Currently, building a PC is significantly more expensive than it should be. GPU and RAM pricing are out of control. The AMD Combat Crate is designed to reduce the cost of entry for users looking to build a custom gaming rig without having to sell one of their kidneys. I got my hands on one of the crates, check out my impressions and full sub $900 gaming build below.
AMD Combat Crate Specs & Pricing
There are two versions of the AMD Combat Crate currently available. One featuring the Ryzen 5 1600, the other a Ryzen 7 1700. Each system saves you a healthy amount compared to what you would pay for the individual parts.
|Ryzen 5 Crate||Ryzen 7 Crate|
|CPU||Ryzen 5 1600||Ryzen 7 1700|
|Motherboard||MSI B350 Tomahawk||MSI B350 Tomahawk|
|GPU||MSI RX 580 Armor||MSI RX 580 Armor|
$900 Gaming Build Components
After unpacking the crate, I headed over to Microcenter with the goal of building a complete system built around the Combat Crate that costs less than $900. I was able to do so with surprising success. I went with the Ryzen 5 based AMD Combat Crate, as that configuration represents the best value of the two. I then paired it with the following components.
|Combat Crate||Ryzen 5 1600|
|RAM||8GB Crucial Ballistic DDR4 2400MHz|
|HDD||Intel 545s 256GB M.2 SSD
Western Digital 1TB HDD
|PSU||Corsair 650W ATX PSU|
Once unboxed, this was one of the easiest systems I have ever put together. I typically work with compact case, so working with the spacious NZXT S340s was refreshing. To see the full build process you can watch the video below.
AMD did a great job with their new Combat Crates. Unlike most bundles, you will actually save money. I was able to build an entire VR ready system for less than $900. These components make a great mid level gaming machine that can easily be updated in the future.