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Modest AMD Gaming Build

by manirelli

Description

CPU

Our Modest AMD Gaming Build is built around the Ryzen 3 1300X. Using the stock cooler you should be able to achieve moderate overclocks on this unlocked processor.

Motherboard

We've paired the R3 1300X with a parametric list of mATX B350 motherboards that supports up to 64GB of DDR4 memory, multiple SATA6 devices, and front panel USB3.0.

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 a range from DDR4-2666 to DDR4-3200 as Ryzen CPUs scale well with higher frequency memory. At the current time, using memory rated over 3200mhz 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 240GB 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 Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB edition. We specifically filter for the 6GB model as the 3GB not only has lower VRAM but also a lower core count leading to lower fps while gaming. The performance across most games will be similar to the AMD RX 570. We've created a parametric filter to show you the lowest priced, full sized GTX 1060 6GB under 350 dollars 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, an LED case fan, 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: 280W
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Motherboard
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  • Form Factor: Micro ATX
  • Chipset: AMD B350
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
  • Onboard Video: Depends on CPU
  • Onboard USB3.0 Headers: Yes
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Memory
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  • Speed: DDR4-2666, DDR4-2800, DDR4-2933, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 8GB (2x4GB)
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Storage
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  • Capacity: 240GB - 15.4TB
  • Type: SSD
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  • Capacity: 2TB - 15.4TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
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Video Card
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  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
  • Length: 223mm - 403mm
€284.00 €8.92 €292.92 Alternate Buy
Case €37.46 €37.46 Amazon Espana Buy
Power Supply €99.99 €5.50 €105.49 PC Componentes Buy
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Vaporizxd 5 points 26 days ago

Does this need extra parts like fans, etc.?

Tunabutter 2 points 13 days ago

The CPU comes with a stock fan.

waffle911 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

Hmm… Could save $20 with R3 2200G without losing performance. Seems the price of R3 1300X is going up since Ryzen 1st-gen is now out of production, but enough demand still exists?

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 2 months ago
waffle911 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

Huh. But still, why pay $20 more for what looks like the same performance?

ElKay 1 point 1 month ago

With the 2200g you're also paying for the onboard graphics, and with this build you're using an aftermarket GPU.

bayarea_db 1 point 1 month ago

No point of integrated graphics if you have dedicated graphics and 1300x performs a little bit better.

joezim007 1 point 2 days ago

The 2200g has the same stock speeds as the 1300x and the overclocking potential is the same. It's $30 less for the same power.

xboxtryhard21 1 point 2 days ago

you have to pay more for a x470 motherboard cause the the b350's haven't come out for ryzen 2 series yet

joezim007 1 point 2 days ago

I've already installed 2 2200Gs on B350 motherboards just fine. They are perfectly compatible with all 1st Gen AM4 boards

ProOfIndia 2 points 1 month ago

Is this easy to build because i want to give it to my little brother and i want him to build it without my help

Tunabutter 1 point 13 days ago

I've heard that the CPU fan is really hard to install, better look it up more.

OrbitalGamer 2 points 9 days ago

It's actually really easy

XenoTwo 1 point 7 days ago

stock CPU fans are actually really easy to install

zumple 1 point 1 month ago

How well does this setup run games? Ex: R6, PUBG, etc. Is there any room for cheap improvements? thanks

nightbeast 4 points 1 month ago

cheep improvements, go with a 2nd generation Ryzen processor (They start with 2xxx)

Make sure you go with a reputable SSD/HDD manufacturer (many prefer samsung for SSDs and Western Digital or Seagate for Hard Drives). The people who put these builds together don't take that stuff into account.

Stacher 1 point 1 month ago

This build or the modest Intel build? I'm mainly looking to edit videos with a little gaming on the side. I'm new to all of this by the way. Thanks.

ProOfIndia 3 points 1 month ago

I would say this one because in the future if you ever chose to upgrade it this will be much easyer

XenoTwo 1 point 7 days ago

ryzen is cheaper and has better performance, especially in multicore situations intel if you want a very fast all around processor and dont care about price

i would recomment ryzen

mudunks 1 point 1 month ago

How well would i build like this be able to run medium games such as: Fortnite, Pubg, League of Legends etc.?

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Very easily. Aside from PUBG, 100+ FPS at 1080p

He_162 0 points 1 month ago

This will not run most AAA titles at 100 fps, but even PUBG runs at 90fps on my system. (With drops to around 50). I have a Ryzen 5 1600 though and PUBG is extremely CPU dependent. I think it is very limited in multi-core optimization though so I think clock speed will matter more.

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

This absolutely will run 100+ if not 300+ on LOL and should easily push 150+ on Fortnite. Those games aren't demanding at all. PUBG is an entirely different matter.

