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Modest AMD Gaming Build

by manirelli



Our Modest AMD Gaming Build is built around the Ryzen 5 2600. Using the stock cooler you should be able to achieve moderate overclocks on this unlocked processor.


We've paired the R5 2600 with a parametric list of mATX B450 motherboards that supports up to 64GB of DDR4 memory, multiple SATA6 devices, and front panel USB3.0.


For this build we opted to go with 16GB of DDR4 memory. The parametric filter finds the best price on 16GB kits of memory that are within AMD’s recommended specifications. We've limited it to a range from DDR4-2666 to DDR4-3200 as Ryzen CPUs scale well with higher frequency memory. At the current time, using memory rated over 3200mhz 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.


We're also using a parametric filter that will actively select the best-priced SSD of at least 240GB capacity. Additionally, we're including a 2TB mechanical hard drive in a parametric filter for things like storing media and extra games. Everyone's storage needs differ, so feel free to change the capacity to your usage.


At this price point 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.


All of the components are housed in the MasterBox Lite 3.1 TG MicroATX mini 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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Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 286W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $164.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $164.99 Amazon Buy
From parametric filter
  • Socket / CPU: AM4
  • Form Factor: Micro ATX
  • Chipset: AMD B450
$59.99 -$10.00 FREE $49.99 Newegg Buy
$10.00 mail-in rebate
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2666, DDR4-2800, DDR4-2933, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
$123.99 FREE $123.99 Newegg Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 240GB - 15.4TB
  • Type: SSD
$36.99 FREE $36.99 Newegg Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 2TB - 15.4TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
$54.99 FREE $54.99 Amazon Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
  • Length: 223 mm - 403 mm
$279.99 -$20.00 FREE $259.99 B&H Buy
$20.00 mail-in rebate
Case $39.99 -$10.00 $5.99 $35.98 Newegg Buy
$10.00 mail-in rebate
Power Supply $74.99 -$20.00 FREE $54.99 Newegg Buy
$20.00 mail-in rebate
Base Total: $835.92
Mail-in Rebates: -$60.00
Shipping: $5.99
Total: $781.91
* 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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TheQuackSavior 3 points 1 month ago

16GB of RAM? I hope it can run Cities: Skylines with a lot of mods installed.

travismoritz 2 points 1 month ago

Should be able to just fine

rogdog56 2 points 11 days ago

No problem with cities, even with 8gb ram (at least on my end) but if I were you I'd go with 3000 mhz ram or at least make sure you can OC the ram you get. More with 1st gen than 2nd gen ryzen, but ryzen still loves memory speed. If you look at benchmarks you will notice most things below 3000 have a 3-4 fps decrease the further down you go; but going above 3000 has diminishing returns; maybe an extra frame.

Galepsi 2 points 25 days ago

I'm sure you've seen and answered dozens of the same question, but: With a budget of $41.00 USD over the total current price, do you have any specific recommendations? This will be my first personal build, and I'd like to "dip my toes" into PC building before I go all out with research etc. Any help is much appreciated!

Sebebi 2 points 22 days ago

Something like a micro atx MSI or Gigabyte mobo for an extra 20-30 dollars would be good instead of the sketchy biostar one.

gigglepig_buster 2 points 16 days ago

remember to get a wireless card (if you need one). that is around the price

rogdog56 2 points 11 days ago

+1 for Sebebi, don't get a biostar. Also if you don't have size constraints consider what Takka said; get an ATX. A compact ATX case like the NZXT h500 is a little bigger but an ATX system has more functionality

Takka 1 point 21 days ago

if i were you i'd just get a ATX board

Tritches 2 points 19 days ago

I am thinking about building a PC for the first time. Would you guys recommend this build for someone who knows next to nothing about building a PC? Also could you recommend a specific mother board upgrade for this? I can spend about 30$ more for a motherboard upgrade but I know nothing about compatibility.

gigglepig_buster 1 point 16 days ago

Pcpartpicker and r/buildapc on reddit have ways to check for compatabilty Im in the same situation as you!

