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Build Guide

Entry Level AMD Gaming Build

by ThoughtA


Revision History


Be sure to check below for a special Newegg SuperCombo based on this guide!


Our CPU of choice is the Ryzen 3 1200. This CPU is inexpensive but still packs a punch with its 4 cores and 3.4 GHz turbo frequency. The R3 1200 includes a good stock cooler, so a 3rd-party cooler isn't necessary.


We're using a parametric filter to constantly select the best-priced motherboard while meeting selected criteria. In this case, we are filtering for mATX A320 chipsets, which will save us a good chunk of money. The compatibility engine will filter out anything not compatible with the build.


For this build and most machines outside of the top end enthusiast realm we opted to go with 8GB of DDR4 memory. The parametric filter finds the best price on 8GB kits of memory that are within AMD’s recommended specifications. We've limited it to DDR4-2800 and DDR4-3000 as Ryzen CPUs scale well with higher frequency memory. At the current time, using memory rated over 3000mhz is not advised without doing extra research as DIMM support can be hit or miss. AMD is working on releasing additional BIOS updates to add better compatibility for higher frequency memory.


We're using a parametric filter to select the best-priced 2TB mechanical drive. Unfortunately, with the rising cost of NAND, in addition to the rising cost of video cards due to the current mining craze, we've had to cut out the SSD in order to keep this build more budget-friendly. Everyone's needs are different, so feel free to increase capacities or add an SSD to fit yours.


Normally we would recommend the AMD RX 570 at this price point. Unfortunately, due to a recent surge in cryptocurrency mining, there is an extremely low availability of several video cards that would be appropriate at this price point. As a replacement, we suggest using the Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti. We've created a parametric filter to show you the lowest priced GTX 1050 Ti which will be powerful enough for most AAA games.

When video card stock and availability normalizes again, we will make sure to update our guides as appropriate to reflect the change in the market.


All of the components are housed in the Fractal Design Focus G Mini MicroATX mid Tower. This case is an affordable option that has front panel USB 3.0, room for full size graphics cards, and cutouts in the motherboard tray for easy cable routing. If also features 2x external 5.25" bays, 2x internal 3.5" bays, and 1x internal 2.5" bay.


For the PSU, we're using a parametric selection of a few well-reviewed semi-modular and modular units, which are all rated for good power efficiency and can provide plenty of power for this build.

Intel Version

Here is the Intel version of our Entry Level Gaming Guide.

Retailer Deals

If you're considering building this system, our friends at Newegg worked with us to put together a SuperCombo bundle based on this guide. Be sure to check it out!

Part List Customize This Part List

Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 225W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $157.00 FREE $157.00 PC Force Buy
From parametric filter
  • Socket / CPU: AM4
  • Form Factor: Micro ATX
  • Chipset: AMD A320
$101.00 $101.00 1stWave Technologies Buy
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 8GB (2x4GB)
$141.74 $141.74 Ascent Technology Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 2TB - 10TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$98.90 $98.90 PB Technologies Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
$256.00 $256.00 1stWave Technologies Buy
Case $122.55 FREE $122.55 PC Force Buy
Power Supply $56.35 $56.35 PB Technologies Buy
Total: $933.54
* Using your selected merchants and only including nearby in-store pickup prices)
* Some physical dimension restrictions cannot (yet) be automatically checked, such as cpu cooler / RAM clearance with modules using tall heat spreaders.

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MINEHOWGAMING 2 Builds 1 point 21 hours ago

Noo pics

Lobsterareawesome 3 Builds 1 point 6 hours ago

Well its just a part list.. they didnt actually build the PC

MINEHOWGAMING 2 Builds 1 point 58 minutes ago


Lobsterareawesome 3 Builds 1 point 34 minutes ago


IndiHero 1 point 9 hours ago

Can you overclock on A320?

Metrix_Terabyte 1 point 9 hours ago

I don't believe so, I think you need a B350 board, and you'd also need an aftermarket cooler.

Lobsterareawesome 3 Builds 1 point 6 hours ago

For a mild overclock the stock cooler is enough for ryzen. And yes, you need x370 or b350 to overclock