AMD Budget Gaming PC Build: RAM

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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RAM

G.Skill Ripjaws V 16GB

G.Skill Ripjaws V 16GB (F4-3600C17D-16GVK) $83.99

60 FPS

  • Speedy
  • Samsung B-Die
  • No RGB

30 FPS

  • Not Specifically On Vendor Qualified Hardware List For Our Motherboard
  • Not The Best Timings
  • No RGB

RAM Alternate

Patriot Viper 4 Series

Patriot Viper 4 Series (PV416G320C6K) $67.99

60 FPS

  • Good Balance Of Speed And Price
  • Tighter Timings Than Other Kit
  • Samsung Chips
  • No RGB

30 FPS

  • Not Quite As Overclocking Friendly As Other Options
  • No RGB
  • Samsung Chips Are A Lottery
  • Not On Vendor Qualified Hardware List For Our Motherboard

Back in the bad old days, RAM compatibility was a nightmare. Then, for a while, things smoothed out a good bit (unless you had a DFI board). With the advent of AMD’s Ryzen series of chips, compatibility didn’t become so much of an issue, as a preference. Samsung B-die chips proved to be the go-to option and today our pick for memory reflects that.

The G.Skill Ripjaws V 16GB (F4-3600C17D-16GVK) is widely reported as having Samsung B-die chips and provides you with excellent performance. The speeds seen here are excellent, but the timings could be a bit better. That said, while this set has been reported as working well with AMD Ryzen systems it is not currently on our motherboards Qualified List (but that should not be an issue).

If you are less likely to be overclocking then stepping back to the Patriot Viper 4 Series (PV416G320C6K) will save you a few dollars, but it will still give you excellent performance (though B-Die status is not guaranteed as there appear to be two types where one is B-die and one is D-die). The timings here are better than the G.Skill kit, but speeds are a little off and overclocking these seems to be a bit less fruitful (especially with the D-die).

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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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