CharGibbs 1 point 11 days ago

For a first time build, this is fine. I would personaly get an ATX mobo but that is entirely up to you.

nturner28 1 point 1 month ago

How well would a 1070 quicksilver work with this? Any bottle-necking?

travismoritz 2 points 1 month ago

no with a ryzen 5 2600 a 1070 should pair perfectly well with it, there shouldn't be any bottleneck as this is a mid-high range CPU

CharGibbs 1 point 11 days ago

No, there will not be any bottlenecks. Don't worry about that

moupsoup 1 point 1 month ago

Would this run TF2 1080p max settings at 60fps?

PrivatePengu 3 points 1 month ago

Yes, definitely. TF2 is one of the least demanding games on the market, it'll run without a problem.

Okno13 1 point 13 days ago

my a6 ran tf2 at 60fps lol

CharGibbs 1 point 11 days ago


Aaogmantis 1 point 1 month ago

I’m looking to play games like Minecraft, Skyrim and fallout 4 with a lot of mods. No necessarily graphics mods but mods in general. Should this play it? I don’t want to spend the money and have to buy a higher end one

NerdyTurd 1 point 1 month ago

This should be fine for what your games :)

Takka 1 point 21 days ago

for mods i find that CPU is more important that GPU in this case, minecraft works better with more ram. But I think for the price this is pretty good price to performance, I would change de motherboard but that's it

rogdog56 1 point 11 days ago

This system will be more than enough for those games. It's pretty well known that minecraft and skyrim are very easy to run at ultra; but if you want some fallout 4 gameplay on a similar machine to this one look at this video. Also if you're getting this system don't get a biostar mobo.

BurnTheConsoleUser 1 point 1 month ago

In my opinion not to sound like an *** would go to r51600 see if a gtx 1070 could fit in the budget instead.

travismoritz 2 points 1 month ago

that'd work just fine if you wanted to but you could be better off just getting the 2600 only using 8gb of memory as 8 is enough for most games. That could create some room in the budget, and you also could keep your eye on ebay or other used sites to try and find a good deal just make sure it hasn't been a mining gpu

57yuhgyh 1 point 13 days ago

Yeah, you're right. The 1600 also has a better stock cooler. And to answer the other guy: 8GB are too little for 2018. If this were a <600$ build maybe.

Vlaaz 1 point 1 month ago

Does this computer run fortnight with ultra settings over 100 FPS?

TheQuackSavior 1 point 1 month ago


fearless_coconut 1 point 1 month ago

Hmmm this might be one to save. I haven't built a gaming pc before, only standard ones

Takka 1 point 21 days ago

it's pretty much the same, maybe just how to install a GPU but it's as easy as installing ram more or less. You should be fine building it if you built one before

bitasuite 1 point 1 month ago

Could I use this with an Nvidia Shield or do I need an Intel CPU? Also could someone recommend a nice white case? Thanks

travismoritz 2 points 1 month ago

If you want an intel CPU it'd work just fine you'd just have to pick out a different motherboard as the b450 isnt compatible with intel sockets. https://www.amazon.com/NZXT-Tower-Computer-White-CA-S340W-W1/dp/B00NGMIBXC/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1535210554&sr=8-2&keywords=nzxt+white thats a nice white case if you want it

Rocketsox313 1 point 1 month ago

I bought the wrong motherboard by accident and purchased the B450M Pro-M2. Will this still work?

