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Build Guide

Magnificent AMD Gaming Build

by ThoughtA

NOTE: A more recent version of this guide is available here.



This build follows a striking black and white color aesthetics. In light of that, a number of part selection decisions were influenced in pursuit of this aesthetic, while impacting cost and performance as little as possible.

CPU and Cooler

The R7 1700 is an octo-core processor that utilizes AMD SMT technology for a total of sixteen threads. This model has the best price for performance of the R7 CPUs, and like the rest of the R7 CPUs, the 1700 is overclockable. To make the most of the overclockability, we're adding the Deepcool CAPTAIN 240EX WHITE 240mm liquid cooler, which will really let you push the CPU.


We're using a parametric selection of X370 ATX motherboards. This will allow for both SLI or Crossfire graphics card setups. If you only plan to use a single GPU, you may consider looking into B350 motherboards instead – both X370 and B350 support CPU overclocking. The parametric selection will actively choose the best-priced motherboard of the group. Additionally, they all have 4 DDR4 DIMM slots, 6-8 SATA ports, and PCIE/NVME capable m.2 slots. All of the selected motherboards have video outputs but these will only work with the upcoming Ryzen APUs as the R7 processors do not have onboard graphics.


For memory, we're filtering for the best-priced 2x8GB kit of DDR4 RAM with a heatsink. 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. Feel free to click the "From parametric filter" link to see the various options and pick a color that suits your part list.


We're also using a parametric filter that will actively select the best-priced SSD of roughly 500GB capacity. Additionally, we're including a 3TB mechanical hard drive in a parametric filter for things like storing media and extra games. Everyone's storage needs differs, so feel free to change the capacity to your heart's desire.


Our GPU is the very popular GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. This is currently one of the fastest single GPU video cards in the market - you may want to look into a 120-144Hz and/or 2560x1440 resolution monitor for this bad boy. The parametric filter is set for the best-priced 1080 Ti available, but feel free to click the "From parametric filter" link to browse our listing of 1080s Tis. For those interested in VR, the GTX 1080 Ti will have no problem playing any and and all applications currently on the market.


All of our parts are housed in the gorgeous white and black Phanteks P400S Tempered Glass edition. This ATX mid tower case features a tempered glass window to show off the starkly contrasted black and white internals. Speaking of white internals, this case has white PSU shroud to hide any unsightly cables, and it conveniently matches our color scheme perfectly. It also features 2 USB 3.0 front panel ports, can fit pretty much any length video card, and has 2x 3.5" and 2x 2.5" bays.

You may also wish to check out the version of this case where the front is white and the PSU shroud is black.


Powering the build is a sparse selection of some of the most well-reviewed PSUs available - all without breaking the bank. All of them are certified 80+ Gold and fully-modular.

Intel Version

You can find the Intel version of our Enthusiast Gaming Guide here.

Part List Customize This Part List

Compatibility Check: See notes below.

Estimated Wattage: 124W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU kr3274.00 FREE kr3274.00 Dustin Home Buy
CPU Cooler
Motherboard kr1575.00 kr59.00 kr1634.00 Dustin Home Buy
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
  • Heat Spreader: Yes
  • Color: Black, Black/Gray, Black/Silver, Black/White, White, White/Gray, White/Silver
kr999.00 kr59.00 kr1058.00 Dustin Home Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 480 GB - 10000 GB
  • Type: SSD
kr595.00 kr59.00 kr654.00 Dustin Home Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 3000 GB - 10000 GB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
kr1149.00 kr59.00 kr1208.00 Dustin Home Buy
Video Card
No Matches Available
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
Case kr990.00 kr59.00 kr1049.00 Dustin Home Buy
Power Supply
No Matches Available
Base Total: kr8582.00
Shipping: kr295.00
Total: kr8877.00
* 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 Deepcool - CAPTAIN 240EX WHITE 153.04 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler may require a separately available mounting adapter to fit the Asus - PRIME X370-PRO ATX AM4 Motherboard.
  • Flag compatibility notes as incorrect

Comments Sorted by:

Hifihedgehog 3 points 21 months ago

Nothing "magnificent" about that BIOSTAR motherboard your parametric filter is sometimes showing. It is a 3-star, buggy and unstable mess.


Hifihedgehog 2 points 21 months ago

Just as note to the author @ThoughtA , I am apologize if I came off a bit harsh or ungrateful. On the contrary, your guides have been incredibly helpful for me in getting a lay of the land in building my small form factor system. I just wanted to point out that the BIOSTAR motherboard your parametric search is pulling up is notorious in the reviews and in the forums to be a DOA or glitchy board. Just a buyer's beware warning is all I was making. YMMV. :)

Arvnsard 2 points 20 months ago

You can also choose from the other options the filter gives out. It might cost more, but it will perform more.

rmichaels213 1 point 21 months ago

Noticed the same. Would have to switch out the motherboard if I were to go this route.

PcPartsMaster 1 point 21 months ago

Yes I would agree I have tested out the motherboard myself. I concluded exactly what you have.

hanamichy 1 point 20 months ago

Hi, I noticed a lot of people are using 550W. Seems very low, is that because current parts are now power efficient? I used to hear 750W - 1000W power supplies.

