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Build Guide

Entry Level AMD Gaming Build

by ThoughtA

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



Our CPU of choice is the Ryzen 3 2200. 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.


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.


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.


We're using a parametric filter to select the best-priced 2TB mechanical drive. Unfortunately, with the rising cost of NAND, 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.


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.


The Deepcool TESSERACT is a mid tower case that can fit all of our components. It offers decent cable management, which can sometimes be a problem at our budget, and there's room to expand with hard drives or a solid state drive. It also has 1 USB 2.0 and 1 USB 3.0 port on the front panel. Cases tend to be highly personal choices, so make sure you browse our listed cases to see what suits you.


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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Estimated Wattage: 166W
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CPU $139.89 FREE $139.89 OutletPC Buy
From parametric filter
  • Socket / CPU: AM4
  • Chipset: AMD B350
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
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$10.00 mail-in rebate
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
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 2000 GB - 10000 GB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
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Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
$174.89 -$20.00 FREE $154.89 OutletPC Buy
$20.00 mail-in rebate
Case $39.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $39.99 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: $577.49
Promo Discounts: -$7.00
Mail-in Rebates: -$45.00
Shipping: $2.99
Total: $528.48
* 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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Drekloe 1 Build 6 points 11 months ago

basically what i use. would definitely recommend.

parkerrob117 1 point 9 months ago

do you have a system fan?

Drekloe 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

yea it came with the case

Etakun 1 point 9 months ago

Can it run Witcher 3 and if so how well? Or Resident Evil 7?

BonnieFan720 1 point 9 months ago

You can get a rough idea at this link, you put in cpu, gpu, and ram, and they will show you how well this setup works. You can choose from so many games.


Drekloe 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

i havent played witcher 3 on it yet, but i would assume at medium 60 fps. i have no clue on resident evil 7, sorry

wnelson01 3 points 11 months 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 4 points 11 months 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 1 Build 2 points 11 months 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 11 months 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

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Bbauldoff 2 points 11 months ago

(I'm super new to building pc's) if I got the Ryzen 2200G it would still be compatible with everything else? Or should I just stick with the 1300X?

Evangi 3 points 9 months ago

I was wondering if there was a "how to" video on this build. I'm having some difficulties with the wires.

acedirt234 1 point 9 months ago

not the exact same setup, but this should give you a good idea https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhX0fOUYd8Q

raypidash 1 Build 2 points 11 months 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?

RealAsriel 1 point 9 months ago

Totally man

BonnieFan720 1 point 9 months ago
afrothundrr805 2 points 10 months ago

I plan on using this build guide as a starting point to building my first PC, I'll use it mainly for gaming and some streaming here and there. I am completely new to all of this....is this where I should be starting at? I would be playing games like Fortnite, The Division, and plenty of older generation games. I'm not adamant about having the highest settings at all times but I would like better quality than my console at least, if anyone could help steer me in the right direction that would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance guys.

Yuva_Boss 1 point 11 months ago

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

Lobsterareawesome 8 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

just add +100 USD

Yuva_Boss 1 point 11 months ago

oh ok

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manirelli staff 8 Builds 0 points 11 months ago

Sale of software and keys from that site often violates the ToS or are resold licenses purchased via fraudulent credit card. Recommending, suggesting, advising, encouraging, hinting, or in any way implying these keys as a solution or option is not allowed on this site.

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philip staff 10 Builds 1 point 11 months 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 3 points 11 months 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 -2 points 11 months ago

ok... thanks?

philip staff 10 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

It was in response to someone else.

Yuva_Boss 1 point 11 months ago

oh... I'm sorry

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XGgamer101 1 point 11 months ago

Can this run fortnite and gta 5 well?

Triniking 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

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

Yuva_Boss -4 points 11 months 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 8 Builds 5 points 11 months ago

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

Yuva_Boss 0 points 11 months 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 8 Builds 4 points 11 months 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 11 months ago

oh well then

PixelatedHam 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Fortnite at 1080p high 60fps

MoneyLand_Br33zy 1 point 11 months 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 11 months 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 months 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 1 Build 2 points 11 months 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 11 months 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.


raypidash 1 Build 2 points 11 months 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 11 months 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 11 months 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 11 months 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 11 months ago

What setting can this run Overwatch and WoW on?

