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$500 MATX build

Continuing on our mATX build guides, we have decided to write about a good budget mATX build, similar to the seh0nky build guide we made earlier. mATX is becoming an increasingly popular form factor as more people are looking to save space as well as a classy, understated form factor. This build will fit well into either an office or a gaming den. It might not be able to handle games such as Half-Life: Alyx, but will be able to achieve around 60fps in GTA5, 80-100fps in games like Overwatch, PUBG, and Fortnite, and over 230 FPS in CS:GO and Minecraft.


If you want a respectable gaming rig at a budget, there's nowhere else to look but AMD. Their Ryzen 3 3200G is the processor of this build, and will be all we need for most games, and a stellar workforce driver. For $90, it is hard to believe that this processor packs a sublime 4 cores running at 3.6 GHz. As with all AMD processors, it is also overclockable if there is a particularly strenuous application or game running.


The motherboard we're using is the Gigabyte B450M DS3H. At $73, it's quite affordable while being a fairly forward-looking option. It will support the next few years of processors, until the Zen 4 micro-architecture releases. The B450M DS3H includes all your standard motherboard features, as well as supporting up to 64gb of RAM.


For our GPU, we're getting something that will punch way above the weight class in the GTX 1650 SUPER. This superb GPU packs just 30% less power than the former flagship GTX 1070, while coming in at $165. It has 4GB of GDDR6, and brings great performance (the benchmarks were in the introduction paragraph).


Since this is a budget build, we're going with just 8gb of RAM for this build. It's G.Skill's Aegis kit, which runs at a brisk 3000MHz and will be enough almost all tasks, including games. However, if you use many different applications at once, you may want to consider upgrading to 16 or 24gb of RAM.


For our storage, we've chosen 500gb of SATA SSD from ole' reliable, Silicon Power. At $52, this is practically 10 cents a gigabyte, an absolutely insane price. For a pure gaming rig, you may want to downgrade to 256gb of SSD, and maybe add a hard drive, but for work, we think 500gb of SSD is the perfect amount.


When choosing our case, we wanted the most inexpensive option that still had decent airflow. And that's when we discovered the DeepCool Matrexx, a micro-ATX mini-tower that will fit all of our components handily. It has a transparent side panel so you can showcase your esteemed PC build, as well as a USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 port on top. These are super handy for flash drives or adapters.


And lastly, for our PSU, we didn't want to cheap out and have our build catch on fire. That's why we went with a 600 watt power supply. It's form Thermaltake's Smart series, and not only will it easily power our current build, it give much room for upgrades as well.

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