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Mid-range/Balanced Build (Build 3)

SoupaSoka

Description

This build makes a very helpful improvement to the GPU, adds four more threads to the CPU, and gives us a few other nice perks overall. You won't go above 1080p, but you might hit a few Ultra settings or a much better framerate at Medium-to-High settings. You'll be more functional in multithread-heavy usage such as video rendering with the included 4C/8T processor. This build leaves 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 1400 is a quad-core, eight-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 1400's overclock to its limit, you'll need an aftermarket CPU cooler which will run you $30-$60 more.

Motherboard: No change here from our previous build. Any low-to-medium priced AM4 B350 motherboard will do for this build; MSI, ASUS, ASRock, and Gigabyte are all reputable brands.

RAM: This build maintains the 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 mid-range build ups the SSD to 240 GB, which is enough to easily fit your OS and several games and productivity software.

Video card: The 1060 6 GB is a great mid-range GPU that will chew through most 1080p/60 FPS games.. The next upgrade would be a 1070, but due to recent price inflation caused by high demand, it'll be a considerable increase to the overall price to make that upgrade.

Case: This is a highly personal choice. However, the NZXT S340 is a very nice case for the price and should still be quite functional even for future builds. We're still including one extra case fan, but at this budget, it would be a worthwhile investment to add one or two more case fans for added cooling.

PSU: This power supply is barebones, but it's more than functional for this build. You can upgrade this PSU to a semi- or full-modular PSU which would make cable management quite a bit easier without increasing the overall cost of the build by too much.

Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

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  • Manufacturer: ASRock, Asus, Gigabyte, MSI
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  • Chipset: AMD B350
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  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
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Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
AMD - Ryzen 5 1400 3.2GHz 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
SanDisk - Ultra II 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
EVGA - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB GAMING Video Card 30W - 120W
be quiet! - SilentWings 3 PWM 50.5 CFM 120mm Fan 1W - 5W
Total: 73W - 301W
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