Description

This is my 7th build, and this time I decided to bring the price as low as I can, yet at the same time keep it aesthetically appealing.

I've found myself mostly playing low-demand games these days, such as CSGO, AOE and Rocket League. So I decided to sell all my "old" parts (worth $1500) and build a new one from scratch.

And to be frank, I find the limitation of either budget builds or at times SFF PCs, to be more fun to research, find parts for and assemble at the end of the day.

Total price: $547.00

Monitor: $200.00

Keyboard: $35.00

Mouse: $40.00

Memory - Newegg

Case and Power Supply - Amazon

CPU, Motherboard, Storage, Monitor, and Keyboard - Microcenter

Part Reviews

CPU

This is the 2nd time that I've purchased this APU. This time I managed to overclock the core frequency to a stable 3800 (1.375v) and GFX clock of 1500 (1.23125v) with the stock cooler. It is possible to get a stable overclock with higher frequencies with both the CPU (3.9) and GPU cores (1600), but you would've to choose either or.

Motherboard

Clean aesthetics (especially at this price range), and easy to work with BIOS. The default fan control speeds are not as annoying as Gigabyte boards.

Memory

Changed it to 2933 in the BIOS for B350 board. The RGB is good (not as good as G.SKILL TridentZ).

Storage

It was stupid cheap and it works just fine. Great read/write speeds.

Case

You can't get a better TG case of this quality, at this price range. Very compact, yet very easy to work in. The subtle RGB is a plus.

Power Supply

Runs silent when it's not under load, but this power supply has some of the, if not THE thiccest cables I've seen. Had some trouble routing 24 pin cable to the motherboard.

Monitor

Great monitor for the price. I have had the chance to experience all types of monitors before. From 4K to 1440p, 144hz, 240hz, TN, VA and IPS, and curved panels. This is the sweet spot for what I do daily. Beside casual gaming, I mostly tend to multitask on my PC and the 21:9 aspect ratio really helps. Decent response time, refresh rate and great colors; surprisingly better than QLED monitor that I had. Looks sharper than my 24" 1080p that I had, perfect PPI for 1080p at this size. It has built-in speakers and they are OK for what I do. Good enough for YouTube, casual gaming and even having music played in the background.

Keyboard

I have tried different variants of Cherry MX switches, Razer Greens, Logitech Romer-G and knock-off mechanical keyboards in the past, but I never got used to any of them and always tend to mistype more on mechanical. So I decided to give this membrane keyboard a try, especially since it was on sale at Microcenter for cheap and I was going to do a budget build anyway. The typing is fine. I still haven't found a use for the micro keys. The dedicated volume and media keys are appreciated. The RGB effects are OK, not terrible.

Mouse

Would argue that G305 is the best wireless mouse at this price point. I have big hands and would definitely appreciate larger mouses, but I have mostly found myself going for the claw grip, and if so do you, and are looking for a wireless mouse, get this over G703 or similar mouses in this segment.

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Comments

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Daaaang, son! That's really impressive!

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Hands down, best looking budget build I've seen!

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice might build one myself

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm looking to build a budget streaming build for a friend but they play on xbox. Do you have any clue how well your system does just streaming with maybe a couple chrome tabs open? I would really appreciate it

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Forget about streaming, would not recommend. Would add at least an RX 570 or 1050 Ti if you plan to stream. No problem with multiple tabs. I usually have 20-30 tabs open. If you plan to have multiple YouTube tabs open, note that Nvidia has a superior encoder. I have had some hiccups on 4K videos with AMD cards.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build! The system builder gives a warning that the MOBO and CPU might not be compatible. Can you comment on that?

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! No worries, that was only the case for the first few weeks of Ryzen 2 release. As long as you get the motherboard with an updated BIOS you should be good to go. There should be a sticker on the box that says "AMD RYZEN DESKTOP 2000 READY".

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm new to building pc's and looking for a good budget build. I have an opportunity to get a gtx 770 for cheap. Would I be able to add it to this build?

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

What games can it handle, and at what fps?