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Modest Gaming Build

by manirelli

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109 Comments

Description

CPU/Motherboard

Our Modest Gaming Build is built around the Ryzen 5 1600. Using the stock cooler you should be able to achieve moderate overclocks on this unlocked processor. We paired the R5 1600 with a parametric list of B350 motherboards that supports up to 64GB of DDR4 memory, 6x SATA6 devices, and front panel USB3.0.

Memory/Storage

For this build and most machines outside of the top end enthusiast realm we opted to go with 8GB of DDR4 memory. The parametric filter finds the best price on 8GB kits of memory that are within AMD’s recommended specifications. We've limited it to DDR4-2800 and DDR4-3000 as Ryzen CPUs scale well with higher frequency memory. At the current time, using memory rated over 3000mhz is not advised without doing extra research as DIMM support can be hit or miss. AMD is working on releasing additional BIOS updates to add better compatibility for higher frequency memory. Our storage choice is also based on parametric selection criteria – 2TB and 7200rpm are our standard recommendations for builds that incorporate a mechanical drive. We've left out an SSD due to rising prices on GPUs but if you have some extra room in your budget you can pick up a 240GB drive for around 80 dollars.

GPU

On an 800 dollar budget, we would normally recommend the AMD RX 580. Unfortunately, due to a recent surge in cryptocurrency mining the availability of RX 570s and 580s is extremely low. As a replacement, we suggest using the Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB edition. The performance across most games will be similar to the AMD offerings. We've created a parametric filter to show you the lowest priced, full sized GTX 1060 which will be powerful enough for most AAA games.

Case/PSU

All of the components are housed in the Fractal Design Focus G Mini MicroATX mid Tower. This case is an affordable option that has front panel USB3.0, room for full size graphics cards, and cutouts in the motherboard tray for easy cable routing. For our power supply, we're using a parametric selection of well-reviewed fully and semi-modular units, all of which will provide more than enough power for this system.

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Estimated Wattage: 272W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $196.44 $196.44 OutletPC Buy
Motherboard
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: Micro ATX
  • Chipset: AMD B350
$59.99 FREE $59.99 Newegg Buy
Memory
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 8GB (1x8GB), 8GB (2x4GB)
$74.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $74.99 Amazon Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 2TB - 10TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
$55.99 FREE $55.99 Newegg Marketplace Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
  • Length: 225mm - 403mm
$274.89 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $274.89 Amazon Buy
Case $49.99 $49.99 NCIX US Buy
Power Supply $68.99 FREE $68.99 SuperBiiz Buy
Total: $781.28
* Using your selected merchants and only including nearby in-store pickup prices)
* Some physical dimension restrictions cannot (yet) be automatically checked, such as cpu cooler / RAM clearance with modules using tall heat spreaders.

Comments Sorted by:

Decklen 6 points 24 days ago

Has anyone used this build, benchmarks?

ray135 3 points 24 days ago

This build can play almost any game at 1080p on high or ultra settings, including Battlefield 1. A Ryzen 1400 or 1500x would be a bottleneck in certain CPU intensive games, but either would also be good choices, especially if you overclock.

I think a gtx 1070 is the best choice to go with the Ryzen 1600, but the price is still too high because of mining.

BogatyrCustoms 0 points 21 days ago

I have a Ryzen 5 1600X paired with an OEM Nvidia GTX 1060 FE card and it killed 1080P games and kept them above 60 FPS at high settings in BF4. I do however have 2x8GB RAM which may have a noticeable impact compared to a single DIMM because of the Ryzen interconnect architecture.

KeplersSomnium 2 points 18 days ago

I am thinking about build this configuration and when I could afford the money buy another 8GB RAM (and maybe an SSD), how about that?

101stgamerarmy 4 points 13 days ago

If you are going to upgrade RAM go 1 DIMM of 8, then a second. Ryzen gets no benefit from mpre than 2 DIMMs.

KingQuez 0 points 13 days ago

I have not, but it seems like a really good build, considering the specs, most games should run fine on 1080 medium-high settings.

101stgamerarmy 2 points 13 days ago

I have never dropped settings below high on games on my R5 1600 and RX 480, given that the GTX 1060 is more powerful it should be at least capable of the same.

Well, unless you wanna play Star Citizen... but even the 1080ti sh!ts bricks with that sucker lmao

KingQuez 1 point 12 days ago

Thought about going for a R5 1500X with my GTX 1060 last night, but I thought it would bottleneck the GPU, probably wouldn’t, but I personally would like to rock a i5, just because it’s more powerful, but has less threads due to the lack of hyper threading.

