Ryzen 5 5600X + GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Build for $1350

December 19, 2020 By:
Ryzen 5 5600X + GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Build for $1350

If you’re planning on building a brand-new gaming PC for high-framerate 1080p gaming, then nothing beats the combination of AMD’s new Ryzen 5 5600X and Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3060 Ti.

This CPU and GPU pairing provides the best cost-for-performance ratio – so their accompanying hardware must do the same. We sought out to find components that meet this exact, demanding, criteria, in order to provide a recommendation for the best PC build that features these new-generation models. The total cost of this build: $1,322.73 – $1381.52 – depending on your cooling preference (RGB, white LED, or no illumination).

Without further ado, let’s get right into the components:


The Most Optimal Mid-End Gaming Build for $1350: Ryzen 5 5600X & GeForce RTX 3060 Ti


CPU – AMD Ryzen 5 5600X

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X

AMD’s new Zen 3 Ryzen 5 5600X is already hailed as one of the best, if not the best gaming CPU currently available. One thing is for sure, this processor is definitely the most cost efficient of all new generation options; from both AMD and Intel.

The Ryzen 5 5600X features a 6 core, 12 thread, setup; with 32 MB of level 3 cache and a Thermal Design Power of just 65 watts: making it the most energy efficient CPU for its level of performance. All cores, threads, and L3 cache are situated onto a single Core Complex (CCX) in the Core Chiplet Die (CCD) which is built using a TSMC 7nm FinFET processing node. The Ryzen 5 5600X has a base clock frequency of 3.7 GHz, that can be boosted to 4.6 GHz, is PCIe 4.0 compatible, and comes equipped with an AMD Wraith Stealth CPU cooler. In terms of RAM, this CPU supports dual channel DDR4 memory, with a base speed of up to 3,200 MHz.

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  • AMD's fastest 6 core processor for mainstream desktop, with 12 processing threads
  • Can deliver elite 100+ FPS performance in the world's most popular games
  • Bundled with the quiet, capable AMD Wraith Stealth cooler
  • 4.6 GHz Max Boost, unlocked for overclocking, 35 MB of cache, DDR-3200 support

Benchmarks for the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X, carried out by TechSpot’s, show us that not only can this processor reach high-end framerates, but it also has the best cost-per-frame ratio among all its competition (for both single and multi-core performance).

The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X has an MSRP of $300.


GPU – Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti

Geforce RTX 3060 Ti

Released on December the 2nd, 2020, the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti is Nvidia’s mid-range option for high-framerate, 1080p, gaming on a budget. It features Nvidia’s new Ampere architecture: which means 2nd generation ray tracing cores, 3rd generation Tensor cores, and new Streaming Multiprocessors (SM). It has 8 GB of GDDR6 VRAM, with a 256-bit memory interface width, 4,864 CUDA cores, a base clock frequency of 1,410 MHz, a boost clock frequency of 1,670 MHz, and a 2-slot default form factor.

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  • NVIDIA Ampere architecture, 2nd Gen Ray Tracing Cores, 3rd Gen Tensor Cores
  • 12GB 192-bit GDDR6, 15 Gbps, PCIE 4.0; Boost Clock 1807 MHz
  • IceStorm 2.0 Cooling, Active Fan Control, Freeze Fan Stop, Metal Backplate
  • 8K Ready, 4 Display Ready, HDCP 2.3, VR Ready

Together with Nvidia’s added features – like Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) 2.0, Nvidia G-Sync, and Nvidia Reflex – the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti is capable of powering competitive gaming setups for high framerates and low input lag.

The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti has an MSRP of $399 for Nvidia’s Founder’s Edition, though the price, and the above specifications, may differ, depending on the aftermarket model.


RAM – Crucial Ballistix RGB 3,600 MHz CL16 16 GB

Crucial Ballistix RGB 3,600 MHz CL16 16 GB

RAM is a crucial component when it comes to getting the maximum potential out of a CPU. For gaming applications, the optimal speed to go for is a frequency of 3,600 MHz and a Column Access Strobe (CAS) latency of 16 cycles.

Crucial’s Ballistix RGB RAM offers excellent performance, at an equally excellent price. With two ranks of 8 GB, 3,600 MHz CL 16, RAM, we can ensure that the CPU will not be throttled or bottlenecked by its accompanying memory.

