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UPDATE: after almost a year, the computer is running just fine. After the first weekend, I overclocked the CPU and GPU. See the attached photos. My Passmark and Afterburner screenshots show a decent performance upgrade from stock. I'm PERFECTLY happy with this.

I added an m.2 SDD for just OS and I love it. My mechanical drive spins up often, as my SDD is only 120GB and I put all data on the HDD.

Next "futureproofing" will be to upgrade ram to 16GB and look at a better video card, skipping the 1050TI (not that much better than what I have) and looking at the something in the geforce 1060 range. Then perhaps a CPU upgrade, although that certainly isn't my bottleneck. The case is VERY limited as well. I didn't want a mid-tower, I want to stick with something smallish in the 15-18" high tower range.

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First computer. They say these are built, but this is really just an assembly task, and after looking at countless Youtube build videos, I was underwhelmed finding out how easy it was after it was all said and done.

I have used the last ounce of my Dell 530 (core 2 quad q6600) from 2008, upgrading everything but the CPU and Motherboard. I couldn't afford to get a new prebuild all at once ( I was looking into a Dell XPS at first). I went into this knowing that I would have to be patient and collect parts over time. When I bought the case and PSU, it was in February 2017. The affordable Ryzens weren't out yet, and they weren't even on my radar. I was focused on the Pentiums thinking I would upgrade to an i5 when I could afford it. Over the course of the summer, I kept my eyes on prices and accumulated the parts whenever there were mail in rebates or great sales.

My total cost was $491. I got a TON of deals to get this price.

Update: I overclocked my CPU to 3.6GHz no problem using the BIOS in the B350. I ran the CPU-Z stress test and the temps leveled off at 70 degrees. I'm assuming that is fine, as all of the websites say don't go over 85. I don't plan on going over 3.6 for now, as the CPU isn't the bottleneck in my system.

For the GTX1050, I didn't want to stress it out too much. Using MSI Afterburner, I upped the core voltage 10%, the core clock 150MHz and the memory clock 400MHZ. I had the core clock at 160 stable, but once I started SWTOR, it kept resetting the screen (I'd consider that a crash), so 150 was much better. I haven't run any raids with this setting, so I don't know for sure if that will work. Superposition Benchmark consistently hit a 5000-5080 score on 1080p medium (I only have 2GB on this card, so I couldn't do high settings).

Future upgrade options: 1) a m.2 SSD (my case won't like a second HD without interfering with the Vid card and further impeding my small amount of airflow, so I'll just use the capability on the mobo for the m.2 drive) 2) A higher caliber Video Card...whenever budget allows. It isn't a big deal to me unless I start getting under 30fps in my games. Then it is really noticeable. This statement proves I'm not a power user, lol.

Part Reviews

CPU

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 3 1200 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor I started this build thinking I was going to get the Intel Pentium G4560 in the $60 range, but then they became more expensive than the G4600, then the Ryzen 3s came out. The overclocking ability is what sold me. I can turn a 1200 into 1300X speeds. I have it running at 3.1GHz now, but I plan on a mild overclock to the 3.6 range. I couldn't find a sale on these, so I paid full price.

Motherboard

Motherboard Asus - PRIME B350M-A/CSM Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard. This and the ASRock were the two cheapest B350 Motherboards. I knew for longevity I would want to have the ability to overclock, so I focused on the B350. The ASUS seemed like a better, safer bet, and I grabbed it when it went on sale $20 off from retail. The combination of my case and the location of pins didn't agree sometimes, so cable management was ugly.

Memory

Memory Crucial - Ballistix Sport DDR4-2666 Memory. This was the biggest headache. When I started looking into a computer, a 1X8GB stick would have cost me $46ish. The prices have skyrocketed and this is the reason I went from a $400 budget to a $500 one (that and realizing all of the little things I needed that I didn't account for). I bought the 2400 speed stick for $65, then it was backordered (and still is, last I checked), so I then got impatient as this was the last piece of the computer I needed and just paid the current price. Memtest86 worked flawlessly and I plan to try an overclock eventually.

Storage

Hitachi - Ultrastar 7K3000 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive. I was looking into Hitachis as they were recommended to me. I knew an SSD wasn't in the current plans, so I focused on a SATA III (6) hard drive. No complaints.