ToxLemon 1 point 27 days ago

How well would it run Blizzard titles like Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm and Starcraft?

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 27 days ago

Without any issue.

Merzbau 1 point 1 month ago

What would you recommend if I were looking to add an optical drive?

rustyesh 1 point 1 month ago

Get an external drive if you are gonna use it 'sometimes' only. If you dont want it to be inside your case all time, then you have to choose a different case. Thermaltake h15?

rustyesh 1 point 28 days ago

i meant do want it to be inside your case...typo

jronnie 1 point 1 month ago

Would I be able to substitute the GTX 1060 with a GTX 1070? Are the dimensions of the gpu variation important?

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

You can swap it. Dimensions are important and factored into the compatibility engine.

jronnie 1 point 1 month ago

Do the dimensions of the 1070 have to match those of the 1060, or can they be somewhat close? I just want to make sure it will fit in the case without any problems.

jronnie 1 point 1 month ago

Also, would I have to worry about compatibility with other hardware components (motherboard, cpu)?

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

They don't have to match.

Jacobp4402 1 point 21 days ago

I was thinking of switching out the "GTX 1060" for an "MSI Radeon RX 580 8GB ARMOR MK2 OC". it's around the same price and would work better with my free sync monitor. would this be a good idea?

jronnie 2 points 21 days ago

Sounds like a good idea to me. I don't see anything wrong with changing the GPU, as it should be compatible.

MP3MAN04 2 points 7 days ago

I have order a build like this, and I ordered the same gpu as you want, I will see how it does

babosheki 1 point 1 month ago

I'm new to all this, but would I be able to run dual monitor perfectly fine like playing CSGO(120-200FPS)/LoL on the first monitor and have Netflix running on the second monitor?

Would this build be fine not getting too hot and loud as my room tends to get pretty hot even with a fan on during summer?

DaMysteryMan 1 Build 1 point 29 days ago

Yes, it would do that fine.

mlstephens95 1 point 1 month ago

I dont play many AAA games outside of WoW. What kind of fps could i expect from this build if i run WoW on high or ultra settings at 1080p?

joezim007 1 point 2 days ago

I can't give any specific numbers, but I would say "more than enough". WoW is not terribly GPU intensive.

Jaychai123 1 point 1 month ago

a nVidia card, on an AMD build

adams5400 1 point 29 days ago

Any reason this wouldn't work for Ubuntu-style linux? I've verified the CPU and GPU should work but any advice appreciated.

DaMysteryMan 1 Build 1 point 29 days ago

Nope. Will run Linux fine.

RawrCantBuild 1 point 22 days ago

just watched a side by side comparison of this cpu with i3 7100 and they are exactly the same. i3 7100 is much cheaper so would that be better? I am not sure because there could be different factors i dont know about.

ItzCole 2 points 19 days ago

Ryzen supports overclocking and has 2 more cores. It also can be upgraded later on.

Jacobp4402 1 point 22 days ago

So whats a good monitor to buy on this build? I just want something inexpensive without cutting any corners.

Jacobp4402 1 point 22 days ago

Whats the best windows version to get for this, and where can you get it for cheap?

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cmdrfyre 1 point 20 days ago

How does this compare to, say, an Acer Aspire like this one: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0722GKVTK/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A3ND8QLNDX995A ? First-time buyer/builder on a budget and not sure what to do. Thanks.

comradeclassic 1 point 15 days ago

Processor and ram would be about the same, the 1060 has about double the performance of the 1050, and this build includes an SSD rather than solely a hard drive which cuts loading times in half or more. But this guide isn't very good tbh I suggest working around it with a extra $100 and getting something like the build I just bought. But whatever you decide on be it this,the one you linked, or something like mine, you should be fine for quite a few years.

bullcop123 1 point 19 days ago

Will this be able to run AAA games like fortnite

comradeclassic 1 point 15 days ago

Yes

KindC0c0nut 1 point 18 days ago

So... I bought all these parts (with some compatible modifications), and they are sitting here on my table because I've never built a PC before. I know I can just go straight to YouTube, but does anyone here recommend a particular build basics video? Something that explains what goes where and how and why, and maybe explains what various cables are for? help :) Thanks!

bingebonge 1 point 18 days ago

Does this build require any additional fans? Also does anyone have any monitor recomendations?

comradeclassic 1 point 15 days ago

No, unless you're overclocking you should be fine with stock cooler, and case fan. Even overclocking the new wraiths are pretty good tbh.

morgan_james 1 point 18 days ago

Is this vr ready?

comradeclassic 1 point 15 days ago

Yes

eonofgraybeard 1 point 15 days ago

will this build work with a 500w power suplie or will i have to buy the 550 one as i have a 500w one now of nice qualty

notsoreal 1 point 12 days ago

What would be a good monitor to get for this build?

