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Project Mando is a Mandalorian themed budget Gaming PC built in order to feed my newest hobby and creative outlet. All prices shown include tax and shipping.

Ryzen 5 1600 - Purchased at MicroCenter using their credit card that gives 5% off. Unmatched price to performance. A six core twelve thread processor for $80 is just insane...pairs nicely with the RX 470.

Gigabyte B450M DS3H - Purchased at Microcenter as an open box with a $20 discount bundled with the Ryzen 1600 using the MicroCenter credit card for an additional 5% off. Solid B450 board with most modern features. It came missing the I/O shield. Not a big deal. For $29 I can do without the shield..or I can make one…

G Skill Ripjaws V 16gb 3600mhz DDR4 - Also purchased at Microcenter as an open box item. Tested and works perfectly. 3600mhz is the sweet spot for Ryzen cpu’s. Loving that RAM prices are so cheap right now.

MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4gb - This is one of only two used parts for the build. This has been in my son’s build for a couple of years (upgraded to an RX 5700). Solid card. I priced it at $65 as this is what I have determined I would be able to get it for used on Ebay. AMD’s driver updates have continued to keep this card relevant. And these cards support Freesync. This card is considerably better than an RX 560, better than a gtx 1050 ti, a bit better than a gtx 1650, but not quite as good as an RX 570.

Cooler Master Masterbox Q300L - Purchased this straight off of the Cooler Master website on Black Friday. Great budget case. Doesn’t have tempered glass, but still looks great. $30!

darkFlash Aurora 120mm RGB fans - I've used these in the past. Good looking RGB fans that come with a remote control or they can be connected to the motherboard. I personally like using the controller as it has more options than the motherboard manufacturer's RGB software.

EVGA BR 450W - Cheapest power supply I could find at the time that has black cables...I refuse to buy ketchup and mustard. Purchased off of Newegg on Black Friday. I do miss the days of getting 450 watt power supplies for $15-$30.

Inland Professional 120gb SSD - Purchased at Microcenter with 5% off card. Perfect size for installing windows and a couple of programs. I’ve used these on many builds and have never had a problem. Much faster than a mechanical drive. For $16 there is no reason anyone should still be using a mechanical hard drive for their operating system.

Western Digital Caviar Blue 1tb 7200rpm - Purchased used off of Ebay. These drives seem to last forever. Great for a games drive.

Case modding materials: acrylic sheets, vinyl sheets, spray paint.

Case modding tools: screwdriver, Cricut vinyl cutter, acrylic knife, x-acto knife, photoshop.

I would guess that the case modding materials probably adds about $20 to the build.

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  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Featured

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

450 watt hard drives

what

Also, is it easy to paint the fan on the wraith cooler?

I am very impressed with you, you have done it again.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. Power supplies.

Yeah it's pretty easy to take apart. There's two tiny screws holding the outside cover (blue) to the fan assembly (silver). Then four screws holding the fan assembly to the fins. There are also small clips holding the outside cover to the fan assembly once the screws are out. Just make sure you fully tape the wires. You can't see it but the back side is not painted...didn't want to get paint near the fan wire connection and the fan bearings.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! Also that BR power supply really isn’t the best... I would recommend a CX450 instead.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Ryzen+RX gang rise up

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! This is the way!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build have you watched the season finale for the mandolorian

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah. I wanted to incorporate the signa, but couldn't get a clear image of what it looked like.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea i know what you mean about power supplies. I bought my EVGA 600b for 40 bucks and if wanted a 500 i would have gotten one for like 28 bucks. Now even a cheap 400w unit goes for 40 bucks. nice job with the build btw. It will perform great and that is an awesome price to performance

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I generally prefer a Ryzen 5 2600 and RX 570 combo as the ultimate budget build foundation, but I think this will do for the price.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

like you said you paid 80 bucks for the 1600 and you had the 470. It will do just fine. My fiance is on an i7-4770 and rx 470 and is playing games like Monster Hunter World with 0 issues. Even red dead 2 runs fine on it!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

His is the way +1

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

At first I wanted to redo the plate so that the "This" read up properly, but now I kinda like the "His is the Way".

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Something about the Gigabyte B450M DS3H that didn't click with me. I bought it like you at MC for $60~ open box/clearance. Trying to make my RX 580 8GB fit was a nightmare while using all 4x SATA ports. The cable + video card would not get along. Also I ran into power cycle boot up issues. So I ended up exchanging for the ASUS TUF B450M-Plus Gaming. Paid the difference and never had an issue since (so far). I've build rigs with Gigabyte back in the day and they were great. I probably didn't get luck this time around.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

It's only been a few days, but so far I haven't had any problems. I updated the bios to the newest version. Everything seems to be in order...so far. I'm going to start overclocking and stress testing this week to see how it holds up.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

there wouldn't happen to be a video for this build would there? im really interested on how you did the case mod. (other than pictures lmao) as far as putting what looks to be a shield of some sort to cover up the wires with the mando symbol? this build looks sick.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

No, sorry. I've thought about making videos, not quite there yet. It's basically this concept: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7y0AcYJNBA Acrylic, vinyl stickers and spraypaint.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

wow.. good work! I'd love to paint the case as you did. any suggestions on spray paint/ technique?

thanks!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Take your time spray painting. Spray paint two or three light coats. Try not to put so much paint on it that it starts to run.

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