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Great AMD Gaming Build

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CPU

At this budget, we're using the AMD Ryzen 5 1600. The R5 1600 includes a stock cooler, so a 3rd-party cooler isn't necessary. Since we aren't overclocking our CPU, the stock cooler will be sufficient in keeping temperatures acceptable.

Note: 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 B350 chipsets and up to 4 DDR4 DIMM slots for future expansion. The compatibility engine will filter out anything not compatible with the build.

Memory and Storage

For this build and most machines outside of the top end enthusiast realm we opted to go with 8GB of DDR4 memory. The parametric filter finds the best price on 8GB kits of memory that are within AMD’s recommended specifications. We've limited it to DDR4-2800 and DDR4-3000 as Ryzen CPUs scale well with higher frequency memory. At the current time, using memory rated over 3000mhz 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. We're use parametric filters to incorporate an SSD with at least 500GB of space. Everyone's storage needs differs, so feel free to change those capacities as needed.

GPU

In light of recent stock shortages due to the current cryptocurrency mining craze, we've updated the GPU to the more powerful Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080. It's one of the best price for performance cards on the market and an absolute powerhouse. The GTX 1080 will provide a consistent 60fps on many demanding games like Battlefield 1 at Ultra at 1080p, and even 1440p for some games like Shadow of Mordor. For those interested in VR, the GTX 1080 will have no problem playing any and and all applications currently on the market.

When video card stock and availability normalizes again, we will make sure to update our guides as appropriate to reflect the change in the market.

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.

Case

The build will be housed in the Phanteks Enthoo Pro M Acrylic mid tower case. This case features an interesting acrylic window that presents itself in a way similar to tempered glass windows. It can fit CPU coolers, video cards, and PSUs of just about any size, and you'll find 2 USB 3.0 ports on the front panel. It also includes a PSU shroud and several rubber-grommeted cable management holes to help hide any unsightly cables. The Enthoo Pro M Acrylic also has loads of room for hard drive expansion, and if you want a 5.25" bay for an optical drive or something else, it has you covered.

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.

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Estimated Wattage: 337W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $336.00 $336.00 1stWave Technologies Buy
Motherboard
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Chipset: AMD B350
$155.24 $155.24 PB Technologies Buy
Memory
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
$249.00 FREE $249.00 DTC Systems Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 500GB - 10TB
  • Type: SSD
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
$234.58 $234.58 PB Technologies Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1080
  • Length: 220mm - 403mm
$872.03 FREE $872.03 PC Force Buy
Case
Power Supply $157.00 $157.00 1stWave Technologies Buy
Total: $2003.85
* 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.

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Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor 8W - 65W
Gigabyte - GA-AB350-Gaming ATX AM4 Motherboard 17W - 70W
G.Skill - Trident Z 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2800 Memory 12W - 12W
Samsung - 750 Evo 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1080 8GB WINDFORCE OC 8G Video Card 45W - 180W
Total: 84W - 337W