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Entry Level AMD Gaming Build

by ThoughtA

Description

Preface

GPU prices are finally coming down! We have reverted our guides back to a normal CPU + discrete GPU combo.


CPU

Our CPU of choice is the Ryzen 3 1300X. This CPU is inexpensive but still packs a punch with its 4 cores and 3.7 GHz turbo frequency. The Ryzen 3 1300X includes a good stock cooler, so a 3rd-party cooler isn't necessary.

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 B350 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 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 to DDR4-3200 as Ryzen CPUs scale well with higher frequency memory.

Storage

We're using a parametric filter to select the best-priced 2TB mechanical drive. Unfortunately, with the rising cost of NAND, in addition to the rising cost of video cards due to the current mining craze, we've had to cut out the SSD in order to keep this build more budget-friendly. Everyone's needs are different, so feel free to increase capacities or add an SSD to fit yours.

GPU

We have set a parametric filter for the best-priced GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, which will let you play any popular game available today, including Fortnite and PUBG.

Case

All of the components are housed in the Thermaltake Versa H22 mid tower. This case is straightforward, offering cable management holes, front panel USB 3.0, and an external 5.25" bay for components such as an optical disc drive.

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.

Part List Customize This Part List

Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 227W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $119.99 $119.99 Memory Express Buy
Motherboard
From parametric filter
  • Socket / CPU: AM4
  • Chipset: AMD B350
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
$81.05 -$10.00 $71.05 Vuugo Buy
$10.00 mail-in rebate
Memory
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2800, DDR4-2933, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 8GB (2x4GB)
$110.99 $110.99 Newegg Canada Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 2TB - 10TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$59.75 $59.75 shopRBC Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
$238.35 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $238.35 Amazon Canada Buy
Case $44.00 $44.00 Vuugo Buy
Power Supply $69.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $69.99 Amazon Canada Buy
Base Total: $724.12
Mail-in Rebates: -$10.00
Total: $714.12
* 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.

Comments Sorted by:

Drekloe 1 Build 5 points 2 months ago

basically what i use. would definitely recommend.

parkerrob117 1 point 18 days ago

do you have a system fan?

Drekloe 1 Build 1 point 3 days ago

yea it came with the case

Evangi 3 points 6 days ago

I was wondering if there was a "how to" video on this build. I'm having some difficulties with the wires.

wnelson01 2 points 2 months ago

What is the rationale behind using the Ryzen 3 1300X over the Ryzen 3 2200g? I thought the 2200g was the new defacto entry level AMD processor; It's cheaper than the 1300X and the specifications are the same.

Cyberstorm 3 points 2 months ago

I just looked into this and there absolutely no reason to use the 1300x over the 2200g as far as I can tell

The creator probably didn’t get around to updating the list yet

Triniking 3 points 2 months ago

The entry-level builds rely on GTX 1050Ti which outperforms the Vega 8 graphics of the Ryzen 2200G. In the end the 1300X is still recommended since it's the same price point as the 2200G and it helps beginners avoid the Bios problem with B350 mobos which is still going around somehow.

Cyberstorm 1 point 2 months ago

There should be a new motherboard chipset that and is realizing soon or have already released to ensure compatibility and this helps avoid the problem of expensive GPUs by allowing the person to purchase it later

In the end it depends on who’s using the pc

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Bbauldoff 2 points 1 month ago

(I'm super new to building pc's) if I got the Ryzen 2200G it would still be compatible with everything else? Or should I just stick with the 1300X?

raypidash 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

If I replaced the Ryzen 3 1300X with Ryzen 3 2200G in this build but without a GPU, can I get 60fps in DOTA2 medium settings in 1080p?

RealAsriel 1 point 8 days ago

Totally man

afrothundrr805 2 points 1 month ago

I plan on using this build guide as a starting point to building my first PC, I'll use it mainly for gaming and some streaming here and there. I am completely new to all of this....is this where I should be starting at? I would be playing games like Fortnite, The Division, and plenty of older generation games. I'm not adamant about having the highest settings at all times but I would like better quality than my console at least, if anyone could help steer me in the right direction that would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance guys.

