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Build Guide

Entry Level AMD Gaming Build

by ThoughtA



Our CPU of choice is the Ryzen 3 2200G. This CPU is inexpensive but still packs a punch with its 4 cores and 3.7 GHz turbo frequency. It also has an impressive integrated GPU, which will allow you to play lower demand games passably, including Fortnite.

The Ryzen 3 2200G includes a good stock cooler, so a 3rd-party cooler isn't necessary.


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 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.


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.


We're also using a parametric filter to select the best priced SSD available that is at least 240GB. The SSD can be used for your OS and a handful of games. Additionally, we're using a parametric filter to select the best-priced 2TB drive. Everyone's needs are different, so feel free to increase capacities or remove a drive to fit yours.


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 and PUBG.


The Cougar MX330 is an ATX mid tower case with 2x USB 3.0 front panel ports, which is a bit of a rarity in the budget sector. It's especially uncommon to have those ports accompanied by 2x USB 2.0, which this case has as well. It fits full-length video cards, and this version actually features a tempered glass window. It also provides numerous cable managment holes.


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.

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Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 251W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $133.99 $133.99 Powertop Buy
From parametric filter
  • Socket / CPU: AM4
  • Chipset: AMD B450
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
$109.90 -$30.00 $79.90 Vuugo Buy
$30.00 mail-in rebate
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2800, DDR4-2933, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 8GB (2x4GB)
$74.99 $74.99 Memory Express Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 240 GB - 15360 GB
  • Type: SSD
$38.99 $38.99 Mike's Computer Shop Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 1000 GB - 15360 GB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$49.99 -$2.00 $47.99 Newegg Canada Buy
+ $2 off w/ promo code XYY4CAVSDX5, ends 1/20
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: Radeon RX 570
$219.00 $219.00 Canada Computers Buy
Case $69.99 $69.99 Amazon Canada Buy
Power Supply $64.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $64.99 Amazon Canada Buy
Base Total: $761.84
Promo Discounts: -$2.00
Mail-in Rebates: -$30.00
Total: $729.84
* 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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gaming_tryhard 10 points 1 month ago

For everyone complaining about the apu what cpu can u get thats better around the same price lmao

YoungBoyCameron 1 point 1 month ago

If you got a Ryzen 51600, it would be around the same price as the Intel build, and it would perform better than this one,

Freckles183 1 point 1 month ago

True, if I was going to build I’d probably use that. I think they didn’t put it in bc it’s not entry level though

DaBossWolf 1 point 7 days ago

You do realize that the Ryzen 51600 isn't available to use instead of the Ryzen 3 2200g. It just doesn't show u as an option. Just sayin' mate

LeviAMD 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Lol very true

PCBuilder73 1 point 14 days ago

The Ryzen 1300X?

Jimbino 3 points 1 month ago

a quick question

would the 570 be able to handle 1080p 144hz


PrivatePengu 4 points 1 month ago

Most likely not. On e-sports titles like CS:GO and League of Legends, it is most likely possible, but some more demanding games may need to have reduced graphical settings to hit it.

Check some benchmarks of the games you play, and check the results. If you can list a few of the games you play, I can try checking myself.

It largely depends on the game itself, as some are more optimized than others. This GPU, along with the GTX 1050 Ti, is largely regarded as a 1080p 60hz processor.

MysteriousLegend 2 points 1 month ago

Is all this stuff compatible with the GeForce GTX 1050Ti?

eesti 7 points 1 month ago

yes, but why would you? The RX 570 performs within 20% of the RX 580

brandonyen 1 point 7 days ago


Aminolatito 1 point 1 day ago

i think he already has a 1050ti so he doesnt want to spend any money

TheQuackSavior 2 points 1 month ago


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An53blackshirts 2 points 1 month ago

Would this be able to run rainbow 6 siege and Pubg?

tybro65098 3 points 1 month ago

Yes, definitely at medium settings 1080p, don’t know about anything better though.

