Build Advice Budget $500 pc starter build for gaming.

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Budget $500 pc starter build using Ryzen 3 1200.

Is my build correct and compatible and how can i max it?!

Hello first of all let me say thank you if your here taking the time to read and offer your thoughts and help.. I am currently building a basic pc to stream my LoL play and some other games i can run low spec .. dont have an audience yet so im not trying to get the most expensive system just want to be able to stream and play while i build.
My Build.. I put this together using a site called PCbenchmarks.net , i used the charts to gather what would be useful in my budget range. however im not an expert and other than it being pci and me reading i can use up to 3000mhz ram (forgive if i said that incorrectly) i dont truly know how to failproof the compatible components.. so im leaning on your expert and experience.. would greatly appreciate your help
CPU:Ryzen 3 1200
Video Card: Rx 460
Hard Drive: Samsung 970 EVO 500GB SSD
im going to look up network cards cause i would want wifi i cant drag the ethernet cord across my living the wife would kill me (im lucky im getting to do this LOL)
but the site didnt have those listed and before i set off too deep i figured it best to ask ..
THANKS HUGELY for your time and consideration of my question. i hope your day is awesome and fulfilling!
 
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Hello

Does it include a monitor and other peripherals? if it so, I think you're going to spend more than $500.

I think that's a great pair of CPU & GPU. I would cut the budget on picking the average motherboard such as Asrock A320M-HDV, and a pair of RAM (because Ryzen performs better in dual channel RAM). Any well-known brand would do. For the PSU I think 400 or 450 watt is enough.. get the best kind of any reputable brand such as Seasonic, XFX, Be Quiet!, etc..

and also you could always get rid of SSD and get an HDD instead if you're tight on the budget.
 
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PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 1600 3.2 GHz 6-Core Processor ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI B450M PRO-VDH PLUS Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($40.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial BX500 480 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($55.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon RX 570 4 GB PULSE Video Card ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Case: DIYPC Alnitak-BK ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.97 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA BQ 500 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($54.99 @ Walmart)
Total: $491.91
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-07-25 11:37 EDT-0400
 
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logainofhades

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For streaming, you are going to want more cores/threads, than a 1200 provides.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 1600 3.2 GHz 6-Core Processor ($104.89 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI B450M PRO-VDH PLUS Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($66.89 @ Amazon)
Storage: Inland 480 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($48.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon RX 570 4 GB PULSE Video Card ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill FBM-05 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($23.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($51.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $496.73
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-07-25 11:45 EDT-0400
 
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Jul 25, 2019
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Might be able to find a used Ryzen 5 to get you under $500. But 16gb RAM, Ryzen 5 and RX 580 for just over $500 seems like a good deal to me.

PC Part Picker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor ($133.00 @ B&H)
Motherboard: Gigabyte B450 AORUS M Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($68.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($61.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Patriot Burst 480 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($47.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon RX 580 8 GB ARMOR OC Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master MasterBox E300L MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA BT 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ B&H)
Total: $536.94
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-07-25 15:31 EDT-0400
 
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King_V

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Ok, first thing's first: what parts, if any, do you already have?

Keyboard, mouse, power supply, and case? Most especially - a monitor. If you have one, what is the resolution and refresh rate?

What are your expectations? Max details of modern games at 60fps? at over 100fps? Are there only specific games you're interested in (aside from the aforementioned LoL)?

Do you have a Windows license, either already have one, or have one that you know for certain can be transferred from an older machine?
 
Jul 24, 2019
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Hello

Does it include a monitor and other peripherals? if it so, I think you're going to spend more than $500.

I think that's a great pair of CPU & GPU. I would cut the budget on picking the average motherboard such as Asrock A320M-HDV, and a pair of RAM (because Ryzen performs better in dual channel RAM). Any well-known brand would do. For the PSU I think 400 or 450 watt is enough.. get the best kind of any reputable brand such as Seasonic, XFX, Be Quiet!, etc..

and also you could always get rid of SSD and get an HDD instead if you're tight on the budget.
hello i have the monitor just a decent Lg i currently dual with my old imac
 
Jul 24, 2019
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Ok, first thing's first: what parts, if any, do you already have?

Keyboard, mouse, power supply, and case? Most especially - a monitor. If you have one, what is the resolution and refresh rate?

