The whole of may and beginning of June can be called stable period. Finally, at least for a short time, there was no serious troubles: bitcoin is not committed atrocities, the new sanctions were not introduced, oil is not dropping. That is why in the June issue of all 12 configurations virtually unchanged. In these difficult times, this fact I personally perceive as good news.

Computer of the month — June 2018

For those who looked to us at the light for the first time, it will be useful to examine the last edition, which covers all aspects of choosing components for the six assemblies: starter, basic, optimal, advanced, maximum, and extreme. Don’t see the point to chew each time is the same, so this issue will be described mainly alternative versions of the assemblies and methods to reduce or, conversely, more expensive systems.

For beginners who still can not resolve themselves to “make” yourself PC, went out for a detailed walkthrough of the Assembly of the system unit. It turns out that in the “Computer of the month” I tell you how to assemble a computer, and the manual how to do it.

Recall that in the heading represent the average prices at “Yandex.Market” (the region of Moscow). Depending on the location and of the selected trading platform you can assemble the same system unit as cheaper and more expensive. The cost of peripherals and software in the calculations is not taken into account, are only evaluated components.

Starter Assembly

The “entry ticket” to the world of modern PC games. The system will allow you to play all the AAA projects in Full HD resolution at least at medium graphics quality settings. Such systems do not have significant reserve strength (over the next 2-3 years), replete with compromises, but are smaller than the other configurations.

Starter Assembly
Processor AMD Ryzen 3 2200G, 4 cores, 3,5 (3,7) GHz, 4 MB L3, AM4, BOX 7 500 RUB.
Intel Core i3-8100, 4 cores, 3.6 GHz, 6 MB L3, LGA1151-v2 8 000 RUB.
Motherboard AMD B350 Examples:
• Gigabyte GA-AB350M-D3V;
• ASRock AB350M;
4 500 RUB.
Intel Express H310 Examples:
• ASRock H310M-HDV;
4 500 RUB.
RAM 8 GB DDR4-2400:
• Crucial CT8G4DFS824A;
• Samsung DDR4-2400
6 000 RUB.
Video card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, 4 GB GDDR5:
• Palit GeForce GTX 1050 Ti StormX
13 000 RUB.
Drive HDD, 1 TB, 7200 rpm, SATA 6 GB/s Examples:
• Western Digital WD10EZEX;
• Toshiba HDWD110UZSVA;
• Seagate ST1000DM010
3 000 RUB.
CPU cooler Example for Intel:
• Cooler Master DP6-9GDSB-PL-GP
500 RUB.
Case Examples:
• AeroCool CS-1101
1 500 RUB.
Power supply Examples:
• Chieftec TPS-500S 500W;
• FSP Group ATX-500PNR 500 W;
• Thermaltake Smart RGB 500 W
3 000 RUB.
Total AMD — 38 500 RUB.
Intel — 39 500 RUB.

The starting Assembly is the only category in the “Computer of the month”, in which configuration the Intel looks, in my opinion, much preferable to the AMD system. Just because a Quad-core Core i3-8100 faster Ryzen 3 2200G in games and intensive applications. But because manufacturers are positioning their products and, for example, eight strand Ryzen 5 1400 costs an average 2 000 rubles more than the Intel chip.

But Ryzen 3 2200G are extremely fast (compared to HD 630) with integrated graphics Radeon 8 Vega, therefore, can be viewed by users that are not yet or do not plan to use a discrete graphics card. The choice of this chip instead of the model Ryzen 3 1200 due to the only argument, our tests show that the model with integrated graphics is faster at a similar price. However, Ryzen 2200G 3 has half as many lines of PCI Express 3.0 (8 instead of 16) and the cache of the third level (4 versus 8 MB). The meaning of castling definitely there — besides all of Ryzen chips feature an unlocked multiplier, which even with the boxed cooler will allow you to increase the frequency to a stable 3,7-3,8 GHz without significant growth of heat dissipation.

