Description

I built this a few months back mainly for a secondary gaming/workstation PC for the basement that was fairly small. With the exception of the GPU which was an old one I had due to the mining craze still being in full swing when I built this everything was new and aimed at best cost per performance I could muster. I wanted to keep things as clean as possible and went with a M.2 drive over a SATA drive to cut down on some cables. I started piecing this build together in January of this year and did not finish it until around May, when I started things Ryzen 2 was not out yet.

This build is not meant for anything crazy so I went with an a320 motherboard, I have no intentions to over clock anything on this build and going with mATX I did not need any of the features of the higher chipsets. Though thinking back on it I should have gone with a B350 motherboard but hind sight is 20/20 I suppose. The motherboard was one of the first parts I picked up for this build, I wanted it to be mATX and have a M.2 slot, with most everything else being optional.

For the CPU I watched for months for a good deal, I wanted a 1300x (why I went with the A320 chipset anyway) but managed to snag this 1200 before Ryzan 2 came out at a really good price.

The rest of the build was just the best bang for the buck I could find.

It runs most any games I toss at it (mostly MMOs) at medium high without issues, I am sure replacing the GPU will have my at high settings without issues. As far as the general workstation stuff it does anything I toss at it very well.

I plan on getting a GPU when the next generation drops, something low end should fit my needs fine. I will also be upgrading the RAM once that market regulates to a point where I feel a good 16GB kit is reasonable. I may upgrade the CPU at some point if another good deal comes along, there is a chance I could go with an APU and drop the GPU all together but only the future can tell.

Comments

  • 8 months ago
  • 3 points

That GPU will be way better than the iGPU in any APU you could possibly find. +1 for killer price to performance ratio. Love it.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

For its age and tier that card has help up very well, I got it on sale years ago for $100 and have not regretted it at all.

The only real reason I would consider an APU is my continuing war on cables, some GPU that does not need external power is what I am really wanting. Everything is behind the rear panel which was a really tight squeeze, but I made it work. Thinking about it I should have opened the HDD "rack" so people could see the near total lack of cables visible in the case lol.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I know the 1050 Ti has variants that don't have any cables. I had an ASUS Cerberus 1050 Ti that was solid. But that card probably only get you like 30 percent performance increase at most in games. Not worth it with the card you have. I think you're smart to wait for next gen.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

I appreciate this system.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!!!

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

nice no thrills no spills system

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!!! Sometimes PCPP needs some nice basic builds. :)

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

It definitely does

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome job, nice and clean.. a no fuss pc right there sir.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Any particular problems with that A320 board? seems like a good board if you aren't going to push anything hard.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

It has worked like a champ this entire time. Documentation is not the best but eh, you get what you pay for I suppose.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Good to hear, thanks for the info.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

are you able to play fort night well on this I have a customer that would like me to build him a pc that can play fortnite

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, it plays fornite quite well. I have not played the game much as it’s not my cup of tea but I don’t recall there being any issues.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

How much cooler clearance does this case give?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Not much, anything that would be taller then the PSU would be really close. You wont come close to fitting a 212evo but may be able to squeeze a Hyper T4 in there though I have not tried.

As far as AIO's I would not recommend trying, the only 120mm mount is in the front of the case and its a bit far for most AIO's pipes to reach comfortably.

It does fine temp wise with the stock cooler, a 120mm for intake and a 80mm for exhaust which is all the fans this case supports. There is a spot for a fan on the side panel but it would interfere with the GPU, and who puts fans on the side panel anyway :).