Background: I haven't built a computer in about 15 years, but I remembered how fun it was putting it together and since I do enjoy building things I decided to build myself a new PC. To start off with my research, I went to the place where I usually get information about projects I want to complete...YouTube. I found several channels dedicated to PC building and saw a couple talking about a $500 build, which is something I would've liked to accomplish, but I deviated from those parts lists a bit. After watching those videos and looking at the new Ryzen line of processors that AMD is putting out, I decided to go for the Ryzen 5 2400G. Even though you get a better price to performance value with the 2200G, I chose the 2400G because I have no clue when I'll update the processor or add a dedicated graphics card.
Since I had the processor selected, I needed to look at the rest of the components I wanted to use. I chose the B450 chipset, mainly because I didn't want to risk getting an earlier motherboard and not having my APU work on it without having to wait on AMD sending me a temporary cpu so that I could flash the BIOS. I also do not have a lot of space at my desk in my office, so I decided to go with the ASUS ROG Strix B450-I mini-ITX board, which would allow me to build a fairly compact machine. The rest of the components I chose mainly due to either brand loyalty (Western Digital drives), or parts that I saw good reviews on (Corsair RAM, Thermaltake case).
Build: This build was way easier than the one I did so many years ago. Everything fit together quite well except for the little rubber grommets that support the 3.5" drive. A couple of them tore apart as I was trying to put them into the drive bracket. The only real issue I had was with cable management. Looking at other builds, I think mine looks sloppy in comparison.
After I completed the build I added 2x80mm fans that I picked up from my local Best Buy and installed them using a molex cable that came with my power supply (which also makes for a somewhat sloppy looking build).
Installing the software and configuring the BIOS was a breeze...even though it took me a second to find how to apply the xmp settings to this build. I have not been able to do much with this build so far, mainly because of my stupid work schedule and other family commitments. But I will update this description with better pictures once I find the time.
Update I decided on getting a dedicated graphics card. I was able to purchase a PowerColor RX580 with 8GB GDDR5 for $179.99 at the local Micro Center today. I've been thinking about getting a graphics card since I purchased the parts back in February.
I also added a Ryzen 7 2700 that I picked up from Micro Center for a cool $199.99. I'm going to use the 2400G that I have for another build.
I just replaced my 2400G last night. And, I can already tell that the increase in cores is outstanding for multitasking, and video encoding. I'll update this review once I've had more of a chance for it to stretch its legs.
This motherboard is great! The only issue I had with it was during installation. The HD Audio header is at the rear of the motherboard tucked behind the M.2 heat sink on the top of the motherboard, making it difficult to do effective cable management for it considering its having to cross the whole thing.
By adjusting my computer's UEFI to D.O.C.P. mode (XMP). I am able to get the full speed out of this set of RAM without any issues. It does its job well.
This drive is fast! It is able to load Windows 10 in less than 10 seconds. I'm pretty impressed with it so far.
This drive does exactly what I need it to do as a storage drive. The only time I hear it spin up is when I open it for the first time after booting my computer. I wish I would have gotten a bigger size, because I can foresee this thing filling up quickly with all of the games and videos I'll be putting on it.
I got this card for a steal! Yeah, it isn't the newest or flashiest graphics card out there but, Micro Center had it for the right price and I've been able to play The Division 2 and Apex Legends at Ultra/High without any issues at 1080p.
This case was easy to work with. It has plenty of space to contain most of the power cables. My only real qualm with this board is that the little rubber spacers for installing a 3.5" drive were really flimsy and I had 3 tear while I was trying to mount my 3.5" storage drive.
It's a shame that this PSU is hard to find at a decent price anymore. It delivers plenty of power to my system with a lot more room for expansion (even though this computer is as expanded as it's able to be).
Super cheap 80mm fans from the local Best Buy. I was afraid that they'd be too loud, but I can't even hear them while I'm gaming or listening to music/videos.
This is an outstanding monitor! It fits my computer desk perfectly, it looks good, has AMD Freesync, and the price can't be beat!
I was looking for a mechanical keyboard, to replace the cheap AmazonBasics one I purchased when I first got my parts in. I wish I would have found the K70 with the more "clicky" Cherry MX Blue switches. But this keyboard feels great and has the right feel for my uses.
This is a decent little mouse that I've had for a while now. It doesn't have all of the fancy RGB, nor a multitude of fastkeys, but it does what I need it to do and I haven't needed to replace the battery in it yet.