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.

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GPU

XFX RS XXX Edition Radeon RX 570

XFX RS XXX Edition Radeon RX 570 $139.99

60 FPS

  • Better Performance Than Reference Card
  • Very Good 1080p Gaming
  • 1440p Gaming Possible To Decent
  • Decent Overclocking Potential

30 FPS

  • Small Price Premium
  • Does Not Feature XFX’s Hard Swap Fan Design

GPU Alternate

AMD Ryzen 5 3400G retail box

AMD Ryzen 5 3400G $159.99

60 FPS

  • Fast And Competent For An APU
  • Radeon RX Vega 11 Graphics
  • Included HSF (Wraith Spire)

30 FPS

  • 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.

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7 Comments

  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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