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Second build: the stopgap (phase 1)

by elvarg9685



Date Published

July 27, 2018

Date Built

July 26, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

81.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

81.0° C


 So this build came out of nowhere. I sold my first rig due to not being home to use it while I traveled for work. I changed jobs in March, and have much more time in the day. I started to price out a new build, and was blown away at the increase of gpu pricing so I decided to hold off until I discovered the new Raven Ridge APUs. I won a 250 dollar visa gift card at work and wanted to build a budget rig to hold off until the new nvidia cards launch later this year. I wanted to use the 2400g but that would put me over my 150 (ish) cash limit. I zeroed out the parts I used the gift card for, and the windows key was free from the IT department at work. 
 This build went a lot smoother than my first build except for two issues. First, I forgot to mount the rear bracket that the cpu cooler screws into, so I had to unplug everything and remove the mobo. Second issue was having to contact AMD for a boot kit in order to flash the bios in order to use the new raven ridge apu. So far rig runs well. Had an issue with the cpu not setting into the socket and it took a bit of umph to get the a8-9600 into socket. Once I got it running, I attempted to do some cable management. 
So far I'm happy. I have been reading every build that uses the 2200g, and I am convinced that this is going to become a very important cpu in future builds. I plan on two more phases for this pc. Phase 2 will consist of an m2 SSD, more ram, and some RGB fans mounted on the front of the case. Phase 3 is going to constitute the new GPU. I'm leaning toward the gtx1060 6gb since I am hoping that prices will drop when the new NVidia line launches. As always, thank you for viewing my build. Any constructive criticism is greatly appreciated!

Part Reviews


Seems to be the king of budget builds right now.


Nicer than my last build. Had to flash the bios which I have never done and wasn't hard at all.


Its ram. at the time it was the cheapest stick I could get. I'm planning on getting another one when phase two commences in September or October.


Now this is the true star of my build. I love how easy it was to build in. The cable management was super helpful. Only complaint I have is that the magnetic screens on the exterior of the case fall off easily so I'm taking a star.

Power Supply

So much better than my last build which used a 15 dollar logysis 450w psi. Modular is nice.

Operating System

(In the rock voice) what can I say except its windows!

Comments Sorted by:

aferr1973 1 Build 3 points 8 months ago

Nice build! I built one myself a few weeks ago and it is the best budget APU ever made!

elvarg9685 submitter 4 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

it seems like its going to be a great apu!

Fishboy9449 9 Builds 2 points 8 months ago

Good ol'Elvarg. Nice build, I've built in that case and it wasn't the easiest, but it sure as hell isn't the hardest haha.

OT: I want that platebody lmao.

elvarg9685 submitter 4 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

right? I remember thinking how friggin awesome I was rocking my platebody and rune mace. I still play but now I know better ! ;-)

Fishboy9449 9 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

Same. I'm all into end game content, still play it fairly often and I made an iron lmao.

elvarg9685 submitter 4 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

if you ever are interested my igns are sir man bro and nfectedpot8o

Fishboy9449 9 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

I'll add ya mate.

droem 1 point 8 months ago

I like to make a suggestion, if your press space about 3 or more time before starting a paragraph, it's gonna look like this:


Nice build! +1

LoLerScholar 2 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

Nice build! Word to the R3 2200G and glad you have a B350 board so you can overclock. Word to your comments about learning new things while building too. The GTX 1060 6gb sounds awesome to pair with the processor in the future; I'm also thinking about that one or maybe the RX 580 if it's cheaper. Enjoy!

Gooberdad 10 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Nice. Ever thought of using a used GPU? I've bought 5 over the years without issue. I have had to take two of them apart, thoroughly clean them and reapply thermal paste. I've gotten some pretty good prices. Lately my favorite is a Founder's Edition GTX 1070 to for $295 with free shipping.

elvarg9685 submitter 4 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

yes I have! I haven't been gaming muc recently so the need for a card hasn't been an issue right now. Im buying a gtx 750ti and a gtx 1050ti from a fried for really cheap and will use both in my current and next build.

Gooberdad 10 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

That sounds good.

Just noticed "1070 to" meant 1070 ti

WoodyLuvr 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Great build! I like your case. Cheers.

elvarg9685 submitter 4 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

yeah! I love this case! I have currently installed two case fans and I love the colors.

Fr0st_Byte 9 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Looks great!

Tcain93 1 point 5 months ago

Did you have to update the BIOS on the motherboard?

elvarg9685 submitter 4 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

i did have to. if you go to amd.com/bootkit they will send you a first gen am4 cpu to do this with. it was my first time and was pretty easy

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