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Can you make me a $500 budget pc?

Hello, everyone! I’ll start off by sharing my situation. I am 15 years old. I started researching PC-building last May, and have been fascinated ever since. I attempted to get a job over the summer to build my own PC, but not many places hire at 15, in fact only 2 places do in my area. Needless to say, I didn’t get the job. Recently, I’ve been working on creating a super budget PC build for a Christmas present. I squeezed every last drop of performance out of the $550 budget. However, this budget needs to go down to $500. It’s getting to the point where, in my opinion, a dedicated GPU isn’t even worth it anymore and it’d be better to get one of the Ryzen APUs. Is this true?

My task for all of you wonderful people is to create two parts lists: One with a dedicated GPU and the other with the Ryzen APU. Give me your opinions on which would be the better option and why.

• Location: U.S.

• Peripherals: None. I already have a 1080p monitor, keyboard, and mouse.

• Operating System: Windows 10 Home.

• Games I’ll be playing: Minecraft, PUBG, CS:GO, and maybe some Fortnite.

My main question is this: Is it worth it to dumb down all the parts in order to get a dedicated GPU, or would I benefit more from a Ryzen APU allowing me to up the quality of the other parts?

Good luck!

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  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

My main question is this: Is it worth it to dumb down all the parts in order to get a dedicated GPU, or would I benefit more from a Ryzen APU allowing me to up the quality of the other parts?

The answer to that question is yes! A decent dedicated GPU is still going to run circles around an APU. Below is a build, with Windows that includes a Ryzen 3 1200, which will overclock like a champ, and an RX 570.

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 3 1200 3.1 GHz Quad-Core Processor $59.85 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock B450M-HDV R4.0 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $59.99 @ Amazon
Memory Patriot 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $30.99 @ Amazon
Storage ADATA SU635 240 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $25.99 @ Amazon
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon RX 570 4 GB Gaming 4G Video Card $139.94 @ Amazon
Case HEC HX210 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $33.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair CX (2017) 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $49.99 @ Corsair
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $98.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $499.72
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-11-06 12:42 EST-0500
  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks so much. I’ve been debating with myself about this for awhile.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem. My son, who is 13, has a Ryzen 3 1200 and it runs Minecraft and Fortnight absolutely fine. Even with the stock cooler you should have no problem overclocking it to 3.4 or above at the stock voltages.

With this build, you may want to watch for some sales and see if you can pick up a 500GB SSD on sale, or point that out to Santa Claus.

Also, if your parents are okay with it, look on Craigslist for some used cases. The one here will work, but as expected it is sort of craptastic. I find that you can get some decent used cases for around $30.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, I’m sure “Santa” would love if I could find discounted parts ;)

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello,

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 3 2200G 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor $78.00 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock B450M PRO4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $79.97 @ Amazon
Memory Team T-FORCE VULCAN Z 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $49.99 @ Newegg
Storage ADATA SU635 480 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $44.99 @ Amazon
Case Thermaltake Versa H15 MicroATX Mid Tower Case $39.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA BR 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $48.24 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $98.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $440.17
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-11-06 12:24 EST-0500

https://www.userbenchmark.com/PCGame/FPS-Estimates-Counter-Strike--Global-Offensive/3680/441833.0.0.0.0

With Ryzen 5 1600 & RX 580 GPU/ OS:

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 1600 3.2 GHz 6-Core Processor $99.12 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock B450M PRO4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $79.98 @ Amazon
Memory Team T-FORCE VULCAN Z 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $49.99 @ Newegg
Storage ADATA SU635 480 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $44.99 @ Amazon
Video Card Sapphire Radeon RX 580 8 GB PULSE Video Card $174.99 @ Newegg
Case DIYPC F2 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $35.69 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair CXM 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply $69.98 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $98.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $653.73
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-11-06 12:50 EST-0500

2200G upgrade to RX 580 GPU (added later)

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 3 2200G 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor $78.00 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock B450M PRO4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $79.98 @ Amazon
Memory Team T-FORCE VULCAN Z 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $49.99 @ Newegg
Storage ADATA SU635 480 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $44.99 @ Amazon
Video Card Sapphire Radeon RX 580 8 GB PULSE Video Card $174.99 @ Newegg
Case Thermaltake Versa H15 MicroATX Mid Tower Case $39.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA BR 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $48.24 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $98.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $615.17
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-11-06 12:56 EST-0500
  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

That’s over $100 above my budget.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Build #1 would be under if that is what you go with, though I made changes to make it better for the $500 budget:

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 3 3200G 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor $93.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI B450M PRO-VDH MAX Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $83.98 @ Newegg
Memory Team T-FORCE VULCAN Z 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $54.99 @ Newegg
Storage Sabrent Rocket 512 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive $59.98 @ Amazon
Case Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L MicroATX Mini Tower Case $45.98 @ B&H
Power Supply Corsair CX (2017) 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $49.99 @ Corsair
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $98.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $487.90
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-11-06 15:11 EST-0500

This has faster RAM, SSD, and a better case and PSU

mobo ready for the 3200G.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

One is, one is not, and the third one adds the GPU later. The over priced one is the recommended hardware for these game titles.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

I’m not expecting 60 FPS on max settings. Obviously I do expect that on CS:GO, because... well... it’s CS:GO! But for PUBG, I’m expecting to have to play on medium-low settings. I’m prepared for that.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

cut out operating system because you can get windows 10 for free with water mark and works the same.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes... and that’s illegal. Manrelli!!! Come tell this mans what’s what!!

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

What they mean, if don't get windows for now, and get it when you have the money.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you dumb windows gives you a free one online. It just has water mark look it up. 😂😂

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow you really make me want to take your advice! Thanks for your kind words! Smh

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  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

the new r3 3200g is a amazing processor for the money. But to be honest i would look at used market before going full in on buying a new pc. For 500 dollars you can get a sweet gaming pc. I have seen in my local market ryzen 2600 with rx 580 for around 500 dollars should check it out maybe you could find a better build on older gens.

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