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Stepping into PC Gaming: Mid-range PCs

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What does extra budget get you?

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Our previous blog was focused on the entry space into PC gaming; cards starting at $129.  But with additional budget towards your PC, the door opens to several key benefits:

1. Improved Performance: A faster CPU and graphics card will net you higher framerates in your games for a smoother experience.  It also opens the door for enabling higher quality graphics settings, such as increased texture quality and raytracing, in your games at playable frames-per-second (FPS).

2. More Features: With a higher budget, you can opt for components with more features, better cooling solutions, and advanced overclocking capabilities[1]. You will also see more components with added RGB lighting, which can help personalize your build aesthetic.

3. Future Ready: More budget towards system components ensures that it is capable of handling upcoming games and software and means that you may not need to upgrade your PC as frequently.

 

 

 

 

 

Key Components of a Mid-Range PC Build

 

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Processor (CPU) – Important for overall system performance, and the wrong processor can be a gaming bottleneck. AMD Ryzen™ 7 CPUs are the best mid-range gaming options from AMD.

Motherboard – The main framework that all PC components connect to and can affect graphics card bandwidth. For mainstream PCs an AMD B550 (Ryzen 5000 series - PCIe Gen 4) or AMD B650 (Ryzen 7000 Series - PCIe Gen5) are your choices from AMD.

Memory – 16GB in dual channel (2 identical sticks of 8GB) is recommended. 

Graphics Card – The main component responsible for framerates and visual quality.  With AMD, you have several great options starting at $299.

 

 

 

 

AMD Radeon™ RX Graphics Starting at $299

 

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MODEL

COMPUTE UNITS

MEMORY SIZE

AMD Radeon™ RX 6800

60

16 GB

AMD Radeon™ RX 6750 XT

40

12 GB

AMD Radeon™ RX 6650 XT

32

8 GB

 

 

 

 

 

For a mid-range PC build, there are fantastic graphics card options that are powerful enough to play the latest games at max game settings at 1080p or 1440p resolutions.  

Hogwarts Legacy

Average FPS (Up to) | Ultra Settings[2]  

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Returnal

Average FPS (Up to) | Epic Settings[3]

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Pricing based on lowest market price on Newegg.com as of 3/3/2023.

And with high-performing, hardware accelerated raytracing coupled with AMD upscaling technologies like FidelityFX™ Super Resolution or Radeon™ Super Resolution, you can experience even more immersive lighting, reflections, and shadow detail in titles that support it.

For the best experience, playing on a monitor that supports AMD FreeSync technology[4] is designed to further enhance your experience by reducing choppy-looking gameplay and broken frames for a more fluid, artifact-free performance.

 

AMD Software: Adrenalin Edition™

The AMD Software: Adrenalin Edition™ application provides users with a range of powerful tools and features designed to enhance their gaming experience.  This includes:

  • AMD Noise Suppression technology: Eliminate unwanted and distracting background noises from your surrounding environment or the environment of others you’re streaming with.[5]
  • AMD Radeon™ Boost technology: Extra performance & responsiveness through dynamic resolution or shading adjustments.[6]
  • AMD Anti-Lag technology: Reduces input lag for a more responsive gaming feel.[7]
  • AMD Radeon™ Super Resolution technology: Works with thousands of games to increase your gaming performance using in-driver upscaling. If you can’t get above your preferred FPS minimums, turn this technology on in Adrenalin to boost your games FPS up to 3X.[8]
  • New Streaming Enhancements: Improve your streaming quality today using the latest version of OBS, now with AMD encode support, or use our capture and streaming capabilities that are built right into AMD Software.

Furthermore, keep up to date with the latest version to take advantage of continuous performance improvements in your games through driver updates.

 

Leadership Performance. Unmistakable Value.

Graphics cards are a major investment for your PC build, so you should feel confident you’re getting incredible performance and value with your purchase.  Stacking up these mid-range graphics cards against competition at similar price points, the value and superior performance you get with Radeon™ GPUs is unmistakable.

Radeon™ RX 6800 versus RTX 3070[9]

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Radeon™ RX 6750 XT versus RTX 3060 Ti[10]

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Radeon™ RX 6650 XT versus RTX 3050[11]

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 Pricing based on lowest market price on Newegg.com as of 3/3/2023.

 

From flagship performance with AMD Radeon™ RX 7000 Series GPUs, to incredible price/performance with the Radeon™ RX 6000 Series graphics cards, AMD has you covered. With the recommendations above, you can jump into some fantastic gaming at either 1080p or 1440p starting at $299.

 

For more information on where to buy AMD Radeon™ RX 6000 Series graphics, visit our Where to Buy Radeon RX 6000 Series page.

And for more information on AMD Software, visit www.amd.com/adrenalin and discover what else you can do with our software.

 

Matthew Hummel is a Product Marketing Manager for Radeon™ graphics cards at AMD.

