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Modest Gaming Build

by manirelli

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45 Comments

Description

CPU/Motherboard

Our Modest Gaming Build is built around the Ryzen 5 1600. Using the stock cooler you should be able to achieve moderate overclocks on this unlocked processor. We paired the R5 1600 with a parametric list of B350 motherboards that supports up to 64GB of DDR4 memory, 6x SATA6 devices, and front panel USB3.0.

Memory/Storage

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. Our storage choice is also based on parametric selection criteria – 2TB and 7200rpm are our standard recommendations for builds that incorporate a mechanical drive. With our increased budget we can also include a solid state drive selected by parametric filters. You should be able to purchase at least a 240GB drive on this budget.

GPU

On an 800 dollar budget, we would normally recommend the AMD RX 580. Unfortunately, due to a recent surge in cryptocurrency mining the availability of RX 570s and 580s is extremely low. As a replacement, we suggest using the Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB edition. The performance across most games will be similar to the AMD offerings. We've created a parametric filter to show you the lowest priced, full sized GTX 1060 which will be powerful enough for most AAA games.

Case/PSU

All of the components are housed in the Corsair Spec-M2 MicroATX mid Tower. This case is an affordable option that has front panel USB3.0, room for full size graphics cards, and cutouts in the motherboard tray for easy cable routing. For our power supply, we're using a parametric selection of well-reviewed fully and semi-modular units, all of which will provide more than enough power for this system.

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Estimated Wattage: 280W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU €213.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €213.99 Amazon Deutschland Buy
Motherboard
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: Micro ATX
  • Chipset: AMD B350
€74.20 €74.20 Amazon Deutschland Buy
Memory
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 8GB (1x8GB), 8GB (2x4GB)
€74.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €74.99 Amazon Deutschland Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 240GB - 10TB
  • Type: SSD
€81.03 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €81.03 Amazon Deutschland Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 2TB - 10TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
€65.67 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €65.67 Amazon Deutschland Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
  • Length: 225mm - 403mm
€294.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €294.99 Amazon Deutschland Buy
Case €60.89 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €60.89 Amazon Deutschland Buy
Power Supply €80.97 €80.97 Amazon Deutschland Buy
Total: €946.73
* 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:

LonghornAlamo2040 2 points 14 days ago

There is a correction to be made: R5 1600 is NOT modest, it's hella strong XD

(joke)

ParadoXGodzillA 2 points 14 days ago

Damn, this build is nice.

Darksept 1 point 16 days ago

Good stuff

KokoSlon 1 point 16 days ago

Yes good stuff Though 16G memory isnt bad to consider..

Killua89 1 Build 1 point 16 days ago

either im wrong or the GPU is a hella lot more costlier

sniperunrepeat 1 point 14 days ago

Its like an extra $15 over a 580-8GB

Killua89 1 Build 2 points 14 days ago

If you are from USA its 30$ more if not its like 100$ more

SomeImagination 1 point 15 days ago

Why are the 570 and 580 being used more for mining? Is it because of the higher amounts of VRAM?

sniperunrepeat 2 points 14 days ago

No, its because AMD's GPU architectures have always been better at mining.

Cloby 1 point 2 days ago

AMD should make GPUs specifically designed for mining.

sniperunrepeat 1 point 2 days ago

Rumors say they are

Cloby 1 point 2 days ago

I Hope so.

BetterJake 1 point 13 days ago

I would get a cheaper SSD, and put the money into another 8GB RAM and bigger HDD

darkbydesire 1 point 12 days ago

why not change the 1TB HDD for extra SSD memory?

Or maybe it's personal preference, I don't have a **** ton of games to fill 2TB.

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 11 days ago

Storage needs are entirely personal and can be changed based on usage. I currently have a 30TB NAS and im looking to move it closer to 100TB.

skippyikeoh 1 point 10 days ago

Oh jeez. What would you need 100tb for? That seems insane. I have a friend who animates and does a lot of gaming who has only filled up 3tb. He has a huge computer and tons of stuff on it, so I can't really see the need for 100 tb.

jedublfizl 1 point 9 days ago

What resolution/refresh rate monitor would you recommend for this build?

cothalesr 2 points 9 days ago

Go with 1080p with 144hz refresh

jedublfizl 1 point 9 days ago

Thanks

Heaps 1 point 8 days ago

Hi mate, would you recommend AOC G2460VQ6 24" Full HD 75Hz 1ms FreeSync Gaming Monitor if I'm swapping the GPU for AMD? https://www.mwave.com.au/product/aoc-g2460vq6-24-full-hd-75hz-1ms-freesync-gaming-monitor-ab69850

I'll be playing Quake Champions, Fallout, MMOS.

