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Build Guide

Great AMD Gaming Build

by ThoughtA



At this budget, we're using the AMD Ryzen 5 2600. The R5 2600 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 B450 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.


For our memory, the parametric filter finds the best price on 16GB kits of memory that are within AMD’s recommended specifications. We've limited it to DDR4-3000 and faster speeds, as Ryzen CPUs scale well with higher frequency memory.


We're use parametric filters to incorporate an SSD with at least 500GB of space. We have also added a parametric filter for a 2TB mechanical drive for mass storage, such as extra games and videos. Everyone's storage needs differs, so feel free to add or remove capacity to your heart's desire.


For our GPU, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 is one of the best price for performance cards on the market and an absolute powerhouse. The GTX 1070 will provide a consistent 60fps on many demanding games like PUBG) at Ultra at 1080p, and even 1440p for some games like Shadow of War. It'll also handle Fortnite with zero issues. For those interested in VR, the GTX 1070 will have no problem playing any and and all applications currently on 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.


Our build will be housed in the black NZXT H500. This case features a tempered glass window and 2x front panel USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports. It can fit full length video cards and features a PSU shroud to keep your build looking cleaner. The H500 also contains quite a bit of cable management features, such as cutouts, bumps and tie-offs.

You can find white, black/blue, and black/red versions of the H500 as well.


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: 314W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $258.00 $258.00 1stWave Technologies Buy
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: AMD B450
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
$148.50 $148.50 1stWave Technologies Buy
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200, DDR4-3300, DDR4-3333
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
$295.00 FREE $295.00 Paradigm PCs Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 500GB - 10TB
  • Type: SSD
$166.00 FREE $166.00 Paradigm PCs Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 2TB - 15.4TB
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$99.00 $99.00 1stWave Technologies Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1070
  • Length: 223 mm - 403 mm
$649.00 FREE $649.00 DTC Systems Buy
Case $148.99 $148.99 PB Technologies Buy
Power Supply $145.00 $145.00 1stWave Technologies Buy
Total: $1909.49
* 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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VezZz 6 points 1 month ago

I have almost same specs but it cost me about 1,1k because of import charges :(

rogdog56 3 points 9 days ago

Protips: Step 1: Next time you go to the United States on vacation, grab an extra suitcase. Step 2: Buy all your parts. Make sure the PSU is compatible with your country's voltage. You can either build there or wait. Step 3: If you did build the PC there use insta-pack while taking it back home. (Like NZXT in their BLD computers when you first unbox you see the expanded foam stuff) Step 4: Buy a 3 pronged computer cable from your local country for your power supply. Step 5: Profit?

Dark_LordJE 2 points 11 days ago

HA if i buy anything its going to cost me 20 times what im paying for thank god for what you have xD .like if i pay 1000$ its going to cost 7000 libyen denars without shipping shipping cost almost 1k

deathraydave 2 Builds 1 point 27 days ago

I have basicly the same accept it was like 1200. idk why

Deihman 1 Build 1 point 27 days ago

It's because you decided to buy RAM when it was expensive and paid $90 for those Corsair fans. Next time, see how prices are trending and spend money on improving the quality of your parts rather than the looks. I'm not saying buying the fans or expensive RAM was a bad idea, just you could have gotten much better performance out of the same budget if you hadn't decided to buy them.

Chromazzz 1 point 3 days ago

You got ripped off of your ram and you got a cooler and a hard drive. I made a similar too except i used the same hard drive you used, except 16 gb of ram with 3000 speed for only $130 instead of $226. You also bought a cooler instead of using the stock cooler.

deathraydave 2 Builds 1 point 2 days ago

I have stock cooler

deathraydave 2 Builds 1 point 2 days ago

Also thats how much ram was in January

ZachPlays 1 point 3 days ago


Jimmmyjohnspizza 3 points 1 month ago

Also, is there an alternate case you would recommend? I would have to wait a month if I ordered from amazon and superbiiz has an extra $20 fee for shipping. I’m thinking of the corsair spec-02

papps1 1 point 1 month ago

Almost too many to choose was my problem. Figure out your priority and budget first and narrow down from there.

I was <$100, and quiet with no windows: so picked the Corsair 100R Silent Edition in the end.

Was the last thing I ordered for the build as couldn't decide....

