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Entry Level AMD Gaming Build

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Description

Be sure to check below for a special Newegg SuperCombo based on this guide!

CPU

Our CPU of choice is the Ryzen 3 1200. This CPU is inexpensive but still packs a punch with its 4 cores and 3.4 GHz turbo frequency. The R3 1200 includes a good stock cooler, so a 3rd-party cooler isn't necessary.

Motherboard

We're using a parametric filter to constantly select the best-priced motherboard while meeting selected criteria. In this case, we are filtering for mATX A320 chipsets, which will save us a good chunk of money. The compatibility engine will filter out anything not compatible with the build.

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 DDR4-2800 and DDR4-3000 as Ryzen CPUs scale well with higher frequency memory. At the current time, using memory rated over 3000mhz 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 using a parametric filter to select the best-priced 2TB mechanical drive. Unfortunately, with the rising cost of NAND, in addition to the rising cost of video cards due to the current mining craze, we've had to cut out the SSD in order to keep this build more budget-friendly. Everyone's needs are different, so feel free to increase capacities or add an SSD to fit yours.

GPU

Normally we would recommend the AMD RX 570 at this price point. Unfortunately, due to a recent surge in cryptocurrency mining, there is an extremely low availability of several video cards that would be appropriate at this price point. As a replacement, we suggest using the Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti. We've created a parametric filter to show you the lowest priced GTX 1050 Ti which will be powerful enough for most AAA games.

When video card stock and availability normalizes again, we will make sure to update our guides as appropriate to reflect the change in the market.

Case

All of the components are housed in the Fractal Design Focus G Mini MicroATX mid Tower. This case is an affordable option that has front panel USB 3.0, room for full size graphics cards, and cutouts in the motherboard tray for easy cable routing. If also features 2x external 5.25" bays, 2x internal 3.5" bays, and 1x internal 2.5" bay.

PSU

For the PSU, we're using a parametric selection of a few well-reviewed semi-modular and modular units, which are all rated for good power efficiency and can provide plenty of power for this build.

Intel Version

Here is the Intel version of our Entry Level Gaming Guide.

Retailer Deals

If you're considering building this system, our friends at Newegg worked with us to put together a SuperCombo bundle based on this guide. Be sure to check it out!

Part List Customize This Part List

Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 227W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $138.00 $138.00 Shopping Express Buy
Motherboard
From parametric filter
  • Socket / CPU: AM4
  • Form Factor: Micro ATX
  • Chipset: AMD A320
$73.70 $73.70 Newegg Australia Buy
Memory
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 8GB (2x4GB)
$129.00 $129.00 Umart Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 2TB - 10TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$85.00 $85.00 Centre Com Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
$179.00 $179.00 Shopping Express Buy
Case $85.00 $85.00 Mwave Australia Buy
Power Supply $75.00 $75.00 Shopping Express Buy
Total: $764.70
* 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.

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realitydroid 2 Builds 24 points 1 month ago

I have to echo what has been said numerous times already. But, do yourself a favor and get a B350 motherboard. If you shop around, you can find one for around $60. That's ~$10 more than the board featured in this guide, and that extra $10 will allow you to push the CPU well beyond its stock capabilities. This will also be good for the future, as it will allow you overclock more expensive Ryzen CPUs that you may want to upgrade to in the not-too-distant future in order to take advantage of more than 4 threads.

Lex_B 3 points 1 month ago

Yes, the B350 is a better deal for those who decide to overclock. The only time I can see the B320 being used is in corporate settings where they go with the cheapest RAM, CPU, graphics and other items for the every day computer workstation. Other than corporate use, the B350 is more stable when it comes to overclocking RAM, that and the ability to overclock the CPU is standard in the B350 and can't do that in the B320.

I've got a range of different AMD Ryzen motherboards now and I must say, I actually like the B350 over the X370, if you can believe it. If I want Crossfire or SLI, I stick with the X399 (Ryzen Threadrippers). For every day users on a budget, you've made the right choice, the B350 is a steal for $60.

realitydroid 2 Builds 3 points 1 month ago

It's A320, not B320. But, yes. The A320 boards definitely have a market. Either for those who don't want to overclock anything, in which case they'd do better with the 1300X than the 1200, or for those who aren't interested in doing a lot of gaming.

This build would be perfect for a small home office, or as an HTPC, and is capable of doing some decent gaming on the side.

tragiktimes101 1 point 1 month ago

Well, an A320 Biostar MoBo went on sale for $30 the other day. It's deals like this alone that make would make an A320 worth it.

Lex_B 1 point 27 days ago

Yes, indeed it would be. Biostar is making a comeback as of late, previously to the time their quality was horrible but I do give them a vote of confidence in that department. All they need to do is clean up and simpliy their BIOS menu then they have a winner.

GamingPc2017 2 points 1 month ago

True

StrapherPC 1 point 27 days ago

true

orey10m 1 point 16 days ago

Is it just me, or is B350 not something that filters correctly in the "Parts" Screen for Motherboards? Am I missing something (I'm entirely new to this so probably so ). Thanks!

JoshGer 1 point 15 days ago

Filters fine for me. Maybe try to add a Ryzen CPU to your parts list (if you havn't) and then make sure compatibility filter is enabled. Labels for B350 may be somewhat altered, like AB350 or B350M, but they are still B350.

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m.ngo3 14 points 1 month ago

You're fooling a lot of new gamers out there. A 1200 without B350?????

The R5 1200 is suuuuuch a good value, but not when it's locked! Everyone, make sure to buy a b350 chipset motherboard so you have overclocking capabilities, not a320.

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toot1231 4 Builds 13 points 1 month ago

b350 chipset is a must imo if you are getting ryzen

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IndianaRodgers 7 points 1 month ago

TBH, I don't think SSD's are worth it for budget builds. If you're on a budget it's clear that it will be a while before you can upgrade to a hard drive will last you forever. Going solo SSD is the worst you can do, it basically means you don't want any games on a gaming pc.

And all of this from a person who has an SSD.

thomann061 5 points 1 month ago

I agree with this. A 2TB HDD is a must to store your games on. I can't tell you how many times I have had to uninstall games to free up space on my SSD.

realitydroid 2 Builds 0 points 1 month ago

I think it's smarter to incorporate both into the build. A 120GB SSD for ~$60 for Windows and a few most frequently used applications, and a 1TB WD Blue for ~$45 for games.

But, if someone certainly cannot afford both, then a 1TB HDD would be the way to go. Just get used to cringing at how long your computer takes to start up (I'll never go back to a HDD as a boot drive for this reason).

tragiktimes101 3 points 1 month ago

Yeah, 20 extra seconds makes me cringe....I'm THAT impatient. (True American) XD

realitydroid 2 Builds 0 points 1 month ago

The HTPC we have in my living room doesn't have an SSD and takes about 5 minutes to boot. It's downright terrible.

tragiktimes101 3 points 1 month ago

Oh jeez. Is it 5400 RPM?

