Christmas Wish List 2018 (PC Hardware): AMD Radeon RX 560 and Ryzen 1300X

It’s starting to look like Christmas, however, your desk table could be looking quite miserable – without a gaming PC to hide in your cave to play over the festive season.

Being at the end of the year, you have accidentally burst your due to the (countless) overseas holidays, the 11.11 Singles Day Sales and Black Friday Sales.

And you somehow forgotten that one of your priorities was to get yourself a customised gaming PC before 2018 ends.

Since, you can’t afford to break the bank nor you’re willing to sell your kidney(s), we at TechsideTales have two piece of hardware – graphics card and processor that could fit your budget without giving up one of your organs.


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It is common knowledge that we need a decent graphics card to enjoy most of the latest games out in the market.

With Steam always giving discounts on our favourite games, certainly you’d want to a GPU that would do wonders yet with a budget.

Being out for more than a year, the AMD Radeon RX 560 is one GPU you do not want to miss. Despite it is an entry-level GPU, you’d be amazed what it can do for you.

  1. Being an entry-level GPU, you would only need to spend less than RM900 where you can play most of the hottest and latest games at 1080p. Why pay more when you can pay less and play the same games on ‘Medium settings? Unless, you’re mad on ‘High’ or ‘Ultra High’ then please sell that kidney(s) and look elsewhere.
  2. The AMD Radeon RX 560 delivers smooth and fantastic gaming experience at 1080p. If you’re somewhat late to play games such as Grand Theft Auto V, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and DiRT 4, your gaming experience would be smooth as a butter.
    And if you’re still a serious player of Overwatch, you can crank the GPU settings to high quality and performance will not be compromised.


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  3. At the same time, the RX 560 supports modern technologies (well one-year ago) like Free Sync, HDMI 2.0, DP 1.4 HBR, HEVC 4K decoding, Radeon Chill and Radeon ReLive. Also, when this AMD GPU is on the run, expect minimal to zero noise while keeping temperature cool around at 34 Celsius when idle and under 60 Celsius during heavy performance.

Meanwhile, it is obvious that you’d need to get processor for your cost-efficient gaming rig, right?Sticking with AMD and theme of on-a-budget, the processor that would go hand-in-hand with RX 560 would be the Ryzen 3 1300X.

Before any judgment befalls us, yes, the Ryzen 3 1300X has been in the market around the same time as RX 560, but let’s look at some of its advantages.

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  1. Similarly like the RX 560, the AMD Ryzen 3 1300X is tailored for those gamers who are looking to build a cost-friendly gaming rig. At less than RM600, it provides an outstanding performance while heavily gaming at 1080p or higher.
  2. And if you’re the type of people who enjoy overclocking, then you’re in luck as the Ryzen 3 processor comes unlocked – making overclocking a breeze. In addition, if you want overclocked over to 4Ghz, you’d just need to invest more in a good water cooling or air-cooling solution for your rig.
  3. On top of gaming, this affordable AMD processor is capable of handling basic video editing and Photoshop. And if you’re into multi-tasking, with enough of RAM (min of 8GB), you would barely experience any hiccup or lag in terms of performance.

In conclusion, if you are going down the path of a budget gaming rig, do consider the AMD RX 560 and the AMD Ryzen 3 1300X as your preferred GPU and processor.

And if you’re looking at getting an ultra-thin monitor, maybe Dell Ultrathin 24-inch would be your cup of tea. To read our review about it, click here.






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