The brand new AMD RX 6600 XT has been positioned by AMD to be the new king of 1080p gaming (and we've got the benchmarks to back that up!). So, with that in mind, we've picked out a tiny powerhouse that will get you the best 1080p gaming possible in a small top-of-desk-sized package.
Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X Vermeer 3.7GHz 6-Core AM4 Boxed Processor with Wraith Stealth Cooler
The new RX 6600 XT is designed with a budget in mind, so your processor should be too. The AMD Ryzen 5 5600 is going to be more than enough to get your new PC gaming at peak 1080p frames. Plus, it comes with a solid cooler as well, which will save you money down the road.
Motherboard: ASUS B550M-PLUS (WiFi) TUF Gaming AMD AM4 microATX Motherboard
If we're building a small computer, we need a small motherboard. The ASUS B550M has everything you need (including Wifi!) to get gaming as fast as possible without being the size of a large suitcase. It's even got m.2 NVMe slots which will become very important for both speed and size a bit later on.
Graphics Card: PowerColor AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT Hellhound Triple-Fan 8GB GDDR6 PCIe 4.0 Graphics Card
AMD Radeon's new RX 6600 XT GPU is an absolute 1080p powerhouse, bringing RDNA 2 Architecture, AMD Infinity Cache, and DirectX 12 Ultimate Support to budget cards. We saw it running everything we threw at it at or above 60FPS at 1080p, even handling 1440p. The PowerColor model is a two-fan version as well (with some sleek blue lights) that'll fit perfectly in your new build, leaving enough room for good airflow and cooling.
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws V 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 PC4-25600 CL16 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit F4-3200C16D-16GVKB - Black
16GB is the perfect amount of RAM for a bang-for-your-budget build. It's more than enough for almost anything you want to do with it, including gaming and video editing. But, if you do want more, you'll still have 2 available slots to cram in an additional 16GB of RAM.
Hard Drives: Samsung 980 SSD 1TB M.2 NVMe (For OS) and Seagate BarraCuda 2TB 7200RPM SATA III 6Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive (For everything else)
We will not stop banging on this drum: put your OS on SSDs. M.2 NMVe SSDs if possible. They're so much faster than traditional hard drives, the slight extra cost is well worth the time you'll be saving not waiting for you PC to boot. Then, toss on a big traditional HDD for all your games and media, and you're golden!
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 650 GM 650 Watt 80 Plus Gold SFX Fully Modular Power Supply
Since we're going to be working in a smaller case, we need our power supply to be two things: SFX and fully modular. SFX power supplies are a must for small form-factor builds and required by the case we'll be putting everything in. Being fully modular is less essential, but still important if you're hoping to put as much into a small space as possible without having a ton of extra wires hanging out.
Case: Lian Li O11D Mini Tempered Glass ATX Mini Tower Computer Case - Black
The Lian Li 011D Mini Tempered Glass ATX Mini Tower is the sleek new hotness for mini ATX cases, and for good reason. The 011D is a fantastic on-top-of-desk case, offering tempered glass wrapped around three sides, giving you a full view of your new, gorgeous machine whenever you want. Add some RGB to the mix, and you don't just have a computer, you have an art installation.
The full parts list can be found on our Custom PC Builder: https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder-amd.aspx?load=1efba928-a0a4-4d07-872c-d96c2cb5f694
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