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Modest AMD Gaming Build

by manirelli

Description

CPU

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.

Motherboard

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.

Memory

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 DDR4-3000 to DDR4-3400 as Ryzen CPUs scale well with higher frequency memory. At the current time, using memory rated over 3400mhz 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

We're also using a parametric filter that will actively select the best-priced SSD of at least 500GB 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.

GPU

At this price point we suggest using the AMD RX 580 8GB edition. We specifically filter for the 8GB model as the 4GB may run into issues in more VRAM-heavy games. The performance across most games will be similar to the Nvidia GTX 1060. We've created a parametric filter to show you the lowest priced, full sized AMD RX 580 8GB which will be powerful enough for most AAA games at 1080p.

Case

All of the components are housed in the Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L 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.

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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Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 294W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $159.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $159.99 Amazon Buy
Motherboard
From parametric filter
  • Socket / CPU: AM4
  • Form Factor: Micro ATX
  • Chipset: AMD B450
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
$64.99 -$10.00 FREE $54.99 Newegg Buy
$10.00 mail-in rebate
Memory
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200, DDR4-3300, DDR4-3400
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
$99.99 FREE $99.99 Newegg Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 500 GB - 15360 GB
  • Type: SSD
$64.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $64.99 Amazon Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 2000 GB - 15360 GB
  • Type: 7200RPM
$53.99 FREE $53.99 Amazon Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1060 6GB, Radeon RX 580
  • Video RAM: 8 GB
  • Length: 223 mm - 403 mm
$199.99 -$15.00 FREE $184.99 Newegg Buy
+ $15 off w/ promo code 119ZFCF978, limited offer
Case $39.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $39.99 Amazon Buy
Power Supply $69.89 -$20.00 FREE $49.89 OutletPC Buy
$20.00 mail-in rebate
Base Total: $753.82
Promo Discounts: -$15.00
Mail-in Rebates: -$30.00
Total: $708.82
* 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:

Geneho 1 point 2 hours ago

Wouldn't the Ryzen 7 1700X perform better?

Reason:
Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor 8W - 65W
Team - Vulcan 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory 14W - 14W
Drevo - X1 Pro 512 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Hitachi - Deskstar 7K2000 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Asus - Radeon RX 580 8 GB DUAL Video Card 46W - 185W
Total: 74W - 294W