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Modest Gaming Build

by manirelli




Our Modest Gaming Build is built around the Intel i5-7500. If you do not plan to overclock your computer this is arguably the best mid-range processor on the market. We paired the i5 with a parametric list of B250 motherboards that supports up to 64GB of DDR4 memory, 6x SATA6 devices, and front panel USB3.0.


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 Intel’s recommended specifications. Our storage choice is also based on parametric selection criteria – 2TB and 7200rpm are our standard recommendations for builds that incorporate a mechanical drive. With our increased budget we can also include a solid state drive selected by parametric filters. You should be able to purchase at least a 240GB drive on this budget.


On a 800 dollar budget, the Radeon RX480 8GB is a fantastic choice. This GPU has excellent performance for the price making this model one of the best graphics card choices on the market. At 1080p the Radeon RX480 8GB provides a consistent 60fps even on demanding games like Battlefield One using Ultra/High settings.


All of the components are housed in the Apevia X-QPACK3-RD MicroATX Mini Tower. This case is an affordable option that has 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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Estimated Wattage: 310W
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  • Chipset: Intel B250
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
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  • Size: 8GB (1x8GB), 8GB (2x4GB)
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  • Capacity: 240GB - 10TB
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  • Type: 7200RPM
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  • Chipset: Radeon RX 480
  • Video RAM: 8GB
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Power Supply €112.72 €112.72 Amazon Espana Buy
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Shipping: €3.95
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* 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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brgolf 3 points 22 days ago

is building a ATX harder than a regular tower build

kmkshakey 1 point 21 days ago

There is less volume within a MicroATX case than a Mid, or especially a Full ATX Tower case, so things like airflow and cable management could be more of a concern. Other than that, it's the same concept.

Alvks 2 points 16 days ago

Strongly disagree on airflow and cable management being a concern. Mini-tower/cube/microATX cases usually have a separate chamber for the PSU. Yes they have less volume, but that's why you have a smaller mobo.

tussiez 1 point 16 days ago

I quite don't understand.

diecast 1 point 1 day ago

ATX is a regular tower.

Lantyss 0 points 19 days ago

What ATX Kaby Lake mother board and Mid-Tower case could be substituted for this build, please? I prefer the mid-tower configuration.

Thanks very much.

Jokin_Is_Here 1 point 16 days ago

Anything with b250, h270, or z270 in the name, and any mid tower ATX case would work

Lantyss 2 points 16 days ago

I really appreciate your feedback on this. Thanks so much. Obviously I am a flaming noob at this. Best wishes and thanks again.


Jokin_Is_Here 5 points 16 days ago

No problem... that is what pcpartpicker is all about, helping people who are new to this community

Romdeau 2 points 25 days ago

The Zotac on Amazon is back ordered by 1-2 months, perhaps another similar option should be considered?

Lobsterareawesome 1 point 24 days ago

What about a Kingston?

whoscoal 2 points 22 days ago

Im brand new to pc building and im looking for a pc that can run fps games such as rainbow six siege at around 60 frames. would this build provide that? HELP I cant play console anymore

Robinf 2 points 22 days ago

Yes this will do exactly what you want. If you have any questions come over to /r/buildapc on reddit. Great PC building community.

tussiez 1 point 16 days ago


Cmdr__Tim 1 point 16 days ago

I play rainbow six siege alot. This thing would play it with max graphics, with probably 110 average fps, and never drop below 80-90 fps.

Chinguililla 2 points 6 days ago

I have never built a computer before and I am confused. Don't you need a cooling system as a necessity?

manirelli staff submitter 7 Builds 3 points 6 days ago

The CPU comes with a stock cooler.

