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Build Guide

Entry Level AMD Gaming Build

by ThoughtA




Our CPU of choice is the Ryzen 3 1200. This CPU is inexpensive but still packs a punch with its 4 cores and 3.4 GHz turbo frequency. The R3 1200 includes a good stock cooler, so a 3rd-party cooler isn't necessary.


We're using a parametric filter to constantly select the best-priced motherboard while meeting selected criteria. In this case, we are filtering for mATX B350 chipsets, which will allow us to overclock the CPU without breaking the bank. The compatibility engine will filter out anything not compatible with the build.


For this build and most machines outside of the top end enthusiast realm we opted to go with 8GB of DDR4 memory. The parametric filter finds the best price on 8GB kits of memory that are within AMD’s recommended specifications. We've limited it to DDR4-2666, DDR4-2800, and DDR4-3000 as Ryzen CPUs scale well with higher frequency memory. We've added the 2666 speed kit to the filter in this iteration of the guide, due to the rising prices of memory.

At the current time, using memory rated over 3000mhz is not advised without doing extra research as DIMM support can be hit or miss. AMD is working on releasing additional BIOS updates to add better compatibility for higher frequency memory.


We're using a parametric filter to select the best-priced 2TB mechanical drive. Unfortunately, with the rising cost of NAND, in addition to the rising cost of video cards due to the current mining craze, we've had to cut out the SSD in order to keep this build more budget-friendly. Everyone's needs are different, so feel free to increase capacities or add an SSD to fit yours.


Normally we would recommend the AMD RX 570 at this price point. Unfortunately, due to a recent surge in cryptocurrency mining, there is an extremely low availability of normal-priced video cards that would be appropriate at this price point. As a replacement, we suggest using the Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti. We've created a parametric filter to show you the lowest priced GTX 1050 Ti which will be powerful enough for most AAA games.

When video card stock and availability normalizes again, we will make sure to update our guides as appropriate to reflect the change in the market.


All of the components are housed in the black Apevia X-QTIS MicroATX mid tower. This case is an affordable options that has front panel USB 3.0, room for full size graphics cards, and cutouts in the motherboard tray for easy cable routing. It also features 1x external 5.25" bay, and plenty of bays that will fit 3.5" and 2.5" drives.


For the PSU, we're using a parametric selection of a few well-reviewed semi-modular and modular units, which are all rated for good power efficiency and can provide plenty of power for this build.

Intel Version

Here is the Intel version of our Entry Level Gaming Guide.

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Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 225W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU €109.96 FREE €109.96 LDLC Buy
From parametric filter
  • Socket / CPU: AM4
  • Form Factor: Micro ATX
  • Chipset: AMD B350
€73.32 €73.32 Amazon France Buy
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2400, DDR4-2666, DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 8GB (2x4GB)
€68.16 €68.16 Amazon France Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 2TB - 10TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
€25.73 €25.73 Amazon France Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
€159.90 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €159.90 Amazon France Buy
Power Supply €54.90 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €54.90 Amazon France Buy
Total: €491.97
* Using your selected merchants and only including nearby in-store pickup prices)
* Some physical dimension restrictions cannot (yet) be automatically checked, such as cpu cooler / RAM clearance with modules using tall heat spreaders.

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tk1931 11 points 28 days ago

So our son wants to build this pc. This is what he asked for Christmas and he had received the components. Funny thing, I have never built a PC soooo....... is there a “blueprint” or “guide” on how to assemble this step by step? Or do we just search for steps on how to build a PC??

A mom who has taken a big bite!

