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Modest Gaming Build

by manirelli

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Description

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

CPU

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.

Motherboard

We've 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

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 use parametric filters to incorporate an SSD with at least 480GB of space. Everyone's storage needs differs, so feel free to add or remove capacity to your heart's desire.

GPU

On an 800 dollar (USD) 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

All of the components are housed in the Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1 MicroATX mid Tower. This case is an affordable option that has a large side panel window, front panel USB3.0, room for full size graphics cards, and cutouts in the motherboard tray for easy cable routing.

PSU

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.

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: 260W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU £178.50 FREE £178.50 Amazon UK Buy
Motherboard
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: Micro ATX
  • Chipset: AMD B350
£59.16 FREE £59.16 CCL Computers Buy
Memory
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 8GB (2x4GB)
£73.39 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime £73.39 Amazon UK Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 480GB - 12TB
  • Type: SSD
£128.28 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime £128.28 Amazon UK Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
  • Length: 224mm - 403mm
£234.00 £234.00 Aria PC Buy
Case £39.98 £39.98 Novatech Buy
Power Supply £104.99 £104.99 Overclockers.co.uk Buy
Total: £818.30
* 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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PickSixer 6 points 4 days ago

Currently, I think every modest build includes the 6gb 1060.

Ironstone1 2 Builds 10 points 4 days ago

Yes. Nvidia GPU's are ranked as follows:

GTX 1050/TI = Entry level
GTX 1060 3/6GB = Modest
GTX 1070 = Great
GTX 1080/TI = Enthusiastic
surefir3 1 point 3 days ago

Titan x/p? Quadro p6000?

Ironstone1 2 Builds 5 points 3 days ago
Titan XP = rip off
Quadro p6000 = Workstation
surefir3 4 points 3 days ago

P6000 = Linustechtips glorious 8k production machine

Ironstone1 2 Builds 2 points 3 days ago
Blallak 1 point 3 days ago

Obviously you need a 4-way SLI Quadro P6000 setup to run solitare at a smooth 60 fps at 480p resolution

surefir3 2 points 3 days ago

Pfft forget that, this isn't 2020 you need a modified board to run five to barely play windows pinball at 30

Blallak 1 point 3 days ago

oh nah, even nasa's supercomputer can't even run pong at 20 fps

Ya8meman@gmail.com 2 points 4 days ago

it could be a 800 dollar pc if you switched the ssd with a 1 TB hard drive, thou the title is modest gaming build. still...

RohanParhar 7 points 4 days ago

Not saying that you're complaining but this comes to show that you can't please anyone Haha. When he had the originally had a 1 TB Hard Drive, so many people in the comments were complaining about no SSD and calling this a bad built.

Ya8meman@gmail.com 1 point 3 days ago

true

Codibus 1 Build 2 points 3 days ago

To be fair though, you can go 250 gb 850 evo and a 1 tb WD HD and that would be around 150 and imo better overall.

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manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 3 points 3 days ago

Please keep feedback polite and constructive.

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Blallak 2 points 3 days ago

why a 2 x 4 gb? why not a 1 x 8 gb

TeezyGG 0 points 17 hours ago

ryzen benefits from dual channel

tragiktimes101 1 point 3 days ago

I would have really liked to see a better quality SSD such as the SK Hynix SL308, Crucial MX300, or the Samsung 850 EVO. It just seems like there are better alternatives at nearly the same price point.

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 3 days ago

The SSD selection is parametric and selects the best priced product to make sure all regions have options and that if something goes out of stock there are alternatives shown instead.

tragiktimes101 1 point 3 days ago

Is it possible to set it to look for the best price product within 5%? This might keep it budget and not neglect better alternatives within a close price range. For example, the better quality MX300 averages around $10 USD more. Close enough to justify.

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 3 days ago

That's not how it works and there is no real way (at the current time) to add a performance score to the drives.

tragiktimes101 1 point 3 days ago

To bad. It'll be nice if in the future there is a way to do that. Because as of now it's the wild west with SSD suggestions in builds lists, with quality varying widely. Appreciate the consideration, though.

surefir3 1 point 3 days ago

Maybe a read/write option so there can be some options for performance speed of storage devices. Newegg as it in the filter, pcpp can definitely have it too

Ritallen 1 point 3 days ago

I'm new to the PC game, and am wondering how upgradable this build will be? I'm really liking it but just wondered how long term this would be. I understand that budget builds are usually not for long-term, but please humor me. Thanks, guys!

Lobsterareawesome 3 Builds 1 point 23 hours ago

this will have a good upgrade path. AMD said that they will support AM4 socket for 3-4 years

Analog-X64 1 point 2 days ago

Aside from price, can anyone see a problem of bumping this build to 16GB of RAM?

leoladoudou 2 Builds 1 point 2 days ago

nop

Lobsterareawesome 3 Builds 1 point 23 hours ago

no.. price is the only "issue" here.

