Description

I built this computer for my brother's family so they could have an HTCP for their living room that also plays games. Not in the list are a pair of logitech gamepads that I gave them as well. I loaded it with emulators, Lego Star Wars The Complete Saga and Project Cars 2 for them. Later on I'll add an additional storage drive so they can add more games and movies. They mainly are using it for Netflix, but as my 5 year old niece gets more into gaming I am hoping she will get some additional use out of it. I let her examine all the components and explained what they are and do. I am looking forward to playing Lego Star Wars with her and hopefully more games if I can get her into it. My brother likes to game too, so hopefully he will enjoy some late nights with it after his wife goes to bed lol. I aim to be a bad influence on them I guess. I OC'd the Athlon 200GE to 3.9ghz, which it runs at just fine and with a max temp of 64.5 under full load. I feel that this will make up for the otherwise wimpy specs of this humble offering from AMD.

Part Reviews

CPU

For the price who can argue? The fact that you OC it to 3.9 and with the stock cooler it maxes out at 64.5c is just amazing.

Motherboard

It looks nice, it's small. The built in WiFi is nice. The BIOS is easy and useful. I still think miniITX boards are overpriced and it only has one fan header.

Video Card

If you can get it for a good price, it's a good card. Way better than the 1050 TI and the white shroud is pretty slick. Would have been nice if a back plate was included.

Case

Very nice looking little case with plenty of ventilation. It looks really nice under a tv or on a shelf. The plastic top window is going to get scratched, you can't avoid it.

Power Supply

Quality power at a bargain price.

Comments

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes HTPC are nice. I went with a Cooler Master Elite 130 last year just for that to stream media & ditch cable. Not looking back. Nice build, thou I would post my kids on this sight. Not Facebook :)

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 I am reading between the lines of the Parts List you put up: MSI b450 board, 8GB of 2666 CL16 ram and an m.2 NVMe - this thing can rip. The Athlon chip you used may be humble, but it seems like an upgrade to an R3 or R5 has already been considered and the system is definitely upgrade worthy. Nice work.

Edit: impressed with the OC you put up!

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, I built this one for future upgradeability. I gotta be honest, I kinda wish I had kept it to play with myself. But, I can go visit whenever I want and play with it.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

It's tough being a nice guy sometimes ;)

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I love project cars 2...

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

nice little budget build, hope the family enjoys

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Great value for money!!!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

nice job! I just did a build with an Athlon 200ge and had it overclocked to 3.8ghz and the system would freeze randomly under load. I wound up dialing it down to 3.45 and the system has been issue free for two weeks.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Huh that's weird. Maybe you just need to up the voltage. Or, maybe use a different mobo? I started at 3.9ghz and 1.360v, but was able to turn it down to 1.3525v and it was still fine.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah that's what I was thinking. The stock clock speed would do well for the intended use of my parents, but I still wanted to give them a slight OC.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Just finished a similar build myself and added a 3gb 1060, nice little set up. I haven't overclocked the Athlon and most likely will leave it alone and upgrade when new Ryzens come out later in the year. Might recycle the Athlon for a mini htpc build later on, very happy with the chip as a placeholder.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I love the 200ge. For $60 w/ tax and shipping you can have a place holder cpu to play with that works just fine. Overclocked, it's actually fine for gaming if you have a mid level gpu paired with it.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I played a little with it and have it at 3.6 stable at 1.360 volts, runs around 70c , Happy with that I just wanted to get it over the 240ge. Might try a different cooler and try 3.8 or 3.9. Excited to see what Ryzen 3000 brings us.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

That's better than nothing. Perhaps you lost the silicon lottery. I have mine stable at 3.9ghz, 1.352 volts and it tops out at 64.5c.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't push it, I pretty much set for 3.6 and 1.4 and let it roll. My board is a asrock b450 but basic with no heat sinks beyond aluminum blocks and I was just being careful, I added another fan and got the temps down 10 degrees so I might give it another go.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. How are the temps on the M.2 drive?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not sure to be honest, haven't checked it. It's at my brother's house, so I can't really check it until next time I'm over there. If I recall, when I was looking at temps, the motherboard temp didn't jump out at me as disturbingly high. The nice thing about that motherboard/case combo is that the m.2 drive sits on the backside of the motherboard and that case provides airflow over both sides of the motherboard.

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