Description

Background

I've been playing on integrated graphics my whole life, but decided I wanted an improvement from my old laptop as it pretty much limited me to Esports titles such as League of Legends.

Planning the build

I had a tight budget and wanted to get the most bang for my buck - the prices listed are what I bought them for (including shipping) at the time.

The RX 570 was the go to choice since it beat the GTX 1050 in performance in its price range albeit being more power hungry. Since I was getting an AMD GPU, I decided it would also be worth getting a Freesync monitor for those silky smooth frames.

I was originally going to get cheap 128 GB ssd with a 1 TB hard drive, but after finding a deal for a 500 GB Crucial P1 SSD for £50 I decided it would be nicer to have faster storage since my storage needs are pretty minimal.

Notes

When using a FreeSync monitor, I found I had to use a DisplayPort connection as well as enabling the 75 Hz mode in windows control panel. GPU and Processor came with stickers, was hesitant about putting them on the case and instead leaving it just plain black, but I think the stickers look alright after deciding to put them on. I built this PC sometime mid September but never got round to posting my build until now. Bear with the poor camera quality on my phone - will update pictures later when I get a camera with decent image quality, any feedback on what to improve on is appreciated, thanks to anyone who replies.

Part Reviews

CPU

£50 processor with 4 cores. 5/5

Motherboard

Cheap motherboard that works, didn't need a B450 since I'm not planning on overclocking. Only 2 ram slots, but that's fine for my needs and has an M.2 slot.

Memory

2 sticks of 3000 Mhz ram for that dual channel goodness, all at a low price.

Storage

Fast storage and take no space as it screws into the motherboard, saving a lot of hassle with cables compared to an SSD. Also got it for quite a good deal.

Video Card

The RX 570 might be the best budget card for 1080p gaming, pairs well with a FreeSync monitor.

Case

Good looking case with a low price. Comes with a blue led fan already installed in the back of the case. Magnetic dust filter that is at the top of the case makes it easy to clean and the included GPU support bracket is a nice touch. Not much in terms of airflow at the front of the case, but not an issue since I wasn't planning on getting any extra fans.

Power Supply

PC seems to be working fine, no power issues. Power supply is clearly doing its job.

Wireless Network Adapter

Cheap WiFi card that provides me with a satisfactory experience when on the web and gaming.

Monitor

Colour looks fine, was expecting to be underwhelmed since its not 24" but haven't been disappointed by its size. Comes with FreeSync and is 75 Hz. Did some tweaking in windows control panel which took 2 minutes and went from 60 originally to 75 Hz. Note: I had to switch cables from HDMI to DisplayPort for 75 Hz to work.

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Comments

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

cool budget build! Planning any upgrades in the future?

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for your enthusiasm. I'm planning to possibly upgrade the cpu to a 1600 or 2600 down the line.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

sweet! np

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Solid budget build! I love it. How did you like the building process?

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

The initial building process was quite fun. The hardest part was connecting the power button cable and other assorted single pin cables into the motherboard and then routing and tying up all the cables at the back of the case so the back panel would fit flat.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. now you can get flamed by EUW in 75hz instead of 60 ;)

just kidding its a great build. Your framerate will be so high in league that you can just cap it. i agree with your choice of potential upgrades. League prefers single thread performance and since you have a locked board i would go with the chip that has better IPC. To get the most out of first gen ryzen you need to overclock them. Something i did see was on their website Gigabyte is advertising 3rd Gen ryzen support so it might be worth it to hold off on that. With each gen of ryzen the potential headroom of overclocking is lower (meaning they are boosting the stock clocks higher) so that would be where you would noticed the biggest difference. I say hold out as long as possible with the 1200 then if you feel brave and update the bios go for a 3rd gen ryzen like the 3600. That will pretty much max out that motherboard then.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I've already updated the bios for Ryzen 3000 support (F42 I think) straight after building the pc. The Ryzen 1200 is a great 4 core 4 thread CPU and I've mostly played Esports games my whole life due to only owning a laptop with integrated graphics. If I plan on playing more CPU intensive games such as Battlefield the jump from 4 cores, 4 thread to 6 cores, 12 threads will be very beneficial. The 1600 is currently under £100 so it will be a cheap upgrade in the foreseeable future.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

yea don't get me wrong i love the 1600 and it is a much better price to performance chip then the 3600, just finished another build with that chip, its just that you can't overclock so what you get is what you get. I would try the games first on your quadcore and hold off until the 3600 takes the same dip in price/ that the 2600 did. let me put it this way. lets say you by the 1600 for 100. then a couple of years later you are playing games and not hitting 75hz because of the 3.2ghz base clock, so you want to go to a stronger chip, then you spend another 100 on a 3600. granted you might be happy with the 1600 if you went to that its a good chip, just keep in mind for clock speeds what you see is what you get

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

No bannana for size reference?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I've been meaning to update the pictures as they are very blurry, most likely will do this when I go home over summer.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice looking build. How loud is the fan?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the late reply, fan is quiet enough but does not pull a lot of air so I have left the speed on 100% in the bios.