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Build Guide

Entry Level AMD Gaming Build

by ThoughtA

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

Description

CPU

Our CPU of choice is the Ryzen 3 2200G. 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.

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 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.

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, 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

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.

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: 165W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $93.99 $93.99 SuperBiiz Buy
Motherboard
From parametric filter
  • Socket / CPU: AM4
  • Chipset: AMD B450
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
$74.99 FREE $74.99 Newegg Business Buy
Memory
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2800, DDR4-2933, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 8GB (2x4GB)
$50.99 $0.99 $51.98 Newegg Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 2000 GB - 10000 GB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$51.65 FREE $51.65 Amazon Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
$154.99 -$20.00 FREE $134.99 Newegg Buy
$20.00 mail-in rebate
Case $44.99 FREE $44.99 B&H Buy
Power Supply $74.89 -$20.00 FREE $54.89 OutletPC Buy
$20.00 mail-in rebate
Base Total: $546.49
Mail-in Rebates: -$40.00
Shipping: $0.99
Total: $507.48
* 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.

Comments Sorted by:

PixelatedHam 1 Build 15 points 7 months ago

Anyone visiting: Buy the RX 570 if you have a few extra dollars.

levqchi 4 points 5 months ago

Exactly! The increase in performance is great compared to the small increase in price.

Cobalt0305 1 point 5 months ago

you can actually get an RX 580 4GB for like 10 bucks more, which is basically on par with the 1060.

tasimana 2 points 5 months ago

ikr

NightStiker 2 points 4 months ago

It’s more comparable to a 1060 3gb. But still a better card than the 1050 ti

tasimana 2 points 5 months ago

no for 18$ more you can buy the rx580 Asus strip 4gb... lol u messed up

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1410.txt -11 points 6 months ago

But its like £100 more. If you trying to build budget its alot of money extra.

CharGibbs 5 points 6 months ago

Rx 570 is only $30 aud more than 1050 Ti

hydrallus -6 points 6 months ago

No it isn’t.

gaming_tryhard 5 points 6 months ago

I found one for about 165 after mail in rebates and shipping

NEWPC2005 0 points 5 months ago

You can get an rx570 for about $40 more than a 1050ti

JAH123 2 Builds 3 points 5 months ago

If you're in Australia, you can get the RX 570 for the same as (or less than) the 1050 Ti, so it's a bit of a no-brainer. Right now the ROG Strix and Gigabyte Gaming RX 570 cards are cheaper than the cheapest 1050 Ti.

Nvidia and Intel are so overpriced down here, it's ridiculous.

CoolHandLuke70 2 points 5 months ago

I just purchased a MSI RX570 8GB from Amazon for $20 more then a 1050TI. If you shop around a little bit it can be done.

Okno13 -11 points 5 months ago

Drivers kinda suck on AMD cards atm. The 1050 Ti would work fine for this kind of build. If you're going to spend more money, go for a 1060 or just don't upgrade.

joseph500 3 Builds 4 points 5 months ago

This isnt 2013 anymore AMD drivers are fine

Crescive 3 points 7 months ago

My build is quite similar, but runs an AMD Ryzen 3 1200 due to budget constraints. Will this still allow me to play games like Fortnite with at least 60 FPS with some settings tuned down?

RemuS2003 4 points 7 months ago

Well, this build runs Fortnite on Epic at around 40 FPS. So turning some settings down, I think would give you 60+ FPS.

PixelatedHam 1 Build 2 points 6 months ago

High settings at around 60fps.

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PiGuy193 3 points 6 months ago

I'm interested in playing Fallout 76, Destiny 2 and WoW. What are some games that this could run or have troubles with?

Tigru 1 point 4 months ago

Um idk i think it might not be able to handle destiny 2 on very high,high ,maybe medium, fallout 76 idk and WoW yes

gaming_tryhard 2 points 7 months ago

Should i overclock this cpu with stock cooler?? And also is this cpu better than the ryzen 1300x?

