Description

It's finally done. My first build.

This build was such a wild ride. I may need to add a TL;DR at the bottom :)

The Story: I have been gaming on an AMD APU laptop. Not Raven Ridge. An A8 7410, max turbo 2.4Ghz with Radeon R5 graphics. Oof, struggled getting 30fps on lowest settings. Recently, through a series of fortunate events, I had about $560 to spend, so I decided to upgrade. At 14, that much cash comes hard, so I made sure I got my money's worth. I spent months researching parts, market trends, and benchmarks.

I decided to go with the following part list: CPU: Ryzen 5 2400g GPU: iGPU (until prices drop) RAM: 8Gb Patriot Viper 4 DDR4 @ 3000Mhz PSU Seasonic MkII12 Bronze 520W SSD: Samsung 850 EVO 500GB HDD: Seagate barracuda 2TB 7200RPM CASE: Cooler Master Masterbox Lite 5 RGB MOBO: Asrock AB350 Pro4

Now, I ordered all that stuff and waited for it to come. I chose the Lite 5 RGB case because it had 3 extra fans in the front. I actually hated how it looked when I picked it out, but it has since grown on me and now I think it looks great. The SSD was a gift from a friend, thank you so much!!! So everything arrives and I spend till 11PM putting it together, I was not prepared to cable manage for my first time. Nevertheless, I pulled through. I went to bed, deciding to test it in the morning. And when I did, lo and behold... It didn't start. So me and my very techy grandfather spent the rest of the afternoon trouble shooting. And it turns out the Mobo needed a BIOS update to support Raven Ridge. "But Flika!" you say, "You should have anticipated that!" I did. Newegg advertised the board as Ryzen 2k ready. So an RMA was in order. They got me an updated board and and it worked. Bliss. Untill I tried enabling XMP. Now, the part list above is the FINAL list. At this time I was using an 8Gb Ripjaws V kit clocked @ 3200. And it wouldn't be stable past 2133. SO after some research, I found a new kit on the QVL support list, the patriot kit listed above. After another refund, I got the new Patriot kit a day early. The calm before the storm. While this kit got me farther, it wouldn't go past 2666. So, after spending days chatting about it on the forums, I was told to try dual channel in the B slots instead of the A ones. and waddaya know. Stable at 2933, the mobo supported speed. The build runs like a charm. I do plan to get the keyboard in the part list, I'm just waiting on rebates so I have the spare change.

TL;DR, After much hardship. It runs great and plays games how I want it.

P.S. I have no idea why I named the dang thing "Chicken Coop". I guess mabye because after putting it together, there was still enough room to fit a chicken in it without a GPU. P.S.S "Why not use the GPU in the background instead of the IGPU?" Its a 9800 GTX. Nuff' said

Comments

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Well you're a year my Junior but I almost had to bust out the hieroglyph translator in order to read this. Which, kind of scares me because I'm going to make a PC. I have much to learn. Anyway looks frickin awesome and is named even cooler.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Good luck to you in your build!

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I see you didn't include a video card. Ar you waiting for them to get cheaper?

  • 19 months ago
  • 3 points

Yes! I will eventually get a 1060 6GB.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Flika on the description you said you used the viper ram on the b slots, so did you get the ram speed to 2900+ because of the change in ram or because you put them in the b slots? In other words, can I use a different ram and put it on the b slots to get 2900+MHz?

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I was able to only get them to the 2933 speed in the b slits, so I would say it was the slots. Although, this trick didn't work with my Ripjaws V kit

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you tested this rig with fortnite? If so how does it do graphics/FPS wise

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

I get a solid 60-70 FPS Average on mid settings. I don't really play Fortnite, so I haven't done extensive tests, just a few matches.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Congrats on your first build! I think I was also about 14 when I built my first. It also just had an AMD APU until I scrounged up enough money for a GPU.

Nice work! Enjoy!

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! I'm looking to build with that exact cpu. Graphics card prices are ridiculous right now. i was interested in the case as well. Looks really good.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Niceeeeee Not all 1st builds have to feature high end parts. Looks really good, and I like the name. I should consider naming my upcoming 1st build too..

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

The 3 front fans design is a bit polarizing, but it does grow on you. That case would make me go crazy making sure the entire desk was outfitted with matching LEDs. +1

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

The only gripe I have is they are kinda loud, but only noticeable if you're listening.

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Slap a sub next to it and you'll never hear those fans again.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build I am building something similar to this. it is very helpful.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Good start, and good idea to wait for the prices of GPUs to come down before getting one. Only thing I can recommend is to put the PC on piece of wood or something, as the carpet wouldn't be great for ventilation.

Alternatively, you could just make sure the PSU vent is pointing upwards, but I think downwards is the way to go.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Congrats on your first build!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Looks good too!

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Is your ram running at 3000mhz? Because it says that the mother board is not compatible with DDR4 3000mhz ram

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Running at 3000Mhz no problem. This RAM set is even on the QVL list to run at that speed.