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  • Ideal for gamers and performance enthusiasts
  • Customize your rig’s color scheme with 16 RGB LEDs in 8 zones on each module
  • Compatible with ASUS Aura, MSI Mystic Light, Gigabyte AORUS Graphics Engine, and more
  • XMP 2.0 support for automatic overclocking, or run at JEDEC default profile

Crucial’s Ballistix RGB has XMP 2.0 support, with preset overclocking profiles for one-click overclocking, an extruded aluminum heat spreader, an on-DIMM sensor, for temperature monitoring in real time, and eight lighting zones comprised of 16 LEDs (per rank) for customizable RGB illumination.

For $89.99, the 16 GB of Crucial’s Ballistix RGB RAM comes at an excellent price, and it is one of the best RAM to pair with the Ryzen 5 5600X.


Motherboard – Gigabyte B550 AORUS Pro AC

Gigabyte B550 AORUS Pro AC

Another key component for running the CPU optimally, without overheating, and with enough current to be overclocked to your heart’s content, is the motherboard. To ensure these parameters, we’ve chosen the Gigabyte B550 AORUS Pro AC: a top-tier B550 motherboard that displays incredible value for its cost.

The AORUS Pro AC makes use of a 14-phase VRM solution, with Vishay VRPower SiC651(A) 50-amp MOSFETs in a [6 + 6] CPU VCC + 2 SoC VCC configuration. These MOSFETs are all heatsinked, and the motherboard includes a heatpipe connecting the heatsinks for better heat dissipation throughout.

Four DDR4 RAM slots that can hold up to 128 GB of DDR4 memory, and the supported RAM can be overclocked to frequencies up to 5,200 MHz.

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  • Supports 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Processors
  • Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
  • True 12+2 Phases Digital VRM Solution with 50A DrMOS
  • Advanced Thermal Design with Fins-Array Heatsink and Direct Touch Heatpipe

Next, we have three PCIe x16 lanes, one of which is PCIe 4.0 and two of which are PCIe 3.0. Storage wise, it can hold six SATA III 6 GB/s hard drives (all ports are situated at 90 degrees) as well as two M.2 form factor SSDs (both include a heatsink cover). Do note that using the second M.2 slot (PCIe 3.0) will disable the fourth PCIe 3.0 x16 lanes.

This variant of the Gigabyte AORUS Pro also includes an Intel Wireless-AC 3168 wireless module for 802.1.1 ac WiFi; as well as a Realtek ALC1220 VB audio codec. Also important to mention is the impressive connectivity of the AORUS Pro AC, which has three USB 3.1, three USB 3.0, and six USB 2.0 ports in the rear I/O panel; as well as eight fan pump cooling headers.

Considering all of the above, the fact that you can currently find the Gigabyte B550 AORUS Pro AC for just $169.99 makes it an easy choice to make.

Related: Best Motherboards for the Ryzen 5 5600X


Storage – Crucial P1 1 TB

Crucial P1 1 TB

When it comes to ROM, few can compete with Crucial in regards to the quality they provide at such competitive prices. One of the most popular M.2 form factor SSDs they have released is the Crucial P1.

Because gaming applications will generally see little to no difference in performance between a SATA III and NVMe interface, going for high-end PCIe 4.0 SSDs is simply a waste of money. NCIX Tech Tips has proven that SSDs, of any interface protocol, will perform similarly when it comes to loading assets for gaming.

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  • Capacity: Up to 2TB with sequential reads/writes up to 2,000/1,700 MB/s
  • NVMe PCIe interface marks the next step in storage innovation
  • Micron 3D NAND advancing the World's memory and storage technology for 40 years
  • NVMe Standard Self Monitoring and Reporting Technology (Smart)

For just under $100, the Crucial P1 offers 1 TB of 3D NAND ROM using Micron’s 64L 3D QLC. The P1 can reach a sequential read speed of 2 GB/s, a sequential write speed of 1.7 GB/s, a QD1 random read speed of 170,000 IOPS, and a QD random write speed of 240,000 IOPS. It also has a durability rating of 200 Terrabytes Written (TBW) – which is backed by Crucial’s 5-year warranty.

The Crucial P1 1 TB SSD can currently be found for only $99.99: An excellent price for an SSD that does its job without the need to overperform.


PSU – Thermaltake Toughpower GF1 650 W

Thermaltake Toughpower GF1 650 W

The low thermal power demands of the aforementioned components, especially the CPU and GPU, allow us to use a 650-watt power supply, which will more than suffice for powering the build.

Still, we need this PSU to have a high energy efficiency rating, since the PC is meant for gaming and can be used for hours on end. This is why we’ve chosen Thermaltake’s Toughpower GF1 650 W 80 PLUS Gold certified PSU.

