AMD Budget PC Gaming Build – May 2019 (updated)

Is it a good time for a budget PC gaming build?

Computex 2019 is just a week away and AMD is expected to announce their Zen 2 processors. But according to AMD themselves, availability of the Zen 2 processors will be by the 3rd quarter this year.

Reports also suggest that the new processors are compatible with 400 series motherboards.

So if you build a gaming pc today on a budge then this parts list will be your guide.

Although NVIDIA already released their GTX 1650 and GTX 1660, independent benchmarks indicate that the RX 580 is still a preferred choice.

If you’re interested with the GTX 1660, check out our round up of GTX 1660 graphics card –
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Roundup

So with that, we’re going all-out AMD on this system.

This all AMD budget pc gaming rig is overclockable but since we didn’t included an aftermarket cooler for the AMD processor then overclocking is not suggested.

Here are the list of parts.

AMD PC Gaming Budget Build

AMD Ryzen 5 2600 Processor with Wraith Stealth Cooler - Gadget Boulevard

AMD Ryzen 5 2600 Processor with Wraith Stealth Cooler

We’re still choosing the AMD 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.

It also comes with its own cooler – the Wraith Stealth Cooler. No need to buy a separate cpu cooler on this one.

Gigabyte B450 AORUS M Motherboard

We’ve chosen the GIGABYTE B450 AORUS M motherboard with its superb overall features and future proofing.

GIGABYTE B450 AORUS M Motherboard for AMD Ryzen - Gadget Boulevard Gaming

And it’s RGB ready with two RGB headers. Though we’re not installing RGB fans it’s an upgrade option in the future.

The Gigabyte B450 AORUS M supports second and first generation Ryzen processors and as well as the Ryzen with Radeon Vega processors.

It has 4 DDR4 DIMM sockets that can support up to 64GB of RAM with dual channel memory support.

RAM speed that it can support is 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. Other storage solutions are four SATA 6Gb/s connectors for your SSD’s and mechanical drives.

Other features include Dual BIOS, 3 Fan Headers, and a included heatsink for the M.2 NVMe/SSD memory module.

For nearly the same features, you can also get the ASRock B450M Pro AMD AM4 Promontory for just $74.99.

Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 16GB Memory (CL15)

We’re pairing the AMD Ryzen 5 2600 with the Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4-3000 with a CL15 timing.

Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 16GB DDR4 3000Mhz Dual Channel Memory Kit - PC Gaming

The current prices of DDR4 memory are as low as ever that we can get a 16GB CL15 memory with RGB.

The Vengeance RGB Pro is a proven memory module by Corsair, it comes with an anodized aluminum heat spreader for maximum cooling and RGB for some bling.

The Vengeance RGB Pro kit we’ve chosen has a tested speed of 3000 Mhz and tested latency of 15-17-17-35.

This model has XMP 2.0 performance profile.

If you’d like to save then the Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB DDR4 3000 CL15 (2x8GB) is a great choice at $89.99.

MSI Radeon RX 580 ARMOR OC 8G Graphics Card

AMD’s 50th anniversary sales and deals are still swinging and it’s a great time to buy a Radeon graphics card.

We’re selecting the MSI Radeon RX 580 Armor OC for its price and features.

  • MSI Radeon RX 580 ARMOR OC 8G Graphics Card
  • MSI Radeon RX 580 ARMOR OC 8G Graphics Card
  • MSI Radeon RX 580 ARMOR OC 8G Graphics Card
  • MSI Radeon RX 580 ARMOR OC 8G Graphics Card

The Radeon RX 580 Armor OC comes with 2,304 Stream Processors and has a boost clock of 1,366 Mhz. It also comes with 8GB of GDDR5 memory.

Along with its superb specs for gaming at 1080p and 1440p it also comes bundled with two games from AMD valued at $120!

If you’d like to save more then get the Sapphire PULSE Radeon RX 570 4GB at just $157.50.