What are your expectations? Max details of modern games at 60fps? at over 100fps? Are there only specific games you're interested in (aside from the aforementioned LoL)?

Do you have a Windows license, either already have one, or have one that you know for certain can be transferred from an older machine?
Hello..
First thanks for reply in detail. i currently and using the my Imac.. i have an Lg monitor and im not trying to max out just yet. i just want to be able to stream while playing league of legends and some other games if my setup can handle them. I beta test on Ps4 for activision so i do alot of my fps games there and mostly stick to moba and will eventually play all on pc when i can afford the system that can handle it all. i have the keyboard and mouse already. just need the desktop filled with whatever is the best in my budget.. could do 600 if its worth it but dont wanna shell out more just for a slight increase that only my ego would benefit from
 
Jul 24, 2019
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PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 1600 3.2 GHz 6-Core Processor ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI B450M PRO-VDH PLUS Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($40.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial BX500 480 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($55.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon RX 570 4 GB PULSE Video Card ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Case: DIYPC Alnitak-BK ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.97 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA BQ 500 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($54.99 @ Walmart)
Total: $491.91
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-07-25 11:37 EDT-0400
Thanks for the build
 
Jul 24, 2019
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Hello

Does it include a monitor and other peripherals? if it so, I think you're going to spend more than $500.

I think that's a great pair of CPU & GPU. I would cut the budget on picking the average motherboard such as Asrock A320M-HDV, and a pair of RAM (because Ryzen performs better in dual channel RAM). Any well-known brand would do. For the PSU I think 400 or 450 watt is enough.. get the best kind of any reputable brand such as Seasonic, XFX, Be Quiet!, etc..

and also you could always get rid of SSD and get an HDD instead if you're tight on the budget.
thanks for these tips.. especially the dual ram part didnt know this
 
Jul 24, 2019
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Might be able to find a used Ryzen 5 to get you under $500. But 16gb RAM, Ryzen 5 and RX 580 for just over $500 seems like a good deal to me.

PC Part Picker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor ($133.00 @ B&H)
Motherboard: Gigabyte B450 AORUS M Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($68.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($61.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Patriot Burst 480 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($47.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon RX 580 8 GB ARMOR OC Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master MasterBox E300L MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA BT 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ B&H)
Total: $536.94
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-07-25 15:31 EDT-0400
Thanks for the build
 
Jul 24, 2019
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For streaming, you are going to want more cores/threads, than a 1200 provides.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 1600 3.2 GHz 6-Core Processor ($104.89 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI B450M PRO-VDH PLUS Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($66.89 @ Amazon)
Storage: Inland 480 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($48.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon RX 570 4 GB PULSE Video Card ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill FBM-05 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($23.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($51.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $496.73
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-07-25 11:45 EDT-0400
thanks for taking the time to post the build
 

King_V

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Hmm, given that (and I'm assuming 1920x1080 @ 60Hz) then the build that @Spindini spec'd out is pretty good.

You wouldn't happen to be located within a reasonable distance of a MicroCenter by any chance, would you? If so, their AMD CPU/MB bundles are hard to beat. If you're not, then you might not want to read the rest of my post.

If you are, then one of the bundle deals here might be good. The only downside is that they're "in store only" deals. I'm thinking one of the ones under $200 with the ASRock motherboard might be the way to go... and it'll shave a little bit off the price of the system. Then you can spend a little more to get faster RAM that is also on the QVL list for that motherboard (RAM that's not on the QVL list should work, but I tend to be a little hyper-cautious about that).

I'd say it's worth the extra 20 for the slightly faster base speeds, and beefier cooler, to go with this specific combo, and couple it with this ram from the QVL list.

Not a huge number of them, but the bottom of this page lists their locations.
 
If you are willing to go $600 this would be a decent option compared to the first one.
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor ($135.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI B450M PRO-VDH PLUS Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($66.89 @ Amazon)
Storage: Intel 660p Series 1.02 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon RX 570 4 GB PULSE Video Card ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Case: DIYPC Alnitak-BK ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.97 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic FOCUS Gold 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($79.90 @ Amazon)
Total: $615.71
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-07-26 09:36 EDT-0400

You get a 1TB SSD vs 512GB, 16GB RAM vs 8GB, faster CPU, and higher quality PSU. The extra $100 for those would be worth it in my opinion.
 

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