Description

This is a simple build I did for a friends Dad. He had a 10 year old desktop that was slower than any computer I’ve ever seen. Basically he just wanted a super fast computer for his business and music storage. Accidentally handed the cpu to my inexperienced friend and he bent three of the outer pins on the 3400g. Ended up not being a problem as far a functionality goes but it was the most cringe I’ve ever felt putting a cpu in a socket.

I wanted to go with an MSI board but ended up going with asrocks because of third gen compatibly out of the box.

The Inland NVME drive is an amazing deal for a 1TB TLC drive in comparison to intels 1 TB QLC drive.

Part Reviews

CPU

Probably the best consumer apu on the market today. Graphics are untouchable by intel currently and the cpu is a multi thread beast. Didn’t do any overclocking because it was unnecessary for this use case.

Motherboard

Ive used this board twice now in builds. Never had any issues with it. The bios is pretty easy to use. It would be nice to have more than one memory profile though. At micro enter it is compatible with 3rd gen ryzen out of the box.

Memory

Standard 3200 memory. If you don’t have interest in rgb than there is no reason not to get these. Great price. No compatibility issues with ryzen 2nd or 3rd gen.

Storage

Best price to performance NVME on the market. It’s made by the micro center thing so it pretty trust worthy. It’s TLC at the price of QLC what else do you want.

Case

Used this case Twice now for builds. Great construction, very good cable management with rubber lined holes where you need them. Included double sided Velcro straps. Labels on all the cables except the fan.

Which brings me to the 1 star deduction. The drive bays stored in the psu shroud are a pain in the butt to remove. You have to remove the front panel and possibly the fan as well to access a pinched flap on the top of the shroud.

And it should have another 120mm fan included in the front.

Power Supply

Great semi mod psu for the price. I think they only sell these at micro center. Ketchup and mustard at the end of the cable case though.

Operating System

Use linux

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Comments

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice one, although if you wanted an MSI board, that's an excuse you didnt. The tomahawk is ryzen 3000 out of the box and of course the new tomahawk max. Not expensive at all

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

yea i wanted to stay under 100$ and no rgb though. It was a choice between Asrock's Pro4 and MSI's A PRO

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Awe darn oh well, nice build anyways man, congrats!

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

just saw a LLT video with the MSI A PRO 3000 compatible out of the box so it must just be micro centers stock is behind in bios updates.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for posting!

Looking at similar. Haven't built a PC in 8 years, so not up on latest hardware. I like how you mentioned everything is compatible. AKA Processor video works fine on mainboard, memory, etc. Would you say that in bang for buck, it includes most of the latest bells and whistles?

If so I may just save some time and copy this.

TYVM, -Stv..

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Personally I would make some edits. The front audio port on this build came doa.

This is how i would re make it if I could get stuff online.

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/6xbqp8

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

You're awesome man. Thx a Bunch. Let you know how it turns out once I get time to order everything.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Every single 3400G build I have seen so far is using the same Powerspec power supply and some type of M.2 Inland SSD! What's up with this?

Probably needs to be replaced. Corsair TX550M or CX450M would be much better.

Otherwise, very good.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

its from microcenter

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, now I remember! Yeah, I've seen a Powerspec before. Reminds me of Best Buy's Dynex and Rocketfish (and now Insignia). Not the greatest, but far better than other no-name brands. Still shouldn't be trusted too heavily in a computer, though.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Why? They use the same manufacturer as Corsair and cooler master

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Which one? I know Corsair uses Great Wall, CWT, and Seasonic, but I don't think Cooler Master uses any of those. (Maybe they do, can't remember the PSU index to check, someone hit me with a link if you know it.)

Also, Cooler Master power supplies aren't on my recommended list. Same with Thermaltake. Even EVGA has to be taken with a bit of a grain of salt, since they have just as many bad units as they do good ones. Corsair has very few bad ones, but those bad ones are bad. Seasonic doesn't really have any bad units, but you should be at least a little careful with their older group-regulated and OEM units.

Anyway, if it's CWT, then it still isn't 100% reliable. CWT can make any power supply, from the best thing in the universe to a ticking time nuke. Powerspec seems pretty budget-oriented, so chances are that it isn't the highest quality, meaning that CWT probably cut some corners (very possibly on some critical parts, but I can't guarantee it 100%).

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  • 7 months ago
  • 0 points

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