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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 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

Part List Customize This Part List

Compatibility Check: See notes below.

Estimated Wattage: 359W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $469.50 $469.50 1stWave Technologies Buy
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Chipset: AMD X470
  • SLI/CrossFire: 2-Way SLI Capable
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
$275.00 $275.00 1stWave Technologies Buy
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
  • Heat Spreader: Yes
$319.00 $3.90 $322.90 Playtech Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 500GB - 12TB
  • Type: SSD
  • Interface: M.2 (M)
  • Form Factor: M.2-2280
$252.00 FREE $252.00 Paradigm PCs Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 3TB - 10TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$144.00 $144.00 1stWave Technologies Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1080
$935.00 FREE $935.00 Paradigm PCs Buy
Power Supply $149.00 $149.00 1stWave Technologies Buy
Base Total: $2543.50
Shipping: $3.90
Total: $2547.40
* 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

Comments Sorted by:

Crofter 5 Builds 1 point 20 days ago

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

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 20 days ago

Woops! Nice catch.

nothłngPersonal 1 point 20 days ago

what about 2700x?

Lobsterareawesome 7 Builds 3 points 18 days ago

you can OC the 2700 and get similar performance..

LatiosGaming 1 point 18 days ago

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

TheFriendlyRustPlayer 1 point 17 days ago

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

Lobsterareawesome 7 Builds 1 point 15 days ago

the 2700X comes with a prism cooler

TheFriendlyRustPlayer 1 point 15 days ago

Ye thxs

N0B@N 1 point 16 days ago

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

Lobsterareawesome 7 Builds 2 points 15 days ago

The stock cooler is actually good enough for mild overclocks.

N0B@N 1 point 15 days ago

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

Lobsterareawesome 7 Builds 1 point 15 days 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 15 days ago

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

Lobsterareawesome 7 Builds 2 points 15 days 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 ***

BurntToast123 1 point 14 days 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 1 point 14 days ago

Yep, that's the point of these guides.

dumbdumb 1 point 10 days ago

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

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 10 days ago

Yes, if you do not already have a key.

dumbdumb 1 point 9 days ago

Thank you!

Memo1010 1 Build 1 point 8 days ago

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

Memo1010 1 Build 1 point 8 days ago

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

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 8 days ago

Oops, thanks for letting me know. Fixed!

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) DDR4-3200 Memory 14W - 14W
ADATA - XPG SX8000 512GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Seagate - Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Inno3D - GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Twin X2 Video Card 45W - 180W
Total: 90W - 359W