RizzoTheRat 1 point 13 days ago

Any issues building in that 100R case? I'm thinking it suits my requirement well but several comments about cable management problems.

Panicmyth 1 point 7 days ago

I recommend a Phanteks P400S which you can find around the same price point quite commonly. This case however is what I personally am going to buy.

Groffeaston 1 point 5 days ago

I built my computer using the Corsair Carbide Series 200R case and it had Plenty of room for my needs. I definitely recommend that case! It is a Mid-size Tower case.

deathraydave 2 Builds 1 point 27 days ago

Phanteks p400

rogdog56 1 point 9 days ago

Meshify C TG, S340 Elite, Define C TG. S340 Elite and Define C TG for silence, Meshify C for spectacular airflow

Okno13 1 point 2 days ago

if you went with the spec, rip you. no cable management. at all. i hate that motherfluffer. this case is better in most ways, including beauty <3

Jimmmyjohnspizza 2 points 1 month ago

What should I do about the fan cables since the motherboard has only one fan header? Also, is the RAM compatible since it’s DDR4 3000? The motherboard specs didn’t mention DDR4 3000being compatible.

SG_Foster 1 Build 4 points 1 month ago

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
Other StarTech 12 inch 4 Pin Fan Power Splitter Cable - F/M $7.32 @ Amazon Canada
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $7.32
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-08-21 13:05 EDT-0400
Jimmmyjohnspizza 2 points 1 month ago


Deihman 1 Build 1 point 27 days ago

The RAM will probably be able to run at 2666MHz, which is fast enough for most people, and you might even be able to overclock it a little to run at 3200MHz if you get lucky. Fortunately, second generation Ryzen processors and motherboards are compatible with more types and speeds of RAM than the first generation.

enagy72 0 points 14 days ago

So can you enable xmp on this mobo to get it up to 3000mhz

Deihman 1 Build 1 point 13 days ago

Probably, although XMP may push it up to 3200MHz, which could create some instability because it’s higher than the rated speed of the RAM.

enagy72 1 point 13 days ago

If it does you can just time it down to 3000MHz, right?

Deihman 1 Build 1 point 13 days ago

Yep, you should be able to in the overclocking settings.

papps1 2 points 1 month ago

I have everything for this build but went for a GTX 1080 instead. Would it be worth getting a better cooler for the CPU, or is the build still fairly 'balanced' ?

NokNokWhosThere 4 points 29 days ago

you don't need a new cooler for your cpu but if you're willing to put in a few bucks extra in, go ahead

DeadlyGhoul 1 point 13 days ago

Would you need any thermal paste for the stock cpu cooler?

Rocetmal 2 Builds 1 point 13 days ago

The stock Ryzen cooler comes with paste on it already

NokNokWhosThere 1 point 12 days ago


Deihman 1 Build 3 points 27 days ago

Check out what ptran1219 said a couple days ago:

"99% of people will not run into an issue where the difference between bottlenecking your GPU is due to an insufficient CPU cooler."

The only time a bad CPU cooler would affect performance is when the CPU gets hot enough to thermal throttle performance, making the CPU run at lower speeds than normal so it's not able to send data to the GPU fast enough. This CPU and stock cooler is perfectly fine, and even if it does thermal throttle a little, which it shouldn't at stock speeds, there still shouldn't be any, or very little, drop in GPU performance.


Fogettaboutit! It'll be fine.

MeIsNotYou 2 points 1 month ago

nice build

yung_oj 2 points 17 days ago

Im a rookie when it comes to PC building. I recently built a PC with these parts and after it was all put together the fans spin and the mobo lights up but I dont get a display. I've been at it for days looking up everything I can, ive unplugged everything and replugged them. still no display. Is there any solutions you guys would recommend?

Im using the hdmi port for the display if that matters at all

Deihman 1 Build 4 points 16 days ago
  1. Are you plugged into the graphics card or the motherboard? Since the 2600 isn’t an APU, the motherboard won’t give out any display.

  2. Are all your storage drives plugged in all the way? Each SATA interface needs both a power cable and a cable connecting it to the motherboard.

  3. Is your ram seated correctly? It takes a lot more force than you might think.

  4. Does the motherboard have diagnostic LEDs on it? If so, check the manual to see what they mean.

That’s all I can think up right now. If I remember anything else I’ll make sure to comment or add them to this post.