J_Vilander 7 points 28 days ago

Search up on Youtube for similar system build tutorials, there are many good ones

KinkyForCuddles 7 points 26 days ago

Best mom ever omg... but yeah best thing you can do is look up a guide online, there are so many on youtube or google. If you don't feel comfortable you can always take the parts to a computer place and pay for them to put it together too if you're okay with spending a little more after xmas. Hope this helps!

supermattdab0ss 1 Build 5 points 16 days ago

If you haven't built it allready, look it up on youtube. It is fairly simple, you need to start by installing the CPU, RAM, and CPU cooler onto the motherboard, making sure the cable is plugged into "CPU_FAN". You then need to install the motherboard into the case. Install the Power supply, and hook up the cables for CPU power, Motherboard power, and SATA power cable. Install the Hard Disk Drive in the 3.25" Drive bay, and connect it to the SATA power. Included in your motherboard box should be a SATA data cable, and connect that to your Motherboard. Then, connect the cables inside of your case to the apropriate place on the motherboard, the motherboard manual will tell you where. Install the Graphics card by removing 2 expansion slots on the rear of the case, and click the bottom into you motherboard. Make sure every fan inside your case is connected to a SYS_FAN connector on the motherboard. Again, watch youtube and, you will bounce into problems. Good luck!

BrainPower 1 Build 2 points 4 days ago

Best mom ever! Hope you didn't forget the thermal paste... pea size amount before you set the cooler on top of the processor!

supermattdab0ss 1 Build 2 points 4 days ago

AMD Stock cooler comes with thermal paste pre applied

BrainPower 1 Build 1 point 4 days ago

Good to know. I have not yet purchased Ryzen new in box.

supermattdab0ss 1 Build 1 point 4 days ago

So does intel’s (less powerful) stock coolers. Aftermarket coolers do not.

realitydroid 2 Builds 2 points 26 days ago

Don't let the task seem too daunting. It's actually quite easy to do. Might take a little time your first time around, but you'll do fine with a small bit of patience. Here is a video from BitWit on YouTUBE showing how to build one step by step.


A tip about cable management: it's nice and all to have everything nice and tidy, but isn't 100% necessary. If this is something that winds up frustrating you, then focus in primarily keeping cables away from fans, and out of any space in which they could get pinched. Zip ties are an awesome way to bunch a few together so that they aren't impeding airflow too much. In the end, so long as cables aren't in the way of fans or causing problems with airflow, it isn't all that important outside of aesthetics.

jackhess 1 point 18 days ago

There are a ton of videos on youtube on how to build a pc. There is no one blueprint because there are many variations in parts, so each combination will be constructed slightly differently.

Quintonb92 1 point 14 days ago

Just look on youtube.

Jyrone 1 point 4 days ago

Imagine it as legos, there are plenty of guides and instructions online. I suggest watching Jayz2cents on YouTube, he is reliable and has plenty of build guides on how to build a PC.

HeyTherePCParts 3 points 28 days ago

Will that RAM work with an ASROCK AB350 Pro4 even though it doesn't have it on the compatibility list?

ryan2949 1 Build 2 points 15 days ago

The compatibility list just shows ram the manufacturer has tested. If it's not on there, it just means they haven't tried it yet. When I spoke to Asrock about some Ballistix ram on a B250 and X370 boards I have that wasn't on either compatibility list, they basically said "give it a shot" and that it should work, but hasn't been tested.

illegaloperation -2 points 16 days ago

probably not

JoshGer 1 point 8 days ago


Shotofdoom67 2 points 16 hours ago

I’m new to pc building and I’m switching over from console to PC (I am not abandoning console). I’m looking for a good PC to build and I was looking at the modest gaming PC but due to the cryptocurrency mining surge the price went above my budget. So I’m looking at this AMD entry level build. I was wondering if this would run games like: Rainbow 6 siege, Cs:Go, overwatch, PUBG and Fortnite. I searched up some benchmarks but I’d like some confirmation. Also, it’ll be a big help if you could let me know the FPS/settings it could run at. (Hoping atleast 60 FPS because that’s what I’m used to on PS4)

WallabeAttack 1 point 2 hours ago

CS:GO and Overwatch easily Ultra 60+ fps (CS:GO will run at around 400fps), Fortnite will work just fine but it will struggle to keep above 60fps at times if it has to much trouble turn 1 setting down it high, PUBG will Struggle but it will run it just fine just might need to lower a few settings to med-high. Rainbow, i have not tested it my friend has a 1050ti and he hasn't complained so it will work fine i think its less power hungry than fortnite so it will run fine at ultra, Hope this helped!

acedirt234 1 point 2 hours ago

The 1050 ti will run most of those maxed out just fine. Games that are new, poorly optimized, or graphically demanding (like pubg) can be done at med-low at 60fps.