In fact, it is so in the start build AMD is always recommended inexpensive cards based on AMD Radeon B350. Younger elementary A320 chipset does not support overclocking the CPU, but supports high-frequency memory. As practice shows, buy A320-Board will save 500-1000 rubles. A lot or a little — to solve to you, dear readers.

It turns out, models 3 and 2200G Ryzen Ryzen 3 1200 — this is approximately equivalent to selection in a given situation. If you want to get more productive system, it is better to get Ryzen 5 1400, and even better Ryzen 5 1500X — these 4-core supports SMT. As for the economy, the interesting models for the platform AM4, which are less than 6 000 rubles, in the nature does not exist. You can verify this yourself by reading the review of the Athlon X4 950, which is frankly bad in games.

The situation is somewhat different with the LGA1151 platform-v2, because with the urgent need to save Core i3-8100 a replacement. Of course, we are talking about the a-series chips and Pentium Gold specifically about the model g5400 is that the cost of 3 000 rubles less. Yes, it’s a dual-core model, but it supports Hyper-Threading technology, which turns out to be very useful in many modern games (though not all).

In the start-up Assembly used the cheapest Intel Board chipset H310 Express is the most affordable solution to date, although there is information that producers don’t have enough chips for production of circuit boards. Perhaps that is why the most affordable motherboard and not in a hurry to fall in price. For example, the Board on the basis of the H110 chipset Express Jun are on 1 000-1 500 rubles less. For this difference, it would be possible to take a good cooler tower — Core i3-8100 he’s clearly not hurt.

By the way, the LGA1151 platform-v1 would be, in my opinion, is still relevant, if Quad-core chips Core i5 Skylake generations and Kaby Lake cost less than the same Core i3-8100, however, that for various reasons does not occur.

If you talk about the increase in computing power starting build Intel instead of the Core i3-8100 only see one candidate — 6-core Core i5-8400. Read more about this system, we will discuss in the next paragraph.

As in the previous month, in June, propose that the starting Assembly to focus on a GeForce GTX 1050 Ti. In may, on our site out of test 8 such models. Familiarity with monitored by PWM samples showed that in the segment of Low – and Middle-end cards makes no sense to chase the expensive copies because, as a rule, even the most inexpensive solution to show itself from the best side. That is why at the starting, basic and optimal builds contains only the most affordable model.

But more testing showed that any GeForce GTX 1050 Ti good for gaming at Full HD resolution on high and medium graphics quality settings. And even more so this adapter copes with popular multiplayer projects.

In the comments to the previous issue, the readers are strongly requested to add under another category, the best budget, and these people is quite understandable, as even for the starter Assembly will have to pay 40 thousand rubles. The topic is certainly interesting, but if we are talking about the system, claiming the games in Full HD, something a large number of options simply do not exist. For example, today any computer is unthinkable without 8 GB of RAM. And you know very well that RAM this volume is worth a lot. On the case, PSU, cooling is also not save — in the starting build and so are some of the most inexpensive models. Users who are low in cash, but still want to play modern games on minimum and medium graphics quality settings, I propose to focus on the following components:

  • Intel Pentium G4560 (4 000 RUB.);
  • Motherboard chipset H110 Express (3 500 rubles);
  • The GeForce GTX 1050 2 GB (11 000 rubles).

This system unit will cost you in the 32-33 thousand rubles, and it can be called conditionally the game. Option processor Ryzen 5 2400G will cost less, but will be significantly slower. In my opinion, the graphics Vega 11 Radeon and GeForce GT 1030 is not suitable for gaming at Full HD resolution.

Naturally, all aforesaid is actual for those who buy new hardware with a warranty. On the used market you can find a more attractive device at a more reasonable price, but that is a separate topic of conversation.

By the way, in may, NVIDIA introduced the GeForce GTX 1050 3 GB. In this graphic adapter is installed full processor GP107, which got 768 CUDA cores. However, the bus was reduced from 128 to 96 bits in the result memory bandwidth GDDR5 7000 MHz decreased from 112 to 84 GB/s But the GPU clock from 1050 GeForce GTX 3 GB higher than the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and GeForce GTX 1050 2 GB. I suppose the novelty will become a good alternative for games that do not require more than 3 GB of VRAM.

