Ryzen 7 5800X + Radeon RX 6800 / XT Gaming Build Under $2200

AMD has now announced both their new Zen 3 Ryzen 5000 series CPUs, as well as their RDNA2-based Radeon RX 6000 series GPUs – both of which are looking to be powerhouses of gaming processing power. Together, they make a perfect pair for a high-end gaming enthusiast build, as the Ryzen 7 5800X makes full use of the new Zen 3 architecture, maxing out the CCX (Core Complex). Also, the Radeon RX 6800 XT performs on par with the Nvidia GeForce RTX Ampere 3080; meaning it can perform both at 4K and at 1440p resolutions, at high framerates.

For a gaming enthusiast build, it’s not just performance that’s important, as the appearance of the actual build also needs to be considered. For the AMD central build, we have chosen all the pieces for the ultimate PC setup that not only maximizes performance, based on the current generation’s available technology but also provides components that match with each other, both in colors and RGB compatibility, giving you not only a powerful machine but also a lighting spectacle that can become the centerpiece of the room that houses it.

The total price of this beast of a PC will be $2,193.75, which can be lowered to $2,123.75 if you opt for the Radeon RX 6800 instead of the Radeon RX 6800 XT. Before we list all the individual components of the build, let’s first check the specifications of the CPU and GPU.

The Ultimate Gaming Build for Under $2200: AMD Ryzen 7 5800X & Radeon RX 6800 or Radeon RX 6800 XT

CPU – AMD Ryzen 7 5800X

Ryzen 7 5800X
CPU ModelAMD Ryzen 7
CPU Speed4.7 GHz
CPU SocketSocket AM4
Processor Count8

The AMD Ryzen 7 5800X has a Zen 3, 7 nm TSMC FinFET processing node, with 8 cores, 16 threads, and a level 3 cache of 32 MBs. It has AM4, PCIe 4.0, and DDR4 RAM compatibility – which has a base system memory speed of up to 3,200 MHz.

In terms of clock speeds, it has a 3.8 GHz base operating frequency that can reach at least 4.7 GHz. This CPU has a TDP of 105 W and will launch on November the 5th 2020 with an MSRP of $449.

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Graphics Card (Choice 1) – AMD Radeon RX 6800

Radeon RX 6800
BrandSapphire Technology
Graphics CoprocessorAMD Radeon RX 6800
Video Output InterfaceDisplayPort, HDMI
Chipset BrandAMD
Graphics RAM TypeGDDR6

Using a Navi 21 CL GPU with a die size of 536 mm2, the Radeon RX 6800 makes use of a similar to the Ryzen 7 5800X, TSMC 7 nm processing node with 26.8 million transistors. It has a base clock speed of 1,372 MHz, which can be boosted to either 1,815 MHz or 2,105 MHz with AMD’s new one-click overclocking feature called Rage Mode.

In terms of processing power, the RX 6800 has 3,840 shader units, 240 TMUs, 96 ROPs, 60 RT cores, and 60 CUs; translating to 32.33 TFLOPS of FP16, 16.17 TFLOPS of FP32, and 1.01 TFLOPs of FP64 computing power. The GPU will have 16 GB of GDDR6 VRAM and a 128 MB Infinity Cache. With a TDP of 250W and an MSRP of $579, the Radeon RX 6800 will be released on November the 18th, 2020.

Graphics Card (Choice 1) - AMD Radeon RX 6800
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Graphics Card (Choice 1) - AMD Radeon RX 6800
  • Game Clock: Up to 1950 MHz
  • Boost Clock: Up to 2170 MHz
  • Radeon VR Ready Premium
  • Video Streaming up to 8K

Graphics Card (Choice 2) – AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
SeriesRadeon RX 570 ARMOR 8G OC
Graphics CoprocessorAMD Radeon RX 470
Video Output InterfaceDisplayPort, DVI, HDMI
Chipset BrandAMD

The AMD Radeon RX 6800XT is identical, in most aspects, to the aforementioned AMD Radeon RX 6800, making use of a Navi 21 XT variant with different clock speeds and computational power. In terms of frequencies, it has a 1,487 MHz base clock speed, a Gaming Clock speed of 2,015 MHz, and a Boost Clock speed of 2,250 MHz. It has 4,608 shader units, 288 TMUs, 128 ROPs, 72 RT cores, and 72 CUs.