PixelatedHam 1 Build 2 points 7 months ago

Definitely overclock to 3.8 minimum, and yes its on par with the R3 1300X.

oscar_leehaz 1 point 4 months ago

i over clocked a 2200g with stock cooler to 4ghz and it runs rly good. It stays under 70

LeSpunge 2 points 6 months ago

Can this run Rainbow six: siege very well?

Nater650 2 points 4 months ago

Can this run Fallout 4 as it is, or will I need to buy a dedicated GPU?

gaming_tryhard 2 points 4 months ago

This has a dedicted gpu?

Tigru 1 point 4 months ago

yes

gaming_tryhard 1 point 7 months ago

Which psu is best for this build?

gaming_tryhard 1 point 6 months ago

The XFX isnt semi modular or modular tho

NEWPC2005 1 point 5 months ago

Well, if you ask me, it doesn't matter. Just make sure the PSU you pick has enough wattage and is reliable. I recommend Corsair, Seasonic, or EVGA.

ThatSaltiBoye 0 points 6 months ago

That corsair CMX should do the trick

1410.txt 0 points 6 months ago

Hey. The... XFX - XT 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply is only £31 which is perfect for a budget build. Good luck

fawful88 1 point 6 months ago

Is that motherboard compatibility issue that needs a new BIOS update to work with newer Ryzens gone?

Brion_Sundae 4 points 6 months ago

It's a B450 board, should run 2nd gen Ryzen out of the box.

gaming_tryhard 1 point 6 months ago

Is this the best pc build i can get for around this price?

1410.txt 0 points 6 months ago

I have a similar build which is a little bit more pricy (£20 more) but I think is quite good. It has a 1300x which has a higher clock speed than the 2200g . Heres the link... https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/zz67sZ

Potatogamer1230 4 points 6 months ago

or you could overclock the 2200g

1410.txt 1 point 6 months ago

Hey does anyone know if I need a wifi card or not. Im quite new to pc building so any help would be greatly aprecciated. Thanks.

TechSupportTime 1 Build 4 points 6 months ago

It will need a wifi card if you want to use wifi, but no card needed if you have an ethernet hooked up to it. You can use something like this: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/gWg323/tp-link-wireless-network-card-tlwn823n

1410.txt 1 point 6 months ago

Thank you so much for your help. Have a great day!

GLDFSH 1 point 6 months ago

Will this play battlefield 1?

Jimbino -1 points 6 months ago

yes, but if you want 60fps then you are going to have to tune down the settings a lot.

gaming_tryhard 1 point 6 months ago

Does this build have good upgradability?

imok 2 points 6 months ago

Yes, the AM4 socket has been promised to be relevant for some time by AMD; so the CPU socket is good at least for another gen. There's only one PCIex16 but that shouldn't hold back most people. There's also room for an M.2 NVMe SSD, which is probably the first thing I'd upgrade to after getting this build.

joaopao94 1 point 6 months ago

Hey gents if you wouldn't mind commenting on this build here. It will be my first and the budget is between $500-$550. It'll be used to play Blizzard's HotS, and Sega's Rome 2 Total War. Can't invest much due to my being in nursing school and low hours of work.

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/VTxTFt

gaming_tryhard 2 points 6 months ago

Its good but theres only 120gbs of storage if u arent adding a harddrive

joaopao94 1 point 6 months ago

I put in a 240GB SanDisk. Definitely looking to get a 1TB HDD in the near future also.

Triniking 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Why the Antec 80+ PSU instead of a 80+ Bronze from a better retailer?

joaopao94 1 point 6 months ago

The antec is because I already have it available from a previous build. I have been looking at an EVGA PSU however.

Lyathon_1 -2 points 6 months ago

Ew Rome 2

HofePrime 1 point 6 months ago

I did revise the build to meet different specifications, such as a Windows 10 Operating System and an Optical Drive for anybody who really needs that. I also changed up the RAM and the case (personally, my brother who helps with my builds and is pretty tech savvy helps me and recommends I use NZXT cases instead of Deepcool). His version is possibly better than mine, but oh well. I just shifted it to my specifications.

Germiknight 1 point 6 months ago

Will this run rocket league? Looking to build a budget pc and I found this.

