AMD Ryzen 5 2600 PC Build

Updated on April 18, 2018
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I'm just a small-time guy working a normal job as a physician assistant. My passion is building PCs and testing/reviewing PC hardware.

Hello everyone. Will here and today, I will bring you the AMD Ryzen 5 2600 gaming/editing PC build I will be putting together in the next few days, possibly as soon as tomorrow; pending Newegg’s shipment of my Ryzen 5 2600 processor. So, in this article, I will bring you the part list as well as a link to my YouTube video part list and some brief specifications of the parts within this build. So, without further delay, let’s do this.

AMD Ryzen 5 2600 PC Build

AMD Ryzen 5 2600 Processor

As I stated, this build will feature the new AMD Ryzen 5 2600 processor. Now, not a lot is currently known about this processor as there remains an embargo on releasing statistics and benchmarking results until tomorrow, April 19, 2018. However, what we do know is that the Ryzen 5 2600 processor can be purchased for around $199.99 which is $50 less than the $249.99 MSRP per AMD’s website. This processor will include 6 cores and 12 threads with a base clock of 3.4GHz and a 3.9GHz boost clock, all at 65 watts TDP. I chose this processor to replace my current Intel Core i7-7700K, 4 core and 8 thread processor which is currently overclocked to 4.7GHz. If the rumors of performance are true, I should get a slight boost in performance in both gaming and editing. We shall see if this can compete in gaming with the Core i7-8700K.

ASRock AB350 Gaming-ITX/ac Motherboard

For the motherboard, I went with the ASRock AB350 Gaming-ITX/ac motherboard which has an MSRP of $114.99 that currently retails for around $106. I was able to get a deal through Newegg for just $93. This is a nice motherboard and is apparently, per a source at ASRock, exactly the same as the more expensive X370 version. The board offers the B350 chipset which will allow for overclocking of the CPU and I expect I can get around 4.2GHz stable with the air cooler I have chosen. The board is equipped with a single PCIe 3.0 x16 slot for the graphics card, 4x SATA3 ports, multiple USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports (1 Type-C, 2 front, 3 rear), and an Ultra M.2 (PCI3e Gen3 x4) slot. Also included is 7.1 HD Audio by RealTek along with Intel Gigabit LAN and Intel 802.11ac WiFi. The AB350 Gaming Fatal1ty supports DDR4 memory up to 3466MHz.

Corsair Vengeance LPX 2400MHz RAM (16GB - 2x8GB Dual Channel)

Next, the RAM that I will be using will be the Corsair Vengeance LPX 2400MHz RAM. This is only 2400MHz and I know what you are going to say, “But Will, Ryzen needs super fast RAM to reach its full potential.” Yes, that is allegedly true and with that in mind, know that this RAM overclocks extremely well. I have had this RAM up to 3200MHz and 300MHz stable. I am confident that I can get this RAM overclocked, at a minimum using an XMP profile, to around 2933MHz which is the current speeds I am getting the same RAM operating on my 7700K system.

Corsair MP500 M.2 SSD

Storage: Corsair MP500 120GB M.2 + Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 7200 RPM HDD

For the storage within this Ryzen 2 series system, I am going with the Corsair MP500 120GB M.2 SSD and a Western Digital 1TB 7200RPM mechanical hard disk drive. I went with the M.2 for super fast loading speeds and will just install my operating system and may a game or two that I play most like Destiny 2 and Fortnite. I currently use this same M.2 drive in my system and it works great and the load times are amazing across the board. The Western Digital Caviar Blue mechanical hard drive loads pretty quickly as well and is very inexpensive.

MSI GTX 1080 Duke

The graphics card I have chosen for this system is the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Duke. This card is being pulled from my current system as it is a great card and currently graphics card prices are still a little too much for my blood. This card is a long card measuring 312mm in length but it is a beast. The card comes with 8GB of GDDR5X video memory clocked at 10108MHz (5054MHz single) and a base core clock of 1708MHz, boost up to 1847MHz. With MSI Afterburner, I have been able to squeeze a bit more out of it with a +75 (2062MHz) core clock and a +150 on the memory clock. It gives great gaming performance at 1080p (my primary gaming resolution) and even at 1440p. I purchased this card in July 2017 for $545 shipped to my home while today, you are looking at around $650 for this card.

CPU Cooler and Miscellaneous Parts

For my CPU cooler, I have gone with air cooling. I chose the Thermaltake Contac Silent 12 CPU cooler. This is a nice cooler for the price; can be purchased for just $18 on Amazon. It is compatible out of the box with Ryzen AM4 socketed motherboards. It has a 120mm PWM fan that will run from 400-1500 RPM. This cooler is currently keeping my Core i7-7700K pretty cool at just 38 degrees Celsius at idle and 82 degrees Celsius at normal, full load while gaming and other CPU intensive tasks/programs. Not too shabby for an $18 cooler that is actually very quiet.

Now, for the miscellaneous parts that no one really talks about. First, the case I will build this system in is the Fractal Design Meshify C mini. I chose this case because the original Meshify C is a fantastic case and this is just the smaller brother to that case with pretty much all the same options and perks, only in a small footprint. I was planning a mini-itx build but there were no cases I could find to fit my purposes with this system and there aren’t any that would hold my MSI GTX 1080 Duke due to size. The Meshify C mini comes with tinted tempered glass. To power the system, I went with the Corsair CX650M semi-modular power supply which is an 80+ bronze power supply.

Conclusion and Final Thoughts

So, there you have it. This system cost me around $1300 but it would probably cost around $250 more today with the current costs of memory and graphics cards. Once I get this system built, I will run some programs and games and bring you guys some benchmarks, hopefully in the next week or so. I’m extremely excited to build this system to take with me for my year long tour in Korea. I hope you’ve enjoyed this build article. If you have any comments, please leave them below, particularly if there is anything you would do differently. Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you next time.

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This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

Questions & Answers

  • I would like to ask if your PC detects 16gb RAM? I have the same build with RX580 instead of GTX 1080, but when I look at the properties, it only stated 16GB (7.95gb useable). Could you help me?

    7.95GB is the amount that remains after the programs that are currently running use their portion of the RAM required for their use.

  • Did you have any issues with Ryzen 5 and bios update on the AB350?

    Nope. My bios was already Ryzen 2000-series ready.


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