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November 2017 AMD Ryzen Gaming PC Build

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Hello everyone. Will here and today, I am going to be bringing you a parts list for an AMD Ryzen 5 gaming PC build. This build is a great option for those who want to game, stream while doing it, and then edit those clips for dramatic montages of those players you took out and left in your dust. For everything you can do with this PC at the price level, you cannot beat the price to performance ratio. So, let’s do this.

November Gaming PC Build: AMD Ryzen 5 1600 Gaming PC Build


AMD Ryzen 5 1600 Processor

At the heart of this build is the AMD Ryzen 5 1600 processor. This is a six core, 12 thread CPU with a base clock of 3.2GHz and max turbo speed of 3.6GHz. It has a total L1 cache of 576KB, total L2 cache of 3MB, and total L3 cache of 16MB. As with all other Ryzen line processors, this CPU is unlocked and ready for overclocking. With the right cooler, you should be able to get this processor to around 4GHz or better. This processor fits into the AM4 socket and is built on the 14nm CMOS. The processor comes with a Wraith Spire cooler, which is a phenomenal value considering it is free and heck, I’d probably pay around $30 for this processor aftermarket. The processor draws 65 watts of power and can safely reach 95 degrees celsius. The Ryzen 5 1600 supports DDR4 memory in dual channel configuration and for around $200, this is great value for the performance.

Corsair H100i 240mm AIO Liquid Cooler


To cool this processor for the overclocking, I am going with the Corsair H100i, 240mm liquid all-in-one CPU cooler. For around $100, this is another great value piece for this build. It will provide more than adequate cooling with its 240mm radiator and dual 120mm fans. Turning the pump up to maximum level and fans to the maximum level, this radiator is still fairly quiet as it only registers around 37.7dbA.

Gigabyte AB350 Gaming Motherboard


The motherboard I chose for this build is a little different than what I normally go with in the fact that it isn’t an MSI motherboard. I really like MSI products, especially the motherboards but today, I am going to go with the Gigabyte GA-AB350 Gaming motherboard. This is a good board for the price and comes with the B350 chipset which will allow us to overclock the AMD Ryzen 5 1600 processor. This motherboard supports four (4) modules of DDR4 RAM clocked from 2133MHz to 3200MHz and up to 64GB total memory. There are six (6) SATAIII, 6 GB/s ports and onboard USB 3.0 headers. For cooling, this board had 4 total fan/water pump connectors

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For storage, I kept it simple with a Crucial MX300 M.2-2280, 275GB SSD for the boot drive and a Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB, 7200RPM mechanical hard drive. Nothing fancy but this PC will boot up fast with the M.2 boot drive and you will have adequate storage with the 1TB mechanical hard drive.

Gigabyte Radeon RX Vega 56 Video Card


The graphics card I have chosen for this build is the Gigabyte Radeon RX Vega 56, 8GB video card. When I was looking at what graphics card to use, I settled on the RX Vega 56 and could have went with any brand. However, I chose Gigabyte to keep continuity with the motherboard I chose for this build. This is AMD’s offering of top end graphics cards and is 2nd in the pecking order of their graphics cards, offering slightly less performance than AMD’s top end Vega 64 card. The card sports 8GB of HBM2 video memory with a core clock of 1.16GHz and a boost clock of 1.47GHz. The Vega 56 supports crossfire up to 4-way and Freesync and has 3 DisplayPorts and 1 HDMI port. For just around $400, it is a great option to maintain AMD continuity.

NZXT S340 ATX Mid Tower


Finally, housing this case is the NZXT S340 ATX Mid Tower case. This case is a great option for enthusiasts and budget builders alike. It has plenty of room to build in and also has a power supply shroud/basement which offers some great cable management. The tower offers two (2) internal 2.5” drive bays and three (3) internal 3.5” drive bays. The S340 had front panel USB 3.0 port and supports memory cards of up to 14.33” without drive cages and 13.15’ with drive cages. Within this case to power the system, I have chose the EVGA 600BQ, 600 watt semi-modular power supply which has more than adequate power to support all of the component of this build and give us the option to upgrade in the future. You can't go wrong with EVGA power supplies given their long history of reliability.

EVGA 600BQ Power Supply


Conclusion and Final Thoughts

So, there you have it. For around $1300 you can have this system and it is a powerhouse for the price. This is a super fast machine for gaming, streaming, and overall productivity. With the upcoming holiday season, with some sales and maybe changing a few components, you could probably get this system for less than $1000. Let me know what you would do different in the comments below. Thanks again for stopping by and checking out my content.

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