[Updated: February 20, 2019]
Is it a good time to build your own gaming PC?
Actually it might be as prices for video cards are a great deal nowadays due to the release of Nvidia’s RTX video cards.
We’ve updated our 2018 AMD budget gaming rig and we’ve reached $620 for all the parts needed.
In case you wanted an Intel budget gaming pc setup, check out our article here – Intel PC Gaming Rig on a Budget 2019
The budget pc gaming rig is overclockable but since we didn’t included an aftermarket cooler for the AMD processor, then maybe a tiny overclocking can be done.
Here are the parts we’ve selected.
AMD PC Gaming Budget Build
AMD Ryzen 5 2600
We’re choosing AMD’s second generation Ryzen 5 2600 processor for our build as this offers the highest value for its performance.
Having 6 cores and 12 threads and overclockable makes the Ryzen 5 2600 a good choice for overall performance in both productivity and gaming.
The Ryzen 5 2600 has a base clock of 3.4Ghz and a boost clock of 3.9Ghz and draws around 65W of power.
Gigabyte B450M DS3H
We’ve chosen a B450 motherboard for our AMD Ryzen 5 2600 processor to at least have some future-proofing in case we or you decide to upgrade to a Ryzen 7 2700X processor.
Though if you plan to do some serious overclocking this board wouldn’t be the best choice as it only has a 4 + 3 Power phase.
Out of the box it can handle a Ryzen 7 2700X which needs 105W of power.
Since the 2600 draws 65W there is still some room for overclocking the Ryzen 2600 if you purchase aftermarket coolers.
The Gigabyte B450M DS3H supports second and first generation Ryzen processors and as well as the Ryzen with Radeon Vega processors.
The B450M DS3H has 4 DDR4 DIMM sockets that can support up to 64GB of RAM with dual channel. And it can support up to DDR4 3200 by way of overclocking.
It can also support Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules.
Blazed up to 32Gb/s of storage bandwidth using the fast M.2 solution. Plug-in up to Type 22110 M.2 modules for blazing fast storage.
Other storage solutions are four SATA 6Gb/s connectors for your SSD’s and mechanical drives.
Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB DDR4-3000
We’re pairing the AMD Ryzen 5 2600 with the Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB DDR4 3000Mhz.
Why 16GB? The 8GB modules are cheaper!
Yes it’s cheaper, but it’s 2019! Most games and software would need more. So we’re sticking with the 16GB (2x8GB) modules.
The Vengeance LPX is a proven memory module by Corsair and comes with an aluminum heat spreader for maximum cooling.
The LPX kit we’ve chosen has a tested max frequency of 3000Mhz and latency of 15.
This model has XMP 2.0 performance profile.
XFX GTS XXX Edition RX 580 4GB OC+
As video card prices drop, more and more of them are now becoming affordable.
Our previous selected graphics card was the ASUS DUAL RX 580 4GB OC Edition but it seems that it is no longer available as brand new.
So we find this XFX RX 580 4GB GTS XXX Edition tempting as its priced below $200 at Amazon.
We could have chosen a 1060 for Nvidia but prices are at $250++.
The Radeon RX 580 isn’t a slouch either having 2,304 stream processors, it has the performance that closely matches the Nvidia 1060 and at a lower price.
Core clock is 1,366 Mhz using the True Clock mode and 1,386 Mhz at OC+ mode.
At 1080P gaming, the RX 580 offers the best value for the price your paying.
The XFX graphics card has a 4GB GDDR5 memory with a memory clock of 7,000Mhz.
Review and benchmarks points out that the RX 580 has better value than the GTX 1060 at current prices.
Kingston A1000 240GB PCIe NVMe (SA1000M8/240G)
For storage, we’ve chosen a NVMe M.2 module as our primary storage so that loading Windows 10 and games will be blazing fast.
Our chosen module is the Kingston A1000 240GB PCIe NVMe M.2 module. The 240GB capacity is enough for most of your games and productivity software.
This drive offers read and write speeds up to 1,500MB/s and 1,000MB/s as it uses 3D NAND Flash memory modules, no spinning disk here.
EVGA 450BT 80+ Bronze Power Supply
For powering the AMD PC gaming build we’ve chosen the EVGA 450BT power supply. This power supply from EVGA is 80+ Bronze certified and is sufficient for our build.
The power supply has a 120mm fan that is nearly quiet to keep it cool.
One great thing about EVGA power supply is that it has a 3 year warranty.
Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1
To house all our parts we’ve chosen the MasterBox Lite 3.1 by Cooler Master.
This is one of Cooler Master’s popular cases and it does a good job with ample room and looks good too.
Comes pre-installed with the rear 120mm with the option to install 2 more 120mm fans at the front.
The MasterBox Lite 3.1 can support liquid cooling solutions, a 240mm at the front or a 120mm at the rear.
Summary and total price
|AMD Ryzen 5 2600||$164.99||Buy at Amazon||Buy at Newegg|
|GIGABYTE B450M DS3H||$81.97||Buy at Amazon||Buy at Newegg|
|CORSAIR Vengeance LPX |
|$109.99||Buy at Amazon||Buy at Newegg|
|XFX RX 580 GTS XXX Edition|
|$169.99||Buy at Amazon||Buy at Newegg|
|Kingston A1000 240GB|
|$43.99||Buy at Amazon||Buy at Newegg|
|EVGA 450BT Power Supply||$39.99||Buy at Amazon||Buy at Newegg|
|Cooler Master MasterBox|
Lite 3.1 mATX Case
|$47.14||Buy at Amazon||Buy at Newegg|
So we are just under $700. Are you ready to build your gaming pc?
This doesn’t include the monitor, peripherals, Windows 10, and your games though.
So roughly you’ll complete these setup at around $900.
Let us know if you want us to build, benchmark, and play games with this pc gaming setup.
If you’d like to build an Intel Budget Gaming PC, check out our article here – Intel PC Gaming Rig on a Budget – 2019
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