The_M26_Pershing 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Well, I don't know if parts are power efficient but it's still best to get atleast 650 to 800 watts, I don't see why you need 1000 watt unless you really need a lot of power, a lot of builds I've gotten wasnt even low to 550, but still best to stay in between 600 and 800

Fulcrosity 1 point 20 months ago

Likely due to the fact that there isn't overclocking.

insakna 0 points 22 months ago

Nice build, but I wouldn't mind a price on the cooler and case.

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 22 months ago

You may wish to check your user preferences page to see if you have any retailers disabled. If they're all enabled and you still aren't seeing prices, would you mind letting me know which country version of the site you're using?

Supersahen -1 points 21 months ago

Australian retailers don't have pricing for the CPU Cooler

insakna -1 points 21 months ago

Ah, looks like I had every retailer disabled except for Amazon, haha. Thanks.

Sammyrocks24 0 points 21 months ago

I am so torn between the Ryzen 5 1600 and the Ryzen 1700, any advice? Just gaming while watching a stream?

Remendador 2 points 21 months ago

I don't stream my gameplay, but I record my gameplay. I have an R5 1600 @3.9GHz + X370 + GTX 1060 + 16GB 2400MHz RAM. It just doesn't bother if it's recording or not. Great cpu imho. I really don't recommend R7 for a gaming rig, save that money and put it where it matters, gpu. I'd only recommend R7 for productivity machines. Please, check benchmarks and you won't regret choosing the 1600.

jessej 0 points 21 months ago

How would this compare to having the 1700x instead?

Remendador 0 points 21 months ago

If you manually overclock they perform pretty much the same. Plus, the 1700X doesn't come with a cooler, at least it didn't the last time I checked.

joshuafait@gmail.com 0 points 21 months ago

Great build. I'm looking to do something very similar. How loud are the fans on this cooler? A friend bought the h110i and it's extremely loud.

termat 0 points 21 months ago

Is there a way to parametric that excludes mini cards?

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 21 months ago

If you click the "From parametric filter" link in the part list, you can load up a category view that already includes the parametric filter's options. If you set the minimum length on that page to be, say, 224mm, mini cards will be excluded. You then click the "Add From Filter" link in the top rightish of the page to add the new filter. This is an example of the settings I'm talking about (including the minimum length).

SuleimanGD 0 points 21 months ago

Are these parts fully compatible with each other ??

ThoughtA staff submitter 0 points 21 months ago


csalguero10 1 point 21 months ago

What about the compatibility note on the DeepCool?

The Deepcool - CAPTAIN 240EX WHITE 153.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler may require a separately available mounting adapter to fit the Biostar - X370GT5 ATX AM4 Motherboard.

Does it require a separate mounting adapter or does it fit the Motherboard as is?

Arvnsard 2 points 20 months ago

I searched around, and you will need a separate AM4 bracket to use the Captain 240EX.

Pnagel180 0 points 21 months ago

first look

sh0tsfired 3 Builds 0 points 21 months ago

Octa = 8 Octo = Sea animal

ChrisDaDerp 0 points 21 months ago

Which is better, the Intel or AMD build? I need a new computer to be able to play VR. Both are capable, obviously, but if I got a really good monitor, which would be better?

sh0tsfired 3 Builds 0 points 20 months ago

We're moving towards a multi-core workload goal, so... AMD's Ryzen line-up is perfect for you. I would consider 6 cores and up, only.

joeforitPC 0 points 21 months ago

Did you have to mount the 240ex on the top of the case, or was the tubing long enough to front mount it? I am wondering because I have the same case and am thinking of purchasing the RGB version of the captain 240ex

OWInfernoX 0 points 20 months ago

If anyone could give me an answer, I just wanna check that if you have a liquid cooled overclocked R7 1700, it can actually keep up with the 1080ti, or at least the 1080 in most cases, because I have an R7 1700, which will probably be water cooled and overclocked, but I'm still debating on whether to get Vega 56 or Vega 64 when they come out.

koat88 1 Build 0 points 20 months ago

Is this your build? Did you build this? Or is this just a part list of a build you think would be cool?

nicholas1212 -1 points 22 months ago

What fps does this run at

insakna 3 points 22 months ago


wastedfate 0 points 21 months ago

60 FPS @ 4K. Just don't forget to add a $300+ 4K monitor, which pushes the budget into 2000.

HeightOfFolly 0 points 21 months ago


iballisticfish11 -19 points 21 months ago

no amd build is magnificent

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Corwynn 1 point 22 months ago

No, it's basically just a higher TDP and higher clocked R7 1700, not worth the upprice.

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Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
AMD - Ryzen 7 1700 3 GHz 8-Core Processor 8W - 65W
Deepcool - CAPTAIN 240EX WHITE 153.04 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler 10W - 15W
Crucial - Ballistix Sport LT 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory 14W
Kingston - A400 480 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Toshiba - 3 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Total: 124W