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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 Thermaltake Versa H18 Tempered Glass 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.

Part List Customize This Part List

Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 294W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $250.00 $250.00 Shopping Express Buy
Motherboard
From parametric filter
  • Socket / CPU: AM4
  • Form Factor: Micro ATX
  • Chipset: AMD B450
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
$114.00 $114.00 Austin Computers Buy
Memory
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200, DDR4-3300, DDR4-3400
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
$140.80 FREE $140.80 Newegg Australia Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 500 GB - 15360 GB
  • Type: SSD
$85.80 FREE $85.80 Newegg Australia Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 2000 GB - 15360 GB
  • Type: 7200RPM
$69.95 $69.95 Mwave Australia Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: Radeon RX 580
  • Video RAM: 8 GB
  • Length: 223 mm - 403 mm
$294.80 FREE $294.80 Newegg Australia Buy
Case $75.22 $75.22 Amazon Australia Buy
Power Supply $116.60 FREE $116.60 Newegg Australia Buy
Total: $1147.17
* 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:

jetblackpope 5 points 25 days ago

I am following this build guide (seems like it's going to be awesome btw) but was curious as the parametric filter has combined the B450M PRO4 with the G.Skill Aegis RAM, neither of which are featured on their respective Summit Ridge QVLs.

I have read online about many people managing to get this combination to work despite this, with most managing 2933mhz after enabling the XMP - but I just wanted your opinion on this combination please and thank you manirelli.

protonic129 2 points 16 days ago

https://forums.tomshardware.com/threads/asrock-b450m-pro4-with-g-skill-aegis-3000-mhz-16-gb-2x8-compatibility.3416320/

I found this post online and it just helped me a lot! I bought this combination myself today, so now I'm curious to see how it works out.

jetblackpope 2 points 16 days ago

Well I built my PC with this RAM and Mobo combo literally last night and had it boot to BIOS with no problem. The Mobo has set the RAM speed at 2133 by default but when I turned on XMP briefly it turned it up to 3000 right away. I switched it back off XMP for now and after installing Windows I am going to download and install the recommended 'AMD all in 1 with VGA driver ver:18.10.20_NHDA' from ASRock here: https://www.asrock.com/MB/AMD/B450M%20Pro4/index.asp#Download

After that I'll update the BIOS and try leaving XMP on with the 2933mhz speed as that seems to be what most people have found success with.

Also note I have installed the RAM in slots A2 and B2 as apparently A1 and B1 don't work with XMP or some bs.

protonic129 2 points 16 days ago

Yeah people say that XMP gets the ram to just below 3000mhz. I won't intsall the driver I'll just leave XMP on. It seems to be great value, low price RAM. Only thing is that the sticker is stupid lol

jetblackpope 1 point 15 days ago

Yep, I didn't do the BIOS update or the weird AMD all in one patch but last night I got XMP on and set to 2933 and everything is working fine thus far. Haven't tested any games yet but will let ya know if I have any troubles when I do.

And yes lol, very good value RAM for rated up to 3000mhz. The sticker isn't so bad imo but I can see why lots of people don't like them. Hopefully they don't peel off over time but I bet they will.

DustinMartin 3 points 26 days ago

Looking to do a $800 build similar to this for my first pc but am almost hesitant to do so with the new AMD Navi coming out this July and and drop in price of Ryzen 7 possible. Would kick myself if I could do a beast sub $1000 build with the newer stuff or just go with a 580 and Ryzen 5 for now.

Spy021 11 points 25 days ago

There's always going to be something newer or better on the horizon. If you let that stop you from pulling the trigger, you'll never jump in and will miss out.

jetblackpope 2 points 24 days ago

The new mid range stuff isn't going to be priced as cheap as the mid range AMD gear available now. If they introduce the 3600 and a mid range Navi at the same price point as what's on this build list they're pretty much making a bunch of unsold stock worthless. Sure, the current mid range stuff may get a little cheaper once the new gear is out, but it'll probably be around the same price you can find them on sale now. I'm going to build this rig and if it has any sign of aging in 2020 I'm going to upgrade with the best AMD CPU & GPU I can afford at that time. That's the beauty of the AM4 socket.

chris4909 1 point 24 days ago

im waiting for the r5 3600 and navi, its only a couple of months

cjl12897 2 points 7 days ago

I'm still pretty new to building computers, so go easy on me... I was going to go with the streaming build that was around $1k, but I decided this one fits my budget a little bit better. If I wanted to upgrade to more of a streaming pc in the future, what would I have to do in order for this build to handle that?

