Description

What's up guys; I'm LoLerScholar and I'm new to computer building. I play mostly RPGS but haven't had a chance to play much in the past 10 years so I thought I'd try to build a cheap computer to play games I've missed such as Morrowind, Diablo 3, Dragon Age Origins, The Witcher, Pillars of Eternity, etc... Now that I'm a working adult, I can afford to build a good computer, but I'm also extremely cheap and hate spending money. As a new builder, I opted to just go with new parts and didn't want to mess with the used market. I initially built a rig with the A6-7400K and 4GB of DDR3 RAM, but it was so slow I couldn't even use it for web browsing. So I settled on a Ryzen APU build after that fiasco.

Total cost of all parts was $276 (tax included). I think I got good (but not best) prices on all hardware. I got the R3 2200G and motherboard from Microcenter with the $30 off bundle deal. Processor was on sale for $80 and the motherboard was $55. It came out to $114.xx after tax. Also picked up an optical drive ($15) from Microcenter. I used Newegg to get the RAM ($85), power supply ($17 after rebate), and case ($19). Got the hard drive off of Amazon ($25).

Quick note - I did use a A320 board instead of a B350 and I'll explain why. I really didn't want to go through AMD's boot kit program to get my Ryzen APU working so I wanted a board that was Ryzen 2000 ready. When I was looking at boards online at the time, none of them were guaranteed compatible. So I went to Microcenter and found a Gigabyte B350-DS3H board, but it was too big for the case when I tried to install it (it was blocking the hard drive). So I went back and found the current A320 board I'm using, which was MUCH smaller and Ryzen 2000 ready.

Man, people make putting together a computer look so easy, but it was an ordeal for my technically unsavvy mind. My first build (A6-7400K) was a failure and the motherboard issue I mentioned above for my current build was so frustrating. It was hard to figure out where to stick all the cables and such, especially the small wires for the power switch, usb, and all that. And as you can see from the pictures, my cable management is a disaster; lmao. I gave up a few times and almost bought a pre-built but I'm glad I stuck with it and eventually succeeded. Hallelujah.

Pretty happy with the performance so far though I haven't really played anything too demanding. I was able to finish Morrowind and Diablo 3 with no issues. I also have Street Fighter 5 installed and the frame rate seems consistent at 60 fps at 720p though I haven't played any matches online. I'll see how it handles heavier games in the future. I have the RAM running at 2933 mhz on the XMP profile. Web browsing and general use feels pretty snappy and quick, but the computer also feels sluggish at times when loading things (I'm guessing this is because of the mechanical hard drive).

Thanks for reading!

  • LoLerScholar

Part Reviews

CPU

Happy with it! It seems pretty snappy for everyday use and the integrated graphics is all I need so far for the games I want to play. It came at a great time during the GPU Apocalypse.

Motherboard

Board has done a good job so far; no real complaints. Haven't found a way to run my RAM at 3200 mhz so far though; not sure if it's because the board can't overclock.

Memory

No complaints; the RAM has been fine.

Storage

I think I got a lot of storage space for the price I paid, though the hard drive seems like it could be a bit faster. It's so loud and sounds like it is dying when it is loading things; lmao.

Case

I guess I can't complain much for $19 but the case was really cramped and there is like no room for cable management. Plus the cables for the power switch come undone easily.

Power Supply

No complaints; the power supply is humming along and doing great so far.

Optical Drive

Haven't really used it yet!

Comments

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Lmao thanks for the comment sponix! Roflcopter; I think I should win an award for worst cable management. Appreciate the case suggestions!

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

I used to take my computer apart and put it back together to practice on cable management. Just takes some patience to the point where you can visualize the way things route depending on the case.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the tip robwondah! Yeah that would be good practice but I still have PTSD from putting it together; lmao. Maybe will do so later on when I try to add a graphics card.

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

I love budget builds as well, my wife's is a budget build. Will be upgrading hers to this apu soon. And I will also be doing a build utilizing this apu for my coworkers build

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Word Chikunman; I hate spending money so I feel you on the budget build mindset! Hope all goes well with the upgrade and your coworker's build - let me know how it turns out!

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

hey bud, the ram doesn't go to 3200 mhz because the cpu supports up to 2993 mhz of ram,

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the info mrgrieferdude. Yeah I was hoping I could overclock it to 3200 mhz but the BIOS won't allow it. I think it's because of the A320 chipset? I don't think the cpu should hold anything back unless I'm mistaken.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

I don't think the chipset is holding it back but I'm not sure, but yea the cpu shouldn't hold it back, try googling it i guess

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Word; will do! 2933 mhz is working fine for now anyways. Thanks for the input man.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

So that motherboard works with that cpu out of box or did you do something?

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey fortwintee. Yeah it worked with the cpu out of the box and had the 'Ryzen 2000 ready' sticker on it when I bought it from Microcenter. These days it seems like the B450 chipset is out which should be compatible right away so that's probably a better bet unless the seller can ensure that the motherboard is compatible with 2nd generation Ryzen.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build man. I like that you got yourself the best bang for the buck CPU and cheap MB as a deal. Really saved a lot in that combo and your PC don't need GPU to play games well since its build in CPU. Also, I like PSU and case you picked cause going for the cheapest is my way of thinking too but also these are good brands so win all the way.

BUT:

1)These days you can get 240GB SSD for just 29.99$ so yeah much better performance that way and think prices will only keep going down on SSD's.

2)Also, a cheaper option would be stick with 1x8GB RAM stick from Gskill since they use top notch quality chips and you can later upgrade to 2x8GB=16GB RAM total without throwing previous ram stick out.

3)DVD writer is not needed these days since CD's are pretty much dead past and you can download everything from the internet. So could save saved few bucks there when going without one.

Close build to yours was just 220$ during black Friday, now without black Friday discounts I made one for 260$

Then again I'm interested in hardware for last 14 years, so I like how well you did while being so new to this. People really tend to overbuy and just blindly buying numbers. So it takes real maturity to know what you need and not to buy more than you will be using.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey thanks for the comment pcmaster28! Appreciate the positive feedback and great to hear you made yourself a APU build too. Yeah definitely tried to get the best bang for my buck on this one and I definitely wish I waited until Black Friday; I think the RAM kit I used was going for $60; damn. I went with dual channel cause I read that performance on single channel was bad. Yeah I definitely wished I got a SSD in there; would have made things so much faster. Word I thought I might use the DVD drive because I like to borrow movies from the library but I haven't used it once, lol. I recently bought a GTX 970 for $90 so I have a graphics card now fortunately.

  • 11 months ago
  • -3 points

... why would you share this

  • 11 months ago
  • 3 points

Why not? Budget builds are super cool.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the love Maple_Syrup!

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

np. I recently helped my friend build his PC that is similar to yours. The Ryzen 3 2200G is a very nice APU to work with.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! Yeah looks like the 2200G has a lot of fans. Thinking about adding a dedicated graphics card down the line once I catch up on all the older games I want to play (which might be never, lol).

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Those cables...

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

LoL

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

because it is a great budget build that proves that you don't have to spend a fortune to play pc games. ...Why would you comment on this? its pretty easy to keep scrolling if you don't like something

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for getting my back elvarg9685! Appreciate the love. Word to keeping it cheap and fun; I see you used the R3 2200g in your build too. Nice!

  • 11 months ago
  • 0 points

Haha