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Good : 14
  • 13400
    AMD Ryzen 5 1500X (Ryzen/Summit Ridge)

    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

  • ASRock AB350 Pro4

    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

  • 15900
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti

    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!

    Performance :
    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).

  • 7900

    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.

  • 6200
    PNY CS1311 120GB (SSD7CS1311-120-RB)

    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

    Relative Performance
    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.

  • 7200

    A beautiful, understated mid-tower case. No place for an optical drive though. Comes in several colour variations.

  • 2TB

    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.

  • SeaSonic M12II 520 (SS-520GM2)

    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

CPU Cores4
CPU Speed3.5Ghz
CPU Threads8



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