Cooldude1fifty 1 point 4 days ago

I had the same thing. Turns out that the case was blocking the connection by literally a hairs width when it was plugging in, so the cable wasn't plugged in all the way. Also don't forget about motherboeard standoffs. And if you haven't already, try to build it first outside of the case.

gdonns17 2 points 3 days ago

The Current price of the build set me on alarm as to how it could be so low; and I see that the listed SSD is not really $12 on Newegg

hydrallus 2 points 2 days ago

Same with the card. It was off by $350

cmbaue1 1 point 1 month ago

Would the the CPU bottleneck if I did this build but used a 1080 instead? First timer here.

Deihman 1 Build 3 points 1 month ago

It wouldn’t. You really shouldn’t be worrying about bottlenecking GPU performance with any CPUs that have 4 or more cores, regardless of hyperthreading or multithreading. You should be able to use a GTX 1080 to its full extent.

diamondpumpkin 2 points 1 month ago

Sadly, not always the case. I have a FX-8320 and a GTX 1060. I have a friend with the same GPU but he has an i7-6700k, he gets 150% more frames than I.

Deihman 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Oops! I meant to say any recent quad core CPU. Obviously, the FX-8320 and i7-6700k are very different when it comes to performance, even though they are both considered quad core CPUs (although the 8320 technically has 8 cores).

malarkey01 0 points 1 month ago

If you went with the GTX 1080 though, would you have to add a third party cooler (right now this just has stock cooler)?

And what about the PSU - would it need to be upgraded as well?

Deihman 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

A third party cooler for what? The CPU won’t need a third party cooler to be able to run a GTX 1080 because the cooler only affects CPU temps, and most GPU stock coolers are decent enough that the only reason you would upgrade is for aesthetics.

As far as the PSU, the one on the list should be fine, because the GTX 1080 has a TDP of 180W, only 10W higher than the GTX 1070 on the list.

malarkey01 2 points 1 month ago

Ah ok. Thanks. Sorry for my naivety - I'm working on my first build so trying to learn it all.

So you are saying the stock cooler for the CPU is sufficient to run the GTX 1080.

So really, you could just switch out the 1070 for the 1080 and nothing else really needs to be changed. Interesting...Thanks

I'm actually looking at doing the i5 8400 build equivalent to this. https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/guide/t832FT/great-amd-gaming-build

ptran1219 3 points 1 month ago

99% of people will not run into an issue where the difference between bottlenecking your GPU is due to an insufficient CPU cooler. Even with a current generation 8th gen i3, you are unlikely to have exorbitant bottlenecking. Looking at your build right now in your saved part list, you have a great looking build for someone looking for a low maintenance long term gaming build.

Only thing I can say is you'll need a game drive, and you can save money on your GPU and PSU by finding a bundle here.


There is a 750w EVGA PSU + 1080 FTW for $500

Deihman 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Yep! And just to clarify, the CPU cooler has no effect on the GPU. It only affects how hot the CPU runs.

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SafariLoading 1 point 1 month ago

no wouldnt think so

NokNokWhosThere 1 point 29 days ago

uhhhh I dont think so based on others with the same build.

rogdog56 1 point 9 days ago

No, I'm getting the same CPU with a 1070 ti (Basically a cheaper 1080) and have no concerns here.

SafariLoading 1 point 1 month ago

Good build but if I were to do it I would replace the 1070 with maybe a 1060 or 1050 ti to lower the price

ThoughtA staff submitter 2 points 1 month ago

You may be looking for the Modest Guide.

NokNokWhosThere 0 points 29 days ago

If you were to to that to cut corners maybe go down a cpu level

Matthew83 2 points 2 days ago

rx 570's/580's are better buys these days

trylaarsdam 2 Builds -2 points 2 days ago

No.... NVIDIA's cards are much better PPD than rx cards if you are willing to pay a tiny bit more. Even a 1060 crushes a 580

Deihman 1 Build 2 points 1 day ago

Actually, the 580 and 1060 6GB perform very similarly. While the 1060 is still better, they’re close enough that the 580 is a better buy due to its lower cost, ~$50-100 right now depending on the model.

jsilverstreak 3 points 1 day ago

They trade blows but the 580 does better in modern vulcan dx12 games.

rlowe123 1 point 1 month ago

Trying to build a PC for stock trading. This is all so confusing

Deihman 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

If it’s just for stock trading, maybe look at cheaper prebuilt systems rather than making your own. It’ll take the hassle out of trying to find compatible parts and building the system. This list is more of a guide for gaming PCs, so unless you’re gaming a lot you don’t need a ton of power.