Raykal1 1 point 1 day ago

I was gonna ask the same question, thx

JvK 2 points 1 day ago

Just use amd for the processer and it will be soooo much cheaper

BuchwaldHartwig 1 point 25 days ago

Can I use 2x8Gb instead of only one, to have 16 Gb?

manirelli staff submitter 7 Builds 5 points 25 days ago


Titan02 2 points 20 days ago

Ive done a ton or research and 8gb is generally ample for a gaming rig. Google 8gb vs 16gb and see the results for youself

IBuildCompooters 1 point 24 days ago

What would be a cheap water CPU cooler to go along with this?

Romdeau 5 points 24 days ago

that would be complete overkill for this build, it's not even designed to overclock. Or is this simply just for the aesthetics?

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riftking 2 points 23 days ago

cheap water cooler...maybe the corsair h60, but i wouldnt recommend it for the locked cpu. if ur going for aesthetics/noise i would recommend something that looks nice like the cryorig c7

eGND3mon 1 point 22 days ago

Isn't the i5 6600k better then i5 7500? its only 50$ more plus it overclock able and also where is the cpu cooling??

rosswalker 1 Build 3 points 20 days ago

its only 50$ more plus it overclock able

That is $50 more, then you need a motherboard to go with it then spend more on a decent cooler to overclock, it would be stupid with this budget.

and also where is the cpu cooling??

The cpu comes with it...

Salvajey 1 point 21 days ago

i5 7500 comes with a stock fan, 6600k doesn't.

Titan02 1 point 20 days ago

Hmm im literally about to place my order for my pc build and wasnt aware of the fan already on the CPU. Thatll give me a few more dollars to go the saphire rx 480 nitro+

gregbielak -1 points 13 days ago

Trust me, drop the 25 dollars on a coolermaster evo. Never go stock with gaming.

shreduhsoreus 3 Builds 2 points 7 days ago

On a CPU that can't be overclocked the stock cooler is fine. You're never going to go into unsafe temperature ranges at stock fan speeds while gaming and if you're anal about keeping things cool you can set a custom fan speed curve to keep it cooler. The vast majority of games will never fully utilize a CPU, so saying "never go stock with gaming" on a CPU with a locked multiplayer is kind of ignorant. Unless you plan on running Prime95 in the background while gaming lol...with an i5 7500 an aftermarket cooler is more about aesthetics.

cheeseandram 1 Build 1 point 3 days ago

The stock cooler will work just fine. If it wasn't capable of cooling the chip under load then Intel wouldn't include it in the package. The 7500 is a locked chip anyway.

The Evo is also bad value. At that price point the M9i is much better.

LatiosGaming 1 point 15 days ago

Intel stock fans suck. We all know this.

adventureguy 2 points 9 days ago

Yes but they do the job. If it comes with the CPU, then there is no reason not to spend the extra money on a GPU or something.

ksicher 1 point 21 days ago

This seems great for my first build. However I'll need wifi access for about the first few months using it until I move to a new location. Is there a different motherboard that supports wifi? Also is there any guides to assembly on something like this or similar?

kazip55 3 points 19 days ago

Just add in a $15 usb wifi card.

moooo566 1 point 20 days ago

This case doesn't appear to be available here - what might be other good choices for this and similar builds? For that matter, what am I actually looking for if I want to compare cases? What separates them beyond size and appearance?

cahan 1 point 20 days ago

There's a compatibility note: >"The motherboard M.2 slot #0 shares bandwidth with a SATA 6.0 Gb/s port. When the M.2 slot is populated, one SATA 6Gb/s port is disabled."

What does this mean?

Also any recommendations for a different case?

rosswalker 1 Build 1 point 20 days ago

There's a compatibility note: >"The motherboard M.2 slot #0 shares bandwidth with a SATA 6.0 Gb/s port. When the M.2 slot is populated, one SATA 6Gb/s port is disabled."

It just means if you use one of the M.2 slots, one of the Sata ports are disabled. Nothing to worry about.

Qunithepro 1 point 19 days ago

Can you tell which SATA port is disabled?

rosswalker 1 Build 1 point 19 days ago

I'd assume it would be the last one No.4 but it might say on the website for it.

tussiez 1 point 16 days ago

here's a tip: If you're curious, look at the numbers next to the SATA port on the motherboard, and it marks which # it is, so you don't put a cord into a disabled port.

