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Guide

Entry Level AMD Gaming Build

Description

CPU

Our CPU of choice is the Ryzen 5 1600. This powerful CPU found itself in much higher budget builds when it released in 2017. These days, while its performance hasn't gone down, its price has. We'll use that to our benefit here.

The Ryzen 5 1600 includes a CPU cooler, so a 3rd-party cooler isn't necessary.

If you'd prefer to consider a similar build, but instead using an Intel processor, be sure to check out our Entry Level Intel Gaming Guide.

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 form factor B450 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 we opted to go with 16GB of DDR4 memory. The parametric filter finds the best price on 2x8GB 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 also using a parametric filter to select the best priced SSD available that is at least 480GB. Everyone's storage needs are different, so feel free to change drive capacity or add a drive to fit yours.

GPU

We have set a parametric filter for the best-priced Radeon RX 570, which will let you play any popular game available today, including Fortnite, PUBG, and Apex Legends.

Case

The Thermaltake Versa H18 is an mATX mini tower case with 1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 and 2x USB 2.0 front panel ports. It provides several cable management holes and a tempered glass side panel window, a few bays for 3.5" and 2.5" drives.

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.

Compatibility: No issues or incompatibilities found.

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CPU AMD Ryzen 5 1600 (14nm) 3.2 GHz 6-Core Processor
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Motherboard ASRock B450M PRO4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard

From parametric filter: Socket / CPU: AM4; Chipset: AMD B450; Memory Slots: 4 - 16

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Memory Patriot Viper 4 Blackout 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory

From parametric filter: Speed: DDR4-2800, DDR4-2933, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200; Type: 288-pin DIMM; Modules: 2 x 8GB

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$92.99
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Storage Lexar NS100 480 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive

From parametric filter: Capacity: 480 GB - 15360 GB; Type: SSD

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$65.99
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$65.99
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Video Card XFX Radeon RX 570 4 GB RS XXX Video Card

From parametric filter: Chipset: Radeon RX 570

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$159.99
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$159.99
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Case Thermaltake Versa H18 MicroATX Mini Tower Case
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$69.98
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$69.98
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Power Supply Corsair CXM (2015) 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply

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Base Total: $730.16
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Total: $700.16
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Comments

  • 3 months ago
  • 3 points

I literally know nothing about PCs. Would this be sufficient for just streaming, not gaming? Meaning I have a console to game with, but want to run the software and broadcast with a PC.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

People can stream with a ryzen 1600, 720p 60+ fps fornite

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Despite what others have said the cpu should be solid and the gpu almost sufficient. You could most likely stream with these specs but you would probably want a better gpu in the long run anyway. I have an FX-6300 and a 1050 Ti and I can stream quite a few things with little to no lag.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

You would likely want a better graphics card and slightly better CPU

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Took the words straight from my brain. I have all the systems (xone, ps4 & Switch). I just want a computer to broadcast on Twitch them off of & Black Friday week is here. Anyone know how I can spend $500-650 w/ upgradable options as I continue to advance.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Definitely go for a ryzen 5 2600 and rx 580, but if you can stretch the budget a little higher, a GTX 1660 super will last you longer. Also be mindful of the ram speed, the r5 2600 will run better at at least 2933 mHz, 3200 mHz is the performance sweet spot when the timings are good, though 3000 mHz is fine too. When it comes to b450 boards, MSI has the best roster, I'd look for one of their boards. If you want to get the best of the cheapest b450s, the asrock b450m-hdv is a safe bet. Case, psu and storage are about fine, but I'd throw in a 1-2tb hard drive, if you need to store footage, even bigger ones might be reasonable or necessary.

  • 3 months ago
  • 3 points

can i stream on here

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Most likely you could, with the six cores your cpu should be able to handle it.

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  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Don’t say stuff like this, it’s not helpful

  • 3 months ago
  • 3 points

Is streaming available for this

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes, you probably can. The video card isn't the best, though it probably can stream. I would recommend upgrading the video card, though.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok. But even if I dont stream, how good well it run Pubg

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd say around 60 fps, I'm not sure, though.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Thats good. I ain't gonna play fortnite but Pubg at 60fps is gonna be good.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, what's your budget? You might be able to upgrade a few things.