Tarziel 1 point 1 month ago

Would this build be hindered with multi-monitors?

Deihman 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

It shouldn’t, unless you’re running multiple games at once. Displaying a screen take a lot less GPU power than rendering an environment or anything a game does. In my current PC I’m running dual monitors on an older GPU with no problems.

deathraydave 2 Builds 1 point 27 days ago

Yes. I have this accept a 1600 not a 2600. Its really good

Matthew83 1 point 2 days ago

This build should be able to handle gaming on 3 1080p monitors.

trylaarsdam 2 Builds 1 point 2 days ago

Really it can handle 3 1440p monitors with this GPU. I have a 1070ti and it runs 2 1440p monitors fine. As long as you have a GPU that pushes 60fps on your main screen in a game your other screens will run just fine if you have enough DP connectors (on a 1070 you have 3 so you’d be perfectly fine)

Matthew83 1 point 1 day ago

I meant 3 monitors in surround display

Jhonan 1 point 29 days ago

Right now you can get a 1070Ti for the exact same price from Dell.

deathraydave 2 Builds 2 points 27 days ago

Dell :/

trylaarsdam 2 Builds 2 points 2 days ago

Or like if you spend more than 5 seconds searching you can buy it from a credible source for GPUs for even less.

Jhonan 1 point 1 day ago

It was a flash deal... You might have noticed if you read the date. It would have taken less than 5 seconds.

jiert 1 point 27 days ago

I haven't built a PC in a decade, so pardon any ignorance, but could I get away with the single SSD and ditch the disc drive?

NerdyTurd 2 points 25 days ago

Yeah, definitely. As long as you don't use DVDs/CDs/disks and only need the 500GB you're good to go. :)

daviddmarsh 1 point 27 days ago

What would the benefit be to buying 3200 RAM over 3000?

trylaarsdam 2 Builds 1 point 24 days ago

Nothing. You can OC your ram to 3200mhz on a 3000mhz kit

Matthew83 1 point 2 days ago

When you OC your RAM beyond its rated speed you, also usually increase your cas latency. So the 3000mhz kit OC'd to 3200mhz will probably also have its CL increased from 16 to 17, where as the 3200mhz kit should be able to run that speed without an increase in its CL. The difference in gaming performance will probably only be a frame or two, but it's still a difference.

trylaarsdam 2 Builds 1 point 2 days ago

And there is like a very small chance you’d notice it since 1 or 2 frames is within margin of error, so I’d be surprised if there would even be a benchmark score decrease. Increasing the speed of the ram would result in a performance increase that is small, but more than what you'd loose to higher CL. Otherwise people wouldn’t oc ram.

Rahs 1 point 25 days ago

Noob here: Will I be able to plug my LG 27" 4k monitor into this via display port? I have a mac too and want to be able to use the LG for both, just switching it from the PC to the mac.

Also, I may get a second, smaller monitor for web/etc browsing while playing. Should be fine?

Also, I'll likely use ethernet but may need to use the 5Ghz Wifi sometimes. Will this work or do I need a wifi adapter? If so any recommendations? Cat7 cable will be fine here?

Another super noob question - I don't have a keyboard. Will need to buy one separately? Figured so but just making sure.


Deihman 1 Build 1 point 16 days ago

Yep, yep, yep, and yep.

Have some details.

Just FYI, the GTX 1070, while still a very good card, might have some trouble at 4K, so don’t forget about turning down game resolution if it becomes unplayable.

Multi-display setups are awesome, and should only affect performance an extremely minimal amount, if at all.

It depends on what you use your PC for and how fast your internet is. Personally, I’d recommend running on Ethernet the whole time, but if you really need WiFi capability, go for a cheapish PCIe WiFi card. I have a $35 ASUS one that has both WiFi and Bluetooth on it, so I can use my controller without having to plug it in. For cables, unless you have faster than gigabit networking, Cat5e will be plenty, so anything newer will just be for future proofing.