These specifications it capable of 41.47 TFLOPS of FP16, 20.74 TFLOPS of FP32, and 1.296 TFLOPS of FP64 computing power. The GPU will also have an increased form factor of a 2.5-slot width, as well as an increased TDP of 300 Watts. Costing slightly more than the Radeon RX 6800, the XT variant will cost $649, and will be released on November 18th, 2020.

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Motherboard – ASUS Prime X570-Pro.

ASUS Prime X570-Pro
CPU SocketSocket AM4
RAM Memory TechnologyDIMM
Compatible ProcessorsAMD 3rd Generation Ryzen
Chipset TypeAMD 570X
Memory Speed2133 MHz
PlatformWindows 10
SeriesPRIME X570-PRO
Memory Storage Capacity128 GB
RAM Memory Maximum Size128 GB

The most important component to pair with the CPU is the motherboard, and though it is easy to skimp out on this component, doing so can compromise the overclocking capabilities of the Ryzen 7 5800X. The ASUS Prime X570-Pro is an exceptional motherboard that is worth its additional cost.

With a 14-phase VRM (6 true, 4×3 + 2) that makes use of Vishay SiC638 50-amp power stages, this motherboard has all its MOSFETs heatsinked, as well as a fan on the PCH. 128 GB of RAM can be supported, with overclocked speeds reaching up to 4,400 MHz. It has three PCIe 4.0 x16 lanes, two of which are armored, supporting two M.2 form factor SSDs (one of which has a heatsink), supporting an additional six SATA III SSDs.

The audio chipset included is the standard high-end Realtek S1220A, with five 3.5 mm audio jacks and plenty of USB 3.2 and 3.0 connectivity (1x USB 3.2 Type-C, 3x USB 3.2 Type-A, 4 USB 3.0 Type-A). The ASUS Prime X570-PRO has an appealing exterior, with white heatsinks and RGB lighting on the I/O armor and the PCH that can be synced via ASUS’s AURA Sync software.

The cost for this high-end motherboard, which provides excellent VRM and cooling solutions, together with plenty of connectivity and a solid audio chipset, is only $230.99 – allowing for both maximized performance and visual aesthetics.

Motherboard - ASUS Prime X570-Pro
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Also, check out our list of the best motherboards to pair with the Ryzen 7 5800X.

CPU Cooler – Corsair iCUE H150i Elite Capellix Liquid Cooler

Corsair iCUE H150i Elite Capellix Liquid Cooler
Cooling MethodWater
Noise Level36 dB

The AMD Ryzen 7 5800X no longer comes with a cooler, though, even if it did, the stock cooler that AMD used to provide  (the Wraith Prism) is not on the level of providing sufficient cooling for the Ryzen 7 5800X; especially for such enthusiast-level gaming build.

To provide the best, and most stylish, cooling available, we’ve chosen to go with a liquid AIO (All in One) cooler: The Corsair iCue H150i Elite Capellix. This AIO cooler has a 360 mm radiator, with three ML120 Pro 120 mm magnetic levitation fans. Together with the eight RGB LEDs of each fan, the pump head also has 33 ultra-bright Capellix RGB LEDs, creating a panoramic, and fully customizable, lighting display.

This CPU cooler is not all style and has no substance – it performs on an equally high level. TweakTown’s benchmarks show us that the H150i Elite Capellix kept its CPU below 70 degrees Celsius during all testing, including extreme overclocking. Also, the noise levels were incredibly low, at below 30 decibels for the Balanced and Quiet modes – some of the lowest values of all the coolers tested by TweakTown.

This liquid AIO cooler currently costs $189.99 and is worth every penny.

Corsair iCUE H150i Elite Capellix Liquid Cooler
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  • Accurately control your cooling via PWM, adjusting fan speeds from 400 to 2,400 RPM

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PSU – Corsair RMX White Series RM 750x

Corsair RMX White Series RM 750x
Output Wattage750
Wattage750 watts
Cooling MethodAir
Power Supply DesignFull Modular
Item Dimensions LxWxH5.91 x 3.39 x 6.3 inches
Item Weight3.53 Pounds

The PSU of this build needs to be stylish, but not fall back in terms of performance and be excessively loud. That’s why we’ve chosen the 80 Plus Gold certified Corsair RM750x. This white PSU matches perfectly with the white accents of the ASUS Prime X570-Pro motherboard, so no additional RGB is needed from the PSU.