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tragiktimes101 1 point 1 month ago

Lol games take up between 40-60GB these days. A 1TB would be capable of holding 15 games...

SForPres 1 point 24 days ago

What are you talking about? Very few games break the 30GB margin, let alone 40-60GB. Most games are 15GB. 1TB would be able to to hold about 66 games, including the 8GB for Windows.

tragiktimes101 2 points 24 days ago

Windows uses between 20-40 GB first off. Hell, Windows 10 system requirement is 20GB of free space. As for 15GB for the average game, no. Not if you are talking about AA-AAA games. Hell, most of my Indie games are 15GB+.

JoshGer -1 points 15 days ago

I have 26 games installed, and 3 years worth of programs, pictures, etc. Out of my 500GB hard drive I've only used 180 GB.

tragiktimes101 4 points 15 days ago

I didn't realize you could install minesweeper 26 times.

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tragiktimes101 1 point 1 month ago

"a million games" != 15 games

I have more than a hundred games. Now, not all of them are 40-60GB but add them all up and it's more than 3TB alone. I don't have them all installed at once, but having 15 on it at once seems reasonable.

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CarCat 5 points 1 month ago

Finally, someone gets my point. My $600 budget can't fit an SSD. These PCPP forums hate me for it, but I don't want an SSD. I'm a patient person.

realitydroid 2 Builds 6 points 1 month ago

I couldn't go back to booting from a HDD. I've been spoiled by SSDs for too long (and yet to have one fail on me). That being said, I agree that they aren't 100% necessary. You can do just fine without one. Lacking an SSD doesn't make the PC less capable of gaming. It'll just be noticeably slower in certain situations, ie loading up applications, or booting up.

The other nice thing is that, if you don't have the money for it now, you can use the HDD while you wait and then upgrade to an SSD when you are ready to. If you do this, though, you may want to put Windows on its own, small, partition so you can clone it to the SSD. Unless you are fine with a reinstall.

This is why I got into PC gaming. So much flexibility.

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 3 points 1 month ago

Yeah.. i mean i have 750 GB of SSD storage in my system but it isn't really necessary. And i don't get people who get mad when you don't include an SSD

thomann061 3 points 1 month ago

If you do not have patience buy a SSD; otherwise get a HDD :)

CarCat 2 points 1 month ago

Me neither. It went to the point where... well, read my profile description lol

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

hihi

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Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 3 points 1 month ago

yeah.. its so silly. I had also an argument with someone.. That person said that having no SSD is the same thing as havin no CPU in the system.. its so embarassing

SlothPotato 3 points 1 month ago

I like ssds and I have an m.2 corsair one but it is not necessary, especially for a budget build

PCNoob0419 2 points 1 month ago

Yes, thank you! I've never had a SSD on my old laptops or old desktop and I've never been frustrated with speed or anything. I just don't feel the need for a SSD right now. And yet people are all like "You can't just use a HDD! They're ******! I guess you don't want a 2017 PC".

It's all subjective, and I care more about storage and affordability.

realitydroid 2 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Those are the same people who say that quad cores are dead for gaming. Ya, there are better options out there. But I don't need them right now. When I do, I'll have the money and I'll upgrade. No biggie.

tragiktimes101 0 points 1 month ago

Listen, "not wanting an SSD" is different than "can't fit an SSD." And SSD can easily be included in a $550~ budget. I wouldn't be mad if it were opted to go with better hardware instead of an SSD at this price point. But your words are deceptive...

CarCat -1 points 29 days ago

Hehe, even if I had all the money in the world I wouldn't use an SSD. I like waiting. I don't like instantly booting. Also, I'm used to slow. I've never had an SSD in a single PC I've ever owned. Also, no. It won't fit.

Oh wait, someone spoiled with one thinks he can; Go ahead, I dare you. Make me a $600 list that is good and has an SSD.

tragiktimes101 9 points 29 days ago

That makes no sense. Saying you like waiting but never having experienced less waiting gives you no alternate perspective. And what do you mean it won't fit? I'm spoiled with one? Interesting thought. Are you spoiled with a flat screen monitor rather than a cvt monitor? You want a good $600 list with an SSD?

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 3 1200 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor $109.77 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock - AB350M Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $59.99 @ Newegg
Memory ADATA - 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $83.99 @ Newegg
Storage SK hynix - SL308 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $52.99 @ SuperBiiz
Storage Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $41.89 @ SuperBiiz
Video Card EVGA - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB ACX 2.0 Video Card $154.95 @ B&H
Case Phanteks - Eclipse P300 Tempered Glass ATX Mid Tower Case $63.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair - CX (2017) 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $39.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $607.55
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-11-14 00:50 EST-0500
VinentPlayz 2 points 13 days ago

This is so good I am just replying to bookmark it.

jamestheduke 1 point 6 days ago

I used almost exactly same build as you did here except different RAM and Hard Drive as well as no SSD and just built it yesterday. This is my first time building however I had an experienced friend help me. The problem is that when I power up the PC it stays on for 30 seconds and then reboots continuously. I get no signal on any of my monitors even though all fans and components seem to be running. Any advice? Im totally clueless and would prefer to not have to return everything just due to lack of ignorance. I have looked high and low for a solution online and have found nothing. All cables and wires are properly attached and all fans are running but no signal and no consistent power. Hope you can help. Thanks!

techie4189 1 point 1 day ago

Question why did you choose a GTX 10 series over the RX 5 series?

adobesmurf 1 point 27 days ago

You can get a 2 TB SSHD for around $100 which is a decent priced and speed

tragiktimes101 3 points 15 days ago

SSHDs are a marketing gimmick. You could get 2TB of HDD and 120GB of SSD for around $100-110.

techie4189 1 point 1 day ago

SSDs are coming along price wise. https://pcpartpicker.com/product/2FDzK8/kingston-a400-120gb-25-solid-state-drive-sa400s37120g

Additionally you can check local Facebook swap and sells, Craigslist, or Ebay for HDD to build your storage. Alternatively new HDD are not overly expensive either. https://pcpartpicker.com/product/Jjp323/toshiba-internal-hard-drive-hdwd110xzsta

Niki33 4 points 1 month ago

I'm looking for this kind of a build, I'm having a little bit higher budget, does someone mind giving me an advice on this build,I'm going for ryzen but is intel's cpu better option?

Here's the build: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/x4Yfqk , If possible I would've switched r5 1600 for r5 1400/r3 1300 and get the ssd?

I'm going to use the pc for gaming and I'm going to start learning photoshop,video editing, animating and so on.

