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Modest AMD Gaming Build

by manirelli

Description

CPU

Our Modest AMD Gaming Build is built around the Ryzen 3 1300X. Using the stock cooler you should be able to achieve moderate overclocks on this unlocked processor.

Motherboard

We've paired the R3 1300X with a parametric list of mATX B350 motherboards that supports up to 64GB of DDR4 memory, multiple SATA6 devices, and front panel USB3.0.

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 a range from DDR4-2666 to DDR4-3200 as Ryzen CPUs scale well with higher frequency memory. At the current time, using memory rated over 3200mhz 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 also using a parametric filter that will actively select the best-priced SSD of at least 240GB capacity. Additionally, we're including a 2TB mechanical hard drive in a parametric filter for things like storing media and extra games. Everyone's storage needs differ, so feel free to change the capacity to your usage.

GPU

At this price point we suggest using the Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB edition. We specifically filter for the 6GB model as the 3GB not only has lower VRAM but also a lower core count leading to lower fps while gaming. The performance across most games will be similar to the AMD RX 570. We've created a parametric filter to show you the lowest priced, full sized GTX 1060 6GB under 350 dollars which will be powerful enough for most AAA games at 1080p.

Case

All of the components are housed in the Cooler Master - MasterBox Q300L MicroATX mini tower. This case is an affordable option that has a large side panel window, front panel USB3.0, room for full size graphics cards, an LED case fan, and cutouts in the motherboard tray for easy cable routing.

PSU

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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Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 280W
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Motherboard
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: Micro ATX
  • Chipset: AMD B350
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
  • Onboard Video: Depends on CPU
  • Onboard USB3.0 Headers: Yes
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Memory
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2666, DDR4-2800, DDR4-2933, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 8GB (2x4GB)
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Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 240GB - 15.4TB
  • Type: SSD
$69.99 $69.99 Newegg Canada Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 2TB - 15.4TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
$74.75 $74.75 Vuugo Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
  • Length: 223mm - 403mm
$399.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $399.99 Amazon Canada Buy
Case $53.99 $53.99 PC-Canada Buy
Power Supply $92.99 $92.99 PC-Canada Buy
Base Total: $1065.19
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Total: $1035.19
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* 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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Visvesh 2 points 1 month ago

Great build I think you could have gone with a different case (such as the Fractal Design Meshify C Mini) because as I see, the power supply will choke at least one fan of a custom GPU cooler and you will have lower compatibility because all future cards will need to have a blower style cooler.

waffle911 1 Build 3 points 1 month ago

I fail to see how a card mounted in the top two slots (as it normally would be) would have its airflow obstructed by the PSU any more than any other MicroATX case. Is this statement based solely on the stock image of the case that shows the card mounted in the sub-optimal bottom two slots?

MarioRG -3 points 1 month ago

What case do you recommend for this build?

Lobsterareawesome 7 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

something like a meshify or s340 would make a good fit

Crinn 1 Build -1 points 1 month ago

The S340 has horrendously restricted airflow and would not be a good choice for a air cooled build. The Meshify is over double the cost of a Q300L.

There is no problem with the Q300L. The GPU is being installed in the top 2 expansion slots so there is plenty of room between it and the PSU for it to breathe. The only change I would make is adding at least 1 preferably two extra intake fans.

Lobsterareawesome 7 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Still.. I would get the meshify... The build quality is just soo much better

rogdog56 2 points 4 days ago

agreed

FatBoyJD 4 Builds 0 points 1 month ago

The Core V1 would take that S340 to town in terms of airflow. For under $50. And the 1060 fits in it, too. Or go with the V21 for $60 and just have ridiculous amounts of airflow since this build uses an mATX board.

The Q300L looks like a compromise between Mini ITX and mATX in terms of form-factor. I want it.

Visvesh 0 points 1 month ago

Something that is a mid tower like a Phanteks Eclipse or something else with a reasonable price.