Western Digital WD Blue SN500 M.2 SATA SSD

Western Digital WD Blue SN500 NVMe SSD M2

For storage, we’ve chosen an M.2 module as our primary storage so that loading Windows 10 and games will be blazing fast.

Our chosen module is the WD Blue SN500 500GB M.2 SATA SSD. It’s the brother of the performance oriented WD Black 500GB M.2 NVMe SSD which cost nearly two times more than the WD Blue.

Performance of the WD Blue M.2 SATA SSD is up to 560 MBps for sequential read and up to 530 MBps for sequential write. The WD Blue M.2 SATA SSD uses 3D NAND Flash memory modules, no spinning disk here.

Please note that the motherboard M.2 slot shares bandwidth with SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports. So when the M.2 slot is populated with the WD Blue 500GB M.2 SATA SSD, three SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports are disabled.

If you want more performance, then WD Black SN750 500GB M.2 NVMe is your next logical choice at $109.99

Western Digital WD Black SN750 500GB NVMe SSD - PC Gaming

EVGA 500 W1 80+ White Power Supply

For powering the AMD PC gaming build we’ve chosen the EVGA 500 W1 power supply.

This power supply from EVGA is 80+ White certified and is sufficient for our build.

The power supply has a 120mm fan that is nearly quiet to keep it cool.

EVGA 500 W1 Power Supply

One great thing about EVGA power supply is that it has a 3 year warranty and all the cables are sleeved already.

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.

Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1 mATX Case - Gadget Boulevard

Comes pre-installed with one 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.

Additional Case Fans

We’ve added two Deepcool Gamer Storm GS120 case fans in the mix as the MasterBox Lite only comes with one 120mm fan mounted at the rear.

Deepcool Gamer Storm GS120 Case fans - PC Gaming

The Deepcool GS120 though not RGB will still look cool as the fans are colored white with a grayish colored body.

These GS120 fans are just 20mm thick but they still deliver the needed airflow to your system.

Total price

PartsPriceAvailable at
AMD Ryzen 5 2600 Processor
with Wraith Stealth Cooler
Gigabyte B450 AORUS M Motherboard$73.99Amazon
Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 16GB Memory (CL15)$88.99Amazon
MSI Radeon RX 580 ARMOR OC 8G Graphics Card$226.39Amazon
WD Blue SN500 500GB M.2 SATA SSD$64.99Amazon
EVGA 500 W1 80+ White 500W$44.99Amazon
Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1 mATX Case$46.50Amazon
Deepcool GS120 case fans (x2)
$9.99 each
TOTAL (w/out shipping. Prices updated July 6, 2019)$715.82

So are you ready to build your $700++ gaming pc?

This doesn’t include the monitor, peripherals, Windows 10, and your games though.

MSI Optix G24C Gaming Monitor - PC Gaming

For your monitor, we suggest the MSI Optix G24VC Gaming Monitor.

This is a 23.6″ curved Full HD 1080p monitor that has a 75Hz refresh rate and a 110% sRGB rating.

It also supports the AMD Adaptive Sync.

Get the MSI Optix G24C for $149.99.

Now for your keyboard, the Cooler Master CK550 Mechanical Keyboard is a great buy. This keyboard comes in either Gateron Blue, Brown, or Red mechanical switches.

Cooler Master CK550 Mechanical Keyboard - PC Gaming

The body is brushed aluminum and has on-the-fly RGB controls. Get the Cooler Master CK550 Mechanical Keyboard $90.

And lastly your mouse, we suggest the Corsair Harpoon RGB gaming mouse which looks cool and simple.

Corsair Harpoon RGB Gaming Mouse - PC Gaming

Get the Corsair Harpoon RGB Gaming mouse for just $30.

So roughly you’ll complete the setup at around $1000.

Let us know if you want us to build, benchmark, and play games with this pc gaming setup.

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