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Modest Gaming Build

by manirelli




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. We're use parametric filters to incorporate an SSD with at least 500GB of space. Everyone's storage needs differs, so feel free to add or remove capacity to your heart's desire.


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 Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1 MicroATX mid 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. 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: 260W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $261.50 $261.50 shopRBC Buy
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: Micro ATX
  • Chipset: AMD B350
$99.50 -$25.00 $74.50 Vuugo Buy
$25.00 mail-in rebate
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 8GB (2x4GB)
$83.49 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $83.49 Amazon Canada Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 480GB - 12TB
  • Type: SSD
$176.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $176.99 Amazon Canada Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
  • Length: 224mm - 403mm
$349.90 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $349.90 Amazon Canada Buy
Case $49.99 $49.99 Newegg Canada Buy
Power Supply $94.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $94.99 Amazon Canada Buy
Base Total: $1116.36
Mail-in Rebates: -$25.00
Total: $1091.36
* 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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PickSixer 4 points 3 hours ago

Currently, I think every modest build includes the 6gb 1060.

Ironstone1 2 Builds 2 points 1 hour ago

Yes. Nvidia GPU's are ranked as follows:

GTX 1050/TI = Entry level
GTX 1060 3/6GB = Modest
GTX 1070 = Great
GTX 1080/TI = Enthusiastic
Ya8meman@gmail.com 1 point 10 hours ago

it could be a 800 dollar pc if you switched the ssd with a 1 TB hard drive, thou the title is modest gaming build. still...

RohanParhar 4 points 4 hours ago

Not saying that you're complaining but this comes to show that you can't please anyone Haha. When he had the originally had a 1 TB Hard Drive, so many people in the comments were complaining about no SSD and calling this a bad built.

Ironstone1 2 Builds -1 points 1 hour ago

SSD always win in benchmarks. I down vote your idiotic comment.

WyrmWolf130 1 Build 1 point 8 minutes ago

Ryzen up...

surefir3 0 points 2 hours ago

Perfection (well kinda)

surefir3 0 points 2 hours ago

Why the 550 watt when the 620 evo exist and is cheaper. In the past it as been the same price, in the 60$ range. But currently it is in the 30-50 range because of mir and such. It has far more pcie power because of the higher wattage. So it seems like a better buy considering this is supposed to be "modest"

thenesremake -1 points 1 hour ago

Why the Ryzen 5? Why not get an AM3+ Chipset CPU like the FX-8350, and have a 1TB - 2TB HDD? That would drop the price to about $700, and you won't get a bottleneck either way, Ryzen 5 or not.

Ironstone1 2 Builds 2 points 1 hour ago

FX is old.

Lobsterareawesome 3 Builds 1 point 31 minutes ago

Because the FX series sucks. They are outdated, need a lot of power and have very bad performance