Personally, I would wait out the crypto and buy the gtx 1030 ($75 USD), That will run most of the lower end games just fine (games like overwatch, fortnite, even pubg at 720p). But if you need a card that will get 1080p 60fps at least to med graphics with newer games, then this build will suit you.

Shoopaman 1 point 1 month ago

A good pocket friendly build for general gaming and household PC usage. I am impressed with the new line ups of AMD processors though they are yet to gain some progress in the VGA department, I guess we will just have to wait it out till they come up with something that comes to close to comparing with nvidia.

TheQuackSavior 1 point 1 month ago

Glad to see that you used a B350 motherboard.

tshearer01 1 point 1 month ago

Are the Ryzen CPU for both PC and laptop?

antiscamhotline 2 points 1 month ago

No, Ryzen is a desktop processor lineup as of 12/22/17

KaoGao 3 points 29 days ago

Don't forget about Ryzen Mobile, it'll be hitting the market soon since review samples have been getting sent out. As of 12/23/2017, there is no consumer Ryzen laptops available.

spartanvi 1 Build 1 point 29 days ago

There is at least one. The HP Envy x360 has a Ryzen 5 APU with integrated Vega graphics. It's not a gaming laptop, but it has Ryzen mobile tech and has been available for a couple weeks now.

Link: https://www.bestbuy.com/site/hp-envy-x360-2-in-1-15-6-touch-screen-laptop-amd-ryzen-5-8gb-memory-1tb-hard-drive-hp-finish-in-dark-ash-silver/6124570.p?skuId=6124570

JoshGer 1 point 8 days ago

I've seen one case where there was a full desktop Ryzen CPU in a laptop, although I don't know what product it was in and I'm sure it was expensive.

Jyrone 1 point 4 days ago

There are some Ryzen mobile laptops out as of right now. I would suggest buying one if you don't ant to build a desktop.

albertdo 1 point 1 month ago

how much fps should I expect and what monitor would work with this?

tragiktimes101 2 points 29 days ago

It can definitely do 6o fps in all decently optimized games.

Zhnky 1 point 29 days ago

Depends on the games you play to be honest, and any 1080p monitor should work :)

Go on youtube and search "Ryzen 3 1200 1050Ti (Game)"

Lobsterareawesome 6 Builds 1 point 23 days ago

A 1080p, low response time, 60 hz monitor

cotroneo 0 points 9 days ago

Virtually every game on medium will give you a CONSTANT 60FPS, without any dips. Most games on high should give you 60FPS average, but will without a doubt have some dips to the high 40's, low 50's. Games like Overwatch, CS:GO, Rocket League, and other 'E-Sport' titles will bring you well above 60fps on Ultra settings. PUBG isn't the most optimized game, so frame rates in the 40's and 50's at medium isn't uncommon.

People that say things will run at 60fps almost always discount real world tests, and only judge by averages. For me to say a game runs at 60FPS, it needs to have averages above 60, and 1% lows above 60.

Those 1% lows are often caused by things like explosions/particles, and physics, which is hard to measure since it depends on what you're doing in the game. <- This is the biggest flaw with most benchmarks since even in-game benchmarks will only feature a few explosions or whatever.

Pay attention to 1% lows.

Liam111 1 point 23 days ago

Do I need thermal paste for this build?

acedirt234 1 point 23 days ago

Ryzen 3 1200 comes with stock cooler with paste already applied.

JoshGer 1 point 8 days ago

Only if you get a 3rd party cooler without thermal paste.

SpoinkyBoi 1 point 23 days ago

So I'm new to PC gaming, and i just wanted to know how well gaming will be with this PC build.

acedirt234 1 point 23 days ago

Games before 2014 can probably go to highest settings for 1080p, 60fps. More recent games may average 30-40 fps on highest, and 60 fps on medium settings.