Yuva_Boss 1 point 2 months ago

same here, but could you add the price of windows included?

Lobsterareawesome 7 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

just add +100 USD

Yuva_Boss 1 point 2 months ago

oh ok

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manirelli staff 8 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

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philip staff 10 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Use of Windows must be done with a legitimate product key.

Per Microsoft:

You are authorized to use this software only if you are properly licensed and the software has been properly activated with a genuine product key or by other authorized method.

For more information please see: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/Useterms/Retail/Windows/10/UseTerms_Retail_Windows_10_English.htm

Cyberstorm 3 points 2 months ago

my bad, i thought you were allowed to use windows unactivated seeing as you download it from the microsoft website and can activate it with a product key at any time to unlock the restricted features

Yuva_Boss -2 points 2 months ago

ok... thanks?

philip staff 10 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

It was in response to someone else.

Yuva_Boss 1 point 2 months ago

oh... I'm sorry

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XGgamer101 1 point 2 months ago

Can this run fortnite and gta 5 well?

Triniking 2 points 2 months ago

Yes it can. There are also benchmark videos on YT.

Yuva_Boss -4 points 2 months ago

at 1080p low or 720 p high, it can run those two games very well. you might able to put fortnite at 1080p medium for about 45 - 55 frames per second

Lobsterareawesome 7 Builds 5 points 2 months ago

no.. this will run both of those game on 1080p high settings at minimum 60 fps

Yuva_Boss 0 points 2 months ago

Um... maybe for fortnite but definitely not for GTA 5. Even though it's an old game it would defenitly not run at 60 fps on 1080p high with a 1050ti. Maybe I'm wrong(Mostly).

Lobsterareawesome 7 Builds 4 points 2 months ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXgclbezZvc High/ Very high anywhere from 50-60 fps... The 1050 Ti is more powerful than you think

Yuva_Boss 3 points 2 months ago

oh well then

PixelatedHam 1 point 23 days ago

Fortnite at 1080p high 60fps

MoneyLand_Br33zy 1 point 2 months ago

If I am a beginning PC gamer starting to get real competitive(in terms of gaming), is this the PC I should get?

  • I would use for Fortnite, COD, PUBG, 2k, etc

Would it run these games for more than 100 FPS? If not at least over 60?

Thank you for your help

MontesVerdes 2 points 2 months ago

It depends on the settings and the resolution you will play. At 720 you will run the games high settings easily, at 1080, in medium settings you can get around the 60's

Cyberstorm 1 point 2 months ago

I reccomend that everyone changes the cpu to a Ryzen 2200g and hold off on buying the GPU since it sits at 200 USD and is by far the most expensive thing on this list

raypidash 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

Is there any motherboard other than B350 that you can recommend to pair with Ryzen 3 2200g to avoid bios problems?

SavageVector 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

I'm pretty sure the x470 chipset motherboards can always handle the new APUs out of box, but the cheapest ones are $130; that's nearly double the price for the convenience of not updating the bios. Up to you if it's worth it or not.

https://pcpartpicker.com/products/motherboard/#N=4,16&c=132&s=33&sort=price&page=1

raypidash 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

So i went to canada computers store today and was lucky to have them update the bios for me if i bought the Gigabyte A320M motherboard (CAD$75.00) and Ryzen 3 2200G (CAD$129.99) from their location, plus tax.

SavageVector 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Not a bad price at all. Glad you found a way to get a ryzen APU working without the overpriced newer boards.

alecgatorroar 1 point 2 months ago

Will this same build perform well and be compatible and not bottleneck if I use a Radeon RX 580? Sorry first time builder here!

SavageVector 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

RX 580 will really be taxing on a 1300x. It can probably handle it; but I'd recommend upgrading to the ryzen 5 2600, or if you're okay with jumping over to an Intel core, the i3-8350k is a really good choice at the moment.

HekiChan 1 point 2 months ago

What setting can this run Overwatch and WoW on?

Gamingnecessity 1 point 1 month ago

Medium - high for overwatch

highest settings in WoW

cjose1130 1 point 1 month ago

I'm looking to get a PC for WoW and League of Legends, will it run it awesomely for current and upcoming raids too?

