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Build Guide

Excellent AMD Gaming Build

by manirelli


CPU/CPU Cooler

For the Excellent AMD Gaming Build build we selected the Ryzen 5 2600 as our processor. To better cool the R5 2600 we selected the CRYORIG - H5 Universal.


The Ryzen 5 2600 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 SSD with at least 500GB of space and a minimum 3TB of mechanical storage at 7200rpm.


On a budget of roughly 1250 dollars we decided to go with an excellent graphic 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 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. This case has a nice black finish, a large tempered glass side panel window, power supply shroud, room for enthusiast CPU coolers, watercooling radiators, two pre-installed case fans, 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: 369W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU €169.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €169.99 Amazon France Buy
CPU Cooler €58.64 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €58.64 Amazon France Buy
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Chipset: AMD X470
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
€139.99 €139.99 Cdiscount Buy
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2666, DDR4-2800, DDR4-2933, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
  • Heat Spreader: Yes
€140.10 €140.10 Amazon France Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 500GB - 12TB
  • Type: SSD
€84.00 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €84.00 Amazon France Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 3TB - 10TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
€82.75 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €82.75 Amazon France Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1080
€499.90 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €499.90 Amazon France Buy
Case €109.95 €8.95 €118.90 LDLC Buy
Power Supply €122.95 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €122.95 Amazon France Buy
Base Total: €1408.27
Shipping: €8.95
Total: €1417.22
* 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 CRYORIG - H5 Universal 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler may require a separately available mounting adapter to fit the MSI - X470 GAMING PLUS ATX AM4 Motherboard.
  • Flag compatibility notes as incorrect

Comments Sorted by:

Ronand251 3 points 2 months ago

where could i get a mounting adapter for the cpu cooler to fit the motherboard?

Eg0_tripper 2 points 1 month ago

You have to jump through some hoops on the company website. I just did this build and the cooler is NOT compatible out of the box :(

Leener64 1 point 27 days ago

Are the hoops you have to jump through the process of applying for the AM4 upgrade kit? I'm not seeing much else on the website so that seems like what it would be.

btasic 1 point 16 days ago

The upgrade kit seems to be the only option.

mannad85 1 point 8 days ago

I mean at 47 bucks you should just upgrade to the 2600x and use the stock cooler, Wraith Spire, they have excellent reviews. The Wraith Stealth have pretty good reviews as well. You could just use it and send that one back.

Smaky 1 point 2 months ago

This will be my first pc build. Planning to buy the parts by Christmas. Is a 1440p 144hz monitor with gsync an overkill with this build? Or I should aim for a 100hz? Thanks

IAmSkeletor 2 points 2 months ago

144hz would be fine with this build. There's always room to upgrade so I'd say go for it even if it ends up being overkill.

Brion_Sundae 1 point 1 month ago

Definitely not. 1440p would be perfectly fine with a GTX 1080.

KeyteeChan 0 points 2 months ago

I think it's not an overkill BUT remember that i am not a pc expert

Booperdooper32 6 points 1 month ago


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Jorm 1 point 2 months ago

I’m looking to make a pc for the first time. Is this build difficult to assemble? Also would it have trouble with games like MHworld or dark souls3? Lastly would this pc last me a long time and be able to have upgrades done to it easily if they were necessary down the line?

Booperdooper32 1 point 1 month ago

Oh and the pc would flawlessly run most AAA titles at 1080p high at around 120-240fps, 4K 60-90 FPS etc etc.

Booperdooper32 0 points 1 month ago

I’d upgrade the cpu to futureproof, should be easily upgradable but with this cpu you could be looking at a cpu bottleneck in future

papps1 1 point 2 months ago

Is the additional CPU cooler really needed? I have a Ryzen 5 2600 and was just going to use the stock fan.....

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

Needed? No. For better OC and quieter performance, it is an option.

heyderpxd18 1 point 2 months ago

Any other recommendations for RAM since the one in the guide is sold out?