Triniking 3 points 1 month ago

Since you're using the PC for video editing, you can stick to Ryzen. If you're planning to use an SSD as a boot drive, try squeezing it in now. You can get one later but someone will need to guide you with moving the OS to the SSD.

Niki33 2 points 1 month ago

Should I go for 1200? Because I can OC it with the stock cooler and I don't know my needs. Is it smarter to go for the lower, and just upgrade if I have the need to, then to go for the expensive and not use it to it's potential?

Triniking 3 points 1 month ago

If that build is within your budget, I wouldn't recommend downgrading to Ryzen 3.

Niki33 1 point 1 month ago

Is r5 1400 worth the price? And then should i go with 1400+ssd or only 1600

Triniking 3 points 1 month ago

Personally I would go with the r5 1600 since I prefer the performance over better boot times. You can also ask the others for their help.

tragiktimes101 1 point 1 month ago

The 1500X is a better value than the 1400 due to the much large L3 cache.

tragiktimes101 1 point 1 month ago

AOEMI Partition Assistant makes transferring the OS to your SSD very easy.

PCnoobmuch 3 points 1 month ago

Pretty solid, if you can afford it get 16gb ram then an SSD.

I would recommend this https://pcpartpicker.com/list/d4W8f8

You can over clock your ram and anything past 2666 ram speed is good for ryzen, i havea 1050 ti and you cant over clock much before you get artifacts and the card stays cool, there is no need for 2 fans unless where ever you are its super warm, (I am from canada and PC is in basement)

Ok thats my recommendations.

Niki33 1 point 1 month ago

Thanks foe the advice, im having trouble deciding the cpu since i dont know how much of cpu performance ill need(cant decide between 1200, 1400 or 1500x)if i go with the 1200, should i go for 1060 3gb, since ill probably be palying at 1080p or to buy an ssd, and the case ill go for phantkes p400 or corsair 270r

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 0 points 1 month ago

skip the 16 GB of Ram and get an SSD instead

dylan.foote 3 points 1 month ago

8gb of ram should be enough and the ryzen 3 1200 is actually not that bad. I would recommend either getting an ssd or if you have the budget upgrading to a 1060 6gb, the 1060 3gb isn't really worth the extra money.

Niki33 1 point 1 month ago

Thanks foe the advice, im having trouble deciding the cpu since i dont know how much of cpu performance ill need(cant decide between 1200, 1400 or 1500x)if i go with the 1200, should i go for 1060 3gb, since ill be playing 1080p but idk if ill need it.

ronsterman5403 3 points 1 month ago

This is a pretty solid build and kind of almost exactly what i recommended to someone with a budget similar to yours. All that was different with mine is i didn't go with 1050Ti, I went with Radeon RX 560 Priced at $129. This is definitely a good build for editing ans stuff so I think you should be OK. Hope this helps.

zoomist 4 points 1 month ago

I need some help getting this list closer to $700 this is also my first PC build and i was wondering if there were any tips you could give me. here is my build: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/Fs32hq

The SSDs are new but they come in a pack of 2 was thinking about selling one of them.

nmunoz1015 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

Ditch the second ssd, you only need one. Grab a regular 1tb, 7200 rpm hard drive if you are worried about storage for around $50. Switch the psu for a bronze 500 or 550 watt semi modular version for about $45. And switch the 1060 card for a 1050 ti ($150) A 1050ti is all you need for a 1080hd monitor. That should get you closer to $700

VinentPlayz 1 point 1 month ago

That looks great, but if you still want more quality, you would possibly want Ryzen 5 1600. I hear all the time that it is the most "worth-it" Ryzen. This is great if you are video editing or streaming. If you really don't plan on doing either, a good OC on your R3 should definitely be enough for an average triple a game.

If you really want it up to$ 700, I think your parts are definitely powerful enough. You could use that extra money on games, a keyboard/mouse, or get a case you think looks great to you.

You could get a liquid cooling system for some major overclocks if you'd like, but the stock Wraith Stealth is a great air cooler.

If none of these seem like options you'd want, I would definetly pocket your extra cash for another day.

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capitalsocialist 3 points 1 month ago

I'd cut down on the case and/or RAM for a b350 motherboard.

lowellwashere 3 points 1 month ago

How would I set up two monitors with this build?

IndiHero 0 points 1 month ago

Just plug in both monitors to the video card. You might have to use different cables, but plugging it into the motherboard would not be ideal. (It wouldn't work properly)

LatiosGaming 3 points 1 month ago

It wouldn't work at all. Ryzen does not posess an iGPU.

IndiHero 2 points 1 month ago

Forgot about that.

FrontwardRiver6 -3 points 1 month ago

One off the motherboard one off the Video card.

tragiktimes101 3 points 1 month ago

No.....

VinentPlayz 3 points 1 month ago

I'd say perfect except you would want a B350 motherboard to overclock the CPU, as Ryzen 3 1200 is a great value when overclocked, and I'd say 1 TB of quiet and reliable storage is better than 2TB of on-edge storage and you can't really beat the Western Digital 1TB 7200RPM HDD. Here's my highly-fluctuating take on this (pls rate):https://pcpartpicker.com/user/VinentPlayz/saved/RN2kTW

IndianaRodgers 1 point 1 month ago

the link doesn't work :(

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VinentPlayz 1 point 1 month ago

Edit : New Link Obviously not final as ram prices fluctuate a lot and GPU prices are high, I update it at least every two weeks (usually 1 week) for the best price on ram and to hope that mining will end soon so I can get an RX 570 for around MSRP.

zonk00 3 points 1 month ago

I'm looking to build a gaming pc with my 11-year old son. The build above matches the budget I had in mind. One part I don't see is an optical DVD drive. Will I need one of those? If so does anyone have recommendations that are compatible with this build?

nmunoz1015 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

If you want to burn cd's and dvd's then yes you will need an optical drive. Any optical drive will be compatible with this case since it has 5.25 bays for the drive. All Optical drives use sized 5.25 bays, hard drives use 3.25. and most SSD's use 2.25 sized bays. So if you wanted to use one ssd, one dvd player, and one hard drive, then you would need to make sure that the case you are getting has at least one of each sized bay. But if you weren't going to use any optical drives then you wouldn't need a case that has size 5.25 bays.

Fraglepuss 2 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

If you need an optical drive simply pick a case with a spare 3.5" disk tray. This will plug in via SATA so is not hard to do, and pick up a cheap DVD player. The other option is to buy an external one. Finally if you make this Pc (it is a very good one) an SSD and a B350 motherboard would be very recommended

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zonk00 3 points 1 month ago

Good point - thanks. An external DVD drive makes total sense.

IndiHero 2 points 1 month ago

Can you overclock on A320?

Pr1ncePanda 4 points 1 month ago

You can not.