Aventer 1 point 1 month ago

Would be fine

Gamingnecessity 1 point 1 month ago

Yes

Cyberstorm 1 point 2 months ago

Does anyone have any recommendations for a cheaper PSU?

Gamingnecessity 1 point 1 month ago

Going cheaper doesn't mean better, you pay for warranty and peace of mind that it is made with care and wont blow up your pc.

slybluedemon 1 point 2 months ago

Can this PC play Arma 3 and Civilization 6 at a good setting?

brianeechua 1 point 2 months ago

Can i use GA ab350m gaming 3 MOBO for this? will have any problems?

alexsack 1 point 1 month ago

Question: for the mother board, everyone is saying there is a lot of hangup on it and games would be "bombing" out.

Does anyone have an alternate recommendation for a mother board that's a bit more reliable even if it's pricier?

(new builder btw)

rumham34 1 point 1 month ago

Console player here but looking to build a pc. Would this build be good for Rainbow Six Siege and Fortnite and at what FPS?

Gamingnecessity 1 point 1 month ago

This would be a little slower on the boot and start up of games, i made an almost identical pc that is cheaper that will be quicker, https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/user/Gamingnecessity/saved/pw9bjX

This will get higher fps in fortnite and rainbow :)

rumham34 1 point 1 month ago

Thanks for your input, I'll take a look at it!

Gamingnecessity 1 point 1 month ago

This is not worth the money, i have made a faster system which is also cheaper, coming with an ssd my part list pc will start up much faster compared to this pc with a slow hdd. https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/user/Gamingnecessity/saved/pw9bjX

Triniking 1 point 1 month ago

All you did was add an SSD.

Gamingnecessity 1 point 1 month ago

The SSD will decrease boot times extremely and fps in games that you choose to install on the ssd

Triniking 1 point 1 month ago

Adding an SSD but downgrading to a slower CPU, slower RAM and a mobo with 2 DIMM slots isn't worth it.

1stGuyGamez 1 point 1 month ago

Nice, but an RX 560 would be better for the buck than the 1050 ti

blacktron16 1 point 1 month ago

If I wanted to add a SSD to this build for gaming purposes, what would people recommend? New to the PC building scene, so help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! (The games I would be playing are Shadow of War, Fortnite, etc.)

Triniking 1 point 1 month ago
ProOfIndia 1 point 1 month ago

Did the price just go up i looked at this like 2 days ago and i think it was around $500

Bbauldoff 1 point 1 month ago

yep 3 days ago my build (which has these things in it) that I was about to buy went from $710 to $774 and now gotta wait for them to go down :/

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Mac-N-Chez 1 point 1 month ago

Are there any wires that I need to buy separately? Like the Power cord and others And if I do have to buy separate cords where can I get them?

Mac-N-Chez 1 point 1 month ago

Do I need to buy any separate wires?

chrisaaron 1 point 1 month ago

When I install the ASUS GeForce GTX 1050i on the Gigabyte AB350M-DS3H motherboard, it blocks the PCI slot I need for the wireless adapter. Also, the video card's fan points down inside the case, which doesn't seem right.

Should this be happening?

unjuhst 1 point 1 month ago

Im just getting into pc building is this build worth it at its price point

Sindalis 1 point 1 month ago

Recently the prices for the 1300X have been going up significantly as there is anticipation of the 2300X coming soon.

I would recommend anyone at this point in time looking for an entry level CPU to perhaps look at the 2200g as an alternative to get started rather than pay an inflated price for a 1300X

CompletelyClueless 1 point 1 month ago

Help please... If I wanted to add an SSD to this build is there any changes I would need to make to do so? and which SSD would you recommend, or if I should even bother at all?

acedirt234 1 point 1 month ago

Make sure the case is compatible with the physical size of your SSD. recommended because of faster boot times and faster load times if the programs are on the SSD, brand and size is up to you. Look up the reviews on amazon and ask yourself how much storage you need on the SSD.

rogdog56 1 point 1 month ago

Would be better to go with 8gb stick, it may perform worse than dual channel but in 2018 16gb of ram is almost necessary at the rate chrome, discord, and windows 10 devour memory, along with any extra apps the avg gamer may use. This solution keeps the price basically the same and allows for future compatibility. Therefore, it would be nice to have more upgrade slots and have a single stick.