OwenTheGorge 2 points 1 day ago

For the Internal Hard Drive, it has decent reviews on this website, yet when I follow the amazon link, it has a rating of 2.7, and many of the reviews seem to receive damaged drives or they fail after 6 months. Has anyone had any problems with this drive yet?

TheForgottenBox 1 point 29 days ago

Quick question, what are the limits of what this build can run and what are possible aesthetic changes to the build, such as led fans or memory sticks.

ImApparentlyHuman 2 points 29 days ago

Well aesthetics are up to the builder, and you can probably look at what a build like this could run on youtube, look up something along the lines of r5 2600 + rx580 test

h0pT0_Gaming 1 point 28 days ago

Is there anything I could do to lower the price yet not decrease gaming performance too much, maybe decrease the price to somewhere around £500 ($650).

SirNelson11 3 points 28 days ago

you could find a cheaper Power supply, and maybe slightly cheaper ram and maybe a cheaper mother board. Though I wouldn’t recommend even looking if anything it wont be that much cheaper total, unless something is on sale somewhere, and you'd get lower quality parts that could fail making you spend even more... after mail in rebates they are decent prices anyway.

If your looking to cut costs consider getting a 1TB HDD and a 250 GB SSD instead of a 2TB and a 500GB. Yes less space but it wont affect performance and with a 250GB SSD you can still can put one or 2 of your favorite games on it. Then when you have more money to spend you can upgrade it. You can also even go lower and get a 1TB HDD and a 120GB SSD. the SSD would only be for the OS and you core programs though there wont be room for games

Also try looking at slickdeals.com people post sales there all the time. may be able to find some stuff here or an equivalent for cheaper.

h0pT0_Gaming 1 point 27 days ago

Thank you! That really helped. :)

FancySnancy 1 point 17 days ago

if you really need to save money you can get just one stick of 8 GB ram but that's only if it's an absolute must

SirNelson11 1 point 15 days ago

You could also scrap the HDD altogether... and just make do with 500GB SSD, then add one when you have more money. granted you'll prob only be able to put like 4 or 5 modern games but still, performance will be constant.

jsanderson59 0 points 20 days ago

8gb instead of 16gb ram

Fynna 0 points 17 days ago

Less ram, different processor, but if you decrease the price you will always loose performance

BigChunky 1 point 27 days ago

what monitor would you pair with this build?

SirNelson11 1 point 23 days ago

I'd say 1080 @ 144hz or you could go 1440 @ 144hz, with a fast response time. but I'd avoid 4k monitors right now. Since this build wont game in 4k to well and they will be super expensive if you go for a 4k @ 144hz monitor. and one with AMD freesync. you honestly could do fine with a 1080 @ 60hz too if you don't want to play anything over 60 FPS (even older games) though not sure if 60hz monitors have freesync

I went with this one and works well for me. (24" 1080 @ 144hz and Curved) i had to change some of the color settings i didnt like the presets. You can find others on sale for cheaper it just may not be curved.

https://www.amazon.com/Sceptre-C248B-144R-24-Inch-FreeSyncTM-DisplayPort/dp/B07GG8RVXP/ref=sr_1_4?crid=2KYOOH594OH6W&keywords=sceptre+monitor&qid=1551293594&s=gateway&sprefix=Sceptre+%2Caps%2C141&sr=8-4

lvor7088 1 point 27 days ago

What kind of frames can this achieve? And how easily upgradeable is it?

jetblackpope 2 points 25 days ago

Google 2600 + 580 testing videos and you will see that it is going to get 60+ FPS at 1080 on all AAA games out currently including BFV which is the most intensive game going around these days as far as I am aware.