An53blackshirts 2 points 1 month ago

thanks :)

JOINDSPQR 1 Build 1 point 17 hours ago

It can. 2200+ RX 570 is amazing

Okno13 2 points 1 month ago

Can confirm: my friend uses a Ryzen 3 2200G and a 1050 Ti to run at medium settings just fine!

jonathan-townsley 2 points 1 month ago

I have a question. Does anyone know for sure that the cooler and ram will all fit together without modifying anything? I was just wanting to know before I get this build

YoungBoyCameron 1 point 1 month ago


Actionride 2 points 1 month ago

Everyone be like"Get a 1200 and be better" when techically its 10 dollars more and it has less performance.

notDoctor 2 points 17 days ago

No intake fans needed?

Farex 1 point 9 days ago

Yes, I would suggest putting in something as an intake, but most people don't have the budget for it.

Tigru 1 point 1 month ago

Really nice parts list, the case is okay i like that case but i dont know how the parts would fit since it isnt the right case on here and way over priced in the part list.; https://www.amazon.com/AeroCool-Cylon-RGB-Acrylic-Window/dp/B079P1VBDY?pd_rd_wg=cscmS&pd_rd_r=08e45787-38e1-4cb6-adc9-578197dc86c0&pd_rd_w=5X76F&ref_=pd_gw_cartx&pf_rd_r=XS7G2320AW45CM2YJ1J1&pf_rd_p=6b27b606-ba71-500d-b5f8-3510f86504b4

Freckles183 1 point 1 month ago

Sorry if I’m too late but that everything should fit in that case. Just make sure the motherboard isnt ATX.the current gigabyte b450m ds3h will definitely fit in that case

gaming_tryhard 1 point 1 month ago

Is 55 c ok when gaming on the 1600

ThoughtA staff submitter 2 points 1 month ago


JesseR 1 point 1 month ago

Would this guide work for VR? Would you recommend anything else? I'd like to know

JOINDSPQR 1 Build 1 point 17 hours ago

For some VR games but not all

CranfillCrusher 1 point 1 month ago

I got a question, on the SSD and hard drive, I checked the websites selling them (Newegg and Amazon), I see people complaining about the SSD and how it dies quickly or the hard drive and how it is usually sent in refurbished. Are the reviews biased? Will I be safe buying these parts?

Triniking 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

The filter didn't sort by brand name. You should try a Kingston or SanDisk drive if you're worried.


ihazchair 1 point 1 month ago

I'm looking to build a pc like this but saw some bad reviews about the motherboard's quality and lack of fan headers; I was wondering if it would be a better choice to go with the "MSI B450M PRO-VDH". Its about the same price and has a lot of good reviews. Would I also need to update the bios or do anything else with it before building or am I set to go?

Freckles183 1 point 1 month ago

Not sure about which motherboard is better, but I’d go with whatever has better reviews, if price isn’t that much of an issue. As for the bios you will not have to change anything before building. Any motherboard with b450(some others work too but this build has b450) will not need to be changed before installing the cpu.

corean88 1 point 1 month ago

Hello I am thinking of getting a desktop to play games such as league of legends or World of Warcraft.

My budget is about $800 and I have few restrictions for my new desktop.

I would like to spend only about $500 on the desktop so I can spend the rest on monitor and keyboard.

I also need my desktop to have a wireless card since I have no option but to use wifi.

I really had no idea where to ask this question so I would really appreciate it if someone could help me out.

Thank you in advance and have a great year end.

I live in Canada by the way if that changes anything!

Freckles183 2 points 1 month ago

$500 cad or usd? Here’s a decent build that should run your games with no problem, and has motherboard integrated WiFi for around 500 usd https://pcpartpicker.com/list/jTFQNQ

corean88 1 point 1 month ago

Thank you so much for your help. I meant CAD.

But only $100 more wouldn't hurt.

Thank you again and have a great year end!!

Freckles183 2 points 1 month ago

No problem, you too!

Sam092733 1 point 1 month ago

What type of monitor do you recommend for this build? Does 75hz 1080p work?

ihazchair 1 point 1 month ago

75hz 1080p is perfect for this build

Sam092733 1 point 1 month ago


Blue_boy 1 point 1 month ago

Can I get 60fps 1080p on CS:GO with highest settings with this setup?

dreadfulbadger 1 point 1 month ago

Yes you can

EJbooya50 1 point 1 month ago

is the gpu and cpu overclockable?

