Description

This is my first attempt at building a PC. I have used MacBooks since my Dell XPS laptop died back in college. Given current GPU prices at the time of this build, I opted to go with an APU. I do plan to upgrade to a dedicated GPU once prices normalize in the future. I have an upcoming wedding and attempted to focus on a relatively budget-friendly build using sales and mail-in rebates as able. All prices shown are what I paid including any mail-in rebates. One change to note is my SSD is actually a Team Ultra 120 GB SSD with a different model number which was unavailable on PCPartPicker at the time of the build, however the price remains the same. Overall, I am pleased with the quality of the build and the PC performs as expected given all components involved. Please feel free to leave any comments you feel would help improve the build now or with upgrading in the future. The name comes from the 40-foot funnel my buddies and I set up in college.

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Part Reviews

CPU

Great APU for the price. Plays all of my games with the FPS I expect out of AMD's newest APU. It also allows me to upgrade to a dedicated GPU in the future once prices come down from the 7th Ring of Hell they currently reside at.

Motherboard

Given this is my first build, this motherboard really helped to avoid too many unnecessary complications. It arrived with the "Ready for AMD 2000 Series" sticker which I was not expecting given the relatively recent release of the AMD R5 2400G, however I did have to flash the BIOS to the most updated version to improve my APU performance. It was also one of the few budget motherboards which supported my RAM according to the QVL.

Memory

Excellent RAM however the price was not quite what I was hoping to spend. Given my APU's need for faster RAM and my desire to upgrade to a dedicated GPU in the future, I was satisfied with spending a bit more on memory. I was able to run @ 3200 out of the box upon enabling XMP 1 in the BIOS.

Storage

It was cheap and a SSD which were my two main goals when purchasing storage. I plan to use this for Windows 10 and current games I play. I realize the risk I am taking using this brand of SSD, however I regularly back up my computer and am not overly concerned if it does fail.

Storage

Came highly recommended from a friend who works in IT. Easy set up and large enough for what I need. No complaints.

Case

The hidden gem of my build. I cannot rave enough about how much I enjoy this case. The newer addition comes with a USB 3.0 on the front and the design of the case allowed for a relatively easy, spacious build with good cable management throughout. I would highly recommend this to any first time builder. It is a bit big/bulky and the "H.A.F." on the side panel seems a bit childish, however for the price and the quality, I can't bring myself to deduct a star.

Power Supply

I was a bit lost when deciding on a PSU, however after doing some research, SeaSonic seemed to be a reputable company and the fact this is Fully Modular really made cable management a breeze. I will say I did have to take some time to figure out how to connect the right cables to the right spots on the PSU, but I chalk this up to the fact this is my first build.

Operating System

I'm not the best person to ask for a Windows 10 review as I've been using predominantly MacBooks for the last 5+ years and am unfamiliar with how this version compares to previous years, however I did opt for the Full/Retail version with provided USB as the extra $20 was worth the insurance of Microsoft support if I screwed something up on my first build. Still seems a bit high to have to pay for an OS though.

Case Fan

Keeps my components nice and cool. I didn't go for the Red LED look on purpose as these were the cheapest 200mm fans at the time of the build, however given the red power light on the case and the red lighting on the motherboard, I guess I inadvertently ended up with a cliche red/black theme. Good or bad? I'll let you decide. I was just happy with the price.

Keyboard

It types. It's cheap. Will update if issues occur.

Mouse

Originally had a wireless Logitech mouse from college that always served me well with my XPS, however when I went to plug it into this build, it did not work as I'd hope. Given its age and lack of warranty, I opted to save some money in the mouse department, especially given I had not anticipated buying a mouse at this time. I will say I am impressed with this and feel it may be an underrated gaming mouse, but I have only used it for a few days at the time of writing this and will have to see how it works as time goes by. I'll update after I get some use out of it.

Speakers

I thought my Bose speaker was playing when I walked into the room only to find I had left my music playing on this build through these speakers instead. I could not tell the difference for the life of me. Given the price, that's a huge deal.

Comments

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Great first build. Looking forward for more photos to come!

I do have a question, what type of FPS games have you tried so far with Ryzen 5 2400's iGPU? (Radeon Vega 11) I'm very curious about your results on FPS, resolution and the graphic settings with the games you have been able to play so far.

Again, good work on your parts and enjoy it! +1

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

So far, the only testing I've done is on Civ6 using the in-game Benchmark tool.

On Ultra Settings at 1280x720 resolution, I averaged ~30 FPS, Avg. Frame Time: 38.602ms, 99th Percentile: 61.259ms On Medium Settings at 1280x720 resolution, I average ~50-70 FPS, Avg. Frame Time: 19.016ms, 99th Percentile: 24.347ms

Avg. Turn Time: 17.88 sec.

These are on par with the FPS/Avg. Turn Time I expected according to Tom's Hardware's findings at similar settings. http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/amd-ryzen-5-2400g-zen-vega-cpu-gpu,review-34205-7.html

I haven't overclocked anything yet aside from ensuring my memory is running @ 3200. I have also not tested at 1080 resolution, but plan to in the future.

Given how similar my results were to Tom's Hardware, I would safely assume all of their testing on their various games would coincide with my current build. Unfortunately, I have been a console gamer up until this point, so most newer titles are unavailable for me to test as I'm not willing to purchase them again on PC at this time.

I hope this helps and thanks so much for the feedback.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow ok nice

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

nice pic

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thx dud

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

what games do you play

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Mostly Civ6 and some older games such a L4D2 and Killing Floor. See my comment above for how the build does with Civ6 at 720 resolution. I have not accurately tested L4D2, but when I did briefly check the FPS, it was reading between 100-120 FPS in game.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

With the gpu prices these day's APUs will become much more common and will also improve over time. +1 for budget APU build!

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did you get the Ryzen 2000 ready motherboard? I was looking all over the internet last month and I couldn't find one.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Newegg. I purchased it less than a week after release. The motherboard’s packaging will have a sticker on it saying “AMD RYZEN DESKTOP 2000 READY.”

  • 21 months ago
  • -1 points

you do realize you dont have a gpu right?

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Bait

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Ryzen 5 2400G has an integrated graphics card. No need for dedicated GPU. I do plan to upgrade in the future. For my needs, the APU is acceptable at the moment.

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  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

The motherboard I purchased came with a sticker on the packing saying “AMD RYZEN DESKTOP 2000 READY.” It worked out of the box with no BIOS updating necessary. I did end up updating the BIOS In the future, but it was not necessary to get the motherboard to recognize the CPU out of the box.

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  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

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  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Those $10 ones are usually scams....

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Exactly!

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  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

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  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah you’re probably right. I definitely could’ve gone that route, but honestly I just wanted to do things by the book for my first build and didn’t feel like dealing with the possibility of getting scammed. If I overpaid, I can live with it for my first time. The USB actually came for the same price as the download version so it didn’t cost me anymore to not have to make my own USB and at least I have it as a physical copy if needed in the future. Thanks for the feedback though!

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  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Ryzen 5 2400G has an iGPU. No need for dedicated GPU given current prices.

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  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem. You're not the first to ask.

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  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Sale of software and keys from that site often violates the ToS or are resold licenses purchased via fraudulent credit card. Recommending, suggesting, advising, encouraging, hinting, or in any way implying these keys as a solution or option is not allowed on this site.