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December 2017 Gaming PC Build for Enthusiasts

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.

AMD Ryzen 7 1700 Gaming and Productivity PC Build

Hello everyone, Will here, and today, I am going to be bringing you my December 2017 gaming PC build guide for my top-end gaming system.

This system is built with high-end gaming in mind at a decent price. This system will be a little more expensive than other ones that I have put together but it has gaming and other productivity activities in mind. So, without further delay, let’s get to it.

This gaming PC build will be an AMD-based build with a lot of enthusiast parts to it. This is a system that one should look at after they’ve built other systems and are currently into hardcore gaming. This system will also allow for other things such as video editing, photo editing, and streaming games to Twitch, YouTube, etc.

Ryzen 7 1700

Ryzen 7 1700

Ryzen 7 1700 Processor

At the heart of this gaming PC build is the AMD Ryzen 7 1700 processor. This is a nice little processor at a decent price of around $290. The Ryzen 7 1700 is a processor by AMD and will fit into the AM4 socket.

  • It is built on the 14nm Zen architecture.
  • Out of the box, this CPU is clocked at a 3.0GHz base clock and a 3.7GHz boost clock.
  • This is an unlocked processor and will have no issues getting around 4.2GHz or better.
  • There is a 2x8MB L3 cache on 8 cores and 16 threads.
  • The Ryzen 7 1700 processor draws just 65 watts TDP but does not include integrated graphics. A lot of power packed into a small package for sure.
Noctua NH-D15 CPU Air Cooler

Noctua NH-D15 CPU Air Cooler

Noctua NH-D15 82.5 CFM CPU Air Cooler

To cool the Ryzen 7 1700 processor, I went with the Noctua NH-D15 air cooler. This is a large cooler but should fit just fine in the Corsair case I have chosen and will discuss later in this article.

The Noctua NH-D15 offers 82.5 CFM and a fan RPM ranging from just 300 RPM to 1500 RPM. Now, you may ask, “Will, why not water cooling with this build?” Well, it is pretty simple. The performance of the Noctua compared to some of the most commonly used all in one water coolers is equal or better and you can get it for a few dollars cheaper. At just $90, you save around $20 for similar water cooling performance.

Gigabyte X370 Gaming K5

Gigabyte X370 Gaming K5

Gigabyte AORUS AX370-Gaming K5 Motherboard

The Gigabyte GA-AX370 Gaming K5 ATX motherboard is the motherboard I have chosen for this build.

  • The Gaming K5 motherboard comes with the AM4 socket for the Ryzen 7 processor and the X370 chipset.
  • A total of 64GB of DDR4 memory is supported and clock speeds of 2133MHz to 3200MHz on the RAM.
  • There are 4 SATAIII ports and 2 SATA Express ports included on this board, and the board supports both Crossfire and SLI.

Crucial Ballistix Sport LT, Samsung 960 EVO, Crucial MX300, Seagate Barracuda 3TB

  • For RAM, I went with the Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 16GB kit which comes with 2 modules of 8GB memory clocked at 2400MHz. This RAM is easily overclockable and you should be able to push it to at least 2800MHz which I feel is the sweet spot for RAM.
  • The boot drive will be a Samsung 960EVO 250GB M.2 SSD. This is a top of the line NVME M.2 drive and will be booting you into Windows 10 in less than 10 seconds.
  • I have included another SSD in this build, this time with the Crucial MX300 525GB SSD. This drive will be used for most common programs and games that you will be using on a daily basis.
  • For additional storage, I have included a Seagate Barracuda 3TB 7200RPM mechanical hard drive which should do just fine for mass storage.
MSI GTX 1070 Ti Duke 8GB Graphics Card

MSI GTX 1070 Ti Duke 8GB Graphics Card

MSI GTX 1070 Ti Duke 8GB Graphics Card

The graphics card I have chosen is the MSI GTX 1070 Ti Duke 8GB graphics card.

  • The MSI GTX 1070 Ti Duke is a massive card measuring 12.28 inches.
  • The Duke comes with 8GB of GDDR5 video RAM and has a core clock of 1.61GHz and a boost clock of 1.68GHz.
  • The GTX 1070 Ti comes with 2432 CUDA Cores allowing for optimal gaming and computing performance.

I really wanted to go with the AMD RX Vega 56 or RX Vega 64 with this build, as those cards offer free sync, but could not justify the outrageous prices. Still, you get a better value over the RX Vega 56 with this card and better performance too so, it’s not a big deal unless you decide to purchase a Gsync monitor.

Final Components: Corsair Crystal 460X and Corsair RM650x Power Supply

Corsair Crystal 460X and Corsair RM650x Power Supply

Corsair Crystal 460X and Corsair RM650x Power Supply

Final Components: Corsair Crystal 460X and Corsair RM650x Power Supply

The final two parts of this build are the case and the power supply.

The case I have gone with is the Corsair Crystal 460X Compact ATX Mid-Tower case. This case supports ATX, MicroATX, and Mini ITX motherboards. There is a 140mm RED LED fan preinstalled in the front of the case an a single 120mm fan installed in the rear of the case. There is an option of installing 3x120mm fans in the front or 2x140mm fans in the front. There is also the option of installing 2x120 or 2x140mm fans in the top.

Conversely, with Radiators, you will be able to fit a 360mm radiator in the front or a 280mm radiator in the front. Also, a 240mm radiator will fit in the front or top and a 120mm radiator is compatible in the front, top, or rear. There are dust filters on all intakes keeping the build clean over time. The case offers tempered glass on the front and side. Inside there are 7 expansion slots and up to a 370mm graphics card is supported giving us plenty of space for our 312mm GTX 1070 Ti Duke. There are 2x3.5” hard drive bays and 3x2.5” drive bays.

Finally, the Corsair RM650x 650 watt 80+ Gold Certified fully modular power supply will power this system. With the full modularity, cable management will be very easy, especially given the PSU shroud cover in the Corsair Crystal 460x case.


Final Thoughts

So, there you have it: the December 2017 top-end gaming PC. This PC is a little expensive at around $1,750, but it is an absolute beast in gaming and productivity taskings. You can change a few things around and leave a few things out of this build and still have a fine system as well giving you a few more options for a cheaper build. So, leave a comment and let me know what you think and I hope to see you in the next article. Thanks for stopping by

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.

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