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Modest AMD Gaming Build

Description

CPU

Our Modest AMD Gaming Build is built around the Ryzen 5 2600. Using the stock cooler you should be able to achieve moderate overclocks on this unlocked processor.

Note: If you'd prefer to consider a similar build, but instead using an Intel processor, be sure to check out our Modest Intel Gaming Build Guide.

Motherboard

We've paired the R5 2600 with a parametric list of mATX B450 motherboards that supports up to 64GB of DDR4 memory, multiple SATA6 devices, and front panel USB3.0.

Memory

For our memory, the parametric filter finds the best price on 16GB kits of memory that are within AMD’s recommended specifications. We've limited it to DDR4-3400 and faster speeds, as Ryzen CPUs scale well with higher frequency memory.

Storage

We're also using a parametric filter that will actively select the best-priced SSD of at least 500GB capacity. Additionally, we're including a 2TB mechanical hard drive in a parametric filter for things like storing media and extra games. Everyone's storage needs differ, so feel free to change the capacity to your usage.

GPU

At this price point we suggest using the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti which will let you play any popular game available today, including Fortnite, PUBG, and Apex Legends.

To keep the noise and temperatures down, we've updated the filter to include a minimum length to avoid "mini" versions of the card, which prioritize fitting into small builds, such as an ITX case. You can choose to use this filter instead, if you want to include the smaller cards for any reason. Note that smaller cards will be louder or hotter - or both.

Case

The Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L is an mATX mini tower case with 2x front panel USB 3.0 Gen 1 ports and fits full-size graphics cards without issue. It provides several cable management holes and a couple patterned magnetic dust filters for easy removal and cleaning. If you so wish, you can also move the I/O panel to up to six different locations on the case.

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.

Intel Version

Here is the Intel version of our Modest Gaming Guide.

Compatibility: No issues or incompatibilities found.

Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor
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Motherboard Gigabyte B450M DS3H Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard

From parametric filter: Socket / CPU: AM4; Form Factor: Micro ATX; Chipset: AMD B450; Memory Slots: 4 - 16

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£60.93
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£60.93
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Memory Crucial 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory

From parametric filter: Speed: DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200, DDR4-3300, DDR4-3400; Type: 288-pin DIMM; Modules: 2 x 8GB

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£59.99
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£3.49
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£63.48
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Storage Western Digital Blue 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive

From parametric filter: Capacity: 500 GB - 15360 GB; Type: SSD

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£52.95
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£52.95
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Storage Hitachi Ultrastar 7K3000 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

From parametric filter: Capacity: 2000 GB - 15360 GB; Type: 7200RPM; Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s

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£43.19
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£43.19
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Video Card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB OC Video Card

From parametric filter: Chipset: GeForce GTX 1660 Ti; Length: 223 mm - 403 mm

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£269.99
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£269.99
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Case Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L MicroATX Mini Tower Case
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£41.98
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£2.99
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£44.97
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Power Supply Corsair TXM Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply

From parametric selection: Show

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£60.97
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£60.97
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Base Total: £689.98
Shipping: £8.47
Total: £698.45
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Comments

  • 7 months ago
  • 4 points

Thinking of building this pc (uk). First ever build, don't know anything about PCs (forgive me)- is the only other component you need to buy (along with the list above) the OS? Is the power supply the same as the cooling? (Or do you need to buy extra cooling separately?) Ofc I know I need a monitor + peripherals, just checking I'm not missing other fundamental components. Thank you!!

  • 7 months ago
  • 4 points

You don't need a processor cooler as the ryzen 5 2600 comes with a decent air cooler already. The power supply is not the same as the cooling. The case comes with one or two 120mm fans (I am not 100% sure) and I find that those included fans are usually quite meh, and I think it is best to use them as an exhaust fan like shown on the pictures of the case. Realistically you will want two extra fans for intake, I suggest to get one (or two) of the BeQuiet! Pure Wings 2 PWM 120mm, which are quite good fans that are like 10$ each. You really want good airflow.

Other than that the OS is all you need...

If you want you could also try out linux, I suggest Manjaro GNOME as that is free and can run the majority of the games out there using proton and wine, though you will have problems when trying to run games with anti cheat, like fortnite and some others. You can check out the list of working games on protondb.com

Good luck with your PC and have fun!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

aim for a 500 or 550 PSU for this build, yes you do need an OS and you should get some fans but thats optional

  • 6 months ago
  • 3 points

I’m planning on building this PC and slowly trying to get every part; however I’m curious if I could use any other case for this build? (First time building a PC) At the moment I have a much larger case I believe which is a Corsair Obsidian Series 450D Mid-Tower PC Case. Just want to know if that is fine to use? Thanks!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

The Case is the most flexible part to change in this system, use whatever you like.

