Assembling a balanced gaming system with a budget of 30,000 rubles is quite difficult, you have to save on almost everything. The main thing here is to correctly prioritize and not make a mistake with the choice of components. Let’s see what components you can count on when making such a build, and how it will manifest itself in projects such as Red Dead Redemption 2, Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Metro Exodus. Yeah, let’s be a bit rebellious.
Processor: AMD Ryzen 3 1200 OEM
As part of the ultra-budget processor assembly, you simply cannot find a better AMD Ryzen 3 1200: 4 physical cores, an unlocked multiplier and low power consumption. This processor was released in 2020, which means that it is produced according to the 12nm process technology, like the 2000 series of Ryzen processors, it is also called the Ryzen 3 1200 AF.
Processor AMD Ryzen 3 1200 OEM 6 799 *
Today’s realities are such that 4 physical cores is the minimum for a gaming computer.
Motherboard: GIGABYTE B450M S2H
The motherboard has 4 real phases for powering the cores, covered with a radiator, so you don’t have to worry about overheating of the VRM zone.
In the event of a subsequent processor upgrade to a Ryzen 3000 series with this motherboard, you will not have problems even with the Ryzen 3700X. There will also be compatibility with the not-yet-released Ryzen 4000. The board does a good job of overclocking RAM. In terms of price-quality ratio, this is one of the best options on the market for budget gamers.
Motherboard GIGABYTE B450M S2H 4 199 *
The motherboard is equipped with everything you need for a modern PC, there is even an M2 connector, and in the future it will be possible to install a high-speed SSD.
Video Card: MSI AMD Radeon RX 570 ARMOR 4G OC
MSI AMD Radeon RX 570 ARMOR OC [RX 570 ARMOR 4G OC] Graphics Card
Only the 4 GB version fits into our budget. However, for games, especially for the future, it is better to add 1500-2000 rubles and buy an 8 gigabyte video card.
Sapphire AMD Radeon RX 570 PULSE [11266-66-20G]
For those who prefer Nvidia graphics cards, take a look at the GTX 1650 SUPER.
Video card GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER OC [GV-N165SOC-4GD]
For the price they will be almost equal.
RAM: AData Premier 8 GB
To meet the budget, you will have to save on RAM, because in the future it is easiest to increase its volume. We choose, for example, AData Premier [AD4U240038G17-S] 8 GB RAM. This is an ordinary workhorse, with manual overclocking to 3000-3200 MHz.
RAM A-Data Premier [AD4U240038G17-S] 8 GB 2,799 *
Many people are probably surprised that doing an assembly using memory in single-channel mode is stupid. Indeed, dual-channel mode will provide better performance. But there will be no big difference with a video card of this level of performance, because it is the video card that will be the limiting factor in this assembly.
For example, at the end of the article there are several tests using 8 GB of RAM Apacer Panther Golden 8 GB without overclocking in single-channel mode and 32 GB in dual-channel.
If you have an extra 3,000 rubles, it’s better to buy the Neo Forza FAYE kit right away. The memory runs at 3200 MHz with 16-18-18-36 timings.
RAM Neo Forza FAYE [NMUD480E82-3200DB21] 16 GB 5 799 *
And don’t be confused by a little-known company – there are Hynix C-die chips, which means you can count on overclocking to a frequency of 3466-3533 on Zen and Zen + processors with acceptable timings. Even if you have not experienced overclocking RAM before, the calculator will do almost everything for you.
Power supply: CoolerMaster MWE 500 WHITE – V2
The power supply is one of those things that, if you save on it, you can pay a lot in the future. Therefore, CoolerMaster MWE 500 WHITE – V2 will be responsible for powering the computer. It is capable of delivering 12v 492w over the line, is based on a DC-DC converter, has an up-to-date set of protections, soft cables and a semi-passive operation mode at low loads.
Power Supply Cooler Master MWE 500 WHITE – V2 [MPE-5001-ACABW] 3 699 *
Housing: DEXP DC-201M
For this assembly, the DEXP DC-201M case is perfect, it is quite compact and has a strict appearance.
Housing DEXP DC-201M black 1 699 *
In such assemblies, the case is more of an aesthetic part and is often taken for change. There is no reason to invest heavily in a case with a limited budget – it will not increase FPS in games. And if it suddenly gets hot, you can open the side flap or buy case fans to blow out hot air.
Hard drive: Smartbuy Jolt 240 GB
Good Silicon Motion SM2258XT controller, TLC 3D NAND memory. For the first time, the volume of this disk is more than enough for the operating system and a couple of games. In the future, you can buy a hard drive of the desired volume. Using an ordinary HDD as the main hard drive in everyday work with a computer is not very comfortable, not to mention launching games from it.
240 GB 2.5″ SATA drive Smartbuy Jolt [SB240GB-JLT-25SAT3] 2 550 *
Cooling: DEEPCOOL Gamma Archer
DEEPCOOL Gamma Archer will be responsible for cooling the processor. Its claimed power dissipation (TDP) is 95 W, which is more than enough for the Ryzen R3 1200 processor. It will even be possible to overclock the processor to a frequency of 3700-3800 MHz. Due to the design features, RAM and the VRM zone will be additionally blown.
CPU cooler DEEPCOOL Gamma Archer [DP-MCAL-GA] 599 *
If you have an extra 500 rubles, buy the PRO version – it will be a little more efficient and much quieter.
CPU cooler DEEPCOOL Gamma Archer Pro [DP-MCAC-ACP] 1 199 *
This assembly will cost 29,943 rubles, prices are valid for Moscow at the time of writing.
And now let’s see how the assembly will show itself in real games.
Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 1600 with 2 cores disabled and SMT technology disabled, similar to Ryzen 3 1200, processor overclocked to 3800 MHz.
Video card: RX 570 4GB.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Max config, anti-aliasing disabled.
Metro Exodus: preset High, Hairworks – Off
Red Dead Redemption 2
The last segment in the benchmark
This assembly will provide an acceptable 60 FPS in most modern game projects in FullHD resolution with above-average settings, and there is also a reserve for a further processor update without serious investments.
For those who want Intel
A similar assembly using an Intel processor will cost about 1000 rubles more.
Motherboard: ASUS PRIME H310M-R R2.0
Motherboard ASUS PRIME H310M-R R2.0
Intel Processor: Core i3-9100F BOX
Processor Intel Core i3-9100F BOX
But this is initially a dead end with no way to upgrade to something better in the future.