Metrix_Terabyte -4 points 1 month ago

I don't believe so, I think you need a B350 board, and you'd also need an aftermarket cooler.

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 6 points 1 month ago

For a mild overclock the stock cooler is enough for ryzen. And yes, you need x370 or b350 to overclock

Artosas 2 points 1 month ago

This is as close to the cheapest viable gaming budget build as you can get. The only thing I feel you could go cheaper on is bumping the ram down to 2400, potentially a cheaper case (though that may lead to just replacing it because of crap quality), and going for 1 TB hard drive. For me 1 TB HDD is sufficient because all my music is cloud based, and I only own less than about 30 AAA title games I need to store, plus I don't have a load of selfies I'm uploading to social media sites.

Sure you could go cheaper on the GPU (1030 or something RX based), but you would likely be replacing it shortly after, which isn't a money saver. And the PSU could go down to 350 but then if you want to upgrade your ryzen cpu, and add on anymore ram, or really just upgrade anything you would need to get a larger psu anyway.

So yeah any lower than this will end up costing you more in the short term. The Intel version of this is sightly cheaper (~$20, depending on what you go with) but i'd rather 4/4 cores/threads of the ryzen than the 2/4 of the pentium.

Side note: I wish this site included Microcenter because that place competes with most online retailers for price.

dylan.foote 2 points 1 month ago

going down to a 1tb hard drive would only save $5-$10, for 2 tb $53 is a great deal

Artosas 1 point 1 month ago

no question its a better deal, but to penny pinch you could drop down to 1 tb if you needed that extra few bucks to get you that gpu or cpu, etc

tragiktimes101 1 point 1 month ago

30 AAA games = 600-1800GB.

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EK999Interceptor 2 points 1 month ago

thanks for the help I have now got this set up and am just waiting for the parts to come.

lavellj12 2 points 1 month ago

Im looking for something basic PC Gaming build. My price is $450-500 is this a good build to play good steam games such as DayZ, Arma 3, Rust?

2broke4u 1 point 1 month ago

yes this will work for you

Cobalt0305 0 points 1 month ago

rust is bad

CobaltQuasar 1 point 26 days ago

lies!

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Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 4 points 1 month ago

no no no! hte rx 550 is crap! stay with the gtx 1050 Ti

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 3 points 1 month ago

see.. the gtx 1050 Ti is way better in 99% of all games..

GamingPc2017 1 point 1 month ago

No the Rx 550 is better then the GTX 1050 TI for the game Im going to play.I know that the GTX 1050 TI is better

tragiktimes101 1 point 1 month ago

Lol, just what game is that?

Triniking 3 points 23 days ago

Probably Minesweeper. ;)

GamingPc2017 1 point 20 days ago

SPACE EGNINEERS

IndianaRodgers 2 points 1 month ago

is this worth it? or are there better builds with the r3?

GamingPc2017 2 points 1 month ago

And It is kind of worth it

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iraphael08 2 points 1 month ago

Help!! I bought this exact build but I'm having a very difficult time figuring out as to why the pc won't display on our monitor. Everything seemingly works fine but nothing happens once plugged in

BoyScout staff 21 Builds 4 points 1 month ago

Sorry to hear you're having trouble bringing the system up. I'd recommend you make a post in our Troubleshooting forum where more people are looking to help. Post a description of what's going on, what you've specifically tried and a link to your part list so hopefully you can get some help figuring out what's going on.

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

Where did you plug in your cables? you need to plug them into the graphics card

iraphael08 2 points 1 month ago

I did plug them into the graphics card, and still nothing will display, I've taken apart a rebuilt it twice as of now

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Does the system boot up but there isn't any image? or doesn't it boot up at all?

iraphael08 2 points 1 month ago

I plugged it into my graphics card but it still won't post, I've tried almost everything that I can think of and got no results

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

then maybe a component is defect

mailliw 1 Build 2 points 17 days ago

An unlocked CPU capable of overclocking with a motherboard that doesn't support CPU overclocking? Spend the 10-20 USD more to grab a B350 motherboard.

AS118 1 point 1 month ago

Good build, but I would reduce the hard drive to 1TB, and maybe get a cheaper PSU and ram to put the extra funds into getting a B350 motherboard for some mild overclocking.

That said, I agree with the principles of this build, and especially the 1050 Ti, as it's very power-efficient and the strongest GPU in its price range, as anything that used to compete with it (470/570) is now WAY higher in price due to mining.

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s0ul_panth3r 1 point 1 month ago

This is well made and thought out, but why choose a 1050? They can barely play most new titles at high settings let alone get a constant playable framerate. I suggest adding either a 1060 6GB or an RX580 8GB (if the price lowers even further) and then replacing the unimportant parts. EG case, no modular psu, some cheaper RAM (8gb) and a B350 MoBo.

EDIT: I could link my build I made early in the year if you’d like to see where I’m coming from.

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

The 1050 Ti is fine.. it even handles Rainbow Six siege at 1440p a med - high settings at a constant 60 fps. The Barely play is just an outright lie.

s0ul_panth3r -1 points 1 month ago

Exactly, medium. Why would anybody waste money on something that probably isn’t an upgrade at all?

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 4 points 1 month ago

i said medium to high settings ON 1440P. YES 1440P, NOT 1080P. And that in my opinion is damn good for the price of the card.

tragiktimes101 1 point 1 month ago

You're trolling, right?

Triniking 1 point 1 month ago

This is the budget build list though. I think $500 was the limit.

s0ul_panth3r 1 point 1 month ago

In Aus it's 700+

blackadder7625 1 point 10 days ago

sadly :(

VinentPlayz 1 point 1 month ago

I'm interesting in your link. Sounds like the build I've been looking for.

s0ul_panth3r 0 points 1 month ago

I won't link my PC but I'll link a friends as the prices have gone up way too high on my specs (XFX RX480 8GB and HyperX Black RAM) - https://au.pcpartpicker.com/list/jx7Xjc

Remendador 1 point 26 days ago

Maybe, just maybe you should learn what entry level means.

AspiringCake 1 point 1 month ago

I'm new to building PCs. I've seen a lot of people suggesting that I purchase the B350 Motherboard instead of the one they recommend, for overclocking purposes. I've also seen a lot of people recommend and extra 8 Gb of RAM, and an SSD. What would the negatives be for not going along with these recommendations? As of right now, I don't have much interest in overclocking, as my monitor goes up to 60 fps at 1080p, so as far as I know overclocking wouldn't do much. I am very new to building PCs however, so I may be wrong. I also noticed a lack of a cooling system. Do I need to add that on, or are there cooling systems based inside the parts of this PC which will do the job?

