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$500 "Konsole Killer"

by RjCascher

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29 Comments

Details

Date Published

Nov. 18, 2018

Date Built

Nov. 16, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.6 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C

Description

This was my first ever PC build, so yeah... nerve racking. I mainly use it for light gaming and older titles (TF2, Terraria, Fortnite, Warframe, etc.), everyday computing, sometimes schoolwork, yeah that's about it. I thought long and hard about the components to use, and made a lot of part lists in the process (a lot of which were terrible now that I look back at them). The most recent edit before the final decision used a Ryzen 3 2200g and a GTX 1050, but I realized that by spending $225 ish on the CPU and graphics card I was skimping out on some other components. Yes, I realize that for a budget build I probably could have saved $27 if I hadn't bought a 5 pack of case fans, but I decided "whatever it doesn't matter I want airflow for like the next 5 or more upgrades. yolo". With the extra $120 I was able to get a better APU, faster ram, an SSD boot disk, a slightly better motherboard and a cpu cooler that is as good as a Hyper 212 Evo but looks way better. I'm very pleased with how this turned out and had fun building it (even if I got stuck in some blue screen loops and lost some drivers and had to jerry-rig a 10 year old graphics card into it in order to reinstall some drivers and update a BIOS), especially since I'm coming from an aging Dell OptiPlex 960 with a 10 year old graphics card. So yeah this is definitely an upgrade and I hope you like the build and this long description and yea, that's about all.

Also I'm hoping to put in an actual graphics card within the next year or so.

Update: I have the cpu overclocked to 4.0Ghz all cores and integrated Vega graphics clocked at 1500Mhz. I also used a rebate card (I believe from the psu) to buy a Phanteks RGB strip kit just because I can.

Part Reviews

CPU

Best APU that you can get rn, imo. $160 for a good cpu and decent integrated graphics make this a good budget option.

CPU Cooler

Really good air cooler for an awesomesauce price. Also aesthetically pleasing, goes well with my build.

Motherboard

Nice AM4 motherboard. Definitely worth it if you can get it on sale for around $65. It's also got some nice features that other micro-ATX B450 boards don't.

Memory

Fast 8GB kit of ram, works well with Ryzen. Looks pretty sick too.

Storage

Nice little SSD for a boot disk. Nice and fast boot times, good quality for the price.

Storage

1TB of hard drive space. Can't go wrong with that. Also really fast for a mechanical drive.

Case

Beautiful case with lots of airflow (if you get rid of the useless magnetic dust filter at the front) and tons of space for upgrades. Very nice, I'm gonna use this case for all future upgrades.

Power Supply

It might not be modular at all, but it does have really nice fully sleeved black cables and plenty of power for my system. Even if I did put in a graphics card down the line, I think that this PSU would be able to handle it.

Case Fan

These things move quite a bit of air and don't look half bad either.

Comments Sorted by:

rakkety09 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

How does it handle gaming with the CPU and no video card?

ZIC 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

It’s and APU, with intergraded Vega graphics

FiveSquared25 0 points 4 months ago

I think very well. Like 759ti-ish. Also OP, how’s the cooler! It looks amazing!

RjCascher submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

cooler works awesomesauce. also yeah integrated graphics on the 2400g are a little better than a gt 1030 and I'm very happy with it because before was using a core 2 duo and a GeForce 9300 ge that ran at like 85 c lmao

Tick_Tock_Overclock 4 points 4 months ago

lyle or Kyle?

Ja_Jarackus 1 point 4 months ago

Gotta love the look of those Arctic coolers and the F12's, nice build, hope it's treating you well.

RjCascher submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Thanks, it is. It plays Fortnite at 720p (can't do 1080 because I don't have a 1080p monitor lol) with medium settings and 100% 3d scaling at around 60 fps. Of course it isn't quite the 80+ fps that I get in TF2 with nearly max settings lmao.

Wanderrful 1 point 3 months ago

How many fan headers are on the motherboard

RjCascher submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

there are 5 4-pin fan headers in total (2 cpu/water pump and 3 chassis)

Wanderrful 1 point 3 months ago

Ok thanks

RjCascher submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

no problem

Wanderrful 1 point 3 months ago

Ok

darkshock 1 point 3 months ago

You could ditch the cpu cooler, ssd, and the extra fan and on top of that, get a cheaper case. At the time of posting it, for $50 less, im able to fit 16 gb in

RjCascher submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Yes this is true and I could have done this in the first place, but personal preference says that once I (eventually) put in an actual graphics card that 8gb is plenty for me (and also that I like the arctic cooler and fans and 10 sec boot times). At least for a few years maybe but by then the whole motherboard and ram will be swapped out for higher quality ones. lol

_Romeroo27 1 point 3 months ago

i’m planning on doing a similar build, what temepratures are you getting with that cooler?

RjCascher submitter 1 Build 2 points 3 months ago

idles around 30 to 35 C, hasn't gotten any hotter than like 65 on package temps playing games for hours (even with a 1350mhz oc on vega igpu). the highest temp i've seen was 72-ish but that was a cpuz stress test (i only ran it for like 5 mins tho lol). it's pretty good for a sub $40 air cooler, some would say it's even competition against the legendary hyper 212 evo at a similar price.

CJBlazin 1 point 3 months ago

Where did you order your motherboard from? VUUGO?

RjCascher submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Newegg bro, they the goat

moomoo77 1 point 9 days ago

I would add a rx 580 if you extend your budget

RjCascher submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 days ago

well I would but I'm kinda broke, you know, cause I'm still in high school and don't have a job. but I am planning on selling a few things like my old computer and my old phone so that I can buy a used rx 570 (or maybe a 580 if I can get a really good deal on ebay, but that might be pushing my psu a bit more than I'd like) and a new headset

Newbgaming 0 points 4 months ago

Dude play me on terraria and hey if your gonna get a GPU get an rx 560 4gb

RjCascher submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

lol. I think for my gpu upgrade I'm gonna wait until I can get a job next summer and save up for a gtx 1060 and then overclock the cpu as much as I can. (I'm 15 and a sophomore in high school btw)

TheDarkSkeleton 1 point 4 months ago

I would get a better psu, if you go overboard with the overclocking ur probably gonna need a higher rated or higher wattage psu

kschendel 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Nah, unless he picks up a high draw GPU like an RX 570, the 450w will be fine. You can't pump all that much power through ryzens, unlike intel overclocking. A 1060 or RX 580/590 will be fine with that PSU even overclocking the CPU.

Compared to the best, the BT's are kind of crappy and I wouldn't want to put any weird spiky loads on one, but if you don't explore its limits it's a perfectly acceptable budget PSU. IMO.

firewrath9 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

wait, "High draw GPU like an RX 570" then, "RX 580/590 will be fine with that PSU" wait the RX 580/590 have much higher power draw than the RX 570. lol mabye you meant to say Vega 56

moomoo77 1 point 9 days ago

Rx 580 is probs a better choice

personguymandudebro -1 points 4 months ago

get a 1050ti

mistabeans11 4 points 4 months ago

or maybe a used 1060 or rx 580? Not to much bottleneck with either option, and would put your budget right around $500

personguymandudebro 1 point 4 months ago

Well it’s like the same thing, meh