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Guide

Entry Level AMD Gaming Build

Description

CPU

Our CPU of choice is the Ryzen 5 1600. This powerful CPU found itself in much higher budget builds when it released in 2017. These days, while its performance hasn't gone down, its price has. We'll use that to our benefit here.

The Ryzen 5 1600 includes a CPU cooler, so a 3rd-party cooler isn't necessary.

If you'd prefer to consider a similar build, but instead using an Intel processor, be sure to check out our Entry Level Intel Gaming Guide.

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 form factor B450 chipsets, which will allow us to overclock the CPU without breaking the bank. The compatibility engine will filter out anything not compatible with the build.

Memory

For this build and most machines outside of the top end we opted to go with 16GB of DDR4 memory. The parametric filter finds the best price on 2x8GB kits of memory that are within AMD’s recommended specifications. We've limited it to DDR4-2800 to DDR4-3200 as Ryzen CPUs scale well with higher frequency memory.

Storage

We're also using a parametric filter to select the best priced SSD available that is at least 480GB. Everyone's storage needs are different, so feel free to change drive capacity or add a drive to fit yours.

GPU

We have set a parametric filter for the best-priced Radeon RX 570, which will let you play any popular game available today, including Fortnite, PUBG, and Apex Legends.

Case

The Cougar MX330 is an ATX mid tower case with 2x USB 3.0 front panel ports, which is a bit of a rarity in the budget sector. It's especially uncommon to have those ports accompanied by 2x USB 2.0, which this case has as well. It fits full-length video cards, and this version actually features a tempered glass window. It also provides numerous cable managment holes.

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.

Compatibility: No issues or incompatibilities found.

Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 1600 (14nm) 3.2 GHz 6-Core Processor
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Motherboard MSI B450M PRO-VDH MAX Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard

From parametric filter: Socket / CPU: AM4; Chipset: AMD B450; Memory Slots: 4 - 16

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€76.42
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€76.42
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Memory G.Skill Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory

From parametric filter: Speed: DDR4-2800, DDR4-2933, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200; Type: 288-pin DIMM; Modules: 2 x 8GB

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€86.86
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€86.86
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Storage Western Digital Green 480 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive

From parametric filter: Capacity: 480 GB - 15360 GB; Type: SSD

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€79.54
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€79.54
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Video Card XFX Radeon RX 570 8 GB Video Card

From parametric filter: Chipset: Radeon RX 570

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€175.07
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€175.07
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Case Cougar MX330-G ATX Mid Tower Case
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Power Supply Cooler Master MasterWatt 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply

From parametric selection: Show

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Base Total: €487.88
Shipping: €9.95
Total: €497.83

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Comments

  • 1 month ago
  • 17 points

This isn't on PCPP yet, but there are Ryzen 5 1600 AF's which are zen+ (12 nm instead of 14) and only 85 bucks new, on Amazon.

  • 1 month ago
  • 4 points

Similar perf to a 2600 iirc.

  • 1 month ago
  • 3 points

+1

  • 17 days ago
  • 3 points

Is now $100

  • 15 days ago
  • 3 points

:( think they ran out of stock; hope it'll go back down to $85

  • 8 days ago
  • 1 point

It wont for a long time sadly. Since it sold out so quickly, I bet they will mark it between the Ryzen 5 1600 and the Ryzen 2600.

  • 23 days ago
  • 5 points

This may be obvious to some, but it was not to me (this was my first AMD build and only my 2nd build ever): get specific sticks of memory that the motherboard manufacturer and/or the memory manufacturer says works with the motherboard. My mboard is an ASRock B450M PRO4. I initially got some Corsair 3200 that was on the PCPP list [CMK16GX4M2B3200C16] and I tried quite a few things and could never get it stable above 2133. I ran memtest and the memory was 100% fine - no errors. Then I switched to some G. Skill that was on G Skill's list for the Asrock mboard [F4-3200C16D-16GVGB] and it took one click and a reboot to get it to 3200.

Wish I'd known that up front, and wish PCPP (which I love) would put that in the recipe. I also ordered both from Newegg and wish they'd warned me too. It shouldn't be that hard for them.

  • 28 days ago
  • 4 points

Also consider that an 8 gb version of the 570 (twice the memory) can be had for $140, only $20 more, and that the GTX 1650 super benchmarks very aggressively in comparison yet is at the tall end of this price segment at $160.