Lyathon_1 1 point 6 months ago

I'm thinking about using the ryzen 2400g (with beefy vega graphics) and ditching the 1050 ti to save money as I don't need the more powerful gpu. Is this a good idea or should I go with a less expensive cpu without integrated graphics with a cheaper discrete gpu? Which would give better value for money?

Triniking 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

The GTX1050ti out-performs the Vega 11 gpu of the 2400G but what were you planning to use your computer for?

Lyathon_1 1 point 6 months ago

I mostly play older titles as well as general productivity/web browsing (currently using an i5 5250 laptop with 920M) but would like some future-proofing as well.

gaming_tryhard 1 point 6 months ago

I think if your going to have a low budget pc you should get a cheaper case and a non modular psu and focus more on performance. Also maybe you could fit an ssd in there

DeadlyAxeMaster 1 point 5 months ago

Benchmarks?

SixtyMoney 1 point 5 months ago

Can I upgrade the video card to a 1060 ti and it still be compatible?

gaming_tryhard 1 point 5 months ago

1060ti doesnt exist but a 1060 3gb would work

SixtyMoney 1 point 5 months ago

Sorry I am not really smart when it comes with computers but thanks

ThatCraigSwords 1 point 5 months ago

It's a bit weird that you're not using a ryzen 1200 since it's a bit cheaper and you're trying to make an entry level build. I guess the 2200G is a bit better in threaded performance.

MiracleMeerkat 1 point 5 months ago

Will I be able to play black ops 4 high settings 75 Fps

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sowasred2012 1 point 5 months ago

I'm currently building this PC, buying a couple of components a month so as not to clean myself out :)

As it's my first build, I wanted to ask: if I were to initially buy a single 8GB stick of RAM, with the intention of buying a second a month or so down the line, would this PC still run?

Triniking 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

The motherboard currently listed supports 64GB total in RAM which means 16GB per slot. Therefore it will run with the 8gb and the 2nd stick later.

sowasred2012 1 point 5 months ago

Appreciate the answer, thanks!

gaming_tryhard 1 point 5 months ago

Yes it will work but dual channel is faster

Gamer-Girl- 1 point 5 months ago

Suggestions for an alternative case ? The one listed is out of stock. My Preferred source Amazon. Any help appreciated.

markd78 1 point 5 months ago

Looking to start my first build for my nephew. He wants to play Age of Empire 4 - how would this build stack up playing that game?

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SYNDROME969 1 point 5 months ago

With the tower you are using, is it possible to upgrade parts without buying a whole new PC?

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stark_X 1 point 5 months ago

would this be good for my first build?

lej1337 1 point 5 months ago

Hey can someone tell me if this build is going to work for 1080p gaming? First time building my own pc:

https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/Zpd6mq

Thanks.

gaming_tryhard 1 point 5 months ago

Its a great build for 1080p gaming yes, but with ryzen you want higher speed ram. 3200 is what i would recommend. Also you probably want 16 gbs of ram at that price

gaming_tryhard 1 point 5 months ago

And if you are going to spend that much on a motherboard go with a x470 they are a lot better. I also saw that same video card you are getting for 209 usd so you might be wasting money but it is an amazing build. If you are willing to spend 350 on a graphics card get a gtx 1070ti IT IS SOOO MUCH BETTER.

ExceptedBee 1 point 5 months ago

Can this pc run City Skylines and Gta well? I would add mods to both games, will it handle it? I would also use it to edit youtube videos and montges. Is this a good buy for this?

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TravDryden 1 point 4 months ago

How would this build run Total War: Warhammer II?

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SilverGamerBoy 1 point 4 months ago

Would this PC be able to handle VR and 1080p fornite all epic graphics? If not could someone suggest a build while keeping within a reasonable budget like this PC build? It would really help me because I'm looking to make my first Gaming PC

ZeroEdge 1 point 4 months ago

I don’t know if this one could handle VR. Here’s a budget VR build: https://pcpartpicker.com/guide/Czwrxr/budget-vr-gaming-build

gaming_tryhard 1 point 4 months ago

Lol the build is nearly the same

A_Minor 1 point 4 months ago

should I get this build or the Intel one

A_Minor 1 point 4 months ago

what monitor would someone recommend to go with this build

gaming_tryhard 1 point 4 months ago

Please update this parts list with an ssd and more budget psu and case

PCBuilder73 1 point 4 months ago

Can someone link me the best recommended Thermal Paste for this? (pls link me it through PCCG)

traceroni 1 point 4 months ago

Looking to get my first pc. i want to play destiny 2 and overwatch. can someone tell my if this can run these and how well? thanks

PCBuilder73 1 point 4 months ago

To all people visiting definitely spend like 50 extra bucks on a Solid Disk Drive with 240 gb.

