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Entry Level AMD Gaming Build

by ThoughtA

Description

Preface

GPU prices are finally coming down! We have reverted our guides back to a normal CPU + discrete GPU combo.


CPU

Our CPU of choice is the Ryzen 3 1300X. This CPU is inexpensive but still packs a punch with its 4 cores and 3.7 GHz turbo frequency. The Ryzen 3 1300X 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 B350 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 using a parametric filter to select the best-priced 2TB mechanical drive. Unfortunately, with the rising cost of NAND, in addition to the rising cost of video cards due to the current mining craze, we've had to cut out the SSD in order to keep this build more budget-friendly. Everyone's needs are different, so feel free to increase capacities or add an SSD to fit yours.

GPU

We have set a parametric filter for the best-priced GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, which will let you play any popular game available today, including Fortnite and PUBG.

Case

All of the components are housed in the Thermaltake Versa H22 mid tower. This case is straightforward, offering cable management holes, front panel USB 3.0, and an external 5.25" bay for components such as an optical disc drive.

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: 225W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $109.89 FREE $109.89 OutletPC Buy
Motherboard
From parametric filter
  • Socket / CPU: AM4
  • Chipset: AMD B350
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
$64.99 -$10.00 FREE $54.99 Newegg Business Buy
$10.00 mail-in rebate
Memory
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2800, DDR4-2933, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 8GB (2x4GB)
$84.99 $0.99 $85.98 Newegg Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 2TB - 10TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$52.00 FREE $52.00 Newegg Marketplace Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
$189.00 -$10.00 FREE $179.00 B&H Buy
$10.00 mail-in rebate
Case $27.87 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $27.87 Amazon Buy
Power Supply $49.99 $49.99 SuperBiiz Buy
Base Total: $578.73
Mail-in Rebates: -$20.00
Shipping: $0.99
Total: $559.72
* 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:

Drekloe 1 Build 2 points 18 days ago

basically what i use. would definitely recommend.

wnelson01 2 points 13 days ago

What is the rationale behind using the Ryzen 3 1300X over the Ryzen 3 2200g? I thought the 2200g was the new defacto entry level AMD processor; It's cheaper than the 1300X and the specifications are the same.

Cyberstorm 2 points 11 days ago

I just looked into this and there absolutely no reason to use the 1300x over the 2200g as far as I can tell

The creator probably didn’t get around to updating the list yet

Triniking 3 points 10 days ago

The entry-level builds rely on GTX 1050Ti which outperforms the Vega 8 graphics of the Ryzen 2200G. In the end the 1300X is still recommended since it's the same price point as the 2200G and it helps beginners avoid the Bios problem with B350 mobos which is still going around somehow.

Cyberstorm 1 point 7 days ago

There should be a new motherboard chipset that and is realizing soon or have already released to ensure compatibility and this helps avoid the problem of expensive GPUs by allowing the person to purchase it later

In the end it depends on who’s using the pc

Yuva_Boss 1 point 16 days ago

same here, but could you add the price of windows included?

Lobsterareawesome 7 Builds 2 points 15 days ago

just add +100 USD

Yuva_Boss 1 point 14 days ago

oh ok

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manirelli staff 8 Builds 1 point 5 days ago

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philip staff 10 Builds 1 point 11 days ago

Use of Windows must be done with a legitimate product key.

Per Microsoft:

You are authorized to use this software only if you are properly licensed and the software has been properly activated with a genuine product key or by other authorized method.

For more information please see: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/Useterms/Retail/Windows/10/UseTerms_Retail_Windows_10_English.htm

Cyberstorm 2 points 10 days ago

my bad, i thought you were allowed to use windows unactivated seeing as you download it from the microsoft website and can activate it with a product key at any time to unlock the restricted features

Yuva_Boss 1 point 11 days ago

ok... thanks?

philip staff 10 Builds 1 point 11 days ago

It was in response to someone else.

Yuva_Boss 1 point 10 days ago

oh... I'm sorry

XGgamer101 1 point 15 days ago

Can this run fortnite and gta 5 well?

Triniking 2 points 15 days ago

Yes it can. There are also benchmark videos on YT.

Yuva_Boss -3 points 14 days ago

at 1080p low or 720 p high, it can run those two games very well. you might able to put fortnite at 1080p medium for about 45 - 55 frames per second

Lobsterareawesome 7 Builds 4 points 13 days ago

no.. this will run both of those game on 1080p high settings at minimum 60 fps

Yuva_Boss 1 point 11 days ago

Um... maybe for fortnite but definitely not for GTA 5. Even though it's an old game it would defenitly not run at 60 fps on 1080p high with a 1050ti. Maybe I'm wrong(Mostly).

