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Modest Gaming Build

by manirelli

NOTE: A more recent version of this guide is available here.

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 Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1 MicroATX mid Tower. This case is an affordable option that has a large side panel window, 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: 201W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $150.00 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $150.00 Amazon Buy
Motherboard
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: Micro ATX
  • Chipset: AMD B350
$57.99 -$15.00 FREE $42.99 Newegg Buy
$15.00 mail-in rebate
Memory
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 8GB (2x4GB)
$57.99 FREE $57.99 Newegg Business Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 480 GB - 12000 GB
  • Type: SSD
$52.99 FREE $52.99 Newegg Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
  • Length: 225 mm - 403 mm
$229.99 FREE $229.99 Newegg Buy
Case $39.99 $5.99 $45.98 Newegg Business Buy
Power Supply $79.89 -$20.00 FREE $59.89 OutletPC Buy
$20.00 mail-in rebate
Base Total: $668.84
Mail-in Rebates: -$35.00
Shipping: $5.99
Total: $639.83
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* Some physical dimension restrictions cannot (yet) be automatically checked, such as cpu cooler / RAM clearance with modules using tall heat spreaders.

Comments Sorted by:

nrath1643 1 point 14 months ago

I like!

ashipnamekyuss 1 point 14 months ago

would this build be good for using VR on a game like Elite Dangerous?

Chicken_Rice_Spinach 1 point 14 months ago

Is a CPU cooler not required for this build?

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

The CPU comes with a stock cooler.

Velocirevan 1 point 14 months ago

If I am correct, I am pretty sure the CPU comes with a pretty decent stock fan.

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Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2 GHz 6-Core Processor 8W - 65W
G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-2800 Memory 6W - 6W
Team - L5 LITE 480 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Asus - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6 GB Dual Video Card 30W - 120W
Total: 46W - 201W