  • 28 days ago
  • 2 points

I’m looking to play games such as GTAV, R6, and maybe PUBG. Does anyone know if those will do a good job at performing at high with good FPS? And if so, would I be able to stream or record while playing at high settings? The (I think is called the modest AMD build) looks more appealing but the pricing on this one is much better. Thanks to anyone in advance that can respond.

  • 26 days ago
  • 1 point

While this build will be able to play those games at 60fps (might be able to stream, but would definitely take a hit) the $250 more is definitely worth it for the modest AMD build once they update the GPU to the 5600xt (similar performance to an rtx 2060)

  • 9 days ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely, my build is a Ryzen 3 2200G, 8Gb DDR4 RAM, and a 1Tb 7200RPM HDD. GTAV runs around 60FPS standard settings, Rainbow 6 Siege runs 60FPS medium settings. With the Ryzen 5 1600 and RX 570, they will likely run perfectly at high settings 1080p.

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  • 16 days ago
  • 2 points

I currently have a ps4 pro and 4ktv with HDR. Would this build or the next tier up be equivalent to that?

  • 10 days ago
  • 2 points

This build should perform better than a ps4

  • 9 days ago
  • 2 points

PS4 upscales to 4k since it isn't actually powerful enough to render native 4k. If you really want 4k, the answer is no. 1440p is about the max you'll get with this build, that's mostly because of the GPU. A GTX 1080, RX Vega 64, or RX 5700 XT would be minimum cards if you want to run 4k 60FPS. Although the Ryzen 1600 will bottleneck those GPU's a little, so you may want a Ryzen 5 3600 instead.

  • 5 days ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the reply!

  • 15 days ago
  • 2 points

What monitor would you recommend for this build - budget kept in mind. Thanks

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

Acer SB220Q bi 21.5 inches Full HD Is an extremely good budget monitor

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Does this build run Grand Theft Auto five?

  • 28 days ago
  • 1 point

yeah

  • 27 days ago
  • 1 point

will this run games like CSGO, fortnite, and GTA well

  • 22 days ago
  • 1 point

CSGO and gta v are very well optimised games so most likely. CSGO 100%

  • 27 days ago
  • 1 point

Is this build good for Escape from tarok or should i get different one

  • 22 days ago
  • 1 point

I'm sure it will run it just fine. Do some research online and see what the minimum requirements are. Maybe youtube as well.

  • 22 days ago
  • 0 points

Get a different one escape from tarkov is very demanding

  • 26 days ago
  • 1 point

Would this be a good build for securities trading?

  • 20 days ago
  • 1 point

yes

  • 24 days ago
  • 1 point

I feel that 8 Gb would be a better starting point if you are going for a cheaper build

  • 23 days ago
  • 1 point

Can this build play modern warfare smoothly and if so at what frame rate should I expect? Thanks for any input!

  • 21 days ago
  • 3 points

This PC is just under the recommended requirements for that game... but maybe on low/medium settings at 1080p you should be able to get 60fps. Just an estimate... I may be wrong

  • 22 days ago
  • 1 point

Would this build be able to run blizzard games as well as apex? I currently am looking to get into pc but dont have any peripherals so price is nice. But i would like to be able to run discord efficiently while playing a multitude of fps games and mmorpgs. Would this be able to handle it until i can upgrade parts later or should i just save up for the modest build?

  • 17 days ago
  • 2 points

this will do just fine. the horsepower for cpu is about the same its the graphics card is where the cost is cut. extra threads like discord don't affect the gpu at all. It will run apex just fine. If you dont care about settings im sure at the default it will play 60fps no problem

  • 21 days ago
  • 1 point

In canada, you would be able to save $100 by going with a 2600

  • 21 days ago
  • 1 point

will this play overwatch and fortnite

  • 14 days ago
  • 2 points

Over watch but not fortnite because it’s gay

  • 19 days ago
  • 1 point

Will this run tarkov? New to pc and really dont wanna waste money on something that wont run it (for the 2nd time)

  • 15 days ago
  • 1 point

I want to BUY my first new gaming pc..... just want to know if it can run battlefield 5 and other games with high graphics and also PUBG.... (LOOKING AT THIS PC RIGHT NOW).. please help : )

  • 10 days ago
  • 1 point

It should be able to handle those games 60fps@1080p

  • 9 days ago
  • 1 point

This will be able to run them around medium settings. If you want the best possible settings, you'd want a Ryzen 5 3600 and an RX 590. A bit more expensive, but will guarantee high settings 60FPS on those titles.