You’ll need a separate keyboard. If you’re going to be using your rig a lot for extended periods of time (although it’s just a better idea to get one anyways), I would very highly recommend a mechanical keyboard. If you can’t afford the premium for a high end one from Corsair or some other company, take a look around and see what people suggest. I have an e-element Z88 (I think anyways) mechanical keyboard. Don’t forget to also get a mouse and mouse pad!

heyscot 1 point 24 days ago

I saw the comment below about the motherboard only having one fan connector. Since the motherboard listed would take such a long time to ship to me, I splurged and got the Aorus Gaming Motherboard B450 Pro WiFi instead. It has at least two fan connectors, so I was surprised to read the original mobo had only one.

I'm a little confused about the fans included with the case, because they have three-pin connectors and the motherboard fan pins are four pins each. They have a tiny piece of plastic above the right three pins, however, so I just stuck them on that way and left the 4th pin on the motherboard open.

I've assembled everything so far and I'm just waiting on the processor to arrive today. The case is pretty neat in how it allows you to manage your cables and how it provides you with different mounting options for the hard drives.

I'm also a little confused by the RAM placement. There are four slots for RAM; I'm not sure if you have to place the memory in specific slots in order for it to work correctly so I just placed the RAM in the two right-hand slots (if you're looking through the tempered glass at your build). The manual as usual wasn't the greatest so I'm hoping this will work.

If there's anyone out there who reads this and knows that I'm going to blow up my rig as soon as I power it on the first time, I'd be much obliged for your technical know-how at this point. Thanks guys! Hope you're all good!

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 24 days ago

You're on the right track so far! That plastic bit is a "key" to make you plug the 3-pin fan into the correct 3 pins of the 4-pin connector. You are, indeed, supposed to leave one of the 4 pins open in your case.

You'll want to check your motherboard manual for RAM installation. It will tell you which slots to plug in to enable dual-channel.

trylaarsdam 2 Builds 0 points 2 days ago

Use a x370 or 470 chipset board please! Not OCing a perfectly overclockable chip with a capable cooler is not a great PPD in my opinion. If you cheap out on the mobo you won’t get some features of other higher end ones not to meantion overclocking.

Furio_ 1 point 24 days ago

Nice build. Dont really use Ryzen but still good.

JLE714 1 point 24 days ago

I bought the CPU, MOBO, and RAM from this guide. The problem I have is that when I put the memory in the Dual Channel slots, Windows 10 show 16 GB (only 7.95 usable). If I put the RAM in the adjacent slots and run it single channel, then Windows 10 shows 16 GB. I have no idea why its doing this, I tried different memory and it still had this problem. I tried to enable XMP but the computer would not boot up. It won't even go into BIOS, I had to remove the battery to reset. Is there something I'm missing here?

JLE714 1 point 23 days ago

Thanks to Gigabyte support for giving me a list of things to try. Reseating the CPU did the trick!

Janech 1 point 19 days ago

I've been putting together this build and am getting an UNEXPECTED_KERNEL_MODE_TRAP error when I try to install Windows 10 Pro from a flash drive. Does anyone have any idea what might be causing it? Maybe a bad motherboard? Looking around online the only relevant tip that I could find was that faulty memory could cause the error. I tried both of my memory modules individually and got the same results.

Deihman 1 Build 1 point 15 days ago

Your CPU might not be playing well with the memory. If you’ve tinkered with the bios, try resetting it and see if it makes a difference. If not, try reseating the CPU. If that still doesn’t work, you might need to return the memory and get a different pack.

Noogzy 1 point 19 days ago

What would be the difference between using a B450 vs an X470 mobo?

Matthew83 1 point 2 days ago

x470 mainly has better power delivery for higher and more stable overclocks, but they also tend to have more fan headers, more usb headers, and more sata connections, a better bios with more overclocking features. But the main difference is better overclocking and more robust bios.

trylaarsdam 2 Builds 1 point 2 days ago

Being able to overclock is a big feature. Also you’ll likely get higher end WiFi if you get a board with WiFi, most likely sli support, and more headers for basically everything

Matthew83 1 point 1 day ago

You can overclock with B350/B450, too.

trylaarsdam 2 Builds 1 point 1 day ago

Uhh no you can't

Matthew83 1 point 1 day ago

Uhh yes you can dude. It's the Axxx mobos that don't let you OC

hamsterboy 1 point 19 days ago

Noob here. I may need a wifi for our current setup in our apartment. With that, should I buy a different motherboard with wifi or just a wifi adapter? If motherboard with wifi, what would you recommend on this build? if wifi adapter, anything particular? Using it for gaming (primary) and work/other stuff like excel, visio, photoshop, vegas pro (secondary).


