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Under $500 Build AND Keep Your GF

by Matthew.schuppel

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I really just wanted to build a whole computer, with windows 10, for under $500. This kept the girlfriend from kill me for blowing all my money. And this is the result. I am more than pleased. Despise my concerns with my first AMD build, it preforms wonderfully for the price point. These integrated graphics are the real deal and play games pretty well on 1080p. I like my builds to be a little flashy and the thermaltake case fans look great. The PSU is way overkill but it was on sale and leaves room for expansion. I still cant believe it takes less than 5 sec to boot up. AMD has really stole the show with these second gen Ryzen chips and my once Intel-only mindset has now come to a close. Great computer for the money and wouldn't change a thing. Thanks for checking it out!

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Shakaron 5 Builds 13 points 8 months ago

I am more than pleased.

Who cares?

Is she pleased? :D

Matthew.schuppel submitter 3 Builds 8 points 8 months ago

Of course ;)

Shakaron 5 Builds 7 points 8 months ago

Well, then family integrity is intact. Job well done. :D

Velcade 3 Builds 4 points 8 months ago

How did you like the Masterbox? It's an interesting case. Be careful if she's only a GF and already controlling your money.

Matthew.schuppel submitter 3 Builds 2 points 8 months ago

It looks really cool for the price I'll give them that. You defiantly have to watch the airflow but its not that awful by any means. I like it a lot and would defiantly use it again. And yeah you're telling me...

SuperGT 2 Builds 2 points 8 months ago

Looks great. Just need the flip that rear fan to exhaust as you have all your fans as intake right now.

Shakaron 5 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

flip that rear fan

You beat me to it. :)

Matthew.schuppel submitter 3 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

Didn't even realize it.... thanks for catching it

WheatFarmer337 2 points 8 months ago

It's great for under 500

tony475130 2 points 8 months ago

Good choice of case! Have heard good things about the airflow since its all mesh with cool looking dust filters. I would have personally gotten a cheap 120gb ssd to trade up to a b350 mobo for overclocking but I noticed you didn't include a mechanical drive so I can see why that wouldn't be appealing to you. My only real gripe is that you paid almost full retail for windows 10.

Matthew.schuppel submitter 3 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

Yeah I can tell the mesh prevents a little air flow but its not like it runs hot at the moment anyway. And I don't really plan to overclock so the larger SSD was the right move I felt like. Also, I feel its important to support windows by buying their product from an official retailer, even though its very tempting to just find an activation key somewhere.

Adonis_P 1 Build -2 points 8 months ago

F Microsoft!

droem 1 point 8 months ago

Did you pass kindergarten? I'm sure they thought you to keep you opinion to your self.

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ThoughtA staff -2 points 8 months ago

Use of Windows must be done with a legitimate product key.

Per Microsoft:

You are authorized to use this software only if you are properly licensed and the software has been properly activated with a genuine product key or by other authorized method.

For more information please see: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/Useterms/Retail/Windows/10/UseTerms_Retail_Windows_10_English.htm

Ben28282 2 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

Sorry didn't realise. Just wondering why Microsoft allow you to do it and why there are so many guides from respectable sources on how to run Windows unactivated. Thanks

ThoughtA staff 0 points 8 months ago

There are guides from allegedly respectable sources for grey market keys too. I won't speculate with regard to their motivation.

forehandalloy8 2 points 8 months ago

Well done great build but if I were you I would use 2x4 for the ram instead of 1x8 because it's an apu it needs all the "room" it can get

Ryzen67 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Can you explain more on this ?

Raulnor516 2 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Not the original person, but integrated graphics are extremely limited by memory bandwidth. When you have a dual-channel RAM kit (2x4) you are doubling the amount of data the graphics can pass back and forth from RAM, which can lead to a 40% performance increase in any GPU-related tasks.

jxdi 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

Tfw nogf

loudog03 1 point 8 months ago

Lol it’s booting up fast cause of the ssd my dude but still a gr8 build

Matthew.schuppel submitter 3 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

Yeah I know :) Still impressed though!

Hotsmithy2016 1 point 8 months ago

is that a soundbar that i see in the background?

Matthew.schuppel submitter 3 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

You bet

Adonis_P 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

I really like this case. Was going to purchase for my build if it wasn't for a switch to and all white theme. Great work.

Matthew.schuppel submitter 3 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

Thanks!

elvarg9685 4 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

that's nuts man! my current build has this same processor and case. I like the RGB fans. I haven't powered mine up yet, but the case seems like it is going to have some great air flow. did you have to run a splitter for the two front mounted fans?

Matthew.schuppel submitter 3 Builds 2 points 8 months ago

Yeah I'm very pleased with the case for the price. No I actually didn't have to run any splitters. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Oggiely 1 point 8 months ago

i was gonna add my own drive and import that into this and add a gpu could i still get it under 500 (its a 1050 ti i was gonna purcheses ) AND when i buy them on this website why does it say incompatible is that true?

Matthew.schuppel submitter 3 Builds 2 points 8 months ago

You'd have a hard time getting it under $500, unless the drive came with windows. That is a great graphics card tho and for $50 over budget you could probably fit it in. I assume it says the CPU and motherboard are incompatible? They are just saying the motherboard might need a bios update. Mine did not it was ready to go as is so you should be fine!

BakerB0at 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

If you wanted to keep expandability as an option, a B350 board would have been a better choice to squeeze more performance out of the CPU.

miggsai722 1 point 8 months ago

Hi I was wondering if this pc build would be able to run gta v and if so on what settings and what fps? Thank you!