  • 14 days ago
  • 1 point

How well does it run vr?

  • 10 days ago
  • 1 point

Which games will you be playing and which VR headset are you planning on using?

  • 9 days ago
  • 1 point

It should run okay with a HTC vive or Oculus Rift, but you may want to upgrade the GPU to an RX 580 instead of a 570

  • 14 days ago
  • 1 point

Will the PSU be sufficient? The website for the GPU says the minimum wattage is 500.

  • 12 days ago
  • 2 points

Hi, all PSUs in the list's parametric selection will be sufficient for the build.

That minimum wattage is just an estimate that errs even more on the safe side in leiu of knowing what CPU is used and the quality of the PSU used.

  • 10 days ago
  • 1 point

Hey do you think this of can run 240fps in fortnite and if not what pc will that is a budget?

  • 9 days ago
  • 1 point

I don't know why you want that amount of FPS unless you have a monitor with a greater refresh rate than 144Htz. But this build will run Fortnite greater than 60FPS, but I'm not sure exactly how much greater. Unless you are using a monitor with a refresh rate greater than 60, it really doesn't matter.

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

Will this run Escape from Tarkov looking for a pc for it (1st time buying a pc)

  • 10 days ago
  • 1 point

How many frames can this pc run fortnite at? I’m trying to get a pc for mainly fortnite and want to be able to run 240fps. If this build won’t be able to can you recommend a build that can?

  • 9 days ago
  • 1 point

If you already bought a monitor with 240 Hz refresh rate then I'm sure you can move up from the cheaper builds. Doesn't take much to get a good fps reading in fortnite anyway. I used to get high reading on an A10 apu and a AMD 7870 on a 60 Hz screen when I turned V-Sync off. I suspect some fortnite trolling going on so, this will probably be my first and only reply to questions like this.

  • 9 days ago
  • 1 point

What do you mean I can move up from cheaper builds I don't have a lot of money and am trying to get good quality for a affordable price. I'm only 14

  • 8 days ago
  • 1 point

Then this would be a great build for playing most games. It would also give you a decent platform to improve upon. The amount of fps that can be actually displayed vs. emulated (which to me is a waste of processing power), ends at the thing you will be looking at, the monitor, when you find one. Keyboard, Mouse, Controller, Sound are also things you'll have to consider. I hope you do enjoy building any pc, I know I enjoyed my first build when I was 12 but, it was probably easier because CompUSA used to throw out tons of good parts back then. Research on how to do this and parts are much cheaper now and no longer do we dial to a bbs for any hope of getting what we need so, it really comes down to the full system and questions on "does this do this fps in this program/game" really comes down to how you build, setup, and maintain said system. Good Luck and Have Fun, Rune

  • 8 days ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man that really helps!

James

  • 9 days ago
  • 1 point

And I don't have the monitor yet

  • 7 days ago
  • 1 point

Very new to PCs in general. Will this build run games like Rivals of Aether, Doom Eternal (not out yet, but maybe you have a guess), and Forza Horizon at 1080p/60fps? I'd also like to be able to upgrade the CPU/GPU in the years down the road. Will that be possible? Thanks.

  • 6 days ago
  • 1 point

What are the options of upgrading this in the future? Im considering building this, but im not sure what would need to be upgraded later down the road.

  • 4 days ago
  • 1 point

Looking for a first computer with options to upgrade later, will this build be able to upgrade individual components in future or will it run into incompatibility issues as new generations of parts come out?

  • 1 month ago
  • 0 points

at 207$, the ryzen 3 1200 is clearly not the best choice. Maybe change the filter for cheapest Ryzen available.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Unfortunately it's much cheaper outside Canada. Currently, we don't want to use a parametric filter that would swing such large choices as changing out CPUs.

A nitpick: the list uses a Ryzen 5 1600, not a Ryzen 3 1200.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Oh right! My bad! Thanks for clarification

  • 29 days ago
  • 0 points

For almost the same price at present a 2600 with a reputable SSD would be much better.

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