Deihman 1 Build 1 point 16 days ago

If you can, try running an Ethernet cable from your router to your motherboard. That’ll get you the lowest latency. If you can’t, buy a cheapish PCIe WiFi adapter like this one, which I had running on my system till I switched over to Ethernet.

drgiorhodes 1 point 18 days ago

you can do better for the price. This is £982 and for £1000 you can get this https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/bXD8P3

ThoughtA staff submitter 2 points 18 days ago

It's a valid alternative, but I wouldn't call it objectively better. The list you've linked has a weaker CPU, slower RAM, and less storage.

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ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 17 days ago

The 1500X is slower than the 2600. I recommend looking up benchmarks that include both. You may be confusing clock speed as the only way to measure CPU performance, but 1GHz on one CPU is not necessarily the same performance as 1GHz as another.

If your part list had the same amount of storage as the guide's, it'd cost £95 more than the guide's. It wouldn't simply be a trade for slower storage. It would cost significantly more. Even without having as much storage, it still costs £45 more.

Adding in a GTX 1080 is a great benefit, but you have to recognize the tradeoffs when you do such a thing. It's very important to do so when comparing part lists.

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 17 days ago

The RAM is faster now, but this new part list still has a slower CPU, still has less solid state storage and less mechanical storage, and still costs more. It also still has a better GPU than the guide's.

It's still a good built. All I'm trying to convey to you is that you can't do something like halve (or more) the storage and claim the build is objectively better.

drgiorhodes 1 point 17 days ago

Also in my first comment i messed up. i meant yours had a better cpu and was better for productivity but because of the GTX 1080 mine was better for gaming as the cpu is less important in games.

Crewger45 1 point 18 days ago


IMO this build works much better.

Deihman 1 Build 1 point 16 days ago

While it might be better for your budget, it definitely isn’t as powerful. The Radeon RX 580, which is one of the best price to performance cards on the market, gets trumped by the much more powerful GTX 1070. While they have the same amount of VRAM, the 1070’s higher number of shader units and special NVIDIA architecture allows it to have substantially higher performance than the RX 580. Supposedly though, Radeon cards play more nicely with AMD CPUs than with Intel, but I haven’t had any experience with this.

Crewger45 2 points 5 days ago

I agree with your assessment. I value the addition of NVMe, BT, Wifi, faster RAM for the same price with only a 5% GPU overall hit. Add to this freesync support and the value increases. Great performance at 1080p, 60Hz. Just my opinion. I think it would be a very interesting test to head to head these 2 builds in several gaming benchmarks and take the average and see how far apart they are. Would 200mhz in ram speed and NVMe drive have any affect at all on gaming performance? Real data vice opinions would be very interesting.

hydrallus 1 point 3 days ago

Benchmarks right here. If you only play WoW and PUBG you’re good lol but dang that is a huge jump. Also a huge price difference so I’d not call them very comparable:


Crewger45 2 points 3 days ago

If I'm playing at 1080p 60hz is there a perceivable difference between 201fps and 173fps?

hydrallus 1 point 2 days ago

Lol idk.

Would be if you increase the refresh rate though so I imagine it’s for that.

vagabond139 5 Builds 1 point 2 days ago

It has a significantly worse PSU, a NVME drive that is of little to no benefit for a gaming build, it has a much worse GPU, it has less storage too. All while costing more.

preezy 1 point 17 days ago

Is this build better than the msi trident 3 i7 ( not the white one )

trylaarsdam 2 Builds 1 point 2 days ago


maxakipust 1 point 16 days ago

I just built this build, but when I turn it on, nothing displays on my monitor and the power button doesn’t work to turn it off. Do you guys have any idea what I’m doing wrong?