IsseiGremory 1 Build 2 points 10 days ago

Well an i5 might be worth it if you wait a few months for Coffee Lakes 6c/6t i5. Though with such goodness coming from Intel and AMD(budget build wise) in the coming months I can't(and I doubt anyone else can) recommend even in the slightest buying a new pre-Coffee Lake Intel chip, I could AMD w/ Ryzen, but if you want Intel wait a few months. I currently have an FX-6300 if it makes you feel better about waiting

LatiosGaming 2 points 9 days ago

But then there's Zen+/Zen 2 looming as well. It truly is a waiting game.

ryell0913 2 points 24 days ago

Great job on the build. I got a 1080ti from a friend and was thinking of using it in your build. Would I need a cooler to make sure it doesn't overheat?

llCRAWFORDll 1 point 22 days ago

I would like to know the answer to this as well

BogatyrCustoms 1 point 21 days ago

If all parts were kept identical to this build any GTX 1080Ti should perform just fine in this system. There is no need to a change in the Stock CPU cooler, but it can make a difference in acoustics. Some recommended CPU coolers would be a Scythe Kabuto 3 or Arctic Freezer 33 variations.

101stgamerarmy 1 point 13 days ago

I would reccomend a Cryorig H5 or H7.

You definitely need a better cooler if you are going to overclock.

Just please, don't get a 212 EVO. (Garbage over-appraised)

BogatyrCustoms 1 point 11 days ago

Also good CPU cooler options! the H7 Quad Lumi is pretty neat-o I have to admit.

LatiosGaming 1 point 9 days ago

How is a 212 Evo bad if it can handle a 2700K at 4.7 GHz stable and 5.24 (unstable) at idle?

l1nk 1 point 8 days ago

He's probably just being a contrarian for its own sake.

BogatyrCustoms 1 point 21 days ago

If all parts were kept identical to this build any GTX 1080Ti should perform just fine in this system. There is no need to a change in the Stock CPU cooler, but it can make a difference in acoustics. Some recommended CPU coolers would be a Scythe Kabuto 3 or Arctic Freezer 33 variations.

CatsOnDrugs 1 point 10 days ago

You should want a cooler anyway, since you have an overclock-able motherboard and super quick ram in this build you can push more performance from that chip, not mentioning how much more quiet and efficient itll be. Its worth the like £30 youd spend on a cooler just for the creature comforts alone.

Di-Ferr 2 points 22 days ago

Asus GPU may be louder than some of you expect. MSI's GTX 1060 6G OCV1 would do great for those who want a quieter GPU. (-$15)

tragiktimes101 2 points 18 days ago

They chose to only use full sized GPU's due to better heat dissipation.....

KingQuez 1 point 13 days ago

True, but it will really limit the space you have considering you have a Micro ATX Case.

101stgamerarmy 1 point 13 days ago

I have a full MSI RX 480 in a mini ITX build, so it depends on what you want to use the space for

I can't put a disk drive in, big woop.

Rajmeet 2 points 20 days ago

Considering a Micro ATX Case how are the thermals for the build?

101stgamerarmy 1 point 13 days ago

Depends on the case more than the size. My ITX Corsair 250d had admirable thermal cooling compared to a Deepcool Tesseract. They were near identical.

The fans you use are also important.

BornByNature 2 points 12 days ago

will this be able to stream games like h1z1 at a high quality? and will it be ok for editing?

zdazzle 1 point 9 days ago

You should be able to stream with. I can use Relive to capture video constantly in BF1 on max settings @ 1080 with zero issue. Youll be able to edit just fine. I'd argue that 16gb of ram would be ideal though over the 8 in this build.

BornByNature 1 point 8 days ago

thanks for the reply. what fps are you getting when you recording bf1?

zdazzle 1 point 6 days ago

Sorry for the late reply. I have it capped at 60fps because of my monitor but I literally do not drop beneath that ever. Never experience any FPS drops at all in BF1, Rainbow 6, etc with Relive going.

SirBaconater 2 points 5 days ago

Why would you not include a cpu cooler?

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 2 points 5 days ago

There is no need to replace the stock cooler.

michealsweet 1 point 23 days ago

Would this run GTA V with a variety of mods?

