Description

It's empty inside, just like me...

So after 30+ years of being a console kid I decided to build my own PC. This will eventually be used to play computer games, which I still consider different than video games. My PC, much like this description, is still a work in progress. At some point I'll upgrade CPU and use the 2200g in a ITX build for my mom, which means I'll be adding a GPU and some more fans. But here are a few initial thoughts now that I'm done enough to play Civilization:

CPU

First PC, easy choice. Didn't wanna struggle thru Intel's integrated graphics for months while waiting for new GPUs to release and it's a very capable processor to hold me over

MOTHERBOARD

I have no idea how to compare MB, but this certainly seems like overkill for my current setup. I should be able to add anything I'd ever want to it tho, and it was with the CPU as a bundle so it's the one I got. BIOS is, um, well it's BIOS and only took a few clicks to have 3.9GHz CPU and 3200MHz RAM so that's a plus. It has minimal makeup, I mean RGB, so if that's your thing it might not be pretty enough for ya

CASE

This seemed easy enough to build in, of course the general emptiness leads to a minimum of cables to manage, but it had plenty of room to route the cables I did have. That being said it was definitely a cheap case- the space for I/0 shield, or "brace" as some might call it, wasn't quite right for example. I'm sure someone that's built in nice cases would notice things I didn't but even I can recognize bent/rolled/askew metal. But it's roomy enough, and has a tempered glass panel so I can show off all that RGB I don't care about. And the solid panel version didn't have free shipping so it would've cost more

STORAGE

Once again I went a little overboard with the 970, much faster than necessary and a regular SSD would've been better than any HDD I've ever dealt with but I liked the idea of no extra cables and it had a discount so yeah, I have a nice boot drive. The HDD is an HDD, 1TB/$50 2TB/$60 3TB/$70 at the time I ordered so I had to get it

RAM

After all the posts about Ryzen and RAM I wanted to make sure I got good, fast sticks. I briefly considered getting only 8GB but this way I shouldn't have to upgrade it anytime soon. I'm almost positive I could've grabbed some ripjaws with the exact same specs for a little less but they weren't on the QVL and these glowstick ones were. Plus they were on sale (I'm beginning to see a pattern here)

PSU

What's there to say, it was probably the cheapest modular power supply at the time of my order and it works

RGB

I would've been perfectly happy with a solid case and no makeup. That being said I will admit it looks kinda cool synced to music, and if you set a MIN and MAX temp you can use it like a thermometer and watch your computer go from green to yellow to red, or green to yellow to green when the fan kicks up. So hey, it's at least somewhat useful

NOT QUITE FINAL THOUGHTS

Building a PC was so much easier than I expected it to be. I was excited to do it and now I'm even more excited to build one for my mom, and hopefully I learned a thing or two that will make that an even better experience. If at all interested in her build you should check it out: Mom's PC. And yeah yeah, I'll work on adding some pics

Comments

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Some weird bottlenecking comments here which don't make sense. Yes, you could have done just as well with a B450 motherboard, but at least you have all the power delivery you could want for a CPU upgrade someday. 16GB memory was the right long term choice. The 970 EVO wasn't a particularly cost effective move but at least it's fast. All in all maybe you could have saved $80 or so but you have a nice and upgradeable computer.

And having done a bit of the "I wanted it" myself on my build, I entirely understand...

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, a lot of these comment won't matter when I have a 3600x or whatever I end up with. The 970evo will still be excessive, sure, but the MB shouldn't be so out of place

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

With a $90 b450 mobo you should have been fine for future proof, and that extra money could have been used for the ryzen 5 2400g, people really underestimate multithreading performance, and it also has more Vega Cores for slightly higher fps. Everything else in the build is purely aesthetic so it doesnt matter, good job and welcome to the PC Master Race

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

They don't underestimate the extra threads but the price/performance is not worth it compared to a 2200g. Almost 80$ CAD more for about 25% more performance is not really all that great. Especially if you plan to upgrade and buy a GPU in the future. Mind you it all depends on your upgrade path and budget at the time but most of the time 2400g is not much of a good buy.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Exactly, the 2200g is going to end up in my mom's mITX build anyway, wonder how many FPS she'll get in Farmville...

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

It's an amazing little APU, I'm very happy to have chosen it. Farmville lol, she will get plenty of FPS, I play most of my games at 720p or 900p(1600x900) and I can play Skyrim at ultra high settings and get 50+FPS where steady FPS is walking around the wold and dungeons are lower 40 - 50FPS. Subnautica I get 45+FPS at a slightly customized settings, mostly high except the water quality(medium). The temperature has not gone above 69 during long gameplay but averages at 41 according to hwinfo. I have yet to play any modern triple A titles but I'm sure I can play most of them at low - medium settings at 720p. I hope your mom enjoys it is as much as I do.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build man, simple enough to play what you want and a LOT of room for future upgrades.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

600 dollars and no GPU ?

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

What GPU are you waiting for release?

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll wait for Navi and decide between that and the highest RTX I can afford probably, if more games utilized raytracing it would be an easier decision

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, I see.

  • 9 months ago
  • -1 points

The mother board is not made for that CPU, and you didnt need NVMe storage

  • 9 months ago
  • 3 points

Made for it? Not exactly Works until 3rd Gen Ryzen comes out? Absolutely And of course I didn't need NVMe, I said as much myself, but it's fast and I wanted it, that's really all that matters

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

I meant that it is more for OCing and a higher tier CPU i.e. ryzen 7 2700x. But I understand and fair enough!

  • 9 months ago
  • -1 points

Does the Mobo and ryzen bottleneck? I hope you get a GPU and third gen ryzen! Good build, tho

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

How would that bottleneck?

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

I really don't know. It's such a extreme board for just a ryzen 3 and no GPU. You could of saved money by going for b350 board.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Even if you used it the other way around, it wouldn't make a difference. I used my Pentium on my Z270 before I had my other CPU for about 3 months.

  • 9 months ago
  • -1 points

Should have gotten less ram and a better processor, your ram is going to be bottlenecked

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm using the 2200g for what, 3-6 months? Now I won't need better RAM when 3rd Gen releases

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

thats very smart