In previous articles we presented the new RYZEN family by AMD, a new generation of high performance processors that has met the generated expectations in terms of performance, finally returning the company from Sunnyvale to the right track.
The RYZEN processors by AMD not only showed a great performance at the monocore and multi-core level, they also did very well in terms of power consumption and temperatures, two major pending issues since the launch of the FX processors, which were based on the 32 nm manufacturing process.
We have to consider all this properties in relation to pricing. The AMD’s RYZEN currently offer one of the best price-performance ratio in almost all the ranges, so we did not want to miss the opportunity to leave a guide based on the benchmarks we performed with the new products from Sunnyvale. This guide will help you to choose the required components to set up an affordable gaming PC based on the RYZEN platform.
Keep in mind that the purpose of the guide is to set up budget friendly high-end gaming PC, with that we mean not a low-cost system but one capable of delivering a high performance on a reduced price. As always we hope you like this article and above all you find it useful, let’s go straight to the point.
It is a fundamental component to pick, especially given that a good BIOS support with recent updates are a main issue to improve the compatibility with high-performance memories running at high frequencies.
Based on our experiences and considering that we are looking for an affordable high-end machine we chose the GIGABYTE AB350-Gaming 3, a motherboard that offers an excellent value and counts with everything we will need.
In addition, we must mention that this board has received a big amount of timely updates, which shows the excellent level of support by GIGABYTE. Its price is just 99 euros.
We are looking for an affordable option but offering a good performance, a combination that leads us to consider the RYZEN 5 1600. This processor add-up six cores and twelve threads at 3.2 GHz or 3.6 GHz on turbo mode.
Thanks to the RYZEN Master application we can easily overclock it and reach about 3.7 GHz – 3.8 GHz with a stable system, maintaining voltages at optimal levels and presenting good temperatures even with the stock fan.
This AMD RYZEN processor is an excellent choice, as it provides a lot for the 239 euros required to get it.
Another fundamental component. Thanks to the benchmarks we have performed with different kits we can conclude that the best option for this build is the Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB DDR4 (2 x 8 GB) that comes prepared to work at 3 GHz.
We recommend to manually setup a running speed of 2933 MHz in the BIOS with 16-16-17-36 latencies, as these options are the ones we found optimal in terms of performance and being fully stable. It is sold for 136 euros.
As we want to keep costs as low as possible without sacrificing performance, we opted for a dual solution based on a SSD as our primary drive for our OS and our favorite games, and an HDD as a secondary drive.
In the conventional hard drive, we can save our pictures, videos and games, too, and thanks to it, we will not have storage problems and we will enjoy all the advantages a SSD has to offer at a minimum cost.
For the SSD, we have chosen a 240 GB WD Blue, which has sequential read and write speeds of 540 MB/s and 500 MB/s, respectively, and a 100 TB write endurance. A balanced choice for such a good price: €89.95.
For the HDD, we have opted for a Toshiba DT01ACA200, which has a rotation speed of 7,200 RPM, 2TB of storage capacity and 64 MB of cache. It costs €66.95.
Here we have many possibilities, always depending on our budget, so we will give you our best recommendation, which is the one that we will take into account for the device’s final price, and two alternatives. Bear in mind that any of the three graphics card choices that we will show you can be used seamlessly with the rest of the build, including the power supply.
Our choice in terms of quality and price is the Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 580 with 8 GB of GDDR5, a graphics card that will allow us to play games flawlessly and smoothly in 1080p and 1440p resolutions at the highest quality. It costs €249.
Now we will show you the two other options:
- If you use Linux, but you want to have a similar raw performance without increasing the costs, the EVGA GTX 1060 with 6GB of memory is your best option as it costs €269.
- In case that you want to play with a guaranteed 2160p resolution or have a superior raw performance, then the MSI GTX 1070 with 8 GB of GDDR5 is the best choice. It costs €429.
We have a powerful PC that clearly requires a power supply of around 500 W with an additional 8-pin power connector, so these are the minimum criteria that we need to look for.
However, to avoid pushing or PC’s power capacity to its limits, we have chosen a 550W Corsair VS550, which complies with everything we need, leaving the door open for future upgrades as it comes with two 6+2 pin connectors.
It costs €49.95.
Lastly, we have the final component, the case or tower where all the hardware will be installed. At this point, it all depends on each user’s tastes and budget, so you can modify the case without problem as long as you make sure that your choice has enough room for the hardware that we have selected.
We recommend you the Nox Hummer MC USB 3.0 Zero Edition since it is a beautiful case that has a good quality-price ratio and offers you a lot of internal space by getting rid of its DVD drive bays.
It costs €49.
Total price and final notes
We have a total price of €978.85 for a PC based on AMD’s RYZEN, which is a good price considering everything this device has to offer:
- Excellent performance both when gaming and when using professional apps, thanks to its AMD’s RYZEN CPU with 6 cores, 12 threads, 16 GB of RAM and its RX 580 with 8 GB of GDDR5.
This is a balanced PC, meaning that every component complements each other well and there are no bottlenecks affecting our experience when using the PC.
Thanks to the SSD as our primary drive, we will enjoy an absolutely smooth performance when we use the OS, and the HDD will spare us from having storage problems.
- The power supply allows us to upgrade the PC seamlessly and the case has good airflow and enough room to install almost anything.