Description

This build was designed to be budget-friendly, and upgrade friendly. In most cases, each component of this PC can be upgraded without having to replace other components - it has plenty of extra wattage to upgrade the processor or add a dedicated graphics card, the 16 gb of ram will be more than enough for even the most demanding applications, and the motherboard supports up to third gen Ryzen processors without having to flash the Bios. Additionally, the large case size will allow for even the bulkiest CPU coolers or graphics cards, and has plenty of room in the back for cable management, especially tucking away a non-modular PSU.

This was a very easy build to complete - just make sure to have a set of needle-nose pliers handy to screw in the self-tapping standoffs!

The build will work fine with the included exhaust fan and CPU cooler. However, If you plan to overclock, I would recommend adding additional coolers/fans.

Part Reviews

CPU

For Its price, runs most popular games excellently. Contrary to assumptions about AMD, this CPU also runs very cool - with nothing but the stock cooler and 1 exhaust fan, I am getting 23C at idle and under 60C under load.

Motherboard

This motherboard is a perfect example of how you can save a significant part of your budget by buying a no-frills, pro-series motherboard like this instead of an epic gamer rgb black and red one. Additionally, the bios of the non-MAX version works just fine, and this one already came pre-flashed for 3rd gen Ryzen processors. Overall a great value.

Memory

Does its job, and proof that you dont need to spend 15-25$ more on high frequency ram that MIGHT increase your frame rate by a few fps. Additionally, overclocking these to higher frequencies is very possible with most motherboards.

Storage

Does its job, no more, no less. Fits in standard ssd mounting points.

Case

This case is excellent - large enough to accommodate any gpu or cooler you can imagine, plenty of access points to keep the display side of your PC clean and tidy, and plenty of room in the back for cable management. Also, the power supply shroud is a really nice feature for a case of this price.

The one gripe I had with this case were the motherboard standoffs. The case comes with six pre-installed, but if you are using a full-size ATX motherboard, you will need to wrench the other three in with pliers, because the holes are meant to be self-tapping and don't have threads. Once you get past that, however, the case is excellent and easy to work with.

Power Supply

Have had it running off and on for a week, does it's job well so far, will provide an update in the future.

Monitor

Excellent monitor for the price. 1080p, 75 Hz refresh rate, and FreeSync compatibility make this impossible to pass this up.

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Comments

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I made a similar build but got a GPU and new cpu

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Would this be a good starting pc for someone who is completely new to building pcs?

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Absolutely! This was my first build, and I was able to fully build it and get it to post within a few hours. There is nothing in this build that requires a different procedure than what you can find on any YouTube tutorial. It is also a system that is very up-gradable, and will support periodic upgrades.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Sounds like a plan then, I just bought the storage, similar ram and a similar board so now I just need the cpu, case and power. I’m so excited and thanks for answering my question!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I was pleasantly surprised how well the 2200g could handle gaming. I did almost the same build for my son and later upgraded with a 1660 super. Next will come a ryzen 5 3600. As we upgrade the old parts will go into a computer for myself so we can do some online co-op.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

I agree! The APU puts up respectable frames on most games that I have played. It also runs pretty cool for an AMD processor - I am still getting very good temps under load with a stock cooler and 1 exhaust fan.