With Nvidia releasing their RTX 3000 series GPUs, building a new system around these GPUs is on a lot of people’s to-do lists. The RTX 3070 is probably the one that gets you the most value especially with all that is going on in the GPU market. This is why a lot of PC builders who are looking for 1440p performance without completely breaking the bank should opt for an RTX 3070. As a result, we have curated this RTX 3070 PC build.
With a GPU as powerful as the RTX 3070, you should go for a balanced build that will allow you to utilize your components without any bottlenecks. And that’s exactly what we have for you – an RTX 3070 PC build with components that work really well with each other. Let’s not waste any more time and take a look at the build.
What can you expect from this build?
With the RTX 3070 PC build, you’ll be able to go for 1440p gaming with many titles. AAA titles might require that you tone down the settings a bit, but you’ll still get a respectable refresh rate which is especially good if you’ve got a high refresh rate monitor.
If you’re getting it for competitive gaming, most, if not all competitive titles like Fortnite, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Call of Duty: Warzone, and similar titles, will run at high settings without any issues, and you’ll still get respectable framerates.
To add to this, the build itself is made to be quiet and reliable, so it should last at least a few years. Also, we made sure that it’s also upgrade-friendly, so you could get things like a faster SSD or a better CPU without needing to swap out everything about the build.
The RTX 3070 PC build components
RTX 3070 PC build overview
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
AMD’s 5000 series CPUs are brand new and pretty great, but the Ryzen 5 5600X takes the win when it comes to value. This CPU comes with six cores and twelve processing threads, so in terms of performance, you should be more than set.
Even the base clock is a rather high 3.7GHz, but the maximum boost clock of the Ryzen 5 5600X is an impressive 4.6GHz. This is more than enough to keep games running happy, and keep in mind you’re getting all of this with a default TDP of only 65W!
To add to this, with a compatible X570 motherboard, the CPU has support for PCIe 4.0 which gets you incredible transfer speeds with new SSDs. Overall, this is an impressive CPU at a great price.
Motherboard: GIGABYTE X570 AORUS Elite Wi-Fi
GIGABYTE’s AORUS lineup of motherboards is rather extensive, but the AORUS Elite Wi-Fi gets you everything you need in terms of functionality, and a few nice-to-haves, at a reasonable price. To begin with, you have four DIMM slots with support for up to 128GB of DDR4 4733MHz memory with XMP. Alongside this, you also get two M.2 slots, one of which has its own heatsink to keep the SSD cool.
While we’re talking cooling, the VRM section has a rather comprehensive passive heatsink which does a great job. The chipset, however, has a heatsink with an active fan cooler, to make sure temperatures are kept at bay. You have plenty of additional fan headers to add more cooling as well, which is great.
In terms of extras, you’re looking at 802.11ac Wi-Fi, so connectivity is well taken care of, and there’s an Intel Gigabit Ethernet port, too. You do also get RGB on the motherboard itself, but there are also additional headers with RGB Fusion 2.0 support. The audio section is also excellent, and you’ll get crystal clear audio with no need for external devices.
GPU: ASUS ROG Strix RTX 3070
The highlight of this build is ASUS’s ROG Strix RTX 3070 GPU, which is a great pick when it comes to the value and great performance at 1440p. ASUS has taken the RTX 3070, and have given it their top-notch Strix treatment which includes excellent cooling and a rather modern design.
The GPU itself comes with 8GB of GDDR6 memory, as well as support for things like PCIe 4.0 and HDMI 2.1. The second-generation ray-tracing cores have almost double the power of the first-gen ones and get you excellent ray tracing performance all around. With third-gen tensor cores and DLSS support, this GPU is very, very capable.
On the outside, you’re looking at an Axial-tech fan design with three fans, the middle of which has a reversed rotational direction. This ensures a more silent operation, which is neat. The backplate looks really nice, too, and there are RGB lights all around so you can customize it and make it fit your build even better.
All things considered, the RTX 3070 is an excellent GPU for 1440p gaming, whether that’s AAA titles or competitive games, all at a high refresh rate.
RAM: Corsair Vengeance RGB PRO 16GB 3200MHz
Fast and stable memory is key with Ryzen builds, which is why our suggestion here is Corsair’s highly regarded Vengeance RGB PRO kit. The 16GB kit comes with two 8GB sticks, so you can take advantage of dual-channel memory, and at 3200MHz. While some might think that you can go a lot higher than that with Ryzen 5000 CPUs, this also has C16 timings, which is rather tight, making it a great pick.
On the outside, you’re looking at an all-black heatsink with a beautiful RGB strip at the top. This strip has dynamic, multi-zone RGB lights, and you can customize them with Corsair’s iCUE software to get the exact looks you want. They look phenomenal in every color, though.
