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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 windowed version of the Fractal Design Define C TG. This case is kind of like the Define S or Define R5, but it has a shorter length to reduce wasted space. It features 2 USB 3.0 front panel ports and can fit pretty much any length video card. This version of the Define C includes a tempered glass window as its side panel, rather than the older acrylic version.


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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Estimated Wattage: 124W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU €224.90 €3.99 €228.89 Alternate Belgium Buy
CPU Cooler
No Matches Available
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
€90.00 €4.95 €94.95 Bytes At Work Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 500 GB - 10000 GB
  • Type: SSD
€64.90 €3.99 €68.89 Alternate Belgium Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 3000 GB - 10000 GB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
€114.99 FREE €114.99 Paradigit Buy
Video Card
No Matches Available
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
Case €99.00 €9.00 €108.00 Bytes At Work Buy
Power Supply
No Matches Available
Base Total: €593.79
Shipping: €21.93
Total: €615.72
* 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:

starrman 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

water cooling worth it, or do I buy a nicer video card?

redblade93 2 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

The MSI 1080ti Armor has the same cooler as a 1070, so it is a terrible card. Get a different video card. I know it's parametrically selected, but at the time of this writing, that is what was selected and it is awful. Look at the Gamer's Nexus review.

LatiosGaming 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

What resolution?

Lobsterareawesome 8 Builds 0 points 17 months ago

there isnt really a nicer video card.. the 1080 Ti is a beast of a card... i mean yeah.. could spend 50 bucks more to get a better looking one.. the 1700 doesnt really need water cooling

AC3OFSPAD3S077 1 point 17 months ago

Is it ok if i use just the ryzen’s included cooler or do i need to buy separate coolers,more fans or add liquid cooling?

Siromas 1 point 17 months ago

Definitely look into an aftermarket cpu fan cooler or an AIO if you plan on overclocking. Overclocking the 1700 helps it to achieve performance similar to the 1700x/1800x

AC3OFSPAD3S077 1 point 17 months ago

i don’t really want to overclock so the stock cooler is enough?Also do i need to apple thermal paste on the stock cooler(this is my first build and i don’t want to mess it up)

Siromas 1 point 17 months ago

Yes, if you're not overclocking then the stock cooler will work just fine.

Yes, I believe the wraith spire cooler that comes with the 1700 has paste pre-applied to the cooler. You should be all good to go.

AC3OFSPAD3S077 1 point 17 months ago

and the cpu cooler is enough or do i need case fans?if so then how many?

jo5hua 1 point 17 months ago

In my opinion, i'd prefer to get as many case fans as the case supports!

Paralllax 1 point 16 months ago

From what I've heard, if you overclock to 3.7 - the stock cooler should more than suffice. Overclocking anymore - by that point it's worth getting a different cpu since it's probably more trouble than it's worth. That being said, it has 8 cores/16 threads - so unless you're doing single threaded tasks and need a higher IPC (instructions per cycle) this should work well regardless

You may enjoy this - very informative! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXqfaQU7UzE&index=1&list=LLz4OT6ddxjN1e5G2tmK8ElQ

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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
Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory 14W
Mushkin - Source 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Toshiba - X300 4 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Total: 124W