Triniking 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

The CPU is overclockable with that b450 mobo.

The GPU is overclockable through MSI Afterburner.

the3orpdeenyse 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe 2 case fans (intake) should be factored into this build. It looks like this case only includes an exhaust fan.

Ledshad 1 point 1 month ago

For anyone willing to help I recently baught and assembled this build and i am having a problem with my pc posting and displaying to a monitor I checked the connections and they seem to be in the r ight places but I can't figure out why it's not working please

Dim_Slot 1 point 29 days ago

Have you read your mono manual yet?

Wazowski13 1 point 24 days ago

check to make sure your video output cables (hdmi, dvi, vga) are plugged in firmly and correctly and see if theyre not working.

AshMann 1 point 1 month ago

Just one recommendation: If you choose to go with the dedicated gpu, maybe use an Ryzen 3 1200 or 1300x, the 1200 is a little slower for $5 less, but it has more cache than the 2200g, which you wont need the integrated apu on. the 1300x is a little faster but it also costs $20 more so if you do a modest overclock then you can get similar performance from a 1200.

burnhamj 1 point 28 days ago

I am new to building gaming PC's so forgive my ignorance. I really like this build, however I kinda want to upgrade it a bit so that it lasts a bit longer and have better performance. Would it be a good idea to upgrade the CPU to a Ryzen 5 2600 4GB, the memory to a Team Vulcan 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4-2400, and the GPU to a Radeon RX 570 4 GB? I was able to do that on the website with a build that is only $120 more than this one. Please let me know if this is a bad idea or not. Thank you!

Wazowski13 2 points 24 days ago

I built a pc with an rx 580, 16 g ram, and r5 2600 for 640 bucks and I would highly recommend the build.

burnhamj 1 point 23 days ago

Would you mind sharing your full build? I like the Rx 580, more bang for your buck.

Triniking 1 Build 1 point 22 days ago

This site already has a build with the RX 580 and R5 2600.


burnhamj 1 point 22 days ago

I already saw this build. This build is almost $100 more than what Wazowski13 said.

Wazowski13 1 point 11 days ago

sure sorry for the delayed response tho

spilthen 1 point 28 days ago


Jushi 1 point 26 days ago

I honestly like this build a lot. I don't understand what the issue is with the 2200g. Four cores are enough, and 3.7 GHz turbo is great. Would this build work with an r5 1600 and an RX 590? Of course, with the parts I prefer, just similar performance.

Jtr63 1 point 23 days ago

We are putting together an AMD entry level gaming PC. Does the selected gigabyte b450m motherboard have on board wifi capability? I'm sure it must as the suggested build does not include a separate wifi card.

ThoughtA staff submitter 2 points 23 days ago

The Gigabyte B450M DS3H does not have onboard Wi-Fi. It's common to use the ethernet port instead, as that will typically lead to the fastest internet and best latency. That's why a Wi-Fi card isn't included by default.

chipper48 1 point 23 days ago

entry level

sgarciac 1 point 16 days ago

I built two of these for my kids (fortnite players, obviously) this christmas, I only changed the case. They are quite happy with them.

Kenjisama710 1 point 14 days ago

can this run overwatch on low settings with a 144hz monitor? total noob sorry in advance :p

rtthegolfer 1 point 14 days ago

Would this setup be easy to upgrade in the future? If so, what is the most important part to upgrade first in this particular build?

Farex 2 points 9 days ago

Depends on what you are planning to upgrade it with.

Most important components to keep in mind are the Motherboard and PSU.

Depending on what parts you are going to buy next, you will need to take into account whether they will fit / be supported in the current Motherboard and then whether the PSU will be enough to power them.

After that you should be thinking about potential bottlenecks if you are picking up a faster CPU or GPU.

dsorrell 1 point 10 days ago


Feel free to look over my intel build and critique any way you see fit. this will be my first build if/when I order the stuff. I did my best to keep it all under $500($486 currently). Thanks!

