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Build Guide

Great AMD Gaming Build

by ThoughtA




At this budget, we're using the AMD Ryzen 5 1600. The R5 1600 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 B350 chipsets and up to 4 DDR4 DIMM slots for future expansion. The compatibility engine will filter out anything not compatible with the build.

Memory and Storage

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 DDR4-2800 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.


We're use parametric filters to incorporate an SSD with at least 500GB of space. 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 Battlefield 1) at Ultra at 1080p, and even 1440p for some games like Shadow of War. 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 Antec P8 ATX mid tower case. This case features a tempered glass window and 2x front panel USB 3.0 ports. It can fit full length video cards and features a PSU shroud to keep your build looking cleaner. The P8 also contains quite a bit of cable management features, such as cutouts, bumps and tie-offs.


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: 309W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU €175.89 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €175.89 Amazon Deutschland Buy
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Chipset: AMD B350
€79.49 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €79.49 Amazon Deutschland Buy
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
€152.74 €152.74 Amazon Deutschland Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 500GB - 10TB
  • Type: SSD
€127.96 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €127.96 Amazon Deutschland Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1070
  • Length: 220mm - 403mm
€639.90 €639.90 Caseking Buy
Case €65.89 €65.89 Amazon Deutschland Buy
Power Supply €122.06 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €122.06 Amazon Deutschland Buy
Total: €1363.93
* 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:

Blu2K 4 points 1 month ago

I would add an HDD for mass storage. I don't think a 525 gb SSD would last you that long. Personally, I would run something around a 250 SSD and a 1 to 2TB HHD to store games and what not. For a gaming build budget like this, I don't see the importance of much SSD space.

Idonotknow 3 points 2 months ago

Hmm... Not sure if a 525gb is future proof enough. Maybe add a 2tb hard drive to future proof it

CologneKellz 2 points 1 month ago

I want to make use of my Free Sync monitor, can I replace the 1070 with an ASUS ROG Strix RX 580 graphics card and leave anything else the same?


Idonotknow 1 point 26 days ago

The problem is that it costs too much these days

Talk about 600$ for the Nitro+ modek

LeoLancaster 1 point 24 days ago

The RX 580 is somewhat weaker than the GTX 1070 (it competes more with the 6GB GTX 1060 imo), and is more suited to 1080p than 1440p. So the answer depends on your monitor's resolution.

Thelonewanderer101 1 point 1 month ago

I have an Antec Three Hundred (not three hundred two) case that's been sitting for about 5 or 6 years that I intend to use. Part list says no compatibility issues but I can't find much info about the Three Hundred online. Thoughts?

GDXZeusTheGod 1 point 1 month ago

Quick Question: Is there any way to potentially save some money and go with a GeForce GTX 1050? Thoughts on the differences? Thanks!

croziez 4 points 1 month ago

If you're trying to avoid the expensive mining cards, I would at the very least go with a 1050Ti. You can get them still for cheap and it will have much more performance over the 1050.

raymond3601 1 point 26 days ago

Is it possible to change the ryzen 5 1600 to a 1600x

GlockLesnar 1 point 12 days ago

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/WDGxFt Considering this for a first build how does this look? Any changes or modifications you guys would suggest?

MooseTech 1 point 11 days ago

I would suggest upgrading your PSU to at least a Gold Certified unit. Your hope is to not have to take that PSU out until your next rebuild. You can get a Corsair - RMx 550W 80+ Gold for $80.

Swift-Jack -1 points 2 months ago

You could have saved some money on the RAM it has been shown that there is no significant difference between 2400 RAM and 3200 on an AMD cpu.

Edit: Did see comments on other builds about this can anyone clarify?

ThoughtA staff submitter 8 points 2 months ago

I recommend checking out some benchmarks, as it's pretty largely agreed upon that it definitely does make a significant difference.

Swift-Jack 5 points 2 months ago

Thanks, I have seen some misinformation.

USNS_Epcen 2 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

3200 is the most you want to do because after 3200 is overkill and no gain at all.

Blu2K 1 point 1 month ago

Then I probably shouldn't have gotten 3600MHz RAM for my rig xD

Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor 8W - 65W
Gigabyte - GA-AB350-Gaming ATX AM4 Motherboard 17W - 70W
G.Skill - Trident Z 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory 14W - 14W
Crucial - MX500 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Inno3D - GeForce GTX 1070 8GB iChill X3 Video Card 37W - 150W
Total: 78W - 309W