With AMD’s release of the Ryzen 3000 CPUs, there are a host of gamers, professionals, and enthusiasts looking to build a PC. One of the most popular processors for people who don’t want to spend a lot but still get very good performance out of their build is the Ryzen 5 3600X. Therefore, we have created a Ryzen 5 3600X build that provides great performance for its price. This 3600X PC build is great for gaming and other forms of intensive computing tasks such as content creation. This includes video editing, photo editing, 3D rendering, streaming, programing, and more.
$1000 Ryzen 5 3600X Build
|Ryzen 5 3600X|
|ROG Strix B450 F|
|AMD Radeon RX 5700|
|Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB, 3200Mhz)|
|Crucial P1 1TB NVMe PCIe M.2|
|Corsair VS650 650W|
- Great for 1080p, good for 1440p gaming
- Good for 720p and 1080p streaming
- Good for content creation, demanding computing tasks, and multitasking: including 4K video editing, photo editing, programing, graphic design, and more
- Customizble and great upgrade path
CPU: AMD Ryzen 3600X
While there are certainly higher end models from AMD’s new Ryzen range, the 3600X hits the sweet spot in terms of getting your money’s worth for a lot of people. It’s a midrange processor that for many will make little to no difference compared to a high-end one, especially when you consider its specs and performance.
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This is a six-core, twelve-thread beast which can deliver consistently good performance in games, especially when paired with a good GPU. While the base clock is 3.5GHz, which is pretty high, if that’s not enough you have a turbo boost of up to 4.7GHz. With a TDP of 105W, the included Wraith Spire cooler will keep it cool at stock frequencies, but you can always get something beefier for a better overclock. All things considered, the Ryzen 5 3600X is an excellent processor for users who want power but don’t want to spend too much on it, as it strikes a somewhat perfect balance.
Motherboard: ROG Strix B450 F
In a budget build, the components sit on a B series motherboard. The ASUS ROG Strix B450-F Gaming is an excellent budget board that covers all the basics, and then some. It has AMD’s AM4 socket, which makes it compatible with the 3600X, and it has quite a lot of bells and whistles for a “budget” board. For starters, it has two NVMe M.2 slots, as well as Gen 2 USB3.1, gigabit LAN, and support for up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM that runs at 3200Mhz. Add to that custom overclocking profiles and ASUS’s Aura Sync RGB lighting, and you’ve got a great board.
GPU: XFX Radeon RX 5700
AMD has released some really good GPUs in the past few years, and their latest RX 5700 is a great example of that. With a 2nd gen 7nm GPU, you’re getting more performance than the older models in a smaller package. This GPU comes with 8GB of GDDR6 memory, as well as support for PCIe Gen4. This gives you double the output of PCIe 3.0, and up to 16 GT/s of throughput. The memory has a bus width of 256 bits and runs at 1465 MHz, which should give you pretty decent performance.
Even though this isn’t the most powerful GPU AMD released, it’s arguably the one that gives you the best value, and as such will find its place in the systems of many enthusiasts that care about their budget, too.
It would be foolish to think you can fully take advantage of the Ryzen 5 3600 without fast RAM. Fortunately, RAM prices have come down significantly in the past year, and you can get Corsair’s excellent Vengeance LPX, in a 16GB kit (2x8GB), for a reasonable price. This is a kit that runs at 3200 MHz and has CL16 timings. There are heatsinks to keep things cool, and they come in a few colors, but they’re small enough for you to be able to fit an aftermarket cooler without worrying about RAM stick height. There’s also XMP 2.0 support, for easy overclocking.
Storage: Crucial P1 1TB NVMe PCIe M.2
Another thing that has come down in terms of pricing, quite a bit, are solid-state drives. Therefore, for a new build, there’s no longer a need to go for a mechanical drive when you can get Crucial’s P1 SSD, in a 1TB capacity, for a great price. The drive comes in an NVMe PCIe M.2 form factor, with sequential read and write speeds of 2,000 MB/s and 1,700 MB/s respectively. This is very fast and will result in a fast and snappy operating system, as well as short loading times in single-player games.
Power Supply: CORSAIR VS650 650 Watt
To power the build, and keep it running, a good PSU is a must. We’re talking something that has a proven track record, and a quality brand backing it up. Corsair’s VS650 fits the bill really well. It’s a 650W power supply that has been rated for 80+ efficiency and runs fairly cool and quiet. The 120mm fan is thermally controlled and won’t sound like a jet taking off unless you’re really putting a lot of load on the PSU. In terms of aesthetics, you’ll get a premium-looking black housing, connectors, and cable sleeves. This should give your build a high-end look, without spending tons of money.
Case: NZXT H510
Finally, you’ll need to pack all these components in a great case – one that looks good, is compatible with our component selection, and has good airflow. Since you’ve got a good budget to work with, we would recommend NZXT’s H510 case. It’s made with all-steel construction, and you can get it in a few different colors. The tempered glass side panel lets you show off your build, and it’s ready for an AiO if you want to go that route. The two Aer F120mm fans will help with airflow, and there is a cable management system that keeps your cables tidy.
Operating System: Windows 10 USB Installer
A good build is nothing without a good operating system. For a Ryzen 3600X build, you’ll want Windows 10 in order to get the most out of your system. Windows 10 has the best support for both drivers and games, and it’s where you’ll find the best compatibility for all of your components.
Now, since the build doesn’t have an optical drive, you’ll want to get a USB installer from Microsoft. The installation process is very easy and much quicker than using optical media. In the end, you’ve got the most popular operating system in the world, more stable and secure than ever. It’s the operating system of choice for gamers all around the world, and there’s no reason not to go for it.
Recommended CPU Coolers:
If you want to overclock your CPU, or just want your build to run a bit quieter, a liquid cooler is the way to go. Cooler Master has a few great options, but the LC240E is certainly one of the most popular ones, coming in at a reasonable price, with great performance. The dual-chamber system, along with the two 120mm fans will keep your 3600X CPU cool, even under heavy load.
NZXT has constantly been in the top AiO cooling brands in the past period, and their Kraken M22 is their budget option. It comes with a single 120mm Aer P120mm PWM fan, which is more than sufficient to keep things running cool. And yes, that’s even if you overclock the CPU a bit. With NZXT’s CAM software, you can customize performance, and you can also adjust the RGB lights. Perfect if you want a discrete way to add some aesthetics to your CPU.
Wi-Fi adapter: TECHKEY USB Wifi Adapter
While most gamers swear that a wired connection is all they’re willing to use, sometimes Wi-Fi is just more convenient. Since the motherboard doesn’t have Wi-Fi, you’ll want an adapter. A USB adapter that has 802.11ac compatibility and works at both 2.4GHz and 5GHz will be perfect, especially one that can reach speeds of up to 1200Mbps. Make sure you get one with a high gain antenna and driver support for Windows 10.
At the end of the day, there are many combinations of components one could choose as far as a Ryzen 3600X build goes. However, this build is a good basis to start from. It is excellent for anyone who wants good performance but doesn’t want to spend too much money. You can easily play AAA titles at medium to ultra-settings at 1440p depending on how demanding the game is. As well as perform computationally demanding tasks.