Lobsterareawesome 6 Builds 2 points 23 days ago

Yeah.. If you turn down to High/medium settings you can play basically all game on 60 fps. The video card is a little beast

TheCatzilla 0 points 15 days ago

If you over clock it will do that

TheCatzilla -1 points 15 days ago

more like medium setting 55-60 fps 1080p because it is low end

Lobsterareawesome 6 Builds 3 points 14 days ago

trust me.. on most games you will get 60 fps

JoshGer 1 point 8 days ago

I get 55+ fps on high settings, 45+ on high+ultra settings.

aeong 1 point 23 days ago

I'd most likely use this PC to make mods for Fallout 4. How well does F4 run on this machine? If it runs poorly how well would that graphics downscale mod speed it up?

DivineChariot 1 point 20 days ago

is there any major difference between this amd entry build and your other intel entry build?

Potatogamer1230 2 points 13 days ago

I would go with AMD cpus for now until the Intel security breach is "fixed"

Jyrone 2 points 4 days ago

Honestly, I would go AMD, AMD is a more pro-consumer company and they haven't been trying to cover up a security breach that is 10 years old.

TheCatzilla 1 point 15 days ago

not much

TheCatzilla 1 point 15 days ago

but i prefer amd

Adiboo814 1 point 18 days ago

What about Operating System? Is that separate and not included in this price?

JoshGer 2 points 8 days ago

A tip: You can install and use Windows for free without a license key. The only thing you have to deal with is a watermark and limited customization, although you can still change your background through the photos app, and you can change personalization by logging into a Microsoft account on a registered copy, log into the unregistered copy, and select the option that lets you bring the customized parts of the registered copy onto the unregistered copy. With these things done, the only thing you have to worry about is an "Activate Windows" watermark and not being able to change the fitting options of your desktop background. Not worth $90 is my eyes :)

PCNoob0419 1 point 18 days ago

Correct. Windows 10 OEM is like $90 and Retail version is $120 last I checked.

TheCatzilla 1 point 15 days ago

If you already have a windows os you can just copy that os on to this build

supermattdab0ss 1 Build 1 point 14 days ago

As long as you delete the original so uou only have 1.

Jyrone 1 point 4 days ago

No, but you can buy an activation key for $20 or less on some websites

supermattdab0ss 1 Build 1 point 4 days ago

Yeah... 50% of the time that is called piracy.

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Taycho3Fires 1 point 16 days ago

Why is the power supply so big?

JoshGer 1 point 8 days ago

Buying a better PSU will increase the usefulness of it. If you get a PSU that only barely fits your current needs, and you want to upgrade your parts, you will need to buy a new PSU, instead of just using the one you have. Also, if you overclock your parts, you'll need to have room for that.

supermattdab0ss 1 Build 1 point 16 days ago

NVIDIA is life, man. 1050 Ti will always be better than any similarly priced AMD card. The GTX 1080 Ti is god of PC gaming. I will give credit to the Ryzen processors, however. They are amazing compared to intel.

Jyrone 1 point 4 days ago

I see we have an NVIDIA fanboy...

supermattdab0ss 1 Build 1 point 4 days ago

AMD doesn't have a 1080 Ti equivalent

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Random2771 1 point 15 days ago

So I'm planning on building my first ever PC and was considering this one. Being a complete newbie to building PC's i was wondering is this a good first buy for someone on a budget and will i be getting my money's worth for this PC and is it good for running video games.

acedirt234 1 point 13 days ago

In terms of money's worth, I believe the modest AMD build provides a bigger bang for your buck. But if you have a very limiting budget, this build should work fine. This build should run most games at 1080p, 60fps, at high settings, and the demanding games at 1080p, 60fps, at low-med settings.

Jyrone 1 point 4 days ago

Depends on how big your budget is, if this barely fits in your price range, then yes, buy this one. If you could save up more for a more powerful pc then do that. This PC would average 45-60+ FPS on most games at medium/high settings, but I would suggest saving up to around $1000-1600 and build something a lot more powerful.

Fr33Th1nk3r 4 Builds 1 point 14 days ago

Eh You can opt for a 1TB drive and opt for a better CPU but overall a good build considering the ridiculous DIY market right now. Thanks crypto miners for ruining our hobby.