Gabriyel 1 point 6 days ago

I'm planning to buy this build, and build my first pc next month! However I'd like a different case/tower for the pc. The most intense game I play is Wow/final fantasy 14, and then League of legends and old school runescape. I want silence, or near it, and my case to stay fairly clean by itself. ) I REALLY want LED lighting, preferably a case that changes colors, any reccomendations? Orange/yellow/gold with a silverish metallic would be awesome too!

Also, would this PC have any Issues with heat if played for 12+ hours?

joezim007 1 point 2 days ago

Here's a pretty adorable case with included RGB fans: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/Fj38TW/cooler-master-masterbox-lite-5-rgb-atx-mid-tower-case-mcw-l5s3-kgnn-02

Not sure about noise, but it should run fine for extended runs.

alexepic2005 1 point 6 days ago

Hello, I'm trying to switch from Xbox One to PC and I was wondering if this would outperform my Xbox. I don't really want to go any higher on my budget so if this can perform at least 1080p60fps on high settings, I'll be happy.

joezim007 1 point 2 days ago

Yes, this should be able to get 60fps+ on pretty much any game released to date.

Lucasdevliniii 1 point 4 days ago

Would this run something like Ghost Recon: Wildlands at an acceptable (not necessarily excellent) level?

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 4 days ago

Without issue.

elljaygaming 1 point 3 days ago

is this build good enough that i can stream and game at 1080p at 60fps with dual monitors? i'm still reading the website and been watching some videos to really get an indepth understand of how computers get built and such. any help would be appreciated, Thank and oh! wonderful build.

joezim007 1 point 2 days ago

You'll probably want to upgrade the CPU to something like a Ryzen 5 1600 to get more cores dedicated to encoding the stream, but it depends on the whether the game you're streaming utilizes multiple cores.

Kveldulf 1 point 3 days ago

Thinking of building my first computer, and I would do these parts but with a Ryzen 5 1600 processor, and I have two probably-stupid questions:

Would this be able to connect to wifi as-is, or would I need to buy something else to do that?

and

How many USB ports would be available on the finished computer using this motherboard/case/etc.?

joezim007 1 point 2 days ago

You'll need a WiFi addin card. And since the motherboard is using a filter rather than being hard set, it's hard to tell you how many pets it'll have but I can pretty much guarantee it'll have 8 or more.

cyphersjames 1 point 2 days ago

Im building a similar computer with the same graphics card but instead of the same cpu you have I am using a ryzen 1500x cpu. How well do you think this would run Games like Battlefield 1/V or fallout?

Mazohoce 1 point 16 hours ago

What other cases would be compatible that also looks cool?

Visvesh 0 points 2 months ago

Great build I think you could have gone with a different case (such as the Fractal Design Meshify C Mini) because as I see, the power supply will choke at least one fan of a custom GPU cooler and you will have lower compatibility because all future cards will need to have a blower style cooler.

waffle911 1 Build 5 points 2 months ago

I fail to see how a card mounted in the top two slots (as it normally would be) would have its airflow obstructed by the PSU any more than any other MicroATX case. Is this statement based solely on the stock image of the case that shows the card mounted in the sub-optimal bottom two slots?

MarioRG -4 points 2 months ago

What case do you recommend for this build?

Lobsterareawesome 7 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

something like a meshify or s340 would make a good fit

Crinn 1 Build -3 points 2 months ago

The S340 has horrendously restricted airflow and would not be a good choice for a air cooled build. The Meshify is over double the cost of a Q300L.

There is no problem with the Q300L. The GPU is being installed in the top 2 expansion slots so there is plenty of room between it and the PSU for it to breathe. The only change I would make is adding at least 1 preferably two extra intake fans.

Lobsterareawesome 7 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Still.. I would get the meshify... The build quality is just soo much better

rogdog56 2 points 28 days ago

agreed

joezim007 1 point 2 days ago

I've used the Q300L. It's a perfectly good case and you probably wouldn't run into any issues with it. Build quality is really good for its price point.

FatBoyJD 4 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

The Core V1 would take that S340 to town in terms of airflow. For under $50. And the 1060 fits in it, too. Or go with the V21 for $60 and just have ridiculous amounts of airflow since this build uses an mATX board.

The Q300L looks like a compromise between Mini ITX and mATX in terms of form-factor. I want it.

Visvesh 0 points 2 months ago

Something that is a mid tower like a Phanteks Eclipse or something else with a reasonable price.

MarioRG 1 point 2 months ago

Check this build out, what do you think? https://pcpartpicker.com/user/MarioRG/saved/BfYvVn

ZackieB 0 points 2 months ago

Would this build be viable if all parts were kept the same, but the CPU upgraded to the Rysen 5 1600?

