Description

(Don't ask about the name, it's a stupid inside joke)

A build for a friend of mine. He picked out the case, I did the rest. I tried shooting for a good mid-range build, since he really doesn't play anything too demanding, but he still wanted the headroom to play more demanding stuff in the future. With that in mind, this is what I ended up with.

After almost two years of taking a break from building systems, this was a blast to set up, outside of some major annoyances with the case. Please, if you know what's good for you, do NOT buy the case I used in this build. Check the review for my rant about the thing.

Additionally, when he ordered the parts, he forgot what I had said about avoiding sellers outside of Newegg and Amazon, and bought some of his things from OutletPC instead. As is typical, they not only took an extra few days to ship, but he also received the MicroATX Pro4 board instead of the ATX one. On the bright side, though, and after a lot of waiting, they actually sent us out the right sized board.

Aside from those two things, everything went as expected. I'm sure I probably could have made some better choices with this build, but that's what I get for being rusty. I also apologize for the lack of peripherals on the build list, but I didn't have anything to do with what he ended up getting.

He was super pleased with it all, and he nearly started bouncing off the walls from excitement when it booted into Windows for the first time. Felt good seeing someone feel the same way about joining the PC gaming scene as I did back in 2017.

Note: Neither of us have attempted overclocking this machine in any capacity as of yet, and quite frankly this case would probably make it too difficult to maintain good temps if we did.

Part Reviews

CPU

An excellent budget processor, not much else to say.

Motherboard

An excellent budget-minded choice for the B450 chipset. It's probably not the highest quality board out there, but I have yet to experience any problems with it.

Memory

Good RAM for a good price. As usual, G.Skill doesn't disappoint.

Storage

My second time buying one of these. It's a great mid-tier pick for an SSD. It's not the best you can get, but it's certainly not the worst. It also comes with a pretty long warranty too, which typically indicates good quality.

Storage

Your typical WD hard drive, as reliable as ever. What more could you ask?

Video Card

It was the cheapest RX 570 available at the time. Does the job nicely and without being too loud. The RX 570 really is a match made in heaven for gamers on a budget.

Case

What in the name of all that is holy were the designers at DIYPC thinking when making this case? The only reason I didn't send this back was due to my friend's insistence that we used it. I spent 30 minutes trying to plug in my PSU's cables alone due to the lack of clearance they gave. The three preinstalled fans on the front provide almost no help in airflow due to the glass panel in the front and the design of the case's grill blocking them off. The fans for some reason even came with a Molex connector along with the standard 4-pin, which caused even more trouble when trying to manage cables. Speaking of which, this case isn't even very good at that either; many places where cables are supposed to fit through don't because nobody accounted for the size of the connectors' heads. At least they provided some zip-ties in the box to make it slightly less agonizing. Overall, minimal thought was put into the practicality of this thing and instead into how it looked. TL;DR: Spend more money and get something better.

Power Supply

An excellent power supply overall. I'm sure I could have got something better, but with the $20 rebate going on at the time it would've been crazy to go with anything else.

Custom

I'd never heard of Sceptre before buying this monitor. When I finally got my hands on it, I was really surprised by the quality put into it. The panel looks great, the build quality feels sturdy, etc. The software built in for changing the settings of the monitor does need some work though, and the built-in speakers are a joke, but outside of that it's a great buy.

Comments

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

I agree that the 2200G is a great processor, however it was designed to be an APU (Accelerated Processing Unit), and in my opinion is about the equivalent of 1030 when it comes to graphic processing. So I am just wondering if you didn't want the Ryzen 3 1200, or if you originally intended for it to be an APU build then decided to slap a GPU in there. Just wondering...

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

It was mostly for the sake of the minor performance improvements that the 2200G gave over the Ryzen 1200. The whole APU thing was just an added bonus, really.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Does the name have anything to do with the song blue monk

Nice build btw

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

It has to do with a nickname I have for the friend I built it for, but your idea sounds way more creative. Glad you like it!

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, Judas Priest is killer!