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May 28, 2018
So im going to be building a pc for a friend of mine, he is looking at getting it as cheap as he can while still not sacraficing preformance. I was wondering, he told me he mainly wants to play simulator games, would a ryzen 5 2400g do just fine to run them as long as their is enough ram? Im thinking of this if he wants to add a graphics card later he can, but this way he can keep his price pretty low, and still get great preformance. Heres what im thinking

Ryzen 5 2400g
Asrock B450m motherboard
550w evga psu
1tb segate baracuda hdd
and 2x8 3200 team t force vulcaine.

I know that the system will play the games he wants no problem, but for future proofing as well, would it be smarter to add the card right away, or forget it for a while and see if he needs it or not? I was looking at putting either a 1050 ti or a rx 570 in there. Give me some opinions. This is my first time building one for a buddy so.


Probably going to be easier if you have him define "simulator games". Everything from the old SIMs titles, through City Skylines or Project Cars etc could fall under that category, with varying system requirements.

A 2400G's iGP is reasonable, and all depends what he's looking for. A 720p 30FPS experience should be achievable in most (not all) titles. Some will do 1080p/60 just fine, others will struggle.

Assuming you're in the US, <$350 would get your friend playing....

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 2400G 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor ($135.89 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock - B450M PRO4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: GeIL - EVO POTENZA 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Mushkin - Source 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($48.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair - CXM (2015) 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($42.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $322.84
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-06-06 19:26 EDT-0400

I'd hold off on 16GB just now, especially if trying to keep the cost down. I can't imagine games will be playable at high enough settings on a 2400G for >8GB to matter....
You could opt for a 1TB HDD opposed to a ~500GB SSD and save ~$20 but personally, I'd opt for the SSD.

Test it out, see how your friend does with it.
Adding a GPU, I'd look to a used 570 as a solid pairing. Should be doable for ~$75, so a <$400 investement overall (sans case, of course).