Description

This build kind of came unexpected, being that it didn't follow any of the plans I had to build my first personal gaming PC. I was looking to build a Ryzen 3 2200G APU computer to kind of introduce myself to PC gaming. After I started to acquire my parts (new/used) I ran across a fairly new prebuilt for a low price. I ended up getting a used CyberPowerPC with a Ryzen 5 1400 and a MSI RX580 for $350. After doing some cleaning up and swapping of parts I ended up with a much stronger PC than what I originally intended. I swapped out the single stick of GeIL 8gb 2400MHz for the Patriot Viper4 2x4gb 3000MHz, the stock EVGA PSU with a Corsair, and the dinky stock CPU cooler with the AMD Wraith Prism. I also took out the factory case fans because they were loud & dirty so I threw a Cryorig 120mm 1600rpm case fan in for exhaust. I also went ahead and did a fresh install of Windows 10 on an SSD to have a snappy OS. I actually sold off the RAM and PSU that the CyberPowerPC originally came with so I made some money back. I made a $38 profit by selling both of those bringing my total build cost on this PC down to $452.79. If I really wanted to I could remove the cost of the SSD because I had purchased it a while back to use as a fast external drive to speed up my Xbox One, but I still wanted to list the price I had purchased it at. Without adding in the SSD's cost I would be around $404.79. So far I am extremely happy with how my first personal gaming PC has turned out. I look forward to upgrading further in the future!

Part Reviews

CPU

This processor is proving to be plenty powerful for me. Pairs with my RX580 nicely.

Motherboard

Second time I've used this motherboard and it seems to be reliable. It only has one case fan header (4 PIN) which kinda sucks but I can look past it. Overall it's a great board for someone looking to get into the AM4 platform.

Memory

Works perfect at 3000 MHz on my ASUS PRIME B350M-A mobo. I haven't tried to OC it past 3000MHz yet.

Storage

Works perfectly as a large data drive paired with a small SSD for a boot drive.

Video Card

Can't complain so far with the performance of this card. I got it with a used CyberPowerPC and it works perfectly with the Ryzen 5 1400. It does tend to sag down so I may look into some way to prop it up. This cards fans become extremely loud at 100%.

Case

This case is awesome! The one I got actually came from a CyberPowerPC prebuilt so it has the badges and everything. When I picked it up it had the LED strip ran down the front and across the PSU shroud which I thought was an eyesore. So I reran the LED strip down the front and across the top of the case to conceal it more. The strip actually has magnets in so it made the move very easy. There are before and after pics of the PC when I got it versus when I swapped some parts and did some rearranging.

Power Supply

Picked up this thing used and it works great in my Phanteks P400 case. Plus all the cables running from this PSU are black so no need for cable extensions.

Operating System

Bought a used CyberPowerPC that came with a key for Windows 10 Home. I did a fresh install on a SSD using the same key and everything worked seamlessly.

Wireless Network Adapter

I bought a used CyberPowerPC and to my surprise it came with this awesome card which handles my WiFi and Bluetooth needs.

Case Fan

This fan is working great as an exhaust fan. It is extremely quiet at idle and has a very smooth sound running at full speed.

Custom

Had to buy antennas because the guy I bought my PC from didn't include the antenna for the Gigabyte card. They work great for picking up 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz, right along with Bluetooth.

Custom

I bought this a while back (hints the price) for my Xbox One to use as a fast external drive to help with audio and video lag with games like Fallout and Skyrim. It worked great doing that but when I decided to build my own computer I decided to reformat it and use it as my boot drive. This thing is awesome I can boot form a full shutdown in around 6 seconds. With it being 256gb there is plenty of room to move games onto it if I want faster load times.

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Comments

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

I have an NZXT hub that will expand your total amount of case fans needed. Just a tad bulky. That is, if you're in need of more fans.

Nice build!

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I've been looking into fan hubs for when I start to OC more heavily in the future. But for now my temps are sitting comfortable.

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Enjoy it!

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build! Also where did you get your used parts?

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! All the parts that I have listed on here, plus some I sold were from the prebuilt CyberPowerPC chasis. I calculated proportionally to see how much I have in each part after buying it all for $350.

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Im actually thinking of upgrading my current PC myself, only issue is my PC is made by Dell so I’m pretty much stuck with their proprietary motherboard, PSU, and case, so upgrading might be difficult, not to mention my upgrade path is kind of limited. For example I can only upgrade to either 8 GB of DDR4-2666, 16 GB of DDR4-2400 in dual channel mode, or 16 GB of DDR4-2666 in dual channel mode. My storage is currently limited to either 2x 3.5” drives, 1x 2.5” drive, or 1x M.2 drive, which I’m not sure what the maximum supported length is because neither my PC user manual or specifications will tell me. I think it can take all the way up to an M.2 2280, but I’m not 100% sure

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

I find that 8gb of RAM is completely fine for now. I would definitely recommend grabbing a 2.5" or M.2 SSD to throw your operating system on it makes the experience that much better!

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a small 16 GB intel Optane memory module as my SSD, but it’s being used as a cache for a slower 7200 RPM hard drive instead of a boot drive, which causes my PC to literally boot in anywhere from 55 seconds to ~4 minutes. :(

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

If your wondering why your CPU clock speed is at something ridiculously insanely high, PCPP itself kind of messed it up

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

3600 GHz isn’t even possible without burning your house down or destroying your CPU. The staff is trying to fix it

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

*up to 64 GB in quad channel mode

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

how are the vrm temperatures on that board?

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Around idle and minor tasks it stays around the same temp as my CPU 25-35 Degrees. I haven't checked it while under gaming load since I have been downloading the games today.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

is that stock or overclocked?

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Mild overclock, I haven't had to up the voltage any yet. Went from stock 3.2GHz to 3.6GHz. RAM is clocked at 3000MHz with stock voltages as well.

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice man keep it up looks good