Description

Went for inexpensive quality for my first build. This is a console killer for $450. I do plan on adding an RX 570, doubling the RAM, adding more storage and case fans, and upgrading from the stock cooler in the future. for anyone wondering how well a setup like this could actually run, my answer would be quite well. With the APU overclocked to 3.8 GHz and the RAM at 3000 MHz, it does fine. My monitor is 1280x1024 and I get 115+ fps in CS:GO high settings, 60+ in Fortnite, and it pushes out solid 40+ in Minecraft with a heavy shader pack (Sildur's Shaders Vibrant High on OptiFine). I do plan on adding an RX 570 or 1050 Ti, doubling the RAM, adding more storage and case fans, and upgrading from the stock cooler in the future, but for now, this works just fine.

2/23/19 Update: Added an optical drive and a new keyboard I got for free. Works nicely.

Part Reviews

CPU

Best APU on the market, bar none. Good performance for graphics in a solid CPU that will allow a graphics card later (will keep up with an RX 590). Great little chip with a solid cooler that was easy peasy to install. I also enjoyed the little holographic stickers it came with. Nice touch. Overclocked to 3.9 on the stock cooler with no issues.

Motherboard

Great inexpensive motherboard for my first build. Simple layout, 4 DIMMs, AURA RGB control, easy BIOS and overclocking, and a B450 chipset for less than $85 is a no-brainer. Easy installation of everything and the black design looks beautiful. My only complaint is that the manual wasn't as helpful as I expected.

Memory

Wanted 16 GB at first, but to stay on budget I went down to 8 and was able to treat myself to some RGB. The price is right, but 8 GB in dual channel at 3000 MHz is nothing to mess with, not to mention the beautiful design; looks so much better in person. The RGB is very easy to control with AURA. I usually end up going with a subtle orange-red-pink cycle using the Rainbow effect.

Storage

Great inexpensive little SSD. Enough storage for Windows and quite a few programs, files, and games. It's not super fast, but gives solid SSD performance that makes my system feel quite snappy.

Case

Beautiful tempered glass, a PSU shroud, dust filters, and plenty of room in a mid-tower case for under $40 was a no-brainer. Manual wasn't super clear, and screws were unsorted, but it works great and I love the look.

Power Supply

Underrated power supply. Plenty of juice for a low-end or APU build like mine, and the black sleeved cables look great. It's not modular, but in a case with a PSU shroud, that's no problem. Easy operation and good looks for $30 from EVGA is a killer deal.

Wireless Network Adapter

Can't complain. Plug-and-play, super fast, inexpensive, and looks nice.

Case Fan

Never been a huge red guy (never been a huge guy period), but grabbed these arbitrarily to get some airflow and lighting in my build. They're not super quiet but some BIOS fan tuning did the trick. Hey, they light up and they keep everything nice and cool. No complaints there.

Comments

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

How does it run the games?

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

With the APU overclocked to 3.8 GHz and the RAM at 3000 MHz, it does fine. My monitor is 1280x1024 and I get 115+ fps in CS:GO high settings, 60+ in Fortnite, and it pushes out solid 40+ in Minecraft with a really heavy shader pack and animations. I do plan on getting a discrete GPU, but for now, this works just fine.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

when you say 40+ and 60+ do you mean fps? excuse my noobiness.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, sorry if that wasn't clear.