BogatyrCustoms -4 points 21 days ago

Probably but GTA V like many games may perform better with higher clock speeds to you may want to get a Ryzen 5 1600X or Kaby Lake X sku CPU instead

tragiktimes101 3 points 18 days ago

The Ryzen 1600X series is a waste of money. It doesn't come with a stock cooler which knocks about 20-25 dollars off of the value of the X series. In the end, the only thing the X has going for it has better stock overclock XFR. Manual overclock peak is about the same with all other things equal.

michealsweet 1 point 19 days ago

I appreciate the advice. Currently looking to build a realiable computer that can keep up with GTA V online with mods and stuff. Very green when it comes to tech stuff.. Kinda been looking at other peoples builds to get an idea. Dont wanna really spend more than $1,500 on my first build, but if its absolutely necessary i can.

tragiktimes101 2 points 18 days ago

The mods are likely going to be more CPU intensive than GPU intensive. With the 1600 and the 1060 you would most likely be above 60 fps at about all point in time.

KeplersSomnium 1 point 18 days ago

I think you can go GTA V 1080p, 60 fps, cverclocking the CPU, without a problem. Also Ryzen is an easy overclocking CPU.

llCRAWFORDll 1 point 22 days ago

I'm new to PC and was wondering if I could use a bigger tower than the mini so I could use upgrades later? if so what would be a decent priced case?

BogatyrCustoms 2 points 21 days ago

Yes. Fractal Design Focus ATX case variations are all good options in their price bracket IMHO.

Hidacabeche 1 point 21 days ago

Nice one

Ethan30878 1 point 21 days ago

Oh, this looks nice. I'm planning on building a budget PC very similar to this. Though, instead of purchasing a new hard drive, I'm going to be purchasing (hopefully) the Samsung 850 EVO in the 500GB variant; along with a Hitachi 320gb drive already on hand. :)

tragiktimes101 1 point 18 days ago

The 850 EVO series is a hell of a lot slower than the 960 EVO series. I think I would either save up the scratch for the difference or lower the amount of storage on the SSD you want.

Ethan30878 1 point 17 days ago

The problem with that is, the 960 EVO series at just 250GB is already $120, while I can get a 850 EVO 500GB for only $139.99, a few dollars more. That's hell of a lot more worth it in my opinion, because I'm getting 2x the storage for only about $20 more. Not to mention, the difference between the 960 EVO and 850 EVO series is not nearly as drastic as you would think in real-world use.

biggles5107 2 Builds 2 points 11 days ago

I'd have to agree. NVMe drives are really only worth it if you're doing something data-intensive like 4K streaming or video editing, or if you have to copy files around a lot.

desupero 1 point 21 days ago

Thanks for the help. I just ordered this with a few changes. 16GB RAM and a GTX 1070. It was a big help. Thanks again.

engelzman 1 point 19 days ago

What RAM did you go with?

engelzman 0 points 18 days ago

A little bit lower of a frequency compared to the build suggestions. What effects would that have, if any?

tragiktimes101 0 points 18 days ago

It will have somewhat noticeable of an effect. Ryzen scales very well with high frequency RAM. I would not suggest using 2400.

engelzman 1 point 17 days ago

And what effect would that be?

desupero 1 point 19 days ago

I also got all the parts from EBuyer.com for just over the same price as the build from multiple places. That way it will all arrive together and if any problems I only have 1 source to go back to. It was £8.86 for 1 day delivery :-)

desupero 0 points 19 days ago

I ended up with 16gb here as with all the other parts from the same place: http://www.ebuyer.com/772376-g-skill-ripjaws-v-16gb-kit-ddr4-2400mhz-ram-f4-2400c15d-16gvr

tragiktimes101 1 point 18 days ago

It will have somewhat noticeable of an effect. Ryzen scales very well with high frequency RAM. I would not suggest using 2400.

BogatyrCustoms 1 point 11 days ago

Also pay attention to the ram timings and if you can get modules based on Samsung "B" Die chips that would be best.

kurtu5 1 point 17 days ago

One thing is confusing me. I also want 16GB, but for the life of me why don't you simply buy two of the 1x8GB modules instead of one? The MOBO has 2 slots.

tragiktimes101 1 point 17 days ago

Two would be better due to utilization of dual channels. People only tend to go with one when they plan on upgrading in the future.

robbinsmsu@gmail.com 1 point 20 days ago

How would this do on PUBG?

tragiktimes101 1 point 18 days ago

Very well.

LatiosGaming 1 point 9 days ago

PUBG likes to have cores and this build has plenty.

engelzman 1 point 19 days ago

Looking to upgrade and get the 2x8gb RAM instead of 2x4gb (for PUBG & BF1). Suggestions for a good replacement that will perform similarly to the recommended RAM, if not better?