MarioRG 1 point 1 month ago

Check this build out, what do you think? https://pcpartpicker.com/user/MarioRG/saved/BfYvVn

waffle911 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Hmm… Could save $20 with R3 2200G without losing performance. Seems the price of R3 1300X is going up since Ryzen 1st-gen is now out of production, but enough demand still exists?

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 0 points 1 month ago
waffle911 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Huh. But still, why pay $20 more for what looks like the same performance?

ElKay 1 point 11 days ago

With the 2200g you're also paying for the onboard graphics, and with this build you're using an aftermarket GPU.

bayarea_db 1 point 8 days ago

No point of integrated graphics if you have dedicated graphics and 1300x performs a little bit better.

zumple 1 point 1 month ago

How well does this setup run games? Ex: R6, PUBG, etc. Is there any room for cheap improvements? thanks

nightbeast 3 points 25 days ago

cheep improvements, go with a 2nd generation Ryzen processor (They start with 2xxx)

Make sure you go with a reputable SSD/HDD manufacturer (many prefer samsung for SSDs and Western Digital or Seagate for Hard Drives). The people who put these builds together don't take that stuff into account.

Stacher 1 point 28 days ago

This build or the modest Intel build? I'm mainly looking to edit videos with a little gaming on the side. I'm new to all of this by the way. Thanks.

ProOfIndia 2 points 20 days ago

I would say this one because in the future if you ever chose to upgrade it this will be much easyer

mrhappyhamburger 1 point 26 days ago

i think that this would be good for basic entry level gaming, but if you want to get into a more serious style of gaming such as 4k 60 fps, then either a cpu or gpu upgrade would be effective for this

ProOfIndia 1 point 20 days ago

Is this easy to build because i want to give it to my little brother and i want him to build it without my help

mudunks 1 point 17 days ago

How well would i build like this be able to run medium games such as: Fortnite, Pubg, League of Legends etc.?

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 17 days ago

Very easily. Aside from PUBG, 100+ FPS at 1080p

He_162 1 point 11 days ago

This will not run most AAA titles at 100 fps, but even PUBG runs at 90fps on my system. (With drops to around 50). I have a Ryzen 5 1600 though and PUBG is extremely CPU dependent. I think it is very limited in multi-core optimization though so I think clock speed will matter more.

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 11 days ago

This absolutely will run 100+ if not 300+ on LOL and should easily push 150+ on Fortnite. Those games aren't demanding at all. PUBG is an entirely different matter.

ToxLemon 1 point 4 days ago

How well would it run Blizzard titles like Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm and Starcraft?

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 4 days ago

Without any issue.

Merzbau 1 point 15 days ago

What would you recommend if I were looking to add an optical drive?

rustyesh 1 point 7 days ago

Get an external drive if you are gonna use it 'sometimes' only. If you dont want it to be inside your case all time, then you have to choose a different case. Thermaltake h15?

rustyesh 1 point 5 days ago

i meant do want it to be inside your case...typo

jronnie 1 point 14 days ago

Would I be able to substitute the GTX 1060 with a GTX 1070? Are the dimensions of the gpu variation important?

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 13 days ago

You can swap it. Dimensions are important and factored into the compatibility engine.

jronnie 1 point 13 days ago

Do the dimensions of the 1070 have to match those of the 1060, or can they be somewhat close? I just want to make sure it will fit in the case without any problems.

jronnie 1 point 13 days ago

Also, would I have to worry about compatibility with other hardware components (motherboard, cpu)?

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 13 days ago

They don't have to match.

babosheki 1 point 11 days ago

I'm new to all this, but would I be able to run dual monitor perfectly fine like playing CSGO(120-200FPS)/LoL on the first monitor and have Netflix running on the second monitor?

Would this build be fine not getting too hot and loud as my room tends to get pretty hot even with a fan on during summer?

DaMysteryMan 1 Build 1 point 6 days ago

Yes, it would do that fine.

mlstephens95 1 point 9 days ago

I dont play many AAA games outside of WoW. What kind of fps could i expect from this build if i run WoW on high or ultra settings at 1080p?

