If you’re in the market for a new gaming PC right now, don’t let the insane prices on the components get you down. We have put together a budget build that should suffice for 1080p gaming at 60 FPS without completely breaking the bank.
Motherboard: GIGABYTE A520M S2H
- Socket: AM4
- Chipset: A520
- Memory: 2xDDR4 upto 64GB
- HDMI, DVI-D, D-sub Ports for Multiple Displays
- NO PCIe 4.0 Support
The GIGABYTE A520M S2H are one of the budget offerings for the 3rd Gen Ryzen Processors. It doesn’t have the best cooling solution, doesn’t support overclocking and doesn’t support PCIe 4.0. Then why not choose a B450 board instead? Simple. The B450 boards are limited to the Ryzen 3000 series and won’t offer support for future generations.
Moreover, given this is a budget gaming PC build, you’re likely to use only a single GPU and the processor we have chosen doesn’t respond well to overclocking. And since PCIe 4.0 doesn’t really make a difference in gaming (right now), this board really doesn’t have any weakness for our user conditions. Add to that a pretty decent selection of ports, and support for GameBoost, this board is a killer deal.
Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 3500
- Cores/Threads: 6/6
- Base Clock: 3.6 GHz
- Boost Clock: 4.1 GHz
- TDP: 65W
AMD’s Ryzen 3000 series need no introduction as they have already cemented themselves as some of the best-valued processors around. The Ryzen 5 3500 packs quite a punch compared to its competitor, the i5 9400F by Intel, as well as outperforming previous-gen Zen+ processors (which were based on the 12nm architecture). Compared to the 3600, which is arguably the best bang-for-your-buck processor for gaming, the 3500 only marginally behind (generally by 5 frames or less). While it only has 6C/6T compared to 6C/12T of the 3600, when it comes to gaming, there’s barely any difference, making it a great pick up for your gaming PC Build.
Memory: Silicon Power 1x8GB DDR4 2666MHz
- 1x8GB Memory Module
- Frequency: 2666MHz
- Latency: CL19
While dual-channel memory offers better performance with AMD processors, the difference isn’t huge and for gaming, it’s minuscule. Moreover, given that component prices are quite high right now, it’s a good idea to save up for the GPU, which will make the most difference when it comes to gaming performance. Pretty much every modern game runs fine with 8GB of RAM. There are some games like Red Dead Redemption 2 and Forza Horizon 4 that will prompt saying you need 8GB+ memory, but performance won’t change by a noticeable amount once you upgrade. That said, you can always upgrade your memory, if you can go slightly above budget for your PC Build.
Graphics: Colorful GEFORCE GTX 1660 Super 6GB
|Core Clock||1530 MHz|
|Connectors||1 x 8-pin|
The current market for GPUs is a complete disaster and sellers are pretty much getting away with daylight robbery. Even though the Colorful 1660Ti costs as much as an RTX 2060 Super, it’s one of the best deals you’re going to find today. If you can wait, I’ll suggest waiting till May when GPUs are expected to be back in stock again.
Power Supply: Cooler Master MWE 450 V2
- 450W 80 Plus Bronze Rated
- Warranty: 5 Years
- 2xPCIe Connectors, 6xSATA Connectors, 3×4-Pin
Generally, I’d recommend a better PSU, but given that finding a decent one that isn’t priced ridiculously is next to impossible now, we are gonna have to settle for the Cooler Master MWE 450 for your gaming PC. While not the best, it will get the job done and has more than enough power for the GTX 1650. It also comes with a 5 year warranty, so you’re at least covered for the short term.
Storage: WD Blue SN550 1TB M.2
- Form Factor: M.2
- Interface: PCIe 3.0
- Max Sequential Read: 3,480MB/s
- Max Sequential Write: 2,000MB/s
The WD Blue offers all the performance that you need. Yeah, it’s not PCIe 4.0, but you won’t notice a significant difference in games considering most modern games aren’t even utilizing the full capabilities of an M.2 SSD alone.
Case: Corsair Spec 01
You can pretty much choose any case you feel comfortable working with. Although, I’d suggest you ask someone with prior experience for help with your build if you’re new to building PCs. Unless you have worked with a case before, I won’t recommend buying it blindly. However, you can’t go wrong with most mid-tower cases. I’ve opted for the Corsair Spec 01 for your gaming PC, cause it looks decent, is fairly easy to build in and most importantly, doesn’t break the bank.
|Motherboard||GIGABYTE A520M S2H||5900||Link|
|CPU||AMD Ryzen 5 3500||12259||Link|
|Memory||Silicon Power 8GB DDR4 2666MHz||2299||Link|
|Graphics Card||Colorful GEFORCE GTX 1660 Super 6GB||24900||Link|
|Power Supply||Cooler Master MWE 450 V2 80 Plus Bronze||2900||Link|
|Storage||WD Blue SN550 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0||9150||Link|
|Case||Corsair SPEC 1||3100||Link|
This is one of the best builds that you can get for under 60K as of now. Yes, a more powerful GPU and a better supply would be ideal, but given the current prices, we have had to cut some corners. However, it will handle any modern game at 1080p without any issues.