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Building a decent budget gaming desktop

Jeepfreco
  • 9 months ago

Hey all,

I'm looking to build my first gaming PC and I know a little bit about PC and what each part does, and I have a few friends that know stuff too about them and have been helping me out as well. I currently have a laptop I got for engineering which is a powerful workstation, and its awesome for gaming, but now I want to build a PC dedicated to gaming and just want to change things up a little. I don't have a specific case that I want to use yet, but don't want to spend more than $50 on one. Another thing is that the game I will most likely be playing most is Rainbow 6 Siege, but will definitely be opening my options further down the road as I move away from console gaming.

My parts list that I have compiled so far is as follows:

AMD Ryzen 5 2600 Processor ($140 on Newegg)

Gigabyte AB350M-DS3H AM4 MicroATX Motherboard ($75 on Newegg)

Asus PRIME B350M-A/CSM Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard($78 on Amazon)

OLOy WarHawk 16GB (2x8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 RAM ($65 on Newegg)

MSI Radeon RX 580 Gaming X 8gb 256-bit Gddr5 PCI Express 3 ($81 on eBay)

SAMSUNG 970 EVO M.2 2280 1TB PCIe Gen3. X4, NVMe 1.3 64L V-NAND 3-bit MLC Internal Solid State Drive ($170 on Newegg)

WD Blue 1TB PC Hard Drive - 7200 RPM Class, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64 MB Cache, 3.5" ($46 on Amazon)

Corsair TXM Gold 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($95 on Newegg)

My current parts list if this link works: https://pcpartpicker.com/user/Jeepfreco/saved/#view=RRDf99

That's all I have so far, and wanted to see what the professional PC building community thought about my list so far and if there is anything that I need. If there are any cases that anyone recommends that works for a MicroATX and looks cool for $50, let me know! Also, I am not sure, but what would I need for accessing wifi once I build the PC? Or is it already built into some of the hardware?

If you guys have suggestions about parts that are similar quality as what I have listed but are cheaper to get, then post it! I do want great quality if there is a chance to save money on that part.

Comments

  • 9 months ago
  • 3 points

$81 for a RX 580 8GB card has me scratching my head here. Whether its used or not, thats dirt cheap. Have you checked the cards description carefully (no faults mentioned?). Are you confident the seller can be trusted (checked feedback ratings? sales history? etc). Bottom line, when the deal sounds too good to be true - scepticism is inevitable hence invites greater caution when purchasing from unknown online sellers.

If there are any cases that anyone recommends that works for a MicroATX and looks cool for $50

Some respectable budget options around the $50 mark: (MICRO-ATX)

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/rnGxFT/cooler-master-masterbox-q300l-microatx-mini-tower-case-mcb-q300l-kann-s00

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/QMp323/thermaltake-case-ca1d500s1wn00

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/vPp323/fractal-design-focus-g-mini-black-microatx-mini-tower-case-fd-ca-focus-mini-bk-w

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/vbkj4D/thermaltake-versa-h18-microatx-mini-tower-case-ca-1j4-00s1wn-00

-----------Or if you consider a MID-TOWER:-----------

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/vYp323/cougar-mx330-atx-mid-tower-case-mx330

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/RVfhP6/cooler-master-masterbox-mb510l-atx-mid-tower-case-mcb-b510l-kann-s00

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/Bcprxr/zalman-s2-atx-mid-tower-case-s2

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/TJrmP6/zalman-s3-atx-mid-tower-case-s3

Also, I am not sure, but what would I need for accessing wifi once I build the PC?

You can either purchase a motherboard with integrated WIFI (comes with antennas) or purchase a wifi receiver (PCI preferably) independently: https://pcpartpicker.com/products/wireless-network-card/#i=35&sort=price&page=1

To review your build and offer a recommendation:

  • how much are you willing to spend for these parts (in total)?

  • If cheaper, are you open to purchasing parts from sellers other then Ebay/Amazon/Newegg?

  • Integrated wifi mobos are limited by selection on Micro-ATX cases, are you open to the Mid-ATX arrangement? (subject to "value")

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that the RX 850 was used. The description says it is slightly used, so I'm not worried about it being "cheap" or worn out. This one looks like its pretty much a brand new unit in the pictures and is about $50 cheaper than buying a brand new one. Overall, I'm aiming to spend no more than $600 on a decent PC build that'll make my friends jealous haha! I like all the links that you have provided for the cases and thanks for the info on the network adapter! If there are other types of setups that could provide better performance for the same price, I would entertain those options as well, but for now, since this is my first PC build, and most likely won't be my last, I want to stick with the microATX setup for now since that is what all my friends have as well.

