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$850 Modest Gaming Build - August Featured Guide

by manirelli



Date Published

Aug. 19, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.2 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

27.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

37.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.12 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

83.0° C


Our August featured build video had a target price of $850 (US), built around a Radeon RX 480 video card. You can read the full breakdown on part selection by checking out the Build Guide.

Now on to some benchmarks:

Benchmark 3DMark Score Graphics Test 1 Graphics Test 2 Physics Test Combined Test
FireStrike v1.1 9893 59.81 FPS 52.37 FPS 23.11 FPS 21.07 FPS
FireStrike Ultra v1.1 2742 13.53 FPS 10.86 FPS 23.42 FPS 6.32 FPS
Benchmark Score Average Minimum Maximum Settings
Unigine Heaven Benchmark 4.0 1323 52.5 FPS 23.8 FPS 110.9 FPS Direct3D11, 1920x1080, 8xAA, fullscreen, Custom Preset: Quality: Ultra, Tessellation: Extreme
Unigine Valley Benchmark 1.0 2205 52.7 FPS 23.4 FPS 102.6 FPS Direct3D11, 1920x1080, 8xAA, fullscreen, Extreme HD Preset
Game Settings Resolution FPS
Overwatch High 1920x1080 150 FPS
Overwatch Ultra 1920x1080 135 FPS
Overwatch Epic 1920x1080 92.3 FPS
Star Wars Battlefront High 1920x1080 133 FPS
Star Wars Battlefront Ultra 1920x1080 125 FPS
Doom Ultra, OpenGL 1920x1080 85 FPS
Doom Ultra, Vulkan 1920x1080 108 FPS

If you have any questions about the build let me know!

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StarBlazer457 2 points 32 months ago

Which is better the XFX RX 480 8gb or the GTX 1060 Zotac AMP 6gb edition?

Munchyzz -4 points 32 months ago

GTX 1060, look at TechSource's and Awesomesauce Network's benchmarks.

StarBlazer457 1 point 32 months ago

Thought so. I just couldn't find the XFX version of the RX. Thanks!

colinreay 3 Builds 7 points 32 months ago

I should clarify:

In DX11 games, the 1060 is undoubtedly better. Nvidia's architecture heavily favors the serial-ly nature of the processes in DX11, while AMD's is a lot less efficient. If you want the max performance in the majority of games right now, and a quiet and power efficient card + already have a monitor, the 1060 is the clear choice.

In DX12 and Vulkan, the tables flip the other way. The 480's more parallel and more raw power definitely gives it the upper hand here. This is especially apparent in well-coded games, withe the 470 even beating the 1060. Nvidia drivers may help them catch up a little, it is still in it's infancy, but I think it is safe to say that time will favor the 480, and maybe even the 470 over the 1060.

Also, I'd take into consideration freesync monitors. Way, way cheaper than G-Sync, as they don't have to use proprietary chips to enable adaptive refresh, they are close to reaching price parity with non-freesync monitors. Personally, if you are buying a monitor as well, I'd go for the 480, 480 + 144Hz Freesync with a wide refresh range > Gtx 1060 IMO.

StarBlazer457 1 point 32 months ago

I was planning on getting the Zotac GTX 1060 AMP 6gb edition and play at least this three games: Beamng.Drive (I know it's more CPU intensive) Garry's Mod and Minecraft with shaders. Do you recommend any 144hz moniters under $260 USD? EDIT: How about this one? https://www.amazon.com/Acer-Predator-Z35-bmiphz-Widescreen/dp/B00KO4518I/ref=sr_1_1?tag=amazon0606-20&ie=UTF8&qid=1455873302&sr=8-1&keywords=Acer%2BPredator%2BZ35

colinreay 3 Builds 3 points 32 months ago

If you haven't bought the 1060 yet, I'd highly recommend pairing the 480, when stock is good again (hopefully soon), with the AOC 144Hz panel.

If you need to buy now, or already have the 1060, the Acer you linked will work fine. A lot of panels around this price have very similar features, this one is cheap and has a VESA mount, something I value a lot.

Whichever way you end up going, you'll have a great experience, hope all goes well man!

Munchyzz 1 point 32 months ago

ASUS VG24Inch or whatever, it was on sale yesterday idk if its still on sale

PackMaster 1 point 27 months ago

How the tables have turned lol

LemonComputers 2 points 32 months ago

Seems like staff have been building their build guides a bunch lately.

ITagBack-BlueWaterGaming 2 points 32 months ago

good build. not to much to say about it, maybe some sort of aftermarket cpu cooler cough hyper 212 evo cough but yeah, good build

LemonComputers 2 points 32 months ago

The Intel stock cooler is sufficient for this build since the processor isn't overclocked.

Gonawus 2 points 32 months ago

Can this PC edit videos too?

AION-MC EKWB 18 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

solid build for starting off

slasht 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Nice cable management.

Eltech 20 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

This is so awesome. Who was the cable wizard this time? Or did Barry the Cable Wizard had put a spell upon this case too? The RX 480 has some good results here. Pretty awesome!

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 6 points 32 months ago

Barry, always Barry. I just close my eyes and slam the case.

pegotico 2 Builds 2 points 32 months ago

Interesting... you build and some else does the cable management..

I'm jealous...

Eltech 20 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

* pats your shoulder *

FACUNDO 13 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

Astonishing cable management, as always. My grandma has (if I remember) same mobo :)

colinreay 3 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

Dig it! Thanks for taking the time to put together these great guides and videos! Can't imagine you guys have much if any free time now adays, what with juggling making these and the site!

bigeman101 3 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

Hey could anyone tell me where to download 3dmark with fire strike? All the ones I see now don't include it.

Cam84 2 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

Love that xfx 480 with the back plate , it's simple design makes Me happy lol

JuicyMuffinz 1 point 32 months ago

This is probably the pc i am going to go with for my first build, anyone know how this would perform with bf4 and csgo?

xavier341 1 point 31 months ago

the 480 would destroy cs:go, that game isn't very demanding at all. I'm assuming it would run bf4 well too.

emtproject 1 point 32 months ago

This will be my first build so what besides the actual parts what other wires would i need for setting up power,ethernet, etc.

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

Just a screwdriver.

Gamer5000 1 point 31 months ago

Do you think this could run battlefield 1 high or medium settings 60 fps avgerage

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Very easily.

ratboi 1 point 31 months ago

What kind of monitors would be compatible with this build? Also what kind of Wireless Network adapter would your recommend with this build? Please respond, thank you.

Dr.Finn64 1 point 31 months ago

How do you make that chart

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

We do it via standard markdown formatting.

Gaterkj 1 point 24 months ago

csgo 1366x768 low settings?


omarshiha 0 points 32 months ago

why got the rx480 at $280 , when the gtx 1060 performs way better and maybe $10-$30 cheaper ???

ticonus 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

The 1060 wasnt out when they did this build hence why theyre only using a reference 480, it doesnt perform "way better" and the prices are near identical on average, this is a builds site we dont need the whole youtube war of nvidia vs amd

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The_Boom_Boy 1 point 32 months ago

Me too

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