Rexper 1 point 18 days ago

It's different for each motherboard. Check the manual specific to the motherboard you're looking at.

Az1nPersuasion 1 point 19 days ago

Nice build but could you guys look at my build it's my first build so I'm kind of new


fiveam 1 point 13 days ago

Its a good budget build, though you could go for a cheaper cpu

Also, save some money to add some more ram down the road, because 8gb is the bare minimum

GoTeamRed 1 point 13 days ago

It's decent but I would ditch the SSD, it's not really necessary for a budget build, and you can get Windows 10 keys from other places LEGALLY for a lot cheaper. Also get the Ryzen 1500x over the i5 7500, it's a better CPU for the same price, I would also get a cheaper USB Wi Fi adapter.

shreduhsoreus 3 Builds 1 point 7 days ago

Ugh...no, you can't get Windows 10 keys way cheaper legally. Those grey market sites aren't legit places to get keys. At best, you're buying from somebody who bought keys in a poor region that Windows gives a discount to, at worst, you're buying a key that was purchased with a stolen credit card.

GoTeamRed 0 points 5 days ago

Still getting Windows for much much cheaper, and you won't get in trouble for it as apposed to piracy.

ThoughtA staff 5 points 5 days ago

If you're talking about gray market keys, recommending, suggesting, advising, encouraging, hinting, or in any way implying them as a solution or option is not allowed on this site.

Az1nPersuasion 1 point 7 days ago

But shouldn't I get a ssd for the os and other stuff

GoTeamRed 1 point 5 days ago

Honestly I would just save the money and put it into a better CPU/GPU because you don't NEED an SSD even though everybody says you do, If you want boot times that are a couple seconds quicker, than get an SSD, but I wouldn't.

shreduhsoreus 3 Builds 2 points 4 days ago

Solid state drives do way more than make your system boot "a couple seconds quicker". It's more like going from pressing power to browsing the internet in 20 seconds, that's A LOT quicker than a HDD. Games tend to load quicker and your entire system is much more responsive and snappier, files transfer faster, installs happen quicker, uninstalls happen quicker. There are plenty of good reasons to invest 50 bucks into an SSD on top of a larger HDD for storage...

GoTeamRed 1 point 13 days ago
Az1nPersuasion 2 points 10 days ago

Thanks but will this's run triple a titles and at what settings because I saw the video card had 4gb vs my 8gb one

GoTeamRed 1 point 5 days ago

Of course it will at 1080p and 1440p, the 470 is very similar in performance compared to the RX 480

tornacle 1 point 7 days ago

teamred build looks good like im something i may be interested in. how is upgradability for this puppy down the line is i may look to invest more into in the future?

GoTeamRed 1 point 5 days ago

The upgradability is great, because the RYZEN AM4 socket won't be going away until at least 2020, so you should be able to upgrade the CPU down the line, and you could upgrade the video card any time you wanted too.

BruxiEEE 1 point 17 days ago

How much fps in MINECRAFT?

tussiez 2 points 16 days ago

Hmm I guess like a solid 100FPS.

LatiosGaming 1 point 15 days ago

Minecraft is really easy to run. Even the crappiest somewhat-modern PC can run it in 30-40 fps.

BladeGenexis 1 point 13 days ago

And that's without a video card! Haha.

BladeGenexis 1 point 13 days ago

You'll be able to play Minecraft at 4k and still get 60fps at the minimum. This build is a little more hardcore than Minecraft, that's why.

Whitetail 1 point 16 days ago

Please help me I am new to building PC would this run Arma 3 and also would it run squad

LatiosGaming 1 point 15 days ago

A lot of modern PC's s could run Arma 3, just not happily. From what I can tell, this Radeon card is pretty capable.

fildmg 1 point 15 days ago

would there be any issues swapping the psu for a Corsair CXM 450W 80+?

urager 1 point 14 days ago

i can't find the recommended HDD anywhere, what would be a suitable substitute?

