Given the sheer number of available components on the market, getting started with building a PC can be a somewhat daunting task, particularly if you're new to the process. Combine that with the fact that the cryptocurrency mining space has driven the best graphics cards prices to absurd levels, and things become even more difficult. But AMD's latest offering, dubbed the Combat Crate may help on both fronts.
The Combat Crate is a sort of barebones package for PC builders that bundles together a processor, motherboard, and graphics card. Available together for $549, the current package packs an MSI B350 Tomahawk motherboard, a Ryzen 5 1600 processor, and a Radeon RX 580 graphics card. That's slightly cheaper than each of those parts would cost when bought separately.
Of course, in addition to the Combat Crate parts, you'll still need to get your hands on a case, RAM, a power supply, and storage drives. However, if your main concern is getting the basics for a gaming PC while avoiding graphics card price hikes and shortages, then the Combat Crate could be a good alternative.
According to Engadget, AMD is planning to launch a second bundle with a Ryzen 1700 processor as well. Of course, if you're more concerned with picking up one of AMD's second-generation Ryzen processors, then the Combat Crate is a no-go. Still, if it's up your alley, you can grab one now for $549.
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