Takka 2 points 21 days ago

Yes, since it's still AM4

freesol 1 point 1 month ago

It says it supports up to 64gb of ram but the motherboard only has 2 alots? And in spec max os 32gb

travismoritz 1 point 1 month ago

yeah it is wrote wrong the motherboard is microATX so it only has 2 dimm slots, but if you just want a full ATX tower and not micro ATX then you could go with a normal sized motherboard such as https://www.amazon.com/GIGABYTE-B450-AORUS-PRO-Motherboard/dp/B07FW85VFT/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1535210650&sr=8-2&keywords=b450 or https://www.amazon.com/Ryzen-Gaming-Motherboard-B450M-CSM/dp/B07FKV5HWJ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1535210650&sr=8-1&keywords=b450

langalore 1 point 1 month ago

Nice guild. I would up the memory to 3000 though. Most of the reviews and builds I've seen pair 2nd gen Ryzen with 3000+ to take full advantage.

Takka 1 point 29 days ago

yes this is my fav guild

zetu 1 point 1 month ago

Do i need a internet card

Takka 1 point 29 days ago

if your using wifi you may need a wifi adapter

hamsterboy 1 point 21 days ago

Noob here. What would you recommend for wifi adapter in that kind of motherboard? I'm planning to buy either a motherboard with wifi (no idea right now what model) or same motherboard with wifi adapter.

Theenano 1 point 28 days ago

Prob a dumb question but is the size of the MB significant at all? Like, I see the one on the parts list is a microATX so is the only benefit is to be able to fit it in a smaller case or is there any performance difference with an ATX board in the same price range?

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 2 points 28 days ago

ATX motherboards generally have additional ports/pcie slots and more fan headers than mATX motherboards but it will vary based on model.

stin9999 1 point 28 days ago

Great build, this is all just food for thought. MSI armor RX 580 8GB from amazon.com for 325 all in. Same card was running 350 to 375 amazon.ca. Offers same performance for 55 bucks less. Also had the Master box 3.1 your going to be running high temps. I ditched mine for a more air flow choice but is was hard cause the thing looks so good. For PSU's they are selling EVGA 550 bronze for 55 bucks. [STAFF REMOVED] Hope this helps save more money!

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papashug 1 point 27 days ago

would this run pubg and fortnite, at 144 fps and high graphics?

Takka 1 point 21 days ago

fortnite maybe, but PUBG is not well optimized so might have to check for that. Might need to drop to medium/low to get 144 fps

dunc.grn 1 point 27 days ago

I have never built a pc before would this be good to start as a first build

Takka 1 point 21 days ago

I think you'll be fine. But changing the motherboard is a good idea I think.

vagabond139 5 Builds 1 point 3 days ago


AgentTeen 1 point 26 days ago

newbie here does it come with an operating system or do I have to buy the operating system myself

Potatogamer1230 2 points 26 days ago

you have to buy the OS your self. if you already have a prebuilt laptop or pc you could use the OS from that. you would just need to get your product key.

TW08 1 point 24 days ago

Question: Can this PC run rendering programs such as Lumion 8?

Takka 1 point 21 days ago

No, need to get a better GPU, CPU should be fine

ohyesdanny 1 point 24 days ago

Is this able to stream and play games and have other pages open in the background at the same time with no issues.

Takka 1 point 21 days ago

stream, not really. Open pages are mostly RAM so with 16 gb here you will be fine for that

disabel95 1 point 22 days ago

Can someone please help? I just finished the build, everything turns on, but the graphics card turns off after 10 seconds, and I have no signal on my monitor. How do I fix this?

gaming_tryhard 1 point 21 days ago

Did you plug in the hdmi cable?

serjien 1 Build 1 point 22 days ago

Thanks for sharing this build. I built this one over the past week, with slight modifications, and it has been running great. I added the two extra fans for the case just in case. Read lots of reviews saying it doesnt have very good airflow. So far, with 3 fans, it has maintained things cool.

CaptainClumsy 1 point 22 days ago

Would this be able to run games such as Planet Coaster at high graphical settings?