Instead, this PSU offers energy efficiency of 87%, outputting its full power on the +12V rail. It has a 135mm Corsair-designed, low-noise rifle-bearing fan, which only spins when the power output exceeds 300 Watts. Even at high loads, Corsair states this PSU will only reach noise levels of 20 to 22 decibels of noise; and, with its high-quality bearings, it can last upwards of 100,000 hours, as it includes a 10-year warranty. The RM750x is fully modular, meaning that any unneeded cables can be removed instead of crammed inside the case.

The Corsair RM750x is sold for $134.99, despite the ongoing shortage of PSUs in the market.

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RAM – G.Skill Trident Z Neo Series

G.Skill Trident Z Neo Series
Frequency3200 MHz
Capacity32 GB kit

When it comes to gaming, it has been proven the most optimal speeds are 3200 MHz at CL14 and 3600 MHz at CL16, with the latter having the edge as proven by benchmarks by both the Wolfgang and GamersNexus YouTube channels. When it comes to storage size, 16 GB will suffice – which is the storage size of the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 – but, given that other tasks are usually running in the background of a PC, it is always best to have leeway in terms of RAM storage, which is why we’ve chosen a 32 GB kit. Finally, it is important to mention that for Ryzen CPUs the Samsung B-Die has proven to be the most optimal die pairing, as it best synergizes with the Ryzen architecture.

The RAM that has all the performance specifications, as well as a beautiful exterior including plenty of RGB flare, is the G.Skill Trident Z Neo Series. Clocking in at 3,600 MHz at 16-19-19-39 (CAS 16) timings, this 32 GB kit has two ranks of RAM which have a 10-layer PCB, with hand-screened integrated circuits (IC), and a Samsung B-Die. Each rank of this RAM has eight zones of RGB lighting, with an aluminum heat spreader and a tri-finned beveled edge.

Given the optimal speed of this kit, as well as the 32 GB of dual-channel memory, the fact that this RAM can be found for only $178.99, makes it an exceptional deal for any high-end gaming PC.

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Cooling – Corsair ML120 PRO

Corsair ML120 PRO
Voltage13.2 Volts
Cooling MethodFan
Compatible DevicesDesktop
Noise Level25 dB

Identical to the fans of the CPU cooler, we recommend the ML120 PRO magnetic levitation bearing fans, giving you the ability to sync all cooling fans via Corsair’s iCUE software.

The ML120 PRO fans can output an airflow of 47.3 CFM and 1.78mm H2O of static pressure, operating between 400 and 1600 rotations per minute (RPM). Because these fans have the highest quality bearings available (magnetic levitation bearings) they operate at a near-silent level of 25 to 30 decibels and include a five-year warranty, which backs up the bearings’ inherent durability. Finally, these fans are PWM-controlled, so they dynamically adapt to temperatures and loads automatically.

For a pack of three of these 120 mm ML120 PRO case fans, you can expect to pay $120.99, including Corsair’s Lighting Node PRO: A piece of hardware that allows you to control the RGB settings of these fans without using the iCUE software.

NOTE: If you want to double down on the white theme and save some extra bucks doing so, you can also find Corsair’s ML120 PRO LED White fans for $27.99 each.

Cooling - Corsair ML120 PRO
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Case – Lian Li PC-O11DX Dynamic

Lian Li PC-O11DX Dynamic
BrandLian Li
MaterialTempered Glass, Alloy Steel
Hard Disk Form Factor2.5 Inches, 3.5 Inches
Cooling MethodAir
Motherboard CompatabilityATX
Item Weight26.2 Pounds
Item Dimensions LxWxH20.5 x 14.4 x 22.2 inches
Case TypeMid Tower

The case that allows us to display all the RGB glory of the aforementioned components, is the Lian Li PC-O11DX Dynamic.

With two tempered glass panels, with a sleek and minimalistic design, this case allows full customizability for you to set up your case as you see fit. It has an angled motherboard tray and a back-side bar seal for better cable management, as well as four magnetic dust filters to ensure that there is no buildup within the case.

Additionally, the Lian Li PC-O11DX Dynamic has dual-PSU compatibility, while also allowing six 2.5” SSDs and three HDDs; if you want to bring your older storage units into this new build.

