I'll be using this for Photoshop/Video editing, and games for the kids, as well as teaching my son how to build a computer.
As soon as I saw the Ryzen 3 2200G, I was intrigued. It seems like a very cost effective solution, and could get the job done, and be a very simple build. It was so simple, that I thought I better spend some time on some creative cable management to fill up all the empty space in the case. Every cable is wrapped in nylon braid cable cover, and I used heat-shrink on every connector possible, cable ties on every end, and absolutely no strain on any connection to the motherboard.
I added a 140mm PWM exhaust fan on the back of the case, so with the 200mm fan in the front and the stock CPU cooler, that's all there is for cooling. I decided on a mobo with only 2 memory slots, and chose the G.Skill F4-3000C15D-8GVRB. It turns out it wasn't actually on the list for the 2000 series APU's, but I lucked out and it seems to OC at 2800 or 2933 no problem. The CPU OC's to 3.75 easily as well, but the fan instantly goes to full, so I'm going to keep it at 3.5 and see if that gets the job done. I've done a test video project on Premiere Pro 2017, and it is already performing better than my i7 machine at work. The M.2 drive is amazing! Win 10 installed in 5 minutes, and it boots up in 14 seconds! I highly recommend! The V21 case is very easy to work with. It is a little bigger than what I needed, considering how simple this build is, but it is very well made and has so many possible configurations. I got the Boot Kit from AMD, arrived in 5 days, and was a snap to update the BIOS. Easily swapped out the A6 9500 temp CPU with the 2200G, and was up and running without even reading all of the instruction manual. AMD customer service was quite easy to deal with. The only disappointment was the amount of tax, and shipping charges from Newegg that brought the total cost to $728.00 Cdn. Plus $166.00 for a new Acer IPS 24" monitor, very nice looking monitor.
Seems to test very well so far. Handles Photoshop and light video editing very well, I haven't been able to get it to heat up too much yet at all.
Easy to update the BIOS. All the connections seem solid, and the BIOS control panel is fairly easy to navigate, but it could be a little less stylized. The flashy graphics and sports car images on start up are unnecessary IMO. For this build, I didn't want a bunch of extra ports and slots I wasn't going to use, but one or two more fan ports would have been nice. Easy to OC the CPU and RAM.
I took a chance on comparability, and I lucked out. Got it to OC to 2800 and 2933. No crashing, no hassle. Yes!
I want to give this 6 stars. Windows 10 installed in 5 minutes. Using this as my system drive, the computer boots up in 14 seconds. So simple to install. A miracle of modern science.
Spinning rust, I love that. It works as it should. I hope it lasts. I have a feeling in 5 years, these dinosaurs might be a thing of the past.
Very nice case. I'm glad I spent the extra 30 to 40 dollars on it. Cool design. It is all ventilation. You can configure it is so many ways, well built, easy to install stuff. It is a nice black box.
More than enough power for what I need it for. The main power is in braided cable wrap, but none of the other cables are. Otherwise, I would have given it 5 stars.