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Build Guide

Modest Gaming Build

by manirelli

NOTE: A more recent version of this guide is available here.



Our Modest Gaming Build is built around the Ryzen 5 1600. Using the stock cooler you should be able to achieve moderate overclocks on this unlocked processor. We paired the R5 1600 with a parametric list of B350 motherboards that supports up to 64GB of DDR4 memory, 6x SATA6 devices, and front panel USB3.0.


For this build and most machines outside of the top end enthusiast realm we opted to go with 8GB of DDR4 memory. The parametric filter finds the best price on 8GB kits of memory that are within 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. Our storage choice is also based on parametric selection criteria – 2TB and 7200rpm are our standard recommendations for builds that incorporate a mechanical drive. With our increased budget we can also include a solid state drive selected by parametric filters. You should be able to purchase at least a 240GB drive on this budget.


On an 800 dollar budget, we would normally recommend the AMD RX 580. Unfortunately, due to a recent surge in cryptocurrency mining the availability of RX 570s and 580s is extremely low. As a replacement, we suggest using the Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB edition. The performance across most games will be similar to the AMD offerings. We've created a parametric filter to show you the lowest priced, full sized GTX 1060 which will be powerful enough for most AAA games.


All of the components are housed in the Corsair Spec-M2 MicroATX mid Tower. This case is an affordable option that has front panel USB3.0, room for full size graphics cards, and cutouts in the motherboard tray for easy cable routing. For our power supply, we're using a parametric selection of well-reviewed fully and semi-modular units, all of which will provide more than enough power for this system.

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Estimated Wattage: 222W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU €159.19 €159.19 Custompc Buy
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: Micro ATX
  • Chipset: AMD B350
€78.65 €78.65 Custompc Buy
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 8GB (1x8GB), 8GB (2x4GB)
€54.18 €54.18 Custompc Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 240 GB - 10000 GB
  • Type: SSD
€33.27 €33.27 Custompc Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 2000 GB - 10000 GB
  • Type: 7200RPM
€69.69 €69.69 Custompc Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
  • Length: 225 mm - 403 mm
€305.88 €305.88 Custompc Buy
Power Supply €112.01 €112.01 Custompc Buy
Total: €812.87
* 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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EarthShark 3 points 22 months ago

I'm actually considering building this.

LonghornAlamo2040 2 points 22 months ago

There is a correction to be made: R5 1600 is NOT modest, it's hella strong XD


ParadoXGodzillA 2 points 22 months ago

Damn, this build is nice.

Bgmilthorpe 2 points 22 months ago

Is a cooler not needed?, also has anybody built this yet?

Chrissythebean 1 point 22 months ago

The AMD processor has a cooler already built into it, and from what I read the fan can hold up pretty well even when you overclock it.

megasourusrex 2 points 22 months ago

Other than Amazon, I haven't bought anything from these websites. I'm sure you've bought from them but I like to be safe when it comes to online shopping (with scam websites and all). So I just have to ask to ease my worries lol, are these websites good to order from? Good customer service and all that?

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 3 points 22 months ago

We don't list any sites we wouldn't purchase from ourselves.

Darksept 1 point 22 months ago

Good stuff

KokoSlon 1 point 22 months ago

Yes good stuff Though 16G memory isnt bad to consider..

Mokey_Blackblood 3 points 22 months ago

Buy a single slot of 8GB and upgrade later bruh.

Killua89 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

either im wrong or the GPU is a hella lot more costlier

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Killua89 1 Build 2 points 22 months ago

If you are from USA its 30$ more if not its like 100$ more

SomeImagination 1 point 22 months ago

Why are the 570 and 580 being used more for mining? Is it because of the higher amounts of VRAM?

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Cloby 1 point 22 months ago

AMD should make GPUs specifically designed for mining.

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Cloby 1 point 22 months ago

I Hope so.

Mokey_Blackblood 1 point 22 months ago

Yeah that'd make buying their gaming GPU's viable.

