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Modest Gaming Build

by manirelli

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

Description

CPU/Motherboard

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.

Memory/Storage

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.

GPU

On an 800 dollar budget, the Radeon RX580 8GB is a fantastic choice. This GPU has excellent performance for the price making this model one of the best graphics card choices on the market. At 1080p the Radeon RX580 8GB provides a consistent 60fps even on demanding games like Battlefield One using Ultra/High settings.

Case/PSU

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.

Part List Customize This Part List

Compatibility Check: See notes below.

Estimated Wattage: 287W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $215.31 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $215.31 Amazon Canada Buy
Motherboard
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: Micro ATX
  • Chipset: AMD B350
$84.31 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $84.31 Amazon Canada Buy
Memory
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 8GB (1x8GB), 8GB (2x4GB)
$74.99 $74.99 Newegg Canada Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 240 GB - 10000 GB
  • Type: SSD
$44.88 $44.88 Canada Computers Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 2000 GB - 10000 GB
  • Type: 7200RPM
$67.99 $67.99 Powertop Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: Radeon RX 580
  • Video RAM: 8 GB
$299.99 $299.99 Memory Express Buy
Case $67.99 $67.99 PC-Canada Buy
Power Supply $94.99 $94.99 Newegg Canada Buy
Total: $950.45
* 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.

Compatibility Notes

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fonslinger 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Could you elaborate on "modest" overclocks? Or does it really come down to silicon lottery?

Kehrenok4u2 1 point 18 months ago

3.8 is the 'garanteed' high, the lottery goes upto 4.2, the 'reasonable' high at 4.0

kayvoss 1 point 18 months ago

Would this run ARK: survival evolved and Space engineers?

dawsonlowery 1 point 18 months ago

Yes. If it can put out 60+ fps on Battlefield in ultra, it will run both ARK and space engineers on ultra easily.

aldertz 1 point 18 months ago

What's the advantage of the r5 1600 over the r5 1500x? Doesn't the 1500x have a higher clock speed?

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

2 more cores and 4 more threads.

TH3_R3AL_R3D 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Very impressed by this build. Its a good guide. I do recommend to upgrade the RAM. DDR4-2800 is fast RAM but for ryzen CPU's, the faster the better performance you are going to see. I put together another part list that would give you faster RAM and more RAM while keeping the build around your price point:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor $215.98 @ PCM
Motherboard *ASRock - AB350M-HDV Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $69.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Team - Dark 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $114.99 @ Newegg
Storage Sandisk - SSD PLUS 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $54.99 @ Jet
Storage *Hitachi - Ultrastar 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $56.50 @ Amazon
Video Card *MSI - Radeon RX 580 8GB ARMOR OC Video Card $238.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Phanteks - ECLIPSE P400 ATX Mid Tower Case $53.00 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA - 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $36.88 @ OutletPC
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $861.32
Mail-in rebates -$20.00
Total $841.32
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-06-01 09:03 EDT-0400

The RAM isn't much faster, but it will make a difference. If you don't believe me, check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G80uG3acg44 This is also a a 16gb kit. 16gb is a little "overkill" for the modest gamer but more and more games are demanding more memory, and this will, hopefully, make it so the consumer does not have to upgrade the RAM for a while.

I also added a different PSU. The PSU is a 500w but that is really all you need for this build. This build is in no way power hungry and a 500w will still allow the user to OC without worrying if they have enough power. Granted this is a non-modular power supply and it's only bronze rated, whereas the seasonic 650w is semi modular and gold rated.

I also added a different case. Why? well if you do decide to go with the non-modular power supply I chose, this case will allow you to have more than enough room for cable management. The corsair carbide SPEC-M2 has lot of complaints about the cable management being bad. Another plus that the phanteks p400 has over the corsair carbide case is that it has RGB support out of the box and room for a 360mm radiator.

The last thing I changed is the SSD. I opted for a 120gb SSD for the sole purpose of adding more RAM. Yes it is a little low on storage but it will have more than enough space for windows and for a few of the main games you play.

SuperMagicalRainbow 1 point 18 months ago

Does this build come with a cpu fan cooler? Is a cpu fan cooler necisarry?

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

The stock coolers for Ryzen are actually pretty good. That being said, if you want to push your OC you can absolutely add a cooler.

jonchan1203 1 point 18 months ago

If only we can get a RX580 on the market....sigh

theintrovert 1 point 18 months ago

Will we get any performance boost if GTX 1060 6GB will be used instead of RX580? Also how much performance drop shall we see if we use Ryzen 5 1400 instead of 1600

Seboistian 1 point 18 months ago

Will this build run games at 1440p like bf1 on med to high settings; for around 60fps.

skippyikeoh 0 points 18 months ago

This build seems kinda random. You could save on the case and get a Deepcool SW. You could also save on the PSU and get an 80+ Bronze 600W. This would save you almost 50 bucks which would allow for more ram while not going over the current price displayed. Also, if this is really a modest gaming build then can't you just get a R5 1500x instead of the 1600 and save money and increase the base speed while only dropping 2 cores?

Reason:
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 - 7W
ADATA - Ultimate SU650 240 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Seagate - Barracuda 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
MSI - Radeon RX 580 8 GB Video Card 46W - 185W
Total: 67W - 287W