I believe it will be easy to upgrade as all new AMD CPUs are going to use the AM4 socket til 2020 and the only thing stopping you in that department and otherwise is power or size limitations that can always be upgraded to allow upgrades in the other areas.

lvor7088 1 point 23 days ago

Alright, thanks. I'm currently trying to decide between these two PCs, and I don't know which one is the better option. Could someone tell me? https://www.wepc.com/builds/best-gaming-pc-under-700/

jetblackpope 2 points 23 days ago

According to Userbenchmark.com, the i5 in the build you've linked from wepc.com very slightly outclasses the Ryzen 2600. However, I am unsure if Intel provides the same pathway for upgrading if you go down their CPU/mobo route. The difference is probably unnoticeable.

Otherwise the build is pretty much identical except the one here on Partpicker has a better power supply as it rated for 'Gold' efficiency, which means it wastes less power and will therefore produce less heat vs the 'Bronze' rated PSU on wepc.com

Also to note is that the RAM on Partpicker is rated at 3000mhz vs 2400mhz on wepc.com, but that is irrelevant pretty much unless you're planning on enabling the XMP on the motherboard to overclock the ram.

jetblackpope 2 points 23 days ago

tldr I'd personally go with the build on PC part picker, generally higher quality or newer components than the wepc.com one you've linked.

lvor7088 2 points 21 days ago

Alright, thanks guys. I think I'll go with the one right here. One last question though. Does this motherboard support overclocks? I know the CPU does, but i don't know about the motherboard.

lvor7088 1 point 21 days ago

What is XMP?

jetblackpope 1 point 18 days ago

XMP is the settings on the BIOS that allow you to easily overclock the RAM. So the RAM may be advertised as 3000mhz speed RAM, but when you plug it in it may only run at a lower speed initially until you go into the BIOS and change the XMP setting.

ffzz97 1 point 26 days ago

i am new to pc building do you recommend these one for me , and what are the main things the you must keep in eye on when building is at RAMs CPU GPU , and any Suggestions on the CPU cooler ?

koiister 1 point 25 days ago

Unless your over locking you won't need an additional CPU cooler. The stock ryzen coolers are quite good at stock speeds. If your gaming gpu will usually be what your most worried about (the Rx 580 is a great deal right now). As far as ram the standard for game right now is 8gb so getting 16gb is going to be your best bet to be future proof and have some multitasking ability.

trevorbruce 1 point 25 days ago

how many fan headers are on the mother board and was there any updates for the motherboard to accept the ryzen cpu?

jetblackpope 1 point 24 days ago

It has 5 fan headers (including the CPU fan header I think): http://pctechreviews.com.au/wp-content/gallery/motherboards_asrock_b450m_pro4/asrock-B450M-pro4016-fans.jpg

It accepts the 2600 perfectly, according to the Asrock B450M Pro4 QVL: https://www.asrock.com/MB/AMD/B450M%20Pro4/index.asp#CPU

Jacob.James 1 point 24 days ago

Looking at this build but I’m very hesitant because I’m extremely new to the pc world and don’t know what to expect. Also, I obviously don’t want to spend too much and this is getting up there in price for me. I just want to be able to play rainbow six siege at around 100 FPS or so.

jetblackpope 1 point 24 days ago

Here is a video of a guy getting 100+ FPS (seems to be around 150 most of the time) in Siege with the RX 580 + Ryzen 5 2600: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvrI2Lev6AA

This build may be 'modest' in parts and price range but really it is a beast when it comes to tackling today's AAA, so it dominates Siege which is now over 3 years old.

pauloverdi 1 point 24 days ago

Hello I'm almost done building this unit (first build ever), my concern is the ventilation, is the one case fan enough for cooling? should I get more fans for the front/top of the unit?

jetblackpope 2 points 24 days ago

In my experience, if you're not overclocking, the one fan at the back will probably be fine. However, if you've bought the Thermaltake Tempered Glass case I'd consider at least one fan at the front to pull in some air as this case doesn't have the side CPU fan tunnel which I am more accustomed to seeing.