Video Card

MSI - GeForce GTX 1050 2GB Low Profile Video Card. I'm the most proud of this one. It was $109 when I first saw it, then all of a sudden it was $10 cheaper with a $20 MIR. I had to jump on it. a Ti would have been nice, but the price difference ($50) is almost as much as I paid for this one ($79).

Case

Rosewill - SRM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case - I have been looking at rosewill for years and this was the first purchase I made. After I bought it, I looked at videos of people who used this case and realized that I had my work cut out for me. It is small, but the ability to swing the door away to get better access is great. I got an additional 120mm fan for the front, and needed a splitter to get both to work. I still have a ton of cable management issues, though. The location of the power switch and reset switch and their cable lengths doesn't give a lot of choice but I had to have the cables go right across the mobo. Also, NONE of the case screws were able to secure the video card, so I had to use brute force and crossthread a screw just to get it halfway in the hole... the card is a little loose, but it isn't going anywhere.

Power Supply

SORRY, THIS IS THE CORRECT PSU --> Corsair - Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply - I wanted a quality supply and even though 430W sounds low, it is plenty for a GTX1050 that doesn't need supplemental power. I got it half off after the MIR.

Optical Drive

Asus - DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer - Cheapest name brand DVD burner I could find. I am too old-school at this point to do without a DVD/CD drive.

Operating System

Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit - $15 key on Ebay. And it worked! Can't complain.

Comments

  • 25 months ago
  • 3 points

I mean for that price... I'm in awe of what you've "assembled". :)

Those deals are just so juicy... A real bargain'unter we got'ere, ay? Where did you find a 19$ 450w Corsair PSU? That's nuts.

Also the build is cool, good job on that! +1

  • 25 months ago
  • 0 points

It was $39.99 with a $20 MIR. I basically spent my lunch breaks at work scanning PCPartPicker parts...lol.

  • 25 months ago
  • 0 points

Oops, I put the wrong PSU in the link. I actually got a Corsair Builder 430W non-modular PSU (it isn't on the PCPartPicker list anymore as far as I can tell). Sorry if that messed anyone up. The cable management was horrible, and I hope I didn't damage any of the cables I didn't use because I had to shove them through the other side of the case while the DVD burner was in the way in order to hide them. Then, I had to somehow get the side of the case back together.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Does this cpu works without bios update ? Some people are saying that ryzen 3 won't post without a new bios.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Mine worked out of the box. I think my bios that shipped was from the June-ish timeframe. Most of the complaints were back from the February-April 2017 builds, if I remember correctly.

I probably did it wrong, but I updated the BIOS later (like, after I installed Windows).

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

But it still works like a charm Yeah ?

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Perfectly!

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheap and great! But please try to upgrade later.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Understood. I went from a Radeon HD6570 from 2011, so the 1050 was SOO NICE! I'm sure it will be a drag in a couple of years. I'm not a power gamer, I just play SWTOR a few times a week, so it is still great for that.

  • 25 months ago
  • -2 points

Ok

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did you get windows for $30.00!

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  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Sale of software and keys from that site often violates the ToS or are resold licenses purchased via fraudulent credit card. Recommending, suggesting, advising, encouraging, hinting, or in any way implying these keys as a solution or option is not allowed on this site.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

oooooof

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

How does the optical drive fit? I'm debating if I should get an external optical drive or not since I'm worried about the fit.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

It is recessed pretty badly, but the button on the case matches with the eject button. I would highly recommend a modular power supply. Otherwise you'll have the same headaches I had. I installed the optical drive first and had to figure out how to push it as far forward as possible so the eject button would work. Then the power supply. I had to plan where the cables went and slide them through the case before putting in the power supply. Hope that helps!

  • 25 months ago
  • 0 points

I have two questions:

1) Is the cooler really above the RAM slots? 2) How's that GTX 1050 treating you?

  • 25 months ago
  • 0 points

I can answer number one in the pictures the case is tilted in pictures 3 and 4 (see picture 2)

  • 25 months ago
  • 0 points

I actually had to flip the cooler because the little AMD bump did interfere with the A1 slot. However, I won't be using that until I get 3 or 4 RAM sticks...if ever.

And for me, the 1050 is perfectly fine. I went from playing on minimum settings to medium settings (1080) without lag. I'm not a super picky gamer, so it works for me and I don't get lag. I'm happy.

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