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$464 Budget All AMD Build

by Connor2943



Date Published

Nov. 7, 2017

Date Built

Nov. 3, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.8 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

26.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.175 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

31.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

66.0° C


Summary I use this system for gaming and schoolwork, playing games such as War Thunder and Quake Champions.

CPU The r3 1200 is the best budget chip for 110 right now, because it is a 4c/4t chip and is unlocked.

Mobo The Asrock AB350M is a great budget board, and allows for overclocking. However the wraith cooler does block a dim slot if you face the AMD logo towards the I/O shield

RAM I actually purchased a 8gb stick of 2666mhz, not 2400mhz, and for $69.99. Otherwise, RAM is RAM and this works fine.

Storage Unfortunately, there was no room in my budget for an ssd, so this is it.

GPU I went with an rx 560 4gb instead of a 1050 for two reasons: as of 10/29/17 (the day I purchased these components), this rx 560 was cheaper than a 1050 on Newegg, and this card also came with Quake Champions.

Case The Tyrfring is a gorgeous case, with sufficient cable management space, decent build quality, and a side panel. I got this case discounted on Amazon for $31, and it does not disappoint.

PSU The Rosewill ARC 450 is a great psu for 30 dollars, with black cables and an 80+ Bronze rating.

WiFi Unfortunately Ethernet is not possible in my house. I looked through wifi cards for hours but dismissed each one because of the negative experiences people had with them, but eventually I realized every single card had thes reviews, so I chose one with decent speed and ratings. It works fine and I get good performance in games from it.

Problems I successfully overclocked the r3 1200 to 3.8 ghz at 1.3v with decent thermals, and decided to see if I could get it to 4.0ghz at 1.35v. Unfortunately after applying this overclock my system would turn on, but not boot. I actually had to reset cmos to be able to use my pc again. I did get it to 3.9ghz at 1.35v though, but with bad thermals. My 1200 is now at 3.8 ghz at 1.25v, stable, and with good thermals. After several hours of continous use, my wifi began to slow. I was getting lag and delays in War Thunder. A driver reinstall fixed the problem.

Comments Sorted by:

gugu96 19 Builds 3 points 17 months ago

wifi 2x2 antenna would help, you can get your card to connect to your AP or router with 2 bands and combine the 2 streams for 1 bigger link.

edit: on the AC. And you can get up to 3x3, meaning you have 3 simultaneous streams from the card to your AP or router.

PeeweeGamingYT 3 points 13 months ago

Awesome cheap pc. This is basically what I'm build but I have ryzen 3 1300x and 1tb bed. NICE PICKING.

xneedspeedx 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

are you sure someone is not watching p*rn on the other room? JK anway, i don't think the wifi is the source of your problem. unless you constantly monitor your wifi speed. lag as of delay in latency? high ping? or lag as of fps is dropping down and goes up again? try change your game setting lower to like a medium or something to test for several hours and see what happen. bad wifi card could overheat and drop in performance too.

Connor2943 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

By lag I meant a higher ping and delay of latency.

scss 2 points 17 months ago

Does this cpu works without bios update ? Some people are saying that ryzen 3 won't post without a new bios.

Connor2943 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

hmm. my PC booted fine and is functioning perfectly. This is the first time I've heard of these bios issues. I can't speak for other mobo manufacturers, but i don't think asrock has these issues

Modainium 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

We have 3 alike parts.... Also that floor looks alike from where I first held the RAM... Wha????

Sweet build though! Your cable management could have been better if you got a better case. I wouldn't call it call it good for the price. I don't say it was very good. The TYRFING was 60$ in July, and the S340 with great management was 69.99$! I saw yours was 31, which was a good price for it. I got mine for 45$ which wasn't good.

polobaby 1 point 17 months ago

okay so i plan on doing a similar build, but opting for the gtx 1050 and some different ram. This will be my first build so im wondering on how well it well it will run. I play games such as GTA 5 and fallout while my son (who will also be using this computer) plays more simplistic games such as minecraft and terraria. Will it preform well for the both of us? Also is there any modifications besides just the ram and graphics card i should make?

Connor2943 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

This build should perform well for both of you; your son's games will run fine, but games like GTA and fallout may need some settings turned down.

dave.troll 1 point 16 months ago

where would the WiFi adapter go, since there is only 2 ram slots and one gnu slot

Connor2943 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

there is a PCIe x1 slot above the PCie x16 slot

Cghero 1 point 16 months ago

What games is it able to handle?

Connor2943 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

It'll handle most games with some compromises. I don't have a lot of games yet but I can play War thunder, TF2, Warframe, Fortnite, Dota 2, and Forza Motorsport 6 Apex at smooth framerates at 900p (monitor's res)

Fraglepuss 2 Builds 0 points 17 months ago

Great build, although I'd have made a few minor tweaks:

  • Get a 1050 for a few bucks more
  • Have dual channel 4gb sticks

That's it really, the rest is great. Like you say when you can get a cheap ssd, Samsung has the best migration software from my experience :)

Connor2943 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

I didn't opt for dual channel memory because this pc is going to last me at least four years, and It would be much easier just to add another stick of 8 gb. In retrospect I should've gone for a 1050

Fraglepuss 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Well if it's going to last a while, dual channel would've made even more sense.

The 8gb would've only made sense if you were definelty going to go to 16gb soon. Anyway minor gripe

Connor2943 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

What I meant when I said this pc would have to last me 4 years is that I will be upgrading this system over time to keep it up to date, so my ram will be upgraded

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Connor2943 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

I got this gpu on Newegg for $110. Unfortunately I can't tell you how it does in 1080p because I only have a 900p monitor, but in 900p I get 80-110 fps on War Thunder at the max settings. Don't buy this card for Quake Champions. It's in beta and no one is playing it. If I could do this over again I would have gotten a gtx 1050.

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