RYZEN Gaming Build Advice

Hello Ozbargain,

I'm just after any advice/improvements anyone can provide in terms of the specs iv chosen for my $1200< Ryzen AMD build. The build will be primarily utilised for gaming and general lifestyle use.

Specs are as follows:

CPU - AMD Ryzen 5 1400 3.2GHz Quad-Core - $220

Motherboard - MSI B350 PC MATE ATX AM4 - $125

Memory - Corsair Vengeance LED 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 - $155

Storage - SanDisk SSD PLUS 240GB 2.5" SSD - $104

Storage - Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM - $60

Video card - Gigabyte Radeon RX 580 8GB G1 Gaming

Case - Corsair 270R ATX Mid Tower - $80

Power supply - Corsair CXM 450W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX - $73

Thankyou.

Comments

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    If you specifically want a gaming PC then Intel makes more sense. Gaming is pretty much the only scenario where Intel beats Ryzen in fact.

    An i5-6700 with a H or B series chipset motherboard is what I would buy.

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      Is that really true for the non-K intel processors? In reviews, Ryzen is mainly compared against the 7700K, where the difference comes from a slight IPC lead and a moderate clockspeed lead in intel's favour. The closest intel processor in terms of price is the i5-7400 ($250 at PCCG), which actually has lower clockspeeds than Ryzen. On top of that, you only see a performance difference in CPU-bound scenarios (i.e. 1080p with a gtx1080 or 1080ti), when a realistic gaming setup (such as OP's) is almost always GPU-bound. Obviously the Ryzen will come out ahead in multitasking scenarios as well.

      IMO OP's build is fine, although the Ryzen 1600 might be better bang for buck. The RX580 will be tough and expensive to acquire though, maybe look into alternatives there…

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        Suggestions as alternatives? Possibly the RX480 or the Nvidia 1060 6gb?

        Also, are 8gb GPU's really all that necessary for the amount they cost?

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          The current-gen alternatives to the RX580 are the RX470/480/570, and the GTX1060. If you're willing to go up a price tier, the GTX1070 is a good card too. The problem is that right now the RX cards are being bought up by crypotocurrency miners. The demand is through the roof, and it's leaking through so that even the GTX1060/1070 are getting hard to find at a decent price.

          Personally if I were buying a 580 for 1080p gaming, I would go for the 4GB variant, as the performance difference is minimal.

          Edit: Ignore this comment and read the more in-depth one by the other commenter.

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        In reviews, Ryzen is mainly compared against the 7700K, where the difference comes from a slight IPC lead and a moderate clockspeed lead in intel's favour. The closest intel processor in terms of price is the i5-7400 ($250 at PCCG), which actually has lower clockspeeds than Ryzen

        You know comparing clockspeeds on chips with different architecture is beyond pointless, right?

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    +1 for Intel.

    Personally I'd go a larger SSD, with AAA titles nowadays taking up 60gb+ you'll fill that 240gb in no time.

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    You really don't want to be buying that GPU at this point in time. RX 470/480 and 570/580 have astronomically inflated prices due to cryptocurrency mining, you're kind of forced into buying an nVidia card or something from a previous generation.

    As for your other question;

    are 8gb GPU's really all that necessary for the amount they cost?

    It depends on how you use your card. You didn't mention what monitor you will be using, higher resolutions will require more VRAM on your GPU. If you're going 1440p+ or will be soon it is worthwhile considering an 8GB card. Also if graphical fidelity is important to you and you find yourself modding games with high resolution texture packs, an 8GB GPU will definitely be the way to go.

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      Agree!

      OP, if you don't need the new system now I suggest to wait until the price of GPU and SSD to come down. Price of GPU has gone through the roof! To give you an example, OzB's favourite EVGA GTX1070 SC Gaming has gone up from USD400 to USD675 on Amazon! AMD cards are no better, I think you will struggle to find a RX580 at MSRP.

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        Crap! I've been waiting for most of the year for 1070's to drop in price. I thought it would be soon, as there's been a few 1080 sales recently… damn

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      I think the 8gb will be the best choice as I'd like to be upgrading to a 4K monitor in the near future

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    Are you also factoring in Windows 10 into your budget or do you have a spare copy/migrate from older PC?
    And yeah GPUs are really inflated at the moment. ASUS and Sapphire are coming out with mining GPUs soon so hopefully this can drive normal GPUs back down.

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    Heya, where are you buying your Western digital int hard drive AND SSD from?

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      All components were bought from eBay with the recent 15% off discount.

      Still yet to purchase the GPU however in spite of recent comments

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