Advice on budget gaming build

Hello all,
a girlfriend of mine is looking to buy a budget gaming PC.

All builds I've been recommended consists of a 1060 6GB and 16GB ram. The main difference comes down to the CPUs.

- Ryzen 1600
- i3-8100
- i5-6400

While I know the Ryzen can be OC'd the only way I'd be able to do that would be to up the multipliers and let it run off of Vcore set to Auto, but I'm not sure if the stock cooler would be able to handle that?

I've been told the Ryzen-build but I'm always happy to hear more opinions.
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  1. Absolutely 1600 among the three chips. You will eventually get better performance and game scalability over time. Paired with a good OC board, OCing the 1600 is not at all an issue.
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  2. Hellfire13 said:
    Absolutely 1600 among the three chips. You will eventually get better performance and game scalability over time. Paired with a good OC board, OCing the 1600 is not at all an issue.


    On air as well? She lives at a school so I can't really sit around an entire day and do stress-testing every time I change some settings in bios. Personally I just upped my multipliers and let it run on Auto Vcore, but thats because my H100i allows it after all.
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  3. I'd say Ryzen 1600. However, if you wanna go intel, then the i5-6400 wouldn't be a bad choice at all with a 1060 - maybe even pair it with a 1050 ti? its cheaper too.
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  4. Auto Vcore is not a good idea as the multiplier tend to take preset settings which are factory exaggerated for more headroom. The offset is usually much more than required. VDroop tends to be messed up on auto vcore. Manual Vcore is more safe and recommended. You dont have to sit there all the time. Just set a moderate OC at constant and let it run stable with minimum Vcore. On a good board the 1600 can OC easily to around 3.7ghz with the Wraith Spire. Unless you are pushing extreme clocks, you dont need a h100i.
    Then again, even on stock clocks the 1600 is pretty good.
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  5. mdanielsbusso said:
    I'd say Ryzen 1600. However, if you wanna go intel, then the i5-6400 wouldn't be a bad choice at all with a 1060 - maybe even pair it with a 1050 ti? its cheaper too.


    I really dont care if its Intel or AMD - whatevers best, since they are more or less within the same price range (the entire builds) - so if AMD is better the performer in this, I'll just pick that.
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  6. Hellfire13 said:
    Auto Vcore is not a good idea as the multiplier tend to take preset settings which are factory exaggerated for more headroom. The offset is usually much more than required. VDroop tends to be messed up on auto vcore. Manual Vcore is more safe and recommended. You dont have to sit there all the time. Just set a moderate OC at constant and let it run stable with minimum Vcore. On a good board the 1600 can OC easily to around 3.7ghz with the Wraith Spire. Unless you are pushing extreme clocks, you dont need a h100i.
    Then again, even on stock clocks the 1600 is pretty good.


    Wish it was that easy (for me), I know squad about OC settings, and I wouldn't wanna damage her system. Mines been running for years on Auto Vcore without problems though.
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  7. 1600 definitely out of those 3. Its stock cooler should be easily enough for some nice OC.
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  8. Juusuhako said:
    Hellfire13 said:
    Auto Vcore is not a good idea as the multiplier tend to take preset settings which are factory exaggerated for more headroom. The offset is usually much more than required. VDroop tends to be messed up on auto vcore. Manual Vcore is more safe and recommended. You dont have to sit there all the time. Just set a moderate OC at constant and let it run stable with minimum Vcore. On a good board the 1600 can OC easily to around 3.7ghz with the Wraith Spire. Unless you are pushing extreme clocks, you dont need a h100i.
    Then again, even on stock clocks the 1600 is pretty good.


    Wish it was that easy (for me), I know squad about OC settings, and I wouldn't wanna damage her system. Mines been running for years on Auto Vcore without problems though.


    Its actually easier than it sounds. Would advice to check out some youtube video guides for OC. There are tons of videos out there with detailed step by step instructions. Once you get the hang of the basic concept, rest is cake walk.
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  9. DRagor said:
    1600 definitely out of those 3. Its stock cooler should be easily enough for some nice OC.


    Cool, thanks.

    Hellfire13 said:
    Juusuhako said:
    Hellfire13 said:
    Auto Vcore is not a good idea as the multiplier tend to take preset settings which are factory exaggerated for more headroom. The offset is usually much more than required. VDroop tends to be messed up on auto vcore. Manual Vcore is more safe and recommended. You dont have to sit there all the time. Just set a moderate OC at constant and let it run stable with minimum Vcore. On a good board the 1600 can OC easily to around 3.7ghz with the Wraith Spire. Unless you are pushing extreme clocks, you dont need a h100i.
    Then again, even on stock clocks the 1600 is pretty good.


    Wish it was that easy (for me), I know squad about OC settings, and I wouldn't wanna damage her system. Mines been running for years on Auto Vcore without problems though.


    Its actually easier than it sounds. Would advice to check out some youtube video guides for OC. There are tons of videos out there with detailed step by step instructions. Once you get the hang of the basic concept, rest is cake walk.


    I'll try look it up, but if I don't know how to in the end (or if it just keeps BSOD'ing on me) I'll give the auto vcore a go on a minor OC.
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  10. Thanks for the help. : o)
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  11. Juusuhako said:
    DRagor said:
    1600 definitely out of those 3. Its stock cooler should be easily enough for some nice OC.


    Cool, thanks.

    Hellfire13 said:
    Juusuhako said:
    Hellfire13 said:
    Auto Vcore is not a good idea as the multiplier tend to take preset settings which are factory exaggerated for more headroom. The offset is usually much more than required. VDroop tends to be messed up on auto vcore. Manual Vcore is more safe and recommended. You dont have to sit there all the time. Just set a moderate OC at constant and let it run stable with minimum Vcore. On a good board the 1600 can OC easily to around 3.7ghz with the Wraith Spire. Unless you are pushing extreme clocks, you dont need a h100i.
    Then again, even on stock clocks the 1600 is pretty good.


    Wish it was that easy (for me), I know squad about OC settings, and I wouldn't wanna damage her system. Mines been running for years on Auto Vcore without problems though.


    Its actually easier than it sounds. Would advice to check out some youtube video guides for OC. There are tons of videos out there with detailed step by step instructions. Once you get the hang of the basic concept, rest is cake walk.


    I'll try look it up, but if I don't know how to in the end (or if it just keeps BSOD'ing on me) I'll give the auto vcore a go on a minor OC.


    Dont worry, you will figure out eventually. Else this community is always there to help.
    Welcome...cheers
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