I have been building this rig following the parts on the .ca version of this website and I have bought 3 extra case fans just because it should ensure a longer life for the parts inside my desktop. I will be using a 14mm fan on the top slot to exhaust hot air while putting the other two 14mm fans I bought to draw in cool air from down low at the front of the case.

pauloverdi 2 points 24 days ago

thanks!

hello_world_2019 1 point 23 days ago

It seems like the B450 AORUS motherboard is out of stock at this moment, can I use a GA-AB350M with an AMD B350 chipset instead? https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813145002&ignorebbr=1

Potatogamer1230 1 point 11 days ago

you can but I would do a b450 for the ryzen raven bridge support and overclocking

Bigeared_basset_hound 1 point 22 days ago

The rx580 is an awesome GPU, I Made this build with the 1660ti, and it’s so much more expensive for about 20FPS at the most difference.

S4E 1 point 20 days ago

Could Ark Survival Evolved be on full graphics with this setup?

Potatogamer1230 1 point 11 days ago

not on full. you might be able to play medium-low

Qazzic 1 point 20 days ago

I have a budget slightly higher than this build requires (just under $900), does anyone have suggestions for better parts to include?

eesti 1 point 18 days ago

Throw in a 1660Ti and call it

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ChrisBeasley 1 point 19 days ago

Hey, I'm not looking to buy a PC really just for gaming. I am a photographer and videographer, and I stream via Twitch on console. Would this sort of build be good enough to run hefty programs like Lightroom and Photoshop together? Aswell as stream via capture card? Thank you.

eesti 1 point 18 days ago

Yes, but you might want a capture card

khjhch 1 point 19 days ago

I have a quick question, would the PRIME B450M-A/CSM motherboard (shown in the parametric filter) support the Ripjaws V F4-3000C16D-16GVRB ddr4 memory (also shown in the parametric filter) at its advertised 3000 MHz clock speed? If not could I overclock the ram to 3000 MHz?

eesti 2 points 18 days ago

Yes

khjhch 1 point 18 days ago

Alright, thank you for the help.

Fullmetal_Jack 1 point 17 days ago

im planning on doing an amd build like this for my first pc. I am looking at the msi rx 580 though, it has better reviews and runs cooler than the xfx. although i see that the xfx has better performance and is cheaper. the msi one is about 30 dollars more. i havent had any luck finding ram as cheap as you. 100$ for corsair 3,000mhz 16gb is the best ive found that still seems to be quality ram. mine totals out at $770 without the terabyte hard drive. I still need an operating system. whats the cheapest way to get windows ten? i already have a laptop with windows 10 installed.

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Yung_Kleenex 1 point 16 days ago

First PC, friend recommended this site to me, and I was curious as to what this PC is capable of. I am mostly buying the PC to play Rainbow Six Siege and would like to play with an FPS of 100-120+. I have a very basic understanding of specs, and was just wondering if this PC is able to pull that off.

eesti 1 point 16 days ago

Yes, at low-medium

DEFOOVY 1 point 16 days ago

Hi, i'm kinda to PC building and i'm just looking for a gaming computer to just play games like rocket league, rainbow 6, csgo etc. Could someone just confirm if this PC can handle it without any issues

eesti 1 point 16 days ago

yes

marshio 1 point 15 days ago

How would this handle streaming fortnite/league of legends/apex on twitch?

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Skidsbrown 1 point 13 days ago

Newb here. Does this build come with Windows installed? Also is there a video on how to put this specific build together?

eesti 1 point 11 days ago

No, and no, but many PC Build Videos exists for similar builds

Eclaw22 1 point 11 days ago

How would you install windows on this build?

SFisher 1 point 11 days ago

Hello -

Recently put together this build (with exception to the case, SSD and hard drive). Used the three other pieces I had from my Cyberpower pre-built that I had beforehand and loving it!

Had a few questions for those that are more tech savvy than I - - When I game the cpu temps hover around 60-70 degrees and even reaches 75 degrees at times. Is this too hot? I've read that its not, but being new to pc's i wanted to make sure.

