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£500/$650 RYZEN 5 1400 Build // For everyday workloads + 1080p gaming.

by neolobers



Date Published

July 3, 2017

Date Built

June 30, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.2 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

46.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.09 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

40.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

71.0° C



I had a budget of £500 and spent £515 due to PCPartPicker's prices not updating quickly enough and online stores changing their prices.

I am extremely pleased with the performance, especially considering the cost. I do not intend to overclock, so if you are copying this build and have intentions of overclocking, you should get a different motherboard.

In Cinebench R15, the highest score I got was 686cb with the lowest being 681cb. This is similar/better than an i7-3770. This is a 4x increase to my old system which got 138cb. So you can probably imagine that I'm happy with that. The OpenGL (GPU) test in Cinebench also returned good scores (72-75fps)

In Unigene Heaven at ultra-settings at 1080p, I was getting above 30fps most of the time.

I tested the CPU load temperatures by running Cinebench and monitoring the temperatures in Open Hardware Monitor. I tested the GPU load temperatures by running Furmark.

For some reason, the motherboard doesn't seem to like to run the RAM at the full 2400MHz, so I have to run it at 2133MHz, but I will look into that in the future.

The included case fan can be noisy, if the case is on a wooden desk, as the case's feet are solid plastic which transmit vibrations quite a lot. The system is almost silent when on carpet, which doesn't cause a problem with the PSU being fan-side-down as the case's feet keep the fan far enough away from the carpet.

Not had any problems with the HDD, but will eventually make use of the M.2 slot on the motherboard to add an SSD.

Other upgrades I will make in the future (once I have more money):

  • Add another stick of RAM to make it 16gb

  • CPU AIO Water cooler

  • Sleeved cable extensions (to get rid of the ketchup and mustard cables).

Part Reviews


Very pleased with the performance of both the CPU itself and the included Wraith Stealth cooler. In Cinebench CPU benchmark I was getting around 681-686cb, which is better than the equivalent i5-7400 and better than a i7-3770. Also, despite the cooler being AMD brand, they have really improved their design over the previous included coolers, I have no complaints about temps or noise. If you plan on overclocking, make sure you have a motherboard that supports it (I don't plan on overclocking, but my friend does and got a motherboard that doesn't support overclocking. I am one happy customer with this product.


Very good motherboard especially considering the price. It doesn't support CPU overclocking so keep that in mind when buying. Only issue is that it doesn't seem to like my 2400MHz RAM running at 2400MHz and instead runs it at 2133MHz. I also like how the PCIe x1 slot is above the PCIe x16 slot, unlike other motherboards that I have had previously, as if you want to use two cards, one of which being a dual slot graphics card, then the x1 slot isn't blocked.

The BIOS is also very nice, user friendly and has all the features you'd expect of a modern motherboard.


There's not much to say about RAM, except I've not had any performance issues, except for my motherboard doesn't want to run this RAM at its full 2400MHz, instead only 2133MHz. I quite like the aesthetics of this stick, and will be buying another in the future to bump my system's RAM up to 16gb.


Quite low noise and fast. Copied all 200gb across from a USB2.0 external hard drive in around an hour. Also I have pretty fast boot times and have no problems with programs taking a while to load.

Video Card

For the price, very good. Idle temps around 40°C and synthetic load temps around 70°c. I have had no noise issues, and quite like the aesthetic of the cooler, shame I can't see it very easily when it's in my system. The black PCB also matches my motherboard, so I'm also happy in that regard of aesthetics. You can see benchmark results in the images of my completed build.


Great aesthetic, and overall build quality especially considering the price.

The right side panel is a little shallow, which made hiding excess cable length a little tricky. It's also a shame that the motherboard tray doesn't continue between the 3 1/2" HDD cage and the 5 14" bays, as cable-hiding would have been easier if it did. Also, there's no room for a 240mm radiator anywhere in the case, you're stuck to the 120mm exhaust slot.

Noise can be an issue if you:

  • Don't swap the screws holding the included exhaust fan in place with rubber fan mounts

  • Put the system on a hard surface, as the solid plastic feet transmit vibrations from fans/hdds quite a lot.

But overall I'm quite pleased with the case.

Power Supply

Doesn't seem to be any noise issues, works as it should considering the price. No complaints here.

Wireless Network Adapter

I rarely use WiFi with my system, as I have a CAT6 connection from the room where my modem, router and switch is, to the room where my system is. I bought this card as I sometimes have to use that connection for something else, like a Raspberry Pi, or if I want to move it to another room that doesn't have a CAT6 connection. I cannot get my full 200mb/s broadband speed, with this only being a 150mb/s card, but sometimes I'll only get around 50mb/s when I am connected over WiFi. So performance varies a bit, but I can complain too much about such a cheap card.