BetterJake 1 point 22 months ago

I would get a cheaper SSD, and put the money into another 8GB RAM and bigger HDD

sirkittylover 1 point 22 months ago

The only way to get a cheper SSD is to make it have next to no storage so this about the best deal for most storage

darkbydesire 1 point 22 months ago

why not change the 1TB HDD for extra SSD memory?

Or maybe it's personal preference, I don't have a **** ton of games to fill 2TB.

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Storage needs are entirely personal and can be changed based on usage. I currently have a 30TB NAS and im looking to move it closer to 100TB.

skippyikeoh 2 points 22 months ago

Oh jeez. What would you need 100tb for? That seems insane. I have a friend who animates and does a lot of gaming who has only filled up 3tb. He has a huge computer and tons of stuff on it, so I can't really see the need for 100 tb.

Mokey_Blackblood 1 point 22 months ago

PC **** pics in 800k. Gotta look at them mobas in their best glory.

sirkittylover 1 point 22 months ago

Why would you ever need 100TB????????

jedublfizl 1 point 22 months ago

What resolution/refresh rate monitor would you recommend for this build?

cothalesr 2 points 22 months ago

Go with 1080p with 144hz refresh

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Heaps 1 point 22 months ago

Hi mate, would you recommend AOC G2460VQ6 24" Full HD 75Hz 1ms FreeSync Gaming Monitor if I'm swapping the GPU for AMD? https://www.mwave.com.au/product/aoc-g2460vq6-24-full-hd-75hz-1ms-freesync-gaming-monitor-ab69850

I'll be playing Quake Champions, Fallout, MMOS.


80-wattHamster 1 Build 2 points 22 months ago

That's probably a good choice. There's also the Viewsonic VX2457, which has similar specs for $20 less. I've had good experiences with Viewsonic in the past (though not that specific monitor). AOC's supposed to be decent as well, however.

Heaps 1 point 22 months ago

Thank you mate

Mokey_Blackblood 1 point 22 months ago

I'd also recommend the ViewSonic - XG2401 if you want to spend the extra money for 144hz.


I'm currently using it for my setup, and it is a very good monitor. Everything ViewSonic makes is pretty top notch.

Mokey_Blackblood 2 points 22 months ago

It depends on your needs. 60hz for casual gaming, 144hz for competitive. (1080p)

jedublfizl 1 point 22 months ago

Thanks a lot!

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UhhhhWut 1 point 22 months ago

Thinking of getting this exact build with a 1TB Hard Drive over the 2TB, does anyone recommend any changes to this system? Total cost comes to $1378 and i'm not willing to put any more money into it, already at my budget ($1800 including a keyboard, mouse, pad and a headset) so please make sure if u have any recommendations they are kept within this budget. Thanks :)

80-wattHamster 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

It's darn good as is. Optional tweaks could perhaps include an MLC SSD or NVME m.2 drive. The MLC drive would cost you a bit more, a 128GB BPX a bit less. You could always browse for a different case if this one doesn't strike your fancy.

kjozzed 1 point 22 months ago

I have to ask why the 3600 ram? I know the ryzen supposdly works better with faster ram, but you could get this G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory https://pcpartpicker.com/product/gVcMnQ/gskill-memory-f43000c15d16gvs and save $75.

For ~ $36, you can get a wifi card that also supports ac and bluetooth. Gigabyte - GC-WB867D-I https://pcpartpicker.com/product/tTdqqs/gigabyte-wireless-network-card-gcwb867di.

Just a few small improvements.

Camrocks111 1 point 22 months ago

What kind of graphics and fps can you expect from this build?

RavioliBoii420 1 point 22 months ago

This build would easily get 60+ fps with max settings on basically all games.

Cloby 1 point 22 months ago

A mix of 1080p60fps and 1440p60fps (on some games) at Very high or ultra.