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Click the "from parametric filter" link under the ram and you can see all of the filtered options sorted by price.

xSixGhost 1 point 2 months ago

I'm going to build a new PC and my list is quite similar to yours, but I have the 2600x instead of the 2600, is there much change between the two? I also have a corsair HX750I 80+ Plat. Would that be an overkill?

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Your CPU is slightly better as is the PSU. Good luck!

NoZy 1 point 1 month ago

I am a noob at PC's and i am starting my new job soon, so i would like to build my own PC for the first time, and these parts seems good to me! The problem i have is that the new line of cards just came out, so my question is, can i put a 2080 Nvidia in this machine?

Booperdooper32 2 points 1 month ago

Yes. The cards are not out yet but you should be able to swap the 1080 for a 2080.

reeder.general@gmail.com 1 point 8 days ago

You can but if you are going to pay for one of the most expensive cards on the market you might want to upgrade... everything...

NoZy 1 point 1 month ago

By the way, i got my own setup right now. Which consists of: Windows 10 Home 64-bit CPU Intel Core i5 6400 @ 2.70GHz 27 °C Skylake 14nm Technology RAM 16,0GB Single-Channel Unknown @ 1063MHz (15-15-15-36) Motherboard LENOVO 364A (U3E1) 23 °C Graphics BenQ XL2411Z (1920x1080@144Hz) 4095MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (MSI) 24 °C Storage 238GB SanDisk SD7SB6S256G1001 (SATA (SSD)) 27 °C 931GB Seagate ST1000DM003-1SB102 (SATA )

Would your build be considered an upgrade? And what is the pros and cons of your build?

MaceWoods 1 point 1 month ago

This will be my first PC build. Pretend as though I know nothing - if I order all of these parts, will I have everything I need to assemble the computer? If not, what else should I need (aside from a monitor). Thanks in advance.

MaceWoods 1 point 1 month ago

Also, I assume I'll need to buy an operating system?

calebbraithwaite 1 point 1 month ago

If you're currently attending a university, you can generally get a Windows 10 key for free through them.

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ThoughtA staff 1 point 1 month ago

Do not advocate piracy.

Booperdooper32 4 points 1 month ago

Do not murder people.

getbretweir 1 point 1 month ago

You'll need an OS (Windows 10) and internet connection. Also, how will you connect online? Will it be via ethernet or WiFi?

If wired, you need an ethernet cable long enough to connect to your setup. If wireless, you can either 1) purchase a motherboard with a built-in wireless card, or 2) purchase a wifi card separately and attach to your motherboard (it's really easy, the card connects to your motherboard just like RAM would), then you attach a small antenna (which will come packaged with wifi card) to the back of your case.

There's nothing else you need, and the cooler on this list isn't a necessity, but probably a good idea to get. It can definitely wait a few months though.

Also, the storage listed is a lot, and may or may not be needed depending on your intended use. Definitely get 250-500GB SSD (I prefer 500) and any additional storage you might need (like if you're saving video) can be put on a hard drive (which looks, and goes into the same spot as your SSD). HDD is cheap these days, and only costs an extra $5-10 for the additional 1TB.

Good luck!

conorb564 1 point 1 month ago

I built the #7 Revision a week before this revision came out, and just want to thank the OP, Sure i could of waited and yes the GPU prices are dropping again but i am fully in love with my new build. Not a pc expert by any means and was very skeptical of building myself but no major hiccups and the reward was so worth it!

My_Name_Is_Classified 1 point 1 month ago

Does this build need an additional wifi card? I want to factor this into the cost and cannot find it on MSI's website, or the information for the motherboard on PCPartPicker.

GaraumiGuru 1 point 1 month ago

Why go for a 750 watt PSU? Do you really need that much to run this machine?

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

This is addressed in the PSU section of the guide. Most X470 motherboards have more than one CPU power cable and that requires moving to larger power supplies to get additional cables.

Happycow 1 point 1 month ago

I’m debating this pc for $1600 with an I5-2600k with a 1080 card or another pc for $2000 with an I5 8600k with a 1080 ti

All I want to do is play on a 2k monitor (120-144 hz) with nice high setting and high FPS for any games (DayZ, Scum, red dead 2).

My question is, would this pc suffice or should I spend the extra $400???

