AMD has now announced both their new Zen 3 Ryzen 5000 series CPUs, as well as their RDNA2 based Radeon RX 6000 series GPUs – both of which are looking to be powerhouses of gaming processing power. Together, they make a perfect pair for a high-end gaming enthusiast build, as the Ryzen 7 5800X makes full use of the new Zen 3 architecture, maxing out the CCX (Core Complex). Also, the Radeon RX 6800 XT performs on par with the Nvidia GeForce RTX Ampere 3080; meaning it can perform both at 4K and at 1440p resolutions, at high framerates.
For a gaming enthusiast build, it’s not just performance that’s important, as the appearance of the actual build also needs to be considered. For the AMD central build, we have chosen all the pieces for the ultimate PC setup that not only maximizes performance, based on the current generation’s available technology, but that also provides components that match with each other, both in colors and in RGB compatibility, giving you not only a powerful machine but also a lighting spectacle that can become the centerpiece of the room that houses it.
The total price of this beast of a PC will be $2,193.75, which can be lowered to $2,123.75 if you opt for the Radeon RX 6800 instead of the Radeon RX 6800 XT. Before we list all the individual components of the build, let’s first check the specifications of the CPU and GPU.
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The AMD Ryzen 7 5800X has a Zen 3, 7 nm TSMC FinFET processing node, with 8 cores, 16 threads, and a level 3 cache of 32 MBs. It has AM4, PCIe 4.0, and DDR4 RAM compatibility – which has a base system memory speed of up to 3,200 MHz. In terms of clock speeds, it has a 3.8 GHz base operating frequency that can reach at least 4.7 GHz. This CPU has a TDP of 105 W and will launch on November the 5th of 2020 with an MSRP of $449.
Using a Navi 21 CL GPU with a die size of 536 mm2, the Radeon RX 6800 makes use of a similar to the Ryzen 7 5800X, TSMC 7 nm processing node with 26.8 million transistors. It has a base clock speed of 1,372 MHz, that can be boosted to either 1,815 MHz or 2,105 MHz with AMD’s new one-click overclocking feature called Rage Mode. In terms of processing power, the RX 6800 has 3,840 shader units, 240 TMUs, 96 ROPs, 60 RT cores, and 60 CUs; translating to 32.33 TFLOPS of FP16, 16.17 TFLOPS of FP32, and 1.01 TFLOPs of FP64 computing power. The GPU will have 16 GB of GDDR6 VRAM and a 128 MB Infinity Cache. With a TDP of 250W, and a MSRP of $579, the Radeon RX 6800 will be released on November the 18th, 2020.
The AMD Radeon RX 6800XT is identical, in most aspects, to the aforementioned AMD Radeon RX 6800, making use of a Navi 21 XT variant that has different clock speeds and computational power. In terms of frequencies, it has a 1,487 MHz base clock speed, a Gaming Clock speed of 2,015 MHz, and a Boost Clock speed of 2,250 MHz. It has 4,608 shader units, 288 TMUs, 128 ROPs, 72 RT cores, and 72 CUs. These specifications it capable of 41.47 TFLOPS of FP16, 20.74 TFLOPS of FP32, and 1.296 TFLOPS of FP64 computing power. The GPU will also have an increased form factor of a 2.5-slot width, as well as an increased TDP of 300 Watts. Costing slightly more than the Radeon RX 6800, the XT variant will cost $649, and will be released on November the 18th, 2020.
The most important component to pair with the CPU is the motherboard, and though it is easy to skimp out on this component, doing so can really compromise the overclocking capabilities of the Ryzen 7 5800X. The ASUS Prime X570-Pro is an exceptional motherboard that is definitely worth its additional cost.
With a 14-phase VRM (6 true, 4×3 + 2) that makes use of Vishay SiC638 50-amp power stages, this motherboard has all its MOSFETs heatsinked, as well as a fan on the PCH. 128 GB of RAM can be supported, with overclocked speeds reaching up to 4,400 MHz. It has three PCIe 4.0 x16 lanes, two of which are armored, supporting two M.2 form factor SSDs (one of which has a heatsink), supporting an additional six SATA III SSDs. The audio chipset included is the standard high-end Realtek S1220A, with five 3.5 mm audio jacks and plenty of USB 3.2 and 3.0 connectivity (1x USB 3.2 Type-C, 3x USB 3.2 Type-A, 4 USB 3.0 Type-A). The ASUS Prime X570-PRO has an appealing exterior, with white heatsinks and RGB lighting on the I/O armor and the PCH that can be synced via ASUS’s AURA Sync software.
The cost for this high-end motherboard, which provides excellent VRM and cooling solutions, together with plenty of connectivity and a solid audio chipset, is only $230.99 – allowing for both maximized performance and visual aesthetics.
Also, check out our list of the best motherboard to pair with the Ryzen 7 5800X.
The AMD Ryzen 7 5800X no longer comes with a cooler, though, even if it did, the stock cooler that AMD used to provide (the Wraith Prism) is not on the level of providing sufficient cooling for the Ryzen 7 5800X; especially for such an enthusiast level gaming build.
To provide the best, and most stylish, cooling available, we’ve chosen to go with a liquid AIO (All in One) cooler: The Corsair iCue H150i Elite Capellix. This AIO cooler has a 360 mm radiator, with three ML120 Pro 120 mm magnetic levitation fans. Together with the eight RGB LEDs of each fan, the pump head also has 33 ultra-bright Capellix RGB LEDs, creating a panoramic, and fully customizable, lighting display.
