The best value-for-money gaming PC you can buy in South Africa

Now that the cryptocurrency gold rush is over and there is once again a good supply of graphics cards in the South African market, building a gaming PC on a budget is a lot more realistic.

The power of current-generation components means that you should be able to put together a machine that can handle any game at 1080p for an attractive price.

Mid-range GPUs like the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 and Radeon RX 580 offer incredible performance for Full HD gaming while being priced very attractively.

Buying a multi-core CPU which is good enough for gaming has also become cheaper of late.

Thanks to the increased core counts of AMD’s Ryzen and Intel’s Core 9th-Gen chips, even low-end processors are more than suitable for most gamers.

Value PC build

To determine how much a “budget” gaming PC costs in South Africa, we put together a build on paper comprising some of the best-value components available on the market.

We used PassMark’s CPU and GPU value-to-performance rankings as a rough guide to select components for this build, although we also factored in South African pricing and product availability.

This build includes components which are all compatible with each other, and omits higher-end components which are not strictly necessary for budget gaming but greatly improve the experience – such as a small SSD for the boot drive.

Below is a component list for a budget gaming PC build with South African pricing.


ASRock A320M-HDV – R869

ASRock A320M


AMD Ryzen 3 2200G – R1,829

AMD Ryzen 3 2200G


G.Skill Ripjaws V 8GB – R1,099

G Skill Ripjaws


Western Digital Blue 2TB – R999

WD Blue 2TB


XFX Radeon RX 580 8GB – R3,699

XFX Radeon RX 580


Corsair VS450 450W – R604

Corsair VS450


DeepCool Frame – R419

DeepCool Frame


PC Build Component Price
Motherboard ASRock A320M-HDV R869
Processor AMD Ryzen 2200G R1,829
RAM G.Skill Ripjaws V DDR4 2,666MHz 8GB (2x4GB) R1,099
Storage Western Digital Blue 2TB R999
Graphics XFX Radeon RX 580 8GB R3,699
Power Supply Corsair VS450 450W R604
Chassis DeepCool Frame R419
Total Price R8,649

Hardware

The build is priced at well below R9,000 and will be able to handle any modern game at 1080p with no problems.

It could benefit from a small SSD to act as the boot drive, but this would only affect load times and have a negligible impact on gaming performance.

The AMD Ryzen 2200G chip included in this build offers four physical cores, a 3.7GHz turbo clock speed, and an integrated GPU, making it a great deal for its price.

Similarly, the XFX Radeon RX 580 8GB is only R3,699 from Wootware and includes a choice of two free game codes for Resident Evil 2, Devil May Cry 5, or Tom Clancy’s The Division 2.

The price of this build does not include the cost of a Full HD monitor or peripherals, however, but these can be relatively cheap purchases.

For example, a 24-inch 1,920 x 1,080 IPS display is priced at around R2,000 from most retailers, and a Redragon mouse and keyboard combo costs less than R500.


Performance

While being a budget machine, the power delivered by this rig is more than enough for gamers playing at 1080p, and owners should only need to upgrade hardware if they are moving up to a resolution of 1440p or 4K.

Gaming benchmarks which demonstrate the 1080p gaming performance of the AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB, courtesy of AnandTech, are posted below.

Benchmark FPS
Grand Theft Auto V – 1920×1080 – Very High Quality 51.8
F1 2018 – 1920×1080 – Ultra Quality 75.2
Far Cry 5 – 1920×1080 – Ultra Quality 71.0
Battlefield 1 – 1920×1080 – Ultra Quality 87.6
Shadow of War – 1920×1080 – Ultra Quality 57.1

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