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 1 month ago

All motherboards that will appear in this part list will have 4 RAM slots, so 16GB will still be achievable when starting with 2x4GB DIMMs.

flashc 1 point 1 month ago

I just built the AMD entry level gaming build. The computer boots up to the bios screen without the HDD connected, but when the HDD is connected to the power supply we just get a screen that says "reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key" Any idea what is wrong?

parkerrob117 1 point 18 days ago

you need something to boot up into example: Windows

acedirt234 1 point 1 month ago

What's the reason for the 1300x over the 1200? $20 less with ability to overclock

Keir_C_Yurkiw 1 point 27 days ago

instead of the 1050ti i would recommend using a 1060 6gb so there is no bottlenecking

parkerrob117 1 point 18 days ago

I have this exact build and while my cpu is cool my gpu is at 96 degrees C and I am new to pc building so there may be something wrong but I am wondering if there is anything that I can do to fix this

scottme262 1 point 14 days ago

I really want to do this. Do I need any special computer skills to get this going? I know about plugging in ram and other things like changing power supplies. but I have never built a computer and installed the bios and software. should I leave that to a computer store? Thanks

acedirt234 2 points 14 days ago

I watched a Youtube video while I put my computer together, and that worked just fine. Just make sure you keep yourself grounded (or buy an anti-static strap).

scottme262 1 point 11 days ago

Thank you

ogwilson02 1 point 2 days ago

What YouTube video? I’m unable to find any related to this build sadly

Wowwo 1 point 12 days ago

Why not just use the rx 560 instead of the 1050 Ti?

mikeelroz 1 point 10 days ago

How well would this setup work with beamng drive?

SchwabenDennis 1 point 8 days ago

Can anyone that has this build or similar tell me if this would be able to run games such as The Witcher 3, Assassins Creed: Origins, or other similar RPG's at 1080p 60fps on High settings? If not, how many frames would you get running at 1080p? Thanks!

Breeze901 1 point 4 days ago

Can it run wow and fortnite

sgtgoldsworthy 1 point 2 days ago

I am new to building custom PCs. Don't really play any PC games yet because my laptop wont handle them. I play SWTOR: Star Wars The Old Republic online. but i have to run it at the lowest settings possible and still lag out a lot. I have seen the game on the highest settings and would really want to play it that way. Can anyone tell me if this build would be able to run that game on the highest settings?

ogwilson02 1 point 2 days ago

I’m basically a grandma when it comes to hardware, is there a video or anything showing how to actually put this stuff together?

ekingtec 1 point 1 day ago

Question. Can I run two Nvidia GTX460s in parallel with this build? Guessing I will need a higher wattage supply.

nratsabouth 1 point 1 day ago

Is there much of a difference between this build and the Intel version of it? I'm thinking of building one of them.

DavszA 0 points 1 month ago

Could I stream CSGO with this setup? Or Fortnite? And if yes, then what framerate should I expect? my last rig could barely crank out 30fps while streaming CS, but it was pretty old.

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Triniking 2 points 2 months ago

With $650 you can add an SSD to the build.

MontesVerdes 1 point 2 months ago

The best option I think u have, is to buy another two modules of ram. Make it a 16 GB system.

SavageVector 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Definitely get a 120+gb SSD for your OS. Maybe a larger one for a few games you play often.

Ram's ridiculously priced at the moment, so you really don't want to be buying more than you need. Similar story for the GPU; 1050ti's at a good place right now, I wouldn't recommend upgrading it unless you really want the performance.

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Reason:
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
Gigabyte - GA-AB350M-DS3H Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard 15W - 60W
Team - Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3000 Memory 7W - 7W
Seagate - Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Zotac - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Low Profile Video Card 18W - 75W
Total: 52W - 227W