December 2017 Budget Gaming PC Builds

Updated on December 5, 2017
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I'm just a small time guy working a normal job as a physician assistant. My passion is building PCs and testing/reviewing PC hardware.

Hello everyone. Will here and today, I’m presenting my monthly builds guide in a slightly different manner. I will most likely use this format from this point forward. So, if you do not like this format, please leave me a comment. So, what am I doing different? Well, I normally just take the builds and put together a list compiled of the best products or the products with the best prices. When I do this, I usually disregard brands such as Intel or AMD and go with whatever the best value is in price to performance. However, in these December build guides, I am going to give you a build from both Intel and AMD, in 3 different categories. They will be budget, midrange, and top-end. So, with that being said, let’s get into the builds.

In this article and installment of gaming PC builds, I will be presenting the build guides for the best budget builds at the best current price. At this point in time, components are hard to find at a value, so bear with these parts lists and me. First up is the Intel build.

December 2017 Intel Budget Gaming PC Build Components

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For this Intel budget build, we will start off with the trusty Intel Pentium G4560, Kaby Lake processor. This processor is the go to processor for budget builders worldwide given its great price to performance value. The Intel Pentium G4560 can currently be found for around $75, which is still above MSRP, which is around $65. Still, given what this processor can do, I would definitely pay $75 for this. The Intel Pentium G4560 is a Kaby Lake processor and is on the LGA1151 socket platform. It is a 2-core, 4-thread processor that is clocked at 3.5GHz. You cannot overclock this processor so, it allows us to go with a cheaper motherboard. You are getting a 3MB cache on this hyper-threading capable processor with up to 64GB of memory supported. Included with this CPU is the integrated graphics, Intel HD Graphics 610 and the processor draws just 54 watts TDP.

Up next is the motherboard and for this build, I have chosen the MSI B250M Bazooka Micro ATX motherboard. This is a decent entry-level motherboard and is only around $70. Again, as with other component prices, there aren’t a lot of decent motherboards to choose from. This board has 4 memory slots that support up to 64GB of DDR4 memory clocked from 2133MHz to 2400Mhz; more than enough for solid, budget gaming. There are 6 SATAIII ports allowing for adequate storage options and onboard video is supported.

For RAM, I have chosen the Crucial Ballistix Sport LT DDR4 2400MHz RAM. For this build, I chose the 2x4GB configuration to allow for dual channel memory setup. This memory, if you chose to do so, is quite easy to overclock and has great performance. For around $85, this is a little expensive for RAM but given the current landscape with RAM, it is not a bad deal overall. For storage, I am going with the Budget king with the Western Digital Caviar Blue 7200RPM mechanical hard disk drive. Nothing much to say about this except it is a great budget component to this build.

The graphics card I have chosen is the MSI GTX 1050 2GT OC 2GB graphics card. This card comes in at around $125 and has 2GB of GDDR5 video memory and comes out of the box with a core clock speed of 1.40GHz with a boost clock of 1.52GHz. The card measures just 215mm, which will allow it to fit into pretty much any case out there. The GTX 1050 supports G-Sync and comes with single DVI-D, DisplayPort, and HDMI ports. With a TDP of just 75 watts, you do not need a large power supply. And speaking of power supply, for this build I went with the Corsair CX450M, 450-watt semi-modular power supply. Nothing special about this $45 power supply but it is 80+ Bronze certified for a piece of mind. I will be housing this build inside of the $40 ($20 if you purchase from Newegg with $20 mail in rebate) Thermaltake Versa H21 Window ATX Mid Tower PC case. The Versa H21 supports ATX, Micro ATX, and mini ITX motherboards. It offers 3 external 5.25” bays, 3 internal 2.5” bays, and 3 internal 3.5” bays. The case has front USB 3.0 ports and can support graphics cards up to 12.40 inches, which is more than enough space for our chosen graphics card.

AMD Ryzen 3 1200 Budget Gaming PC Components

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Next up is the Ryzen Budget build gaming PC. For this build, you can get all of the components for around $525, which is a little more expensive than the $490 Intel budget PC above, but you get fantastic performance for the price. So, let us see what you can get with this budget PC.

