Entry-Level 1080p Gaming Computer
This system is built around the AMD Ryzen 3 CPU, providing a decent amount of single-core performance for gaming situations.
It is configured with 8GB of fast DDR4 RAM (helping the Ryzen CPU to reach full operational potential), a great motherboard to build on, and a powerful and efficient Nvidia Geforce GTX 1050Ti video card built for entry-level 1080p gaming.
Overall System Performance
This entry-level 1080p gaming computer performs well in games at 1080p resolution, at medium/high visual settings. It is also a great foundation to build on.
This system can easily be converted to one more stream-ready, as streaming requires more CPU threads.
Ryzen 3 1300X | B350 TOMAHAWK | 8GB DDR4-2666 | Caviar Blue 1TB | GTX 1050Ti 4GB | MasterBox Lite 5 | 500W Bronze | Windows 10 Home
This Entry-Level 1080p Gaming Computer is $1000 as Currently Designed
Gaming PCs as Low as $650 are Available
System Design Rationale & Upgrade Path
We've put a fair amount of thought into how we designed this system, and would like to explain why we chose the above components. We'll also explain the various upgrades to the system, as you might desire.
We chose the Ryzen 3 1300X for its competitive single-core performance, attractive price point, and low thermal design power. In 1080p resolution, a large chunk of the processing weight shifts to the CPU, and the Ryzen 3 1300X provides enough horsepower to power through most games, and properly feed data to the video card. The Ryzen 3 1300X also comes with a very capable stock cooler, even able to handle slight overclocking. This provides a very stable platform for a multi-year gaming system.
System Change: If you come across a need for more clock speed, or more cores, you can easily upgrade to a Ryzen 5 or Ryzen 7 with no need to change the system otherwise.
We've opted to use the stock cooler from AMD, as it provides ample cooling capacity for the Ryzen 3 1300X.
System Change: If you come across a need for more cooling capacity, you can easily upgrade to a bigger air cooler with no need to change the system otherwise. And, if you want to change to a closed-loop liquid CPU cooler, you still don't need to change anything else about the system, provided you don't attempt a 360mm AIO (that could require a case change).
Because we didn't opt for a multi-GPU ready motherboard, and still wanted a fair amount of tech, we chose a B series motherboard. MSI is a very good manufacturer of motherboards, and has priced this motherboard at a very attractive level.
System Change: If you want to add more video cards for SLI or CrossFire, add more M2 SSDs, have a more stable overclocking platform, or something else, that would require a new motherboard. Most other things probably won't. Please ask us if you have a question about a potential system upgrade being compatible with your motherboard.
We went with 8GB of Ripjaws V memory due to the extremely high quality of the internal chips, and low-lying heat sink. If you ended up upgrading the CPU cooler to one with a wider fin array, the low-lying design of the Ripjaws V prevents any future physical tolerance issues. The high frequency of the memory will allow the Ryzen 3 1300X to run near peak potential. 8GB of memory is a minimum for gaming computers, and we highly recommend upgrading to 16GB.
System Change: If you come across a need for more memory, you can easily add in more sticks, with no need to change the system otherwise. The motherboard selected supports a maximum of 64GB of memory, in a 4x16GB array.
The HDD was chosen for its low cost and high reliability. We've also installed quite a few of this drive model, and feel very confident in our choice.
System Change: If you come across a need for more storage, you can easily upgrade to a bigger SSD or HDD, with no need to change the system otherwise. If you want to add more drives, you may need to change the case.
The video card was chosen for its high performance in most games at 1080p in medium/high quality, and low price point. While a GTX 1060 is significantly more powerful, it also costs twice as much. The added benefit of a GTX 1050Ti is that it does not require ATX power, as it draws all of its power from the PCI bus. This makes for a very clean build, and allows the 1050Ti to be used in very tight spaces from time to time.
System Change: If you come across a need for more graphical horsepower, you can easily upgrade to a GTX 1060 or 1070, with no need to change the system otherwise. If you want to run two video cards as one, you will need to upgrade the motherboard and power supply. You may also need to upgrade the case and fans as well.
Note: SLI is not supported by the GTX 1050Ti or GTX 1060. The only GTX 10XX series cards that support SLI are the 1070, 1080, 1080Ti, and Titan Xp.
The case was chosen for its competitive build quality, low price point, small size, and low weight.
System Change: Reasons for changing the case can be very hard to pin point. If you have a question about the compatibility of the case selected with an upgrade, please contact us.
The power supply was chosen for its high build quality, low price point, small size, and low weight. The power supply is a bit overpowered for a 1050Ti rig, though the current wattage can sustain up to a GTX 1070. Upgrading the wattage will potentially make the fan run slower, creating less noise overall. A higher wattage PSU than necessary will also prolong the life of the unit, as it isn't being operated near peak load.
System Change: If you decide to upgrade any single major draw of power, you do not need to change the power supply. If you change multiple draws of power, you may need to upgrade the wattage on the power supply.