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Building a new Gaming PC is probably one of the most exciting aspects of PC Gaming for enthusiasts as well as one of the most daunting at the same time. With a veritable plethora of options in almost every category users can spend literal days looking at reviews, specifications, compatibilities, and aesthetics before settling on a final build.  For some of us, that is heaven. For others, it is hell. Either way, it always seems like time is short (or we just lose track of it in the process).

So, today at The FPS Review, we are putting together an AMD based Budget Gaming system as an idea of what is out there and what would make for a truly enjoyable gaming experience with time for you, the reader, to spare. So, welcome to our “Live” AMD Budget Gaming PC Build Guide for a next-gen gaming PC build. This guide will be “Live” in that we will update it quarterly. What you see today you might not see in the Fall, or Winter, or Spring, or Summer! So, be sure to stop back each quarter as we will update this guide for your new build ideas!

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With today’s build, we are looking to hit a price point of ~$500-600 which is about half of what we did with our AMD Mid-Range Gaming PC Build Guide recently. Certainly, this is a budget number that will be palatable to almost all gamers as we are looking at a system that costs as much as a GPU or CPU did in some of our higher-end build guides. Yet, in this build, we are still going to be looking at an AMD build that will let users have a good gaming experience with most everything currently on the market at resolutions up to (and mostly including )1080p, but also providing some flex options for when you have that corner, or two, that you may need to cut for some reason rather than going higher end.

That means, while quality components are all we are going to use, no Threadripper over the top build here today, or exotic case/cooling combination that costs more than a Buick. No, today, we are looking at what we would reasonably expect an AMD Budget Gaming PC Build to look like for a significant market segment of gamers. So, let’s dive in!

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  1. Going 1tb SATA ssd for $95 looks like a valid alternative. Whatever milliseconds you gain on loading times will went to waste with all the time spend backing up and reinstalling games on a tiny 500GB drive.
  2. Id almost say, go 3200 mhz for both builds. save some more as opposed to the 3600mhz stuff. I don’t think we would notice much difference.
  3. The only ‘3200 mhz’ kit I’d go for is 3200 CL14, as good memory is the life and death of a Zen 2 CPU

    (bears reposting because it’s such a nice video)
    And the 3300x is indeed, out by now.

  4. The only ‘3200 mhz’ kit I’d go for is 3200 CL14, as good memory is the life and death of a Zen 2 CPU

    (bears reposting because it’s such a nice video)
    And the 3300x is indeed, out by now.

    There were a whopping 0 listed for sale the week the article was written and the morning of publish there were still a whopping 0 listed for sale. Not much you can do about a processor that can’t be bought when articles go to bed.

  5. Going 1tb SATA ssd for $95 looks like a valid alternative. Whatever milliseconds you gain on loading times will went to waste with all the time spend backing up and reinstalling games on a tiny 500GB drive.

    An extra $20 here, and extra $20 there, an extra $30 over there and all of the sudden your $500-600 system is now a $700-800 system ;)

  6. Hopefully B550 and the Ryzen 2 3300X will be out by the time you do the summer guide. ;)

    Should be, waited until the day of pub to try to add them and they still weren’t available this go around.

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