ULTIMATE YET BUDGET-FRIENDLY Ryzen 3 PC Build Buyer’s Guide (August 2017)
With the release of their Ryzen 3 processors last July 27th, AMD finally completes the AM4 Ryzen family on the market and because of that, many are now wondering which parts to choose when building their first Ryzen system unit or binging on an upgrade from their lower-end gaming system.
But before we go into that, let’s see what the 2 SKUs of the Ryzen 3 family has to offer.
Both the Ryzen 3 1200 and 1300x are true 4-core and 4-thread processors (no Simultaneous Multi-threading (SMT)) that offers all the same features the other Ryzen AM4 processors have aside from some numbers deducted (see table 1.1 below), like L3 Cache from 8-16MB to only 8MB and so on.
|Ryzen 3 1200||Ryzen 3 1300x|
|Cores / Threads||4C / 4T||4C / 4T|
|Cooler Included||Yes / Wraith Stealth||Yes / Wraith Stealth|
|Suggested Retail Price (SRP)*||PhP 6,000 / $120||PhP 7,000 / $140|
Table 1.1 (Ryzen 3 SKUs basic specifications)
*prices are directly from AMD, themselves – they are subjected to change depending on the store / dealer you wish to get them from.
Not to mention that they are also unlocked like the other Ryzen SKUs which means you can overclock it.
Now, going back to our build guide – more like a “form of a quotation” – we chose the Ryzen 3 1200 over the 1300x due to a number of reasons:
- You can overclock the Ryzen 3 1200 to go up to 3.9GHz using the stock provided Wraith Stealth cooler – which is on par or over the 1300x stock speeds. (some even reported they can hit over 4GHz using an AIO cooler).
- It is cheaper compared to the 1300x, considering they offer ALMOST the SAME features and specs aside from the difference in clock speeds.
- Add your own reason in the comments section below.
We have the Ryzen 3 1200 available on our recommended store (PCHub) for around PhP6,230.
Though there are so many motherboards available for AM4 from ITX to E-ATX, we still choose the one we have the experience with and the one that we think is the ‘bang for the buck’ among all these budget AM4 motherboards – the AsRock AB350M Pro 4 (PhP 4,350 – PCHub).
There are more cheaper boards – like the AB320 ones, but why not them? – Because we can’t overclock with that, beating our main purpose to get the most out of our build.
The AB350M Pro 4 from AsRock is a microATX motherboard with a black and white theme and not to mention that it comes with a USB-C 3.0 port already and RGB headers (because it’s 2017, you know) for you to control your dope AF RGB lighting setup using AsRock’s proprietary software.
Again, we’ve picked up the AB350M Pro 4 motherboard on PCHub with a price of only PhP4,350 and it has 4 DIMM slots of DDR4 RAM (Dual channel) that can support RAM speeds from 2133 up to 3200 (OC) and 2x M.2 slots for your M.2 SSDs. It also has one 1 PCI-E x1 and 2x PCI-E x16 slots (one with PCI-E 3.0 and the other one with PCI-E 2.0) – and we’re certain that this motherboard is AMD Quad Crossfire™ certified.
MEMORY / RAM CHOICE
We are aware of the fact that RAM prices are going up due to some sort of a worldwide supply shortage – that’s why RAM prices blew up just like how graphics cards prices went up.
For that, we decided to stick with a dual channel configuration since our motherboard has 4 DIMM SLOTS for a DDR4 module – which is the Kingston HyperX 2400MHz 2x4GB (8GB) kit for around PhP4,060. (Note that this supports RAM Overclocking by default up to 2666MHz.)
We loved the black heat spreaders which would basically complement with our motherboard theme and its low-profile signature design which will look good for our case pick. Remember, this build is all about budget while not sacrificing performance and not aesthetics at all.
GRAPHICS CARD CHOICE
Although we would love to use a higher-end GPU for this build like a 1060 6GB or RX 570 (the Ryzen 3 1200 won’t bottleneck GPUs until GTX 1060 or equivalent), we thought that we should use a 1050Ti instead to achieve fairness between performance and budget. Remember that graphics cards higher than 1050Ti are still pricey and won’t returning to their normal SRPs anytime soon, still due to ethereum mining and supply shortage (tho they’re starting to go down a little bit, already).
For our GPU/Graphics Card choice, we’ll stick with ZOTAC again and their GeForce GTX 1050Ti Mini 4GB (PhP7,160 – PCHub) – so small in footprint that it doesn’t require any PCI-E power connector to run (means that it doesn’t need any PCI-E 6-pins/8-pins to power) – but that doesn’t mean it’s a low-powered GTX 1050Ti. Lastly, it has a single fan for cooling and a DVI-D, HDMI and DisplayPort 1.4 for display connection.
More info about the said card HERE.