JoshGer 1 point 8 days ago

Eh, just buy a Nvidia card. They haven't really been affected by miners. I bought my GTX 1050 ti for $123.

supermattdab0ss 1 Build 1 point 4 days ago

Yes they have. My $150 1050 Ti is $240 now, instead of $150.

jagerdubz420 1 point 14 days ago

witch game y can run whit this pc ?

in looking for my firts pc

acedirt234 3 points 13 days ago

This build should run most games at 1080p, 60fps, at high settings, and the demanding games at 1080p, 60fps, at low-med settings.

(this will run pubg)

Robin_Bobin 1 point 12 days ago

I was curious is this a good build for an entry level kind of person with a pretty low budget

CaptKip 2 points 11 days ago

Yes, this is what it is made for. If you don't want to overclock or want to go a little bit cheaper you can either swap the mob out for a cheaper A250 or use the Intel version of this build respectively.

Over9000GHz 1 Build 1 point 10 days ago

Did you mean an A320?

Jyrone 1 point 4 days ago

I think he did...

JoshGer 1 point 8 days ago

You can cut the price down by switching to a 1TB hard drive, switch to a non-modular PSU, and, if you really must, get an A320 board like CaptKip suggested. I highly recommend you get a B350 board so you can overclock, but if you can't afford it, don't worry.

S13Hitman 1 point 12 days ago

I decided on using this build guide with some minor tweak, this is my first build so please correct me if I screw anything up. My main uses will be light gaming and some Microsoft office work. I figured this build could handle regular applications versus just gaming alone, again, please correct me if I'm wrong to think that.

I like the Fractal Focus G ATX case in blue. This also has an optical drive slot which I'm adding for my traditionalist ways. My kids have CD's to use for certain games or activities. And I can order the windows 10 disc through work with a small discount.

Please let me know if I should make any changes since this is computer will be my main home computer but that I can upgrade later on if needed. This is my first build...

JoshGer 2 points 8 days ago

If a PC can handle games, it can certainly handle regular applications :) This build can handle most games at 1080p, high settings, at 55+ FPS. Some games might need you to lower the settings a little bit. If you need to lower costs a bit:

  • Get a 1TB HDD instead of a 2TB, especially if you are not installing 10 AAA games.

  • If you never plan on overclocking your CPU, you could get a cheaper A320 motherboard.

  • Get a non-modular PSU.

CaptKip 1 point 11 days ago

Well if you want to upgrade later you could opt for a cheaper 1x8 gig stick of ram and them get another 1x8 stick if you need it later

FreezeFlame64 1 point 11 days ago

Sorry my first purchase of computer parts on this site. Why is there no monitor or keyboard listed here? Do I have to buy it separate?

Also, feeling stupid... this is a desktop right? I don't understand how much of this works as I'm getting help building it.

CaptKip 1 point 11 days ago

If you read the fine print on their guides, they say they don't include operating systems, keyboards, mice, monitors, etc. this is just the basic computer

JoshGer 1 point 8 days ago

Things like monitors, keyboards, and mice are highly personal objects that you should research yourself. YOU will be the one using these all the time. Do you want a cheap membrane keyboard or a more expensive mechanical one? Do you need dedicated macro keys? etc. Monitors come at SO many price points, sizes, and resolutions, that it would be hard to guess what anybody would like. It's better if the person buying these parts researches them. Yes, it's a desktop, it's incredibly hard to build a laptop. If you'd look at the case, you'd see it's a desktop.

Subset_Arctic 1 point 11 days ago

is this build compatable with VR gaming too?

me3614 1 point 9 days ago

Would this be capable of streaming to twitch. I won't be gaming on it just using it for the stream. I play on PS4 and have been using that to stream to twitch and a laptop to keep the chat function open and OBS to let em know when i get follows but the laptop isn't powerful enough to stream from. I'm hoping this build would be capable of streaming at 720p with my elgato hd60. Being honest I am on a budget and this is well in my price range.

JoshGer 1 point 8 days ago

I'm not a streamer, but looking online this seems like an okay system to stream your gameplay.

audiopusher 1 point 7 days ago

EVGA - GeForce GTX 1050 2GB SSC GAMING Video Card would this video card be about the same when playing games?

