A Good AMD Ryzen 5 2600X Gaming PC Build 2019
Going with a Ryzen 5 processor in 2019 could be one of the best ways to save money on a high-level gaming PC. Having an inexpensive processor that's not only capable with its 6 cores and 12 threads along with a motherboard you're not overpaying for means you'll be able to allocate additional cash towards your graphics card.
The build itself cost roughly $1,200 retail but we'll give you additional options in case you'd prefer to save. We’ll also show you how it stacks up against the i5 and give you all the information you need to build your own Ryzen 5 PC.
Below, you’ll find benchmarks for the Ryzen 5 2600X in various games and while streaming. We’ve also written a post dedicated to comparing the i5 vs the Ryzen 5. So, if you’re interested in that, be sure to go there
Ryzen 5 Key Specifications
As previously mentioned, the 2600X is a six core / 12 threaded CPU and it comes out of the box at 3.6GHz with an advertised XFR boost of 4.2GHz on a single core. Lastly, it does have a TDP of 95W, but you could also go with the Ryzen 7 2600 with a lower TDP of 65W, albeit with a slower out of the box clock speed of 3.4GHz and lower price as well.
Either option is a good one here and you'll likely get similar overall performance if you decide to overclock. So if you do decide, I recommend you save money and go with the 2600.
AMD Wraith CPU Cooler
I opted to use the AMD Wraith Max cooler here which has some slick RGB lighting on it. I liked the idea of using this here not only because it’s a gorgeous looking cooler, but it also helps keep the cost down.
If you're looking for a budget CPU cooler as an alternative, you could go with the Cryorig H5 Ultimate and then save money by going with the Ryzen 5 2600 instead of the "X" version. This is a great way for power users to get additional performance for less.
MSI X470 Gaming PLUS Motherboard
For the motherboard here we have the MSI X470 Gaming PLUS which seems to be in an excellent position in terms of price to performance. You can pick this board up for just around $130.
As I mentioned above we're going for the Wraith Cooler which allows us to do some minor overclocking. However, if you prefer to take it further, you'll want a higher-end CPU cooler.
This board gives you a lot of bang for your buck across the board with the mystic lighting, lots of USB 3.0, click BIOS, CrossFire Ready, simple overclocking, and the inexpensive price.
- CrossFire Ready
- Simple to Overclock
- Inexpensive Price
- Mystic Lighting
- Plenty of USB 3.0
- Reinforced PCIe Slot
- Expensive if You Don't Plan on Overclocking
- VRM Heatsinks Could be Better
Corsair Vengeance LPX 2x8GB DDR4-3000
You certainly don't have to go with this kit. However, it consistently has affordable prices for the speeds you get. As Ryzen thrives on fast ram speeds, I recommend you go with something in that 3000MHz range or overclock a kit to get there.
The LPX series also comes in lots of different colors to match your build's color scheme including Black, Red, White, Blue, and grey.
Again, you can certainly go with another kit here if you find something more affordable. I typically look at prices across the board for kits before I make a decision.
You can also take a look at our list of the best ram / memory for Ryzen here.
RX 580 or GTX 1060 6GB with Ryzen 5 vs i5 Benchmark
Depending on your budget, you may decide to spend more than I did on a graphics card. However, I like the $200 range as an option that will run AAA titles in 1080p or 1440p that I can change out every couple of years.
As graphics card prices have stabilized I've been able to find both of these cards once again under $250. For a step up, consider something like the GTX 1070Ti for around $450.
In terms of performance, I like the GTX 1060 6GB across the board a bit more. So, if they are similar in price go in that direction. If you can find the 580 for cheaper, it may be the better overall option.
BeQuiet Pure Base 600
The chassis I’m using here is the BeQuiet Pure Base 600 which is a more budget oriented case from BeQuiet who make some great products. That being said they’re usually a bit higher priced than the Pure Base 600 at $89 for the all-black model I’m using here without a windowed side panel. They do have windowed variants available, but I opted for the solid version.
I ran Aida64, stressing the CPU & GPU to 100% load so you can get an idea of the sound dampening qualities on this case that is played for you in the video showing the difference between having the side panel off and on.
Because this is a lower tier enclosure from BeQuiet its missing things like rubber grommeted cutouts to assist with cable management. With a few zip ties I was able to keep everything very tidy on the back side. Admittedly, we do have a small spaghetti monster just hanging out down in the basement from our semi-modular PSU.
EVGA SuperNOVA G3
I'm a fan of getting a power supply that's highly efficient, has good quality but isn't overly pricey. I think the EVGA SuperNova G3 falls squarely into that category. It'll keep your hardware safe and maybe even last through multiple builds.
It's regularly at a price point that justifies spending a bit more for quality. For around $70 I'm willing to go with something that gives me that higher quality and costs about twice as much as a simple Bronze Certified Option from EVGA.
In terms of features, it's quiet, completely modular, gives you nice-looking cables with sleeves, and it looks great in any case. For size, it's a bit smaller than the G2
Overall, this is a great looking PC that has 6 cores and 12 threads and good overall gaming performance for around $1,100. If you’re building something similar, you may opt for a higher-end graphics card. The Ryzen 5 2600X can certainly handle it.
Speaking of the Ryzen 5 2600X, if you decide you want to overclock, you may be able to save some money and get very similar performance out of the Ryzen 5 2600.
Whether you decide to stream, do photo editing, or just use it as a gaming PC, this is a well-balanced build that gives you a lot of power for the money you spend. It's good to see GPU prices coming down. That's the major reason for the reasonable price of a build with so much power.
Ryzen 5 2600X Parts List
Just want a look at the parts? Here’s a quick list of the parts we used.
Ryzen 5 2600X
MSI X470 Gaming PLUS
Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB 2x8GB
Solid State Drive
Samsung 970 Evo
WD 1 TB Caviar Blue Drive
EVGA SuperNova G3 650W
GTX 1060 6GB or RX 580
BeQuiet Pure Base 600
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