This build is an evolution of my Budget Ryzen 3 and AMD "GameCube" builds. This is basically my Budget Ryzen 3 final build. Unless 32GB (2x16GB) of RAM sells for the same price as the 16GB currently sells for, then there's nothing left to really do with this build. Save adding a couple of RGB strips.
And now there's this Mini Monstrosity. Given the APU supports PCIe 3.0 x8, neither my RX 560 nor my RX 580 could take full advantage of the PCIe 3.0 x16. However, they still performed admirably with the 560 depending solely on the PCIe slot for power. And let me tell you, this 580 transformed the build from a beast to an outright monster. This can handle High-Ultra settings at 1080p depending on your game, though I do see the Ryzen 3 start to dip in frame rate a bit at the highest settings. This'll need a Ryzen 5 2600 for a much better pairing, but this 2200G is great even with my overclock set to auto. I didn't get the 2600 because I purchased a 2400G for a separate mATX build. And like my RX 560 in the previous version of this build, I got this 580 on eBay in like-new condition. Ironically, I saw the same card go for $278 on Amazon in the same condition. Either way, I got excellent tips from the owners of my GPUs. Definitely better than the price difference IMHO.
I've added photos of the swapped PSU. The prior PSU was the EVGA B3 450W 80+ Bronze. The current PSU is the Corsair RM550x 550W 80+ Gold. No more Eco Mode switch and I currently have over 200W of overhead. Expect a Ryzen 2600(X) upgrade plus a couple of HDD/SSD upgrades as well. There are also some benchmark photos. I play Gears of War 4 often enough so I used that game as my benchmark.
Overclocking is simple, whether I use AMD software or Gigabyte's apps, I achieve overclocking with ease. 1257MHz is the core clock claim, but AMD is saying 1340MHz is the core clock. Huh. All-in-all, just stick to AMD software for this particular card, as this isn't even an OC edition from GIGABYTE so the AORUS Graphics Engine is sub-optimal for this card. It can't even do a single update and crashed with a simple 5MHz overclock. It's unstable with this card, though the 560 I have is great with it.
Also, I swapped out the Intel 3165NGW WiFi+BT for an 8265, with roughly double the speed and BT 5.0. This card is far better than the one supplied by GIGABYTE, though the stock card runs stable with the latest drivers and an updated BIOS.
And for those curious about space, I was dumb enough to shove a Nintendo Switch (I had two, with one in the hard drive bay, but it blocked the view of the other.) and 2 Nintendo Wii consoles into this thing. With the top panel AND RX 580 in place. That's how much remaining space is left in this build. That's how much airflow I have inside. With semi-aggressive fan profiles in place, I don't go above 65o C while gaming in Max/Ultra settings in Forza Motorsport 6: Apex, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, and Gears of War 4.
Speaking of Wii, the extra 160GB HDD was the WBFS drive for my modded Wii back in the day. It'll be my Emulator drive for Dolphin and other emulators. What you saw in the pictures is true: the HDD bays can simultaneously hold a 3.5" and 2.5" HDD/SSD. Or you can have four 2.5" HDD/SSD installed, plus the M.2. I think that'll happen in a couple of years when I get the upgrade cravings again. ;D
After my AMD mATX build (coming soon). I'll start messing with either Intel CPUs or Nvidia GPUs paired to AMD products before doing an Intel/Nvidia build. Any advice, recommendations, and questions are welcome for this build and future builds.
Update: 3DMark benchmarks have been added. Parts list updated with 3TB WD Green HDD.
This card takes everything I can throw at it and begs for more. I was pretty fond of my 560 4GB for punching above its weight, but this big card takes the fight to Nvidia. Sure, there are 6GB 1060s to get, or even 1070s to get a leg up, but I'd have to pay that leg for either card versus this one. This isn't an OC edition, but I don't even see the need to go extreme with this card, it can already overclock pretty well anyway. And I'm not paying upwards of $50 extra just for that feature.
If the RX 560 was a step into mid-high end gaming, then this 580 introduces you to the deep end of gaming. Anything past this is either really expensive for its performance gain, or ridiculously overpriced now. I'm looking at you, RX VEGA GPUs.