Lobsterareawesome 7 Builds 1 point 13 days ago

Have you plugged the GPU all the way in? Checked cables and connectors? CPU seated correctly? plugged the videocable into the GPU?

KittyCatKane 1 point 15 days ago

Will this be sufficient for streaming

Deihman 1 Build 2 points 14 days ago

It definitely should be. Depending on what you’re streaming and what type of encoding you’re using, you might be able to get 1080p 60fps. I have this CPU paired with a GTX 970 and I’m easily able to stream games like Borderlands 2 at those speeds while using x256 CPU encoding.

gigglepig_buster 0 points 15 days ago

it would probably be fine for 720 streaming, but nothing above (I think)

trylaarsdam 2 Builds 1 point 2 days ago

It can definitely stream 1080p30 or even 60 depending on your WiFi or internet

stiphen 1 point 15 days ago


gigglepig_buster 1 point 15 days ago

do I need to add a wireless card?

Deihman 1 Build 1 point 14 days ago

If you can’t run Ethernet to your PC, yeah. There are quite a few decent ones for relatively cheap.

Ethor_L 1 point 14 days ago

WTH how did you make it 100$ with a 1070ti :P

Adaley03 1 point 12 days ago

Do you have to get windows 10 separately

Lobsterareawesome 7 Builds 1 point 8 days ago


ZaSeaDog 1 point 11 days ago

HOW DOES THIS GUY DO IT???? I'm honestly impressed for 1k this is a great build good job!!

Zenyio 1 point 10 days ago

lack of rgb = bad fps

trylaarsdam 2 Builds 1 point 2 days ago


Peppy_A 1 point 8 days ago

I am considering buying this. I have several questions. First one is: Will this be able to run forza horizon 4 on low graphics? Here are the system requirements https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/forza-horizon-4-standard-edition/9PGSK5G6N31X?activetab=pivot:regionofsystemrequirementstab

trylaarsdam 2 Builds 1 point 2 days ago

Yeah, maybe not at 4K60 but at 1440 and 1080 you’ll get 60fps+

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Sebasmm 1 point 8 days ago

Unless you want 4k gaming i think 1060 6gb should do the job. Also you could save in 8 gb of ram and use a smaller ssd for the OS and a 1tb for storage. Using an intel i5 or i3 8 series would make you need lower speed ram too. even a lower ryzen would probably work too. I cant think what kind of game would benefit from this kind of build though.

vakri16 1 point 6 days ago

Does it have a Lan and Wifi cards as well ?

dan779778 1 point 5 days ago

Custom build

Jimbino 1 point 4 days ago

would anyone care to take a look at my build and give me there opinion?

hydrallus 1 point 3 days ago

Filter is pulling some bad data on the SSD saying it’s $11? It’s $210 on Newegg.

Same with GPU 472 not 129

DVision42 1 point 3 days ago

Got a very similar system myself - nice build for the money.

tatterdemalion 1 point 3 days ago

Forgive the noob question, but why do i want a regular HDD and an SSD. I know why SSD is better, but why the extra HDD?

Matthew83 1 point 2 days ago

For extra storage. SSD is good for using as a boot drive, and for your favorite apps and games, but it's extra speed is wasted if you use it to save movies, pictures, word docs or install files. It's a good idea to download a program installer to your hdd, then install it to your ssd.

nostalgia2302 1 point 1 day ago

The build is great. I have no complaint at all, and I even feel a little bit jealous.

This is my similar build and as you can see, for roughly the same price, you got a better video card. This is partly due to my decision to go with more expensive RGB RAM, Case, Motherboard, a needed Wi-Fi adapter and a MicroATX build which sometimes can be more expensive.

My reason of choice for the mobo was temps. I watched a video comparing different B450 ATX mobos and I got scared with the Asus and Gigabyte temps. Asrock was okaish and MSI mobos came with the best temps. Got me sold on the brand.

I spent about $138 more on those components. I however have no regrets. The RX 580 came with a promotion gift of 3 games worth $150, elevating the value rate of the card to $379 from the $229 I got it for.

Kuddos to you. Keep up the good work.

