With the Ryzen XT refresh around the corner, we will focus on building a high-end Ryzen 7 3800XT PC in a $1,800 budget. If this is not the processor you’re looking for then you can find on our platform builds for both of the other two new CPUs, the 3600XT Build and the 3900XT Build in their very own price ranges. The hype around this new stop-gap AMD generation of high-performance CPUs is justified by a more optimized manufacturing process and better processor binning that leads to increased boost clock speeds. Some of the other improvements include but are not limited to AMD’s StoreMI 2.0 and Infinity Fabric optimizations which will now support 2000 MHz speeds out of the box with no memory tweaking.
Paired with this amazing new CPU we have the Nvidia RTX 2080 Super which will fit it nicely to obtain the performance we’re aiming for. The RTX 2080 Super is certainly not the best value GPU out there but the performance this $700 card brings to a gaming build can’t be faulted; it also has a better cost per frame than the fully-fledged RTX 2080 Ti GPU and this is why we’ll be using it in this $1,800 build.
If you are someone who’s upgrading from the previous generations of Ryzen processors then you don’t need to worry about compatibility; AMD has promised and delivered it with simple BIOS updates which will make your existing board compatible with the new CPUs. If you are building with a new motherboard and you are on a stricter budget, it also makes sense to get a B550 motherboard (unless you need the PCIe 4.0 feature set). For example, we wanted to stay under the $2,000 price point with this build and a B550 allows that without sacrificing any highly necessary feature when compared to a fully-fledged X570 motherboard. Yes, you might lose a USB or two here and there but the B550 is a seriously capable chipset that is capable of powering and sustaining even a 16 core CPU in the form of the 3950X. Our Ryzen 7 3800XT will find a great home on a feature-packed B550 board that supports overclocking and has the VRMs to back up the increased power delivery. If you are on an even tighter budget then you can even get a B450 or a second-hand AM4 board and BIOS update it in order to be compatible.
You can expect slight single core improvements over the Ryzen 7 3700X and 3800X CPUs, similar power consumption and less core to core latency which might mean enhanced gaming performance. If you are a content creator who games or a streamer who wants a capable PC that will do both the gaming and streaming at the same time, then you really don’t need two different PCs; you just need this 8 core 16 thread Ryzen CPU that will do it all with no slowdowns. Software like OBS will take advantage of all the processor resources that it needs in order to provide a great streaming experience without causing any stutter in your gaming experience. It’s astonishing how much performance and capability you can get from a $399 CPU; less than 4 years ago you had to pay more than $1,200 for similar performance. This Ryzen 7 3800XT comes at a price premium over the discounted 3800X but will surely deliver performance to make up for the price difference.
Our GPU of choice will pair nicely with the 8 core CPU in order to allow you to game at any resolution you like, including 4K and very high refresh rate 1080 & 1440p. Its the second-best single card out there and for $700 it’s almost a deal when compared to the $1,200 RTX 2080 Ti. This card is VR ready with enough performance to get over 90 FPS in any Virtual Reality title out there and the RTX features can be used for ray tracing rendering in games that support it, further enhancing your gaming experience.
It’s also good to keep in mind that this exact same part list that we’re recommending might not be available at your local retailer or the website where you make your purchases. There’s no problem when getting the components from different brands or mixing and matching graphics card brands.
For example, even if we will be recommending the Gigabyte RTX 2080 Super variant, if you, for example, can find an ASUS / Zotac / MSI which is cheaper than the card we’re recommending then you need to go for that in order to get even better value out of that build! Here at PremiumBuilds, we’re comparing a large set of reputable US retailers but pricing often changes and our store sample size isn’t representative to the whole world. As long as you do your research, its also find to do a small upgrade or modification here and there, because you are not obliged to buy the exact same component list that we’re recommending.
In general, though, we encourage you to buy very close to this list because that is how you will be getting the best deals, at least at the big retailers. We are comparing a large sample of products and prices in order to find the cheaper and most powerful builds in fixed price ranges so you don’t have to hassle with it!
Now let’s get to the component list!
