• Log In
  • Register

Entry-level Quad-core (Build 2)



This build steps up Intel's 2C/4T G4560/G4600/G4620 CPU to AMD's entry-level Ryzen CPU, which is a quad-core, four-thread processor. You won't go above 1080p, and you won't be at Ultra settings, but you can pull a respectable framerate in quite a few games at High or Medium settings. You'll also be a little more functional in core-heavy usage such as video rendering, although I wouldn't recommend this relatively low-budget build if video rendering is your main use. This build does leave open a lot of upgrade options, because the AM4 chipset will be in use for at least two more Ryzen generations. You could easily swap out the included CPU for whatever Ryzen CPUs release in 2018 or 2019, if you want to upgrade at that point. And, of course, the GPU would also be available to upgrade regardless.

CPU: The Ryzen 1200 is a quad-core, four-thread CPU. It can be overclocked and comes with its own cooler which can handle mild overclocks. However, if you really want to push your Ryzen 1200's overclock to its limit, you'll need an aftermarket CPU cooler which will run you $30-$60 more.

Motherboard: Any low-priced B350 motherboard will do for this build; MSI, ASUS, ASRock, and Gigabyte are all reputable brands. In this case, we've stepped up to a larger ATX-sized motherboard instead of the smaller mATX board we used on our previous build, as the larger ATX boards will offer more expandability, more features, and generally better cooling for board components.

RAM: This build bumps us up to a very solid 16 GB of RAM, which should be plenty for gaming for at least a couple of years. The speed/frequency of the RAM is moderately important for a build using any Ryzen CPU, so try to aim for higher speeds with 2666 MHz at a minimum and 3200 MHz being the maximum. Don't break the bank jumping from 2666 MHz to 3000 MHz or 3200 MHz however, as it's just not that important and you'll likely only see 2-3% framerate increases from each jump up... which is around 1 to 3 FPS average when you're around 60 FPS.

Storage: A 1 TB hard drive will be enough storage for most uses including quite a few game installs, and you can always add on more storage later via internal or external storage. This build is modestly budget-conscious, but we did make room for a 120 GB SSD. This is plenty of space for your operating system (OS) plus a game and productivity software (Photoshop, Chrome, Office, etc).

Video card: The 1050 Ti is as low as I would recommend in terms of GPU quality. This is by far the part I would recommend upgrading if you have room to spare in your budget, with a 1060 6 GB or a used 970 being your best bets.

Case: This is a highly personal choice. The case I selected is pretty solid for the price and is a tried-and-tested case. You may want to add in an extra 120mm or 140mm case fan, such as the be quiet! SilentWings-series, to help with case airflow if you plan to overclock your CPU.

PSU: This power supply is barebones, but it's more than functional for this build. The 500 watt rating is more than we need by probably 100 watts or more, but it's hard to find respectable quality PSUs that are <500 watts, so this is what we're going with.

Compatibility Check: See notes below.

Edit This Part List
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $109.86 $109.86 OutletPC Buy
From parametric filter
  • Rating: 4 stars, 5 stars
  • Manufacturer: ASRock, Asus, Gigabyte, MSI
  • Socket / CPU: AM4
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Chipset: AMD B350
$84.99 -$15.00 $0.99 $70.98 Newegg Buy
$15.00 mail-in rebate
From parametric filter
  • Rating: 4 stars, 5 stars
  • Manufacturer: Corsair, Crucial, G.Skill, GeIL
  • Speed: DDR4-2666, DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
$181.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $181.99 Amazon Buy
From parametric filter
  • Rating: 4 stars, 5 stars
  • Manufacturer: Corsair, Crucial, Intel, Mushkin, Samsung, SanDisk, Western Digital
  • Capacity: 120GB - 146GB
  • Type: SSD
  • Form Factor: 2.5"
$59.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $59.99 Amazon Buy
$46.89 $46.89 OutletPC Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Rating: 4 stars, 5 stars
  • Manufacturer: Asus, EVGA, Gigabyte, MSI
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
$164.99 -$25.00 FREE $139.99 Newegg Buy
$25.00 mail-in rebate
Case $59.99 FREE $59.99 B&H Buy
Power Supply $47.89 -$10.00 $37.89 OutletPC Buy
$10.00 mail-in rebate
Operating System $99.89 -$10.00 $89.89 OutletPC Buy
$10.00 mail-in rebate
Base Total: $856.48
Mail-in Rebates: -$60.00
Shipping: $0.99
Total: $797.47
* 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.

Compatibility Notes

  • Gigabyte - GA-AB350-GAMING 3 ATX AM4 Motherboard has an onboard USB 3.0 header, but the Cooler Master - HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case does not have front panel USB 3.0 ports.
  • Flag compatibility notes as incorrect

Part List Price History (Excluding Tax)



There are no comments.
Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
AMD - Ryzen 3 1200 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor 8W - 65W
Gigabyte - GA-AB350-GAMING 3 ATX AM4 Motherboard 17W - 70W
Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory 11W - 11W
Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Crucial - BX300 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
MSI - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB GAMING X 4G Video Card 18W - 75W
Total: 60W - 251W
    Show Prices From: