PC gaming on a budget has changed a lot since the launch of Ryzen. With the launch of Ryzen APUs, you don’t even need a GPU to play many Modern games at 1080p (low to normal settings) at 30-40 FPS. The 720p gaming is even more good with 60+ FPS on many modern games.
In this guide, we have listed down all the components you need to build a budget Ryzen build which can run all esports games at a solid 60+ FPS on 1080P and all AAA titles on 720p and 1080p (30-40 FPS). Check out our best gaming Desktops and Laptops.
Processor – Ryzen 3rd Gen 3200G:
The Entry-level APU from AMD is an absolute beast when it comes to budget gaming. It ended the reign of Pentium G4560 and GT 1030 combo which ruled the budget gaming segment for a good amount of time and also redefined it.
The biggest advantage is that you don’t need a graphic card, the Vega 8 graphics can easily play all esports games at 1080p with a 60 FPS (Settings may vary from high to low). Combine it with a 3000 Mhz RAM and a B450 motherboard and you got yourself a really cheap gaming PC that can play even AAA titles at 720P to 60 FPS.
You can also overclock the CPU up to 4 GHz comfortably and the GPU which will improve the gaming performance by a big margin.
Ryzen 3rd Gen 3200G Specifications:
|Numbers of CPU Cores||4|
|Numbers of Threads||4|
|Numbers of GPU Cores||8|
|Base Clock||3.6 GHz|
|Max Boost Clock||Up to 4 GHz|
|Total L1 Cache||384|
|Total L2 Cache||2 MB|
|Total L3 Cache||4MB|
|PCI Express® Version||PCIe 3.0 x8|
|Thermal Solution||Wraith Stealth|
|Default TDP / TDP||65W|
|RAM Support||2933MHz DDR4|
|Graphics||Vega 8 at 1250 MHz|
The 3000 Mhz RAM will work perfectly with the Ryzen 3200G as Vega 8 will use the RAM which directly affects the gaming performance. I will recommend a Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 DRAM 3000MHz C15 Desktop Memory Kit.
One thing to remember here is that you need a Dual channel configuration here because that’s how Ryzen’s APUs work best. So try to buy 2 sticks.
PSU (Power Supply Unit):
PSU is often gets ignored and people invest in a cheaper PSU which causes either the system faults or gets itself killed in the action. So always invest in good quality PSU and if the budget is tight, then buy the entry-level Cooler master or Corsair PSU.
As the APU in our build is not that power-hungry and there is no Graphic card too, a 400W to 500W would be fine. But if you plan to invest in a Graphic card in future, you will not be replacing the PSU as it would be a total waste of money spent on PSU initially, so our recommendation is Corsair CX Series 650 Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified Modular Power Supply or if you have some extra cash then choose EVGA 750 GQ, 80+ GOLD 750W supply.
The later is a Gold-certified which means better capacitors and quality and will offer much better supply to your components.
The 650 Watts (Corsair) or the 750 Watts (EVGA) will be enough for our build and will also serve you in future upgrades.
The motherboard is the one that connects all the components in a PC and also offers some extra features like overclocking and the amount of RAM you can use.
The Motherboard you want to pick here is the B450 because it supports the overclocking and Ryzen 3200G can be overclocked to 4.2 GHz of frequency. You can install up to 64 Gigs of RAM, although many games will do fine on 8 GB of RAM, some heavy task like Photo editing or Video editing may use more than 16 or sometimes 32 gigs of RAM.
You can select Asus Prime B450M-A/CSM motherboard. It supports the Ryzen 3200G out of the box and also gives features like NVMe M.2, Aura Sync RGB header, DDR4 3200 with overclocking support and many other great features.
Storage for PC:
You have 2 options here, either choose an HDD or an SSD. Although SSD offers much greater speed compared to HDD, the HDD still gives much larger space compared to SSD in the same price tag. So our recommendation is to buy an SSD first and if you think you need more storage, then buy an HDD later. You should store the Windows, software, and games on the SSD for fast loading.
The Samsung 970 EVO offers sequential read/write speeds of 3,500/2,500 MB/s and offers an endurance up to 1200 TBW.
Case for Desktop PC:
You have a lot of options for the Case here, just make sure that the case offers good cable management solutions and offers some features like dust filters and tempered glass. We opted for the Phanteks PH-EC300PTG_BR Eclipse P300 Tempered Glass Steel ATX Mid Tower Case for this build but you can choose another case too.
- Note: Make sure to check if the PSU and motherboard fit into the case.
1080P Ultra/High settings Gaming at 60 FPS:
As this build has no Graphic card installed, you can install one in the future for better gaming performance. This post is about Esports gaming or 720p gaming for AAA Gaming titles so it didn’t include a Graphic card.
Just buy an RX 570 and you have got yourself an absolute beast which can play almost all modern titles on 1080p at 40-60 FPS, though some Game may need a little bit of tweak in Graphic settings.
So, this was the cheapest build for playing Esports Games and even AAA Games at 720P resolution. Getting such a capable system at this price was impossible a few years ago but thanks to AMD for their APU series, which totally changed the game at the Budget segment.
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