Case Fan

Very quiet compared to the exhaust fan included with my Corsair 100R. As my only intake fan, it seems to push a sufficient amount of air to keep my CPU and GPU at reasonable temperatures despite the load.

Comments Sorted by:

TheGateKeeper6 2 Builds 3 points 18 months ago

1400 users REPRESENT lol, nice build. good cable managment also.

neolobers submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Thanks! And you'd only say it's good cable management until you looked in the right side panel. I did struggle to get it back on.

TheGateKeeper6 2 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

Lol same with my build.

Oplokboy89 2 points 18 months ago

Can this build play Games like Rust, PubG or even Gta5?

neolobers submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

I do not own any of those games, so I just looked at the recommended specs:

Rust: This system has better specs than the 'minimum' specs required to play it. But it recommends a better video card and 16gb RAM.

GTA5: This system has similar/better than those listed in the 'recommended specs' section.

PubG: This system has similar/better than those listed in the 'recommended specs' section.

SirNooblez 2 points 18 months ago

Would this be able to run Rainbow Six: Siege? probably right? I'm very new to PC building........

neolobers submitter 1 Build 2 points 18 months ago

Well according to the steam store page. Recommended specs are:

i5-2500k ✓

8gb RAM ✓

GTX 670 ✓

✓ = This system has better or equivalent specs.

SirNooblez 2 points 18 months ago

That's cool

22BusDrivers 2 points 18 months ago

Does this PC play bf1 at an ok framerate? I'm thinking about building this one.

neolobers submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

I don't have that game, and have no intention of buying it at this point in time. So I'll play the trial version for a bit (probably on Thursday as it's 11pm where I am and I don't have much free time tomorrow) and get back to you after that.

All I can say at the moment, is that according to Origin's System Requirements. The system is above 'minimum', but a little lacking when you look at 'recommended'.

22BusDrivers 2 points 18 months ago

Ok thank you! :)

neolobers submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

I only played the trial for 10 mins or so. I got >50fps consistently on medium settings at 1080p.

lil_cozy 2 points 18 months ago

Is this cpu overclockable on this MOBO?

neolobers submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

No, as I said at the top of my description, "I do not intend to overclock, so if you are copying this build and have intentions of overclocking, you should get a different motherboard."

lil_cozy 2 points 18 months ago

Ok thank you!

MaximusTheMasked 2 points 18 months ago

Monitor? (the one on the right)

neolobers submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago


I wouldn't recommend it; the stand is shite with no option to replace it with a 3rd party mount. Also there's a ~5mm border, where the panel does not display anything, after the bezel. The panel itself isn't bad, nice and crisp image, it's the rest that's not the best.

MaximusTheMasked 2 points 18 months ago

What would be the best, yet cheap monitor you would go with

neolobers submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

If you aren't planning on having a multi-monitor setup, This.

And if you're not into the whole ultrawide-thing, This.

JordanDodwell2003 1 point 17 months ago

Good build most gamers could cut off some of the parts and get it for like 650 as the title intends, A very good Ryzen 5 Build! Keep up making these :)

neolobers submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

My parts list is currently saying $615

SkySilverOath 1 point 17 months ago

Hello there, that looks like a really good build! I might be getting the same parts as these! I plan on wanting to stream, maybe some video recording/editing, and game of course. The games I plan on playing are like PUBG, Skyrim, Fallout 4, Minecraft, Dota 2, LOL, SWTOR, ESO. Will this build be good enough for those games at high- very high-ultra on those titles? Thanks!

And is the wifi connector good? Thanks! - Sky

neolobers submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

It will play Minecraft fine obviously. The only other game in that list that I play is Fallout 4 and that can be played at a high setting with reasonable frame rates. I imagine that this build would be sufficient for what you want.

The WiFi connector works, but I have had some speed problems. To be fair, my broadband speed is 200mbps and I usually use internet, but even though this adaptor is rated at 150mbps, I have never got any more than 130mpbs :(. But for £10 I can't really complain.

SkySilverOath 1 point 17 months ago

I think my internet is 1000mbps, i think it's like a terabyte.. I'm not sure. I just want it to be enough to play online games with my friends. I would connect it to the router but the router is upstairs and i'm downstairs so that's a no go. so I was just making sure it'll be good. I might get everything on this list if it'll be good! Thank you! I'm hoping it'll be fun building my first pc.

octa-wow 1 point 12 months ago

looks nice i want to make a simmilar but rx 560