Best PC Builds 2017 and the Ryzen R5 Reveal: Community Roundup

The Tom's Hardware Community is constantly busy. Whether our members are discussing the site's latest articles and reviews, providing tech support and building advice, or playing the latest PC Games, we have so much great stuff going on that it could make your head spin! Not to worry -- Community Roundup is here to let you know the best of what's going on in the Tom's Hardware forums on a regular basis.

  • There's only a week left in our latest Steam Giveaway. We have three copies of Ghost Recon Wildlands up for grabs. It's been a while since the last Ghost Recon game--nearly five years, to be exact. We played the game in January and were impressed by what is said to be Ubisoft's largest open-world game. Head to the giveaway thread in the Tom's Hardware PC Gaming Forum and enter the raffle or answer the discussion prompt. The Steam Giveaway will run until 6pm ET on Friday, March 17. The game will be awarded to the winners as a Steam gift. A Steam account is required to receive and play the game.

  • The results from our latest Best PC Builds are here. We want to give a big shoutout to everyone in the community who made a submission. This feature wouldn't be possible without your participation and expertise. Thank you! Keep in mind, parts were picked out in the wake of Intel's Kaby Lake CPU launch. There were some big releases earlier this month: AMD's Ryzen CPUS, the accompanying AM4 Chipset, and Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, just to name a few. Although these are all big product launches, we're still waiting on the Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 3 processors, as well as Vega, AMD's next-gen graphics architecture. Until then, our Community-picked Best Builds for March 2017 will provide enthusiasts with some of the best computing performance per dollar. Think you could improve on some of the builds or want offer kudos to the winning members? Leave us a comment in the Tom's Hardware Forums.    
  • AMD's quest to upend the CPU Market continues, announcing the release date and pricing for its 6-core and 4-core Ryzen 5 processors. The latest news has unleashed a deluge of activity in the community, and it's easy to see why. With prices ranging from $169 to $249, the Ryzen 5 CPU lineup brings unlocked 4-core, 8-thread processors to masses. Although the latest Intel processors offer better gaming performance than their Ryzen 7 counterparts, user Aldaia would "bet that for gamers suffering from GPU bottlenecks, the Ryzen 5 1600X will provide significantly more performance than an Intel Core i7." Would you take that bet? Until we have the Ryzen 5 in the lab, its gaming performance is anyone's guess. Keep your eyes on the Tom's Hardware news feed for all of the latest updates. Looking for rumors and in depth discussion? Head to our Ryzen Megathread in the CPU Forums.

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