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 : 65%
Multi-threaded : 49%
(relative to i7 8700K)
Cores/threads : 4/8
Speed : 3.2GHz-3.4GHz (turbo). Overclockable.
Socket : AM4
TDP : 65W
Integrated GPU : None
Stock HSF Included : Yes
A decent AM4 mobo. mATX, with lesser features, but very reasonably priced.
Socket : AM4
Chipset : AMD A320
Size : mATX
RAM : 4 slots, DDR4
PCIe : x16, PCIe 3.0
Ports : M.2 (over PCIe), USB 3.0, SATA 6Gb/s
A new card from AMD, the RX 560 is an alternative to the GTX 1050 from nVidia. It lags a little in older (DX11) titles, and beats it by a little in new DX12/Vulkan titles, with the same overall performance if averaged.
Overall Gaming : N/A (approx 23-27%)
Synthetic Benchmarks : 29%
(relative to Titan X Pascal 2016)
WoW : N/A (1080p), N/A (1440p).
Witcher 3 : N/A (1080p), N/A (1440p).
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.
A budget case with all the basic features you'd need for a good computer with an understated design.
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