Description

A little budget build I recently did to replace the old family PC. Runs all the games and programs we have without a hitch.

Part Reviews

CPU

Great CPU for a tight budget. Runs eSports and Source engine games quite well. One thing to note- the stock cooler was a bit of a pain to install at first, mainly because I didn't know what I was doing. The AMD logo on the side of the fan shroud got in the way of the chipset heatsink, so I had to unscrew that and flip it around. Also, after unscrewing the brackets that came with the motherboard the backplate became loose, so I had to keep it in place with one hand while I screwed in the cooler.

Motherboard

Great build quality and an easy to follow BIOS. Only complaint would be the lack of a second case fan header and the location of the front I/O and audio headers(they're right above the GPU slot).

Memory

Actual module is (https://pcpartpicker.com/product/YJQG3C/patriot-viper-elite-8-gb-1-x-8-gb-ddr4-2666-memory-pve48g266c6gy), but I can't figure out how to fix the part list. Oh well. Does its job well, and has a nice-looking heatsink to boot. Was able to raise the clock speed to 2800 without any hitches.

Storage

Solid budget SSD, takes 15 seconds to boot up and log into Windows.

Case

Good budget mini-ITX case. I really like the layout of this case, cable management was minimal even with a non-modular power supply. Also gets bonus points for the decent build quality, built-in standoffs, and window. Has one glaring issue, though- because of the mesh filtered front panel and the large, unfiltered side vents, it's a huge dust magnet.

Power Supply

Picked this up for 30$. Performs as expected for a budget 80+ Bronze PSU. Non-modular, but really can't fault that at its price point. the Black-sleeved cables are a great plus.

Comments

  • 5 months ago
  • 3 points

I really like the Core V1. +1 for the V1!

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! :)

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! As others have said, you'll likely want to add a second stick of RAM to get better CPU and GPU performance.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll keep that in mind, thanks!

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice, I was looking for a small ITX build that wouldnt be too expensive and wouldnt take up too much space to create a low power consumption torrent seed box that I could leave on 24/7 to seed torrents without using too much electricity or space. $400 for a torrent seed box is pretty sweet.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

i wouldve went dual channel memory

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

True, it would've been the better choice. Oh well, I'm planning to get a discrete graphics card soon anyway.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Not too bad from my point of view. Do you think this CPU and its integrated graphics would handle Rainbow Six SIege? Thanks

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Definitely

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah isn’t Vega 8 about as powerful as like a gt1030 and Vega 11 like a 1050 non ti. But I would recommend having 16gb of ram because a apu needs to share ram for the cpu and the igpu as igpus dint have vram

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Vega 8 is a touch weaker than gt 1030 stock but overclocked it generally beats it overall by maybe a few % overall. The Vega 8 will overclock within arms reach of the Vega 11 which I'm guessing has to do with die temps and ddr4 resources. Also not to be a downer but running single dim you won't get nearly full iGpu performance.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

When looking at AMD CPU's, I did find a higher DDR4 into the 3000 and 3200 Mhz did equate to a better overall result from the CPU. Also, what do you mean by "but running single dim you won't get nearly full iGpu performance"? (I'm not the best at terms with PC's yet!)

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Dual channel ram so 2x8 or 2x4 etc will always be faster then 1x16 or 1x8 and with your ram being your apus vram the faster it can pull system ram (which is why fast speeds is also important) the more performance youll get

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Basically running a single stick of ram it won't function as dual channel ram. Integrated graphics take a huge toll with single channel ram. Plus Ryzen takes a noticeable toll from it on all their chips due to the chips infinity fabric design.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay, thanks for the help! And when you say 16Gb of Ram, 2 x 8 over 1 x 16Gb I presume?

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah dual channel always will be faster then single channel