$1800 Ryzen 7 3800XT Gaming PC Build – The Parts List
|CPU||AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT||$399|
|CPU Cooler||be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4||$89|
|Motherboard||Gigabyte B550 AORUS Elite||$159|
|Memory||Team T-FORCE VULCAN Z 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory||$109|
|Storage||Crucial P1 1 TB M.2 NVME SSD||$104|
|Video Card||Gigabyte RTX 2080 Super Windforce OC||$719|
|Case||Fractal Design Meshify C||$99|
|Power Supply||Cooler Master MWE Gold 650W 80+ Gold||$99|
|Case Fan||be quiet! Pure Wings 2||$16|
|Case Fan||be quiet! Pure Wings 2||$16|
The new Ryzen 7 3800XT processor
The new Ryzen 7 3800XT processor will now be the fastest out of all the latest Zen 2 8 core CPUs. It will basically use the same silicon as the other two variants but very well binned and with increased boost clock speeds. The base speed will still remain at 3.9 GHz but boost clock is up from 4.5 to 4.7; this together with the Infinity Fabric speed (now 2 GHz out of the box) and latency improvements will surely make for a noticeable boost in gaming performance. The 3800XT will be released on the 7th of July and will make for a very capable and future proof CPU that will remain high end for years to come. You will certainly be able to game, stream, edit, render and design with no multitasking slowdowns.
The beQuiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 CPU cooler
Many of you might be surprised why we’re getting a CPU cooler for the Ryzen 7 lineup since AMD is usually providing a great stock one with their CPUs; and no, the answer is not necessarily performance related. With this Ryzen refresh, AMD pushed their architecture to its limits and thus, they are recommending third party coolers for better thermal dissipation and are not including any stock cooler with the Ryzen 7 3800XT or the Ryzen 9 3900XT. Because of this, we recently wrote up the best aftermarket coolers for the 3800XT and 3900XT which may be useful for any new Matisse builders.
Introducing the Dark Rock Pro 4, a fully-fledged tower air cooler that is able to easily cool up to 250 W TDP. This cooler is no disappointment, making for one of the most capable and silent air coolers out there at the $90 price point. This cooler smashes all expectations and even though it might be a bit boring looking with its industrial non-RGB aesthetic, the brushed aluminum finish with no LEDs is sufficient for a clean look. Beyond the excellent build quality of the tower, we also love the 135mm Silent Wings 3 fans that keep this device so quiet even during load.
When compared to an AIO cooler, the Dark Rock Pro 4 is more affordable and even if it puts more weight on the socket, most can easily deal with that. This cooler from beQuiet! can outperform AIOs in many instances both in the performance and acoustic department and this is why it deserves its place in this build.
The Gigabyte AORUS B550 Elite with the new PCIe 4.0 chipset and feature set
This is the same motherboard that we recommended for the 3600XT gaming PC build and needs no replacement even when paired with an 8 core CPU thanks to its great build quality and solid VRMs. It’s affordable for a B550 chipset motherboard and comes with PCIe 4.0 features, a great BIOS, great I/O and a BIOS Flashback option which might come in handy if you want to tweak your board ‘too much’. The Gigabyte AORUS B550 Elite is providing a large portion of what an X570 motherboard would offer in terms of hardware and you are not leaving any performance on the table by going B550 instead of X570. What you’re getting instead are more savings that went to other parts of the build where upgrades did improve performance.
32 GB of Team Vulcan Z 3200 MHz memory
This build we’re putting together aspires to provide a streamer or designer with enough rendering power in order to second as a workstation computer besides the strong gaming roots. This is why we couldn’t just go with the popular mainstream 16 GB of RAM and we opted for a fast Dual Channel 32 GB kit. Editing and multitasking eat a lot of RAM for background applications and uncompressed RAM previews and this is why 2 x 16 GB is essential for this type of build. This big amount of RAM and bandwidth will also make sure that your gaming performance isn’t impacted if you have to render or high-quality stream while you game.
The 3,200 MHz Dual Channel kit from Team T-Force provides all these advantages in an inexpensive package. With latencies of 10ns coming from the stock 3,200 MHz CL16 setup, this RAM kit will also boost the processor performance since there is no secret how much Ryzen processors love great memory. This kit can also be further tweaked by increasing voltage and tightening its timings and if you can’t find the exact same memory kit at your local store then we suggest getting a different one but with specifications as close as this one.
One fast M.2 SSD, the Crucial P1 1 Tb
We will be using a highly popular M.2 drive that has stellar capacity and performance for the price. The Crucial P1 provides speeds of up to 2,000 MB/s read and 1,700 MB/s write which is very good for a boot drive. Because consumers have different storage speed and capacity needs, this M.2 will take care of the boot drive while other storage devices (up to 6 extra SATAs and 1 M.2) can be added to this build in order to supplement your gaming library or workstation needs.
The great price point comes from this drive’s slight disadvantage. If you are often working with file transfers higher than 50 GB then you will be better off looking at another storage device since this one will slow down to SATA speeds when having to move that amount of data at once. But the truth is, 99% of consumers don’t do that and this is why this compromise is great for the value of this device. If you are not a professional power user which will work with huge files you won’t happen to feel any slowdowns with this M.2 drive. This drive is an excellent choice as your OS drive and will be the best fit for most consumers.
