Question New build questions - advice needed

Nov 10, 2019
Hi I'm starting a new (budget) build under £1100 and would appreciate some help checking it.

I will be using it for mostly 2560 x 1440p gaming - modern titles such as Battlefield 5 or RDR 2, for example.

Q1: I've used this motherboard before and am happy with it but will there be any major problems in using the ryzen 5 3600 with it? I've heard not due to my RAM being no more than 3000MHz but apparently an update is needed.

Q2: About cooling, the case includes 1 rear 140mm fan. How many additional case fans should I include if any and where?

Q3: Is there anything about the build that could be changed for the better or any necessary upgrades? I'd like to stick with the RTX 2070 super.

Thanks very much and any advice would be much appreciated:)


1. A BIOS update may be required for it which is why I swapped to the MSI MAX board which natively supports 3rd gen.

2. An additional intake fan or two wouldn't hurt but I wouldn't bother unless it's really needed as it may increase unneeded noise in the build.

3. The build all in all is fine however I'd make some changes such as a quieter/cooler aftermarket CPU cooler and a much better PSU (10yr warranty).

PCPartPicker Part List
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor (£174.78 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: ARCTIC Freezer 34 eSports DUO CPU Cooler (£36.99 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: MSI B450M MORTAR MAX Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard (£92.99 @
Memory: Team T-FORCE VULCAN Z 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory (£63.97 @ Laptops Direct)
Storage: Intel 660p Series 1.02 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (£99.99 @ Ebuyer)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8 GB WINDFORCE OC 3X Video Card (£478.60 @ More Computers)
Case: Phanteks ECLIPSE P350X ATX Mid Tower Case (£58.97 @ Box Limited)
Power Supply: SeaSonic FOCUS Plus Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply (£84.01 @ Ebuyer)
Total: £1090.30
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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