Thanks

80-wattHamster 1 Build 2 points 7 days ago

That's probably a good choice. There's also the Viewsonic VX2457, which has similar specs for $20 less. I've had good experiences with Viewsonic in the past (though not that specific monitor). AOC's supposed to be decent as well, however.

Heaps 1 point 2 days ago

Thank you mate

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UhhhhWut 1 point 9 days ago

Thinking of getting this exact build with a 1TB Hard Drive over the 2TB, does anyone recommend any changes to this system? Total cost comes to $1378 and i'm not willing to put any more money into it, already at my budget ($1800 including a keyboard, mouse, pad and a headset) so please make sure if u have any recommendations they are kept within this budget. Thanks :)

80-wattHamster 1 Build 1 point 7 days ago

It's darn good as is. Optional tweaks could perhaps include an MLC SSD or NVME m.2 drive. The MLC drive would cost you a bit more, a 128GB BPX a bit less. You could always browse for a different case if this one doesn't strike your fancy.

kjozzed 1 point 2 days ago

I have to ask why the 3600 ram? I know the ryzen supposdly works better with faster ram, but you could get this G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory https://pcpartpicker.com/product/gVcMnQ/gskill-memory-f43000c15d16gvs and save $75.

For ~ $36, you can get a wifi card that also supports ac and bluetooth. Gigabyte - GC-WB867D-I https://pcpartpicker.com/product/tTdqqs/gigabyte-wireless-network-card-gcwb867di.

Just a few small improvements.

Camrocks111 1 point 8 days ago

What kind of graphics and fps can you expect from this build?

RavioliBoii420 1 point 7 days ago

This build would easily get 60+ fps with max settings on basically all games.

Cloby 1 point 2 days ago

A mix of 1080p60fps and 1440p60fps (on some games) at Very high or ultra.

Fraglepuss 2 Builds 1 point 7 days ago

Very good build. Big plus 1

dallior 1 point 5 days ago

The hilarious part is that I've been planning almost the exact same build (Going for a Corsair Carbide 88R and a cheaper GPU though). GG PCP.

Retrrro 1 point 5 days ago

Is anyone able to replace the original case with a goodlooking white case? If so thank you

Molded 1 point 4 days ago

The Phanteks Eclipse Series P400S Silent Edition white case looks amazing. I would highly recommend. I just finished my build with it.

Retrrro 1 point 4 days ago

Thanks man!

Retrrro 1 point 5 days ago

Will the NZXT - S340 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case work just as good as the original case? Or even just work at all

EarthShark 1 point 5 days ago

I'm actually considering building this.

Blake012 1 point 5 days ago

Can this build be upgraded in the future?

kjozzed 1 point 3 days ago

I went and made a very comparable build to this, which I think turned out better.

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/rFgfZ8

Gatormaniac 1 point 2 days ago

Do you think that the build should have a bit more memory? And shouldn't one TB be enough for modest gaming? Just thinking out loud here.

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 2 days ago

8GB is the minimum I'd recommend and there is plenty of room to move to 16 or more on the board. Storage is also a fairly personal choice in terms of needs. I'm on the other end of the spectrum with a 30TB NAS that I'm considering moving closer to 100TB.

Gatormaniac 1 point 2 days ago

Oh, ok. Just wondering if an upgrade was available on the motherboard. That's some crazy storage too. ;)

Drekloe 1 point 2 days ago

Just curious, but what work do you do that would require 100 TB?

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 3 points 2 days ago

I just prefer local storage over cloud for all my stuff including movies and music. A high def backup of a movie can easily be 40-50GB

Drekloe 1 point 1 day ago

Interesting.

Framescout 1 point 1 day ago

Would this build do well streaming console games via Elgato HD60 in 1080p/60fps?

thatmansam2332 1 point 22 hours ago

close to my first. Very, Very good build- $842.11 with no peripherals

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Reason:
Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor 8W - 65W
Biostar - B350ET2 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard 15W - 60W
G.Skill - Ripjaws 4 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2800 Memory 5W - 5W
ADATA - Premier SP550 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Hitachi - Ultrastar 7K3000 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Palit - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB Dual Video Card 30W - 120W
Total: 64W - 280W