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 22 days ago


hamsterboy 1 point 21 days ago

Noob here. I may need a wifi for our current setup in our apartment. With that, should I buy a different motherboard with wifi or just a wifi adapter? If motherboard with wifi, what would you recommend on this build? if wifi adapter, anything particular? Using it for gaming (primary) and work/other stuff like excel, visio, photoshop, vegas pro (secondary).


atomicknight1 3 points 20 days ago

In general motherboards with built in wi-fi have really bad wi-fi adapters unless you get a really pricey one. You can get a really quality wi-fi adapter for $50-$60 that you just plug in. much cheaper than getting a top of the line motherboard, and easier to replace if something happens

Takka 2 points 21 days ago

I think you should get another motherboard, I recommand the Gigabyte - X470 AORUS ULTRA GAMING ATX AM4 Motherboard

or this one : https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B079VWKBTT/?tag=pcp0f-20

hamsterboy 2 points 21 days ago

Thanks for the references. This one really helps.

NoahTheGoat666 1 point 20 days ago

Will this run fortnite on epic?

Takka 1 point 14 days ago

Depends on the resolution you are running at.

Vinnyb 1 point 20 days ago

Would this be able to work with the LG 43inch 4K monitor for non-gaming (business) applications? I plan on using the feature that splits it into 4 21.5inch 1080P monitor equivalents. My business apps include mostly stock trading applications like thinkorswim or TC2000 (in case anyone knows of them).

Takka 1 point 14 days ago

Yes. Any monitors that have the same port than you GPU or motherboard works. In fact those programs wouldn't even need 4K or this PC, you could get a cheaper one and it would work fine since you don't game nor edit videos

atomicknight1 1 point 20 days ago

Would this build work with ripjaws v series 8GB memory rather than 16, and a rosewill hive 550W bronze. It says its compatible when I edit the build, but just wanted to make sure since I already have those parts laying around

Takka 1 point 14 days ago

If it's a DDR4 kit it should work. Same with the PSU your have

vagabond139 5 Builds 1 point 3 days ago


toastyBEARcub 1 point 19 days ago

Question about the motherboard. I see a lot of comments saying to maybe change the motherboard. Should I stick with the motherboard on the build or what motherboard should I use instead? I am building this exact build minus the case. For the case I went with a pricier Corsair mid tower.

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 19 days ago

Depending on your region and retailer settings you are going to see a different motherboard than other people viewing this list. If you have questions about a particular part I would make a post in the applicable forum or lock the parts in the part list and post to the part list opinions wanted forum.

GyrosPizzeria 1 point 18 days ago

You should change the case, lite 3.1 is pretty bad.

GetBombarded 1 point 17 days ago

Hey anyone know if I can run fortnite,csgo,league,worldofwarcraft and maybe gta and other games on this pc?

Takka 1 point 14 days ago

Yes you can, although change the motherboard if you want to be able to upgrade later on

ChillySnow 1 point 16 days ago

Whats the average fps?

Takka 1 point 14 days ago

It depends on the game dude

gigglepig_buster 1 point 16 days ago

people have been saying that this mobo is sketch, is there another you would reccomend?

Takka 2 points 14 days ago

The Asus PRIME B450-PLUS is pretty good in my opinion. If you have a little bit money there is the Asus ROG STRIX B450-F GAMING

57yuhgyh 1 point 13 days ago

Imho the -F series is way overpriced for the B450 chipset. The asrock pro lineup are a better deal.

Takka 1 point 13 days ago

but LEDS tho

BrydenHorsler 1 point 15 days ago

can this build run Call of duty: Black Ops 3 at 80-120 fps?

Takka 1 point 14 days ago

Yes. Depends on resolution too. At 1080p you should be fine.

BrydenHorsler 2 points 11 days ago

Thanks a lot.

gigglepig_buster 1 point 15 days ago

Do I need a sound card? or is it onboard somewhere? I would want directional sound for headphones and such.