Also is this PC VR ready because I'm thinking of buying a VR Headset?

FatherOfaTeenager 1 point 4 months ago

We are definitely on a budget, 2 questions. What risks might I be running if I pick memory not specifically listed as compatible with this motherboard, specs say okay but they are not on the list. 2nd question Considering the Ryzen 5 2400g with the vega 11 graphics. Will I have problema, plan on not purchasing a graphics card right away.

Triniking 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Please do research and get the compatible memory for the cpu + mobo. Best case scenario is the memory will under-clock itself; worse case is it might not work.

The 2400G will still work but don't expect 1050ti performance.

FatherOfaTeenager 1 point 4 months ago

Well, by the time I saw this I already made the purchase.... Good news is it works and we are getting 40-60 fps on Fortnite with settings on high. (40 fps is rare 55-60 fps is almost a constant we set the max to 60). I did have to go into BIOS and change the graphics cache from auto to 2gb it was only auto configuring 1gb and textures we're way out of whack.

FatherOfaTeenager 1 point 4 months ago

We are going to try a few more games, but for now all he wanted was console graphics or better on Fortnite which we accomplished.

THATISNOTSOLIDSNAKE 1 point 4 months ago

Hello. I am new to all of this, lets say i was to make this exact build, where after would i begin to upgrade or where do you generally upgrade mostly? any comments will be appreciated :D

gaming_tryhard 2 points 4 months ago

Get the rx 570 right now instead of the 1050ti the prices are about the same

Octothorpe007 1 point 4 months ago

What do you think is better, the AMD build or the intel build?

gaming_tryhard 1 point 4 months ago

AMD is better and I am sure lots would agree

youcef.adjo 1 point 4 months ago

I think it's better to use an SSD for the build, you can get 480 GB 2.5" SSD for $59.99, smooth experience with multitasking and over all performance, other ways the build is great.

Hastybananas 1 point 4 months ago

Question. I play mostly destiny 2. And im trying to do the switch from using a ps4 to pc. Will this be able to outperform or around the same D2 on the ps4? Also any sugesstion as to what to change and which monitor to use? Thanks in advance

MBWREOR 1 point 4 months ago

does it have built in wifi?

Mavalone 0 points 7 months ago

Hey I decided to use some of your design parts for my build and I wanted your opinion on this build, If so can you tell me if this could run games such as, GTA V, CSGO, LOL, Overwatch, PUBG over 60 fps? Also would this also be okay for maybe school related things and browsing? https://pcpartpicker.com/list/BMJfxG

Ezikiel 1 point 4 months ago

It won't be able to run GTA V or PUBG over 60, unless you turn down some settings or the resolution.

vetas27gfmt 0 points 6 months ago

yes

SugahSean1138 0 points 6 months ago

is this a good build for streaming games im new to building PCs so any help is awesome

Crescive 1 point 5 months ago

If this is still relevant, then you should be streaming something light, not heavy. While AMD processors are known for their mastery in the art of multi-tasking (i.e. streaming) this budget processor won't be able to handle something heavy while streaming at good quality at the same time without either heating up, crashing, or using a after-market cooler in tandem with a full overclock. Even then it still may not do the trick.

1410.txt 0 points 6 months ago

Im new too. I think you can but im not sure. Good Luck

1410.txt 0 points 6 months ago

By the way, the gpu is actually around £167 instead of the £147. If you click on the link it is actually more money. It really sucks because im trying to build a budget c and this would be perfect but the gpu is actually £20 more expensive. It would still be budget but its kinda annoying. Also you'd be better off using the AMD Ryzen 3 1300x because its cheaper and it has a higher clock speed. The intergrated graphics are made useless since you have a decent gpu.

