$1000 AMD Ryzen 7 Gaming PC Build Buying Guide

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AMD Ryzen is finally available but on pre-order. Many popular e-commerce websites like Amazon has the CPU available. So if you are planning to go for a new system based on Ryzen CPU then this guide will help you to build one. We had tried to gather the best possible available resources, remember there could be price fluctuations and you are also open to modifying the below configs to suit your needs. We had taken gaming and performance into consideration, that is why we had added a decent graphic card and SSD, which if you want can skip and tone down the costing.

Ryzen 7 Gaming PC Buying Guide

The same thing is applicable for the CPU case and power supply unit. There is one big issue right now with Ryzen chips, the cooler part. AMD ships Wraith Spire LED Cooler only with Ryzen 7 1700, the other two 1700x and 1800x are not having this in the package. This increase the cost a bit higher, if you want to switch to Noctua or Cooler master whichever is your preference. Another solution is to buy an upgrade kit, Cooler master has one that can cost approx $35, we are not aware of the official price, second Noctua has a $7.9 upgrade kit that works with Noctua NH-U14S, NH-U12S & NH-U9S. Anyhow, we had seen the CPU cooler is consuming $40 to $80 on the config cost. So keep this as a tentative calculation. Or if you don’t want to go for upgrade kit you can buy Noctua NH-L9x65 SE-AM4, that official support AM4 socket and comes for $44.9. I had included this in the below config. Second you can go with AMD’s default cooler that can be bought separately for $20 which is AMD Wraith Max.

We had kept things standard here, but you can also go for the higher end one like choosing X370 that also supports overclocking and multi-GPU’s for Ryzen 7 1800X or 1700x. The same is applicable to RAM and storage. You can go with standard Rams instead of HyperX fury to trim down the budget more down and switch to 2TB HDD if you need more storage.

$1000 Budget config:

Below there is a standard config that consists of case, motherboard ram, hard drive and power supply unit. All can be set under $550 with Noctua Cooler and $525 with AMD’s Wraith Max cooler if you exclude the CPU fan the costing goes around $505 approx. For 1800X and 1700X, you will require adding a separate fan, or you can go with AMD’s Wraith Max that would cost around $20. Below we had added a Noctua Fan, which can be replaced with AMD’s default cooler. The monitor and accessories like keyboard and mouse are not added to the list.

News Update: AMD Ryzen Pre-order begins on Feb 22, delivery scheduled on March 2nd

Processor:

Ryzen 7 1800X: This one is the high-end in current release with good performance power. It offers a 3.6 GHz factory clock rate, and 4 GHz on Turbo boost. The chip comes without a cooler, so you have the choice to go with a third party or AMD’s Wraith Max. Well, we had used Noctua with a gaming performance point. A standard CPU build with Ryzen 1800X cost around $1050 approx, you can do minor adjustments in the cooler part or ram, or any other hardware, to fit it under $1000. But it will somewhat remain near to the cost. The system is good enough to run games at mid settings.

Ryzen 7 1700X: For 1700X the entire budget considering standard config below will cost $950 approx. You get 3.4 GHz of clock rate boosted to 3.8 GHz via turbo boost. The budget can be trimmed more by replacing Noctua cooler with Wraith Max. The system is good enough to run games on mid and low settings. As the graphic performance majorly relies on the GPU, we had taken a mid-level one. Such config is also idle for application performance like video editing, rendering, etc.

Ryzen 7 1700: The last but not the least 1700, is an entry level chip with 3 GHz of clock rate and 3.7 GHz on turbo boost. It comes packed with a cooler so you can exclude the Noctua cooler from the standard config. If you go with this you can build your system $880 approx, and you have some amount spared for a decent monitor.

Standard Hardware Config: Approx Cost $550 with Noctua Cooler, $525 with AMD Wraith Max, and $505 approx without a cooler.

Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-01: $49.99

Corsair Carbide SPEC-01

Not so flashy but a durable mid-tower gaming case. The case features a full black color design with a transparent window on the left side. You can add 2 x 140/120mm fan at the front, 2 x 120mm on top and single 120mm at the rear side. It can also handle multiple gpu’s and liquid cooler.

Noctua NH-L9x65 SE-AM4: $44.9

Noctua NH-L9x65

You don’t need for Ryzen 7 1700, as it has a led powered Wraith Spire cooler, but for the other two, you can go for this one. Cooler master do have some models, but ample of them work by applying an upgrade kit that again cost some money. Noctua has a $7.9 upgrade kit, but eventually the company only manufactures air coolers, for liquid coolers you have to try other manufacturers. Noctua also has two more models NH-U12S SE-AM4 and NH-D15 NH-D15 SE-AM4, a bit bigger size fans for more performance.

ASUS Prime B350-Plus: $99.99

ASUS Prime B350-Plus

This one is a B350 chipset powered board, enough to build an entry or a mid-level performance system. But for more like overclocking or dual GPU you need X370 chipset boards. For example ASUS Prime X370-Pro, a good board for building up high-end gaming system based on AM4 socket. ASUS Prime B350-Plus is capable enough to fulfill your basic needs. It does not support overclocking. But has some great features to give you a standard gaming machine.

HyperX FURY 2666MHz DDR4 8GB: $77.79

HyperX FURY 2400MHz DDR4 8GB

A single stick of 8GB Ram minimum is good enough, HyperX fury is a decent stable ram for gaming. Well, there are other budget models of different manufacturer, but we recommend this for the performance part. You can add another stick or go with 8GB which I think is enough to run game on low and mid settings.

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 Windforce OC 3GB: $199.99

Gigabyte 1060

EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 is a budget card, it is good enough for playing games GTA 5, Witcher 3, etc at low and mid settings. Don’t expect much high from the same, but the card meets a bit higher above minimum system requirement of almost all current games. The above model does not have a separate 6pin connector, powered by PCI port, so power efficient. This one is a single fan model, there is a double fan version for $148.99 and a 2GB version that cost $109.99. So you can apply a 2GB one also if you are not expecting a very high graphic output.

WD Blue 1TB SATA 6 Gb/s 7200 RPM: $49.99

WD Blue 1TB SATA

We had added an SSD in the config, so going for 1TB storage could be enough, just in case if you think it is low there is a 2TB version for a bit higher price around $69.99. 1TB storage could be enough as a secondary drive to store files, or to be used as an installation partition for games and applications. Remember true performance is only possible on SSD.

Kingston Digital 120GB V300: $47.99 or a NVMe SSD:

Kingston Digital 120GB V300

Kingston 120GB SSD is idle for desktops, there is higher size version also available, but this is enough to take your operating system. Today high-end games consume at least 30 to 40GB of hard drive storage at a single time, so having a low SSD is not really helpful, but if you prefer to go with one game at a time, and when you are done, you remove it and go with another, then this SSD can be a true source of performance. This drive features 180MB/s of Data read speed and 133MB/s of data writes speed. This is enough to launch applications and games on high speed backed by a good ram, CPU and graphic card. The second option is to go with a Nvme SSD’s that are costlier compared to a regular SATA SSD, by adding more $100 ti $150 on the above cost.

EVGA 600 B1, 80+ BRONZE 600W: $49.99

EVGA 600 B1

We had mentioned this one in our last guides also, the 600W is an affordable PSU for entry and mid-range gaming PC where you have had no plans to use liquid coolers or dual graphic card. It can take the pressure of liquid cooler, but still, we recommend going with 700w or higher that can also cope with your future requirement. But if you are going to go with standard config, then this 600w is good enough to power up the system with multiple case fans. It is an 80 PLUS Bronze certified PSU that delivers 85% efficiency under typical loads.

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