Description

The Ryzen 3 1200 sits uncomfortably between Intel's unbeatable budget G4560 and AMD's own excellent but much more expensive R5 1600. So why buy one of these? In my opinion, it makes sense if you have a budget that extends beyond a G4560 build but can't quite stretch to an R5 1600 one, since you get near-Core-i5 performance on the AM4 platform, with all its lovely scope for future CPU upgrades.

This build went pretty smoothly. Overclocking the R3 1200 was straightforward, given the very limited BIOS options on this motherboard: set a target core frequency, set core voltage, and try booting. I couldn't get 4GHz to boot, even at 1.45V (a value that went an alarming red when entered in BIOS, despite it being AMD's own stated safe limit). 3.9GHz survived Cinebench and AIDA64 but failed to reboot after a full shutdown. Meh. 3.8GHz at 1.35V was stable with acceptable temps under the stock cooler at full speed, which is certainly audible but not unpleasant.

In a frenzy, I also overclocked the graphics card, getting about a 7-8% performance boost in my synthetics (Firestrike and Heaveb) but nothing significant when testing PUBG using FRAPS (noisy process though, so not fussed about that).

Overall, I like this system and I'd happily recommend it or something similar as a cheap-ish but not bare-bones-budget option.

Lastly, can I just say, I'm astonished at what I got out of an included-with-the-case PSU. I never thought I'd even use one of those, let alone manage two fairly respectable overclocks without drama. Long-term verdict isn't in, sure, but impressively unexplodey so far.

Any questions or comments please feel free and I'll try to reply as best I can here, or you could look me up on Facebook where I'm Sensible Systems.

Comments

  • 26 months ago
  • 5 points

Wow, this whole build cost less than my graphics cards and still mighty. Incredible how flexible this industry is.

  • 26 months ago
  • 3 points

Seriously, my build uses a similar card to this one buy is double the price in the name of aesthetics

  • 26 months ago
  • 3 points

I just read your write-up and looked through your album: great story, awesome photos, and an amazing transformation! Absolutely love it :-)

  • 26 months ago
  • 3 points

Yes, I really like how it's possible to build pretty much whatever you want, and designing different systems is heaps of fun for me.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Dude you go man! I haven't had a satisfying budget build this low price ever, nor have any of my friends. You have achieved where literally all of my friends and I have failed. GG.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey, thanks!

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Great price to performance and upgrade path, as well as looking cool.

+1

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you!

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Mad props to the bang for the buck build!

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Try stuffing spare cables under the hdd to hide them when the panel is on

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Good advice. In a windowed case I would definitely have done that!

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey can I ask what io the motherboard has? I'm trying to compare b350 boards but pcpartpicker only has one picture of it.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, yes, of course. I don't have the board itself anymore but I found this pic on the ASRock product page, which I think shows what you'd like to know?

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh thanks, pretty much what I was expecting, thanks for the help :)

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

just overclock the cpu and you have a instant gaming pc

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Indeed! Lovely how these Ryzen chips rev up and give a decent performance boost with just a little effort.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Great budget gamer.

Thumbs up.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

You should have gotten a 1 tb hard drive because the one that you have, a 500 gb hard drive, cost $100 but a 1tb hard drive cost around $50. You wasted $50 getting that hard drive.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, the price tracking on PCPP shows prices based on your location, which I'm guessing is Canada, since as I write this the 500GB WD Blue is $99 via Newegg.ca ... Meaning, the price you see may not be what the builder paid. And in this case, it's not.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh alright

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  • 26 months ago
  • 4 points

What's wrong with that? It looks nice in MY opinion. It might look nice for him/her.

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  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

I did worry about using the included PSU, it's true.

I kept a close eye on things with AIDA64's monitoring software and a wall-socket power meter too. Happily, it held up fine even with the CPU and GPU overclocks in place.

The case itself is just a plain black box: inoffensive, I think, though I can see how it would be boring to others with different tastes.