One of Nvidia’s high end GPUs, the RTX 2080 SUPER
Nvidia has refreshed its initial RTX lineup and superseded their 2060, 2070 and 2080 cards with SUPER variants which are slightly more powerful but are priced the same as the initial cards. Who doesn’t want ‘free’ performance? This is why the initial cards got discounted and the ‘Super’ lineup took their place. The Nvidia RTX 2080 Super brings enough performance to the table for a dedicated 4K build or a very high refresh rate 1080p/1440p build and when paired with the mighty Ryzen 7 3800XT CPU, you will definitely have an all-around capable beast at hands. Besides gaming performance, this card can also use its Tensor Cores and CUDA features in order to accelerate your rendering and modelling power in various software.
There are a lot of variants coming from AIB partners like ASUS, Zotac, MSI or EVGA but for this build, we will be choosing the Gigabyte RTX 2080 Super OC variant which provides one of the best blends of factory tweaking, load temperatures and acoustics during operation. There are other cards out there which might be more heavily OCed out of the factory but you can do that as well with this card without needing to pay the price premium of those cards. Basically, any third-party RTX 2080 Super that resides around the $700 price point is a deal and this is why we chose the Gigabyte model for this high-end PC build.
The Fractal Design Meshify C case & additional case fans
The Fractal Design Meshify C is widely regarded as one of the best-designed cases for superior airflow. It comes with a front mesh ‘industrial’ panel with dust filters that helps the air freely pass in and out of the case depending on your cooler setup. In a world where many manufacturers sacrifice functionality for RGB and looks, this case is a gem. Compact ATX chassis with a PSU shroud, tinted tempered glass side and clever tie down points for cable managing. The materials used are also very sturdy and premium feeling. Coming in at around $100, its certainly not a very affordable case but we highly recommend it for its way of ticking all the requirements in the acoustic, cooling and performance department.
- Dimensions: 217 x 453 x 413 mm (W x H x D)
- Weight: 6.5 KG (14.3 lbs)
- Compatibility : CPU Cooler Max height 172 mm | GPU Max length 315 mm
- Fans: Included 1 x 120 mm rear, 1 x 120 mm front. Optional: 2 x 120 mm top, 1 x 120 mm bottom, 2 x 120mm front.
Powering this PC with the Cooler Master MWE Gold 650 W
With such powerful builds, we want out average load power consumption to be in the range of 40-60% of what a PSU can output. This is for efficiency reasons. This is why even though we could use a 550W PSU for this build, we will opt for a Gold rated 650W PSU since there may be situations where we will push this PC to its limits with rendering and gaming at the same time and we want stability even in these bursts of power usage.
The Cooler Master MWE 650W Gold doesn’t really need an introduction. Its reputable manufacturer, Cooler Master, is a long present top company that has established themselves for their quality and over the top support and warranty. Together with full modularity and a long history of faultless units, the Cooler Master MWE 650W will fit in perfectly with this build. All cables scream quality, are nicely sleeved and can be used in any combination without crowding the case, all thanks to modularity. The available included cable connectors are as follows:
- Dimensions (L X W X H): 160 x 150 x 86 mm
- ATX connector 20+4 pin: 1
- CPU 12V 4+4 PIN connectors: 1
- 6+2 pin PCIe cables: 4
- SATA Connectors: 8
- Power & Cooling: Active PFC & 120mm fan
We hope that this article has been informative and easy enough to take in. If you have any additional questions about the components of this build, we love to answer questions in the comment section below! The Ryzen 7 3800XT is the only component that you may have some difficulty finding in retail stores as it was released on the 7th of July and there might be a initial shortage of supply relative to demand from Matisse builders.
For $1,800 you are getting a Ryzen 7 3800XT and RTX 2080 Super build that proves to be an excellent all-rounder. The powerful CPU can power through the most difficult of gaming or rendering tasks and when you think you’ve pushed it to the max, you’ll be surprised to find more additional performance ready to be used. The graphics accelerator comes in the form of the RTX 2080 Super which is a $700 GPU with smooth 4K and 1080p / 1440p high refresh rate performance that can also double as a great workstation card thanks to its CUDA capabilities and Tensor Cores that can accelerate machine learning applications.
A super-fast CPU & GPU combo, 32 GB of fast Dual Channel RAM, paired with one of the best performance ATX cases out there and blazing-fast storage to back it up. For the $1,800 budget, you’ll be hard-pressed in finding a PC build based on this CPU that will deliver performance and future-proofing like this one.