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Ultra-budget gaming assembly for 20,000 rubles (October 2022)

A computer is a relatively affordable device. But this does not apply to gaming builds, where the price can rise indefinitely. In February 2020, we looked at an ultra-budget build for 20,000 rubles , on which you could play modern games at low settings. Let’s see if you can now buy something similar for this money.

The problem of the computer market is not only that prices for many components sometimes change chaotically. Some products with excellent value for money simply stop being produced. Take at least motherboards: at the time of the release of processors for a new socket, mostly expensive models are on sale. Next comes the era of “heyday”, when many worthy options are available at any price category. Closer to the “sunset” of the platform, the assortment of boards is reduced and “gaps” appear – often you have to choose either a simpler option than required, or overpay for an expensive board with unnecessary functions.

Processors, video cards, RAM, drives and almost all other components follow the same path. It would seem that there is nothing to grieve – after all, new generations are replacing the old ones, their choice is also wide. But the prices for new generations of components are unaffordable for many – with a limited budget, a computer simply cannot be assembled with them.

Since February 2020, prices for the budget segment have not changed much. Something has become a little cheaper, something a little more expensive – there are no cardinal changes. Let’s assemble an ultra-budget gaming PC for 20,000 rubles and compare it with the assembly that came out for this money in February 2020.

Processor: AMD Ryzen 3 PRO 4350G
The first news is good: here we have a clear upgrade. And since our PC uses integrated graphics, the upgrade is double – both the processor and the graphics part.

The Ryzen 3 PRO 4350G uses the Zen 2 architecture, which is significantly faster than the first Zen. The quad-core APU has eight processor threads and in terms of performance it does not lag behind such mastodons of its time as the Core i7-7700. Well, or from a good modern state employee Core i3-10100. If we compare the 4350G with its predecessor 3200G, then in terms of multi-threaded performance, the latter is 1.5-2 times slower due to the old architecture and the lack of SMT, despite the same four cores.

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But with the graphics “upgrade” is not so significant. Judging by the executable blocks of the Vega graphics architecture, this is generally a downgrade: there were eight of them in the 3200G, and six in the 4350G. What is this upgrade? The fact is that in the 4000 family of APUs, the frequency of the integrated graphics was significantly increased despite the smaller number of blocks. As a result, in terms of computing power, the graphics in both APUs are approximately equal to 1305 GFlops for the new product versus 1280 for the old one.

But there are two more points that are a plus for the newer graphics. Firstly, the number of raster blocks in the two GPUs is the same, and the frequency of the newer model is higher – due to this, the pixel fill rate is one third higher, which has a positive effect on performance in modern games. Secondly, the more productive CPU architecture of the novelty limits the integrated graphics much less. Due to this, the 4350G is often ten percent faster than the 3200G in games, plus there are much fewer frame rate drops.

Also, the new processor now has 16 full-fledged PCI-E 3.0 lanes for the video card slot, while the predecessor was limited to eight lanes. Together with increased processor power, this makes it worthwhile to use much more powerful video cards in the event of a future upgrade.

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-A320M-H
Here, at first glance, we have taken a step back: in the last assembly, we used a motherboard based on the average B450 chipset, in the current one, on the junior A320. Boards for the AM4 socket are beginning that period of “decline”, so we will no longer see many cheap B450 models from two years ago on sale. This is exactly what the previously mentioned choice turns out to be: either “a little easier and cheaper”, or “cooler, but more expensive”.

But how does our board on A320 really differ from the old one on B450? There are four CPU power phases on both, both do not have radiators on them, both have an M2 NVME slot. It turns out that apart from the chipsets there are no differences. B450 allows you to overclock the processor and memory, A320 – only memory. CPU overclocking on motherboards of this class won’t give much anyway, so we don’t lose as much as it seems at first glance.

Of course, you can overpay for another option on the B450 with a better VRM and heatsinks on it. But then we will not fit into the budget, and for the Ryzen 3 PRO 4350G, such a board will be more redundant than necessary.

CPU cooler: DEEPCOOL Gamma Archer
An old friend of DEEPCOOL Gamma Archer from the last assembly. It is quite enough for our processor to work. Thanks to the 120mm fan, the cooler is quieter than its budget counterparts, and its affordable price sets it apart from the competition.

RAM: AMD Radeon R9 Gamer Series (2x)
Ryzen processors need high frequency memory to unlock their performance potential. Especially if you use the integrated Vega graphics, as we have in the assembly. So let’s take the inexpensive AMD Radeon R9 Gamer Series memory. Although it does not have fancy heatsinks, it operates at 3200 MHz and has good timings for budget memory 16-18-18. We need the memory to work in dual-channel mode, which means there will be two such strips in the assembly.

Drive: Team Group GX1 240GB
As a drive, the choice fell on the Team Group GX1 240GB . The modern version is based on the SM2259XT controller of the Silicon Motion family, which has proven itself well in budget solutions of the last five years. The volume of the drive is still small, so nothing has changed in this regard.

Enclosure with power supply: ExeGate BAA-106-AAA450
To fit into the budget today, I still had to save on something. Therefore, the basis for our PC will be a simple case, as before, but with a built-in power supply. Of course, for future upgrades with a discrete video card, it is better not to use such a block, but for our assembly it will be enough without problems.

Case ExeGate BAA-106-AAA450 [EX283059RUS] black
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* The availability of goods and the cost of components is relevant for the city of Moscow.

Almost all modern games can be played at minimum settings in 720p resolution with a frame rate higher than the console. And only the most graphically “heavy” projects have drawdowns below 30 FPS.

Multiplayer games run at 1080p without any problems. Most games from previous years will also run at this resolution, with a few exceptions.

Results
In the end, such an assembly will cost about 20,000 rubles. Can it be even cheaper? Can. But for such a scenario, there are only two options:

Install two 4 GB sticks of RAM instead of two 8 GB sticks. The result is a loss of performance in old ones and the impossibility of a normal launch of new projects. In this case, the assembly will become cheaper by 1000-1500 rubles. As you can see, it doesn’t make any practical sense.
Use another processor instead of Ryzen 3 PRO 4350G – Athlon 3000G. The result is to lose about 2.5-3 times in processor performance, and about the same in graphics. As a result, it will be possible to play only very old games, but the assembly will become cheaper by 4,500 rubles. There is also little point in this option.
Has anything changed since February 2020 in the budget segment? The main change is the price reduction and wider availability of AMD APUs based on Zen 2 cores. Due to the replacement of the processor, we received a calculation acceleration from one and a half to two times, as well as a slight acceleration of integrated graphics.

At the same time, due to the faster CPU, upgrading such an assembly makes much more sense. Four Zen 2 cores with eight threads, unlike its predecessor, can handle the load without any problems. The same RTX 3060 or RX 6600XT will not run into such a processor in modern AAA projects, so it makes sense to add a video card to the assembly in the future – while not forgetting to buy the appropriate power supply and additional fans for the case.

Among other changes: drives have fallen slightly in price, and the range of DDR4 RAM has narrowed. As well as boards with socket AM4, which is currently natural for the 2017 platform. But in the ultra-budget segment with an eye to “at least somehow play” it still remains the only option, like fourth-generation DDR memory.

Unfortunately, even for this platform, the latest Zen 3 APUs are already noticeably more expensive, and in an extremely limited budget, they will not work. But for an ultra-budget build, we did pretty well anyway. You can play network projects and AAA games at minimum wages with it right now. At the same time, in the future it will not be difficult to buy a full-fledged video card and get a really good gaming PC. Such a consistent scenario with the help of budget Intel processors simply cannot be implemented.

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