The year 2017 we had some awesome new releases in regards to CPUs from both Intel and AMD sides. But for this year I think AMD wins the CPU battle with the Ryzen release in term of best money to performance ratio. So the best budget gaming PC 2017 is an AMD based PC. For accountability, I assure you this is the PC I am using right now. I built this PC in June 2017 and I am really happy with it. Do you prefer laptops instead ? Check out this student laptop buying guide.
Complete hardware list :
- AMD Ryzen 5 1600 Processor with Wraith Spire Cooler – $209.99
- GIGABYTE GA-A320M-HD2 AMD Ryzen AM4 A320 HDMI USB 3.1 Type-A ATX DDR4 Motherboard – $69.99
- Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB DDR4 DRAM 2400MHz C16 Memory Kit, Black – $61.99
- Kingston Digital SSDNow UV400 240GB 2.5-Inch SATA III SSD (SUV400S37/240G) – $89.99
- Gigabyte Geforce GTX 1050 2GB OC Graphic Card (GV-N1050OC-2GD) – $109.11
- EVGA 500 B1, 80+ BRONZE 500W Power Supply – $48.99
- Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-02 Mid Tower Gaming Case – $59.99
Total : 650 $ for a FULL gaming rig (without monitor and peripherals)
Why Ryzen 5 1600 ?
In the similar price range of 220$ for an i5-7600k, Ryzen has 6 cores (12 threads) while the i5-7600k only has 4 cores (4 threads). With the newest technologies and better thread utilization in several applications, the 8 more thread of the Ryzen 5 1600 crush effortlessly any multi-threading applications which apply for video-editing, audio-editing, and new game releases
The Ryzen 5 1600 also comes with a whopping 16 MB of Cache memory ! While the core i5-7600k has only 6 MB cache. Which means that in any word-processing, rendering and file compression/decompression, the Ryzen has the big lead. The Ryzen 5 1600 has a TDP of only 65W while the i5 TDP is 91W so for once since a long time, AMD has a cooler CPU with more threads. Bonus for you, your electricity bills will be lower. A budget gaming PC with a low power consumption ! We couldn’t ask for more !
Now concerning gaming, according a test run by eurogamer.net “Ryzen 5 copes better than Core i5 in heavily threaded workloads, while Intel’s chip pushes ahead in less complex scenes. This shot(see picture below) from our Crysis 3 benchmark shows the tipping point, with Ryzen holding its performance better overall.”
Why Nvidia graphic card rather than AMD ?
I took weeks before I could make my decision to buy the Nvidia 1050. For the 120 $ price range, the 1050 equivalent is the AMD Radeon Rx 460. They are of the same price and the RX 460 comes with 4 GB of RAM rather than the 2 GB of the 1050 but numerous FPS comparison favors in the 1050. I then though that running a team green card in a team red rig isn’t going to run. I am so glad I was wrong. You can check out this comparison of Graphics Card Benchmark YouTube Channel here. He runs the comparison of triple A games between the 1050, 1050 TI and the Rx 460. The differences are very minimal but any slightly improved performance is welcomed when building a budget gaming PC.
Concerning games like DOTA 2, Leagues of Legend, Counter Strike GO, etc both card can get you to 120 FPS at 1080p.
Only issue I got when I was installing Windows 10 on the system. Bear in mind because of the new Ryzen architecture, older Operating systems are not supported (Windows 8, Windows 7, etc) and you have to install an updated version of Windows 10. I tried to install a 2016 Windows 10 version and the system rebooted every 10 mins… So that is the only issue I got this far. Other than that, this system is awesome ! With the SSD, the computer boots in mere seconds, 8 GB ram is enough for simple multi-tasking (Google chrome, Photoshop, CS Go, Paladins, VLC open at the same time). I hope you enjoyed this guide and this is my take on the best budget gaming PC of 2017. I have tested all the hardware I mentioned above and they work perfectly together. You may shuffle them as you want to. Leave a comment if you have any suggestions for the hardware I mentioned above 🙂