Description

Just a simple budget build for the In-laws. I build my wife a PC and she has really enjoyed it so her mom asked if i could build her one for around $400. The driving force was cost which I how came to pick the parts that were used. This will basically be an HTPC. It's really only going to be used to stream, look at Facebook, do basic office work and maybe some very light photo and video editing. I went with AM4 since it has good upgrade potential and if down the road the 200ge isn't cutting I can get a 2400g or 3400g. The 16 GB of ram might seem unnecessary but I just wanted to make sure it was snappy for them to use and also that I hopefully won't need to upgrade for a long time.

Part Reviews

CPU

It gets the job done so I really can't complain. Since it's AM4 a future upgrade will be simple.

Motherboard

Had to fool around with audio drivers for a while but other then that had no issues

Memory

It seems to be working fine so far and didn't have any issues.

Storage

Good for the price. I've seen a lot of mixed reviews on these but this one and the one i have in my wifes PC haven't given me any trouble yet. Maybe I'm just lucky.

Case

You get what you pay for. Not much space to work in and hard to cable manage.

Power Supply

It's cheap but I don't see this system ever getting north of 100w in its current configuration, maybe 150-200w with upgrades so it should be just fine for this build. I don't think i would go for this psu for any type of gaming PC though.

Operating System

It's Windows. It works. I decided to just shell out for a legit key so that if they need to call tech support i know it will work as they live about 6 hours away.

Case Fan

Open box at Best Buy I just happened to see.

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Comments

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

That power supply seems a bit cheap....

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah it feels a bit cheap too. I think it will be fine for this but I dont think I would recommend it.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks pretty good, I would be worried about the power supply, but it is a EVGA product. So maybe it won't detonate?

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

That was my thought. It's cheap but at least it's a reputable brand.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

It is EVGA, but the OEM is what really matters. There was a website that had a mountain of PSU manufacturers and their PSUs that included OEMs, I can't remember the name.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

May be able to add a passive Arctic cooler down the road if you get the chance, but not sure how big a difference it would make.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

You know , I may give that a try down the road. I've been wanting to experiment passive cooling for a while. If I do i think I'll add a quiet 120mm fan to the side though.