With an energy efficiency of at least 87%, all-Japanese 105-degree Celsius certified capacitors and a fully modular design – meaning that all cables can be removed, so you don’t have to cram them in the case if you don’t use them – the Thermaltake Toughpower GF1 has all the specifications found in high-end power supplies at a budget price. Additionally, it features excellent cooling, with the use of a PWM controlled 140 mm fan with top-of-the-line hydraulic bearings – for better durability and low noise production – as well as a zero-cable design (no internal wires, the daughterboards are directly soldered onto the platform). To further ensure reduced noise output, this PSU’s fan does not spin unless the PSU’s work load is above 30%, so it is virtually inaudible at low loads.

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Despite its 650 W power output, hydraulic-bearing fan, high level of efficiency, and high-quality internal components, the Thermaltake Toughpower GF1 costs just $106.97, making it perfect for this build.


Case – Lian Li LANCOOL 205

Lian Li LANCOOL 205

Now that we know all the components that the PC will be comprised of, we need a proper case to house them – as well as some proper cooling to keep them operating at safe temperatures. When it comes to cases, one of the best and most reputable companies is Taiwan’s Lian Li; and the particular model that we recommend is the mid-tower: Lian Li LANCOOL 205.

This case has a minimalistic and sleek aesthetic, with a tempered glass side panel and two colors to choose from: black and white. It has a design that lends itself to easy installation, with removable SSD mounting-brackets, swappable front and top fan-brackets, and a side panel PSU with an HDD bay that can fit two 2.5”-3.5” hard drives. Another convenient feature is the extra space it has behind the motherboard tray that allows you to tuck in and hide cables for better cable management and an overall cleaner look. In fact, to keep the inside of the case dust-free, the LANCOOL 205 includes two magnetic dust filters (on top and in the front), together with a dust filter tray at the bottom, for easier cleaning.  

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In terms of fans, this case can hold five: one 120 mm fan in the rear, two 120 mm or 140 mm fans on top, and two 120 mm or 140 mm fans upfront. Two 120 mm fans are included with the purchase, and are preinstalled in the rear and on the top. Note that the right-side panel is also ventilated for overall better airflow.

Finally, the front I/O panel includes two USB 3.0 ports and two 3.5 mm audio jacks. The best aspect of the Lian Li LANCOOL 205, however, is its price, as it can currently be purchased for only $69.99-$74.99 (depending on the color).


Cooling

Though the included case fans are respectable in their own right, it’s always good to try and max out the airflow cooling within the case to ensure that temperatures are always kept at a minimum. Of course, this also gives us the opportunity to add some extra flare to the appearance of the PC, which can be done with some LED illumination. For the LANCOOL 205 we have three different options that you can choose from, depending on your preference. One is (our recommended) white LED lighting, the other is a more conventional RGB lighting, and the third is no lighting whatsoever, with a focus purely on performance.

Option 1: 5x Corsair ML120 PRO LED White

Corsair ML120 PRO LED White

Since the Lian Li LANCOOL 205 can be purchased in white, we recommend going five Corsair ML120 PRO White LED case fans. This will give it a uniform and bright aesthetic, with a simple yet stylish design.

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These 120 mm Corsair case fans are not just all show, as they have the best bearings money can buy: magnetic levitation bearings. This means they produce less noise (maxing out at around 37 decibels, which is about as loud as a whisper) and have a much longer lifespan. They operate between 400 to 2,400 RPM, are PWM controlled (only spin when necessary), have a static pressure of 4.2 mmH2O, and an airflow of 75 CFM. These fans cost $25.99 each, so for five units, it would cost about $130.

Option 2: Triple Pack Corsair ML120 PRO RGB

Corsair ML120 PRO

If you prefer a broader color range, the ML120 PRO RGB fans are identical to their aforementioned White LED variant, but have RGB compatible lighting. For a triple pack of these fans, you can expect to pay $106.60; and if you wish to put a couple more of these fans in your case, they cost $39.99 each.

Option 3: 4x Noctua NF-A14

Noctua NF-A14

Finally, if you want to focus on performance over style, then we recommend four of Noctua’s premium NF-A14 140 mm fans. These fans have SSO2 magnetic levitation bearings, an acoustic range of 19-25 dB (meaning they are virtually inaudible), and can generate an airflow of 82.52 CFM and a static pressure of 1.51 mmH2O. Each NF-A14 fan costs $21.95 (backed by a 6-year warranty), so four would cost $87.80. If you wish to add a fifth, 120 mm fan, we recommend Noctua’s NF-F12 for an extra $19.99: a total of $107.79.


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