Leigh42 4 points 2 months ago

The R5 1600 uses the same socket as the R3 1300X. So yes, this build would work with a straight CPU swap, it would just raise the cost of the build by about $80, or about 10%. Whether that's worth doing is the question. Out of the box the 1300X is clocked at 3.5 GHz, whereas the 1600 is 3.6 Ghz. The 3% difference in clock speed isn't worth mentioning (and lets not make life hard by worrying about overclocking, boost frequencies, extended frequency range, etc.). So then the question is, are the extra threads on the 1600 worth it? The 1600 has an extra 2 cores and SMTP, so 12 threads instead of 4 on the 1300X.

The conventional wisdom for a long time was that, for gaming, single core performance mattered much more than the number of cores/threads, and you really only needed higher thread count CPU's if you wanted to do a lot of multi-tasking. I personally think that wisdom is (to an extent) out of date. Ryzen made higher thread counted chips available at lower price points (even more so now that Intel have responded in kind), and I see AAA games increasingly exploiting more cores and more threads (BF1, for example, can certainly avail itself of more than 4 cores). That would be my concern with the 1300X.

I think there's a very good argument to be made to step up to the 1600, at this level of build. The GTX 1060 still has some useful life left in it for 1080p AAA gaming, even if not at max settings, and I think it could use a better chip. Maybe it won't buy you very many extra fps in your games today, but it will give this configuration a longer gaming life, which (I think) justifies the extra 10% in cost. It would also mean that you could at least have the option, say in a couple of years, to drop in a better graphics card and extend the life of the system even further, whereas with a 1300X there would really be little point doing that without a CPU upgrade.

gigglepig_buster 0 points 2 months ago

is this capable of vr? if not, how can I upgrade so?

waffle911 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

The 1060 6GB in this build is what I'd consider a minimum for decent VR, but the 1050Ti does still meet the specified minimum requirements for Oculus. So yes, this build is ready for VR.

gigglepig_buster 0 points 2 months ago

cool, that is very good

mrhappyhamburger 0 points 1 month ago

i think that this would be good for basic entry level gaming, but if you want to get into a more serious style of gaming such as 4k 60 fps, then either a cpu or gpu upgrade would be effective for this

PrivatePengu 2 points 18 days ago

Obviously. You can hardly play 4k 60 FPS at less than 1200 USD.

comradeclassic -1 points 1 month ago

You should be on a 2200g,16gb of ram, a barracuda ST2000DM006 2tb, and a 860 evo on a $750 budget. The 6gb version of the 1060 and a slightly more reliable power supply isn't worth dropping those lmao.

joezim007 1 point 2 days ago

I don't see how you have enough money for 16GB or RAM with those changes. I'm ok with dropping the PSU down to bronze, and saving money via the 2200G for sure though. Changing the hard drive to a Seagate won't help much, and regardless of how much faster the same drives are than typical SSDs, you won't feel that difference much if at all.

As for using the 3GB 1060, it really depends on the games you play and their textures. I'd prefer the 6GB personally

Jacobp4402 0 points 22 days ago

Why downgrade to the 2200g?

comradeclassic 2 points 15 days ago

The 2200g has almost the exact same performance, includes integrated graphics equivalent to about a 750ti,is newer, and is upto $30 cheaper depending on where you purchase it

He_162 -1 points 1 month ago

The PSU costs more than it needs to. The $40 EVGA 500 watt bronze is all you need. There is no need for a SSD or if I was going to get one I'd just buy a larger 1tb one and ditch the HDD. You wouldn't see any increase in cost if you purchased cheaper ram and a cheaper PSU. The motherboard is decent and I would have gone with the Ryzen 3 1200 because even without overclocking it should easily achieve 60 frames per second, and most people have 60hz monitors. Overall I think you could save 100$ and all without losing more than 10% of your frames in only the most demanding titles out there. I currently use a Ryzen 5 1600 and the same GTX 1060 model that is here, and I've determined this by underclocking and disabling cores just so that I have the first hand knowledge of what it is like running a system like this.

I also tested with my ram at the stock 2133mhz base clock and I am using an ADATA 120gb SSD to boot. If my numbers were off, it may have something to do with that, but again, I'd just buy a larger SSD instead of spending any cash on that HDD and more expensive PSU, etc.

Jacobp4402 1 point 22 days ago

cheap and good ram is hard to find. any recommendations???

MP3MAN04 1 point 7 days ago

Get team ram it may not be to cheap but it does work great, I have 16gb of there rgb ram in my new build and I work great

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Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
AMD - Ryzen 3 1300X 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor 8W - 65W
MSI - B350M PRO-VDH Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard 15W - 60W
Patriot - Viper Elite 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2800 Memory 5W - 5W
TCSunBow - X3 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Hitachi - Ultrastar 7K3000 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Palit - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB Dual Video Card 30W - 120W
Total: 64W - 280W