  • 6 months ago
  • 3 points

is there a guide to building this?

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

If you search Ryzen 2600 and 1660 build on youtube about 5 or 6 videos pop-up right away.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Should i get more fans like in the picture of the build so i can increase airflow? Also, would this build work with the ryzen 3600 or would i need to change anything

  • 7 months ago
  • 3 points

It should work fine, but you can't go anything above a 3600X with that imo pretty bad motherboard, I would suggest you change it to a msi B450 Tomahawk. I would recommend two extra intake fans, like the BeQuiet! Pure Wings 2 PWM 120 mm, they are about 10$ each.

Here is some more info about third gen ryzen support on all motherboards: https://i.redd.it/jns90zhx3o731

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! This answers my questions.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

In the process of building this model!

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

7/27/19 - I recently built this computer and installed Windows 10 and a few games (Magic: The Gathering Arena and World of Warcraft). I'm having an issue where the game will freeze (the whole computer actually), screen goes black, and I have to manually restart the computer. Last night, while trying to play WoW, the screen went black, appeared to tab out, went black again, tabbed out (repeated 3 or 4 times). I'm wondering if there is an easy fix to this? Googling the problem turned up lots of speculation about the PSU, or maybe a driver? Thank you for any assistance!

  • 7 months ago
  • 3 points

triple check all cables, inside and outside; make sure they're snug. make sure your monitor is connected to your graphics card and not your motherboard port.

check your cpu cooler, you might have forgotten to peel the plastic film off the cooler.

start a benchmark test and observe your temperatures.

if problem persists, its probably your psu.

buy a new 550 watts psu with 80% bronze rating from a good brand like cooler master or corsair.

  • 7 months ago
  • 3 points

Please make a post on the troubleshooting forum.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

I made a new post on the troubleshooting forum. I didn't even know it existed - so thank you!

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Is this still happening? Make sure your drivers are updated for the motherboard and GPU

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

You dont need a cpu cooler?

  • 7 months ago
  • 3 points

The AMD processor comes with one

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

thank you

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Most of the time they come with their own air coolers. They get the job done on a budget but if you can spend an extra $30-50 mastercoolers got some great coolers for around that price.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

I am pretty much a beginner with building, and am still learning about the parts. Forgive my questions if they're very basic. I should preface this by saying my son mainly wants this for gaming (e.g., Fortnite, Minecraft, whatever craze comes next).

Two questions:

1) I noticed the Ryzen 5 2600 or 3600 is used a lot in the build guides rather than 5 2600x. What would be the main reason/benefit for choosing "regular" over "x" types? Don't both have cooling fans? Do I gain much if I switch out the 2600x for the 2600?

2) I've been advised that building w/ a standard-sized motherboard is easier than a micro-sized. I'm moderately handy w/ DIY work at home (changing out switches & outlets, etc.)--will I have trouble w/ a micro motherboard?

Thanks in advance for any advice!

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Generally speaking, the X adds a minor overclock for an increase in cost that you can do yourself on the non-x processor for free.

There is no difference building ATX vs mATX. When you move to ITX and small cases designing your build can be a bit more difficult as the cases have much less room to work with.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

I personally bought the 2600x because at the time it was $1 more than the 2600 after shipping and taxes. That $1 more got me a better stock cooler and a slightly faster CPU. But I’m no pc guru I’m fairly new to this myself but that’s what I found in my personal research and that’s what led me to that purchase

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

What monitor would go good with this build?

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

any monitor! it really depends what you plan to play though! I would say go for the basic! 75 hz or more and 1ms! the size depends on the person ! some like 24 some like 27! Personally for streaming i use a 27 inch for my main and a 21 for side

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

any monitor from 60hz to 120hz, dont go too high on hz as this is a beginner build. the size doesn't matter but a 24" would go great, also 1080p is recommended

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Anyone build this? If yes any issues?

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I built mine with a Vega 64 (then updated to Vega VII) and 750w psu.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Do I really need a 500 gig ssd if all I’m putting on it windows and tf2 isn’t it a bit large? Not asking for a friend.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

You can customize the storage for your own needs, a 500GB SSD is only a blanket recommendation

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

I know but do you think it’s needed.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

You're better off having the larger amount of storage than less, as in the future you may need it for more games or you may install a few things as time goes on, so really bigger is better

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

It depends on your needs.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

No, you could go with a 250GB now. If you can get the 500GB, I'd go for that so as to have the extra room you might need already on hand (for save games, replays and the like).

