The beginning of 2021 was marked by a sharp increase in the prices of computer components. Assembling a gaming computer is now a very expensive business. Can I play games on a budget assembly? Let’s check it in this article: let’s build a budget computer and put it to the test in game tests.
Back in 2020, for about the same money, it was possible to assemble a quite good gaming system unit with a 16 GB video card with a good processor. Here are visual examples of assemblies on AMD and Intel at the end of 2020:
Then came 2021 and the well-known component crisis. As time goes on, prices are in no hurry to fall, and games come out one after another, and the temptation to while away the evening with your favorite game becomes more and more. Today we will talk about a system unit assembled for less than 50,000 rubles.
Naturally, on such an assembly, you should not expect games in FullHD or Quad HD resolutions at maximum graphics settings. Our goal is to play at least medium graphics settings in FullHD. We’ll have to retrain from avid gamers and graphics lovers to undemanding players, for whom super graphics are in second place, and primarily the gameplay, involvement in the game’s plot.
System unit configuration
Since the budget initially does not allow us to install a video card in the system unit, it was decided to purchase a processor with an integrated one. Now there are many offers from both AMD and Intel with integrated graphics accelerators.
However, at the moment, the AMD Ryzen 5 5600G processor turned out to be the best in terms of price / performance ratio.
This Zen3 based processor has 6 cores, 12 threads and a clock speed of 3.9 GHz, capable of going up to 4.4 GHz under load. The graphics part of Vega 7 has a base frequency of 1900 MHz.
The platform was a budget but quite good motherboard MSI B450M PRO-VDH MAX.
The board has a mATX format, a sufficient number of USB, SATA ports for connecting drives, as well as, importantly, three connectors for connecting fans and a cooler. The power subsystem (hereinafter – VRM) of the motherboard consists of 6 phases and is built according to the 4 + 2 scheme, where 4 phases are on the CPU and 2 phases are on the SoC. Sinopower SM4337 in the upper arm and SM4503 in the lower arm with a maximum current of 55A and 80A, respectively, are responsible for the quality of the mosfets.
Richtek RT9624F is responsible for the quality of the drivers, and this tandem is controlled by the Richtek RT8894A PWM controller. The only drawback in the power supply subsystem of this board is that there is no cooling radiator on the mosfets, but we will check the temperature in the load and see how much it is needed here in our case.
An important point is that this motherboard is based on the previous B450 chipset. Although the company officially noted that this chipset supports the new Zen3 processors, we strongly recommend that you check the BIOS version of the motherboard you are buying before buying. In the case of MSI, this can be done by comparing the information on the label pasted on the box from the motherboard.
If you decide to purchase a motherboard, and the BIOS version is old, then you can update either with previous generations of Ryzen or at a specialized service center.
RAM and SSD
A set of RAM from Crucial labeled BL8G32C16U4B was responsible for the speed characteristics.RAM Crucial Ballistix Black [BL8G32C16U4B] 8 GB 3 299 *
Built on the famous chips from Micron, revision E-Die, which allows us to hope for a good overclocking potential.
The data will be stored on SSD from Goodram, model – CX400. Based on Phision PS3111-S11-13 controller. Memory chip type – 3D NAND TLC. The manufacturer claims 550 MB / s sequential read speed and 490 MB / s write speed, which is quite standard for SSDs of this type of memory. The warranty period is 2,000,000 hours, which is ~ 224 years.
The ID-Cooling SE-224-XT Basic cooler was chosen as the cooling solution.
Tower structure built on four 6 mm heat pipes, on which 46 plates with a thickness of 0.45 mm are strung. The calculated area of the radiator is 5,112 cm2, which is cooled by one 120mm ID-12025M12S fan based on a hydrodynamic bearing and rotates at a speed in the range of 700–1800 rpm. The cooler was not chosen by chance. In its class, it shows very good results in cooling processors with moderate acoustic comfort. Well, let’s see.
Power supply and case
A newcomer to the market from Asus, the Asus TUF 450B with a power of 450 watts, is responsible for powering our entire system unit.The power supply unit is made in a strict style, similar to a military theme, and is painted in matte black paint. Black nylon braided wires. Unfortunately, the power supply is not modular.
And finally, all our hardware is configured in the case from PowerCase Attica D TG. Classic style, mesh front, side wall made of tempered glass and, attention (!), The same on the back – and all this for less than 3000 rubles! The only drawback of this case is the lack of fans in the kit, but we easily eliminated it and purchased a white fan from ID-Cooling XF-12025-SD-W. The fan is also based on a hydrodynamic bearing and has a speed range of 700–1800 rpm.
Well, we briefly familiarized ourselves with the configuration of the system unit, it’s time to assemble the whole thing, install Windows, drivers, software and start practical research on our computer.
First, let’s run synthetic tests. Let’s see how well the cooler copes with cooling the processor, check the motherboard VRM temperatures under load. Then we will go directly to testing in gaming applications in order to check whether the performance of the built-in Vega 7 accelerator is enough for us for games, and what gaming comfort will be at the same time.
To test and reveal the processor’s capabilities, the RAM was overclocked to 3800 MHz at timings 16-19-19-36. The processor remained in stock.
So, we got to the main thing. First of all, after installing all the drivers and software, launch LinX. This application will create a maximum load for us both on the VRM and on the processor, thereby testing the potential of the ID-Cooling SE-224-XT cooler
As you can see, in this test, the processor cooler coped well with our Ryzen 5 5600G, not allowing the latter to heat up above 65 ° C and remaining quite quiet at the same time. Not bad, so we were not mistaken with the choice of the cooling system. What about VRM? And here, too, complete order. The maximum mark recorded by the sensor (yes, by the way, there is one here too!) Did not exceed the mark of 52 ° C. Assuming that the sensor shows the weather in Dubai, it was decided to check with a pyrometer.
The motherboard was subjected to such checks every time in any tests, and each time the sensor showed correct readings.
The next test suite was Cinebench R23.
Not a bad result. At the same time, temperatures remained more than comfortable: 73 ° C at their peak.
Then it was decided to run the Blender benchmark.
The processor completed this test with a mark of 3 m 56 sec. In this benchmark, the processor warmed up to 76 ° C at its peak, while the cooler spun up to 1434 rpm, which is already an audible threshold, especially if the system unit is located close.