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Magnificent AMD Gaming/Streaming Build

by ThoughtA

Description

CPU

The Ryzen 7 2700X is an octa-core processor that utilizes AMD SMT technology for a total of sixteen threads. This CPU is the top model of the new, 2nd-generation Ryzen processors.

Cooler

To take fuller advantage of the overclockability, we are including the Corsair H100i PRO liquid cooler.

Motherboard

We're using a parametric filter for X470 ATX motherboards. Our compatibility and pricing engines will automatically select the best-priced motherboard that is compatible with the rest of the build.

Memory

For memory, we're filtering for the best-priced 2x16GB or 4x8GB kit of DDR4 RAM with a heatsink. We've limited it to DDR4-2800 and faster speeds, as Ryzen CPUs scale well with higher frequency memory.

Storage

We're also using a parametric filter that will actively select the best-priced SSD of at least 1TB 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.

GPU

Our GPU is Nvidia's new GeForce RTX 2080. 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 RTX 2080 available, but feel free to click the "From parametric filter" link to browse our listing of RTX 2080. For those interested in VR, the RTX 2080 will have no problem playing any and and all applications currently on the market. In addition, the new RTX cards feature special ray tracing cores that will hopefully see use in future games.

For streaming, the newly-updated NVENC encoding will offload the task to the GPU with a minimal performance hit using OBS (Open Broadcaster Software) while providing image quality similar to or better than x264 Fast quality.

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.

Case

The selected case is the white NZXT H500i. The H500i includes a tempered glass window, 2x RGB LED strips, and a "CAM-powered Smart Device" for controlling the strips and other RGB lighting if you wish. It also features 2x front panel USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, a PSU shroud, and a number of cable management holes and tie-offs to help your build look cleaner. It can also fit full-sized video cards.

Cases tend to be highly personal choices, so make sure you browse our listed cases to see what suits you. If you happen to want a different color version of hte H500i, there are multiple variations available.

PSU

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

Here is the Intel version of our Magnificent Gaming Guide.

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Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 394W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU kr3602.00 FREE kr3602.00 Dustin Home Buy
CPU Cooler kr1288.00 kr59.00 kr1347.00 Dustin Home Buy
Motherboard
From parametric filter
  • Color: Black, Black / Gray, Black / Silver, Black / White, Silver, Silver / Black, White
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Chipset: AMD X470
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
kr1795.00 kr59.00 kr1854.00 Dustin Home Buy
Memory
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2800, DDR4-2933, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 32GB (2x16GB), 32GB (4x8GB)
  • Heat Spreader: Yes
  • Color: Black, Black/Gray, Black/Silver, Black/White, White, White/Gray, White/Silver
kr2249.00 kr59.00 kr2308.00 Dustin Home Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 960 GB - 10000 GB
  • Type: SSD
kr1349.00 kr59.00 kr1408.00 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
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce RTX 2080
  • Length: 224 mm - 403 mm
kr8399.00 FREE kr8399.00 Dustin Home Buy
Case kr1099.00 kr59.00 kr1158.00 Dustin Home Buy
Power Supply kr1449.00 kr59.00 kr1508.00 Dustin Home Buy
Base Total: kr22379.00
Shipping: kr413.00
Total: kr22792.00
* 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.

Comments Sorted by:

Mach_3 1 Build 3 points 5 days ago

Please lose the blower style 2080. I know the parametric filters are going to prefer the blower style cards because they cost less but a noob wouldn't know any better.

Prrin 2 points 1 month ago

Y u be so much better at part picking than me... It makes me feel bad

ImApparentlyHuman 1 point 1 month ago

Woah woah woah woah how long have you been building?

Prrin 2 points 1 month ago

Not that long xD

ImApparentlyHuman 1 point 29 days ago

oh i see, just keep practicing, if you want to

pwnagenerd13 2 points 1 month ago

Hi, I'm new to PC building! Been playing on a laptop for the entirety of my gaming career, and want to make the switch now. I wanted to know whether the parts you've included come with the necessary hardware to put everything together, such as mounting screws, cables, thermal paste, etc. or whether it's understood those will need to be bought separately. Otherwise I'm really excited to get started! Thanks!

Brion_Sundae 2 points 1 month ago

All the screws/cables you need are included with the parts.

CookieMonzter 1 point 1 month ago

To take fuller advantage of the overclockibility.

Is fuller a word?

ThoughtA staff submitter 3 points 1 month ago

I've just looked into it, and it looks like it is, yes. As best I can tell, both "fuller" and "more full" are acceptable options, but "fuller" is much more common in books.

Artun 1 point 1 month ago

what about the software

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ambushxxvi 1 point 1 month ago

Never been much for overclocking, and the AMD build is a little closer to the price point that I was looking for. Am I giving up much by going this way over the Intel build?

eesti 1 point 1 month ago

You lose a bit of single-threaded CPU speed, but it runs cooler

zeplike90 1 point 19 days ago

you're giving up a lot if you're not overclocking AMD chips

meepodota 1 point 1 month ago

How come you went with the 750 W PS if the build requires 400 to run? Wouldn't 550-650 be enough w/ power to spare?

eesti 1 point 1 month ago

I personally think 650 is enough, but I think they went 750 as PSUs get less powerful over time

ExistanceVIP 1 point 1 month ago

also keeping the % usage lower on your psu can reduce noise because fans don't have to ramp as hard. Many silverstone (along with some others) power supplies don't even turn on their fan until they are above 30% usage.

