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Entry Level AMD Gaming Build

by ThoughtA

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Description

Be sure to check below for a special Newegg SuperCombo based on this guide!

CPU

Our CPU of choice is the Ryzen 3 1200. This CPU is inexpensive but still packs a punch with its 4 cores and 3.4 GHz turbo frequency. The R3 1200 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 A320 chipsets, which will save us a good chunk of money. 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 and DDR4-3000 as Ryzen CPUs scale well with higher frequency memory. At the current time, using memory rated over 3000mhz 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 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

Normally we would recommend the AMD RX 570 at this price point. Unfortunately, due to a recent surge in cryptocurrency mining, there is an extremely low availability of several video cards that would be appropriate at this price point. As a replacement, we suggest using the Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti. We've created a parametric filter to show you the lowest priced GTX 1050 Ti which will be powerful enough for most AAA games.

When video card stock and availability normalizes again, we will make sure to update our guides as appropriate to reflect the change in the market.

Case

All of the components are housed in the Fractal Design Focus G Mini MicroATX mid Tower. This case is an affordable option that has front panel USB 3.0, room for full size graphics cards, and cutouts in the motherboard tray for easy cable routing. If also features 2x external 5.25" bays, 2x internal 3.5" bays, and 1x internal 2.5" bay.

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.

Retailer Deals

If you're considering building this system, our friends at Newegg worked with us to put together a SuperCombo bundle based on this guide. Be sure to check it out!

Part List Customize This Part List

Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 227W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU ₹8975.00 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime ₹8975.00 Amazon India Buy
Motherboard
From parametric filter
  • Socket / CPU: AM4
  • Form Factor: Micro ATX
  • Chipset: AMD A320
₹5395.00 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime ₹5395.00 Amazon India Buy
Memory
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 8GB (2x4GB)
₹7499.32 ₹7499.32 Amazon India Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 2TB - 10TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
₹5112.95 ₹5112.95 Amazon India Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
₹11249.32 ₹11249.32 Amazon India Buy
Case
Power Supply ₹3203.86 ₹3203.86 Amazon India Buy
Total: ₹41435.45
* 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:

IndiHero 1 point 15 hours ago

Can you overclock on A320?

Metrix_Terabyte 0 points 15 hours ago

I don't believe so, I think you need a B350 board, and you'd also need an aftermarket cooler.

Lobsterareawesome 3 Builds 1 point 12 hours ago

For a mild overclock the stock cooler is enough for ryzen. And yes, you need x370 or b350 to overclock

Artosas 1 point 3 hours ago

This is as close to the cheapest viable gaming budget build as you can get. The only thing I feel you could go cheaper on is bumping the ram down to 2400, potentially a cheaper case (though that may lead to just replacing it because of crap quality), and going for 1 TB hard drive. For me 1 TB HDD is sufficient because all my music is cloud based, and I only own less than about 30 AAA title games I need to store, plus I don't have a load of selfies I'm uploading to social media sites.

Sure you could go cheaper on the GPU (1030 or something RX based), but you would likely be replacing it shortly after, which isn't a money saver. And the PSU could go down to 350 but then if you want to upgrade your ryzen cpu, and add on anymore ram, or really just upgrade anything you would need to get a larger psu anyway.

So yeah any lower than this will end up costing you more in the short term. The Intel version of this is sightly cheaper (~$20, depending on what you go with) but i'd rather 4/4 cores/threads of the ryzen than the 2/4 of the pentium.

Side note: I wish this site included Microcenter because that place competes with most online retailers for price.

capitalsocialist 1 point 1 hour ago

I'd cut down on the case and/or RAM for a b350 motherboard.

MINEHOWGAMING 2 Builds 0 points 1 day ago

Noo pics

Lobsterareawesome 3 Builds 2 points 12 hours ago

Well its just a part list.. they didnt actually build the PC

MINEHOWGAMING 2 Builds 0 points 7 hours ago

Bruh

Lobsterareawesome 3 Builds 2 points 6 hours ago

huh?

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