When looking at RAM for the AMD Ryzen 5 3600X CPU, you'll want to pay attention to the speeds of each module and the capacity. The sweet spot right now for the processor is at least a kit of 16GB RAM clocked at 3200MHz. I've rounded up a few examples of the best DDR4 RAM to get you started.
Ryzen processors love plenty of RAM to play with, and this 16GB kit (two 8GB modules) is perfect for a gaming or light productivity PC. You've got enough speed to make your programs and games run quickly, and enough capacity to run even more demanding apps. It's clocked at 3200MHz, which is ideal for the Ryzen 5 3600X.
You don't have to spend countless hundreds on RAM to accompany your new Ryzen 5 3600X CPU. This 16GB kit from Patriot is tied with Corsair in affordability scoring, but you won't be losing much in terms of performance. It has the same 3000MHz speeds and other much-needed features.
The G.SKILL TridentZ RGB kits have RGB lighting, making them ideal for system builders who wish to add some light within their PC case. This kit not only performs well but looks fantastic when installed — the product image doesn't do it justice. The same 3200MHz speeds are met by 16GB of capacity.
If you want to futureproof your PC or happen to do video editing, you'll want to invest in 32GB of RAM. This Corsair Vengeance kit is the same RAM modules as our first recommendation, but just with double the capacity of 32GB. In the long run, it'll be better value to pick this kit up now than at a later date, but only if you have the budget.
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There's plenty of RAM out there, but we've made sure our suggestions do work out-the-box, and only the best value options are included. The best overall pick is Corsair's Vengeance LPX 16GB Kit, which has everything you need from RAM to put together a capable AMD Ryzen 5 3600X PC build.
Not only do you get a reliable kit that will last many years from a reputable tech brand, but these modules will be able to run at 3200MHz (and beyond if you fancy your luck at overclocking them), which is the recommended speed for the Ryzen 5 3600X. Should you feel like 16GB is no longer enough, simply order a second kit and throw in the additional two modules to double your capacity to 32GB.
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Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.