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Modest Gaming Build

by manirelli

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

Description

CPU

Our Modest Gaming Build is built around the Ryzen 5 1400. Using the stock cooler you should be able to achieve moderate overclocks on this unlocked processor.

Motherboard

We've paired the R5 1400 with a parametric list of mATX B350 motherboards that supports up to 64GB of DDR4 memory, multiple SATA6 devices, and front panel USB3.0.

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 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.

Storage

With the rising cost of SSDs and memory we’re making a new recommendation for storage that is a compromise between real-world performance and cost. The parametric filter selects the best priced Hybrid drive with 2TB or more storage capacity. While the hybrid drives are slower on paper than SSDs, their practical performance for gamers will be similar while allowing significantly more storage space per dollar.

GPU

On an 800 dollar (USD) budget, we suggest using the Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB edition. We specifically filter for the 6GB model as the 3GB not only has lower VRAM but also a lower core count leading to lower fps while gaming. The performance across most games will be similar to the AMD RX 570. We've created a parametric filter to show you the lowest priced, full sized GTX 1060 6GB which will be powerful enough for most AAA games at 1080p.

Case

All of the components are housed in the Fractal Design Focus G Mini 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, two LED case fans, and cutouts in the motherboard tray for easy cable routing.

PSU

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: 211W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $132.47 FREE $132.47 OutletPC Buy
Motherboard
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: Micro ATX
  • Chipset: AMD B350
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
  • Onboard USB3.0 Headers: Yes
$56.99 $9.99 $66.98 SuperBiiz Buy
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: 2000 GB - 12000 GB
  • Type: Hybrid
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$99.89 FREE $99.89 OutletPC Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
  • Length: 224 mm - 403 mm
$229.99 FREE $229.99 Newegg Buy
Case $55.71 FREE $55.71 Walmart Buy
Power Supply $79.89 -$20.00 FREE $59.89 OutletPC Buy
$20.00 mail-in rebate
Base Total: $712.93
Mail-in Rebates: -$20.00
Shipping: $9.99
Total: $702.92
* 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.

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Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
AMD - Ryzen 5 1400 3.2 GHz Quad-Core Processor 8W - 65W
G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-2800 Memory 6W - 6W
Seagate - FireCuda 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Asus - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6 GB Dual Video Card 30W - 120W
Total: 48W - 211W