BladeGenexis 1 point 13 days ago

Any Western Digital or Seagate HDD will do the trick. The capacity is up to you. I don't think you need anything larger than 1Tb.

fiveam 1 point 13 days ago

would a 520w seasonic psu also work?

shreduhsoreus 3 Builds 1 point 7 days ago


leemer 1 point 13 days ago

I'm kind of new to the whole pc game, would this be a good pc to run most games at good frames such as gta? Also are there any alternatives to the case, it seems a bit too bulky

BladeGenexis 1 point 13 days ago

If you're gaming in 1080p, you will get 60fps on average, depending on your settings. Even if you have to lower them, you won't have to compromise much. As per the build title, this is a "Modest Gaming Build". It's enough to play GTA V and other games decently.

GoTeamRed 1 point 13 days ago

The i5 7500 is basically useless right now because the Ryzen 5 processors absolutely destroy it for the same price. Overclock ability for no extra cost, and more cores and threads for the same price.

shreduhsoreus 3 Builds 1 point 7 days ago

When it comes to gaming benchmarks an overclocked R5 runs +/- 5 FPS. It definitely doesn't "destroy" it, especially if you're only gaming.

GoTeamRed 0 points 5 days ago

It does. And you get a bunch more benefits for the same price.

shreduhsoreus 3 Builds 1 point 4 days ago

So running at a slightly lower, slightly higher, or similar frame rate is getting "destroyed"?

Sorry, but everything about you just screams "fanboy", and given your stance on shady Windows keys coupled with your exaggeration of processors that aren't a universally better solution for everybody, I can't take you seriously.

I care about one thing: results. The results don't paint the same picture you have in your head, sorry to say. If somebody is only gaming, they would more than likely be better with the i5. If they have use for multi-threaded performance, they should look into Ryzen.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_nF0aLPJXs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0G45q9WV2FY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83NnGQ7tC0g https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q680OKtj8gQ

Yes, a few of those don't test the R5 overclocked, but it hits 3.7 GHz stock, overclocked you're looking at an extra 200-300 MHz, which isn't going to change the performance delta very much.

JvK 1 point 12 days ago

they could use an AMD Athlon X4 860K and upragde the video card at the same price.

JvK 1 point 12 days ago

Can you guys check my build? list

Tremenduz 1 point 11 days ago

I've never built a PC before and have tried to teach myself purely through YouTube alone. I want to use this build but I have a few questions. Bearing in mind, I want to have this PC connected to my 40" 4K TV monitor (wireless keyboard and mouse) and I don't mind the fps not being crazy high cus I'm used to lower fps from console gaming. I also don't mind quality going down to 1440p if it has to. I want to spend as little as possible, and I'll be using this PC for gaming and for productivity things like Photoshop, video editing etc.
- Is the SSD really necessary?
- If I choose not to have an SSD, should I get 16GB of RAM instead?
- Will this build be able to connect to my internet router wirelessly as it is, or do I need to buy something extra to achieve that?
- Are there any extra cables/wires/screws etc. that I need to buy, or do the components come with all this?
Any help at all would be greatly appreciated. THAAAANKS :)

adventureguy 2 points 9 days ago
  1. SSD - if budget is above $1,000 or you simply don't want to wait for 30 seconds for Windows to boot up HDD - if you really need the extra space and you don't have any money to spare
  2. 16GB of ram should come after the SSD. Clock speed of the RAM doesn't matter on Intel CPUs but on AMD CPUs, I'd recommend the highest speed ram you could comfortably afford. GSkill, Corsair, and Kingston make great RAM kits
  3. You would need a $15 WiFi card for that
  4. No, you really don't. That's the usual, anyway, but I don't know specifically about this PC

One last note, I really don't recommend anything above 1440p for this PC. You'll probably be dealing with the teens as far as frame rate goes. But the RX 480 is enough for 50fps 1440p gaming, and that's for triple A titles. If you're playing Roblox or some crap game that doesn't need as much GPU power, then sure, go for 4K, but it's still sketchy so I would do some extra research.