POWER SUPPLY / PSU CHOICE
Since our components are low-powered and doesn’t need much connectors at all, we will stick with our previous contender (Corsair VS450 80+ White [PhP1,720 – PCHub]) instead of the known “bang-for-the-buck or PSU ng BAYAN” (the Seasonic S12II 520 80+ Bronze [PhP2.780 – PCHub]) – this is because 450 watts is more than enough for this build and it’s a reputable PSU after all, so let’s continue.
You’ll be pleased to hear that its fan is thermally controlled so that it will only spin at max speeds at full load – and their 3-year warranty is really something they’re proud of.
Next is the storage. For budget builds, we believe that 1TB is already enough. To support that belief, we picked up again the widely used WD Caviar Blue 1TB for around PhP2,350. This is a 7200-RPM mechanical hard drive which is ideal for storing your steam games.
And if you want to go around and break out the budget, go and pick up some solid-state drives (SSD) and make that your boot drive – I don’t care, this is just a guide for you to decide, anyway.
We are wrapping up this list with the chassis/case, and we will pick again the one that we’ve chosen on our previous Ryzen 5 build guide – the Tecware F3 for only PhP1,200.
Because we don’t have to install RGB stuff and this build is dedicated for mid-range performance and not with RGB, we are using a great microATX case with a smaller side panel window.
The Tecware F3 is a micro-ATX case and has only space for 2x 3.5” HDDs and 1x 2.5” SSD/HDD. It has 4x 120mm fan slots (1 rear, 1 top, 2 front) for maximum cooling and a decent set of I/O with 1 USB 3.0 Type A port at the TOP.
*although we would love to try out the new RAKK Taraki (PhP1,695 – EasyPC), we aren’t sure if there are enough stocks for all to avail, that’s why we’re sticking out with this.
Other Options / Alternative Picks
CPU: Ryzen 3 1300x (4-cores, 4-threads @ 3.5GHz) PhP7,230 – PCHub
GPU: Inno3d GTX 1060 3GB X2 OC – PhP 10,510 | GALAX GTX 1050Ti EXOC White – PhP7,580 – PCHub
RAM: Kingston HyperX DDR4 2400 8GBx1 @PCHub – PhP4,060
Chassis/Case: RAKK Taraki (PhP1,695 [Black] @ any EasyPC branches and resellers)
SSD: Any 120/240GB SATA or M.2 SSD for your boot drive (for budget conscious, Crucial / ADATA / WD is recommended)
*adding or replacing the particular component with these options might exceed the PhP30k budget we’ve specified – so decide carefully.
TOTAL DAMAGES / PRICES
Disregarding the other options, our total damage for this particular build is PhP27,070
|ITEM||PRICE||WHERE TO BUY|
|CPU: Ryzen 3 1200 4C/4T @ 3.1GHz||PhP6,230||
PCHub, JDM, DynaQuest, EasyPC, etc.
|GPU: ZOTAC GTX 1050Ti Mini||PhP7,160|
|MOBO: AsRock AB350M Pro 4||PhP 4,350|
|RAM: Kingston HyperX Fury Black DDR4 2400 (2x4GB) (8GB KIT)||PhP4,060|
|PSU: Corsair VS450 80+ White||PhP1,720|
|HDD: WDC Blue 1TB (7200RPM)||PhP2,350|
|Case: Tecware F3 Gaming Case||PhP1,200|
Table 1.2 – Total Damages/Prices
*pricing may vary in other stores
Since we don’t have access to SOME of the actual hardware we’ve chosen for this build, we sourced out our list of benchmarks here, compared from our ‘almost similar’ previous Kaby Lake Build Guide and checked to see if they’re really obtainable with this build – and here are some numbers:
Take note that these benchmarks are taken using same but different hardware model (i.e. EVGA 1050Ti SC (both), G.SKILL 8GB DDR4 kit (4GBx2) (Ryzen 3) – yet almost the same in terms of performance – so take these results with around 3-5% of marginal error, at least.
These are the closest configurations and benchmarks that we can get for now – but expect that to change because your hardware configuration and mileage may vary.
Also note that the Ryzen 3 1200 is overclocked at 3.9GHz using the stock Wraith Stealth cooler, without any problems and the RAM on the Ryzen 3 system used is overclocked from 2866 to 2933MHz.
Well, this is our conclusion – this Ryzen 3 system is surely enough for SOME AAA games in 1080p at High to Ultra settings, though GPU/CPU intensive games will work better at a lower setting, at least if you want a more stable gameplay – and it will serve its purpose for a gamer, light to medium multi-tasker and more.
And also, we believe that Ryzen 3 is positioned against Intel’s Pentium G4560, Core i3 7100 and 7300 (although it can also compete with the i5 – given its price and the fact that it has legitimate 4-cores and 4-threads.)
As we have noted before, Ryzen has more options, cores, threads than its Intel counterpart for a lower price – giving more benefit for people who want more cores and more threads for their applications and games.
And that’s it. Thanks for reading this build guide and your opinions will be deeply appreciated – comment on this post using the Facebook comments module below and let us know what do you think of the build as well as what you can suggest aside than the items we’ve mentioned.
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