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Entry Level AMD Gaming Build

by ThoughtA

Description

CPU

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.

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 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 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, 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

The Deepcool TESSERACT is a mid tower case that can fit all of our components. It offers decent cable management, which can sometimes be a problem at our budget, and there's room to expand with hard drives or a solid state drive. It also has 1 USB 2.0 and 1 USB 3.0 port on the front panel. Cases tend to be highly personal choices, so make sure you browse our listed cases to see what suits you.

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.

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Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 226W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $129.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $129.99 Amazon Canada Buy
Motherboard
From parametric filter
  • Socket / CPU: AM4
  • Chipset: AMD B450
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
$114.50 -$30.00 $84.50 Vuugo Buy
$30.00 mail-in rebate
Memory
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2800, DDR4-2933, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 8GB (2x4GB)
$97.99 $97.99 Newegg Canada Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 2TB - 10TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$72.75 $72.75 shopRBC Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
$209.99 $209.99 Memory Express Buy
Case $54.99 $54.99 Newegg Canada Buy
Power Supply $69.50 $69.50 Vuugo Buy
Base Total: $749.71
Mail-in Rebates: -$30.00
Total: $719.71
* 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:

PixelatedHam 5 points 1 month ago

Anyone visiting: Buy the RX 570 if you have a few extra dollars.

1410.txt -2 points 18 days ago

But its like £100 more. If you trying to build budget its alot of money extra.

CharGibbs 1 point 9 days ago

Rx 570 is only $30 aud more than 1050 Ti

Crescive 3 points 1 month ago

My build is quite similar, but runs an AMD Ryzen 3 1200 due to budget constraints. Will this still allow me to play games like Fortnite with at least 60 FPS with some settings tuned down?

RemuS2003 2 points 29 days ago

Well, this build runs Fortnite on Epic at around 40 FPS. So turning some settings down, I think would give you 60+ FPS.

PixelatedHam 2 points 22 days ago

High settings at around 60fps.

PiGuy193 2 points 12 days ago

I'm interested in playing Fallout 76, Destiny 2 and WoW. What are some games that this could run or have troubles with?

gaming_tryhard 1 point 1 month ago

Should i overclock this cpu with stock cooler?? And also is this cpu better than the ryzen 1300x?

PixelatedHam 0 points 1 month ago

Definitely overclock to 3.8 minimum, and yes its on par with the R3 1300X.

gaming_tryhard 1 point 1 month ago

Which psu is best for this build?

gaming_tryhard 1 point 18 days ago

The XFX isnt semi modular or modular tho

ThatSaltiBoye 0 points 27 days ago

That corsair CMX should do the trick

1410.txt 0 points 18 days ago

Hey. The... XFX - XT 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply is only £31 which is perfect for a budget build. Good luck

fawful88 1 point 25 days ago

Is that motherboard compatibility issue that needs a new BIOS update to work with newer Ryzens gone?

Brion_Sundae 1 point 24 days ago

It's a B450 board, should run 2nd gen Ryzen out of the box.

gaming_tryhard 1 point 19 days ago

Is this the best pc build i can get for around this price?

1410.txt 0 points 18 days ago

I have a similar build which is a little bit more pricy (£20 more) but I think is quite good. It has a 1300x which has a higher clock speed than the 2200g . Heres the link... https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/zz67sZ

Potatogamer1230 2 points 14 days ago

or you could overclock the 2200g

gaming_tryhard 1 point 18 days ago

Does this build have good upgradability?

imok 1 point 11 days ago

Yes, the AM4 socket has been promised to be relevant for some time by AMD; so the CPU socket is good at least for another gen. There's only one PCIex16 but that shouldn't hold back most people. There's also room for an M.2 NVMe SSD, which is probably the first thing I'd upgrade to after getting this build.

joaopao94 1 point 12 days ago

Hey gents if you wouldn't mind commenting on this build here. It will be my first and the budget is between $500-$550. It'll be used to play Blizzard's HotS, and Sega's Rome 2 Total War. Can't invest much due to my being in nursing school and low hours of work.

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/VTxTFt

gaming_tryhard 2 points 12 days ago

Its good but theres only 120gbs of storage if u arent adding a harddrive

joaopao94 1 point 11 days ago

I put in a 240GB SanDisk. Definitely looking to get a 1TB HDD in the near future also.

Triniking 1 point 3 days ago

Why the Antec 80+ PSU instead of a 80+ Bronze from a better retailer?

joaopao94 1 point 3 days ago

The antec is because I already have it available from a previous build. I have been looking at an EVGA PSU however.

Lyathon_1 1 point 2 days ago

Ew Rome 2

HofePrime 1 point 11 days ago

I did revise the build to meet different specifications, such as a Windows 10 Operating System and an Optical Drive for anybody who really needs that. I also changed up the RAM and the case (personally, my brother who helps with my builds and is pretty tech savvy helps me and recommends I use NZXT cases instead of Deepcool). His version is possibly better than mine, but oh well. I just shifted it to my specifications.

Germiknight 1 point 7 days ago

Will this run rocket league? Looking to build a budget pc and I found this.

Lyathon_1 1 point 6 days ago

I'm thinking about using the ryzen 2400g (with beefy vega graphics) and ditching the 1050 ti to save money as I don't need the more powerful gpu. Is this a good idea or should I go with a less expensive cpu without integrated graphics with a cheaper discrete gpu? Which would give better value for money?

