AMD’s release of the 3000 series Ryzen CPUs has lead to a lot of PC users contemplating whether they should upgrade or build a new PC. The Ryzen 3rd gen CPUs provide excellent performance and most of them are excellent in terms value. The Ryzen 7 3700X is closer to the higher-end models, but it’s still priced competitively compared to Intel’s options. Therefore, for those who want to build a power house PC at a reusable price, we’ve got the best Ryzen 3700X build for you below.
$1400 Ryzen 7 3700X Build
|Ryzen 7 3700X|
|MPG X570 Gaming Edge WiFi|
|XFX Radeon RX 5700 XT|
|Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB, 3600Mhz)|
|Sabrent Rocket 1TB NVMe PCIe M.2|
|Corsair CX Series 650 Watt|
- Great for 1080p and 1440p gaming
- Very good for 1080p and great for 720p streaming
- Great for content creation and multitasking: including 4K video editing, photo editing, 3D render, and other forms of multimedia
- Customizable and great upgrade path
CPU: AMD Ryzen 3700X
Before AMD released the 3000 series Ryzen CPUs, getting an eight-core, sixteen-thread beast would’ve cost you a lot of money. However, with the Ryzen 7 3700X, AMD brings that performance closer to the masses, giving you a powerhouse that checks all the boxes for a great performer, yet still costs less than the competition.
The Ryzen 7 3700X comes with a fairly high base clock of 3.6GHz, but for those of you who want more, you have a maximum turbo boost of up to 4.4GHz. It’s made on AMD’s 7nm FinFET process and uses the AM4 socket which is compatible with older generation motherboards. It does come with AMD’s excellent Wraith Prism cooler with RGB LEDs, but since this is an unlocked CPU, you might want to get something that’s a bit better and overclock the CPU. It supports dual-channel DDR4 memory and has a TDP of 65W, which is actually low for such a beast.
Motherboard: MSI MPG X570 Gaming Edge WiFi Motherboard
MSI has got some excellent motherboards in the mid to high-end range, and the MPG X570 Gaming Edge WiFi is an excellent example. The MPG X570 makes use of AMD’s AM4 socket, so you’ll very likely be able to upgrade your CPU with the next generation, if you so desire. It also supports dual-channel memory and has 4 DIMM slots. This motherboard also features Core Boost which is the latest advancement of MSI’s motherboard CPU power delivery system. There is also PCIe 4.0 support, integrated Wi-Fi, and MSI’s patented Frozen heat sink design.
If you want to push high framerates without wasting too much money, AMD’s RX 5700 series GPUs is the way to go. Since you’re working with a decent budget, you can go for the RX 5700 XT, which is the higher-end model from the two Navi GPUs AMD released. It has 8GB of GDDR6 memory and is built on a 7nm process. There’s also PCIe 4.0 support and is one of the best GPUs for 1440p gaming. The RX 5700 XT is a strong blow to Nvidia’s lineup, and a great option for a Ryzen 3700X build.
You already know Ryzen requires fast memory, and for our high-end build, we’ve got some of the best. Corsair’s Vengeance LPX RAM is a kit that’s been a part of many no-fuss builds. While it doesn’t have fancy RGB lights and customization, you have a 2x8GB kit that runs at 3600 MHz with CL18 timings. This is quite fast, and it’s also designed for overclocking, so you can squeeze the last drop of performance out of it. It has a low-profile heat spreader, so you don’t have to worry about cooler compatibility, too.
Storage: Sabrent 1TB Rocket NVMe PCIe 4.0 M.2
Even though SSD prices are actually pretty low, when you’ve got a high-end build with a PCIe 4.0 motherboard, it’s worth getting a drive that’s as fast as possible, even if that means paying a bit more for it. Sabrent’s Rocket 1TB NVMe PCIe M.2 drive is extremely fast, and it comes in a 1TB capacity. When you combine it with the X570’s PCIe 4.0 support, you can expect speeds of up to 5000 MB/s (read) and 4400 MB/s (write). This is really impressive and is as fast as it gets. Definitely worth the price.
Power Supply: Corsair CX Series 650 Watt
A good build is nothing without a good PSU. If your PSU goes bad, it can take along components such as the motherboard and CPU along with it, and you don’t want that. A 650W PSU should be enough, given the CPU’s TDP and how much power the GPU consumes, and Corsair’s CX series is an excellent modular option. It has a thermally controlled fan, which won’t spin too much when it’s not needed, and you’re getting 80 PLUS Bronze certification. Since this is a modular PSU, you’ve got ample cable management possibilities, and the five-year warranty makes it an even better proposition.
Case: NZXT H500i
Since you’re going with high-end components, it’s worth paying a bit more for aesthetics’ sake. The NZXT H500i is the “smarter” brother of the regular H500, as it comes with an advanced variant of a fan and RGB lights controller. The two Aer F120 fans and the two RGB strips can be controlled via the smart controller and the NZXT Cam software. Aside from that, the H500i offers excellent cooling and cable management, and it looks really, really good. The tempered glass side panel is very high quality and lets you showcase your build with pride – and we said aesthetics matter.
Operating System: Windows 10 USB Installer
When it comes to building a PC nowadays, the choice of an operating system is easy – you go for Microsoft’s excellent Windows 10. It’s an OS that constantly receives updates and new features and is currently Microsoft’s crème de la crème. It’s secure, it performs great, and it has excellent support for all the hardware that we used in the build. All the latest drivers get released for Windows 10, so you’ll be good to go in terms of futureproofing, too.
As far as the installation method goes, since the build doesn’t have an optical drive, we would recommend Microsoft’s own Windows 10 USB installer. It’s a fast and easy way of getting Windows 10 on your build, and after a quick update, you’ll get all the latest drivers as well.
Recommended CPU Cooler: DeepCool Castle 240EX
Even though some consider DeepCool to be a brand that you only use in a budget build, they have some really great All-in-One liquid coolers. The Castle 240EX is one of them and is a great option for just about any of the Ryzen builds.
It comes with two 120mm TF120 S fans, with two-layer fan blades and noise-canceling frames. The fans have been specially tuned to match the properties of the radiator and provide ample cooling. The tube length is 310mm, so it fits in a host of cases, and you have an RGB light on the cooler itself. If you care about aesthetics, this will go a long way. You can control it via either the 5V motherboard SYNC function or from the included controller. A great AiO option if you want to keep the temps down, and the price, too.
Whether you choose to build this system with the exact components suggested here or use it as a baseline and modify the components you don’t like to substitute, there’s no denying that the system will provide great performance.
Additionally, you’ll want a motherboard that can take advantage of it, as well as fast RAM and a graphics card that will give you as many frames per second as possible without being a bottleneck. Lastly, the build above checks all the boxes and gives you headroom if you want to overclock the system and push it further. Whether you use it as a guideline or build it as we suggest, you can’t go wrong.