Help saving 150-200$ in my future gaming PC build

matan.givo

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Hi everyone,

My uses for the PC are going to be:

  • Gaming (all latest games and future ones)
    Programming Server + Client Side (Visual Studio, eclipse, Android Studio, Node)
    Virtual Machine (2 guests - 4GB RAM, 1 core)
The build:

  • CPU - AMD RYZEN7 1700X - 467$
    CPU Cooler - Noctua - NH-D15 - 106$
    RAM - G.Skill Trident Z F4-3200C16D-16GTZR 3200Mhz - 277$
    Motherboard - Gigabyte Aorus GA-AX370-Gaming-5 - 284$
    GPU - Gigabyte GTX 1070 G1 gaming - 616$
    Case - Antec P8 Tempered Glass Midi-ATX Case - 75$
    Power Supply - Antec - EA650G-Pro - 650W Pro 80Plus Gold - 103$
    Storage - I already own Samsung 850 evo 256GB + 650GB Hardisk
**The prices shown are prices which are published in my country and not in the US.

I want to save somewhere around 200$, the goal is to reach around 1680$ instead of the current build which is around 1860$.

I think I can save money by:

  • 1. Picking a different CPU cooler like Noctua - NH-U12S (67$) or Cooler Master 212 Evo (60$) (Do I really need Noctua - NH-D15?)
    2. Picking a different RAM like G.Skill Trident Z 16GB 2400Mhz - 165$
Am I right?

Questions:

    1. Can I use Ryzen 1700x with a 3200MHz memory? (AMD describes in their website that it only supports up to 2666MHz)
    2. Does Gigabyte Aorus x370 Gaming 5 a good motherboard for the Ryzen 1700x? (If not, which one should I buy)
 

Barty1884

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Your location will play a big part.

The Ryzen7 1700 can be anywhere from $20-$50 cheaper than the 1700X, and can be OC'd to bring it in line.

Do you truly need the X370 chipset? If SLI etc is not of interest to you, a B350 may well achieve the same end goal.
http://www.gamersnexus.net/guides/2763-amd-chipset-comparison-x370-b350-a320

1. Yes, you could opt for a lesser cooler. You don't "need" the NH-D15, but it is a quality cooler, rivalling some of the better AIOs.
2. Performance-wise, Ryzen benefits from faster RAM speeds. 3000MHz seems to be the "sweet spot", with >3000MHz speeds showing diminishing returns.

Q1. Yes. Not sure why AMD would list that.
Q2. It's a great board, but potentially unnecessary (see above). Which one you should buy, is a board that has all the features you need, and fits within your budget. From what you've described as a use case, and the components you've listed..... I don't see any reason for any X370 board over a B350.
 

Supahos

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Easily... Drop to a 1700, get a cheaper x370 board, or a higher end b350 (both will allow good ocing), and get a cheaper pair of 3200 ram, that's pretty expensive for 3200cl16 ram I bet you can find cl14 for not much more
 

matan.givo

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First of all, thank you very much for replying!

Can you recommend me a good B350 board?
 
Another cost saving measure you could do is to drop down to the R5 1600. Not the huge 8 core, but still gives you 6 cores and 12 threads. That's what I'm running in my system, overclocked to 3.7ghz on stock cooling, pretty happy so far. I do have another cooler coming in though, maybe I can push it a little more.

Also, as others said, drop into a b350 board if you will only use a single card.
 

matan.givo

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Yes you are correct, I am sorry, I forgot to mention that I also own a 650GB Hardisk
 

USAFRet

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OK
 

matan.givo

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In order to use a 3000MHz RAM, do I need to OC?
 

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Is this in AUD or CAD?
You can easily drop the CPU to a 1700 and a cheaper X370 like the Killer which is still pretty good.
I wouldn't recommend you going B350 on the R7 Ryzens as they are more power hungry and ultimately if you want to overclock, that might push a bit too much on the poor B350 VRMs that are currently on the market.
 

matan.givo

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It's a US dollar, and are you talking about the ASROCK X370-Killer-SLI?
 

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