Tremenduz 1 point 7 days ago

Cheers duuuuude :) appreciate it

adventureguy 1 point 7 days ago

No problem! Go to Tom's Hardware forums too if you want to hear about other people's opinions too.

Typhus7 1 point 10 days ago

I can not find the graphics card for the life of me, is there another suitable graphics card that fits in the case and all that?

manirelli staff submitter 7 Builds 1 point 10 days ago

Click the 'from parametric filter' link to see all of the GPUs

kaon 1 point 9 days ago

how about my build versus this one for a similar price if you factor out windows 10 cost?

Any issues? Thanks


adventureguy 2 points 9 days ago

Seems good but I would recommend the PNY CS1311 120GB SSD because OCZ Trion 100 SSDs easily malfunction. Also, buy the Seasonic M12II 520W or EVGA G2 550W power Supply because the EVGA NEX is a very old power Supply and I wouldn't recommend it.

kaon 1 point 8 days ago

fixed a bit added your rec and 6600k and reduced ram to 8


adventureguy 2 points 8 days ago

Looks good! But one thing I'd say is get a Z170 so you can overclock. It's more performance for a few extra bucks.

kaon 1 point 2 days ago

which z170? There are quite a few out there.

adventureguy 2 points 8 days ago

Or Z270 but that's for kaby lake so doesn't really matter that much

Singha 1 point 8 days ago

Hi I'm very new to this Pc building thing. I'd like to build this build. I want a Pc that can edit photo, video 4K and some gaming. ( Lightroom,photoshop, premiere Pro, Lol). Will this Pc be ok with all these softwares? And also I will need to get a operating Window with this build as well right ? Please help! Thank you!

shreduhsoreus 3 Builds 1 point 7 days ago

Since you're doing content creation you might want to look into similarly priced Rzyen processors. And yes, you will need to purchase a copy of Windows...though if you can get your hands on the installer, activation isn't required to use your PC. The main things that activation does are removing a small watermark and allowing access to the "personalization" settings.

SandwichEater11 1 point 8 days ago

Has this got good upgradability?

shreduhsoreus 3 Builds 1 point 7 days ago

Highest CPU you can go with this build is an i7 7700K in the future(but you won't be able to overclock it without getting a Z170/270 motherboard). Though some people theorize that Coffee Lake will use the same socket based on Intel straying from their "tick-tock" release schedule, but that's just speculation. For GPU's you'll be able to use any new GPU, but with RAM you will be limited to 2400MHz(unless you switch to a Z170/270 motherboard).

So I'd say upgradability is decent, but not "great". If it's just for gaming, it will last quite a while.

RCRS-7 1 point 7 days ago

This build is a bit outdated. It should have the Ryzen 5 1500X instead. It has AMD's equivalent of hyperthreading (4 more threads) and is overclockable, unlike the i5-7500.

shreduhsoreus 3 Builds 0 points 3 days ago


You can squeeze an extra 200MHz out of the 1500X, maybe 300, which isn't going to bring those numbers up a whole lot. For a gaming PC, specifically a "modest gaming PC", the 7500 is fine.

I'd like to think the people who run this site and post these guides know what they're doing when they post them and/or make/don't make changes to them. It's possible that the R5's will get better support later on down the road or that BIOS updates will help them out, but the safe bet here for a $190-200 gaming CPU is going to be the i5 7500.

gormanator 1 point 7 days ago

Can you have a corsair 240 case with this build?

Tobaganner 1 point 7 days ago

honestly, bad price to performance, I got an r5 1600 and rx 580 with wireless router, case fans, better psu, windows 10 64-bit, anti static wrist strap, and an anti static mat for $150 more, just don't have an ssd

offerbaby 1 point 5 days ago

Hoping someone would be able to clarify what sort of fixed fps this would be able to run at for certain games, from League, Overwatch, BF1 - Much appreciated!

