AMD Budget Gaming PC Build: PSU

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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PSU

Seasonic S12III

Seasonic S12III 550W $56.99 (Currently $69.99)

60 FPS

  • Very Good Performance
  • Excellent Build Quality And Support
  • Quiet

30 FPS

  • A Bit Pricey
  • Fixed Cables
  • Not The Most Efficient

Now we move on to what is often the last thing users consider when building a system; the power supply. Even though it should be close to the top of the list it often isn’t, and we all get why. It is usually a rather boring item in the build whose contributions are easily missed. Well, that is until things go south! Our choices today are kind of tough as power supply prices have been on the rise lately due to a host of economic factors.

However, our selection today is the Seasonic S12III 550W. Seasonic has come on in the last 7-8 years as a real brand presence in addition to all of its OEM work. In each of their offerings, they seem to have hit it out of the park. So, we have no reservations about the Seasonic S12III 550W today. True, the secondary design is a bit dated but it provides enough power for our system, is high quality, and it is generally quiet. Sure, we would love to see a fully modular option here, or a more modern secondary, but with prices what they are it seems like a bit of a waste to push higher during a high moment of the market.

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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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