MrTeddyFTW 1 point 1 month ago

spend the extra 400

Noogzy 1 point 1 month ago

What would I lose if I used a b450 instead of this chipset on this processor?

mk_ried 1 point 1 month ago

this PC will be used for streaming Nintendo switch games to you-tube/twitch with a webcam using elgato hd 60, will this PC get the job done?

KittyCatKane 1 point 1 month ago


MrTeddyFTW 1 point 1 month ago

Ok so i got this exact build a couple weeks ago, and it does work great. ran rainbow 6 siege, far cry 5, and gta 5 at 60 - 80 fps consistently, very good build, would recommend.

KURLOZ_-Op 1 point 1 month ago

great build love it

magoo9739 1 point 1 month ago

graphics card 87 pounds import fee??

drgiorhodes 1 point 1 month ago

This build may be a better alternative https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/user/drgiorhodes/saved/4hFP3C

JaronHop 1 point 1 month ago

is this PC more than capable of playing fortnite? or should I spend less?

syntpenh 2 points 28 days ago

If that is all you want to do, get a 500 dollar gaming laptop. This really is extremely overkill to casually play fortnite.

JaronHop 1 point 25 days ago

I have a HP Note Book laptop and it runs fortnite at 60FPS on the lowest settings. The PC was around 600 dollars.

syntpenh 1 point 24 days ago

It's probably old, and not a gaming one. The ASUS zenbook costs 1000 dollars but my 750 dollar laptop will preform better than it in games because mine is gaming oriented.

Simokm 1 point 29 days ago

"The CRYORIG - H5 Universal 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler may require a separately available mounting adapter to fit the MSI - X470 GAMING PLUS ATX AM4 Motherboard."

What about this?

vagabond139 5 Builds 1 point 28 days ago

Exactly that, it may need adapter to use. Although given how long AM4 has been out this shouldn't be a issue anymore.

tylerstark04 1 point 23 days ago

Looking at this for a first build. Can someone link me to somewhere to help with putting together.

sesmc 1 point 20 days ago

would this build handle the alienware-AW3418DW monitor? Really want to convert to amd, and occasional game with the widescreen. Thank you

Protons 1 point 18 days ago

Why would we get a mechanical harddrive anymore these days?

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 2 points 18 days ago

Lower cost storage.

Protons 1 point 17 days ago

What would you want to store on a mechanical drive vs. your SSD? Should your OS and frequently accessed programs (i.e. games) go on your SSD, while, say, music goes on the mechanical drive?

Carlbenz018 1 point 17 days ago

So first time computer builder here, this looks like everything I would want for my budget, but I have some questions. Sorry for any dumb questions but Im pretty dumb lol. Now im assuming im gonna need a wifi card right? Any recommendations on what to get or is anything fine? Also do I need to buy a dvd player or can I just install windows by imaging it from another hard drive or buying and installing it from their site?

And then any recommendations on a monitor? Im not play anything too crazy outside of WoW FF14, Fortnite, and probably some more shooters, looking for something about 24”. Thanks for your patience and apologize for sny unintentional eye rolls i may have provided lol.

Phildilf 3 Builds 1 point 3 days ago

You don't need a disk drive. They aren't around much anymore as everything can be downloaded now.

In order to install Windows, you just need a working pc and a flash drive big enough to download the install tool @ https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

Boot into the install and let it install. You can use a trial version of Windows for now. This will allow you to play your games and everything. But, certain functions are not available. This may include customizing your desktop.

Par311 1 point 1 day ago

Thinking about building a PC in the near future and I have a quick beginner question. Just wonder why there aren't Sound Cards, Wired Network Adapters or Wireless Network Adapters included in these builds. I'm assuming some parts cover what these do such as the GPU taking care of sound?

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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
CRYORIG - H5 Universal 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler 5W - 10W
MSI - X470 GAMING PLUS ATX AM4 Motherboard 17W - 70W
G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory 14W - 14W
Samsung - 860 Evo 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Toshiba - P300 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1080 8GB G1 Gaming Video Card 45W - 180W
Total: 95W - 369W