[SOLVED] Need help building a budget Gaming PC

Phaaze88

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Not much to work with on that budget:
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2400G 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor (£109.99 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: MSI B450M GAMING PLUS Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard (£77.99 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory (£72.26 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£35.64 @ BT Shop)
Case: BitFenix Neos Black ATX Mid Tower Case (£38.99 @ AWD-IT)
Power Supply: Corsair TXM Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply (£64.97 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £399.84
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-09-12 09:24 BST+0100
 
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Phaaze88

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Not much to work with on that budget:
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2400G 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor (£109.99 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: MSI B450M GAMING PLUS Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard (£77.99 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory (£72.26 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£35.64 @ BT Shop)
Case: BitFenix Neos Black ATX Mid Tower Case (£38.99 @ AWD-IT)
Power Supply: Corsair TXM Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply (£64.97 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £399.84
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-09-12 09:24 BST+0100
 
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Captaingadget

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Or with a discrete graphics card:

PCPartPicker Part List: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/JDCRNQ

CPU: Intel Pentium Gold G5400 3.7 GHz Dual-Core Processor (£54.97 @ CCL Computers)
Motherboard: Asus PRIME H310M-K Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard (£54.98 @ AWD-IT)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory (£43.98 @ Aria PC)
Storage: Crucial BX500 120 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£20.39 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£35.64 @ BT Shop)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon RX 570 4 GB PULSE Video Card (£129.89 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Case: GameMax Proteus ATX Mid Tower Case (£24.99 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair CXM (2015) 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply (£52.99 @ AWD-IT)
Total: £417.83
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-09-12 12:40 BST+0100
 
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Phaaze88

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Now it's a 'pick your poison' kinda deal.

Build #1 posted by me:
-60fps playable @ 1080p low and on some games at medium
-framerate is more stable, for example: https://www.gpucheck.com/en-usd/gpu/amd-radeon-rx-550/amd-ryzen-5-2400g/low
[I could not remove the gpu selection, but since the 2400g's igpu is most relative in performance to the RX 550. Scroll down to the bunch of green bars.]

Build #2 posted by Captaingadget:
-60fps playable @ 1080p low
-framerate 'bounces around' a fair bit. Example: https://www.gpucheck.com/en-usd/gpu/amd-radeon-rx-570/intel-pentium-gold-g5400-3-70ghz/low
[Scroll down to the bunch of green bars.]
 
As another option, if you are willing to spend a little more (around £450), you could get a better processor along with the dedicated graphics card...

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 1600 3.2 GHz 6-Core Processor (£99.57 @ CCL Computers)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-AX370M-Gaming 3 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard (£59.99 @ AWD-IT)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory (£47.33 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£35.64 @ BT Shop)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon RX 570 4 GB PULSE Video Card (£129.89 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Case: GameMax Proteus ATX Mid Tower Case (£24.99 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair CXM (2015) 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply (£52.99 @ AWD-IT)
Total: £450.40
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-09-12 17:33 BST+0100


The Ryzen 1600 is actually a 6-core/12-thread processor, better than both the 4-core/8-thread 2400G and the 2-core/4-thread G5400, and should remain relevant longer. It lacks integrated graphics though, so it requires a dedicated graphics card.

However, I would definitely recommend a dedicated graphics card anyway for a gaming build, since a Radeon RX 570 offers 3-4 times the gaming performance of the 2400G's integrated graphics.

I did cut back to 8GB of RAM, but a dedicated graphics card with its own 4GB of video RAM should lighten the load on system RAM compared to when running integrated graphics.

And since it's first-gen Ryzen, I was able to go with an X370 motherboard with 4 RAM slots, which could allow for an additional kit of RAM to be added later.

The remaining parts are similar to what's in the other builds, since they are some of the least expensive options to help keep the budget at least somewhat in check. In my opinion, it's probably worth paying that bit extra so that you don't have to choose between having a capable CPU with weak graphics hardware, or a capable graphics card with a weak CPU.

And if you could spend an additional £30 beyond that, it would probably be best used moving up to a 16GB (2x8GB) kit of DDR4-3000 RAM like in the first build posted by Phaaze, as you will likely want it eventually.
 
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