This CPU cooler is not all style and no substance – it performs on an equally high level. TweakTown’s benchmarks show us that the H150i Elite Capellix kept their CPU below 70 degrees Celsius during all testing, including extreme overclocking. Also, the noise levels were incredibly low, at below 30 decibels for the Balanced and Quiet modes – some of the lowest values of all the coolers tested by TweakTown.
This liquid AIO cooler currently costs $189.99 and is definitely worth every penny.
Read Also: Ryzen 7 5800X Aftermarket Coolers
The PSU of this build needs to be stylish, but not fall back in terms of performance and be excessively loud. That’s why we’ve chosen the 80 Plus Gold certified Corsair RM750x. This white PSU matches perfectly with the white accents of the ASUS Prime X570-Pro motherboard, so no additional RGB is needed from the PSU.
Instead, this PSU offers an energy efficiency of 87%, outputting its full power on the +12V rail. It has a 135mm Corsair-designed, low-noise rifle bearing fan, which only spins when the power output exceeds 300 Watts. In fact, even at high loads, Corsair states this PSU will only reach noise levels of 20 to 22 decibels of noise; and, with its high-quality bearings, it can last upwards of 100,000 hours, as it includes a 10-year warranty. The RM750x is fully modular, meaning that any unneeded cables can be removed instead of crammed inside the case.
The Corsair RM750x is currently sold for $134.99, despite the current ongoing shortage of PSUs in the market.
When it comes to gaming, it has been proven the most optimal speeds are 3200 MHz at CL14 and 3600 MHz at CL16, with the latter having the edge as proven by benchmarks by both the Wolfgang and GamersNexus YouTube channels. When it comes to storage size, 16 GB will suffice – which is the storage size of the Xbox Series X and Playstation 5 – but, given that there are other tasks that are usually running in the background of a PC, it is always best to have leeway in terms of RAM storage, which is why we’ve chosen a 32 GB kit. Finally, it is important to mention that for Ryzen CPUs the Samsung B-Die has proven to be the most optimal die pairing, as it best synergizes with the Ryzen architecture.
The RAM that has all the performance specifications, as well as a beautiful exterior including plenty of RGB flare, is the G.Skill Trident Z Neo Series. Clocking in at 3,600 MHz at 16-19-19-39 (CAS 16) timings, this 32 GB kit has two ranks of RAM which have a 10-layer PCB, with hand-screened integrated circuits (IC), and a Samsung B-Die. Each rank of this RAM has eight zones of RGB lighting, with an aluminum heat spreader and a tri-finned beveled edge.
Given the optimal speed of this kit, as well as the 32 GB of dual-channel memory, the fact that this RAM can be found for only $178.99, makes it an exceptional deal for any high-end gaming PC.
Identical to the fans of the CPU cooler, we recommend the ML120 PRO magnetic levitation bearing fans, giving you the ability to sync all cooling fans via Corsair’s iCUE software.
The ML120 PRO fans can output an airflow of 47.3 CFM and 1.78mm H2O of static pressure, operating between 400 and 1600 rotations per minute (RPM). Because these fans have the highest quality bearings available (magnetic levitation bearings) they operate at a near silent level of 25 to 30 decibels, and include a five-year warranty, which backs up the bearings’s inherent durability. Finally, these fans are PWM controlled, so they dynamically adapt to temperatures and loads automatically.
For a pack of three of these 120 mm ML120 PRO case fans, you can expect to pay $120.99, including Corsair’s Lighting Node PRO: A piece of hardware which allows you to control the RGB settings of these fans without using the iCUE software.
The case that allows us to display all the RGB glory of the aforementioned components, is the Lian Li PC-O11DX Dynamic.
Two tempered glass panels, with a sleek and minimalistic design, this case allows full customizability for you to setup your case as you see fit. It has an angled motherboard tray and a back-side bar seal for better cable management, as well as four magnetic dust filters to ensure that there is no buildup within the case. Additionally, the Lian Li PC-O11DX Dynamic has dual-PSU compatibility, while also allowing six 2.5” SSDs and three HDDs; for if you want to bring your older storage units into this new build.
For $139.99 this case provides beautiful visuals, a high-quality all-aluminum exterior, a USB 3.1 Type-C port, two USB 3.0 ports, and two HD audio jacks.
One terabyte of storage is more than enough for gaming, as you can always upgrade and add an additional M.2 NVMe or SATA III drive to the ASUS Prime X570-PRO. Additionally, because this PC is meant for gaming, and expensive, high-performance PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD is really unnecessary. In fact, when it comes to loading assets in gaming applications, NCIX Tech Tips has proven that even SATA III SSDs can match NVMe drives in terms of performance speeds.
That is why we’ve chosen Micron’s Crucial P1 1 TB 3D NAND (Micron 64L 3D QLC) NVMe SSD, which comes in an M.2 form factor, and can reach sequential read and write speeds of 2 GB/s and 1.7 GB/s respectively, as well as 170,000 and 240,000 IOPS of QD1 random read and write speeds. In terms of durability, this SSD can last for up to 200 TBW (Terabytes Written), backed by a 5-year warranty.
The best aspect of the Crucial P1 1 TB SSD is its price, as it costs only $99.81.
|CPU||AMD Ryzen 7 5800X|
|Graphics Card (Choice 1)||AMD Radeon RX 6800|
|Graphics Card (Choice 2)||AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT|
|Motherboard||ASUS Prime X570-Pro|
|CPU Cooler||Corsair iCUE H150i Elite Capellix Liquid Cooler|
|PSU||Corsair RMX White Series RM 750x|
|RAM||G.Skill Trident Z Neo Series|
|Cooling||Corsair ML120 PRO|
|Case||Lian Li PC-O11DX Dynamic|
|Storage||Crucial P1 1 TB|