Description

I put this together for my son's gaming rig for Christmas 2018 - and he did help putting it together. Everything came together with minimal issues. The B350 PC Mate motherboard, ordered off Amazon, came with updated BIOS out of the box, minimizing any headaches.

System is now overclocked to 3.9 GHz (CPU) and 1.35 GHz (GPU). Ran into some issues with memory stability at 3000 MHz (largely timing related). Backing it off to 2933MHz using the matching XMP-2 profile has made it rock solid. The standard AMD Wraith cooler supplied with the CPU is working well keeping temps under 70°C.

Connected everything up to an old Mac Cinema Display, plus an old Dell LCD. Case looks great and is well made, even for a sub $70 case. My son is super happy, coming off his i3 HP laptop, and is looking forward to further upgrading his PC "with his birthday money".

Performance

  • Unigine Heaven (1600x1024) - 699/27.7 fps

  • Fortnite (Mid-low, ~800p render resolution) - 45-60 fps

  • Minecraft (Window mode, full 1600x1024 window) - 80-114fps

  • War Thunder (High, full screen 1600x1024) - 60-80 fps

[Update 2/7/2019]

Added one more stick of 8GB RAM and what a difference that makes. I also managed to overclock the ram to 3466MHz (16-20-20-41) and it has been stable since.

Performance update

  • Unigine Heaven (1600x1024) - 1022/40.6 fps
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Comments

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow! Didn't know the integrated graphics on the 2200g were that good. Nice build. Also, I would suggest a 1050 or 1060 if you plan on getting graphics card soon. +1

  • 16 months ago
  • 3 points

I was also surprised at the GPU performance. Not too shabby for a $99 processor with a single bank of RAM. The kid (almost 12) is happy and left him lots of room to upgrade. I will let him decide on what to do next (he already wants more RAM for his upcoming birthday) but I assume that he'll want a dedicated GPU eventually.

I'm probably building a R5 soon for myself, likely with a 1050 Ti.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea, I am in the middle of a 2600 build. I haven't gotten all my parts yet but its as bang for buck as it can get.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Get a 570 it’s cheaper and faster

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Get an RX 570

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

That's on the list to be considered, including a used RX 580 off ebay.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, I wonder if you plan to upgrade to 16GB in the future.

Other than that, this is a good build. Nice job.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Only one RAM slot of the four is used so far, so lots of room. Deliberately did it that way so my son could easily upgrade it (instant gratification... LoL).

Without replacing that single 8GB piece in there, you can add a second 8GB + 2x 16GB more bringing it to 48GB total. The motherboard maxes out at 64GB if it is populated with 4 x 16GB pieces.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

16GB dual channel is fine though, since Ryzen doesn't like running 4 DiMMs at stable speed.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

You rekon this pc could run Rainbow six siege well?

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Haven't tried so no idea. Plays Overwatch alright though.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Cable management needs some work

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

I went back and cleaned up my kid's cabling work. :D

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Good