The base Assembly

With this PC you can safely play the next couple of years all modern games in Full HD resolution at high and maximum graphics quality settings.

The base Assembly
Processor AMD 2600 Ryzen 5, 6 cores and 12 threads, a 3.4 (and 3.9) GHz, 8+8 MB L3, AM4, OEM 13 500 RUB.
Intel Core i5-8400, 6 cores, 2,8 (4,0) GHz, 9 MB L3, LGA1151-v2, OEM 13 500 RUB.
Motherboard AMD B350 Examples:
• Gigabyte GA-AB350M-D3V;
• ASRock AB350M;
4 500 RUB.
Intel B360 Express Examples:
• ASRock Pro4 B360M;
• Gigabyte AORUS Gaming 3 B360M
7 000.
RAM 16 GB DDR4-2400/2666:
• Ballistix BLS2C8G4D26BFSBK;
• Samsung M378A1G43EB1-CRC
12 000 RUB.
Video card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060, 6 GB GDDR5:
• Palit GeForce GTX 1060 Dual;
• Inno3D GeForce GTX 1060 Twin X2

AMD Radeon RX 570, 4 GB GDDR5:

23, 000.
Drives HDD, 1 TB, 7200 rpm, SATA 6 GB/s Examples:
• Western Digital WD10EZEX;
• Toshiba HDWD110UZSVA;
• Seagate ST1000DM010
3 000 RUB.
SSD 120-128 GB, SATA 6 GB/s Examples:
• Transcend 230S TS128GSSD230S;
• Kingston SUV400S37/120G
3 000 RUB.
CPU cooler Example:
• Deepcool gammaxx Deepcool 200T
1 000 RUB.
Case Examples:
• Zalman Z3 Plus Black;
• Thermaltake Versa N26
3 000 RUB.
Power supply Examples:
• Chieftec GDP-550C 550W;
• Cooler Master B600 ver.2 600 watts
4 000 RUB.
Total AMD — 67 000 rubles.
Intel — 69 500 RUB.

A reference Assembly the balance of power between AMD systems and Intel a few changes. The games are still interesting looks the LGA1151 platform-v2, but here’s a resource intensive task goes forward AM4 — due to the presence of 12 threads at Ryzen 5 2600, of course. A similar situation is observed in other categories.

More recently, the basic Assembly is used system with 6-core processors. Before the advent of relatively inexpensive boards for LGA1151 platform-v2 configuration included Intel Quad Core i3-8100. Now used 6-core Core i5-8400. The difference in price between these “stones” — decent, so the system units are considered in this category differ in price. Why in the base Assembly Intel processor core i3-8350K, I explained in detail in the last issue. If to speak shortly: the move to six cores.

And the cost of the basic Assembly in comparison with the starting configuration is markedly different due to the presence of 16 GB RAM and SSD of the small volume — with these elements to use the computer becomes much more comfortable.

With the AMD system, everything is clear: set in cheap B350-cost the most affordable six-core Ryzen and enjoy life. If necessary, the processor can be overclocked to 3.7-3.8 GHz without a serious increase in the level of heat dissipation.

With saving options, I think, too all is clear. Is 6-core Ryzen 5 2600 you can get a 4-core Ryzen 5 1500X — will benefit approximately 2 000, but noticeable lose in performance. Options for improving the reference assemblies (AMD, Intel), in fact, turn it into the best — still in the “Computer of the month” five of the six categories are based on the same platforms.

And I recommend to assemble AMD to use Samsung memory DDR4-2400, which if desired can be overclocked to effective frequencies 3000-3200 MHz. Buy the Samsung modules marked Mxxxxxxxxxxxx-CRC operating on the effective frequency of 2133 and 2400 MHz. According to our tests, overclocking the memory will noticeably increase the performance of chips Ryzen: the use of the kit DDR4-3200 compared to the kit DDR4-2133 makes the system faster by an average of 15 %.