RohanParhar 1 point 2 days ago

Hey, does the Supercombo deal from Newegg also work in Canada? If so, How? Thanks

FrostBittn 1 point 2 days ago

You can save $40 on a psu if you choose to get an 80+ Bronze instead of Gold. Also, if you buy an MX300, you get 525GB instead of 480GB by only spending $3 extra

FrostBittn 1 point 1 day ago

Instead of the MSI 1060, you can get an EVGA 1060 SC for the same price and end up getting better performance because of the higher base and boost clocks

S4m 1 point 1 day ago

This may be a dumb question, but how well do you think this pc would run games like Rust, CSGO, and Player Unknown Battlegrounds? :)

Lobsterareawesome 3 Builds 1 point 23 hours ago

this will run those games really really good

SLGaming 1 point 1 day ago

I would just go with a 80+ bronze psu as you can find decents onces for around 40$

MartialLaw 1 point 1 day ago

What's the cooling system?

Lobsterareawesome 3 Builds 1 point 23 hours ago

the cooler that comes with the CPU included

Robertbert 1 Build 1 point 14 hours ago

I've had my eye on Ryzen 5 1600 for a while now... I'm an intermediate builder, so I assume using 2800/3000 MHz ram requires OC'ing, correct? AMDs specs state max ram frequency of 2667 MHz. Thanks in advance!

Dank_Frank 1 point 6 hours ago

New to pc gaming and was just wondering, how future proof would this build be?

surefir3 0 points 4 days ago

Perfection (well kinda)

surefir3 0 points 4 days ago

Why the 550 watt when the 620 evo exist and is cheaper. In the past it as been the same price, in the 60$ range. But currently it is in the 30-50 range because of mir and such. It has far more pcie power because of the higher wattage. So it seems like a better buy considering this is supposed to be "modest"

tragiktimes101 1 point 3 days ago

At this wattage utilization using a larger PSU will just put it into a less efficient operating range (ie far less than 50%). Why does it even matter.....at all? And how does PSU wattage pertain to a builds modesty?

surefir3 1 point 3 days ago

The psu price pertains to the modesty... I would say something like the 1500 titanium certified is better and it should use that...but budgets and the title of the guide say it preferably should be on the cheaper end... the evo has a higher number of connections for less from the bank... bronze certified power is perfectly adequate as far as efficiency goes. It is rated to work at a higher wattage so it would be better when taking into account other factors like upgradability and storage expansion. More watts obviously means more storage, higher end or more graphics, better/more fans...the list continues. Changing the modest build for the lesser budget into an extravagant computer later on. Upgradability is a pro of the pc, so why limit it...

As for simply answering the question, it is cheaper and has a higher rated wattage, making it a better buy while still being "modest"

tragiktimes101 1 point 3 days ago

More watts obviously means more storage, higher end or more graphics, better/more fans...the list continues.

It isn't as simple as that. Adding an overclocked 1800X and 1080ti you still wouldn't exceed the rating of the original PSU, so upgradability isn't an issue.

I agree that upgradability is a positive attribute to having a PC, but that doesn't justify getting a bigger PSU as the PSU in the build list has plenty of power for upgrades in the future.

WyrmWolf130 1 Build 0 points 3 days ago

Ryzen up...

wasupduck 0 points 2 days ago

change CPU to i3-8350k and add Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo

FrostBittn 2 points 1 day ago

Well already, you're going to end up spending more. So the 8350k costs $6 more, the cheapest Z370 board costs $122 which is $80 more, and the you're spending $24 more on an aftermarket cooler which pcpp is saying the 212 evo is too tall to fit in that case. But you can always buy a different case

thenesremake -5 points 4 days ago

Why the Ryzen 5? Why not get an AM3+ Chipset CPU like the FX-8350, and have a 1TB - 2TB HDD? That would drop the price to about $700, and you won't get a bottleneck either way, Ryzen 5 or not.

Ironstone1 2 Builds 6 points 4 days ago

FX is old.

Lobsterareawesome 3 Builds 4 points 4 days ago

Because the FX series sucks. They are outdated, need a lot of power and have very bad performance

tragiktimes101 2 points 3 days ago

FX series is basically a potato.

FX-6300 owner

labcraft59 2 points 3 days ago

Same dude, same.

FX-6300 6-core is basically the worst CPU ever created, and I have it on my computer with a Radeon RX 480 8gb. D:

tragiktimes101 2 points 3 days ago

Nearly same set up but with the 4GB model of the RX-480. I mean, at high (4.8GHz) overclocks it performs decently on many games. But once you get to a game that is CPU intensive, give up and go home. I decided to migrate it to my wife's rig, since she doesn't play intensive games too much.

surefir3 1 point 3 days ago

Rip, no gta...

tragiktimes101 2 points 3 days ago

No Witcher III either...fml

Shauarr 1 point 3 days ago

I must be a human potato because I've been running this chip for a few years and not even noticed its bad. Eeepp.

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