Thermaltake Contac Silent ($25) - At Ryzen’s launch, there was an absence of AM4 compatible CPU coolers available to consumers. The Thermaltake Contac Silent 12 was one of the first AM4-compliant coolers on the market, and was recently featured in our AMD R5 1600X Build article and video. The Contac Silent 12 is a fairly plain and simple tower style CPU cooler, with 4x direct copper heatpipes and an aluminum fin array. Performance is good given its $25 price tag. The Thermaltake Contac Silent 12 is compatible with previous AMD CPUs as well as all relevant Intel CPUs. This is one to consider if you are using a stock heatsink and would prefer a quieter operation or just need a solid budget cooler.
EVGA B1 450W PSU ($20) - EVGA’s lower end power supplies still provide a good value, especially their B1 series. The EVGA B1 450W PSU is on sale at Newegg for $20 with a rebate card. The B1 450W sports the “Ketchup and Mustard” red and yellow cables and is non-modular, making cable management more difficult (but the PSU more affordable). The EVGA B1 450W is an 80 Plus Bronze certified unit and comes with a 3-year warranty.
SeaSonic M12II 520W PSU ($34.90) - SeaSonic is a reputable power supply manufacturer and their M12II 520W unit is on sale at Newegg through Thursday, May 4th. The M12II 520W unit is fully modular with black cables and is 80 Plus Bronze Certified. The SeaSonic M12II 520W also comes with a 5-year warranty. This unit is also the same price on Amazon, if you prefer to shop there.
Zotac GTX 1070 Mini ($340) - One of the better priced graphics cards on the market, the Zotac GTX 1070 Mini is perfect for SFF builds or if you would like a less expensive GTX 1070. The Zotac GTX 1070 Mini has all the standard specs of the GTX 1070 line, but is smaller. Check out our initial coverage from last year if interested in more basics. The Zotac card measures in at 8 inches, features two radial fans, and a copper heatpipe and aluminum fin stack. This is available on Newegg with your choice of Ghost Recon: Wildlands or For Honor game codes; alternatively, you can purchase on Amazon for the same price with no game code.
Crucial MX300 M.2 SSD 275GB ($95) - Flash-based memory and storage has seen shortages lately, causing a price hike on DDR4 RAM and SSDs. The Crucial MX300 M.2 SSD is not the fastest on the market but will still be considerably faster than SATA-based options, with sequential read and writes of 530/510MB/s, respectively. The drive has a blue PCB and a 3-year warranty.
Editorial: Ryan Greenberg