A Good Under $750 i5 vs Ryzen 5 Gaming Computer Build 2019

Updated on September 5, 2019
Looking for the perfect gaming PC build for your $700 to $800 budget? Here's a look at an AMD and Intel build with all of the right parts.
Looking for the perfect gaming PC build for your $700 to $800 budget? Here's a look at an AMD and Intel build with all of the right parts.

For 2019 $750 to $800 seems to be just around what you need to build a gaming PC that should allow you to play AAA games in Ultra settings for years to come.

Below we'll take a look at 3 different options; a Ryzen 5 3600, Intel i5-9400F, and i5 9600k build. From there, I'll explain which one allows you to get the most frames for your money.

Ryzen's R5 3600 has good IPC and 6 cores / 12 threads but is it the best option at this price point?
Ryzen's R5 3600 has good IPC and 6 cores / 12 threads but is it the best option at this price point?

A Good Processor for Gaming Around $200

i5-9600(k) vs Ryzen R5 3600(X) vs i5 9400F

For the $750 build, we've got around a $200 budget for the processor. So we're looking at the six-core Coffee Lake Intel i5-9400F, the Ryzen 5 3600(X), and the i5 9600(k) here. The Ryzen 5 3600 is a 6 core 12 thread overclockable processor while Intel's i5 has 6 cores without hyperthreading. The i5-9600k can be overclocked while the i5-9400 cannot. In terms of price, the i5-9600k and Ryzen R5 3600 are just over $200 while the i5-9400 comes in at around $150.

In terms of pure gaming performance, even though it has fewer threads, the i5-9600k is the better overall performer in games if you have the same graphics card. That being said, the Ryzen R5 3600 performs admirably in games that can take advantage of the additional threads. In addition, it's performance is superior in many other tasks you may find yourself doing on a daily basis.

And, of course, the i5-9400 is a great performer and allows you to save a bit of money here and allocate more of your overall budget to something else you need.

Benchmarks

I'll give you some additional benchmarks to look at below. That being said I'd say that overall these 3 CPUs are solid options for gaming and your choice should have more to do with budget, and your overall daily workload than anything else.

Ryzen and Intel Builds from $750 to $800

Build
Intel i5 9400F
Ryzen R5 3600
Intel i5-9600
Motherboard
ASRock B365M Phantom Gaming 4
*MSI X570-A PRO
ASRock Z390M Pro4
Memory
Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB 2x8GB 3000MHz
Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB 2x8GB 3000MHz
Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB 2x8GB 3000MHz
CPU Cooler
Stock
**(Optional) Cooler Master Hyper 212 RGB Black
Hyper 212 Evo
Hard Drive
Samsung 970 EVO 500GB
Samsung 970 EVO 500GB
Samsung 970 EVO 500GB
Video Card
GTX 1660 Ti
GTX 1660
GTX 1660
Power Supply
Seasonic S12II 520W
Seasonic S12II 520W
Seasonic S12II 520W
***Price Range
$730 - $760
$790-$820
$800 to $830
*You could save some money if you go with a B450 motherboard. However, you may need to update the BIOS prior to use. **The Ryzen R5 3600 includes a CPU cooler so this is optional and not included in our $750 buidget ***This is the range of price you

As you can see, the i5-9400F allows us to fall into our budget and upgrade to the better 1660Ti here. If you're on a strict budget and going for the best FPS, this is the option you should take.

The GTX 1660Ti gets my pick as the best performer in the $250 price range. However, if you're in the $200 range the 1660 and RX 580 are fairly similar.
The GTX 1660Ti gets my pick as the best performer in the $250 price range. However, if you're in the $200 range the 1660 and RX 580 are fairly similar.

GTX 1660Ti vs RX 580 8GB vs 1660

If you can splurge for the 1660Ti here, I recommend you do so. It's notably better than both the RX 580 and the 1660 and just around $50 to $70 more.

This is one major case in going for the 9400F here. Even with the GTX 1660Ti that build comes in at around $50 less than the other two.