Zonafer 1 point 21 hours ago

For $20 more (On the Canadian site), you could invest in a STRIX 1070 Ti, which looks and cools way better, imo. The only limit is overclocking because NVidia decided to lock voltages. :/

trylaarsdam 2 Builds 1 point 2 days ago

No. Not in any way shape or form is a 580 better than a 1070. http://gpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Nvidia-GTX-1070-vs-AMD-RX-580/3609vs3923 The 1070 is 54% better than a 1070. Even though both cards have 8gb of vram, the 1070 has more cores, and a better architecture design. PPD isn’t really a consideration here as the 1070 is about the same price (a little higher) and if you’re going to be doing high end gaming, you definitely would spend the money to get undeniably better performance. There really isn’t even a viable argument for buying a 580 unless you absolutely need a card with its exact specs.

Matthew83 -1 points 2 days ago

Here's my version of this build, but with a cheaper case/psu and a couple of nice fans. https://pcpartpicker.com/list/WJsjq4

vagabond139 5 Builds 2 points 2 days ago

The M12II/S12II is a poor choice in PSU and is not suited for modern builds. It lacks OTP and OCP protection, it doesn't support C6/C7 power states, and it is group regulated which means during crossload the 5V rail or the 12V rail could get quite ugly or even go out of spec. Plus its known to be a loud PSU. It was a decent PSU choice in 2010 but it days have long passed.

Farther info

It lacks crucial safety protections


Its doesn't support low power states although its is pennies amounts so it is just icing on top of the cake.

It is group regulated which means that it can't out put its full power on the 12V rail and the 12V/5V rail uses one coil and when the load isn't balance e.g high load on one and low on the other aka crossload it has a very hard time regulating voltage which means that voltage regulation on the 12V and 5V can get ugly or even out spec if you push the PSU hard enough.


Matthew83 1 point 1 day ago

I looked it up on johnnyguru, and it's review was very positive, scoring a 9.7 out of 10, so I believed it to be a good PSU, even though it's group regulated, and in the review they mention it's the best scoring group regulated PSU they've ever tested. However, it is a 10 year old review, and I'm not contesting your opinion, but would ask, what PSU would you recommend instead? Full or semi modular if possible.

vagabond139 5 Builds 2 points 1 day ago

A Corsair CXM/CX. Easily the best PSU in the ~$50 range and below.



There is also the Corsair TXM that is for $50 right now with MiR, even better than the CXM and is a great deal.



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Deihman 1 Build 4 points 1 month ago

This could get you 60FPS or more on almost all modern titles, even on high or very high settings, and is definitely future proof. It’ll probably last you the lifetime of the products before you really need to upgrade.

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ThaPoint 3 points 1 month ago

I would still wait a bit for prices to come down. The new GPUs from Nvidia are around the corner and as you can see the prices of the 10xx series are already falling.

RyanmFisher -5 points 1 month ago

with nvidias new raytracing I would suggest waiting because this is a major graphical bump

rhali8 2 Builds 2 points 26 days ago

Visually, sure. But it also (from what we've seen) takes a pretty heavy hit on FPS. From the demo they played, games seemed to have run at no more than 40FPS when ray tracing was on... These RTX cards are amazing, but I don't think they're primarily designed for raw frame smashing gaming. People tend to overlook this.

Matthew83 1 point 2 days ago

Just don't wait until the 20xx comes out, because then the prices for the 10xx series will start to go up again.

trylaarsdam 2 Builds 1 point 2 days ago

Uhh what’s the logic behind that

trylaarsdam 2 Builds 1 point 2 days ago

Also literally no games have ray tracing support until battlefield 5

NokNokWhosThere 3 points 29 days ago

This build will let you play on ultra settings above 60 fps for most modern titles. for how long it will last I would guess 5-8 years because of the power of the card

zwruble 2 points 1 month ago

I've got a 970 and it can still run well at high settings at 1440p. A 1070 will take you pretty far.

Jonotha 1 point 1 month ago

Like 10 years or something

JacobGunther12 1 point 1 month ago

Yeah, probably not. Maybe 3-5 depending on how fast games progress to better graphics.

deathraydave 2 Builds 1 point 27 days ago

This can crush high settings lol

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Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor 8W - 65W
MSI - B450M PRO-VDH Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard 15W - 60W
ADATA - XPG GAMMIX D10 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory 14W - 14W
Western Digital - Blue 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Western Digital - Blue 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive 3W - 15W
Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Windforce OC Video Card 37W - 150W
Total: 79W - 314W