Matthew.schuppel submitter 3 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

It can run GTA V. If that's the game you are building the PC for then maybe throw in a graphics card (1050it or 1060). But if you are just playing casually it will work fine. It runs it on low-medium settings pretty smoothly. I haven't looked at FPS for GTA V but there's no lag running the game when using low-medium settings.

miggsai722 1 point 8 months ago

Thank you! I was actually researching some gpu’s and i’m going to use the EVGA - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB SC GAMING ACX 2.0 Video Card. Which should help. It’s also my first time building a pc so I was glad i could find your pc build to help me.

Matthew.schuppel submitter 3 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

That's a great little GPU for the money. It should get the job done! I'm glad I could help! if you have any more questions just drop buy! :)

aferr1973 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Nice build! Did you need to flash the bios with an older CPU or did the Ryzen 3 2200G boot up first time no issue?

Matthew.schuppel submitter 3 Builds 2 points 8 months ago

Surprisingly, it booted up first time! No problems at all

aferr1973 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Good deal! The B450 motherboards are finally out so there is no more issue worrying if the 2nd gen Ryzen CPUs will boot since it supports it out of the box now.

Mikevoss7 1 point 7 months ago

What is cooling your CPU? Also, can the case LED's be made red? :)

Matthew.schuppel submitter 3 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

It’s actually just the AMD stock cooler that came with the Ryzen 3. For all practical purposes it works great. The case doesn’t have any LEDs. If you mean the fans then yeah they can be made to any color. They are fun and bring out my inner child.

colin1181199 1 point 7 months ago

Does the case come with fans? If so, how many?

Matthew.schuppel submitter 3 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

The case comes with 2 black fans. They look decent but I wanted a bit more flash.

PattyP 1 point 4 months ago

If you don't mind me asking, what are you using this for if it has no gpu?

Matthew.schuppel submitter 3 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Just light gaming and casual internet browsing. The APU works wonderfully for these purposes.

PattyP 1 point 4 months ago

Ok, another question I have about this is about the case, I have heard it is annoying and easy to break the usb ports because they are on the side, is this true? Do you mind having the usb ports on the side?

Matthew.schuppel submitter 3 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

I have yet to have a problem with that. For the money it's a great case

Harvester_72 1 point 4 months ago

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/pvRxP3

Here is a build with a GPU and you still get to keep the gf. i liked your build but with that budget its a lot better to get a GPU in my opinion and have a hard drive for more games.

Harvester_72 1 point 4 months ago

Also can hold off on that windows 10 and just use the free one, dont worry i made my 1200$ and was using the free windows 10 :).

xWoo 1 point 3 months ago

What size fans are in this build?

Mr.noopy 1 point 3 months ago

wheres your gpu?

SYNDROME969 1 point 1 month ago

The ryzen 3 2200g is an apu, meaning it has on board graphics, so there's no need to use a gpu.

gamerpcstore 1 point 2 months ago

Is the Airflow in this Case good?

Matthew.schuppel submitter 3 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Yes! I was skeptical of the mesh sides but it has not seemed to be an issue at all

SYNDROME969 1 point 1 month ago

You WAAAAAY Overpayed for the ssd. They're like, 20-30 dollars for a 500gb @ microcenter. The western digital ones from newegg(or maybe amazon) are also like 10 dollars cheaper. Overall though, that looks pretty decent. If you had the extra money I'd have spent it on a mechanical drive.

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Shakaron 5 Builds 3 points 8 months ago

Also there is other ways to get Windows 10 for considerably less than Microsoft's price, just sayin

Yeah. That's called piracy and gray market offers. This site does not approve either of them.

EASTER_EGG 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

I think the main piece of advice to offer here is not the motherboard choice, it's the RAM. For ryzen, to get the absolute best performance, you would need to go dual channel with xmp profiles at least at 3000 mhz. But maybe that's just the budget cutting him down there

notbradyhoumand 1 point 8 months ago

I definitely woulda spent an extra $30 or so to get like a 3200 mhz kit instead, it would be well worth it.

EASTER_EGG 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

that's right

Matthew.schuppel submitter 3 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

I couldn't agree more but I was really trying to stay under $500 (you have to stop somewhere) and that would have put me over. Still conflicted if I should have though.

EASTER_EGG 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

that's perfectly fine, we can understand being on a strict budget.

I think if you had been more willing to spend just a little more, you should have gotten either dual channel or faster memory. But as I said before, you shouldn't worry about that if you want to stay under 500 dollars

Lexkalin 2 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

You can actually activate W10 using W7 keys. At least that’s what I did with all spare keys from oem machines in the office, since they’re imaged with corporate distributive activated through MS servers.

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ThoughtA staff 1 point 8 months ago

The sale of those keys violate Microsoft ToS, and the keys may be unexpectedly disabled. Recommending, suggesting, advising, encouraging, hinting, or in any way implying these keys as a solution or option is not allowed on this site.

droem 2 points 8 months ago

I knew it! I got in a heated argument about those keys on this site. Should I quote what you said to the person that uses those keys or do you want to give them a lesson?

ThoughtA staff 1 point 8 months ago

Just report it and we'll take a look.

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ThoughtA staff 2 points 8 months ago

Use of Windows must be done with a legitimate product key.

Per Microsoft:

You are authorized to use this software only if you are properly licensed and the software has been properly activated with a genuine product key or by other authorized method.

For more information please see: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/Useterms/Retail/Windows/10/UseTerms_Retail_Windows_10_English.htm

droem 2 points 8 months ago

You should post that on the Forum to warn people about gray market keys. A lot of people use those and Microsoft is losing money because of it.

ThoughtA staff 2 points 8 months ago

It's already in our Code of Conduct, our forum rules, and we also already warn people any time we see it posted or reported.