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If you want the best gaming computer to play all your favorite games at Ultra settings + 1080p + 60 FPS under $800 you can’t even think about buying a pre-built computer.
You MUST find the best components that fit the budget and build the PC yourself. And this applies to any budget build!
Building your own custom desktop computer can be overwhelming but don’t fear. Here you will find all the resources you will ever need to build an awesome 800 dollar gaming PC.
Best $800 Gaming PC Builds
I put the builds here so you can easily navigate to them in case you already know what you want.
For those whose aren’t 100% sure about what to choose between Intel and AMD, keep reading!
Best Gaming PC Under $800 - ULTRA 1080p, 60FPS - Ryzen Ed. (Feb 2018)
Best Gaming PC Under $800 - ULTRA 1080p, 60FPS - Intel Ed. (Feb 2018)
Intel Or AMD? What To Choose?
Up until recently, choosing between the two giants to get the core parts of a gaming pc (CPU + Motherboard) was a no-brainer: Intel had better prices and better performance.
But then, at the beginning of 2017, AMD released the Ryzen processors family and they changed the game radically.
That’s a really good thing. Intel was getting too comfortable in his dominant position and we know what happens in this kind of situations: Intal has been a little lazy and less aggressive in their technical achievements causing some sort of stagnated growth.
I’ve decided to create two separate builds for each Budget Build, so you have more options to choose from based on your personal preferences
Now, the market has revitalized, AMD is pushing hard and Intel is trying to take back his omnipotent position.
So, where are we now? We have plenty to choose from, really good options to build awesome gaming computers with either AMD or Intel CPUs, that’s why I’ve decided to create two separate builds for each Budget Build, one for each CPU brand, so you can compare them and chose the one you feel more in love with.
Intel i5 VS Ryzen 5
In order to get a real perspective of what each CPU can do, I’ve prepared a couple of tables with some critical information of both processors families.
Intel Core i5-7500
AMD Ryzen 5 1500X
So, we will start taking a look at the basics: the technical specs. What differences can you see at first glance?
Note: for the $800 build, we are mainly concerned about the i5-7500 and the Ryzen 5 1500x. I’ve added the other two processors to the tables to show you a more global image of the different CPU families.
|Ryzen 5 VS Kaby Lake i5 - Technical Specifications|
|Ryzen 1500X||Intel Core i5-7500||Ryzen 1600||Intel Core i5-7600|
|Base Clock||3.5 GHz||3.4 GHz||3.2 GHz||3.5 GHz|
|Boost Clock||3.7 GHz||N/A||3.6 GHz||N/A|
|Total Cache||16 MB||6 MB||16 MB||6 MB|
|TDP||65 W||65 W||65 W||65 W|
|Price||$170 - $180||$185 - $190||$205 - $215||$215 - $220|
And last but not least… prices are very similar. Ryzen prices tend to be around $10 cheaper though.
Due to the higher number of threads, Ryzen CPUs are especially recommended for multi-core applications, such as video editing, deep learning, graphic design, … but will it be also better for gaming?
- Ryzen 3 CPUs has 8 threads, compared to the 4 threads of the Intel’s Kaby Lake i5
- Both Ryzen 5 CPUs can be overclocked. These Intel i5’s can’t
- Boost frequencies and higher cache
- In the long term, games will make use of the extra 4 threads (future proofing)
- AMD will support the AM4 socket in the next generations (Ryzen 2 at least), so you can reuse the motherboard in case you upgrade the CPU. Intel has already deprecated the Kaby Lake socket with the new Coffe Lake architecture
- The performance per core is higher
- Best performance in older games
We’ve seen that the Ryzen 5 CPUs offer more bang for the buck than Kaby Lake’s i5. But we still have one question to answer: how do they perform on some of the most popular games?
Here you will find some game benchmarks tested with 16GB DDR4 memory and Radeon RX 480 graphics card.
|Ryzen 5 VS Kaby-Lake i5 - Games Benchmark (FPS)|
|Ryzen 1500X||Intel Core i5-7500|
|The Witcher 3||108||103|
As you can see the difference is minimum, but the overall winner is the Ryzen 5 1500X in this case. You can, of course, find other tests where the i5 7500 will outperform the 1500X, that will really depend on the game.
Imagine the results we could get if we overclock the Ryzen CPU…
But the thing here is that Ryzen is cheaper, a future-proof investment and performs at least as good as its Intel rival.
With all the previous data in mind, you should now have a clear idea of what type of build you want.
It’s pretty clear to me that the wise decision would be to go for the Ryzen build, but the difference is really small and if you have a personal preference for Intel products, then it’s completely fine to go that way.
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