For LGA1151 platform-v2 you can use any kits DDR4-2400/2666 because boards with the chipset H310, B360 and H370 Express to raise the memory clock above will not.

Build Intel, the situation is somewhat more interesting. Last month, along with Core i5-8400 I offered to use a inexpensive cost chipset H310 Express, but now I recommend not to do it. Soon our website will be out comparative testing of such devices. It will clearly show that for compute-intensive tasks such motherboards are not. In games Board-level ASRock H310M-HDV 6-nuclear Coffee Lake are stable, but I want to offer in the “Computer of the month” system has been fully operational in all cases. That is why in the base Assembly Intel are more expensive solutions based on chipset B360 Express.

Last month our website has published reviews of models H370 Gigabyte Aorus Gaming 3 WiFi and the Samsung B360 AORUS Gaming 3 Wi-Fi is a fairly advanced device, based nevertheless on a smaller chipsets Intel. The power subsystem of these motherboards is designed so that the device can operate stably when performing the most demanding task even with the six-core Core i7-8700K. It turns out, the only disadvantages of such boards be the lack of support for overclocking the CPU, memory high frequency and double array of NVIDIA SLI — disadvantages relative.

Generally, in may, we spent a lot of time the younger Intel. This article details the features of such sets of logic, as H310, B360, H370 and Z370 Express.

Last month in the reference Assembly were used the GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB (23 000 rubles). Nothing changed in June, however 20-21 thousand rubles you can buy a model 570 Radeon RX 4GB. With good acceleration, say, up to 1400 MHz at the core of these adapters will show similar results in games, if we are not talking about projects that are always best optimized for a specific GPU architecture (for example, GTA V always works better on systems with NVIDIA graphics). Option GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB a little interesting — the device has a productivity GPU, but, unfortunately, the 3 GB VRAM in 2018 is not enough for games on high and maximum graphics quality settings in Full HD resolution.

The most inexpensive version of Radeon RX 580 8 GB are slightly more expensive GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB of 24 000 rubles.

Optimal Assembly

System that is able in most cases to run a particular game at the maximum graphics quality settings in Full HD resolution.

Optimal Assembly
Processor AMD Ryzen 5 2600X, 6 cores and 12 threads, 3,6 (4,2) GHz, 8+8 MB L3, AM4, OEM 15 000 RUB.
Intel Core i5-8600, 6 cores, 3,2 (4,3) GHz, 9 MB L3, LGA1151-v2, OEM 16 000 RUB.
Motherboard AMD B350 Examples:
• Gigabyte GA-AB350-GAMING 3;
• AB350 ASRock Fatal1ty Gaming K4
6 500 RUB.
Intel Z370 Express Examples:
• ASRock Pro4 Z370;
• Gigabyte HD3 Z370;
• MSI Z370-A PRO
8 500 RUB.
Operativnaya memory 16 GB DDR4-3200:
• HyperX HX432C16PB3K2/16;
• Corsair CMK16GX4M2D3200C16
16 000 RUB.
Video card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070, 8 GB GDDR5:
• Gigabyte GV-N1070G1 GAMING-8GD;
• Palit GeForce GTX 1070 Dual
35 000 rubles.
Drives HDD, 1 TB, 7200 rpm, SATA 6 GB/s Examples:
• Western Digital WD10EZEX;
• Toshiba HDWD110UZSVA;
• Seagate ST1000DM010
3 000 RUB.
SSD, 240-250 GB, SATA 6 GB/s Examples:
• 860 Samsung EVO MZ-76E250;
• Intel SSD 545s;
• WD Blue 3D WDS250G2B0A
6 000 RUB.
CPU cooler Examples:
• Deepcool deepcool gammaxx 400;
• Cooler Master Hyper H412R
1 500 RUB.
Case Examples:
• Zalman Z3 Plus Black;
• Cooler Master MasterBox 5 Lite;
• Thermaltake Versa N26
3 000 RUB.
Power supply Examples:
• Chieftec GPM-650S 650 W;
• GD EVGA 550W 550 W
4 500 RUB.
Total AMD — 90 500 RUB.
Intel — 93 500 rubles.

