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BoyScout July 26, 2017

This month's featured build is based on our "Great AMD Gaming" build guide which uses the AMD Ryzen 5 1600 processor and GeForce GTX 1080 GPU all built in Cooler Master's MasterBox 5 mid-tower case.

PCPartPicker part list

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor $199.99
Motherboard MSI - B350 PC MATE ATX AM4 Motherboard $93.98
Memory Team - T-Force / Night Hawk 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $109.99
Storage Western Digital - Blue 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $139.99
Video Card EVGA - GeForce GTX 1080 8GB SC2 Gaming iCX Video Card $569.99
Case Cooler Master - MasterBox 5 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case $64.98
Power Supply Corsair - TXM Gold 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $74.99
Total at time of filming $1253.91 (USD)

For Benchmarks and Photos, be sure to check out our Completed Build write-up.

You can also watch Barry clean up the cables in our cable management time lapse video:

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FcoEnriquePerez 3 points 21 months ago

How did they got RAM that cheap?

Anyansayo 1 Build 3 points 21 months ago

I don't really know. In almost every build that PCPP does, they use Team brand RAM and I always think "Is it really that cheap?" But just now that you mention it, I really have no idea.

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 3 points 21 months ago

Yeah, we caught it on a bit of a deal a short while back, but it looks like from the price history it drops down to around that price from time to time.

stalewind 1 Build 3 points 20 months ago

The latency is 16-18-18-38, so that's why it is cheaper. The good stuff has 14-14-14-34 Cas Latency.

dwlemon3 2 points 21 months ago

I'm so happy to see that AMD logo at the top.. being to the side made me twitch.

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 2 points 21 months ago

Indeed -- thankfully it's relatively simple to adjust it to match whatever direction best fits the build!

Namnguyen 2 Builds 2 points 21 months ago

Glad that it's Ryzen again.

LatamirDigital 3 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

Anyone else think the drive was a 500GB HDD

Anyansayo 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago


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Anyansayo 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

The stock CPU cooler looked kind of difficult to get into place. Also, why a B350 motherboard?

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

How do you mean? It went on pretty easily. Just aligns with the posts from the back plate and is secured with the four attached screws.

As for why B350, it saves us budget dollars but keeps some overclocking options on the table so long as you are not needing the other higher end features of X370 (such as SLI).

Anyansayo 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

To me it just looked sort of awkward because the fan appears to be larger in diameter than the back plate. Maybe it just looked that way to me. I know that it wasn't very difficult, but just something that looked more complex than most of the CPU coolers that you have put on in build videos. I know that it went on easily, but like I said earlier, the fan from my viewing angle looks a bit larger than the back plate mounts.

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

Ah, now I think I understand what you mean. And yes, the fan cover does come pretty close to the clearance needed for the screwdriver. We considered leaving the cover off until after we had it mounted, but it turned out to fit fine as-is with only a slight angle to the screwdriver.

Anyansayo 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Yeah, that's exactly what I meant.

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juancda 1 point 19 months ago

No, is not the same. You can't adjust all the parameters in a B350 board as in a X370 one. With the B350 you have limited options for overclocking. With X370 you have the complete set of overclock parameters that you can change and the results could be better (if correct overclock) with a X370.

However, if you only want to adjust CPU multiplier then B350 is enough. For better and more optimized overclocking a X370 is needed.

The video you linked is old and doesn't have the latest BIOS updates that allow X370 more versatility in overclocking (for instance, to configure different CPU clock speeds according to different CPU workloads saving some energy and lowering temperatures when CPU is iddle or not at its maximum load capacity).

Bosswoman3 1 point 21 months ago

Do you know what CPU cooler goes with Asus x370 F motherboard and Ryzen 7 1700 combo?

a_random_ai 2 points 21 months ago

Stock cooler

BBearPvP 2 Builds 5 points 21 months ago

Depends on how much you overclock the CPU. If you're going over 3.7 GHz, I'd get something like the be quiet! Dark Rock 3 since it's beefier, pretty, and usually costs around $65, so it shouldn't be too big of a hit for what it's worth. That, and since it won't be liquid, you won't have that leak risk.

From personal experience, at 3.8 GHz, temps stay in the mid to upper 60s for me.

Deciak 1 point 19 months ago

I have some questions in regards to the be quiet! Dark Rock 3 in a B350 motherboard, but first please forgive me if I butcher some terms, I'm new to the whole computer building thing (=:

In regards to the be quiet! Dark Rock 3: - Does it need an adaptor to fit, or can it be attached without any 3rd party parts? - Do I need it for 3.8GHz for Ryzen 5 1600 if I want to keep it at 40-60? - I'm going to use a 16 Gigs 2x8 RAM of Corsair Vengeance LPX, will the fan prevent me from putting it in?

Other stuff: - I will be using a high quality 750D airflow edition for my case, and as stated above Corsair Vengeance LPX as my RAM, and I was wondering if I should do so or instead save the money so I can upgrade my GPU. - Which 500 GB SSD do you recommend? I don't care much for M.2. - Which 1 TB HDD do you recommend? - Should I wait for Black friday to buy my computer parts, or will there not be much difference in price? - As for the first random question, I forgot to add that apart from PUBG I will not be playing many intensive games, so I can wait until the mining-craze ends, that was another reason I was wondering if I should upgrade at the cost of other high-quality parts or just wait for the pices to go down.

