Description

This is my real entrance into the PCMR, hence the name "Fanfare." I plan to use this PC for productivity and for light games such as CS:GO (when I have the time). Building went smoothly except for a couple of issues, which I'll address later.

Parts list:

CPU - I have been waiting for a few months for the Ryzen 3 lineup to come out. An affordable 4 core and 4 thread chip has been missing on the market for a long time, and since I won't just be using this rig for gaming, I decided on the Ryzen 3 1200 after its price and benchmarks were released.

Motherboard: It's a cheap, B350, ATX motherboard for only $70. Some features found on higher end boards aren't on this one, but it will serve my needs just fine. It can also overclock. I had to push harder than usual to get the memory installed, but I'm not sure if that's to do with the motherboard, RAM, or just me.

Memory: RAM pricing is off the charts and 2 sticks of 4gb memory for $73 is one of the cheapest options, unfortunately, so I had to settle with this kit.

Storage: A 120gb SSD and a 1tb hard drive, the usual. What more do I say?

Graphics Card: Thanks to ethereum, the graphics card market is completely screwed up. I could've gone with a cheaper, single fan 1050 Ti, but the price difference isn't so significant anymore. Also I would be going with an ATX mid tower so aesthetically, a mini card wouldn't make much sense.

Case: The S340 is relatively inexpensive but everything went smoothly during assembly and it's a great product for the price. However, mine came with a dent in the back where the power supply would go, probably because of rough handling during shipping. I didn't want to send it back to NZXT and cause a lot more hassle so I just hammered the dents roughly back into place and installation went smoothly after that. Cable management was surprisingly easy with the included zip ties and notches in the back to tie cables to. With just a few minutes of cable managing, I was able to fit the back panel on without a problem. Additionally, some of the thumb screws are a bit hard to use, but most of them were fine.

Power supply: It's a power supply. Semi-modular with flat black cables for $35 is a huge bonus.

Part Reviews

Storage

Worked just fine for 7 months, died, and Windows went along with it. Would not recommend until someone can confirm that the odds of this happening are extremely rare because a review on Newegg describes the exact same situation that I'm currently in.

Comments

  • 28 months ago
  • 4 points

Yeah this mining bs is ******* up pricing , nice build!

  • 28 months ago
  • 3 points

Oh and criticism wise. Treat yourself to some color fans even if they're white. It made my build feel complete. Corsair makes nice led fans.

  • 28 months ago
  • 3 points

I must admit this build is really nice. As it is for productivity, I feel the screen and SSD make a huge difference, so i think you will be fine. You are on the AM4 platform now, so you will be getting new chips for 4 years now, so lots of options. Again great build, it will far outperform any laptop +1

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Also, I'm open for criticism.

Not much to criticise over. That CPU is beast for its price, better overall than an i3 and cheaper too. Video cards are slim pickings anyways and all in a non-over priced case. Drives me nuts on some builds where the idea is a budget PC and they pick a $200+ case for it lol. You also have all your cables managed too so I can't criticise over that either.

Great choice for motherboard, the ASRock B350 chipset boards make great overclocking boards due to having decent VRMs that are properly cooled with a finned heatsink. Also you didn't go overboard in the PSU. I would estimate that PC to peak at 320w of power with overclocking so a 450w is ample. That and Bronze rating is efficiency rating, not quality rating. At that low of power the cost difference from bronze to gold will be more upfront than the electric bill difference over 5 years of use between them.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

nice clean build how are u liking the video card?

  • 28 months ago
  • 0 points

Definitely swap out your cpu cooler, the spire is decent for non-overclocked cards.(wouldn't recommend using it on a overclocked cpu)

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually oc mine to 3.8 and it is very stable.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

You can easily overclock a Ryzen 3 1200 to 3.8, 3.9, or even 4.0 gHz easy and at stable temps. The only stock cpu coolers that are really horrendous are the stock coolers that Intel has been rolling out over the past few years because they replaced the copper slug with all aluminum.