Description

I built this computer in February 2016 with a Gigabyte Nvidia GeForce GTX 750 ti. I later "upgraded" it with a GTX 1050 ti from the same manufacturer. If I had to do it again, I would have spent more money on the graphics card.

However, one thing I've noticed is that it wouldn't have made a difference, since the system is bottlenecked by the CPU. The FM2+ architecture is a dead one and there is no support or upgrade path for it. It does not support multithreading (hyperthreading), and other Intel core i5 processors kick the poop out of this one. However, changing to an Intel would have made the build noticeably more expensive.

As always, I added an aftermarket network card, which is useful since the PC is on the second floor. But, in my experience, these network cards go bad after a few months to a year. Although they are cheap, they make weirdo stuff happen to your PC like restarts and hangups. It will be no surprise when I say that I've had to replace the wireless card as well with a near-identical model.

The rig benchmarks on the lower end of any test you throw at it. Of course, because all the parts are budget. However, I am able to run most games just fine on high settings. I haven't tried any of the boundary pushing games like Far Cry 5, or Tomb Raider, nor will I spend the money on the games before I have a proper rig. That being said, I can play Star Wars Battlefront 2 (the new one) on High setting with only a slight stutter at the beginning of multiplayer matches because of a throttled CPU. Since it's a dual monitor system, I can confirm these facts live while I'm playing.

Comments

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

A B350 motherboard with a Ryzen 3 2200G would actually be a decent replacement. Or a Ryzen 5 2600. The Ryzen 5 2400G is marginally better than the 2200G with Vega 11 graphics and SMT. Otherwise, if you forego the 2200G I'd recommend at least the 2600 for your budget.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

i say you should pick up a ryzen 3 1200 with an overclockable mobo, and ddr4 ram great budget cpu and you have a lot of headroom for future upgrades. Yea.... the cable management it looks like a dell optiplex that got drug out of the dumpster behind the local walmart. But i'm guessing that this case has an extreme lack of cable management room so maybe pick up a new one too. Then again it doesn't have a side panel window so its not the biggest deal.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty cool that you're still getting value out of that CPU. Do your case fans on the side of your case get in the way of your GPU at all?

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  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

I'd far better off getting 1x8GB though, as currently (non-Raven Ridge) Ryzen does not allow RAM to work at high speeds with 4 sticks of RAM installed, and with 8GB the assumption is you will eventually be upgrading to 16GB.

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  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

For sure!

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a good point. Good call.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I agree, definitely more RAM, also maybe a different CPU. Also the cable management is kinda ugly :-/ Probably get some cable sleeves

  • 19 months ago
  • 3 points

With a closed panel case there is really no point in dumping $ into cable sleeves.

  • 19 months ago
  • 3 points

tru dat