Fraglepuss 2 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Very good build. Big plus 1

dallior 1 point 22 months ago

The hilarious part is that I've been planning almost the exact same build (Going for a Corsair Carbide 88R and a cheaper GPU though). GG PCP.

Retrrro 1 point 22 months ago

Is anyone able to replace the original case with a goodlooking white case? If so thank you

Molded 1 point 22 months ago

The Phanteks Eclipse Series P400S Silent Edition white case looks amazing. I would highly recommend. I just finished my build with it.

Retrrro 1 point 22 months ago

Thanks man!

Retrrro 1 point 22 months ago

Will the NZXT - S340 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case work just as good as the original case? Or even just work at all

Mokey_Blackblood 1 point 22 months ago

It'll actually work better. It has nicer features for cable management, and the larger case will make it easier to build with.

It'll make the overall build quite larger, however.

Blake012 1 point 22 months ago

Can this build be upgraded in the future?

Mokey_Blackblood 1 point 22 months ago

I would recommend replacing the listed motherboard with this.


It has an extra 2 RAM slots for further upgrades. With either board you'll be able to add an extra 2 Drives.

Any build can be upgraded, however. It's just a matter of whether or not you'll have to replace parts.

Mokey_Blackblood 1 point 22 months ago

This is also a good option that'll offer 6 ports for spatial storage and 4 Ram Slots.


Framescout 1 point 22 months ago

Would this build do well streaming console games via Elgato HD60 in 1080p/60fps?

thatmansam2332 1 point 22 months ago

close to my first. Very, Very good build- $842.11 with no peripherals

kjozzed 1 point 22 months ago


I published a build guide to create something to outperform this, and I think I did very well. The price also comes out lower.

Drekloe 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

do i need the ssd? pros and cons?

Thorify 2 points 22 months ago

You can set the SSD as your boot drive to make startup around 5 seconds. Loading times on games will be shorter if they are installed on it. I'm not sure about if they're not installed on it. Those are pretty much the only benefits. If you want, you can decrease it to only to a 1 TB hdd to save money and add a bit more RAM if you'd like.

Drekloe 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Can you give me a compatible 1 tb hdd that would work in this build please?

Thorify 1 point 22 months ago

I already have storage (Samsung EVO 850 SSD), so I removed the storage and added 8 more gb of ram. I have a little more wiggle room left, so would there be any noticeable difference if I went with the Gigabyte- GeForce GTX 6 GB card? If not, what card would you recommend as a decent upgrade over the one on the list? I'd like to keep the price under 900.

GhostTea 1 point 22 months ago

This is a very affordable, Great PC. Has anyone made this and tessted it?

richardlin13 1 point 22 months ago

Is this PC good for game recording and streaming?

PCNoobForSure 1 point 21 months ago

I have never owned a computer nor have I completed any specific maintenance on one. Is thermal paste a requirement for any build regardless of how the well the cooler runs? (I actually wanted to build this as my first gaming PC)

kjozzed 0 points 22 months ago

I went and made a very comparable build to this, which I think turned out better.


Mokey_Blackblood 1 point 22 months ago

Nice build man. I'd recommend throwing an SSD at it in the future.

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manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

8GB is the minimum I'd recommend and there is plenty of room to move to 16 or more on the board. Storage is also a fairly personal choice in terms of needs. I'm on the other end of the spectrum with a 30TB NAS that I'm considering moving closer to 100TB.

Drekloe 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Just curious, but what work do you do that would require 100 TB?

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 3 points 22 months ago

I just prefer local storage over cloud for all my stuff including movies and music. A high def backup of a movie can easily be 40-50GB

Drekloe 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago


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Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2 GHz 6-Core Processor 8W - 65W
G.Skill - Aegis 8 GB (1 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory 7W
ADATA - Ultimate SU650 240 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Toshiba - P300 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Gainward - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6 GB Phoenix Video Card 30W - 120W
Total: 222W