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 1 month ago

I'm inclined to agree. Next iteration, so long as the power requirements don't go up, I'll look into switching to 650W units.

Friendly-Fire 1 point 1 month ago

For a difference of a few dollars, 750W is definitely worth it. Your PSU will only draw the # of watts your hardware requires. If you should ever upgrade something, like going to the next gen video card, you have that option, due to power available. Personally I'd go higher, 850W or even 1000W, in case I decide to add a second video card. Afterall, 8k is coming... :o)

mightyfist 1 point 4 days ago

Not sure exactly how much headroom they wanted for their OC.

Leoplate25 1 point 1 month ago

Hi! I have a Bitfenix Whisper M 750w. Will it be enough using it with a 9900k? I already have an Evga 1070 ti, 2x 3000mhz Corsair Vengeance White Led, 2x Samsung SSD, a Corsair H100i v2, 3x TT Riing White Led 120mm fans. How much power will my system draw? Thanks in advance!!!

D3matt 1 point 19 days ago

A 9900K is ludicrously overkill for a 1070Ti.

gerg87 1 point 1 month ago

This looks like the first build for the "Magnificent" that's using 32 gigs of RAM - is there a reason for that? I was under the impression that unless you're doing application heavy work that 16 should be just fine for gaming.

Kieranjohnillsley 2 points 25 days ago

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Prrin 1 point 1 month ago

It can be nice to have extra ram(more ram is never a bad thing) also, for streaming, having extra ram is helpful as it won't all be going into gaming (and this is a streaming pc). Additionally, this is "Magnificent" and 32 gigs does seem to be at least somewhat magnificent

GilesSTurner 1 point 1 day ago

Having 32 GB of ram is basically so you can use it as a fast RAMdisk or for Premiere Pro work( my 16gb computer struggles)

Friendly-Fire 1 point 1 month ago

Not sure why you would pick a 3TB HDD. They are known to be one of the the worst as far as reliability. For $10 more I'd go with a 4TB. I jumped from 1TB to 4TB a couple years ago after reading a BackBlaze Blog on their HDD reliability. 3TB's were some of the worst drives they have ever installed in their systems, regardless of manufacturer.

And an NVMe M.2 SSD would make more sense. If you can afford a 2080, a 1TB NVMe should fit your budget.

SirBorg001 1 point 21 days ago

Are those compatible with this build?

D3matt 2 points 19 days ago

Yes.

SirBorg001 1 point 11 days ago

What HDD would you recommend?

D3matt 1 point 19 days ago

I absolutely agree. A 1TB NVMe drive is only like $20 more, and 4TB is definitely a better sweet spot for both price/GB and reliability.

fr0d 1 point 1 month ago

Will this be able to stream 720p @60 while gaming? Will a capture card be needed?

Lobsterareawesome 8 Builds 1 point 12 days ago

With a good Internet connection then you'll be fine. Depends what you want to stream. If you stream games from the PC you won't need a capture card.

CASDJ12345 1 point 27 days ago

Is the CPU cooler needed? even tho 2700X comes with a stock cooler

Lobsterareawesome 8 Builds 2 points 12 days ago

Not really... If you wanna save some bucks then the stock cooler will do. You can't really OC the Chip with it tho..

magburner 1 point 17 days ago

I am not sure about this build it is very borderline in my opinion. They say that below £1,400 you should go AMD, above £1,400 it is Intel all the way.

You need to rethink your storage solution though. Toshiba HDDs are garbage, they should be avoided at all cost, no matter the price. The 860 QVO is also a bit of a suspect choice for the main drive. I was looking into these just yesterday for my i9900k build, but as a data drive ie long term storage, and not an OS drive. Watching this video regarding the 860 QVO, it was enough to convince me that the drive was only good for data storage, nothing more.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFTLq1HEQk8

Paolosworld 1 point 6 days ago

Isn't that PSU a little too liberal?

I've seen a 2070 build be able to use up over 750 watts before. I mean, the build had RGB stuff and few additional fans sure, but that's kind of a common item now. I would feel a little uneasy with a 750w PSU when using a build like this. Like if you were to add some fans or RGB stuff, I don't think that the PSU would long under load...

Then again I've also seen a 1070/8700k build use less than 500 watts under load, too. So I guess there are other factors there.

Still, I would get a 850w just for the saftey and future-proof appeal.

Mach_3 1 Build 2 points 5 days ago

I have a 2700X and 2080. It pulls a bit over 400 watts. That being said, PSUs are nothing to cheap out on. I have a 750 watt so I can use it in my next build

Paolosworld 1 point 3 days ago

Are you sure your using your components, like, all the way?

Is your Gpu clocked low? At stock setting? RAM Speed set under? like maybe below 3000mhz? Is it stressed very much? Do you fully use the ability? What about the CPU cooler? Is it the default prism? Do you have many fans/RGB lighting? USB Devices? Expansion Cards? Anything else?

Because 400 watts makes me reeeeaaaaly nervous for those types of chips...

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Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
AMD - Ryzen 7 2700X 3.7 GHz 8-Core Processor 13W - 105W
Corsair - H100i PRO 75 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler 10W - 15W
Corsair - Vengeance LPX 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory 29W
Samsung - 860 QVO 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Toshiba - 3 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Palit - GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB GamingPro OC Video Card 53W - 215W
Total: 394W