the starting point for your boot disk research.

I think this speaks to an issue I've had with PCPP's parametric filter for some time: I think the lack of sub-filtering in the filter really shows the system's limitations when it comes to SSD's. There doesn't seem to be a field for differentiating DRAM-less SSD's from those with a DRAM cache and I think that should absolutely be a feature ESPECIALLY when we are talking about advising folks on what to use for a boot disk. A cheaper SSD without a DRAM cache will certainly work as a boot disk and is, again, a valid option for a budget build... but it's just not appropriate at this price point.

eesti 3 points 2 months ago

I think they should treat SSDs like they do PSUs, only have a parametric selection of good drives from trustworthy brands

jared.melton 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

I don't think that excluding certain brands would solve the issue, tho.

Is Crucial a good brand? Objectively, yes. But there is a MAJOR difference between a BX500 and an MX500. And they BOTH have their place in builds.

Almost all of the brands, major or budget, segment their offerings with different controllers and different caching approaches. I think the simplest way to differentiate between SSD's comes down to DRAM cache or no DRAM cache. It can be as easy as adding in one more binary field: DRAM? Yes/No.

eesti 1 point 2 months ago

As a said, I want to sort by specific SSDs, not specific brands

jared.melton 2 Builds 3 points 2 months ago

I may have misunderstood. I read "only have a parametric selection of good drives from trustworthy brands" to indicate brand-filtering, not drive-specific filtering.

However, I still believe that a "DRAM yes/no" feature would be the simplest way for the end user to quickly determine if a drive is appropriate as a boot disk vs a storage disk. I don't think it would take much change for pcpartpicker to implement.

Oatmeal25 1 point 2 months ago

The 'A' stands for Adios. AdiosDATA

Jerod.Liverance 2 points 3 months ago

Just waiting here for the 3rd gen processors to drop.

WhatPlantsCrave_ 1 point 2 months ago

yep i bought into first gen ryzen and think 3rd gen should drop right when i am ready to upgrade.

GamingPc2017 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago


indrct 1 point 2 months ago

3rd Gen isn't until Q3 at the earliest, so if you're just wanting to upgrade to upgrade the wait will be fine - but if you NEED to upgrade you're better suited to buying 2xxx series.

Flashydie 1 point 3 months ago

Am thinking of pairing 2700x with rx 580, how bad will it be? I wonder

aprzn123 1 point 3 months ago

That's really unbalanced, try 2700 or 2600x with gtx 1070

jaza2345 0 points 3 months ago

that's a lot more expensive though

Balistaguy 1 point 3 months ago

maybe you shouldnt be getting ryzen 7 then....

ugyuu 1 point 2 months ago

The 2600x or 2600 are better to use with the RX 580, unless you'll be upgrading it later on. If you won't overclock your CPU, the 2600x is a great choice. It's only ~$30 more expensive, but also comes with a better cooler.

GamingPc2017 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

You will need atleast a 1070 or Vega 56

Guaco 1 point 3 months ago

Can I go with 32 gb ram?

ImApparentlyHuman 1 point 3 months ago


shpdsnyder 1 point 2 months ago

SORRY for a rookie question: Do I remove the two front fans from this case in order to add the new cooler or do I install this new cooler to the inside top of the case?

gibus123 1 point 2 months ago

by any chance someone have a good monitor to run with this computer? and should i buy it because i have 0 understanding in computers and a second opinioin will be very much appreciated.

indrct 1 point 2 months ago

Not SUPER cheap, but if you want a decent starter 4k monitor, the Acer CB281HK can be found for about 200$ used. Very good 60 Hz 28" 4k monitor with 1ms RT.

112Krypton 1 point 2 months ago


PCGURU27 0 points 4 months ago


Crykee 0 points 4 months ago

Be careful with the RAM compatibility for the motherboard. Check the comparability lists online before you buy the RAM.

indrct 1 point 2 months ago

These are B450 and B470 boards, they don't have the same QVL problems 350 and 370 did.

connor333 -1 points 4 months ago

I"m no expert but passing on thoughts: Is it worth getting a cooler like that for a ryzen that doesn't overclock that much? I've been obsessed looking at CPU's for my gaming build, and compared to the 2700x, I'd probably prefer the 8600k since it can overclock quite well and better for gaming. Love to hear your thougths though.

arorarohan907 3 points 4 months ago

For pure gaming purposes, the 8600K is definitely better. However, if you want to stream or video edit, or any kind of intensive workloads, then this is better by a lot. It'a worth getting that cooler in my opinion as while it doesn't overclock nearly as much as Intel CPUs it will still get a sizable performance increase, it'll look better, and it'll run cooler and quieter.

eesti 1 point 2 months ago

there's a build for that

zenden_blind 1 point 4 months ago

Go for 8core processor from right now. Get i7 9700k /i9 9900k if u want intel cpu. Ryzen 7 2700/2700x for better value. (For 8core processor)

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ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 3 months ago

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Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
AMD - Ryzen 7 2700X 3.7 GHz 8-Core Processor 13W - 105W
Cooler Master - MasterLiquid ML240R RGB 66.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler 10W - 15W
Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory 14W
ADATA - Ultimate SU650 960 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Toshiba - P300 3 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
MSI - GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB GAMING X TRIO Video Card 53W - 215W
Total: 379W