Gamingnecessity 1 point 11 months ago

Medium - high for overwatch

highest settings in WoW

cjose1130 1 point 11 months ago

I'm looking to get a PC for WoW and League of Legends, will it run it awesomely for current and upcoming raids too?

Aventer 1 point 10 months ago

Would be fine

Gamingnecessity 1 point 10 months ago


Cyberstorm 1 point 11 months ago

Does anyone have any recommendations for a cheaper PSU?

Gamingnecessity 1 point 11 months 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 11 months ago

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

brianeechua 1 point 11 months ago

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

alexsack 1 Build 1 point 11 months 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 11 months 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 11 months 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 11 months ago

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

Gamingnecessity 1 point 11 months 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

Triniking 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

All you did was add an SSD.

Gamingnecessity 1 point 10 months ago

The SSD will decrease boot times extremely and fps in games that you choose to install on the ssd

Triniking 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Adding an SSD but downgrading to a slower CPU, slower RAM and a mobo with 2 DIMM slots isn't worth it.

1stGuyGamez 1 point 11 months ago

Nice, but an RX 560 would be better for the buck than the 1050 ti

blacktron16 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

If I wanted to add a SSD to this build for gaming purposes, what would people recommend? New to the PC building scene, so help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! (The games I would be playing are Shadow of War, Fortnite, etc.)

Triniking 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago
ProOfIndia 1 point 10 months ago

Did the price just go up i looked at this like 2 days ago and i think it was around $500

Bbauldoff 1 point 10 months ago

yep 3 days ago my build (which has these things in it) that I was about to buy went from $710 to $774 and now gotta wait for them to go down :/

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Mac-N-Chez 1 point 10 months ago

Are there any wires that I need to buy separately? Like the Power cord and others And if I do have to buy separate cords where can I get them?

Mac-N-Chez 1 point 10 months ago

Do I need to buy any separate wires?

chrisaaron 1 point 10 months ago

When I install the ASUS GeForce GTX 1050i on the Gigabyte AB350M-DS3H motherboard, it blocks the PCI slot I need for the wireless adapter. Also, the video card's fan points down inside the case, which doesn't seem right.

Should this be happening?

unjuhst 1 point 10 months ago

Im just getting into pc building is this build worth it at its price point

Sindalis 1 point 10 months ago

Recently the prices for the 1300X have been going up significantly as there is anticipation of the 2300X coming soon.

I would recommend anyone at this point in time looking for an entry level CPU to perhaps look at the 2200g as an alternative to get started rather than pay an inflated price for a 1300X

CompletelyClueless 1 point 10 months ago

Help please... If I wanted to add an SSD to this build is there any changes I would need to make to do so? and which SSD would you recommend, or if I should even bother at all?

acedirt234 1 point 10 months ago

Make sure the case is compatible with the physical size of your SSD. recommended because of faster boot times and faster load times if the programs are on the SSD, brand and size is up to you. Look up the reviews on amazon and ask yourself how much storage you need on the SSD.

flashc 1 point 10 months ago

I just built the AMD entry level gaming build. The computer boots up to the bios screen without the HDD connected, but when the HDD is connected to the power supply we just get a screen that says "reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key" Any idea what is wrong?

parkerrob117 1 point 9 months ago

you need something to boot up into example: Windows

acedirt234 1 point 10 months ago

What's the reason for the 1300x over the 1200? $20 less with ability to overclock

Keir_C_Yurkiw 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

instead of the 1050ti i would recommend using a 1060 6gb so there is no bottlenecking

parkerrob117 1 point 9 months ago

I have this exact build and while my cpu is cool my gpu is at 96 degrees C and I am new to pc building so there may be something wrong but I am wondering if there is anything that I can do to fix this

scottme262 1 point 9 months ago

I really want to do this. Do I need any special computer skills to get this going? I know about plugging in ram and other things like changing power supplies. but I have never built a computer and installed the bios and software. should I leave that to a computer store? Thanks

acedirt234 2 points 9 months ago

I watched a Youtube video while I put my computer together, and that worked just fine. Just make sure you keep yourself grounded (or buy an anti-static strap).

scottme262 1 point 9 months ago

Thank you

ogwilson02 1 point 9 months ago

What YouTube video? I’m unable to find any related to this build sadly

Wowwo 1 point 9 months ago

Why not just use the rx 560 instead of the 1050 Ti?

