The Ryzen XT refresh is just around the corner and we decided to bring you some new builds around the new CPUs. AMD is reiterating their Zen 2 Matisse architecture while bringing higher clock speeds and better processor binning; some of the improvements of these new CPUs include but are not limited to Infinity Fabric improvements and StoreMI optimizations.
For this build, we will be focusing on the $1100 price mark and the Ryzen 5 3600 XT + Radeon RX 5700 XT GPU which will be the stars of this list. As many of you can recall, one of the most popular builds out there right now is the Ryzen 5 3600 & RX 5700 XT CPU-GPU combo because it provides great value with high-end performance at mid-range prices. The new Ryzen 5 3600 XT is based on the same R5 3600 silicon while being very well binned in order to allow for higher sustained clock speeds and smaller Infinity Fabric latency; advantages that will be primarily seen during gaming but that also allow for a small boost in workstation tasks.
One of the best things about the new Ryzen 3600XT is that it belongs to a generation still compatible with the majority of previous AM4 boards out there. This means that you don’t necessarily need to go out and buy an expensive X570 or B550 motherboard (unless you need the PCIe 4.0 performance). We recommend getting a B450 board if you are looking for an even better price because these are now widespread and have all the features that are needed in order to push the R5 3600 XT CPU & RX 5700 XT GPU to their limits. For this build though, we will be using the latest B550 Chipset in order to take advantage of PCIe 4.0.
Benchmarks are still under NDA for the new processors but we will do a recap on their improved performance as soon as possible, most likely during the launch day of July 7th, also the day when these new CPUs, including the 3600 XT will hit retail. If you are planning to game, do content creation on the side and stream from time to time, the R5 3600 XT is great for you as it has enough horse power to allow you to do all of those things. While there is no better value CPU out there than the Zen 2 Ryzen 5 3600, the new 3600 XT comes in at a price premium but will surely deliver better performance in order to justify the price.
Paired with this powerful CPU comes the RX 5700XT which is a year old now but far from obsolete. Built on the bleeding edge 7nm process, its efficiency and gaming performance aren’t matched in its price range, outperforming the likes of Nvidia’s RTX 2070 and almost tying the RTX 2070 Super. If you plan on gaming at 1080p Ultra or 1440p Ultra then this card will definitely be able to put a smile on your face; be it high refresh eSports games or triple-A titles, all will run delightfully on such capable hardware.
We must also remind you that AMD’s GPU drivers are solid as of many months now and the initial problems reported by customers have all been ironed out for good. There are no more stability issues which will definitely contribute to your flawless and uninterrupted gaming experience. Recent reports and benchmark reworks have also shown that the performance improved with these NAVI RX 5700 XT GPUs as much as 5% from the initial launch one year ago.
One thing that you should keep in mind with the 3600XT build list we’re recommending is that you can also get similar components and not exactly the ones we have in the list below; for example, there’s no issue if you are getting the components from other reputed brands. Can’t find a Gigabyte RX 5700XT? No issue, look for a Sapphire RX 5700 XT. You can always check out the various articles where we analyze the quality, features and pricing of GPUs and other components: here’s one for the best Radeon RX 5700 XT aftermarket cards.
Different companies will do different implementations for the exact same components. As long as you do research on the parts you find locally, in your country, there’s no issue mixing and matching parts from alternative companies; or, just ask us in the comments below! We strongly encourage you to get your parts based on pricing and availability because that is how you will be getting the best deals; in general, though, try keeping the models close to this list in order to achieve the same performance out of our recommended builds. We are doing this for you already since this list is price researched in order to be the cheapest and most performant in the fixed price range, but there will be places in the world where you won’t be able to get this exact same component list.