Lobsterareawesome 7 Builds 3 points 11 days ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXgclbezZvc High/ Very high anywhere from 50-60 fps... The 1050 Ti is more powerful than you think

Yuva_Boss 3 points 10 days ago

oh well then

MoneyLand_Br33zy 1 point 13 days ago

If I am a beginning PC gamer starting to get real competitive(in terms of gaming), is this the PC I should get?

  • I would use for Fortnite, COD, PUBG, 2k, etc

Would it run these games for more than 100 FPS? If not at least over 60?

Thank you for your help

MontesVerdes 2 points 12 days ago

It depends on the settings and the resolution you will play. At 720 you will run the games high settings easily, at 1080, in medium settings you can get around the 60's

Cyberstorm 1 point 11 days ago

I reccomend that everyone changes the cpu to a Ryzen 2200g and hold off on buying the GPU since it sits at 200 USD and is by far the most expensive thing on this list

raypidash 2 points 8 days ago

Is there any motherboard other than B350 that you can recommend to pair with Ryzen 3 2200g to avoid bios problems?

SavageVector 1 Build 2 points 8 days ago

I'm pretty sure the x470 chipset motherboards can always handle the new APUs out of box, but the cheapest ones are $130; that's nearly double the price for the convenience of not updating the bios. Up to you if it's worth it or not.

https://pcpartpicker.com/products/motherboard/#N=4,16&c=132&s=33&sort=price&page=1

raypidash 2 points 8 days ago

So i went to canada computers store today and was lucky to have them update the bios for me if i bought the Gigabyte A320M motherboard (CAD$75.00) and Ryzen 3 2200G (CAD$129.99) from their location, plus tax.

SavageVector 1 Build 1 point 7 days ago

Not a bad price at all. Glad you found a way to get a ryzen APU working without the overpriced newer boards.

alecgatorroar 1 point 9 days ago

Will this same build perform well and be compatible and not bottleneck if I use a Radeon RX 580? Sorry first time builder here!

SavageVector 1 Build 1 point 8 days ago

RX 580 will really be taxing on a 1300x. It can probably handle it; but I'd recommend upgrading to the ryzen 5 2600, or if you're okay with jumping over to an Intel core, the i3-8350k is a really good choice at the moment.

HekiChan 1 point 9 days ago

What setting can this run Overwatch and WoW on?

Gamingnecessity 1 point 2 days ago

Medium - high for overwatch

highest settings in WoW

raypidash 1 point 8 days ago

If I replaced the Ryzen 3 1300X with Ryzen 3 2200G in this build but without a GPU, can I get 60fps in DOTA2 medium settings in 1080p?

Cyberstorm 1 point 6 days ago

Does anyone have any recommendations for a cheaper PSU?

Gamingnecessity 1 point 2 days ago

Going cheaper doesn't mean better, you pay for warranty and peace of mind that it is made with care and wont blow up your pc.

slybluedemon 1 point 4 days ago

Can this PC play Arma 3 and Civilization 6 at a good setting?

brianeechua 1 point 4 days ago

Can i use GA ab350m gaming 3 MOBO for this? will have any problems?

alexsack 1 point 2 days ago

Question: for the mother board, everyone is saying there is a lot of hangup on it and games would be "bombing" out.

Does anyone have an alternate recommendation for a mother board that's a bit more reliable even if it's pricier?

(new builder btw)

rumham34 1 point 2 days ago

Console player here but looking to build a pc. Would this build be good for Rainbow Six Siege and Fortnite and at what FPS?

Gamingnecessity 1 point 2 days ago

This would be a little slower on the boot and start up of games, i made an almost identical pc that is cheaper that will be quicker, https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/user/Gamingnecessity/saved/pw9bjX

This will get higher fps in fortnite and rainbow :)

rumham34 1 point 1 day ago

Thanks for your input, I'll take a look at it!

Gamingnecessity 1 point 2 days ago

This is not worth the money, i have made a faster system which is also cheaper, coming with an ssd my part list pc will start up much faster compared to this pc with a slow hdd. https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/user/Gamingnecessity/saved/pw9bjX

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Triniking 2 points 8 days ago

With $650 you can add an SSD to the build.

MontesVerdes 1 point 12 days ago

The best option I think u have, is to buy another two modules of ram. Make it a 16 GB system.

SavageVector 1 Build 1 point 8 days ago

Definitely get a 120+gb SSD for your OS. Maybe a larger one for a few games you play often.

Ram's ridiculously priced at the moment, so you really don't want to be buying more than you need. Similar story for the GPU; 1050ti's at a good place right now, I wouldn't recommend upgrading it unless you really want the performance.

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Reason:
Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
AMD - Ryzen 3 1300X 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor 8W - 65W
MSI - B350M PRO-VDH Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard 15W - 60W
Team - Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2800 Memory 5W - 5W
Toshiba - 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
MSI - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Video Card 18W - 75W
Total: 50W - 225W