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A Minimal, Clean, and Stealthy Build

Looking for affordable, minimal style in a starter PC? Don't miss our dark and clean Ryzen 5 3600 & GTX 1070 build

A Minimal, Clean, and Stealthy Build

Finally we have another PC that’s a bit different than the normal style of builds that I post on here. Today’s Ryzen 5 3600 and GTX 1070 build is not only super clean, dark, and minimal, but it’s also very affordable. This one will be great for anyone looking for a starter PC that’s not into the fancy bling and RGB that most people sell. Check this out.

Favorite Features

  • Value - The value on a build like this is off the charts. If you take a look for $500 gaming PCs anywhere on the internet, chances are you won’t find any remotely as clean as this one. On top of that, the Ryzen 5 3600 and GTX 1070 can still play any game in 1080p here in 2023, and it’ll deliver a great budget PC gaming experience.
  • Ryzen 5 3600 - I’ve been personally using this CPU more and more lately for my own builds and flips, and that’s because it’s in the sweet spot right now in terms of budget value. Just a few years ago, the 3600 could pair with any GPU on the market, and it can still hang with the higher end cards without causing a bottleneck. It’ll pair perfectly with the 1070 in this build, and then there’s always a very easy upgrade path to chips like the 5600X or 5600X3D.
  • Stealth - I know, this isn’t the typical all-white with a single RGB color type of build that I normally rave about. Instead, I’m equally excited about a build design that’s executed at a top-tier level, even though everything is “just” black. Matching black components is actually trickier than it looks, and this execution is flawless in my opinion. Imagine this build on top of a thick wood top desk with warm yellow lights everywhere. 👌

Price to Performance Value

There’s a lot of competition for $500 builds on Jawa right now, but this is easily my favorite for price to performance. Typically, you’ll see Intel i3 and GTX 1060 builds at this price range, and that’s even pretty good for the money. With the extra power of the 1070 and the Ryzen 5, this is crushing the value meter.

First Upgrades

There’s so many options with a build like this which is also why I love it. I would personally hold off on upgrading anything (other than an SSD for more space) until you can overhaul both the CPU and GPU at the same time, that way you don’t run into any bottlenecks. The CPU can be upgraded to a Ryzen 5 5600X, and the GPU up to somewhere around the RTX 3060Ti level of performance without needing a PSU upgrade. And whenever you’re ready to upgrade to 32GB of RAM, I would get a fresh 2x16GB kit instead of doubling down on the kind of slow 3000MHz kit that’s in here already.


The more I look at this stealthy black build, the more I love it. The photography from Bay Computers is also inspiring because these shots do the build justice and make it look ultra clean. I would highly recommend this build to anyone looking at the $500 range, you definitely won’t be disappointed.

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