Question Budget CPU/Motherboard

Jun 19, 2019
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Hello ,

Im looking for the most budget friendly ( but good for gaming ) CPU that there is on the market and a good motherboard to go for it for around £150 for both . I was looking at the Ryzen 1200 but Im not sure if thats good for Gaming or not . Im relatively new to this so please help me make a good choice . Thank you!
 
Ryzen 3 1200 is pretty good for entry level gaming If you pair it with a solid graphics card and ram. It has no integrated GPU so a graphics card is needed.

However, If you cheap out on the motherboard you can get a much more powerful Ryzen 5 1600 and B450 mobo for around 165 pounds.
PCPartPicker Part List

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
CPU | AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2 GHz 6-Core Processor | £114.95 @ Amazon UK
Motherboard | ASRock - B450M-HDV Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard | £52.49 @ CCL Computers
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total | £167.44
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-06-19 22:46 BST+0100 |
 
Jun 19, 2019
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Ryzen 3 1200 is pretty good for entry level gaming If you pair it with a solid graphics card and ram. It has no integrated GPU so a graphics card is needed.

However, If you cheap out on the motherboard you can get a much more powerful Ryzen 5 1600 and B450 mobo for around 165 pounds.
PCPartPicker Part List

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
CPU | AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2 GHz 6-Core Processor | £114.95 @ Amazon UK
Motherboard | ASRock - B450M-HDV Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard | £52.49 @ CCL Computers
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total | £167.44
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-06-19 22:46 BST+0100 |
Im going to be getting a MSI GTX 970 TwinFrozr V to pair with it. So do you think the Ryzen 1200 will pair well with this? And can you recommend me a good Motherboard to pair with it? Thanks
 
May 26, 2019
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If you're buying just a Ryzen processor please just save up the money and buy Ryzen 7 2700 for ~$220 It's always worth it.
The best bang for your buck would be the Ryzen 5 2600 and the Gigabyte B450M DS3H which would come to around $220 aswell.
 
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If you're buying just a Ryzen processor please just save up the money and buy Ryzen 7 2700 for ~$220 It's always worth it.
The best bang for your buck would be the Ryzen 5 2600 and the Gigabyte B450M DS3H which would come to around $220 aswell.
Ive got a really tight budget so I cant overspend + the prices in the UK are like $280 in US
 
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Ive got a really tight budget so I cant overspend + the prices in the UK are like $280 in US
If you have enough money and you're buying the 1200 see if you can spend the extra 20 - 40 bucks to get the 2200 it's performance is not just slightly better it's almost like the 1600 at base clock.
 
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The 1200 and a 970 is a good pairing.
This motherboard is the minimum id reccomend: ASRock - B450M-HDV Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard | £52.49

If you want a better board or need an atx board you could step up to the MSI B450 tomahawk
When you say minimum (about the B450M ) do you mean it won't pair well or is it still a good pair . Mainly going to be using this pc for gaming / editing . Will it bottleneck?
 
If you have enough money and you're buying the 1200 see if you can spend the extra 20 - 40 bucks to get the 2200 it's performance is not just slightly better it's almost like the 1600 at base clock.
Not true at all. The 2200 is slightly faster than the 1200, but even a slight overclock on the 1200s stock cooler will fix this.

The 1600 is more powerfull than any Ryzen 3. The 1600 has 6 cores and 12 threads. Ryzen 3s have 4 cores and 4 threads.
 
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Not true at all. The 2200 is slightly faster than the 1200, but even a slight overclock on the 1200s stock cooler will fix this.

The 1600 is more powerfull than any Ryzen 3.
Oh sorry I never took the time to research lol it's just from what I heard I might have gotten it confused with the 2200G because of the great single core performance.
 
When you say minimum (about the B450M ) do you mean it won't pair well or is it still a good pair . Mainly going to be using this pc for gaming / editing . Will it bottleneck?
The B450m will pair well with the Ryzen 3 1200 and GTX 970, but the B450m has fewer pcie slots, fewer m.2 slots, uglier looks, worse VRMs, and worse VRM heatsyncs compared to a higher end full ATX board. You can still use the B450 m with similar performance to a better motherboard if you don't want to overclock much.
 
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The B450m will pair well with the Ryzen 3 1200 and GTX 970, but the B450m has fewer pcie slots, fewer m.2 slots, uglier looks, worse VRMs, and worse VRM heatsyncs compared to a higher end full ATX board. You can still use the B450 m with similar performance to a better motherboard if you don't want to overclock much.
So do you recommend me getting the 2200G or sticking with the 1200?
 

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