A 4-core/8-thread CPU with excellent performance/price in heavily threaded applications. Lightly-threaded/gaming performance is about 10%-20% lower than the target competition from Intel.
Single threaded : 73%
Multi-threaded : 57%
(relative to i7 8700K)
Cores/threads : 4/8
Speed : 3.5GHz-3.7GHz (turbo). Overclockable.
Socket : AM4
TDP : 65W
Integrated GPU : None
Stock HSF Included : Yes
A decent AM4 mobo for those on a tighter budget.
Socket : AM4
Chipset : AMD B350
Size : ATX
RAM : 4 slots, DDR4
PCIe : x16/x4, PCIe 3.0, CrossFireX
Ports : M.2 (over PCIe), USB 3.0, SATA 6Gb/s
The GTX 1050 Ti is a good mid-tier card, with excellent temperatures and noise. It has great value at MSRP, so make sure the price is right!
Overall Gaming : 29-33%
Synthetic Benchmarks : 36%
(relative to Titan X Pascal 2016)
WoW : 75-80 FPS (1080p), N/A (1440p).
Witcher 3 : 35-40 FPS (1080p), 25-30 FPS (1440p).
8GB is the recommended amount for most modern programs, and should satisfy the needs of 99% of normal users. RAM kits with normal speeds are suitable for medium tiers. At the highest tiers, faster RAM is worth the price premium.
RAM speed : In a few applications, and when using the iGPU, faster RAM gives higher performance. In most other situations, the performance differences are small. Get the fastest RAM that is reasonably priced for your budget.
RAM capacity : Getting more RAM does not necessarily mean getting higher performance. If a program only utilizes 1GB of ram, then it does not matter if you have 8, 16, or 32GB of RAM. What matters is that you have enough. If you feel that you need more (or less) RAM than what we recommend, feel free to buy what best suits your needs.
Warning : Older systems typically use DDR3 RAM, while some of the latest CPUs/motherboards are now using DDR4 RAM. Make sure that the RAM you are buying is compatible with your system.
The PNY CS1311 offers good performance for an excellent price.
Size/Interface : 2.5", SATA III
Random read : 52 MB/s
Random write : 93 MB/s
Sequential read : 488 MB/s
Sequential write : 97 MB/s
Compared to best HDD (WD Black) : 932%
Compared to best SSD (960 Pro) : 23%
Controller : Phison PS3110-S10C-12
NAND : Toshiba 15nm TLC
Warranty : 3 years
A great HSF for budget builds, with stellar performance for the price. Can be a bit difficult to find, but it beats everything else in its price bracket, if you can find it for MSRP. Perfect for those who want AM4 socket compatibility out of the box.
Fans : 120mm
Noise : 17.8 - 30 dBA
Airflow : 74.34 CFM
TDP : N/A
Weight : 670g / 1.48lbs
Height : 155mm
Socket support : LGA2011, LGA1366, LGA115X, AM4, AM3+, FM1/2.
A beautiful, understated mid-tower case. No place for an optical drive though. Comes in several colour variations.
A 2TB drive will typically offer excellent storage capacity for the price. It is a bit less reliable than a single-platter drive though, so make sure to back up your important data.
HDD capacity : HDDs are for storing data. There are no performance benefits or penalties for using more or less storage. If you feel that the amount of storage we recommend is not right for you, then please feel free to buy more (or less) storage, as you see fit.
Warning : HDDs bigger than 2TB have additional limitations with old 32-bit versions of Windows, as explained in the HDD section below.
A quality 80+ Bronze modular PSU from Seasonic.
Power : 520W
Efficiency : 80+ Bronze (82-85%)
Modular : Fully modular
PCIe : 1x 6-Pin, 1x 6+2-Pin
OEM : SeaSonic