Canitrunsteam 1 point 5 days ago

Dumb question, Can this PC run steam?

zprater 2 Builds 1 point 2 days ago

yes! steam is a program that runs on any system as long as you have windows installed. that's assuming you already have an operation system (or OS) on your machine. No dumb questions here! everyone has to start somewhere :)

and just so you know, steam is just a gaming client. So asking if something "runs steam" is like asking if your gaming console can run its dashboard. You buy/download games through steam, and then run them accordingly.

kitboy2010 1 point 5 days ago

Hey if the CPU is replaced with a pentium G4560 will it be able to run most games at 1080p 60fps still?

shreduhsoreus 3 Builds 1 point 4 days ago

One of my PC's has an i3 6100 which only runs games at a few frames per second higher than that Pentium, so speaking from my experience, it will run almost all games on high(and in many cases, ultra) settings at 60 FPS at 1080p.

SamichGuy 1 point 5 days ago

How would this do with Star Citizen?

dasmitherino 1 point 4 days ago

Hey, the case used in this build is not available in my country, can you suggest a good replacement? Also, does it matter much what power supply it has as long as it's 550W? Because this particular one seems to be quite a bit more expensive here (~50% more)

Windfinder 1 point 4 days ago

How well will this system run VR applications?

Crossfired 1 point 3 days ago

Totally new to pc gaming, I assume you could swap the hard drive out for one with more capacity? Also would this build run games like gta v and rainbow six: siege well?

jackmaz10 1 point 2 hours ago

Yes you can swap out the hard drive

DoyleG 1 point 2 days ago

Hello, Completely new to PC Builds and PC Gaming. Will this run VR and 4K gaming or am I asking too much? I'm looking to build something that will be on par or better than the new Xbox Scorpio Console for £700 max. Thank you.

Raykal1 1 point 1 day ago

Can i change the case without changing anything else? If so, what would you suggest? Thank you

DoyleG 1 point 1 day ago

How does this build compare to this build on Tech Radar? Better Worse? Sorry I'm completely new to PC's and trying to find as much out as possible before building one. As you can see below, I'm looking to building a PC that is equal or better to the new console being released.

Thank you.


rideheiney 1 point 23 hours ago

Will this be a good computer for adobe software use? Like if I want to run premier and everything renders very quickly and smoothly. Also would be good for running games at 60fps like Unturned and DayZ or maybe even GTA 5

Footsocks 1 point 13 hours ago

Why no Ryzen 5 builds?

WambuCombu21 0 points 21 days ago

Is this build good? https://pcpartpicker.com/list/BpDtqk I can also go for the msi gtx 1060 6gt oc. But then i would have to go for the Silverstone ST50F - ESB. As for the HHD i have an old 200GB lying around.

kazip55 1 point 19 days ago

This is a faster and a ssd would be boot your os in 12-10 secs. https://pcpartpicker.com/list/Tn9jKZ

tussiez 1 point 16 days ago

The boot time varies a lot depending on what OS you will install on that system

adventureguy 1 point 9 days ago

I think you should really try to invest in more SSD space...120GB will fill up really fast.

kazip55 1 point 6 days ago

People can always buy a cheap 2tb hard drive for $50 later if he decides to.

GoTeamRed 1 point 5 days ago

SSD's aren't worth it for budget builds.

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BladeGenexis 1 point 13 days ago

With this setup, you won't drop a single frame in those games.

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Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
Intel Core i5-7500 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor 8W - 65W
MSI B250M BAZOOKA Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard 15W - 60W
Kingston ValueRAM 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory 5W - 5W
Kingston SSDNow UV400 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Toshiba 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Asus Radeon RX 480 8GB Dual OC Video Card 37W - 150W
Total: 71W - 310W