Triniking 2 points 1 month ago

The Ryzen 3 1200 comes with a Wraith Air Cooler designed for AM4 boards so the cooler section was left empty. The A320 board was recommended since most beginners don't touch overclocking but the overclocking comes in handy if you're a gamer and want to achieve more stable framerates and some games have trouble reaching the 60Hz limit even on quad cores.

The SSD comes in handy for better boot times. The problem with getting it later rather than at the start is the process of moving the OS and other files.

The 16GB of RAM is for memory hungry games.

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

There isnt a negative side when you get better stuff.. it just costs more.. an SSD just helps with the faster speed and the PC will start up much faster when you install the OS on it

PCNoob0419 1 point 1 month ago

The RAM listed here is out of stock. And from what I’ve heard, it’s been out of stock for a while. Does anyone have any suggestions for comparable DDR4 2x4 parts that aren’t way more expensive than the $59.99? I don’t mind it being less MHz.

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

you cant really find anything for 60 bucks since the prices for Ram went waay up. The g.Skill Ripjaw V is pretty good memory

PCNoob0419 2 points 1 month ago

Thank you. I was tempted to just buy everything except the RAM and wait for it to be back in stock. Now I won’t wait

Spz 1 point 1 month ago

Hi, just a qns from someone who had never built a pc before. So assuming i buy all these parts in the guide, i just have to assemble them together and it will be built? Are there any extra physical things needed? Such as thermal paste? And are the parts bought online credible? Much appreciated for a reply.

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 1 month ago

You'll want to have a Philips head screwdriver handy, but other than that you won't need anything else for the PC. The cooler will include paste.

FruitlessTech 1 point 1 month ago

Would this be able to run triple a games at 60 fps?

acedirt234 1 point 1 month ago

The answer depends on which games, the graphic settings, and the resolution. For example, I got this build (except for the b350 motherboard) and I can play Rise of the Tomb Raider at 1080p 60fps with settings at low-med.

If you are going for 4K gaming, ultra settings, and/or triple A games from 2017, you'll probably need a 1060 6g or higher.

Try this website to get a general idea of the graphics card performance https://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GTX-1050-Ti-Desktop.181032.0.html

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 3 points 1 month ago

for 4k the 1060 6GB is way too weak..

GregBo 1 point 21 hours ago

Did you get this exact hard drive? I am building this one now except for with a better mother board. The reviews on the HD are horrid. Apparently its loud and people claim it is refurbished. I am not sure if I should return the thing before starting my build.

Fullestracer15 1 point 1 month ago

do not get a motherboard that cheap i don't understand why this build is so expensive mines only $520 and it has pretty good parts in it

guitpicker007 26 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

His has a better PSU, case and has a bigger hdd. He is also using better ram. Easy to see why his build is close to $500.

Skrlz 1 point 1 month ago

Can this run battlefield 1 at medium settings at least?

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

yep

acedirt234 1 point 1 month ago

It's been one month since I used this build as a guide for buying parts for my first PC. Big thanks to the author of the build, and to those in the comments who recommended the B350.

For those getting into building your first PC, here are a few tips. -Ask yourself what games you'll be playing and what graphics you'll be Ok with. -Google each graphics card to get an idea of how games perform. -be flexible with your budget, account for the monitor, keyboard, mouse, Ethernet, and windows 10 -Do your research. Youtube helped extensively in prep for building. -Have fun.

AnthonyOregon 1 point 1 month ago

Is this better than Austin's Photon3.0 $500 build?(closer to 600 nowdays)

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

they are around the same.. if you OC the CPU though this build is going to be a bit better

AnthonyOregon 1 point 1 month ago

What about upgrades? I'm looking to build a PC like this and upgrade part by part as I go. This and Austin's are my favorites so far but im 100% brand new to PC's so I'm not sure what can or can't be upgraded with these systems.

Thanks for the help so far!

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

If you want to upgrade this system is the better choice since the CPU of the photon 3.0 is already a generation old. This has a way better upgrade path and you can upgrade everything. But as you might have read i would really get a motherboard with the b350 chipset. Something like the MSI - B350M GAMING PRO. And get a single 8GB stick of memory instead of 2 x 4GB so you can upgrade to 16GB in the future. And you can swap out the CPU in the future no problem with a better CPU as long it has the AM4 socket and is compatible with the motherboard. Also the video card would be very easy to upgrade. Just take the old one out, put the new one in and install the drivers and you are good to go. I recently upgraded from a 1050 Ti to a 1080 Ti and i was done in like 30 minutes including the installation of the drivers. So its very easy to do. I would get an SSD from the beginning since adding one later is a bit annoying to do. A 120 GB or 240 GB would be enough. I recommend gettinga 240 GB or a 250GB though.

Kaiwala 1 point 1 month ago

I want to get a decent gaming PC that can run triple A games like Ark Doom Rust etc at a healthy framerate with medium or low graphics, i want good memory and i don't want to overclock. I'm a bit of a PC noob, but i don't want to break my spine spending my soul on a pre-made PC like alien as i'd much rather build mine for a much cheaper price, below £500 if possible. If anyone can give me any suggestions that would be great, try to not overload the jargon though because it will go right over my head.

acedirt234 1 point 1 month ago

Check out this link to get a rough idea of what each graphics card is capable of https://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GTX-1050-Ti-Desktop.181032.0.html

If the gtx 1050 ti sounds right for you, this build should be fine. If you still want to cut corners in terms of cost, get 8gb ram with a slower ddr4 speed (as long as it's compatible with the motherboard), a 1tb hard drive, and search for a case with a lower price.

Ask a friend or post on the forms to see if your parts will work for you. Then purchase your stuff.

zoomist 1 point 1 month ago

you really should just take down that ram, I've ordered it weeks ago and still haven't gotten it with no clue on when it will get back in stock. also the video card is $20 cheaper on new egg with a promo code.

ThoughtA staff submitter 3 points 1 month ago

Done.

nasua 1 point 1 month ago

I'm looking for a new gaming computer for 1000$. I liked your build but tweaked it a bit for my budget, https://au.pcpartpicker.com/list/2HrCGf . Is this build still good?

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Your build seems good but there are things i would change. Here is my recommended part-list. I will also explain what the changes are and why I made them.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 3 1200 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor $139.00 @ PCCaseGear
Motherboard ASRock - AB350M Pro4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $105.00 @ Shopping Express
Memory Team - Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $133.00 @ Umart
Storage SanDisk - SSD PLUS 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $68.00 @ Shopping Express
Storage Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $59.00 @ Shopping Express
Video Card EVGA - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB GAMING Video Card $349.00 @ Mwave Australia
Case Corsair - 100R ATX Mid Tower Case $68.00 @ Shopping Express
Power Supply Corsair - CXM (2015) 450W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $78.00 @ Shopping Express
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $999.00
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-11-14 03:19 AEDT+1100

I tweaked your build a little bit and made it better in my opinion. So here is what I left and what I changed

CPU: Left that one.