Gonnomaniac 1 point 18 days ago

I want this answer too

SirJosh3917 1 Build 1 point 18 days ago

Parametric filters selected a PNY.

BAD

tragiktimes101 1 point 18 days ago

Nothing inherently wrong with a PNY. My PNY 1060 6GB performs just as well as my buddies Gigabyte Windforce 1060 6GB.

Ascough 1 point 18 days ago

Anyone had any issues using the DDR-3000hz RAM?

Built pretty much this build but it boots and then keeps rebooting.

Don't have any other RAM lying around to test if it is the RAM causing the problems.

Cheers Drew

Gonnomaniac 1 point 18 days ago

Is it okay if I change the power supply for this: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/qYTrxr/evga-power-supply-220g20550y1

KeplersSomnium 1 point 18 days ago

I would do it

KingQuez 1 point 13 days ago

If you are concerned about a problem, make the same build in System Build (Where you build your own system), and replace the motherboard for the motherboard that you want. Scroll down and if there is a problem it should show you a notice.

horoscopevirgo 1 point 17 days ago

Can i stream 720p60fps csgo with this build?

fletcherx 1 point 15 days ago

You could, for sure.

KingQuez 1 point 13 days ago

Defenitely on 720p

TanTan999n 1 point 16 days ago

I have a extra Samsung 950pro, does this Motherboard have M.2 port? Also does it have built-in bluetooth?

KingQuez 1 point 13 days ago

Seems like a really good budget build, I feel that you could do a little better on the CPU if you have more money or just in general, but really good build for a $800 budget.

Rhaegar1336 1 point 13 days ago

Thanks for sharing this. Any suggestions on what monitors would pair well?

Penguinxboi 1 point 13 days ago

This looks like a good cheap build but if there is 1 thing to upgrade it's the storage. get a ssd at if all possible.

App10032 1 point 13 days ago

Hey, this build seems good, does it work well with all games? I need a PC to run AUTOCAD and Revit (architecture softwares) and to play a few games. I'm a casual gamer & require a PC that will last me for atleast 5 years. Thanks

huntp5790 1 point 13 days ago

Hi All,

I am pretty new to PC gaming and was wondering how well this will work as an initial buy to play mostly PUBG and some occasional streaming/video editing (obviously not all at the same time.) Will this leave me room to upgrade in the future if need be?

Thanks friends :)

nivalr 1 point 13 days ago

Is there any difference in replacing this psu with a 750W PSU? Is bigger = better or will it not have an effect, or a negative effect on the build?

ray135 1 point 12 days ago

That wouldn't affect performance. 750W is way more than necessary for this build, but having more than what's needed isn't detrimental. It's a waste of money unless you plan on having a build in the future that's really power hungry.

nivalr 1 point 11 days ago

Yeah thats what I thought, I happen to have one laying around from a past build though.

williamcarvajal 1 point 12 days ago

it seems like a really good build, considering the specs, most games should run fine on 1080 medium-high settings.

williamcarvajal 1 point 12 days ago

They chose to only use full sized GPU's due to better heat dissipation.....

App10032 1 point 12 days ago

Hey, why have you not added a CPU cooler?

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 2 points 12 days ago

The stock cooler works for this build.

Mr.Sigy 1 point 11 days ago

I would recommend a SSD regardless and maybe a single slot 16GB dimm stick. Total cost would be up 100$ The ABM350M supports a M2 slot so no-brainer.

If storage is an issue you could always add some storage device from somewhere else (laptops, etc) If you still have a problem go to your local dumpplace ask the local guy if any pc are brought in this week ((((for some reason this will not work on females, only males)))) open them up grab a few HDD's and you are set. Test them when you get home.

I got xeon's from scrapyards, we just live in this type of society

Footor902 1 point 10 days ago

Can this build play Planet Coaster? If so, how well?

kinglupit 1 point 10 days ago

how do you connect to internet with this build?

engelzman 1 point 6 days ago

This build has a Ethernet port so you'd need to connect it directly to the router. I believe it would be quite simple to add a wireless adapter to it, just costs a little more.

giglamesh 1 point 10 days ago

I'm planning on playing ffxiv, destiny 2 and any other stuff i can get my hands on from steam / blizzard etc 1080p 60fps, wanting it to last for 2 years minimum without changing anything, can this rig do it? (i was looking at a 1070 but that takes it up to £900, unless there's a sale that ain't happening :D)

megiazarian 1 point 9 days ago

Is this a good build for an average gamer, and is there anything you could switch out to improve this build?

engelzman 1 point 6 days ago

More RAM (16GB total) if you're looking to play certain games or want to multitask. Apparently BF1 and PUBG are some examples that 16GB would be helpful to have.