Jaychai123 1 point 8 days ago

a nVidia card, on an AMD build

adams5400 1 point 6 days ago

Any reason this wouldn't work for Ubuntu-style linux? I've verified the CPU and GPU should work but any advice appreciated.

DaMysteryMan 1 Build 1 point 6 days ago

Nope. Will run Linux fine.

Vaporizxd 1 point 3 days ago

Does this need extra parts like fans, etc.?

ZackieB 0 points 1 month ago

Would this build be viable if all parts were kept the same, but the CPU upgraded to the Rysen 5 1600?

Leigh42 4 points 1 month ago

The R5 1600 uses the same socket as the R3 1300X. So yes, this build would work with a straight CPU swap, it would just raise the cost of the build by about $80, or about 10%. Whether that's worth doing is the question. Out of the box the 1300X is clocked at 3.5 GHz, whereas the 1600 is 3.6 Ghz. The 3% difference in clock speed isn't worth mentioning (and lets not make life hard by worrying about overclocking, boost frequencies, extended frequency range, etc.). So then the question is, are the extra threads on the 1600 worth it? The 1600 has an extra 2 cores and SMTP, so 12 threads instead of 4 on the 1300X.

The conventional wisdom for a long time was that, for gaming, single core performance mattered much more than the number of cores/threads, and you really only needed higher thread count CPU's if you wanted to do a lot of multi-tasking. I personally think that wisdom is (to an extent) out of date. Ryzen made higher thread counted chips available at lower price points (even more so now that Intel have responded in kind), and I see AAA games increasingly exploiting more cores and more threads (BF1, for example, can certainly avail itself of more than 4 cores). That would be my concern with the 1300X.

I think there's a very good argument to be made to step up to the 1600, at this level of build. The GTX 1060 still has some useful life left in it for 1080p AAA gaming, even if not at max settings, and I think it could use a better chip. Maybe it won't buy you very many extra fps in your games today, but it will give this configuration a longer gaming life, which (I think) justifies the extra 10% in cost. It would also mean that you could at least have the option, say in a couple of years, to drop in a better graphics card and extend the life of the system even further, whereas with a 1300X there would really be little point doing that without a CPU upgrade.

gigglepig_buster 0 points 1 month ago

is this capable of vr? if not, how can I upgrade so?

waffle911 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

The 1060 6GB in this build is what I'd consider a minimum for decent VR, but the 1050Ti does still meet the specified minimum requirements for Oculus. So yes, this build is ready for VR.

gigglepig_buster 0 points 1 month ago

cool, that is very good

comradeclassic 0 points 26 days ago

You should be on a 2200g,16gb of ram, a barracuda ST2000DM006 2tb, and a 860 evo on a $750 budget. The 6gb version of the 1060 and a slightly more reliable power supply isn't worth dropping those lmao.

He_162 -1 points 11 days ago

The PSU costs more than it needs to. The $40 EVGA 500 watt bronze is all you need. There is no need for a SSD or if I was going to get one I'd just buy a larger 1tb one and ditch the HDD. You wouldn't see any increase in cost if you purchased cheaper ram and a cheaper PSU. The motherboard is decent and I would have gone with the Ryzen 3 1200 because even without overclocking it should easily achieve 60 frames per second, and most people have 60hz monitors. Overall I think you could save 100$ and all without losing more than 10% of your frames in only the most demanding titles out there. I currently use a Ryzen 5 1600 and the same GTX 1060 model that is here, and I've determined this by underclocking and disabling cores just so that I have the first hand knowledge of what it is like running a system like this.

I also tested with my ram at the stock 2133mhz base clock and I am using an ADATA 120gb SSD to boot. If my numbers were off, it may have something to do with that, but again, I'd just buy a larger SSD instead of spending any cash on that HDD and more expensive PSU, etc.

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Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
AMD - Ryzen 3 1300X 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor 8W - 65W
ASRock - AB350M Pro4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard 15W - 60W
G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2666 Memory 5W - 5W
Team - L5 LITE 3D 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Seagate - Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB WINDFORCE OC 6G Video Card 30W - 120W
Total: 64W - 280W