However, if you're not going that route, the GTX 1660 and RX 580 are similar in price while the GTX 1660 performs a bit better in most games. Here are a few benchmarks from Techspot to give you an idea of what to expect:

Benchmarks

Game
RX 580
GTX 1660
GTX 1660Ti
The Division 2 1080p Ultra
68
68
81
Assassin's Creed Odyssey Very High Quality
48
64
72
Witcher 3 Wild Hunt Ultra Quality Harworks AAx4
54
57
74
*Source: Techspot

Ryzen and Kaby Lake Motherboards around $100

Going with an inexpensive B365M motherboard gives you a lot of budget to work with and allows you to go with the GTX 1660Ti here.
Going with an inexpensive B365M motherboard gives you a lot of budget to work with and allows you to go with the GTX 1660Ti here.

Intel Kaby Lake and Ryzen processors aren't compatible. So, we'll give you two options here that we really like at the around $100 price point.

Intel $750 Build Motherboard:

For the i5-9400F build, I'm giving you an inexpensive option in the ASROCK B365M Phantom Gaming 4. As we're not planning on overclocking the i5-9400F this makes a lot of sense and gives us a greater budget to work with.

Going with this board will actually allow us to have higher frames for the same amount of money as we can go with the 1660Ti.

i5-9600 Build

This build ends up being just over $800 as we're going with the ASRock Z390M Pro 4. This is a solid board that should allow you to overclock if you go with the K version of this processor.

AMD Ryzen Build Motherboard:

For the Ryzen build, we could go with an inexpensive B450 motherboard here; however, you can't be certain that you won't have to update the BIOS if you go that route. So, to be safe, we're sticking with an inexpensive X570 motherboard. This definitely gives us less wiggle room than we'd like and puts us in the $800 range for the overall budget.

Getting a Good Power Supply Pays Off

While i don't really like to spend more money than is necessary on components that will have a minimal impact on gaming performance, I think it's that you go with a power supply that will last you a long time.

A tier 1 power supply in the EVGA SuperNova will keep your expensive components safe and be useful in future builds to come. In addition, it'll be more power efficient as well.

How Much Power Do You Need?

Speaking of power, this build shouldn't use more than 300 Watts. Over the past few years power requirements for computers continue to decline. I see this as a good thing. So, ultimately even if you plan on expanding you're not going to need a huge power supply.

Even with these lower requirements we're going with a 550W power supply. This is mainly because it's one of the better quality and cheaper gold rated power supplies available. It'll also gives you just about the right room for expansion. For the 550W model you'll pay between $70 and $90 so look for sales and rebates.

If you want to go cheap here, try your hand at EVGA's 430W Bronze Certified Power supply. I've been able to find them as low as $25 after rebate recently. I use these power supplies regularly on budget builds. They aren't as good of quality, but ultimately they should do the job for a few years.

PC Case:

At this price point I really like the Corsair Carbide 200R as a good $50 case. It's available in a standard version for around $50 and a windowed for just around $60.

The Carbide 200R has a lot of features you'll find in cases twice it's price and it's sturdy and easy to build with. Of course, there are certainly other options you can go with here, this is just the one I prefer.

Other Hardware and Final Impression

16GB of Gaming Ram

We're going straight for 16GB as RAM is a decent price right now and going forward it's what you'll need.

Corsair's 16GB 3000MHz kit is a good idea here for both builds and fits our price range.

Solid State Drive or Hard Drive

You could get a 2TB Hitachi Deskstar Hard drive for this build or a 500GB solid state drive. Both cost around $60. I'll leave the decision up to you; however, I personally wouldn't build any gaming rig at this point in time without a solid state drive. It's just too much speed to pass up.

For additional capacity, consider moving an older hard drive or using an external drive for excess files.

Final Thoughts:

Ultimately you want to build a gaming PC that not only plays the latest games but also has long-term sustainability and the functionality you need in a PC. I feel like we've achieved that with this build but would love to hear your thoughts and questions on the matter. Please feel free to use the comment section below as an open forum for discussion.

60 FPS Good Enough? Not for Many Gamers.

I see a lot of sites talking about how you want to get your game to an FPS of 60 to play. Ultimately, my personal opinion is the more FPS the better. I try to aim above 100 when it comes to shooters or RTS games and if I can't on high resolution settings I usually will sacrifice a bit of eye candy in order to get what I feel is a bigger competitive advantage.

*To get the most performance out of your build, allocate just about 60% of your overall budget to our CPU and Graphics card.

© 2013 Brandon Hart

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      Viewer 

      5 years ago

      If you add all the items you have mentioned; it is over $750.. very misleading :(

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      Chris 

      5 years ago

      Most informative post I found so far, really helped me decide on what parts I need more than which ones I want

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