Potatogamer1230 1 point 6 months ago

The GPU has a mail-in rebate. A rebate is an amount paid by way of reduction, return, or refund on what has already been paid or contributed. so i believe when you buy it its the full cost but you can send something to the place you bought it from to get some of your money back.

Potatogamer1230 1 point 6 months ago

The GPU has a mail-in rebate. A rebate is an amount paid by way of reduction, return, or refund on what has already been paid or contributed. so i believe when you buy it its the full cost but you can send something to the place you bought it from to get some of your money back.

ericko 0 points 6 months ago

Here's THE "Super Power Puncher." Likely soon to be my build!!! For around $500 nowadays you can build a truly powerful system!

Component Selection Price
CPU

AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor $164.99 Buy Motherboard

Biostar - B450MH Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $61.98 Buy Memory

G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2666 Memory $69.89 Buy Video Card

Gigabyte - Radeon RX 570 4GB Gaming 4G Video Card $171.00 Buy Case

Raidmax - Ninja II ATX Mid Tower Case $25.98 Buy Power Supply

EVGA - BT 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $24.99 Buy Total: $518.83

JAH123 2 Builds 4 points 5 months ago

It looks good (once you add storage) except that your CPU outshines the RAM and GPU by a big margin. You could save $$ on the CPU and not really see much of a performance dip.

If you really want to get the benefit of the Ryzen 5 2600 then you would want at 16Gb RAM and a better GPU (at the very least a RX 580/GTX 1060, if not a GTX 1070/Vega 56 or higher). Of course, that will eat into your budget and your build still leaves you the option of upgrading the RAM and/or the GPU in the future ;)

ericko 0 points 5 months ago

This is just a powerful beginning with room to expand later on:)

JAH123 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

In that case... nice ;)

gaming_tryhard 2 points 6 months ago

Great build but dont forget storage

ericko 1 point 5 months ago

Yea, but I gonna use my HDD's that I already have:)

NEWPC2005 -2 points 6 months ago

Wait... you're using an APU and still have a GPU???

Lyathon_1 1 point 6 months ago

According to UserBenchmark the 1050 ti is 190% better than the apu's (vega 8) graphics.

MysteriousLegend 1 point 5 months ago

Thank you come again

ColinHirosky 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

the igpu isnt that great, and the 22000g is cheaper most of the time

Gavldac_Klasmov -4 points 6 months ago

I disagree with a few critical choices here. With a 2 stick RAM kit (in a 4 slot MB) you're going to only get single channel mode and that will definitely cripple APU performance if you try to run this build with out a GPU. I don't believe in limiting your performance right from the start just so that MAYBE you might have more money later to add more to your system. I also think that you can get a better case for less money. There's no reason to spend extra money on a modular PSU when you are building a low budget build. SSD prices are falling like a rock. AMD B450 boards support StoreMI. You can start with a smaller SSD now and once you actually fill it you can decide to add a HDD. Using StoreMI, your SSD becomes a cache and you don't have the guarenteed HDD perfomance hit. That's long term value and growth potential.

Changing a few choices lets you afford better choices that will pay off in ways that you'll notice everytime you bootup, open a program, or transfer a file.

Here's how I would fix this: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/sRZrpG I'm at $411 base build. Adding the same GPU for $170 means the total build would be $581, but my version will actually feel like a fast new computer.

ThoughtA staff submitter 3 points 6 months ago

With a 2 stick RAM kit (in a 4 slot MB) you're going to only get single channel mode

That is false.

I'll be looking into going with a large SSD on the next iteration after prices hopefully continue falling, though.

Crescive 1 point 5 months ago

Would a low-capacity SSD not be sufficient enough? I thought most people used SSDs for boot times. If this build is dedicated to gaming, then a 450GB SSD should be enough to hold people over until prices drop further and they can upgrade their storage. This will also allow them to download Windows OS comfortably on their system.

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Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
AMD - Ryzen 3 2200G 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor 8W - 65W
G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-2800 Memory 5W - 5W
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: 35W - 165W