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Build Guide

Great AMD Gaming Build

by ThoughtA




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.


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.


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.


The build will be housed in the NZXT S340 Elite mid tower case. This case features a tempered glass window and front panel USB 3.0 and HDMI ports. It can fit full length video cards and has a sleek PSU shroud to keep your build looking cleaner. It also has a bumped-out cable management bar towards the front of the case interior to help you manage and hide cables.


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.

Part List Customize This Part List

Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 337W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $327.00 $327.00 1stWave Technologies Buy
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Chipset: AMD B350
$158.00 $158.00 1stWave Technologies Buy
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
$329.00 $3.90 $332.90 Mighty Ape Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 500GB - 10TB
  • Type: SSD
$249.95 $249.95 Computer Lounge Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1080
  • Length: 220mm - 403mm
$919.00 $919.00 1stWave Technologies Buy
Case $179.95 $179.95 Computer Lounge Buy
Power Supply $139.00 $139.00 1stWave Technologies Buy
Base Total: $2301.90
Shipping: $3.90
Total: $2305.80
* 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.

Comments Sorted by:

WilliamModig 3 points 23 days ago

In my country this is $1731.08... Halp

da998j 1 point 1 month ago

i have a mac with 32 GB 1066 MHz DDR3 ECC does anyone know if i could use this with this system? Should I?

ThoughtA staff submitter 3 points 1 month ago

DDR3 memory won't be compatible with the motherboard.

Lobsterareawesome 4 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

Yeah.. You need DDR4 Memory

iKaramba 1 point 10 days ago

Also, the memory isn't standard ddr3

Tenchu_ 1 point 26 days ago

Why do people say that AMD's scale well with RAM?

BoyScout staff 21 Builds 4 points 23 days ago

I'm going to way over simplify this, and there are caveats -- but basically the architecture used on the Ryzen processors to interconnect the CPU cores (as well as external connections to things like the PCIe controller, SATA, USB devices, etc.) run at the same speed as the memory controller, so using and configuring for faster clocked memory speeds generally translates into better performance.

Tenchu_ 2 points 22 days ago

thanks for the explanation. regards

flyxman007 1 point 26 days ago

I am thinking to build similar machine but with Node 202 case, which is a smaller case. I am happy to spent up to £1400. I am not considering overclocking. Is it worth to use Ryzen 1700? I can wait even for a few month. Do you have any advice? I was thinking about the solution the next generation of skull NUC + eGPU. With the same amount money, apparently I should be able to get 30-50% more performance by building my own.

Metrix_Terabyte 1 point 25 days ago

It is really worth it to wait for R7, in fact, it's already out. I also recommend you purchase an aftermarket CPU cooler for overclocking, to make your CPU even more powerful. Don't get a NUC, because the upgradability is quite limited, especially as Intel uses different CPU sockets, so you can't get the new Coffee Lake CPUs for a NUC. Couple it with an eGPU, you may have a good setup, but it's really impractical, mainly because you have to deal with two boxes connected to each other by a cable, and that is not the best of ideas.

flyxman007 2 points 25 days ago

Thank you very much! I thought about it again. With the same cost, I can have an 1080ti, and possibly more powerful CPU compared to next generation of NUC+an 1070 eGPU solution. The reason I was looking for NUC is the size. However I really don't need travel with it. The only reason is really I don't have much space in my living room. The node 202 seems good enough for me. Yes, two boxes is not far better than one mini ITXE to me. Here is my part list. I am still refining it. https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/HKDF7h

itsalex7 1 point 21 days ago

What other RAM would go with this? The one posted is sold out on the only vendor listed.

Vjware 1 point 19 days ago

Would a reference GPU card suffocate with this particular case ? Thanks.

jordankj350 1 point 15 days ago

I've never built a pc before and don't really know anything about it. I want to learn but I also want to know if this build is good enough for playing destiny 2 at 60 along with cs, pubg?

JollyGreen 1 point 14 days ago


Lobsterareawesome 4 Builds 1 point 3 days ago


Harvey_CWR 1 point 14 days ago

Can you use any ddr4 ram?

JollyGreen 1 point 10 days ago

Yes, but as they've said you probably don't want to go higher than 3000 due to some problems with dimms any higher than that.

Lizzard414 1 point 13 days ago

Is there possibly a review video or something of the sort? I want to move up from my 750 gtx and want to do it right, but am unsure, could I get comments on these parts, what I can expect from games like pubg, Destiny 2, etc. I don't know a whole lot about pcs as I am young, plan on spending my money on this instead of a car.

JollyGreen 1 point 10 days ago

It really depends on how much you want to spend. You can always build it better and faster, but this is about the best you can get for the price. The only thing I would want to change personally is the SSD to a Samsung EVO and get 16GB worth of RAM. I'd also change the motherboard, but mostly for aesthetic reasons.

I'd still recommend a car over an expensive PC though.

Phoenixel 1 point 7 days ago

Currently have a Alienware X51 r2 (was free from a friend) is it worth upgrading to this?

JollyGreen 1 point 7 days ago

What specs does your Alienware computer have?

Phoenixel 1 point 4 days ago

Well it has an i3 intel core a GTX 720 8 GB ram 1 tb. It runs games like gta fine on low graphics. Also wondering if this intel version might be better https://pcpartpicker.com/guide/vHD48d/great-intel-gaming-build

Lobsterareawesome 4 Builds 1 point 3 days ago

This will be a major step up! trust me! And i would get this one instead of the Intel one

Phoenixel 1 point 3 days ago
Lobsterareawesome 4 Builds 1 point 3 days ago

looks good to me.. i would get the seasonic focus gold 550W PSU though. Its newer and better. And maybe try to get 3000 Mhz Memory. But if its too expensive the 2666 Mhz you have in the list right now is gona do the job just fine :D rest seems good to me

MCBegz 1 point 6 hours ago

Would it be possible to swap out the 1080 for a 1060 of some sort? And would the PSU etc have to change too?

iKaramba 0 points 10 days ago

Better PC for cheaper price: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/JtvMLD

Idk why people don't spend a majority of their money on their GPU, much better idea and true 4k gaming for $1200.

Lobsterareawesome 4 Builds 1 point 3 days ago

While you are cheaping out on everything else. It is also important to have a balanced system.. Yours is definitely not balanced. And only 8GB of Memory with a r5 and a 1080 Ti? Cmon

typical_enfinity -4 points 10 days ago

AMD is garbage

iKaramba 1 point 10 days ago

Much cheaper than Coffee Lake atm and B360 motherboards haven't been released for 8100, 8400, & 8700.