Lew_Zealand 1 point 6 days ago

Thanks for this guide! I used it as a base for building my first PC (for my son's gaming), getting the listed MoBo, CPU and PS.

I already had a Crucial 750GB SSD and an MSi GTX 1060 6GB which was previously installed in an Akitio Node hooked to a NUC7i7. The case wasn't available at the listed price (got a CoolerMaster N700 instead), and I got 8GB G.Skill 2800MHz CL15 (only $18 more) as AMD CPUs respond well to RAM speed improvements.

It's been working great for over a week though the CPU only overclocks to 3500MHz stably, lower than many people have mentioned online. Doesn't matter though as he's using a free NOS 19" 1440x900 monitor and even 2017 games like Battlefront II and Ark top 140FPS on Ultra or Epic Gfx settings. This setup should do easily for a 1080p or 1440p monitor upgrade sometime in the future, seeing as I tested a few games on our 4K TV and it does pretty well with 50FPS on high settings.

Kenjisama710 1 point 6 days ago

This will be my first PC build unfortunately I need WiFi connectivity. What should I do in terms of the motherboard? Thanks ahead of time.

acedirt234 2 points 5 days ago

one option is you can do is buy a USB wi-fi adapter (the ones with the antenna), They cost 10-15 USD and will get the job done.

alkaseltzerspadt 1 point 4 days ago

Could I add a 1TB SSHD that's 2.5" without running into issues? Thanks for any help.

Pwainwright 1 point 3 days ago

Well......the 1050ti's price is going up astronomically as well. 180 on amazon, 330+ at microcenter. I'm relieved i got mine at 150 but now none of my friends are interested in building a rig anymore. Real bummer.

Cyberstorm 0 points 1 month ago

Thank you for updating this list

I saw some of these parts and was wondering why they weren’t on the list

ImHazards 1 Build 0 points 27 days ago

the case isnt included in the price?

Matsozetex 1 Build 2 points 25 days ago

Probably not available in your region, keep in mind that the website is based in the US and the case is available there.

Lobsterareawesome 6 Builds 0 points 23 days ago

You can always get another case. Like the Thermaltake versa h15 or a corsair 100r or a focus G by fractal design

shadowblazer12 0 points 17 days ago

hey guys. im coming over from console to pc and im wondering if this build is good for someone whos looking to have a "console killer" pc. ive got a relatively small budget of around $700 and im wondering if this would be a good console killer and if not can anyone give me some advice or parts for building a console killer within my price range?

supermattdab0ss 1 Build 1 point 16 days ago

Hi! Instead go with the Ryzen 5 1500x if you have a bigger budget. The Motherboard is very cheap and I would also invest in a better motherboard there as well. The RAM looks like trash and could use an upgrade as well. Let me get you a list.

supermattdab0ss 1 Build 1 point 16 days ago

You can buy another memory module at a later date which will help your performance a ton for now 8 Gb should be fine. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 1500X 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $169.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard MSI - B350 PC MATE ATX AM4 Motherboard $84.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Corsair - Vengeance LPX 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $96.99 @ Amazon
Storage SanDisk - SSD PLUS 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $74.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate - Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $59.99 @ Newegg
Video Card Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Video Card $174.98 @ Newegg
Case Cougar - Solution 2 ATX Mid Tower Case $39.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply EVGA - B3 450W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $49.99 @ ModMyMods
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $751.81
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-01-06 15:18 EST-0500
ryan2949 1 Build 2 points 15 days ago

You gotta remember, this post is in Canadian dollars. Your link/build would run you nearly $1100CAD after taxes. Which is $400 higher than his budget and $300 more than the build posted.

https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/RmFFwV is in CAD.

supermattdab0ss 1 Build 2 points 15 days ago

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 1500X 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $219.99 @ Amazon Canada
Motherboard MSI - B350M PRO-VDH Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $91.79 @ Newegg Canada
Memory ADATA - XPG Z1 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2800 Memory $93.99 @ PC-Canada
Storage Seagate - Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $71.25 @ shopRBC
Video Card PNY - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Video Card $212.75 @ Vuugo
Case Rosewill - FBM-X1 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $19.99 @ Newegg Canada
Power Supply Raidmax - Scorpio 535W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $54.99 @ Newegg Canada
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $764.75
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-01-07 11:20 EST-0500
TheCatzilla 1 point 15 days ago


JoshGer 1 point 8 days ago

omg, it kills to see these prices... I got 8GB-2666 Ram for $69.99 and GTX 1050 Ti for $123 around Black Friday.. You poor souls..

shadowblazer12 1 point 12 days ago

thanks man would really appreciate a list!