For the processor, I went with the AMD Ryzen 3 1200 CPU. This is a solid budget processor coming in with 4 cores and 4 threads and clocked at 3.1GHz with a turbo frequency of 3.4GHz. This is an unlocked processor, which will allow for overclocking and it comes with a stock cooler that allows for a solid overclock of around 3.7GHz. You get 8MB of cache and the processor draws just 65 watts TDP. This process can be purchased for around $100.

For the motherboard with this processor, I went with the ASRock AB350M Pro4 motherboard. This motherboard is built on the B350 chipset and comes with AMR4 CPU socket. It offers 4 RAM slots that support up to 64GB of DDR4 memory ranging from 2133MHz to 3200MHz. There are only 4 SATAIII ports but there is an onboard 3.0 USB header. There is integrated graphics supported but not capable because of the Ryzen 3 1200 not having integrated graphics. The ASRock AB350M Pro4 can be purchased currently for around $75.

For RAM, I have chosen the Crucial Ballistix Sport LT DDR4 2400MHz RAM. For this build, I chose the 2x4GB configuration to allow for dual channel memory setup. This memory, if you chose to do so, is quite easy to overclock and has great performance. For around $85, this is a little expensive for RAM but given the current landscape with RAM, it is not a bad deal overall. For storage, I am going with the Budget king with the Western Digital Caviar Blue 7200RPM mechanical hard disk drive. Nothing much to say about this except it is a great budget component to this build costing just $42.

The graphics card I have chosen for this build is the EVGA GTX 1050 2GB SC Gaming video card. The card comes in at around $120 currently and gives you 2GB of GDDR5 memory with a core clock speed of 1.42GHz and a boost clock of 1.53GHz. The card draws just 75 watts TDP and is a pretty good deal at the $120 price tag.

The power supply for this build is the Corsair CX450M, 450-watt semi-modular power supply that will supply adequate power for the components in this build and can be purchased for just $45. The case I went with is Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 5 ATX Mid Tower PC case. This case supports ATX, micro ATX, and mini ITX motherboards. There is a front USB 3.0 port and the case has a single internal 2.5” bay and 2 internal 3.5” bays; supports graphics cards up to 15.75”. This case can be had for around $45 or $30 if you get it from Newegg with the $15 mail in rebate.

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Conclusion and Final Thoughts

So, there you have it, our first 2 builds for December. The better deal of the 2 systems is probably the Intel Pentium build, as you will get a slightly better price to performance value. However, you really cannot go wrong with either of these gaming PCs, especially if you are trying to get your feet wet in the PC building world. Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you back next time for the midrange gaming PC builds. Don’t forget to drop a comment below.

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      • whcobb profile imageAUTHOR

        William Cobb 

        7 months ago from Clarksville, TN

        As long as you are happy is all that matters. Given your gaming preferences, you may get another 2-3 years out of that system.

      • EricFarmer8x profile image

        Eric Farmer 

        7 months ago from Phoenix Arizona

        I tend to play games with lower quality settings to begin with. A lot of smaller indies and whatnot. I tend to avoid buying any game if I question if it will run. I am also the type who is happy to play a game even at low settings as long the frame rate looks nice. But of course, this is a compromise. I know not everybody like these types of games and want everything looking the best.

      • whcobb profile imageAUTHOR

        William Cobb 

        7 months ago from Clarksville, TN

        That's not a bad system but yeah, you are probably looking for an upgrade in the next year or so, depending on what type of games you are playing.

      • EricFarmer8x profile image

        Eric Farmer 

        7 months ago from Phoenix Arizona

        I am using an Intel i5-3570K CPU.

        A GeForce 750Ti as my graphics card.

        I have 8GB of ram.

        I have a 200 something GB Samsung SSD and a 2TB hard drive.

      • whcobb profile imageAUTHOR

        William Cobb 

        7 months ago from Clarksville, TN

        I feel you man. I want to keep my current 7700K Kaby lake for about 4 years and hope my GTX 1080 holds out that long too. I really only play Destiny so I imagine it will hold out. What are you working with currently?

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        Eric Farmer 

        7 months ago from Phoenix Arizona

        Both builds sound nice. Thanks for the informative article. I am currently trying to keep my four-year-old computer as long as possible. I know eventually, I will need to spend money on a new one though.

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