Farex 2 points 9 days ago

Looks good to me!

dsorrell 1 point 9 days ago

Thank you very much!

Farex 1 point 8 days ago

Make sure to check if that case comes with intake fans preinstalled. If it doesn't, please consider buying some as that will help case flow and overall temperature in a big way.

dsorrell 1 point 7 days ago

thank you for that suggestion. I will check promptly

Edit: According to Amazon it has "Excellent Airflow: With 1 x 120mm Front Fan & 1 x 80mm Rear Fan (both pre-installed),"

Farex 1 point 6 days ago

Hm, strange. Are you looking at the Cougar - MX330-G ATX Mid Tower case?

I wouldn't trust Amazon with this being 100% correct. If you look at the manufacturers website: https://cougargaming.com/products/cases/mx330_g/

if you scroll down to the "Specification" bit, on the cooling system row where it lists what fan support the case has, it only says "Pre-installed" on the rear fan.

You can go back and ask the Amazon seller it they have installed an additional fan in the front, but that doesn't seem to come standard from the factory if we are to trust the manufacturers website! :)

Ptolemee 1 point 5 days ago

Thanks a lot. I was trying to make a build for under 800$, and this one popped up. Now I know what to buy!

Optimusnat 1 point 3 days ago

i suggest a 580, its only an extra 80 dollars (in some places)

BadCooler 1 Build 0 points 1 month ago

I am confused on why you would use a Vega possessor with a GPU instead of using a cheaper ryzen without

Rionlion100 3 points 1 month ago

Not OP but it's recent and has a higher clock speed than similar prices ryzen cpus

Triniking 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

The 2200G is the cheapest Ryzen on PCPP.

usher.jonathan 1 Build -4 points 1 month ago

$114 for this pos APU with cores that you will never get to benefit from or $115 for an i3-8100 with 4 high quality cores that will smoke this processor hmmm.....

OR save up and extra 30 bucks and get a ryzen 5 2600 and be ready for all the games coming out nowadays that are being optimized for 6 cores.

decisions decisions....

yeah you made a REALLY bad call on that APU

ThoughtA staff submitter 3 points 1 month ago

If you're looking from the US, I'm not sure where you're seeing $114 (edit) as the best price for the 2200G or $115 for either of those processors.

usher.jonathan 1 Build -1 points 1 month ago

i3-8100 - $114.99 https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117822&Description=i3%208100&cm_re=i3_8100-_-19-117-822-_-Product

as for the ryzen 2200g, all you have to do is look it up in google shopping. $114 for a ryzen 3 including tax and shipping, $99 sale price on newegg, which brings it up once you factor taxes and shipping

took me like 2 seconds to do this

ThoughtA staff submitter 4 points 1 month ago

Please keep it polite; the attitude isn't necessary or helpful.

If you check the part list above, you'll see the price of the Ryzen 3 2200G at $90.

Also, apologies, as our page has the 8100 at $115 too!

Okno13 3 points 1 month ago

That i3 would NOT "smoke" the R3. They lie around the same numbers in performance. Also, the 2200G works fine for most games, and 6 cores isn't at all required to play most games at alright settings. It would give a small FPS boost, but the 2200G can handle pretty much all AAA games on medium settings at 1080p, depending on the GPU.

Dim_Slot 1 point 29 days ago

I3 has integrated graphic too, just saying

shaunsingh14 -2 points 1 month ago

Yeah... you updated your description to match the RX 570 but you guys neglected to update the description to mention that you now have an SSD in the build again. GG mates.

tup -2 points 1 month ago

bad power supply

usher.jonathan 1 Build -5 points 1 month ago

if you are going to run a dedicated graphics card, there is absolutely no reason to waste money on an APU. never pay for cores that you arent ever going to benefit from. you could have just as easily got another 4 core CPU that performs better for the same. or better yet, get a ryzen 5 2600 for a few dollars more instead. 6 cores, 12 threads and the best dollar-per-performance on the market.