At optimal Assembly are also used processors Ryzen 5 and Core i5 — but only models Ryzen 5 2600X and Core i5-8600 , which operate at significantly higher frequencies.

Looking to buy Ryzen 5 2600X processor makes sense to those who are not going to overclock anything. So, when 12-threaded load the CPU operates at a frequency of 3.95 GHz technology Precision Boost 2 and XFR2 are doing their job. Yourself we managed to overclock Ryzen 5 2600X just to 4.15 GHz. Some successful instances accelerated to 4.2 GHz. As can be seen, the transition to 12-nanometer process technology slightly increased overclocking frequency potential of the “red” chips. At the same time, it became clear that the generation of the Pinnacle Ridge became more power hungry and hotter. Our tests show that the overclocked to 4.15 GHz Ryzen 5 2600X inferior in some games himself, working in the default mode. Why is this happening, quite obviously. Technology Precision Boost 2, XFR2 is so intelligent that when the games load, which almost never can use all the cores of a multicore processor, they are very aggressive increase the frequency and output of the older Pinnacle Ridge is a step above the limit which is achievable by simultaneous manual overclocking all cores at once.

Those who are planning to disperse Ryzen, I can get a CPU from the base Assembly. Under certain conditions Ryzen 5 1600 will reach a stable frequency 3.9 GHz — the performance of this chip will almost match the performance of the model Ryzen 5 2600X, but you will save about 3 000.

In both cases, to ensure the stable operation of the processor at the highest frequency must be installed in system unit high-quality cooler.

In the optimal Assembly, Intel recommend to use the model Core i5-8600. When you load all six cores it runs at a frequency of 4.1 GHz. Interestingly, on exactly the same frequency in the same conditions, running and Core i5-8600K, so take overclocking Intel CPU makes sense only in one case — if you plan to overclock.

Thus in the optimal Assembly Intel I propose to use the charge on Z370-chipset that supports overclocking CPU. In the case of “normal” Core i5-8600 we do not need it, such payment is purchased in order to use high frequency RAM. Our tests show that even for the LGA1151 platform-v2 it makes sense to use a set of RAM DDR4-3200.

You can save if instead Z370-card will take the device is based on chipset Express B360, for example. Be afraid of the lack of the functions of MCE, which is implemented only on the basis of the boards has older chipset and allows the chips to Coffee Lake beyond TDP, not worth it. Many decisions based on chipsets H370, B360 and H310 is possible to increase the power limit. At ASUS it is called the Long Duration Package Power Limit and located under Ai Tweaker/CPU Power Management Internal; ASRock this option is called Long Duration Power Limit and is available under OC Tweaker/CPU Configuration; Gigabyte it can be found in the subsection M. I. T./Advanced CPU Core Setting called Package Power Limit1 – TDP; the. MSI it is located in the Overclocking/CPU Features called Long Duration Power Limit. It is important that the Converter power Board was quality and can withstand a serious load. So too, to save on Board I would not recommend. And it is important that the processor was cooled efficiently.

If Radeon RX Radeon RX 570 and 580 for several months, are sold at similar prices with competitors from NVIDIA, the Radeon RX Vega 56 even in June is unreasonably expensive. The model — GIGABYTE Radeon RX Vega 56 GAMING OC — the average in Moscow retail cost 42 000. By the way, this graphics card came out recently on our website.

It’s a shame, because in overclocking Radeon RX Vega 56 quietly catching up and even ahead of the GeForce GTX 1080. But this time GeForce GTX 1070 can be bought for much cheaper — over 35 000 on average and over 33 000 in the case of this model as the Palit Dual (NE51070015P2-1043D).


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