Ryzen 5 3600XT + 5700XT Build – The Parts List
|CPU||Ryzen 5 3600XT||$249|
|Motherboard||Gigabyte B550 AORUS Elite||$159|
|Memory||Team T-FORCE VULCAN Z 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16||$62|
|Storage||Crucial P1 500 GB M.2 NVME SSD||$59|
|Video Card||Gigabyte RX 5700 XT GAMING OC||$409|
|Case||Aerocool Aero One Eclipse||$54|
|Power Supply||Corsair CXM 650 W 80+ Bronze||$94|
The new Ryzen 5 3600 XT processor
The “3600” moniker has become synonym with value & performance in the past year. It’s the CPU that single-handedly outsold the whole Intel lineup and one that will continue to provide excellent performance for years to come thanks to its 6 cores and 12 threads. The new Ryzen 5 3600XT is an improved 3600 with higher base speed, 3.8 GHz up from 3.6, boost clock speeds up to 4.5 GHz from 4.2 GHz and a tweaked Infinity Fabric layer that will now support 2 GHz out of the box for any CPU regardless of the memory. This Infinity Fabric is AMD’s interconnect technology that “links” all the CPU cores together and is the primary caretaker of the stellar performance and pricing of these Ryzen CPUs.
The Gigabyte AORUS B550 with the new PCIe 4.0 chipset and feature set
One of the most promising B550 motherboards out there (and winner of our best entry-level B550) is the Gigabyte B550 Aorus Elite, even before extensive testing, thanks to Gigabyte’s stellar BIOS and improved board hardware. It’s super affordable and comes out of the box compatible with the latest Ryzen 3000 XT CPUs of the Zen 2+ generation. This board is proving that you don’t need to spend a huge amount of money in order to get quality and most of the premium features double-the-price X570 motherboards have. With its sleek design and great VRMs, the Aorus series has little to no compromise regarding overclocking performance, very competent power delivery and a greatly laid out BIOS for a very reasonable price of $160.
More nerdy stats include Gigabyte’s 14 (12+2) Phase VRM setup, highly improved memory support, extensive I/O with 8 USB ports out of which 6 are 3.2, stellar Audio and 2 included M.2 slots with included cooling heat sinks. We are predicting that this exact board will be very popular among builders ranging from “budget” oriented 3300X builds to top of the line 3900 XT & 3950 X powerful PCs. The Aorus Elite is capable of handling hefty memory and clock tweaking thanks to its powerful Voltage Regulator Modules and is also failure backed up by a USB BIOS Flashback option which you can easily use in order to go back to a stable BIOS if your tweaking has gone too far!
16 GB of Team Vulcan Z 3200 MHz memory
RAM is one of those components in your PC that you don’t fell until you don’t have enough of it, and we mean both capacity and speed. RAM speed will greatly improve how well a game engine deals with stutters and 1%/0.1% low FPS while RAM capacity, well, let’s say you don’t want your background and foreground applications to exceed your memory capacity because then the OS will need to cruelly shut down and manage stuff, and it’s not pretty.
Fortunately, the memory kit we’re using has both the speed in the form of Dual Channel and 3,200 MHz clocks and the capacity. There’s no current game that will consume even close to the 16 GB capacity of these memory sticks and you will need to struggle and run multiple applications at the same time like browsers and rendering programs in order to exceed the capacity. Because of that and thanks to the fact that 3000/3200 MHz DDR4 RAM kits are so popular among many manufacturers, we chose this Team Vulcan Z memory kit for its great compatibility, speed, size and undeniable value.
There’s no issue if you can’t find this exact same memory kit at your local retail; there’s probably plenty of other 3200Mhz 2x8GB RAM kits out there and there’s no problem in using those as long as you check the motherboard manual for RAM compatibility and as long as you find them for a good price. This kind of performance memory shouldn’t exceed $70 in the US or 80€ in Europe.
One fast M.2 SSD, the Crucial P1 500 GB
For its great price and amazing speeds, we will be using the Crucial P1 M.2 drive, a lately popular option among many PC builders. Its ease of installation, speed and Plug’n’Play-ness are great advantages over a traditional SATA SSD. You will probably be wondering why just the 500 GB for such a PC and we will respond that here, at PremiumBuilds, we provide the best performance and value for a large audience. We really don’t know how much storage you’d use with your PC and this is why this M.2 SSD is perfect; it allows for up to 6 other SATA devices and 1 extra M.2 drive to be paired with the motherboard in order to satisfy your storage needs.
For many people out there that only game and browse on their PC, 500 GB might just be enough and for the others, there is a great competitive market for cheap storage and you can choose whatever suits you best; this Crucial P1 though is great for a boot drive or a game library.