ThoughtA staff submitter 3 points 1 month ago

The Ryzen 5 2600 is currently $145 compared to the 2200G's $90. That's not just a few dollars more, and it pushes the budget into a higher tier, which we also cover. We also cover the Intel option with the i3-8100 on the Intel Entry Guide, as linked from this guide.

This guide is for those who want to get a solid AMD platform PC at a budget roughly around what you'll find this guide to be.

usher.jonathan 1 Build -10 points 1 month ago

$50 does not put an entire build into a higher price tier, your just trying to defend your lazy pick. there is no benefit to using an APU with a dedicated graphics card, you get an APU BECAUSE you cant afford a dedicated graphics card. easily find another 4 core in the same price bracket or move up to a 6 for marginally more

ThoughtA staff submitter 6 points 1 month ago

Yes, it does. You don't define our budgeting goals, we do.

The 2200G has been a popular budget option for a reason. Yes, it's an APU, but it's price:performance at its price point is better than the other Ryzen options. It wasn't selected because it was an APU, and it functions just fine despite being one. Being an APU doesn't have to be a drawback or even a factor at all. You don't have to pick an APU for its ntegrated graphics.

If you can't keep it polite, you won't be permitted to comment on this site. Please keep this is mind.

usher.jonathan 1 Build -2 points 1 month ago

ok... i politely disagree with your choices as there are better ways to cut corners and max your performance


UmarRahman2812@outlook.com 5 points 1 month ago

Out of curiosity, do you genuinely believe that using the word 'politely' before stating your point automatically qualifies it to be polite? Also, the 2200g has the potential to utilise it cores and threads without having to be used as an APU. If you feel as if you could do better, don't just say it; make your own build. However, don't continue to argue against the submitter since it just leads on and on into unnecessary arguments

carssuckjeepsrule 4 points 1 month ago

I will politely disagree with 'no benefit to using an APU' and 'lazy' pick. Since it's November and prices change daily, specific cost isn't really a debate. (For the record, the Ryzen 2 1200 is $89 today and the 2200G is $95. I'd call it a wash.) So about that 'no benefit to using an APU'. The 2200G loses cache and has idle cores when paired with a GPU, that's true. It's still 8 to 10% faster in gaming than it's little sister the Ryzen 3 1200. And here's the big bonus: when a computer has a major OS fail or smokes a component, onboard video becomes a great troubleshooting tool. It's nice and easy to get the mobo bios/UEFI on the screen with all the cards/hard drives/etc removed then start adding one component at a time until you find the culprit. Intel has had built in video for years. Except for mobo testing and troubleshooting, never used it. When my buddy popped his video card capacitors, we verified everything else was good to go then installed a new card. Does your car have a spare tire just in case? Same thing here.

anthonycote345 -8 points 1 month ago

this build is so **** for the price. i made a build for $454.82 and it includes a monitor, this doesn't.

ThoughtA staff submitter 5 points 1 month ago

Please keep feedback polite and constructive.

Also, the 2200G is a considerably faster CPU than the FX-8350. But you also got a monitor in your part list, so that's good!

anthonycote345 0 points 1 month ago

How is the 2200g faster than the fx 8350

ThoughtA staff submitter 3 points 1 month ago

Sorry, but I'm not exactly sure what you're looking for with your question of how it's faster. Keep in mind that more cores doesn't necessarily mean a different CPU is faster, and the same goes for higher clock speed.

Here are some benchmarks as an example. It uses the FX-8370, which is faster than the FX-8350, and you can compare that against the Ryzen 3 1200, which is compares pretty closely to the 2200G, with the 2200G performing a little better (than the 1200) at times.

anthonycote345 0 points 1 month ago

Well, I wouldn't have picked the 8350 if the mobos that support fx 9590 weren't out of stock. But I think it's fine for people who want to play games like tf2 or csgo, so...

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Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
AMD - Ryzen 3 2200G 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor 8W - 65W
G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-2800 Memory 6W - 6W
Kingston - A400 240 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Seagate - BarraCuda 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Asus - Radeon RX 570 4 GB ROG STRIX Video Card 37W - 150W
Total: 57W - 251W