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Entry Level AMD Gaming Build

by ThoughtA

Description

CPU

Our CPU of choice is the Ryzen 3 2200G. This CPU is inexpensive but still packs a punch with its 4 cores and 3.7 GHz turbo frequency. It also has an impressive integrated GPU, which will allow you to play lower demand games passably, including Fortnite.

The Ryzen 3 2200G includes a good stock cooler, so a 3rd-party cooler isn't necessary.

Motherboard

We're using a parametric filter to constantly select the best-priced motherboard while meeting selected criteria. In this case, we are filtering for mATX B450 chipsets, which will allow us to overclock the CPU without breaking the bank. The compatibility engine will filter out anything not compatible with the build.

Memory

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 to DDR4-3200 as Ryzen CPUs scale well with higher frequency memory.

Storage

We're also using a parametric filter to select the best priced SSD available that is at least 240GB. The SSD can be used for your OS and a handful of games. Additionally, we're using a parametric filter to select the best-priced 1TB drive. Everyone's needs are different, so feel free to increase capacities or remove a drive to fit yours.

GPU

We have set a parametric filter for the best-priced Radeon RX 570, which will let you play any popular game available today, including Fortnite, PUBG, and Apex Legends.

Case

The Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L is an mATX mini tower case with 2x front panel USB 3.0 Gen 1 ports and fits full-size graphics cards without issue. It provides several cable management holes and a couple patterned magnetic dust filters for easy removal and cleaning. If you so wish, you can also move the I/O panel to up to six different locations on the case.

PSU

For the PSU, we're using a parametric selection of a few well-reviewed semi-modular and modular units, which are all rated for good power efficiency and can provide plenty of power for this build.

Intel Version

Here is the Intel version of our Entry Level Gaming Guide.

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Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 251W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $94.89 FREE $94.89 OutletPC Buy
Motherboard
From parametric filter
  • Socket / CPU: AM4
  • Chipset: AMD B450
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
$86.88 -$15.00 FREE $71.88 OutletPC Buy
$15.00 mail-in rebate
Memory
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2800, DDR4-2933, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 8GB (2x4GB)
$42.99 FREE $42.99 Newegg Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 240 GB - 15360 GB
  • Type: SSD
$27.99 FREE $27.99 Newegg Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 1000 GB - 15360 GB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$36.75 FREE $36.75 Amazon Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: Radeon RX 570
$139.99 -$20.00 FREE $119.99 Newegg Buy
$20.00 mail-in rebate
Case $45.28 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $45.28 Amazon Buy
Power Supply $48.99 -$22.00 $2.99 $29.98 Newegg Buy
+ $7 off w/ promo code EMCTYVW42, limited offer
$15.00 mail-in rebate
Base Total: $523.76
Promo Discounts: -$7.00
Mail-in Rebates: -$50.00
Shipping: $2.99
Total: $469.75
* 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:

Notjustin 1 point 10 hours ago

About the case fans?

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Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
AMD - Ryzen 3 2200G 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor 8W - 65W
G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-2800 Memory 6W
Team - L5 LITE 240 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Hitachi - Ultrastar 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Gigabyte - Radeon RX 570 4 GB Gaming 4G Video Card 37W - 150W
Total: 251W