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My cousins were running an upgraded HP Pavillion with two dead HDDs and they were looking for an upgrade. (see last picture)

My older cousin, who's now out of state at college, upgraded the Pavillion himself about 4 or 5 years ago. It had an FX-6300 and a GTX 650 Ti Boost. This eventually wasn't enough for him anymore and he got a new desktop. His sister continued to use the old one for gaming and school work, but it really started to slow down.

When the older cousin is back from school for vacation/etc, he wanted something that would be able to handle some light video editing. Then my littler cousin just needed something she could play games a bit better. They gave me a budget and I was off.

Ryzen was a no-brainier at this price point, so I went with the Ryzen 5 1400. Unfortunately, the budget only allowed for 8GB of RAM but apparently my cousin was able to get by on 8GB for his video editing. There's two slots left, so it can be upgraded without any issue.

I got the 770 from a friend for a crazy deal after I helped him swap it out for a new one in his rig. It's a nice step up from the 650 Ti Boost, and you can't go wrong with a deal like that.

They didn't need it to look fancy, so I threw it all into Source 210 and it was all set to go! Overall, I was happy what I did within the price range and happy I could get them a nice upgrade.

Part Reviews

CPU

Great value for the price.

Motherboard

Nice BIOS and good build quality. Only 5 USB ports and 4 SATA ports, though. Nothing unexpected for a more budget oriented board. I had no issues bringing my RAM up to its rated speed.

Storage

Very nicely priced. I've used these in quite a few different builds and I haven't had any issues yet.

Power Supply

An older model, but still very high quality. As long as you aren't getting too close to the 620W it's rated at, I wouldn't worry about some of the outdated technologies in this PSU.

Comments

  • 9 months ago
  • 3 points

Nothing fancy, pure performance without murdering the wallet. I love it!

  • 9 months ago
  • 3 points

I would say you got a killer deal on that 770 for 20 bucks.

The great thing about this system is that it will be EXTREMELY upgradeable in the future. That 1400 will overclock like nobody's business, especially if you upgrade the cooling to something like a Cryorig H7, and you can probably get at least 3.8-3.9 GHz on all 4 cores. And that B350 motherboard will probably support new processors into 2020, so you'll be able to stick a Ryzen 4600 or 4700 in there in a few years!

Throw in 8 more gigs of RAM like you said, and you're ready to drive a GTX 1080. The only thing I'd say is that you probably could have opted for faster memory. I'm sure you've heard that Ryzen is really sensitive to memory speed, and 2400 MHz is really going to limit your performance. You could probably overclock it to at least 2666 MHz at least, or maybe even 2933 if you're likely. I'm sure right now the GTX 770 is the bottleneck, not the Ryzen 5, but in the event of a future GPU upgrade, overclocking or replacing that RAM is going to be a thing.

Sweet deal overall, and good on you for helping out your cousins (although I'm sure it was fun for you as well). :)

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I had a lot of fun. I would have liked to go with faster RAM, but I was working on a budget. For right now, I don't think it will make much of a difference in the workloads this rig will be under. Just some light-medium gaming and video editing a few times a year, haha.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

You're probably right about that. And if you ever need more juice, I'll bet you could OC that memory pretty easily for a free performance bump. Maybe for video editing it might save you a minute or two on long renders, but if it's only every once in a while, no biggie. And for gaming, like I said in my comment, you're probably GPU-bound anyway, so there's probably not much point with the current setup. Kudos.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

The EVO edition PSU is significantly improved over the original M12II/S12II units. I would have no qualms about using the EVO in a lightly loaded budget build either.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

In my opinion, people tend to worry about powersupplies more than they need to. I've had quite a few power supplies blow on me and they have never bricked the system. Any moderately new hardware has plenty of failsafes in place to prevent overvolting, etc. Sure, a bad power supply might not last as long and you should get the best one you can get in your budget, but if it's from a reliable brand you're probably alright.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Might want to consider getting more storage. Also, filling up an SSD can actually shorten its lifespan

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Love that source 210 I am currently moving my home server into That case with a Ryzen 1700x while I save for a fractal design r6