Triniking 1 point 3 days ago

The GTX1050ti out-performs the Vega 11 gpu of the 2400G but what were you planning to use your computer for?

Lyathon_1 1 point 2 days ago

I mostly play older titles as well as general productivity/web browsing (currently using an i5 5250 laptop with 920M) but would like some future-proofing as well.

ericko 1 point 4 days ago

Here's THE "Super Power Puncher." Likely soon to be my build!!! For around $500 nowadays you can build a truly powerful system!

Component Selection Price
CPU

AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor $164.99 Buy Motherboard

Biostar - B450MH Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $61.98 Buy Memory

G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2666 Memory $69.89 Buy Video Card

Gigabyte - Radeon RX 570 4GB Gaming 4G Video Card $171.00 Buy Case

Raidmax - Ninja II ATX Mid Tower Case $25.98 Buy Power Supply

EVGA - BT 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $24.99 Buy Total: $518.83

gaming_tryhard 1 point 1 day ago

Great build but dont forget storage

LeSpunge 1 point 3 days ago

Can this run Rainbow six: siege very well?

gaming_tryhard 1 point 1 day ago

I think if your going to have a low budget pc you should get a cheaper case and a non modular psu and focus more on performance. Also maybe you could fit an ssd in there

Mavalone 0 points 28 days ago

Hey I decided to use some of your design parts for my build and I wanted your opinion on this build, If so can you tell me if this could run games such as, GTA V, CSGO, LOL, Overwatch, PUBG over 60 fps? Also would this also be okay for maybe school related things and browsing? https://pcpartpicker.com/list/BMJfxG

vetas27gfmt 0 points 19 days ago

yes

SugahSean1138 0 points 22 days ago

is this a good build for streaming games im new to building PCs so any help is awesome

1410.txt 0 points 18 days ago

Im new too. I think you can but im not sure. Good Luck

1410.txt 0 points 18 days ago

By the way, the gpu is actually around £167 instead of the £147. If you click on the link it is actually more money. It really sucks because im trying to build a budget c and this would be perfect but the gpu is actually £20 more expensive. It would still be budget but its kinda annoying. Also you'd be better off using the AMD Ryzen 3 1300x because its cheaper and it has a higher clock speed. The intergrated graphics are made useless since you have a decent gpu.

Potatogamer1230 1 point 14 days ago

The GPU has a mail-in rebate. A rebate is an amount paid by way of reduction, return, or refund on what has already been paid or contributed. so i believe when you buy it its the full cost but you can send something to the place you bought it from to get some of your money back.

Potatogamer1230 1 point 14 days ago

The GPU has a mail-in rebate. A rebate is an amount paid by way of reduction, return, or refund on what has already been paid or contributed. so i believe when you buy it its the full cost but you can send something to the place you bought it from to get some of your money back.

1410.txt 0 points 18 days ago

Hey does anyone know if I need a wifi card or not. Im quite new to pc building so any help would be greatly aprecciated. Thanks.

TechSupportTime 1 Build 1 point 16 days ago

It will need a wifi card if you want to use wifi, but no card needed if you have an ethernet hooked up to it. You can use something like this: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/gWg323/tp-link-wireless-network-card-tlwn823n

1410.txt 1 point 15 days ago

Thank you so much for your help. Have a great day!

GLDFSH 0 points 18 days ago

Will this play battlefield 1?

Jimbino 0 points 18 days ago

yes, but if you want 60fps then you are going to have to tune down the settings a lot.

NEWPC2005 -1 points 18 days ago

Wait... you're using an APU and still have a GPU???

Lyathon_1 1 point 6 days ago

According to UserBenchmark the 1050 ti is 190% better than the apu's (vega 8) graphics.

Gavldac_Klasmov -2 points 10 days ago

I disagree with a few critical choices here. With a 2 stick RAM kit (in a 4 slot MB) you're going to only get single channel mode and that will definitely cripple APU performance if you try to run this build with out a GPU. I don't believe in limiting your performance right from the start just so that MAYBE you might have more money later to add more to your system. I also think that you can get a better case for less money. There's no reason to spend extra money on a modular PSU when you are building a low budget build. SSD prices are falling like a rock. AMD B450 boards support StoreMI. You can start with a smaller SSD now and once you actually fill it you can decide to add a HDD. Using StoreMI, your SSD becomes a cache and you don't have the guarenteed HDD perfomance hit. That's long term value and growth potential.

Changing a few choices lets you afford better choices that will pay off in ways that you'll notice everytime you bootup, open a program, or transfer a file.

Here's how I would fix this: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/sRZrpG I'm at $411 base build. Adding the same GPU for $170 means the total build would be $581, but my version will actually feel like a fast new computer.

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 10 days ago

With a 2 stick RAM kit (in a 4 slot MB) you're going to only get single channel mode

That is false.

I'll be looking into going with a large SSD on the next iteration after prices hopefully continue falling, though.

Reason:
Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
AMD - Ryzen 3 2200G 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor 8W - 65W
ASRock - B450M PRO4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard 15W - 60W
G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2800 Memory 6W - 6W
Seagate - Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Asus - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Phoenix Video Card 18W - 75W
Total: 51W - 226W