Budget Gaming PC Specs Guide
CPU: Ryzen 5 2600 – $164These all come out to around the same price as the Asus GR8 II but blow it out of the water Spec wise. You can choose whatever case you want to fit your aesthetics. The one that comes closes to the small form factor of the Asus is the portable build one at the bottom of this post. The other two have a standard size tower case, I just picked a random case that I thought was cool and sleek.
Prices subject to change from the date of this post.
Budget $800 Gaming/ Streaming PC
- CPU: Ryzen 5 2600 – $164
- CPU Cooler: Stock or Cooler Master 212 – Black Edition – $34
- Motherboard: Gigabyte B450 – $96
- Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB DDR4 3000 – $109
- SSD: Adata – CSilicon Power 512GB – $64
- GPU: Zotac Geforce GTX 1660TI – $280
- ATX mid case: Cooler Master MasterBox MB511 – $67
- Power Supply: Corsair 650w modular – $39
Before Taxes: $819 (No CPU cooler) and some change. With cooler $853 and some change.
If you need Windows 10 add on and extra $125 or $20 from other “sources”
If you have a Micro Center Near you I believe they can build it for around $130.
This build is obviously a Ryzen 2nd gen build, and a very solid CPU for gaming and streaming. Depending on how intensive the game is you should be able to handle a 1080p stream with out any issues. We went with the oddly named 1660TI card because it offers some of the RTX capabilities with great performance to cost ratio. Some things can be swapped out to taste, but I found some of the more basic and costs saving solutions that won’t break the bank
Why not Intel?
Well Intel will generally cost you more. The performance that a Ryzen chip can give you for streaming and gaming is perfect. I myself have not dropped any frames in OBS with a similar first gen Ryzen setup. Intel does have the higher single core performance, but it is give or take a few FPS in gaming which you may not even be missing or notice. Besides you are on a budget, when your stream starts doing really really good, then you can start upgrading to the finer parts in the PC world.