Entry Level AMD Gaming Build
Last Updated: February 4th, 2023
This build is designed to simply allow you to play games at low settings. As such, we're playing around with the built-in graphics performance of the Ryzen 5 5600G to bypass the need for a graphics card in getting the game to run well at low settings. This is the lowest-tier build that we feel can comfortably promise consistent 60+ FPS in Rocket League at 1080p while playing with most graphics settings turned down to their lowest notch (or off, where applicable).
The Ryzen 5 5600G is an APU, which can adequately serve the role of both CPU and GPU. It has 6 cores and 12 threads, with a boost clock of 4.4 GHz. The Ryzen 5 5600G includes a stock cooler.
We aselected the ASRock B550M-HDV Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard. It includes include 2 DIMM slots for up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM. There is a x16 PCI Express slot on board for a future discrete GPU.
For this build and most machines outside of the top end we opted to go with 16GB of DDR4 memory with CAS latency no higher than 18 clock cycles. The Corsair Vengeance LPX 2x8GB kit of memory that are within AMD’s recommended specifications. We chose DDR4-3600, as modern AMD CPUs do best with this speed.
We selected the Silicon Power 512GB NVME drive for storage. NVME drives are fairly inexpensive today, no reason not to choose one for the build. Everyone's storage needs are different, so feel free to change drive capacity or add a drive to fit yours.
The Ryzen 5 5600G's iGPU provides this build's graphics processing. It can play many games on lower settings and lets you bypass the need to find a GPU in stock. This build does not use a discrete GPU, but you can easily upgrade to one after saving up more money.
The Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L is an mATX mini tower case with 2x front panel USB 3.0 Gen 1 ports and fits full-size graphics cards without issue. It provides several cable management holes and a couple patterned magnetic dust filters for easy removal and cleaning. If you so wish, you can also move the I/O panel to up to six different locations on the case.
We selected a 80+ White certified 500W PSU made by Thermaltake. It provides future connectors when you are ready to buy a discrete GPU. These are still high quality PSUs.
|AMD Ryzen 5 5600G 6-Core 12-Thread Unlocked Desktop Processor with Radeon Graphics
|ASRock B550M-HDV Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard
|Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 X 8GB) DDR4 3600 MHz (PC4-28800) C18 1.35V Desktop Memory
|Silicon Power 512GB NVMe M.2 PCIe Gen3x4 2280 SSD
|Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L Micro-ATX Tower
|Thermaltake Smart 500W 80+ White Certified PSU
|Estimated Total: $412