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My Budget System That Didn't Turn Out Budget

by DBCheese


I tried to build a budget system, but when compared to other systems, it wasn't so budget. I use this machine for gaming and school work.

The building process was easy for me, but the BIOS was the tricky part. It took me a while to figure out how to set the RAM to 3200 MHz and how to set the APU to a static clock speed because when I played games, there was super stuttering in the FPS for some reason, but after setting a static 3.5 GHz and 1300 MHz, everything was running okay at 60 FPS very low/low.

I play mainly on PlayStation 3 and 4, but now that I have had a taste of the PC master gaming race, gosh I can't wait to save up some money to purchase a graphics card! Lol.

I know I could have gone a little more cheaper like no SSD, cheaper PSU, and a way cheaper case, but I do not regret my decisions as the boot times are so unbelievably fast compared to a hard drive, and I knew I had to have this case as soon as I saw it.

Part Reviews


A good little APU that can run all the light games at 40-60 FPS!!


Very good quality motherboard. The red line running up the left side gives your build an interesting look.


I popped them right in and ran X.M.P Profile 2 and 3200 MHz right then and there. Awesome.


I used this for Windows and everyday applications, and I still have room somehow for more!


A very nice drive for large files and games.


Top quality case right here! Only thing I wish about it was that it had red fans and brackets rather than white, but this case is awesome and super friendly to build in!

Power Supply

Good reviews everywhere, Eco mode, 80+ gold, modular, it's perfect!

Wireless Network Adapter

One star taken off because of the USB cable extension it came with shows rainbow colors, but otherwise a great Wi-Fi card! My Internet connection to the router hasn't been dropped once when using this card.

Case Fan

Very nice and quiet, one star taken off because the LED red ring isn't as bright as I thought it was when looking at it online, but still a great fan. You can tell it's on at least.


This monitor is great for me. Since I don't have anything powerful enough to run over 60 FPS, the IPS display and size is perfect!


This is the best membrane keyboard out there. I doubt there's another cheap option that feels good, looks goods, and has good software. Macros!!!

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Digital_Ronin 6 Builds 4 points 9 months ago

Great build! You did a really good job picking out well balanced parts and I believe you will not regret any of your choices despite maybe spending a little more than you had planned.

When you have enough money saved up for a gpu, there are a good amount of lower priced choices that will pair with your build very nicely. Something like a gtx 970 would go great or if you want to spend a little more, a 1060 6gb would pair up well

elvarg9685 4 Builds 3 points 9 months ago

that's what I was thinking! my current build is a ryzen 3 2200 and I am looking at a gtx 1060 6b.

DBCheese submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

If you are going to get a discrete graphics card at purchase with the processor, you might want to get the Ryzen 3 1200 or 1300X instead of the 2200G because they have more PCIe lanes or something like that. Yes, the 2200G works with a discrete graphics card, but I'm not sure it's the best choice.

caballo-gritando 3 points 9 months ago

Cases are of no object always get the one you want lol

DBCheese submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Yes. Very happy with this one. :)

bbogle86 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

never cheap out on your PSU or your case! of all your components, those will probably last the longest. you did good.

DBCheese submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago


gritster10 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

Upvote for the BSA hat :). Great build!

DBCheese submitter 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

Thanks! Almost an Eagle Scout!

KegiMasters 2 points 9 months ago


DBCheese submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Lol, what impressed ya?

mosesgabriel 2 points 8 months ago

Awesome! It looks exactly like mine but a red version. Mine was white. And also, mine isn't currently working like how I expected it to haha. My board was the bazooka b350 variant. I have a question though. Did you ever run into Blue screen (video tdr failure) problems? Because if not, then i'll get the same rams as you do. I have an msi board as well that used to be paired with corsair vengeance lpx 2x4gb 2400mhz rams. The problem was that if i put both rams on dual channel, I would get blue screens on any game i play. But if I run one of the rams on single channel, I'd be able to play for a whole day without a single blue screen. I tested one of my rams paired with a borrowed crucial ballistix and only then did I get a stable experience using dual channel. I just sold my rams and am now looking to buy a different brand. Its so disappointing that the Corsair rams caused me these problems

DBCheese submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Yes, I do run into video-tdr-failure blue screens, but not often. I think it is driver related, but I'm not entirely sure. I don't think that memory would be the problem causing the blue screens, but if it helps, I'm using a manual driver update from AMD that is only available through their twitter. No idea why it is only through twitter, but it has helped just a tad bit on my blue screens, especially my green screens.

DBCheese submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

I only run into blue screens with specific games it feels like. If I play Rainbow Six Siege, I get like 1 blue screen in maybe every week. However, games like PUBG for whatever reason run into blue screen errors like once every day.

DBCheese submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Can't wait to get a discrete graphics card because then I won't have to deal with all this APU driver crap! lol

Zhiaaa 2 points 6 months ago

Did you have to update bios for cpu to work?

DBCheese submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

I didn't have to update my BIOS because the motherboard was already 2nd gen ready out of the box. 2nd gen Ryzen had already been out for a few months, and by then the manufacturers had all caught up I guess.

Zhiaaa 1 point 6 months ago

Yeah nah thats the mortar version IS updated not all tho..

DBCheese submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Picture 1 has the motherboard box saying it is 2000 series compatible.