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 2 points 15 days ago

The vast majority of people can use the onboard audio on the motherboard without issue.

gigglepig_buster 1 point 12 days ago

What should I go for if i want an intel CPU instead of AMD

Takka 1 point 11 days ago

Maybe an i5 8600 or Intel Core i5-7500

I would say you would need to get a better cooler if your going with intel though.

Ryzen really is the better option

gigglepig_buster 1 point 12 days ago

How would the ASRock - B450M-HDV Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard go in this build?

Takka 1 point 11 days ago

It would work fine since it's a B450 AM4 motherboard. Remember that AM4 is for AMD Ryzen CPU's.

Strricken 1 point 11 days ago

Hi noob here but I modified this list a little bit can anyone tell me if this part list is ok or if you would change anything thanks in advance! https://pcpartpicker.com/list/vKPCCb

Takka 1 point 11 days ago

I actually think the one you made is better. If you have the budget i'd say go for it. You could even try and fit a gtx 1070 in there wich would give you a pretty decent boost in FPS. But would change the powersupply for a 650w or 600w at least

Takka 1 point 11 days ago


This would be great for 1000$ ish

Strricken 1 point 10 days ago

Thank you!!!

vagabond139 5 Builds 1 point 3 days ago

The NexG/G1 is a very poor choice in PSU. The NexG/G1 is group regulated vs. DC-DC, as a result of being group regulated it has less than ideal voltage regulation and it has merely average ripple suppression, and it has decent build quality. Sounds good right? Without accounting for price its not a bad unit but accounting for its price its competing with juggernauts way out its league like the Seasonic Focus, Evga G3, and the BitFenix Whisper M which are all around better in every way. Even the cheaper Corsair CXM is better than the NexG/G1.

chowderhead05 1 point 9 days ago

I'm a first-timer, got any recommended construction videos, or guides?

vagabond139 5 Builds 1 point 3 days ago

PCPP has quite a few videos of them building PC's. Also just look up how to build a PC, plenty of stuff will come up.

Orangeman9000 1 point 7 days ago

Will this be able to run gta 5 with mods?

vagabond139 5 Builds 1 point 3 days ago


Spec_Opz_Maroon 1 point 5 days ago

I am thanking you for the cheap 16gb ram I really needed that <3

EminemsEyebrows 1 point 4 days ago

PC Noob here. I’m looking into building my first PC and this build looks like it would be perfect for me. However, I can spend $100-120 extra on this build with my current budget. Is there any recommendations that someone could give me to make this build better?

Happymallow32 1 point 1 day ago

What are you looking for in you pc, if you are gaming this will be fine, if you will game and stream it i recommend a ryzen 7 1700 which has 2 extra cores and only 70 dollars more!

Shoogy 1 point 3 days ago

I am going to be building a PC soon and i want to know is this a good PC to build 1 for starting to build a PC and not knowing anything on how to build one and 2 is this a good enough PC to run Fortnite on the highest graphic settings? No maybes I need for sure answers please.

Happymallow32 1 point 1 day ago

Hello, will this work with a Ryzen 7 1700?

NEWPC2005 1 point 23 hours ago

Dang that's called bang for your buck.

stin9999 0 points 28 days ago

No performance impact on Mobo do to size. They take away extra PCI slots. No big deal unless you want wireless, sound card, Killer etc...

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manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 4 points 1 month ago

Medium 1080p you are easily looking at 5+ years.

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nturner28 1 point 1 month ago

I played this weekend with this build on a 1050, ran very well.

Takka 1 point 11 days ago

CSGO is a fairly easy game to run either way

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manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 3 points 20 days ago

Don't troll.

Takka 1 point 21 days ago

no, you might need 2 gtx 1080s

Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor 8W - 65W
ASRock - B450M-HDV Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard 15W - 60W
G.Skill - Aegis 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory 11W - 11W
Patriot - Burst 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Hitachi - Deskstar 7K2000 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
EVGA - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB SSC GAMING Video Card 30W - 120W
Total: 70W - 286W