Motherboard: I swapped it to a Motherboard that has the B350 Chipset. With the A320 Chipset you cannot overclock your CPU. And the ryzen 3 1200 without overclock doesnt fulfill its full potential. Its still a good CPU without overclock but i would recommend a mild overclock. The stock heatsink is good enough to handle a mild overclock.

Memory: I left that one.

Storage: I left the 1TB Caviar Blue HDD And i added a 120GB SanDisk SSD as it will lower yout boot-time drastically when you install the OS on it.

Video card: I just swapped it out with a cheaper version. Still a solid card. The SC edition just has a higher clockspeed.

Case: I changed it to a cheaper case. I put in the Corsair 100r ATX mid-tower. It may not be the very best case but it has everything you need. I have that case for my personal Rig and the only downside is the poor cable management. But with a little work you can still make your system look pretty. And the build-quality is good too. I'm overall happy with the case.

PSU: I left that one too.

I know it costs 30 bucks more but you'll have the option to OC your CPU AND you get a SSD. Let me know if you have further questions.

jamestheduke 1 point 6 days ago

I used almost exactly same build as you did here and just built it yesterday. This is my first time building however I had an experienced friend help me. The problem is that when I power up the PC it stays on for 30 seconds and then reboots continuously. I get no signal on any of my monitors even though all fans and components seem to be running. Any advice? Im totally clueless and would prefer to not have to return everything just due to lack of ignorance. I have looked high and low for a solution online and have found nothing. All cables and wires are properly attached and all fans are running but no signal and no consistent power. Hope you can help. Thanks!

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 6 days ago

Are there any Debug LEDs on the motherboard?

Smasher101 1 point 2 hours ago

did you get your cpu with the right motherboard an Amd will go into a amd motherboard but not a intel motherboard

Smasher101 1 point 2 hours ago

Is this build better than intel builds because the normal i7 cpu is $500 but the ryzen seems to run the same with just a little lower in Ghz but is $350~ cheaper

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 2 hours ago

Well depends which intel CPU. The i7 is waay better than the ryzen 3. But as you said much more expensive.

Smasher101 1 point 2 hours ago

This would be an awesome cheap build for entry gamers right?

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 2 hours ago

Its good for entry level yes. The video card is really nice for the price :)

Broke_Gamer 1 point 1 month ago

Will it be able to run games like Overwatch or Destiny 2 on medium settings?

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 2 points 29 days ago

At 1080p you'll be able to run Overwatch on ultra settings and still get 60 fps. Destiny should be fine on medium settings i think

Broke_Gamer 1 point 28 days ago

Ok, thank you! =)

dustinludlow3@gmail.com 1 point 1 month ago

with $100 you can build BEAST of a pc with a ryzen 5 1500x https://pcpartpicker.com/user/dustinludlow3%40gmail.com/saved/NHYLD3

Gcole6 1 point 1 month ago

should have got a cheaper case and a 1060

griphox21 1 point 1 month ago

hello I am the only one who made a research and check out that the Ryzen 3 1200 only support up to 2666 of ram speed, so if you put any higher will be just waste of money an resources. Sorry for bad english.

UdisAmusian 3 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

So not entry level.

PCNoob0419 1 point 1 month ago

How so?

UdisAmusian 3 Builds 1 point 29 days ago

I scrolled all the way down to my comment... Well, if this revision is posted 25 days ago, then I would say it may be a bit better, and not as non-budget friendly as it is now. If someone's building an entry level gaming PC, and just happens to target on AMD, sure AMD's Ryzen 3 series is the way to go. However, Ryzen 3 1200 only supports up to 2667MHz of memory, the memory this guide mentioned is way over and you have to downclock the memory, kind of waste of money. It is true that the memory clock is beneficial if you upgrade to a better processor, but what's the chance of you buying the 1200, and after a short while you have the cash to purchase a better processor? The 1050 Ti dropped its price a while ago so I do see the paying less getting more strategy, but now? 1050 Ti is 50 dollars more than the 1050, and you can only see an average of 16% performance increase, so you are paying about 30% more for 16% performance increase, I personally don't think that's a great purchase. Sure, the 1050 Ti has more CUDA cores and more VRAM than the 1050, but for an entry level gaming PC? 1050 Ti might be a bit of an overkill. Speaking of upgrade? Unless you are definitely sure that you will upgrade in the future, I don't see buying a 1050 Ti, at least for now, is reasonable.

As for the storage, I think 1TB is enough, but if you just happen to have every single game on the market and you play all of them at the same time, go ahead. SSDs are still not as budget friendly as the mechanical hard drives.

Speaking of the budget, the case does NOT affect the performance what-so-ever, choose which one is cheap and if you like, looks great. Same story goes to the power supply, there's no need of going semi- or fully modular, as long as the efficiency is good, you have no problem of choosing something cheap.

UdisAmusian 3 Builds 1 point 29 days ago

Christ I typed a lot.

Seveen 1 point 1 month ago

Hi,

is your DDR4 working with your CPU ? because i see max speed memory that CPU support is 2667 Mhz and your RAM is 3000 Mhz

MoisesPaul 1 point 29 days ago

I am lost to read and every time I lose more in this world. I want to build a computer that allows me to play without problems, which is not very expensive. But the most important thing is that the pieces do not exceed $ 200 US for a tax issue, since I live outside of the United States.

A budget would be more or less 600 to 700 dollars.

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 28 days ago

I didn't really understand the question.. what do you need help with?

ThomasGWayne 1 point 27 days ago

Go look on youtube, look up something like PC Builds For $200 Or Less. Hope that helps you, but if not, ask your question again.

KungFuKappy 1 point 28 days ago

Hi Guys

Have found this thread SO useful! Thanks to all involved and thanks ThoughtA!

I am going for this build, I just have a few questions.

I have swapped out the A320 as suggested and gone for "ASRock AB350M Socket AM4 AMD B350 DDR4 SATA3&USB3.0 M.2 MicroATX Motherboard" Is this a good choice? and is it compatible?

I have also gone for a different case, the "DeepCool Tesseract SW Black/Blue Case + Side Window" Again, good choice? and is it compatible?

Finally, a mate suggested getting a cheaper RAM, is this a good idea and does anyone have any suggestions?

I am using this for games such as Overwatch and Fortnite.

Cheers!

ImDynn 1 point 22 days ago

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orey10m 1 point 21 days ago

I want to start with something like this, but change a few items to make it more focused on video editing capabilities. - This would be editing of raw footage (will include some color grading, high frame rate (120fps) for slow mo, encoding, etc.), to create short little 1 - 5 minute videos. - On the software side, I was thinking I would try to use Davinci Resolve lite since it's free...I'm coming from Final Cut Pro X. Could consider Corel or something like that.