Thanks anyways -A beginner computer addict.

BBearPvP 2 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

The be quiet! Dark Rock 3 may or may not come with an adapter. If it doesn't, you can get the AM4 mounting bracket for free on be quiet!'s website. Corsair Vengeance LPX is relatively low-profile RAM, so the cooler should be fine in terms of clearance, just install your RAM before you install the cooler. It keeps my Ryzen 7 1700 @ 3.9 GHz at 42 degrees C while idling, and under 80 degrees C with load, except for synthetic loads where it'll spike up to 80 at times on a hot summer day, so it should DEFINITELY keep a Ryzen 5 just as cool, if not cooler. Probably might be overkill for a Ryzen 5 - my advice would be to save your money and use the stock cooler as it should make do, and use that $70 to put towards a better GPU.

Deciak 1 point 19 months ago

Thanks again!

I don't think I need a better graphics card for the moment. While I will be playing PUBG at low settings and doing some minor video editing, I need an anti-static pad to build my pc on at the moment, I also need new headphones.

Later down the line I'm planning to get a desk-sized mouse+keyboard pad, a new monitor and keyboard and a new mouse, so I think I should save these 70$.

Your reply was pretty fast and very informative for me, thanks again! :D

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thenamespips 1 point 21 months ago

Does this build bottleneck at 1080p gaming?

Izzius 1 point 21 months ago

No, should dominate 1080p@144 and even 1440p@100+

Nitronixus 1 point 21 months ago

damn this is a really good build

ShadowTechXTS 6 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

I have the same CPU, motherboard, memory (almost), and a GTX 1080 (Zotac AMP Extreme)


Trevor242 1 point 20 months ago

Can you not but parts from this site?

80-wattHamster 1 Build 4 points 20 months ago

No, but if you go to the Parts List and select an individual part, you'll find links to sites where you can.

Trevor242 1 point 20 months ago


Gooberdad 10 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

Great job. I always enjoy the cable management after the build. Looks nice and tidy.

elijahfmiller 1 point 20 months ago

Do A Threadripper PLZ!

Catarino. 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

during the test boot the cables already were well managed, dam you guys are so good you do great cable mgmt without even trying

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

We certainly try to route them in reasonable locations as we go, so that it looks okay from the front and (hopefully) we don't have to unplug/move/re-plug in too many things after the test boot.. That said, Barry would probably take issue with the notion that things looked great before we let him attack the nest of craziness hidden at the back of the case. ;)

emyers 1 point 20 months ago

I'm sorry if this is a noob question, I'm completely clueless when it comes to PC building: what kind of changes to your parts list would I have to make if I went with the Ryzen 7 1700 instead of the Ryzen 5 1600? Would the extra $100 for the upgraded processor make that much of a difference? Thanks!

falconfused 1 point 20 months ago

If you have the headroom in your budget, I'd say go for it.
I built a few years ago around a AMD FX6300. because its performance/price was so great. But now I really wish I had dropped the extra $50 into something from their FX8000 lineup. It wouldn't have made my build cost too much more, but even on moderate and low settings, the 6300 is struggling to keep up only a few years later.

sleepybaggins 1 point 19 months ago

You won't need to make any changes -- Also Ryzen 5 1600 is excellent for gaming, take a Ryzen 7 1700 if you have the money / do lots of video rendering.

Fr33Th1nk3r 5 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

Not unless you use CAD or render audio or videos. R5 is more than enough to run games, background apps, streaming software, and a movie at the same time. Id get 16gb ram.

OrbitalBuzzsaw 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

$1250 for an R5 and a 1080!? No way!

cjdarad 0 points 21 months ago

I like it, but how reliable is a Western Digital SSD? I know for HDD they are always my number one go to.

nammerbom 1 point 21 months ago

western digital ssds are just sandisk ssds

Stereotypical_Whale 1 Build 0 points 21 months ago

I honestly hate the b350 pc mate. It's got everything I could every want, except for usb 3.1 gen 2, which is a must have for me, damn.

InnocentBoy 0 points 20 months ago

Would this PC have any space for another hard drive e.g. Seagate - Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive.

falconfused 1 point 20 months ago

Certainly, The build only has one 2.5" drive in the parts list, Beyond the 2.5" drive installed, the case also has room for two 3.5" drives. This motherboard has 4 SATA headers, Just plug the SATA cable from your barracuda into one of the free spots on the motherboard.

When you install the operating system, just make sure it's on your SSD, not much point of having an SSD if your OS runs on an HDD.

LonghornAlamo2040 0 points 20 months ago

3000Mhz memory on a B350 board? Well, ok.

I'm ok with this.

liljoker619 0 points 20 months ago

Can you stream live on twitch with this build? Just curious.

om3gA_3 0 points 20 months ago

what do you connect your antistatic wrist strap to. just wondering

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

The ones we use on set are connected to the antistatic mat which is grounded via a resistive circuit to an electrical ground.

om3gA_3 1 point 20 months ago

can you also connect it to a power supply that is turned off

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 2 points 20 months ago

If you don't have a grounded anti-static mat setup, you could use an inexpensive alligator clip style wrist strap attached/clipped onto a metal portion of the case you are building in.

Don't plug in your power supply until the PC is built and you are ready to turn it on/test it.

om3gA_3 1 point 20 months ago

ok thank you so much for the help

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

No problem -- good luck with your build!

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