Currently playing Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown

 

 

 

Endnotes

1) Overclocking and/or Undervolting AMD processors and memory, including without limitation, altering clock frequencies / multipliers or memory timing / voltage,  to operate outside of AMD’s published specifications will void any applicable AMD product warranty, even when enabled via AMD hardware and/or software.  This may also void warranties offered by the system manufacturer or retailer.  Users assume all risks and liabilities that may arise out of overclocking / undervolting AMD processors, including, without limitation, failure of or damage to hardware, reduced system performance and/or data loss, corruption or vulnerability.  GD-106.

2) Testing done by AMD Performance Labs on February 17, 2023 on test systems configured with AMD Ryzen 9 7900X CPU, 32 GB DDR5-6000 Memory, and Windows 11 Pro across AMD Radeon RX 6800, RX 6750 XT, and RX 6650 XT with AMD Software: Adrenalin Edition 23.2.1 versus a similarly configured system with Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070, RTX 3060 Ti, RTX 3060, and RTX 3050 (Driver 528.24) to measure FPS in Hogwarts Legacy at 1080p and 1440p Ultra Settings. System Manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. RX-907

3) Testing done by AMD Performance Labs on February 17, 2023 on test systems configured with AMD Ryzen 9 7900X CPU, 32 GB DDR5-6000 Memory, and Windows 11 Pro across AMD Radeon RX 6800, RX 6750 XT, and RX 6650 XT with AMD Software: Adrenalin Edition 23.2.1 versus a similarly configured system with Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070, RTX 3060 Ti, RTX 3060, and RTX 3050 (Driver 528.49) to measure FPS in Returnal at 1080p and 1440p Epic Settings. System Manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. RX-908

4) AMD FreeSync™ technology requires AMD Radeon™ graphics and a display that supports FreeSync technology as certified by AMD. AMD FreeSync™ Premium technology adds requirements of mandatory low framerate compensation and at least 120 Hz refresh rate at minimum FHD. AMD FreeSync™ Premium Pro technology adds requirements for the display to meet AMD FreeSync Premium Pro compliance tests. See www.amd.com/freesync for complete details. Confirm capability with your system manufacturer before purchase. GD-127

5) AMD Noise Suppression works on AMD Ryzen™ 6000 Series processors with integrated graphics and newer, and AMD Radeon™ RX 6000 Series desktop graphics and newer. Noise Suppression requires AMD Software: Adrenalin Edition™ 22.7.1 and newer, and may not install on systems equipped with Realtek ACP-based ANR. GD-213 

6) Radeon™ Boost is compatible with Windows 10 and 11 in select titles only. Hardware compatibility includes RX 400 and newer consumer dGPUs, Ryzen™ 2000 and newer APUs, including hybrid and detachable graphics configurations. No mGPU support. Radeon™ Boost VRS compatible with AMD Radeon™ RX 6000 Series Graphics exclusively. For a list of compatible titles & APIs see https://www.amd.com/en/technologies/radeon-boost. GD-158

7) Radeon™ Anti-Lag is compatible with DirectX 9, DirectX 11 and DirectX 12 APIs, Windows 10 and 11. Hardware compatibility includes Polaris and newer consumer dGPUs Ryzen™ 2000 and newer APUs, including hybrid and detachable graphics configurations. No mGPU support. GD-157

Radeon Super Resolution works with games that support exclusive and borderless full-screen modes. AMD Software: Adrenalin Edition 22.5.2 or newer is required. GD-197

9)  Testing done by AMD performance labs March 5, 2023, on an AMD Radeon RX 6800 graphics card (Driver 23.2.1) paired with AMD Ryzen 9 7900X processor, AM5 motherboard, 32GB DDR5-6000MT memory, and Windows 11 Pro versus a similarly configured test system with GeForce RTX 3070 graphics card (Driver 528.24) across 32 games at max settings, at 1440p resolution:  System manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results.

Performance per Dollar is calculated by taking the average scores of the games above divided by the lowest available price on Newegg (USD) as of March 3, 2023. RX-898.

10) Testing done by AMD performance labs March 5, 2023, on an AMD Radeon RX 6750 XT graphics card (Driver 23.2.1) paired with AMD Ryzen 9 7900X processor, AM5 motherboard, 32GB DDR5-6000MT memory, and Windows 11 Pro versus a similarly configured test system with GeForce RTX 3060 Ti graphics card (Driver 528.24) across 32 games at max settings, at 1440p resolution. System manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results.

Performance per Dollar is calculated by taking the average scores of the same 32 games divided by the lowest available price on Newegg (USD) as of March 3, 2023. RX-899.

11) Testing done by AMD performance labs March 5, 2023, on an AMD Radeon RX 6650 XT graphics card (Driver 23.2.1) paired with AMD Ryzen 5 7600X processor, AM5 motherboard, 32GB DDR5-6000MT memory, and Windows 11 Pro versus a similarly configured test system with GeForce RTX 3050 graphics card (Driver 528.24) across 32 games at max settings, at 1080p resolution. System manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results.

Performance per Dollar is calculated by taking the average scores of the same games divided by the lowest available price on Newegg (USD) as of March 3, 2023. RX-900.

 

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