Other then that, I'm personally reducing the HDD size and I'm going to combine that with an SSD for the OS. Will just help with overall computer boot times and such, might be worth looking in to.

skyrise 1 point 8 days ago

I have a genuine question that has bugged me for some time.

Why are the staff's 'Parametric' filters almost always about Nvidia GPUs? In the last year it has been shown by multiple reviewers that RX 580 is better than GTX 1060 and RX 570 is better than GTX 1050 Ti.

R9 Fury/Fury X/Nano has been pretty decent too in the QHD resolution DX12 segment.

Also, in the latest reviews Vega 64 is equal to GTX 1080 and Vega 56 is equal to GTX 1070 in performance.

About the mining - GTX 1070 is also heavily used in cryptocurrency mining, but it is featured quite often nevertheless.

So maybe PCPartPicker's staff should give AMD GPUs a go and include them more often in the featured builds? :)

Cheers.

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 8 days ago

We use the most budget appropriate GPUs for the build.

xjohn0090x 1 point 8 days ago

Few questions;

Firstly if I were to build this PC, would it last me at least a couple of yrs before upgrading components? and lastly, is it compatible with a WiFi card?

I'm new to the whole PC building scene, however I've been wanting to build a good gaming PC for Star Citizen. Would this run it at 60FPS on high settings???

fortuk06 1 point 7 days ago

New PC builder here. Which of these parts would be easy to substitute for whatever equivalent is available at Best Buy? I have $200 in credit there, but they do not seem to have any of these exact parts available.

Edit: I noticed that they have AMD RX 580s available, but at a higher price. Would any of these be good substitutes? https://www.bestbuy.com/site/searchpage.jsp?**=amd+rx+580&_dyncharset=UTF-8&id=pcat17071&type=page&sc=Global&cp=1&nrp=&sp=&qp=&list=n&af=true&iht=y&usc=All+Categories&ks=960&keys=keys

kiki9909 1 point 6 days ago

Can i replace the RAM with 16GB patriot and the hard drive to SSD with no problem ?

SirBaconater 1 point 5 days ago

I believe so. I plan on doing it w/ my build.

rileysheffer 1 point 5 days ago

Will I have to add Windows 10 to this parts list?

mustangflyboy 3 points 5 days ago

YES

stephenwash 1 point 5 days ago

New to building PC's and I was wondering what kind of liquid cooler would go good with this. If possible I wouldn't the price to go over $900. Thanks.

engelzman 1 point 4 days ago

Would there be enough room in this build for an SSD and a HDD?

stephenwash 1 point 3 days ago

Wondering the same thing

SniperENVY2012 1 point 3 days ago

A Micro ATX board? thats not very good for a Ryzen 5 and a 1060

Penguinxboi 1 point 2 days ago

just get a ssd it's like 20$ more why would you do this :(

Nemix77 0 points 2 days ago

I'm gonna say this is just an average build.

Likes:

  • MSI GTX 1060 6GB, good future proofing, great brand with dual fans heatsink.
  • Ryzen 5 1600, good future proofing, great for workstations and productivity.
  • Seasonic 550W Gold Power Supply, good brand, good efficiency and reliability.

Dislikes:

  • ASRock AB350M motherboard, this is just bad, little to no overclocking ability, cheap components and high doubts on reliability.
  • Seagate Barracuda 2TB, this is just offensive, non hybrid mechanical hard drive in 2017, just wow.
  • G. Skill Ripjaws 4 DDR4-2800, slow memory (AM4 loves fast memory), high timing and low bandwidth.
  • Fractal Design Focus G, scrap metal case, it'll hold up the system but that's about it.

Comments:

  • No exhaust fans for the case were added to this build.
  • Pre-applied thermal paste with stock AMD Spire Cooler, after market thermal paste or cooler recommended.
  • Peripherals and OS not included is very understandable.
  • Horrible choice of main hard drive on a system built around future proofing and multitasking, regardless if it's budget.
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Reason:
Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor 8W - 65W
ASRock - AB350M Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard 15W - 60W
Patriot - Viper 4 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3000 Memory 7W - 7W
Seagate - Constellation ES 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Asus - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB Turbo Video Card 30W - 120W
Total: 64W - 272W