  • 3 months ago
  • 3 points

Two questions: 1. Would a Ryzen 3 2200 be good or better with this build? 2. Does anyone know how much the prices would drop on Cyber Monday?

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

The Ryzen 3 2200 is 4cores-4threads compared to the R5 1600 6cores/12threads. More cores and threads are better.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

i wouldn't because you are not using the integrated graphics since this has a much more powerful rx 570. plus it is a weaker cpu. You are spending a bit more on the cpu but you are getting A LOT more cpu for the money. If you want to go with a cheaper cpu go on ali express and pick up a ryzen 5 1400 for 50 bucks and grab a compatible am4 cpu cooler such as the Rosewill ROCC-16002 for 16 bucks. you would even have headroom to overclock with that cpu cooler.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you, this build is much better for gaming than the last guide

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Is this enough for destiny 2?

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Plenty, if you really needed to you could lower a all settings and run destiny 2 on a potato

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

hmmmmm Mac? Hahaha

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

lol

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

if u run geforce now on a mac then you can play destiny 2, ive done it before XD

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Can I possibly run this build into 2020, I really want a build that can last me a good while on a $500 budget

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Im mostly playing games like, Final fantasy 14, Devil may cry 5, and Monster hunter world. Maybe some higher end games. Im really looking for an all rounder pc build on a 300-500 dollar budget

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

in 2020 you would still be able run games on it, id feel confident that this would run games till 2025 just fine. My fiance plays monster hunter world on an i7-4770 and rx 470. this is stronger then that.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

how good for fortnite?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Good

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

I just completed this build! I went with a regular SSD but everything else is the same. I installed Windows and ran Cinebench with a score of 2506. I'm rather satisfied with this computer and I'm hoping to sell it soon. Thanks for the guide!

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Is this suitable for DotA 2?

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Can this build run Fortnite at 120Fps ?

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

I just got into this stuff and know some basics but practically nothing. After I complete this I'm looking to upgrade later. What would be good to upgrade and what should I upgrade with? For basic gaming btw.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

First of all, get the ryzen 5 2600, it's cheaper than the 1600 right now.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Does anyone know what games this can build and what fps this can get?

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  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I am looking to play the sims 4 will all DLC's. I am not well versed in the computer building world. and i want to make sure this will run the sims 4 flawlessly? all and any help will be greatly appreciated

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

if my 2 core athlon x4 845 and gt710 and 8gb ddr3 ram can run on ultra at 1080, than this can definitely do that

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! This will be my Christmas present to myself!😁

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

you put g next to 1600 by the 2nd paragraph

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

What are the benchmarks for games like siege and overwatch with this build?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Could this run Dayz good?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Would this be able to run Call of Duty modern warfare decently?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

would this be good for rust and CSGO? (on Decent settings i mean)

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

yes, it probably would get decent fps on those games. however, i would recommend getting a ryzen 5 2600 and rx580 for playing any game at medium settings

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Csgo is typically easy to run

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I need some help building my first gaming PC with a goal budget of $625 and max budget of $750. This includes a monitor, mouse and keyboard. Cosmetics don't matter to me. I play rocket league, occasional FPS, and am interested in DayZ-like games.

Would this build work as a foundation for me? Any suggested changes? Picking a monitor confuses me and would appreciate some advice.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Going to the PC Building discord and asking for help will be a better than a comment thread https://discord.gg/0uXqxZg1eDE6G95F

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you use it to play gta with a good average 60fps?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I myself also know nothing about PCs. is this able to game with? I don’t care about streaming I just want to build my first PC.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

It's good for gaming

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

i wouldnt say its good, but it works well enough for most games

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

looks like the r5 1600's price is creeping up.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

the ryzen 5 1600's price has gone up to 140 on both amazon and newegg, while the 2600 is $115 on amazon. there is also the ryzen 5 1500x for 95 on amazon.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Can this run games such as DayZ, Rust, Modern Warfare, Csgo, and Rocket League all at a decent fps. I am very interested in computers but have absolutely no idea what can do what. Any sort of answer or advice would be very greatly appreciated. Even if randomly scrolling or was already reading this comment... HAVE A GREAT DAY!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

it probably can, but i would recommend getting a Ryzen 5 2600 and an rx580 if you want to play anything on decent settings.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so much