Triniking 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

The GTX 1050ti was more available when the list was made.

mikeelroz 1 point 9 months ago

How well would this setup work with beamng drive?

SchwabenDennis 1 point 9 months ago

Can anyone that has this build or similar tell me if this would be able to run games such as The Witcher 3, Assassins Creed: Origins, or other similar RPG's at 1080p 60fps on High settings? If not, how many frames would you get running at 1080p? Thanks!

Breeze901 1 point 9 months ago

Can it run wow and fortnite

sgtgoldsworthy 1 point 9 months ago

I am new to building custom PCs. Don't really play any PC games yet because my laptop wont handle them. I play SWTOR: Star Wars The Old Republic online. but i have to run it at the lowest settings possible and still lag out a lot. I have seen the game on the highest settings and would really want to play it that way. Can anyone tell me if this build would be able to run that game on the highest settings?

acedirt234 1 point 9 months ago

The 1050 ti will run most modern games good at medium settings, so any old game will work fine. (but if you have a bad internet connection, you may still experience lag)

ogwilson02 1 point 9 months ago

I’m basically a grandma when it comes to hardware, is there a video or anything showing how to actually put this stuff together?

ekingtec 1 point 9 months ago

Question. Can I run two Nvidia GTX460s in parallel with this build? Guessing I will need a higher wattage supply.

AAAtlas 1 point 9 months ago

Does this come with a OS or should I get one?

Triniking 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

You'll still to buy an OS.

FNA_Jambo 1 point 8 months ago

Personally I would of gone with the Ryzen 3 2200G or Ryzen 5 2400G and used the Vega intergrated graphics and then saved up for a 1060 / 1070

No hate just an opinion!!!

acedirt234 1 point 8 months ago

They use to recommend the ryzen 2000 series when the 1050 ti was hit by the crypto, but now that the price died down a bit, they reverted it back.

There was also the issue of the ryzen 2000 requiring a update on certain motherboards.

This build fits between the area of bare minimum 1080p and ultra 1080p, and it does a fine job of doing that.

Lucas_Z 1 point 8 months ago

Hey this is a great build. I tried to recreate it with the AMD Ryzen 3 2200G because I don't want to go too far over $600 with a 1080p monitor. I think the build is good; both yours and mine would run games decently well.

My Build: PCPartPicker part list: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/vkVK29 Price breakdown by merchant: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/vkVK29/by_merchant/ What do you guys think?

viticssnipers 1 point 8 months ago

Can it run minecraft?

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Lanceadams3 1 point 8 months ago

Could I use the EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti SSC GAMING, 04G-P4-6255-RX, 4GB GDDR5, ACX 3.0. It is b stock but it is only 120$. Is it better than the regular 1050 ti? Here’s the link https://www.evga.com/products/product.aspx?pn=04G-P4-6255-RX

Lobsterareawesome 8 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

It aint better... but sure, you can use that one if you want

rohanium 1 point 8 months ago

Can this run Ark: Survival Evolved on high settings? If not, what GPU would you recommend to replace the 1050 ti. Thanks in advance

Lobsterareawesome 8 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

ARK is super heavy to run.. Get at least a 1060 6GB or higher if you want higher settings

hately11 1 point 8 months ago

Would this work well as a supplementary streaming PC to another PC?

EXIL3-V0LTiC 1 point 8 months ago

if i wanted to upgrade the graphics card without changing anything else what would be the recommendations

DavszA 0 points 10 months ago

Could I stream CSGO with this setup? Or Fortnite? And if yes, then what framerate should I expect? my last rig could barely crank out 30fps while streaming CS, but it was pretty old.

Cyberstorm -1 points 9 months ago

This PC is cheap and all but i have a really cheap build if anyone wants to take a look


elmstreetvictim 2 points 9 months ago

Solid build, You can probably get a few more FPS on it. If it were me I'd remove the DVD/RW, adds unnecessary cost. It's a budget build after all

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Triniking 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

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

MontesVerdes 1 point 11 months 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 11 months 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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ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 10 months ago

All motherboards that will appear in this part list will have 4 RAM slots, so 16GB will still be achievable when starting with 2x4GB DIMMs.

Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
AMD - Ryzen 3 1300X 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor 8W - 65W
G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-2800 Memory 6W
Hitachi - Deskstar 7K2000 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Asus - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4 GB Phoenix Video Card 18W - 75W
Total: 166W