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

I’m really new to this, do I need to pick an operating system to go with this or will it come with one?

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

You need to get an operating system, windows 10 home or pro is recommended.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

It just won't turn on?? What do I do??

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Please make a post on our troubleshooting forum.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi I was wondering if this pc built all by it self can run destiny 2, Minecraft and call of duty black ops 3 at a FPS of 60 or higher

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

That depends on the resolution and graphics settings you're running those games at. The 1660 ti is pretty beefy is it'll probably tackle those games at ultra at any resolution under 4k though. If you wanna make sure just Google the card and the name of the game and you'll find plenty of people testing it.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

New to this, can you advise: I have fitted the usb3 cable but cannot see any other cables that are available to fit to the board to power the usb 2 sockets.

Am I missing a cable, or does the usb3 cable power everything?

I do not think there are any additional/spare cables on the PSU?

Thanks

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Please make a post on the troubleshooting forum.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

does all of this fit in the corsair 88r?

sorry im new.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

If you edit the part list and swap the case the compatibility engine will let you know if there are any issues.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Note:Some physical dimension restrictions cannot (yet) be automatically checked, such as cpu cooler / RAM clearance with modules using tall heat spreaders.

Deepcool GAMMAXX 400 will fit in this?

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I would go with the rx 590 since it’s cheaper and gets similar performance

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Sure, if you are looking for a better price/performance the 5-- series are a great option!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thinking of making this pc. Does it already have wifi built in (or ethernet?). Thanks!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

The motherboard has a build in ethernet (RJ45 interface) that you can use to plug in your ethernet cable, but if you want to use Wifi, you will need to buy a separate Wifi adapter.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Is this good computer for mainly playing Escape from tarkov

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't know this game, but looking at the "recommended" sys requirements on their website this is definitely enough to run the game. :)

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

What is better the AMD or Intel version of this build?

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Pure gaming? Probably the Intel one - ANYTHING else, go AMD.

For example if you only do gaming and nothing else (i.e. browsing the web, multi screen, alt+tabbing during gaming) then the Intel would be performing better.

If you do a lot of multitasking the AMD will be better as it has more threads and will handle multiple stuff at once + gaming.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi! I'm building a computer for animation and digital art. I'll be using mainly Adobe After Effects and Krita. Would this build be good and what modifications should I make? Would the AMD CPU affect the performance of Adobe programs? This will be the first pc I build. Thanks!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

"limited to ddr4-3400 and faster" um, what? iis that not the fastest?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi! i was just wondering if the cpu comes with thermel grease. Thanks!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thermal paste comes pre-applied to the cooler that is in the box with the CPU.

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  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Can this pc run DayZ and all of its modz?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

First time self-building... doing this build for (and with?) my son. I pretty much have all the components installed in the case, but am getting overwhelmed by the connections (cables) from the various components to MB and PSU... can't seem to find good instructions for making all the connections. Is there a good place where i could look up specific instructions for all the cable connections? I don't want to hook something up to the wrong slot and fry everything!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Go to the support site of your motherboard brand and download the PDF manual for your motherboard

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

There's a big compatibility problem with this build - the motherboard isn't compatible with the Ryzen 5 CPU - check the amazon reviews for the Mobo for conflation.

This meant even the POST beeper didn't sound and was really difficult to diagnose.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

According to the CPU Support List on Gigabyte's website, this MB can take a R5-2600. Not sure what's going on with Amazon.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

so im wanting a different case? i was wondering if i could use a different case for this build still. sorry new to building a pc!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

if it fits, it sits

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheap build

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

hey im thinking of building this but i have never done it before any tips? also do you think this can run skyrim borderlands 3 and most steam games at normal settings? (sorry im clueless on how good parts are) im very nervous that if i go to build it ill mess up

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

The gtx 1660 TI will be able to run the vast majority of games on medium (or even high) at 60+ FPS

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

amazing thanks for the help

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

would this PC run over 100 fps for minecraft

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

i would replace teh 1660 ti for a 1660 super. Same price as a 1660 with similar performance to a 1660 ti.

  • 6 months ago
  • 0 points

Is this one or the intel build better?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

This one because the extra 2 cores and 4 threads will increase performance when multitasking (gaming and streaming for example.) However if you don’t want the extra 2 cores and 4 threads then go for Intel because I think the 9400f has a higher Hz count.

Hope this helps.

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