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Budget Game Dev PC

by ltngamesdev



Date Published

Feb. 7, 2019

Date Built

Feb. 4, 2019

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C


Basically I wanted a entry level budget build that has plenty of room for upgrades in the future. I use this build for general home, office and light gaming use but also for my game development hobby which is mostly 2-D game.

I plan to upgrade to a 500gb M.2 SSD and buying a RX 570 or possibly an RX 580 in the future.

A couple notes I was on a tight budget for this build and used my HDD and SSD from my previous laptop I was using. I got the Motherboard for 100$ CAD after taxes and shipping during the holidays. * The RAM listed in this build is wrong, this website cannot find my RAM kit I bought on Amazon, it was a HyperX 3200mhz kit on Amazon and pcpartpicker does not have it anywhere in their lists. I bought this kit for 115$ after taxes and shipping and I was really happy to get a 100% stable 3000mhz on the XMP profile 2 without needing to do any tuning. I'm sure I'll get 3200mhz if I play around with the timings and stuff in the bios, for now though 3000 is perfectly fine and is plenty of speed required for the 2200g.

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Gibbytronix 2 points 2 months ago


diypartsjoy 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

I would have gone with the 2400G if you had more money.

ltngamesdev submitter 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

Aside from me being on a real tight budget, I did not see the point in getting the 2400G, the performance difference is not very large for the price of almost 80$ more(at the time). I could OC the 2200g and get some extra performance if I really need it but I probably won't. I just wanted something quick so I could make money doing my game dev commissions, do some light gaming, and do it all without breaking the bank. Now I can work on earning more money with much better performance than my old PC.

That being said in the future if I do upgrade the CPU I'll most likely get something with 6 or 8 cores instead of 4 cores but that will happen after I get a dedicated GPU. Nonetheless I have plenty of options for upgrading and I now have a PC I can actually use to get work done faster and earn extra $ faster.

diypartsjoy 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

Yeah, the 2400G isn't really worth it.

JordenVD50 1 Build 3 points 2 months ago

Its depends on what u need cuzz the 2400G has a vega 11 GPU its almost like 34% faster then the 2200G vega8. That means the 2400G can run most triple A games on low settings 1080p. while the 2200G can not. And not mention it that 2400G has 8 hyper threading.

ltngamesdev submitter 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

34% faster but 60% more expensive, it's a toss up for sure. If there were no plans for a dedicated graphics card then I could see me spending the extra on the 2400g but since my plan is to buy RX 570 or 580 in the future then I'd rather save the money I would've spent on the 2400g for the graphics card.

Mr.Budget 1 point 2 months ago

to me, it might be worth it, but still a toss up!

Simulint 4 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

Based on light google research. 2200G vs 2400G. Performance increase 26.6%. Cost increase 57.9%.

ltngamesdev submitter 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

Yup, it's just not worth it to me, why spend the extra on the 2400g when I can save that $ for the dedicated graphics down the road.

Fazedranga 2 points 2 months ago

I completely agree the only benefit of the 2400g is the interstates graphics and if you are getting a GPU it’s not worth it.

mlgproscope2133 1 point 2 months ago

Why does the RAM cost so much? But I like how you did not get a dedicated graphics card and stayed with AMD graphics which aren't that bad for light gaming.

ltngamesdev submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Prices in Canada are quite higher than U.S. In USD the cost of the RAM would've been around 85$ for the kit I bought. Surprisingly, I got a good deal on this RAM as all other RAM around 3000mhz is around 130$+ CAD for an 8gb kit which is about 95$ - 100$ USD. Either way current price of RAM totally sucks. I love AMD they really stepped up their game and I'm really happy with the 2200g so far, I can manage without a dedicated card for a few months easily with this great APU.

mlgproscope2133 1 point 2 months ago

True. I'm from Canada and I feel the same problem. I hate the GPU prices right now. Those damn bitcoin miners. But if you could have got a graphics card, you could get the i3-8100

ltngamesdev submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Yea Canada is in the crap zone for PC parts at the moment but it's not terrible, some countries have it even worst. As for intel well, I feel like sticking with AMD for a little while, not to mention the i3-8100 is only a tiny bit faster with single core performance and overall maybe 1 - 3% faster than the 2200g but also at a cost of an extra $30. I'll stick with AMD, you just can't beat their price/performance ratio in the PC building market right now.

jackobea 1 point 2 months ago

How do you like the ASRock B450M Pro4 mobo? I'm currently in the process of my first build and also getting the Ryzen 3 2200g for my processor. I don't know a whole lot about PC building so I wanted to go for something less expensive.

ltngamesdev submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

I was a bit nervous buying this board due to the QVL list for memory, it seemed almost every memory kit on the list was either very expensive or no longer being sold. I have been very happy with it though, I had no issues, and the memory kit I bought, even though it was not in the QVL list it works stable at 3000mhz. That being said, I'm very impressed with the amount of options in the BIOS, from tuning the fans to overclocking the voltage and frequency of the APU and memory, it's all there! And they've recently updated it for better memory support I believe. I would say this is one of the better boards you can buy without breaking the bank. It also has room for light to medium overclocking, just be sure you have some decent cooling if that is what you plan on doing, otherwise at stock speeds this motherboard should be stable and last a long time to come.

Fazedranga 1 point 2 months ago

I would not get the Rx 580 unless you want to buy an Ryzen 5 2600 or the equivalent when the 3000 serious releases because there will be a bottleneck

ltngamesdev submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Do you have a source for how bad the bottleneck will be? As far as I know there will be a minor bottleneck(obviously)but definitely not serious enough to have to upgrade to a 250$ CAD CPU to make up for it. Mind you I do plan on actually upgrading the CPU in the future, most likely a 3000 series if it's compatible with my motherboard but that will be much further in the future after I buy a GPU.

kinetic-duet 1 point 2 months ago

I used a website called The Bottle Necker, to help give me an idea on how much of a bottle neck there would be. https://thebottlenecker.com/calculator

ltngamesdev submitter 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

Aside from that site probably being a joke or at least very inaccurate, even the calculated percentage of 6% is hardly a terrible bottleneck. Through the research I have done, the 2200g will be able to pair with the RX 580 without issues. When it comes down to it, specific games require specific hardware, if a game is CPU intensive then my bottleneck will come from the CPU in which case I'll have to upgrade it but the RX 580 will not be limited or lose it's power from the 2200g, I'm sure thing will be fine for a few years. I will probably upgrade CPU when the 3rd gen Ryzen's are released anyways.