What would you swap out to try and keep this budget friendly but very capable of editing video? (I actually am not concerned with gaming at all, but came to this site off a recommendation from a friend, and love the build ideas and the commenting/back-and-forth of the community you guys have). Also, I don't know anything about building a PC (or a hackintosh), so pardon me if I don't understand some of the basics

Duos 1 point 21 days ago

For the same price you can get overclocking support and a 1060 3gb. https://pcpartpicker.com/user/Duos/saved/RBBhqs

coolnjebs998 1 point 21 days ago

Why go for an Nvidia card when you can get the AMD equivalent of the 1050 Ti and not have to pay the premium for a FreeSync monitor.

Triniking 1 point 20 days ago

But what's the AMD equivalent to the GTX 1050ti considering it beats the RX560 but loses to the RX570?

Also the RX570 was the original choice before the mining craze.

coolnjebs998 1 point 20 days ago

Oh yeah, good point.

Ryzenshine 1 point 20 days ago

I have a similar build and I was wondering if I could get some input on it.

https://pcpartpicker.com/user/Ryzenshine/saved/hjQZ8d

Note that I'm planning on bumping the CPU up to a R 5 1400 later and adding an SSD as my boot drive for windows and a few games. I figured it would be cheaper, in the long run, to start with the GTX 1060 and upgrade the CPU later rather than visa versa since the 5 1400 is $50 cheaper than the 1060.

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 16 days ago

So. A couple of things here. First of all if you get the ryzen 3 i would NOT upgrade to the ryzen 5 1400. since the performance gain would be minimal. I would rather get a ryzen 5 1600 6 core later on. Same here with rhe gtx 1060. the 3GB version is just "meh". I would get the 6GB version even if it is more expensive. For the motherboard there are also cheaper b350 options. in the part list i just took the cheapest one... you can also get a more expensive one. I would make sure though to get one with 4 dimm slots. HDD is fine. for ryzen it is important to get fast memory. i went with 3000 mhz vengeance. Changed to case to a more solid one. The PSU you had was a big no no. I would NEVER cheap out on the PSU and risking to blow up all your parts.

my list https://pcpartpicker.com/user/Lobsterareawesome/saved/WNrpbv

if you have questions let me know. im glad to help

Ryzenshine 1 point 15 days ago

Thanks man. Yeah that PSU was sketchy af lol. Why change the case exactly? Was that other one just ******? Also how much of a performance gain does the 6gb have over the 3gb 1060? I was looking at benchmarks and they're within the same neighbor hood. I'm not planning on running Bf1 on high or anything. I don't even play Battlefield lol. I play stuff more like Fortnite, Overwatch, and Destiny 2. Would you still recommend the 6gb? I'm super broke so I can't just be like oh spend more money on everything even tho I'd like to lol. I mean by the time I build this the 6gb price might drop so idk.

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 15 days ago

I did't change the case.. still the focus g in my part list. The 1060 gb is around 12%slower than a 1060 6GB version. Its quite a bit. but if you really cant afford the 6GB then yeah, the 3GB will do just fine :)

Ryzenshine 2 points 15 days ago

Thanks man. I'm used to playing on slow trashy computers right now anyway lol. So it'll seem super fast comparatively. Oh right I confused myself about the case

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 15 days ago

yeah that will be a major upgrade

igloo3 1 point 19 days ago

I'm new to this, should I buy this or the Intel one?

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 16 days ago

This one. but change the motherboard to one with the B350 chipset

ray135 1 point 16 days ago

Get this one, but get a B350 motherboard and a 1300X cpu. That cpu is the same price as a 1200 right now.

BeyondTheLoco 1 point 18 days ago

Ok so I've never had a gaming pc and I have no idea what I need to be able to play what I want, would this be able to handle Arma3, PubG, and ARK? and if not could someone please point me in the right direction?

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 16 days ago

since those are quite demandin games i recommend the amd modest gaming build. It has better performance and is better suited for all the games you listed

Triniking 0 points 17 days ago

Those games have their system requirements listed on their Steam page. You can take a look and plan around that.

GamingPc2017 1 point 16 days ago

Good Build Guide +1

kevinnity 1 point 16 days ago

Hi new to the building your own pc thing. If i were to use this setup for games like Dota/Overwatch and mainly running applications like adobe premiere pro and photoshop, how well will this computer fair?

algis-kun 1 point 15 days ago

Not having a B350 motherboard makes your 3000Mhz Ram kind of worthless, as the board will cap at 2400Mhz it, while the A320 chipset will help you a lot with cost reduction, its not good with any RAM above 2400Mhz.

tmanmomo 1 point 14 days ago

is this pc able to handle most AAA games and all that kind of stuff with good frames and without having to use low settings for graphics.

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 14 days ago

yes! you might have to set the settings to low on pubg.. but most other games should run on medium/high settings

GeomiZ 1 point 14 days ago

Does HyperX Predator DDR4 RAM 8 GB (2 x 4GB) Work fine instead of that ADATA 8GB (2 x 4GB) ?

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 14 days ago

yep.. what speed are they?

GeomiZ 1 point 13 days ago

DDR4 8GB 3000MHz Why did you ask? Is it fine I found em' for 94 USD for my local mart

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 13 days ago

get the 3000 Mhz. Since the CPU is based on the "infinity fabric" and this fabric shares the speed with the memory controller it is important to get at least 2666 Mhz Ram. 3000 Mhz is better

GeomiZ 1 point 13 days ago

There is 2133 MHz for 2 dollar cheaper. What diffirence does higher MHz make?

Rchallender 1 point 11 days ago

I accidentally bought the DDR4-2400 instead of the DDR4-2800, will this still work? The motherboard says that it will accept that speed but im new to this and am trying to find out if I need to return the item and order the DDR4-2800 instead!

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 2 points 11 days ago

well it'll work.. 2800 or 3000 mhz would be better performance wise

Rchallender 1 point 8 days ago

Thanks, I think I'll upgrade to ddr4-3000 next!

lyn4x 1 point 13 days ago

I would say cut out on the Hard drive, get a 1tb. This should give you enough for a B350 Mobo, for example ASROCK B350M.

Rchallender 1 point 12 days ago

Hey guys I'm a computer noon and am building my first computer, will this build allow wifi connection?

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 1 day ago

No you would still need either one of those Wifi USB sticks or an internal wifi card

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BBNKy 1 point 11 days ago

Could this run Games like DayZ Standalone at all? even if you have to putting setting a little low.

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 1 day ago

I think so

Rchallender 1 point 11 days ago

I accidentally bought the DDR4-2400 instead of the DDR4-2800, will this still work? The motherboard says that it will accept that speed but im new to this and am trying to find out if I need to return the item and order the DDR4-2800 instead!