For $139.99 this case provides beautiful visuals, a high-quality all-aluminum exterior, a USB 3.1 Type-C port, two USB 3.0 ports, and two HD audio jacks.

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Storage – Crucial P1 1 TB

Crucial P1 1 TB
Digital Storage Capacity1 TB
Compatible DevicesThis drive is compatible with desktops and laptops that accept M.2 Type 2280SS NVMe PCIe drives
Item Dimensions LxWxH3.14 x 0.08 x 0.86 inches
Form Factor2.5-inch

One terabyte of storage is more than enough for gaming, as you can always upgrade and add M.2 NVMe or SATA III drive to the ASUS Prime X570-PRO. Additionally, because this PC is meant for gaming, and is expensive, a high-performance PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD is unnecessary. When it comes to loading assets in gaming applications, NCIX Tech Tips has proven that even SATA III SSDs can match NVMe drives in terms of performance speeds.

That is why we’ve chosen Micron’s Crucial P1 1 TB 3D NAND (Micron 64L 3D QLC) NVMe SSD, which comes in an M.2 form factor and can reach sequential read and write speeds of 2 GB/s and 1.7 GB/s respectively, as well as 170,000 and 240,000 IOPS of QD1 random read and write speeds. In terms of durability, this SSD can last for up to 200 TBW (Terabytes Written), backed by a 5-year warranty.

The best aspect of the Crucial P1 1 TB SSD is its price, as it costs only $99.81.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between the Radeon RX 6800 and the Radeon RX 6800 XT graphics card?

The main difference between the two is their performance and clock speeds. The Radeon RX 6800 XT is the higher-end model and offers improved performance over the Radeon RX 6800.

It has higher clock speeds and a more advanced GPU, resulting in better performance in demanding games and applications. The RX 6800 XT is ideal for those who want to push their gaming setup to the limit, while the RX 6800 is still a great choice for those who want high performance but don’t need the highest level of performance.

Can this build handle 4K gaming?

Yes, this build is capable of playing 4K games with high to ultra settings, depending on the game and your desired frame rate.

With the combination of the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X and either the Radeon RX 6800 or Radeon RX 6800 XT graphics card, you’ll be able to experience games in 4K resolution with smooth and fluid performance. However, the exact performance will depend on the specific games you play and your desired frame rate.

What type of power supply does this build require?

This build requires an ATX power supply with a minimum of 750W, as specified by the Corsair RMX White Series RM 750x power supply.

This power supply will ensure that all components are properly powered, even under heavy load, and will provide a reliable and stable power source for your build.

Can I add more storage to this build?

Yes, you can add more storage to this build if needed.

The Crucial P1 1 TB SSD provides ample storage space for most users, but if you need more space, you can add SSD or HDD. This will allow you to store more games, applications, and files, ensuring that you never run out of storage space.

A high-quality liquid cooler, such as the Corsair iCUE H150i Elite Capellix Liquid Cooler, is recommended for the Ryzen 7 5800X CPU. This CPU requires robust cooling to ensure optimal performance and prevent overheating, especially during demanding applications or gaming sessions.

The liquid cooler will keep the CPU at a low temperature, ensuring stable and consistent performance.

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, this gaming build is a powerful and capable system that is perfect for those who want to experience high-quality gaming and demanding applications. The combination of the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X and either the Radeon RX 6800 or Radeon RX 6800 XT graphics card provides smooth and fluid performance even in 4K resolution.

With the included components, such as the ASUS Prime X570-Pro motherboard, Corsair RMX White Series RM 750x power supply, and Lian Li PC-O11DX Dynamic case, this build provides a well-rounded and reliable system that will meet the needs of most gamers.

With the ability to add additional storage and a robust cooling system, this build is an excellent choice for anyone looking to build a powerful gaming PC under $2200.

About Henzon

Henzon, affectionately known as "The Hardware Guru," is our go-to guy for everything related to PC components and custom builds. His dedication to this craft is so profound that he once spent three days straight building a PC inside a life-sized replica of R2-D2. When he's not busy crafting the perfect PC, Henzon can be found binge-watching obscure sci-fi movies or playing retro video games from the 90s. With Henzon on our team, we're confident that our readers will never be left in the dark about the latest in PC hardware.

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