Thanks

eesti 1 point 9 days ago

That's normal

masterthodyu 1 Build 1 point 11 days ago

So I did a similar build and was curious, would you be able to get away with using an EVGA 450 80+ power supply since the wattage consumption is around 300?

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 11 days ago

Assuming it has the correct amount of power cables, you could. It will put you closer to the wattage max if you OC/overvolt though.

masterthodyu 1 Build 1 point 11 days ago

Ok I just wanted to make sure I didn't mess up my build: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/KGzYcf

explodinater 1 point 10 days ago

The case in this build has a code/part number that is CA-1J4-00S1WN-01 but the only ones that are available in New Zealand have the code CA-1J4-00S1WN-00. Is there any difference between these 2 models or is it simply a regional thing?

eesti 1 point 10 days ago

the 00 has acrylic instead of tempered glass

Soul007 1 point 9 days ago

Im completly new to the PC world. Would this built be able to Play games like halo , Apex etc at decent Frames? andis this recomendable?

eesti 1 point 9 days ago

yes

EricRandom1023 1 Build 1 point 9 days ago

I'm just curious if there are any recommendations for fan splitters/case fans. I'd like to add a few intake fans and the board only has 1 non CPU fan header. I'm not entirely sure what the fan header's max draw is so I don't really know how many I can add without using a controller or the PSU.

EricRandom1023 1 Build 1 point 9 days ago

Thanks for the suggestion! So from what I gather, this is going to allow the motherboard to control all fans connected to it at once, just at a single speed?

I'd really like to max the fan capacity of the case. I actually went with the RTX 2060 so I expect a bit more heat production. Three 120s at the front, one 140mm at the top and I'm fine with using the stock fan at the back. Is that single fan header going to be able to support the power draw from 5 fans?

Edit: Just saw that it has a sata connection. I'm assuming this helps with power needs.

And lastly, just out of curiosity, is there something similar to this for possibly going with RGB on the fans?

figza 1 point 8 days ago

Thanks for these awesome guides. I'm planning on building this exact build (down to the part). Complete noob question for a first-timer: I noticed the motherboard doesn't have wifi capability. What is the best way to enable wifi for this build and what additional parts would I need? Thanks so much.

Viargentum 1 point 7 days ago

Anyone have an estimation on how well this could run Destiny 2 and CS:GO? Obviously it's gonna dominate CS, more curious about Destiny.

DEFOOVY 1 point 5 days ago

This PC wont be going out of date or become "too old" in the near future right?, as these components have been out for a while. I'm currently saving up money from my part time job and i have calculated it will take roughly four- five months to get the funds needed. Is it worth buying newer more "up to date" PC or is this one still pretty current for today's games?

StreamerSalad 1 point 1 day ago

It may be a silly question, but why do these builds not include OS?

JoeyDaBear 2 points 1 day ago

You can usually get the OS cheaper somewhere else and maybe you don't want that type of OS

JoeyDaBear 1 point 1 day ago

On a scale of 1/10, how good is this for gaming?

JoeyDaBear 1 point 1 day ago

Wait, where's the cooler? I don't see a CPU cooler with it. What are you using as a cooler?

jaydeep31 1 point 21 hours ago

Are the shopping websites displayed here legit??. Sorry but i am new in this. Thanks

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manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 28 days ago

There are zero removed comments at this time. New iterations archive the old comments to the previous revisions which you can find on the left.

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jetblackpope 1 point 23 days ago

If you're looking at the Ryzen 5 2600, yes the thermal paste comes pre-applied to the the Heatsink (cooler thingy).

Source: I just bought one last Friday.

carrjack76 -2 points 23 days ago

To my knownlaoge, no. I recommend getting thermal paste on Amazon because it's better quality.

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eesti 1 point 14 days ago

Get a GTX 1660ti or even an RTX 2060

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manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 6 days ago

Please make your own post on the part list opinions wanted forum.

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
G.Skill - Sniper X 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory 14W - 14W
Mushkin - Source 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Toshiba - P300 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
PowerColor - Radeon RX 580 8 GB Red Devil Video Card 46W - 185W
Total: 74W - 294W