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

no problem :)

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Rust recommended ryzen cpu is 1600x so I guess yes and Day Z it's a rx 580 and the rx 570 and rx 580 are almost the same, yes the 580 is better but you can google it up yourself

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Would this be a good starting point to run more modern games?(I was looking to get a build that can play something like the Master Chief Collection and Tekken7)

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Can this run VR?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Could this build run League of legends and Apex legends on high settings? Also what budget monitors would you guys recommend?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I just completed a this build without the graphics card. when I press the power button it turns on, the fans and LED turn on but the power button flashes red and it wont connect to my monitor. Can anyone help me or give me a link.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

This PC will not work without a graphics card because the Ryzen 5 1600 does not have an integrated GPU.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I didn't know that. this is my first build

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

you need a graphics card

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the reply

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

nice

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

How good is the FPS on fornite ??

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

How is video editing on this build? Is there a GPU one would recommend to use for this?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point
  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Why is that case $120 tho?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Case price is weird, I fixed it here: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/n8vNzN

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  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

will this PC be able to handle good games?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Most games mid-low settings. Any specific games your looking at playing?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Drop the dedicated GPU for a 3000G for a better entry level to lower the price.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello. Before I begin, I know next to nothing about PC building. I know names of some things and that's about it. I want a PC I can use for 2D design (possibly animation, too) and maybe on a small scale 3D design. I'm not into any games that are super needy, an example of a game I usually play would be Minecraft and you can run that on a potato if you really desired. Budget is around 500 (usd) but I'm willing to go up to 650. Any pointers on if this could be a good choice or what I can upgrade/change to better suit my needs would be greatly appreciated.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Is everything I need to actually build the PC and start using it here? Or do I need to buy other cables or anything else?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

If you're based in the UK, don't get this case, it's waaay overpriced here apparently, 20% of your budget on a case seems a bit high for me.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

this good for competitive fortnite ?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I'm guessing not the best, you might want to upgrade the graphics to get more competitive frames.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

This price is way of because there's no windows or case price

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hi, so I need some help with something. The 'Thermaltake Versa H18 MicroATX Mini Tower Case' being recommended is out of stock. What would be a good alternative to that?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

does this work with oculus rift

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I'm looking to play WoW: Classic on this machine. Max settings in a 40 man raid if possible. Do you think this build can handle that? Sorry, completely noob computer builder at the moment.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

How good would this setup be for emulation and software like blender?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Why not use the Ryzen 5 1600 AF box? It is much less than the 1600 AE and performs better across the board.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Quick question guys, if I switched the ryzez from 1600 to 3600 would i be able to run vr?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

VR will run fine on the 1600

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Will this run Fortnite at 120fps?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Can I stream

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hey all! I'm just looking for a cheap build that can run Skyrim with graphics mods installed (not 4k, just better than vanilla... like 1080p/60fps); would this be sufficient?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

On Amazon, there's 2 different listings of the Ryzen 1600. the cheaper one ($85) has reviews saying this is the new 12nm AF model that came out in 2019. I have yet to confirm for myself, but if it is the new 1600 AF, there's no reason to recommend the older model over the newer one.

  • 3 months ago
  • 0 points

Hey my fellow builders. I know nothing about building PCs tho here I am trying & could use some guidance.

I would like to build a Gaming PC to run my consoles off of to broadcast onto Twitch. I have Xone, PS4 & N. Switch. I don’t plan on using the computer itself for more than editing and broadcasting tho the more I get into it, the more Steam & other ways to play games will become apparent to me. Trying to spend $500-650 on the start up with optional upgrades as I get become more successful.

Any help would be appreciated. Thank you in advance.

  • 1 month ago
  • 0 points

Would this pc run krunker.io at a decent fps ? If so about how much fps whould i get ?

  • 3 months ago
  • -1 points

1600G?

  • 3 months ago
  • -3 points

disgusting go with the 8gb model of the rx 570

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

why? You can a 580 for pretty much the same price...

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