PCNoob0419 2 points 8 days ago

Nah, you'll be fine. I built this with DDR4-2400 RAM and it works great!

Rchallender 1 point 8 days ago

That's a relief thanks for your response !!

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 1 day ago

3000 Mhz would be better performance wise but you'll be totally fine with 2400 Mhz.

Rchallender 1 point 10 days ago

Does this build need thermal gel?

PCNoob0419 2 points 8 days ago

It does not. The CPU comes with a cooler that has pre-applied thermal paste on it.

Rchallender 1 point 8 days ago

Thanks for letting me know!

Fraglepuss 2 Builds 1 point 1 day ago
Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 1 day ago

yeah and a 140 bucks more expensive

Fraglepuss 2 Builds 1 point 1 day ago

It came out to $20 more in the UK

ewoodkilla 1 point 10 hours ago

How good could this run battlefield 3, 4, or 1?

Smasher101 1 point 2 hours ago

Is this in nz or us dollars

SLGaming 0 points 1 month ago

I just go for cheaper ddr4-2400 ram for around 60$

GamingPc2017 3 points 1 month ago

Its better to go with faster ram when having a Ryzen CPU

NWhite4720 4 points 1 month ago

Faster RAM won't benefit it in games when pairing it with the 1050 Ti, so if gaming is the primary use of this PC, don't buy faster RAM, as it is unnecessary. It is useful in other situations, but not in gaming if you have lower tier graphics card. The performance increase will be negligible (1-2 FPS increase), and it doesn't warrant the extra cost.

injourney 2 points 1 month ago

yup. ram speed really kicks in when you arnt gpu bound

GamingPc2017 1 point 1 month ago

Ok

2broke4u 0 points 1 month ago

No SSD is there a reason?

VinentPlayz 2 points 1 month ago

I'm okay with waiting an extra minute or two for windows to start and an extra 20 seconds for loading screens for an extra $100-200

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

price

sAigeConstantin 1 point 27 days ago

I was gonna add a 120GB SSD to my build however i found that it added an additional 50+ dollars to the overall price. This build is aimed toward the budget builder that cant give up a whole lot.

sAigeConstantin 0 points 27 days ago

I would personally go with a Full ATX board with a Ryzen 5 chipset and maybe downgrade to a 1050 2GB until the Crypto Scare is done. Also, for 20 dollars less (last time i checked) you can get a V Ripjaws 8GB DDR4 2660. Then over time you can add more Memory. A decent full ATX case will cost 5 dollars more. One that wont draw blood at least.

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 24 days ago

get the faster memory.. ryzen likes faster memory

rtloeffler 0 points 12 days ago

Would this support the Oculus Rift? From what i can tell it would, just dont want to buy the parts and find out the hard way.

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 8 days ago

If you are opting for VR I would spend a bit more.

iraphael08 -1 points 1 month ago

I think I'm going to have to give this build a negative review. Unless I'm just the only one, I'm having nothing. It misfortune trying to get this to post. Ive taken it to a shop asked on forums and even they can't seem to uncover the truth as to why this is happening. Even if there is a faulty part. I have no way of knowing. I hope I can return all of it. This just deterred my dreams of owning a pc and shattered them. For those who are curious, stay away or find a better build.

ThoughtA staff submitter 2 points 1 month ago

It looks like you didn't really engage with those responding to your troubleshooting post or really go very far in troubleshooting it (or didn't express how far you went). I encourage you to try to narrow down the problem component so you can figure out what's going on and how to handle it.

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

this build is compatible... Either you made a mistake while building or a part was broken. It isnt the part lists fault.. What exactly is the problem? Does the system start up but there is no image? or doesnt it start up at all?

RainOfPain125 -8 points 1 month ago

I've done tons and tons of research, and I can tell you that you definitely don't need certain things

For starts, I definitely don't need more than 1TB of storage. Some people are gaming fanatics and have bunches of Triple A games in their libraries, but rest assured I'm not one of those people. You could cheapen the Hard Drive to a Seagate Barracuda 1TB and you'd get more performance

That case also is definitely not needed. If your like me and you just want to game than you really don't care about the looks of your build or case. I chose a 20$ case that gets the job done just fine

I don't see the need for paying the extra premium to get modular, you can always get it cheaper with non-modular

Considering this is a entry-level build you DEFINITELY won't need the TI version of the 1050. I'm aiming to get the Mini GTX 1050 from Zotac. My friend has it and says he can easily bust 60FPS on 1080p on all games (albiet me and him don't care too much about the graphics settings)

There was absolutely no need to get 2800MHz RAM since that board can only go up to 2666MHz. I'd suggest getting DDR4-2400MHz 2x4GB

The plain version of the A320 board comes with more premium things like the better power choke. The HDV version is only good if you are planning to have an APU (which you clearly aren't)

And yeah, thats about it. https://pcpartpicker.com/list/Zq8yGf Around 70$ less

Gl4cial 6 points 1 month ago

I disagree with settling for a 1050Ti, I've seen some gameplay comparisons and benchmarks on youtube and it looks like quite a jump from just the 1050 to the Ti version. Also I think the board should be changed to a b350, just to take advantage of Ryzen's OC capabilities in the future. But everything else that you've said, I agree with.

dylan.foote 5 points 1 month ago

The 1050 and the 1050 ti have very different performance. The 1050 ti is much better. 2gb just isn't enough.

LatiosGaming 5 points 1 month ago

Agreed. TI gives you 128 more CUDA cores and double the VRAM.

RainOfPain125 -1 points 1 month ago

It definitely should be enough if you are playing on 1080p and don't plan on playing with the highest texture settings. IMO an entry level gaming build should just be able to get 60fps on 1080p, my suggestion isn't directed towards looks or high (or maybe even medium) graphic settings.

s0ul_panth3r 1 point 1 month ago

Mate, the 1050 can’t run anything on settings higher than medium or low on 720 let alone 1080, stop kidding yourself.

RainOfPain125 0 points 1 month ago

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/nBFNr7

I plan on getting it lol. Friends have said they can pull off 60fps with 1080p on lowest settings.

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

if you cheap out too much youll regret it

realitydroid 2 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Don't want to cheap out too much though. Doing so will just cost more in the future when it is time to upgrade.

The 1050 is great for casual games, mobas, or CSGO. It can handle a few AAA titles as well, but I'd say get the Ti as that'll give you far better performance and fewer headaches. Also, keep the faster memory and just swap the board out for a B350 in order to take advantage of the OC ability of the 1200. This will also allow you to potentially OC your memory (got mine to 2933MHz).

As far as the PSU is concerned, whether or not one goes with modular is purely down to preference. Same with the case (I got my Cooler Master for free).

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