TheCatzilla 1 point 15 days ago

Go for a higher end build, something like mid range build for $600-$650

TheCatzilla 0 points 15 days ago

The low end video, card low end ram, high case, high end motherboard and mid range storage and processor.

KaoGao -5 points 29 days ago

IMO, if you want to get a used GPU, a GTX 780 (and sometimes 780 Ti) hovers around the $130 used price point and it can outperform the 1050 Ti from tests I've seen. Although, I can understand going with the 1050 Ti due to lower power consumption, warranty and the stigma of Kepler cards since they don't see driver updates. Now, as for the AMD side, I think a RX 460 would suit the advertising of this build better, while saving a few bucks, although, that is my AMD fanboy side talking. Seriously though, you can get a used R9 280 for about the same price, although it may consume worlds more power, it'll out perform the 1050 Ti, and it'd suit the theme of AMD for this build.

llamafacelukas 1 Build 3 points 29 days ago

No, the 280x doesn't stomp the 1050 Ti. A simple YouTube benchmark search has multiple videos showing there's barely any performance difference between the two in real life gaming experiences. AMD also has notorious driver issues even still, including with the 580. It's mind-numbing that people still follow the AMD-hype garbage instead of looking up the real-world bench-marked facts.

If anyone's thinking about doing a budget build, go with the 1050 Ti. It's draws less power, has long-standing positive reviews for stability including the drivers, and keeps up with the 280x. In fact, even on Ultra settings playing PUBG, the 1050 Ti is only 10-15 FPS slower than a 1060 3GB. If you pair the 1050 Ti with an i5, it won't matter if you over-clock the CPU. It'll be smooth game-play even with titles such as GTA V, ARMA 3, and Witcher 3. I know this, because I've personally played on a system with these two specific components and with these games.

1050 Ti will be getting lower temps than an 280x, and that directly translates into longer life-span and more consistent performance because of less heat being generated. Those are the facts. Science rules.

KaoGao 0 points 24 days ago

It's mind blowing how some people still follow the Nvidia hype train when they have been overpricing their GPUs since the 600 series.

Over9000GHz 1 Build 2 points 10 days ago

How? They still beat AMD since AMD has a bunch of "mining excuses" to raise the price.

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solamon77 -8 points 28 days ago

Interesting, but misleading. In reality if this is truly entry level, the buyer is going to end up spending at least $100 - $150 more than what this list suggests. They will have to buy a copy of Windows ($90), a mouse ($10-$15), a keyboard ($10-$15), a wireless adapter ($15), and a small set of speakers ($15).

ThoughtA staff submitter 6 points 28 days ago

It's not misleading, those things are just outside the scope of the guide. This guide is about the PC and what goes inside it, nothing else.

Lobsterareawesome 6 Builds 3 points 28 days ago

why would you need a wireless adapter? and PCPP has stated it so many times before:

"We don't add an operating system, monitor, keyboard or mouse to our guides as the variance of needs and preferences on those is pretty tough to represent in a guide. So we instead >focus the target budget price around the core system components."

-- BoyScout

realitydroid 2 Builds 1 point 26 days ago

Windows 10 can be used inactivated with very little loss in functionality, a mouse and keyboard combo can be found pretty cheap (seriously, look up Redragon on Amazon for good budget gaming peripherals), and a wireless adapter isn't always necessary. Some people might benefit from one, but most of us will probably used wired connections because they are far faster and more stable than wireless.

I do agree on the speakers portion, though I'd spend at least $30 for a set such as the Logitech Z313. Maybe a $20 headset as well.

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CaptKip 1 point 13 days ago

Look up ryzen 3 gtx 1050 ti benchmarks and that should help you tell what sort of performance you can expect from this machine