Its slight disadvantage over M.2s like the Samsung 970 EVO is the difficulty in transferring files bigger than 50 GB at a time; in that case, speed will lower to almost SATA SSDs levels because of limited QLC cache. We consider this a small impediment if you know that you’re not going to often transfer and move that huge amount of data. The rest of the time, this drive won’t slow down a bit and its read and write speeds are no slouch for the price at 2,000 MB/s and 1,700 MB/s respectively. This drive is an excellent choice main drive for our build and it will be the best fit for most people.
Best overall RX 5700 XT, the Gigabyte OC
AMD’s current high-end gaming card, the RX 5700 XT, almost doesn’t need any introduction. Its popularity is justified by its advanced 7nm architecture that allows for performance and efficiency levels that weren’t previously possible with such a cheap card. At around $400 you are getting enough “oomph” to power a 1080p or 1440p high refresh rate monitor with smooth gameplay. For this build, we chose the Gigabyte Radeon RX 5700 XT GPU.
This card is doing everything as right as it can for the price and if you like its design, it will certainly will not disappoint in the cooling, noise and performance department. In our books, it closely defeats the Sapphire Pulse as the best overall 5700 XT GPU for the money and the Pulse would be our second recommendation if you can’t manage to find the Gigabyte OC in stock or close to the $400 price point (in the US, account for VAT in the EU).
It doesn’t attempt the extraordinary but it deserves the place on this list thanks to its fairly standard triple cooler design. Quality engineering and attention to detail were definitely paid when Gigabyte paired this cooler with this GPU’s die and PCB; thanks to this, this card somehow manages to have some of the best and consistent thermals across the entire stack of 5700 XT cards and certainly the best in its price interval. The card remains near silent under load in a closed case and it also has a vBIOS switch for even higher performance. We have no reason not to recommend this $410 5700 XT for its way of ticking boxes in the most important areas and that’s why it makes this list.
If you’d like to see what other 5700 XT options you have, go ahead and check here for a full recap of the most popular NAVI 5700XT cards on the market together with their performance and cooling solutions.
The Aerocool Aero One Eclipse case
The Aerocool Aero One Eclipse is a compact ATX chassis that offers cool looks with superior cooling capabilities. Where it matters, it has sufficient space so that you can build a great gaming rig without breaking the bank or having to over complicate your build. Clever placement choices and hook points make cable management a breeze, the PSU shroud is big enough to store any ATX PSU or cable leftovers and the tempered glass window just adds to the premium feels of this build. It’s a very appealing case for the budget-conscious gamer and enthusiast.
- Dimensions: 210 x 520 x 404 mm (W x H x D)
- Weight: 6.1 KG (13.4 lbs)
- Compatibility : CPU Cooler Max height 161 mm | GPU Max length 327 mm
- Fans: Included 1 x 120 mm rear, 3 x 120 mm front. Optional: 3 x 120 mm top, 2 x 120 mm bottom.
Powering this PC with the Corsair CXM 650W
The minimum recommended PSU wattage for this build would be somewhere around 550W when accounting for overclocking and stress bursts but the average realistic system power consumption during heavy gaming will rest somewhere around 300W. We recommend getting a 650W PSU instead since these power supplies tend to be most efficient in the 40-60% load range.
Introducing the Corsair CXM, one of the best bang for the buck PSUs out there in today’s market which offers great and silent utilization. For the price, this power supply is very hard to beat and its advantages range from the quality of the components and power delivery to the hefty five-year warranty coverage. This unit’s semi modularity allows you to only use the cables that you really need with your build; the others can go back into the box in order to be later used if you plan to upgrade your PC. The available included cable connectors are as follows:
- ATX connector 20+4 pin: 1
- 4+4 pin EPS12V: 1
- 6+2 pin PCIe cables: 4
- SATA Connectors: 6
- Four-pin Molex: 4
We know that this article may be a lot of information to take in but we figured that if you’re interested in such a build, the component research that we did will be of great help! At the very moment, you won’t be able to buy the CPU on this list but you will find it in retail after the 7th of July 2020.
This build focuses on the new Ryzen XT refresh generation and the 3600 XT CPU. The performance of the build that we have here at hand punches well above its price point, showing how you don’t need to spend multiple thousands of dollars to get a PC able to future proof you for the coming years. A solid 1080p/1440p high refresh rate performer thanks its Ryzen 5 3600 XT & Gigabyte RX 5700 XT OC, this $1100 build is the best Ryzen refresh build that you can get at this price point.