Get Into the Next Generation on a Budget
Team Red’s answer to Nvidia’s new line of Pascal series video cards was an unexpected and smart move.
Instead of fighting the video card war on the same battlefield, AMD’s Polaris line of cards are a direct move for the budget to mid-range market, something Nvidia overlooked entirely with its expensive (but very good) GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 video cards.
AMD’s RX 480 is available in both 4GB and 8GB models, with both cards providing gamers with exceptional performance at 1920×1080 resolutions, and good performance at 2560×1440, the card is very much VR-ready, and the price makes it a hugely desirable piece of kit.
Yes, instead of pricing their new card in the $500-$600 bracket, you will be able to pick up a 4GB version of the RX480 for around $200, with the 8GB version costing around $250.
This is a MASSIVE win for consumers, and especially anyone building a gaming PC for the first time. I’ve put together the below cheap AMD RX 480 build for around $700, and with a bit of practice you can too.
Building a Gaming PC
First of all, if you’ve never built a gaming PC before, don’t worry.
It’s pretty easy and I’ve prepared a series of extremely short videos that you can follow to put your new system together.
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Before you start, make sure you head across to my guide, and take a look at the below playlist of videos.
They’re deliberately short and simple to follow, and outline how to install a CPU, how to install a video card, and plenty more.
If you click the menu link in the top left of the video below you can choose which video to play.
RX 480 – Features
Before we put together our cheap AMD RX 480 build, lets take a look at just what makes AMD’s new card such an exciting piece of hardware.
The RX 480 represents a generational leap forward in terms of video card architecture, with the RX 480’s Polaris chipset manufactured using a 14nm process – basically this means more processing power is squeezed into a smaller space.
In terms of connectivity the RX 480 supports HDMI2.0b and DisplayPort 1.3 and 1.4. The card has one HDMI 2.0b and three DisplayPort connectors.
The card supports high dynamic range displays and FreeSync (on both HDMI and DisplayPort connectors).
But why stop there? The RX 480 supports speeds of up to 240 frames per second at 1920×1080 resolution.
As I’ve said, while the RX 480 can’t compete with Nvidia’s GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 video cards in terms of graphical processing power, AMD have released the card to provide mainstream gamers and PC builders with improved performance and power consumption over the last generation of cards.
|GPU power connectors||1 x 6-pin PCIe|
|Connectors||1 x HDMI2.0b, 3 x DisplayPort (1.3 and 1.4 compatible)|
In terms of how the RX 480 handles the latest games, let’s just say if you’re happy to game at a maximum of 2560×1440 screen resolution and ‘make do’ with only ‘very good’ graphics as opposed to ‘ultra’, you’ll be fine with this card.
If you want to game at 4K resolutions, the RX 480 probably isn’t the card for you.
Although 4K is playable with the right amount of tweaking, it certainly doesn’t provide out-of-the-box guaranteed high frame rates at this resolution.
Ultimately it will be up to the individual as to whether or not they upgrade to the RX 480.
I would suggest if you’re already using an AMD R9 390 or above, then stick with it until AMD releases its line of high-end Vega chipset cards towards the end of the year.
If you haven’t upgraded your video card in a few years and are happy to game at 1920×1080, this card will certainly deliver blistering performance, and at a very nice price too.
Cheap AMD RX 480 Build
The below build features a fast (and cheap) dual core Intel CPU, a solid state drive and an 8GB version of the AMD RX 480 video card.
Total Cost: $696
(Please note prices are subject to daily fluctuations)
Variety is the Spice of Life
If you’re not interested in this cheap AMD RX 480 build, there’s plenty of different setups to try. See some ideas below:
Here’s a few ideas for your next PC build, to get you started:
If you have any questions about this cheap AMD RX 480 build, or would like recommendations on other components or hardware you could use, drop me a line on Twitter, send me a picture on Instagram, or join my community on Facebook.
If you want a simple to follow overview of how to put a gaming PC together, including short video tutorials, have a look at my guide.
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