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What's up guys; I'm LoLerScholar and I'm new to computer building. I play mostly RPGS but haven't had a chance to play much in the past 10 years so I thought I'd try to build a cheap computer to play games I've missed such as Morrowind, Diablo 3, Dragon Age Origins, The Witcher, Pillars of Eternity, etc... Now that I'm a working adult, I can afford to build a good computer, but I'm also extremely cheap and hate spending money. As a new builder, I opted to just go with new parts and didn't want to mess with the used market. I initially built a rig with the A6-7400K and 4GB of DDR3 RAM, but it was so slow I couldn't even use it for web browsing. So I settled on a Ryzen APU build after that fiasco.
Total cost of all parts was $276 (tax included). I think I got good (but not best) prices on all hardware. I got the R3 2200G and motherboard from Microcenter with the $30 off bundle deal. Processor was on sale for $80 and the motherboard was $55. It came out to $114.xx after tax. Also picked up an optical drive ($15) from Microcenter. I used Newegg to get the RAM ($85), power supply ($17 after rebate), and case ($19). Got the hard drive off of Amazon ($25).
Quick note - I did use a A320 board instead of a B350 and I'll explain why. I really didn't want to go through AMD's boot kit program to get my Ryzen APU working so I wanted a board that was Ryzen 2000 ready. When I was looking at boards online at the time, none of them were guaranteed compatible. So I went to Microcenter and found a Gigabyte B350-DS3H board, but it was too big for the case when I tried to install it (it was blocking the hard drive). So I went back and found the current A320 board I'm using, which was MUCH smaller and Ryzen 2000 ready.
Man, people make putting together a computer look so easy, but it was an ordeal for my technically unsavvy mind. My first build (A6-7400K) was a failure and the motherboard issue I mentioned above for my current build was so frustrating. It was hard to figure out where to stick all the cables and such, especially the small wires for the power switch, usb, and all that. And as you can see from the pictures, my cable management is a disaster; lmao. I gave up a few times and almost bought a pre-built but I'm glad I stuck with it and eventually succeeded. Hallelujah.
Pretty happy with the performance so far though I haven't really played anything too demanding. I was able to finish Morrowind and Diablo 3 with no issues. I also have Street Fighter 5 installed and the frame rate seems consistent at 60 fps at 720p though I haven't played any matches online. I'll see how it handles heavier games in the future. I have the RAM running at 2933 mhz on the XMP profile. Web browsing and general use feels pretty snappy and quick, but the computer also feels sluggish at times when loading things (I'm guessing this is because of the mechanical hard drive).
Thanks for reading!
Happy with it! It seems pretty snappy for everyday use and the integrated graphics is all I need so far for the games I want to play. It came at a great time during the GPU Apocalypse.
Board has done a good job so far; no real complaints. Haven't found a way to run my RAM at 3200 mhz so far though; not sure if it's because the board can't overclock.
No complaints; the RAM has been fine.
I think I got a lot of storage space for the price I paid, though the hard drive seems like it could be a bit faster. It's so loud and sounds like it is dying when it is loading things; lmao.
I guess I can't complain much for $19 but the case was really cramped and there is like no room for cable management. Plus the cables for the power switch come undone easily.
No complaints; the power supply is humming along and doing great so far.
Haven't really used it yet!