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$1200 Budget

by Fr0st_Byte



Date Published

July 26, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.6 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.594 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.008 GHz


The owner of Budget Gaming - Friend's Ascension reached out to me asking me to build a machine for a family member with a $1200 budget, and this is what I came up with. Didn't have time to do any testing on it, but was pleased with the result. The Ryzen 5 2600X worked out of the box with the MSI B350 MATE board, which I was worried about. I have my own Ryzen 7 1800X rig that I would have used the CPU from to update the BIOS if need be, but didn't have to. Love the case, I've used it in a couple of other builds. The CPU cooler looks really nice and was easy to install. No comment on temps though, as I said I didn't have time to test the machine out.

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Jhull13 2 Builds 4 points 8 months ago

I’ll peel off the plastic for you...

yashrgamsav 2 Builds 3 points 8 months ago

This is one of the best builds I have seen for $1200. Great job!

Fr0st_Byte submitter 9 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

Thank you!

scatterforce 2 points 8 months ago

Great build that will last for years. +1

I only wish those B450 boards would drop. It would have made that 2600X that much better.

Fr0st_Byte submitter 9 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

Thanks! I agree!

mbast7 1 point 8 months ago

they're already on newegg??

littletoke76 12 Builds 2 points 8 months ago

I've been looking at those cases for a while now. Was thinking of doing my next budget build in one. How are they and do they get decent intake airflow from the front?

Fr0st_Byte submitter 9 Builds 2 points 8 months ago

For the price they're great. Front air intake isn't great like a mesh panel but it isn't bad at all. This is the third build I've done in this case.

Elie123A 1 point 8 months ago

Great build

But did your ram work at full speed out of stock without any overclocking ? I am making a build similar to this but with gigabyte X470 mobo and i am having a really hard time finding the best memory I am looking for a 3200 mhz memory under 170 $ that will run at over 3000 mhz at stock speed

Please if anyone can help

Scu84St3v3420 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Great budget build that will yield strong performance.

Raxus__Prime 1 point 4 months ago

i have most of the parts and will soon build my $1200 creation of game destruction... wanted to see someone elses build just to see what i could have done differently. i like the build, personally i prefer all SSD. really dig the case and colors. how is water cooling? since im building my first PC, im going all air :P

Fr0st_Byte submitter 9 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

This isn't my rig, I just built it for a customer. Honestly unless you do a custom loop, you are just as well off in my opinion buying a high quality Air cooler. I had a Contac 12(?) From Thermaltake on my Ryzen rig, and an H55 from Corsair. Same temps, and at the time a $30 price difference. Air cooling is the way to go if you aren't doing a custom loop in my opinion.

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manirelli staff 8 Builds 2 points 8 months ago

Stop spamming.

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