AMD Budget PC Gaming Build: GPU
While all of the components we are selecting here today are what we would go with, and priced from vendors we trust, it is always a good idea to shop around as deals on these, or other good options, pop up from other reliable vendors all the time. With that said, let’s dive right into the next order of business.
XFX RS XXX Edition Radeon RX 570 $139.99
- Better Performance Than Reference Card
- Very Good 1080p Gaming
- 1440p Gaming Possible To Decent
- Decent Overclocking Potential
- Small Price Premium
- Does Not Feature XFX’s Hard Swap Fan Design
AMD Ryzen 5 3400G $159.99
- Fast And Competent For An APU
- Radeon RX Vega 11 Graphics
- Included HSF (Wraith Spire)
- Value Is Dependent On Usage
- It’s An APU
Similar to what we saw in our Mid-Range PC Gaming Build Guides to date, we are leading things off today we have an AMD based solution. While AMD still struggles to compete in the top end of the market, when we move mid-market, where most sales exist, AMD is solidly competitive and even downright ahead at times.
So, our number one pick for a GPU for this build today is the XFX RS XXX Edition Radeon RX 570. For users looking for the good 1080p gaming performance and a shot at some 1440p this card has your name written all over it. XFX has given it a factory overclock so it performs better than the reference design and there is even a bit of margin for some more overclocking if you really work at it. That’s a lot of performance for an entry-level product and it is no slouch out of the box.
Stepping back a little bit on the budget brings us to looking at using the integrated Radeon RX Vega 11 graphics cooked into our Ryzen 5 3400G. Sure, an APU is never going to best a similar generation standalone solution, but the performance of AMD’s APU’s has been quite good for what they are. Gaming can be done at lower settings (I have been running a 2400GE myself in one of my boxes) and when money frees up you can always add a dedicated GPU. So, the Ryzen 5 3400G is still a very viable option in the entry gaming experience realm if you manage expectations appropriately.