Last but not least, Corsair is popular for their tight screening process, which means that you’ll have zero issues with their memory kits. The matching is also carefully done to maintain the tight timings and ensure the two DIMM sticks work well with each other.
To make things even better, this is a rather wallet-friendly kit, which means you won’t be spending too much, but you’ll still get all the performance you would need.
Storage: Western Digital SN550 1TB
While you could go for PCIe 4.0 drives, at this point you’ll be hard-pressed to notice the difference. That’s why we’ve gone with one of the best budget PCIe 3.0 drives, Western Digital’s SN550, in a 1TB capacity. It’s value-oriented, yet it gets you pretty good speeds that are much faster than a SATA SSD. And to add to this, 1TB of storage is pretty good.
The drive makes use of an NVMe M.2 slot, and you’re looking at speeds of up to 2,600MB/s read and 1,800MB/s write. This is pretty good, and you’ll notice it with game and software loading times. Your OS will boot pretty quickly, too, which is another nice addition. Western Digital also gives you up to 900 terabytes written, which makes the SN550 a very durable drive.
Now, we’re well aware that this is far from the fastest drive out there. It’s also not the largest one either. But if you want to spend your money where it really counts, this will more than do the job, and you’ll be getting a reliable drive that is pretty fast, which is all you need to care about.
PSU: Corsair RM650x
Both the CPU and the GPU in this build aren’t demanding when it comes to a power supply, so we went for one that has a proven track record, and can put up with a few upgrades down the road – Corsair’s RM650x.
This is an 80+ Gold rated power supply, which means it’s very reliable, efficient, and uses high-quality components inside. And while the system will hardly need more than 400W, we’d suggest going for a 650W capacity. This ensures that you have more than enough power to run your entire build, without the PSU being overloaded at any point, but also gives you room for upgrades. You could have a more powerful CPU, or a better GPU, or more storage, and not have to worry about a new power supply.
The RM650x is also very quiet, thanks to the zero RPM fan mode which means the fan doesn’t even spin up at low to medium loads. And even when it does, you’ll be hard-pressed to hear it, which is great. An excellent power supply that’s great now, and will be great when you’re upgrading in a couple of years, too.
Case: Cooler Master MasterBox TD500
You’ll want good cooling for your components, which is why Cooler Master’s MasterBox TD500 is an excellent choice. It gets you a mesh front and top, so you have plenty of air going in and then out, as well as a few other nice things.
The tempered glass on the side allows you to showcase your entire rig, and the geometric shapes do add an interesting touch to what would otherwise be a bit boring piece of glass. The front, as we mentioned, is all mesh, and Cooler Master includes three addressable RGB fans you can use as intakes. They move a lot of air, so your components are kept cool.
The top is also meshed, so you can have your AIO mounted here with fans set up as exhaust. You could also install up to a total of 7 120mm fans, so cooling is obviously not an issue. Cable management is also excellent, with plenty of room behind the motherboard, and beneath the PSU shroud.
Honestly, the only slight issue you might have is the noise. But this is an airflow case, meant to keep components running cool, so that’s a worthy compromise.
CPU cooler: NZXT Kraken X63
Keeping the Ryzen 5 5600X shouldn’t be too much of a challenge, but if you want guaranteed low temperatures and a quiet cooler, NZXT’s Kraken X63 should be up to the task. This is an AIO that comes with a near-silent pump and two 140mm fans and does an excellent job at cooling pretty much any CPU.
The radiator is rather large and is capable of cooling down the liquid inside pretty quickly. You get two Aer P fans which are optimized for static pressure and move a lot of air over the radiator. They’re also very quiet, thanks to the fluid dynamic bearings.
You’re looking at a pump that has complete integration with NZXT’s CAM software and has the infinity mirror cap design which is probably the best design on a pump you’ll ever see. You can rotate it as you see fit, and get the logo in the right position.
Last but not least, you’ve got nylon mesh sleeved tubing which increases durability and makes sure this is a durable pump that will work for years. A great choice for the RTX 3070 PC build.
How to get Windows 10 for free
If you’re building your new PC and you already have a Windows 10 installation, you can use the AOMEI software to move that installation to your new drive, as seen in the video below. What you’ll need is your existing installation, and your SSD (the one you’re copying the installation to). The software used is the AOMEI Partition Assistant, which is capable of cloning Windows exactly as it is, and still have it boot. It’s pretty simple – you just have to select your source drive, and your destination drive, and the software takes care of everything else.
All things considered, the RTX 3070 PC build is an excellent choice if you’re after a system that can run 1440p games at high refresh rates. It doesn’t cost too much, and it uses components that are highly reliable and will last you a good while. An excellent choice for pretty much any gamer who doesn’t feel a need for 4K gaming.