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PUBG on a budget

by Radioinactive



Date Published

Jan. 13, 2018

Date Built

Jan. 10, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.8 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

64.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.506 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8 GHz


The background: This build started out with myself and another co-worker trying to convince a fellow employee in our department to ditch the Xbox he never played and join us on the dark side of PC gaming. He had gotten his feet wet with an old I5-750 he bought from a local college when they decided they were outdated... That was a few years ago. Needless to say he needed an upgrade and a baptism into the ways of the PCMR. He had been "trying" to play PUBG on that system with a GTX 960 and it usually ended up with us waiting for him to load and then hoping he didn't drop during the match. He wanted a budget build that wouldn't agro the wife, but would still be able to crush all current games and have room for expansion in the future. Challenge accepted!

The build: Living in Canada can be a real pain, since our dollar is often weak, and ordering parts online can be expensive. In certain places (such as where I live), we also have a woefully lacking choice of local computer merchants. I live in a city of almost 400,000 and we have 1 major computer store.. so sad. Another sad fact is that Canada gets the shaft on parts supply as well. We went to our local Canada Computer and there were still cleared out from boxing day!! (it's a goofy holiday in Canada, the day after Christmas). Hype had exceeded safe levels, so we were determined to leave with a full build.

CPU: Easy choice, since in Canada, at this price you would have to settle for a G4560. I know from having built a few systems with that chip, that the Ryzen will benefit from being overclockable and also have 2 more actual cores. I have built 2 other Ryzen systems previously (R5 and R7), with no issues, so I was confident I could get it up to 3.8-4+ghz. Left it clocked at 3.8 rock-solid stable and well under 40c idle 65c load.

Case: Just a no brainer really. At that price it's hard to find a case that has tempered glass, metal construction, case lighting, intelligent layout with PSU basement, RGB button on top and great cable management. It looks great as well =). Easily my favorite component of the system, a joy to build in, especially at this price.

PSU: The price was right, I have had good experience with EVGA products and 600W will be adequate for this system. I personally own 2 other 600Bs and they have been rock solid.

Boot drive: I went NVME m.2 earlier this year, for my personal build, and now it's all I use for new builds. Corsair makes good products (usually) and this drive had no issues and posted read/write numbers right around what was advertised.

Video card: Wanted a 1060 and this was literally the only one they had in stock. I have never bought anything Zotac before this, but so far it has performed well and completed all benchmarks with no issues. The performance is comparable to my own 1060 OC (almost)

Memory: They had only 1 option for 8gbs of ram when we got there and they are basically the only game in town. Origianally an Adata single 8gb stick, it was returned due to what we hoped was only ram compatibility. Replaced with the single Gskill aegis 8gb stick (which, 1 day later, was the only 8gb option they had that day...). Was able to get the ram up to 2667 with some tweaking, but can't get it up to 3000. AMD has responded to customers saying this was not intended to be Ryzen compatible, but I am satisfied with the performance at 2667.

Motherboard: Origianlly an Asus B350 Prime-plus. After much testing, switching of ram, swapping of chips and the majority of an afternoon wasted, it was determined the mobo was dead, since it just would not post. Replaced with the MSI B350 Tomahawk (the only replacement they had..). It has been great so far, and the bios is easy to navigate and works well. Overall I am happy with the swap as this board has more fan headers, in better locations, and also debugging lights and metal reinforced PCI-E slot (among other things.

The rest: I thew some some freebie parts I had lying around in there (fans and HDDs). He will be replacing the old caviar black WD HDDs and buying another matching stick of 8gb. Replacing the stock cooler will also be up there on his list. So far so good though and PUBG is playing on ultra with no issues.

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Fishboy9449 8 Builds 2 points 10 months ago

Very nice build, your friend will surely love the 60fps game play that he will receive from the "dark side" of gaming lmao

Radioinactive submitter 2 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Thank you =). He is loving it. His wife on the other hand...

Fishboy9449 8 Builds 2 points 10 months ago

LMFAO, at that point, I'd build her one and let them both game ;)

Vairfoley 25 Builds 2 points 10 months ago

Very nice looking budget-oriented build.

Dafuxup 1 Build 2 points 10 months ago

+1 for cable management, nice build man

Radioinactive submitter 2 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Thank you =)). Honestly A++ to Phanteks, they do most of the cable management for you.

Tetsuclaw 5 Builds 2 points 10 months ago

I shall add another +1 for cable management. Doesn't really cost any extra to manage your cables unless you gotta buy a bag of cable ties from the dollar store and the little bit of extra work really makes the PC look much nicer. Makes the builder look more competent with it done than like a novice without lol.

Radioinactive submitter 2 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Thanks! =). Agree 100%

TheKaramazovs 3 Builds 2 points 10 months ago

Great looking build!

With the front intake fans so close to the front cover, what's the airflow like?

Radioinactive submitter 2 Builds 1 point 10 months ago


Actually the airflow isn't bad. What the pictures don't show is that the case front panel has large (filtered) grills on the top and bottom of the front panel. They are the same width as the front panel, so about 2" or so. Definitely adequate (If you believe Steve from Gamers Nexus) and as long as the intakes are kept clean and dust free, it should be np.

TheKaramazovs 3 Builds 2 points 10 months ago

I asked because I have a Coffee Lake build with a GeForce GTX 1080Ti SC2 in an NZXT S340 Elite and wanted to make the transaction to the Phanteks P300. I bought the case and have been meaning to use it, but thought the airflow wouldn't be adequate. Any thoughts on a cooler?

Radioinactive submitter 2 Builds 2 points 10 months ago

Tough call. Only really room for a small radiator if you mount on the top and not sure I would want a rad at the front. Airflow is fine for some case fans, but throw a rad in there too, and it may get a bit noisy with the fans having to work harder. I personally like air cooling, since there is less to go wrong with it and fans are easy to swap. I guess it would also depend on if you already have the ram purchased or not. Big heatsinks can have clearance issues with tall ram. Speaking of clearance, the P300 supports up to a 160mm CPU cooler, so the Noctua D15 is out since its 165mm. The be quiet dark rock 3 is only 160 and would make a good choice so would the Cooler master "Master air" cooler which is 158mm (there is a new RBG model as well). Either way I wish you luck in your build and thanks again for the comments!

TheKaramazovs 3 Builds 2 points 10 months ago

Thank you for the reply!

Kvik 1 point 9 months ago

Simple,Budget but Amazing Great work on cable management btw

beldygaau 1 point 8 months ago

I need help, i have a r3 1200 paired with a evga 1060 6g and my 1060 is being bottlenecked heavily. I researched this and it said the r3 wouldnt bottleneck it but it is. People said its the ram but i have the same ram as you oc at 3200.

Radioinactive submitter 2 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

Hmm tough to say why that would be occurring. Things I could think to check off the top of my head would be: - Is the GPU connected to a x16 PCI-E slot? (Check your mobo manual to ensure) - Obviously make sure all drivers are up to date and have no conflicts - Make sure your ram is in the proper slot indicated by motherboard manufacturer (Doesn't sound like the problem) - Make sure you have enough free PCIe lanes - Try dropping the ram down to 2667, which is technically the fastest the r3 is supposed to support. Hopefully something on that list helps. I will add to this if I think of anything else, just at work atm. Good luck! =)

Samuel_Gadient -3 points 10 months ago

u overpaid for the graphics card

Radioinactive submitter 2 Builds 2 points 10 months ago

How do you know what I paid for it? The prices listed are just the lowest for the vendors that are aggregated here. Canada Computers is not... Thanks for your ignorant input though.

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