This is a good CPU for the price, that becomes excellent when considering the iGPU. A very good purchase for those wanting decent gaming capability at a cheap price. iGPU performance benefits from high speed dual-channel RAM, so go for that option if it is in your budget.
Single threaded : 68%
Multi-threaded : 40%
(relative to i7 8700K)
Cores/threads : 4/4
Speed : 3.5GHz-3.7GHz (turbo). Overclockable.
Socket : AM4
TDP : 65W
Integrated GPU : Vega 8
Stock HSF Included : Yes
A budget motherboard for those wanting to build a Ryzen APU build. Has a PCIe slot if you want to add a more powerful discrete GPU later.
Socket : AM4
Chipset : AMD A320
Size : mATX
RAM : 2 slots, DDR4
PCIe : x16, PCIe 3.0
Ports : M.2 (over PCIe), USB 3.0, SATA 6Gb/s
The 2200G - Vega 8 is a great integrated GPU for the price, suitable for light-weight gaming, beating all other iGPUs by a wide margin. It can handle many modern titles, but with low/medium settings and resolution.
Overall Gaming : 11-13%
Synthetic Benchmarks : 16%
(relative to Titan X Pascal 2016)
WoW : 30-40 FPS (1080p), N/A (1440p).
Witcher 3 : 20-25 FPS (1080p), N/A (1440p).
Note : This iGPU is included as a part of the CPU. You do not need to purchase it.
4GB is an adequate amount for many programs, and usually enough for most users. Programs are getting bigger though, and 8GB is quite cheap, so feel free to upgrade to 8GB if you like. 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.
An SSD is not necessary, and may not be the best use of your at lower tiers.
It is free. It works fine. It's quiet at stock speeds, but don't expect to do much overclocking with it.
An excellent value case, with good looks, good cable management, and dust filters.
A fast, quiet, reliable, single platter 1TB HDD. Enough for lots of movies, series, games.
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 PSU, for a very good price.
Power : 500W
Efficiency : 80+ Bronze (82-85%)
Modular : No
PCIe : 2x 6+2-Pin
OEM : HEC