But thank you so much for all the information! It definitely helps me to better wrap my head around all the technical information about PCs as I expose myself more to the PC world!

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm still not convinced with the $81 used price tag. Are you sure it's not an auction?

For around $600, if going all new:

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 2600X 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor $145.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard Gigabyte B450M DS3H WIFI Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $93.98 @ Newegg
Memory GeIL EVO SPEAR 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $63.99 @ Newegg
Storage Sabrent Rocket 512 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive $59.98 @ Amazon
Video Card MSI Radeon RX 570 8 GB ARMOR OC Video Card $149.00 @ Amazon
Case Fractal Design Focus G Mini MicroATX Mini Tower Case $55.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair CX (2017) 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $44.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $613.91
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-08-08 09:52 EDT-0400

If you can add to the budget:

  • 550W PSU offers additional headroom for future upgrades

  • double the storage @ 1TB (faster NVME's have zero impact on gaming performance hence take something reasonably priced: Intel 660p/Crucial P1, although for $10 more the faster Sabrent Rocket is a steal)

  • Or, if you can find a RX 580 4GB/8GB for less, go for it! 4GB VRAM is still very relevant for 1080p gaming.

The mobo is WIFI integrated!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, yeah the 580 was listed as an auction, just didn't pay close attention to it. I'll probably get everything as a new unit, just kinda keeping an eye out for what the "market value" of each component is before I get ready to pull the trigger on parts. For the mobo, is the Asus PRIME B350M-A/CSM that I updated my original post with WIFI integrated? I think it is, just not completely sure yet. I am looking at the Corsair TXM Gold 650 W PSU for the extra power for in case I choose to upgrade any other components in the future. Also is the Cougar MX330 ATX Mid Tower Case a decent case at $40 for keeping everything cool with a few fans? Thanks for helping with understanding everything so far!

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Ah, yeah the 580 was listed as an auction, just didn't pay close attention to it.

I though so... otherwise 81 bucks would have been KILLER deal!

For the mobo, is the Asus PRIME B350M-A/CSM that I updated my original post with WIFI integrated? I think it is, just not completely sure yet.

'No' WIFI on that board. Ideally you want to stick with B450 board which is compatible with the Ryzen 2600X. The B350 platform would require a BIOS upgrade using a previous 1000-series CPU.

I think it is, just not completely sure yet. I am looking at the Corsair TXM Gold 650 W PSU for the extra power for in case I choose to upgrade any other components in the future.

550W should be more than sufficient for upgrades in the long run. If you can find a respectable 650W unit for not much cost on top, go for it!

Also is the Cougar MX330 ATX Mid Tower Case a decent case at $40 for keeping everything cool with a few fans?

Yes a decent budget case! But it's a mid-tower. If you're sticking with Micro-form factor mobos, consider one of the following:

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/rnGxFT/cooler-master-masterbox-q300l-microatx-mini-tower-case-mcb-q300l-kann-s00

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/QMp323/thermaltake-case-ca1d500s1wn00

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/vPp323/fractal-design-focus-g-mini-black-microatx-mini-tower-case-fd-ca-focus-mini-bk-w

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/vbkj4D/thermaltake-versa-h18-microatx-mini-tower-case-ca-1j4-00s1wn-00

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok, sounds good as far as the mobo and Ryzen 2600X, and I guess I'll opt in for that Cooler Master case, looks pretty cool too!

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

The motherboard you listed isn't available atm so I just put in a similar one. I also put in a corsair M.2 they are rather similar performance to the EVO ones and are cheaper. I also put in a case and power supply. As for wifi you have a couple options get a more expensive motherboard with built in wifi like this one https://pcpartpicker.com/product/HQVG3C/gigabyte-b450m-ds3h-wifi-micro-atx-am4-motherboard-b450m-ds3h-wifi or get a usb wifi stick thing like this https://pcpartpicker.com/product/dmYXsY/asus-wireless-network-card-usbac56 Anyways this is the build PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor $133.00 @ Amazon
Motherboard Gigabyte B450M DS3H Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $64.89 @ OutletPC
Memory Team Vulcan 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $67.89 @ OutletPC
Storage Corsair MP510 960 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive $129.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $43.92 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI Radeon RX 580 8 GB GAMING X Video Card $81.00
Case Thermaltake Versa H18 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $39.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply SeaSonic S12III 650 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $58.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $649.67
Mail-in rebates -$30.00
Total $619.67
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-08-07 16:01 EDT-0400
  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for telling about the Corsair M.2! Looks like the same performance, but definitely cheaper! That is right around the same price point that I wanted to spend on building a PC, so thank you for looking at it and sharing your opinions about my research and my friend's input!

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

np

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