In this build, I went with last generation Ryzen, as all of the Ryzen 3rd generation processors were already sold out on Newegg. I wanted to get an 8 core processor to give me better performance for content creation in addition to gaming. The Ryzen 7 2700 processor that released last year is a great processor for both. The Ryzen 7 2700 is an 8 core, 16 thread processor on the AM4 platform. Out of the box, the processor is clocked at 3.2GHz with a boost clock up to 4.1GHz and sports a TDP of 65-watts. This is a great productivity processor and does well in gaming too, even though it is last generation’s processor. This version of the Ryzen 7 2700 comes with a Wraith Spire cooler so an aftermarket cooler is not needed. However, if you would like to overclock this processor, you might want to consider a CPU cooler such as the be quiet!
Dark Rock Slim CPU cooler that I have chosen to use with this build. The Ryzen 7 2700 is currently $159.99 on Newegg and has comparable prices over at Amazon. If you add in the Dark Rock Slim cooler, you will add an additional $47.40 to the total of the build. The Dark Rock Slim will provide adequate enough cooling to overclock this CPU and maintain stable performance. If you want to save a few dollars on this build, you can forgo the Dark Rock Slim and use the included Wraith Spire cooler and have adequate cooling out of the box. The motherboard we will use in the build is the Gigabyte Check over here Aorus M AM4 MicroATX Motherboard which is $69.99 in the Newegg Black Friday deals. This is a decent platform to build this Ryzen 7 2700 system on. The board already supports 2nd generation Ryzen processors so no BIOS update will be required out of the box. There are 4 memory slots that supports up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM up to 3200MHz. There is 1x PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot, 1x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot, and 1x PCI Express x1 slot.
The board includes 6x SATA 6Gb/s ports and 1x M.2, Socket 3 PCIe 3.0 x4/x2. The RAM that I settled on with this system is Team T-Force Delta RGB 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz RAM which is $59.99 on the current sale. My opinion is RAM is RAM as long as it is compatible with the board and processor. In my experience, pretty much any RAM works with Ryzen even if it hasn’t been tested and proven to work. This RAM should run as specified and give you good performance. This RAM is RGB so, it will give you a little bling to your system. For storage, to save a little money but give a little speed, I went with the Samsung 860 QVO 2.5″ SATA III 1TB SSD at $89.99. This should provide adequate, fast speeds to allow fast boot up and fast load times with games and other software on the system.
You could add a 1TB 7200 RPM hard drive as well for around $40 more if you need more storage. For the graphics card, I went with the ASRock RX 5700 XT Challenger OC card which comes in at $369.99 with a $20 rebate bringing the price to just $349.99. This is ADM’s top end offering at the current time with 8GB of GDDR6 Video memory and 2560 stream processors. The core clock out of the box is 1650MHz and a boost clock of 1905MHz. The cooler on this GPU should allow you to get a little more performance out of the card but from reviews, this card can get pretty loud so, be prepared for that if you plan on overclocking. This card is on par with the more expensive RTX 2070 Super and RTX 2080 offerings from nVidia. I actually purchased this card a couple weeks ago and will be testing it out soon and I cannot wait.