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First sub-$1000 Ryzen

by Azphreal



Date Published

May 2, 2017

Date Built

May 1, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.2 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

33.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.033 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6.008 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

34.0° C


I'd been looking to build a PC for a few months now (since just before the Ryzen 7 release), but never worked up the courage to actually spend the money and fiddle with the tools. I'm a university programmer and do very light gaming, so I don't need a top-of-the-line R7, and decided that an R5, with all the threading power it brings, would be perfect for my needs. Had the R5 included integrated graphics, I wouldn't even have a graphics card.

A friend sold me his old GTX 660 for cheap, but everything else was done bargain-shopping new. I can't justify to myself spending $130+ on a case like I see so many people doing, particularly at Australian prices, so I basically picked the cheapest case that didn't have too many drawbacks at first sight.

Of course, it was two days after I bought everything that the 1600 went on sale at a couple of retailers, and I saw someone with DDR4-3200 RAM for $20 cheaper than me ... but that's life.

I have a /r/buildapc post here with some other thoughts and notes.

Part Reviews


Great price and handles whatever I throw at it.


USB-C and lots of ports and headers. Wish the CPU power connector was in a better spot. Handles my RAM nearly at its native 3200MHz even though it's not officially supported.


High speed RAM. Can't really go wrong. No issues.


Sandisk is great at what they do for the price they charge. No complaints.


WD is still a strong name for a reason.

Video Card

Still chugging along in 2017 and works well for my purpose of light gaming.


Case fans are a bit loud and you can't access the top 5.25" drive bay because of the USB headers. Cable management is a bit awkward.

Power Supply

No complaints.

Comments Sorted by:

Pachi 2 Builds 7 points 22 months ago

What in the... hell?

What is that mouse?!?!?!11/1/11/11?!

Good budget build, though. No matter how much I am questioning your mouse and monitor placement, you have something really good here.

Luckiestluck 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

same, that mouse needs to die!

AldoApache 1 Build 2 points 22 months ago

Nice budget build with the Ryzen. If you dont need a serious gaming pc you did it right with the CPU and high speed ram.

Interesting keyboard and mouse as well .

Electroman01 1 Build 2 points 22 months ago

Very Nice. Is it in Aussie Dollars?

PoeDomo 1 point 22 months ago

From what I can tell it probably is.

spekesel 2 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

Nice work mate. Can't say I fault your choice in CPU/mobo

gorkti200 3 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Nice build! I love bargain hunting and also value practicality over all (I can't stomach those $130+ cases either).

Elios123 1 point 22 months ago

Do you have bottleneck with that cpu-gpu combo?

RebelAndroid 1 point 22 months ago

I am also planning on doing a build with a 1600, so I was wondering how it is going for you and if you have tried overclocking yet.

Athos69 1 point 21 months ago

Just what I'm thinking for my old GTX660. Please, please, let me know how it is performing in games.

kn00tcn 1 point 21 months ago

what cpu do you currently have for that 660? ryzen would likely mean it's simply gpu limited all the time so you shouldnt really worry about the cpu itself

Athos69 1 point 21 months ago

Hi and thanks for replying !!

My CPU is an Intel P5 Quad @ 2.66 GHz (Q9450) with 8 Gb RAM, so it's pretty old.. I use my PC for gaming, so I think I really need a CPU upgrade first and hopefully a GPU sometime later...preferably when AMD's VEGA comes out and GPU prices go down a bit :)

That's why I've asked you about gaming with your configuration

kn00tcn 1 point 21 months ago

i'm not OP, however i coincidentally have a q9550 overclocked to 3.6ghz with a gtx 660 (i do recommend overclocking)

i remember the BF4 beta using up all 4 cores past 90%, i have also seen a gtx970 be severely bottlenecked by a 2500k in BF1, so there are a few cases where you want more than 4 threads, this ryzen would solve that yes

you dont need anything until the games you are playing get annoying with minimum fps, but the only way to confirm that is monitor cpu+gpu usage

if the specific games you're playing are already at 100% gpu usage, that means a cpu upgrade wont improve anything

my original point was that if ryzen reviews have shown most games are over 60fps, that would mean there is no question about how it would be on a 660 (you would end up turning some settings down since the 660 will be the one causing the dips)

Athos69 1 point 21 months ago

I'll start monitoring the GPU then and see how it goes. I've already done some CPU monitoring and it seems to be a bit worked up. I've never OC anything, but I can try this too. Thanks for the tips !

BodiXDDD 1 point 19 months ago

Does the ram run at 3200 now?

Azphreal submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

After an older BIOS update I was able to leave the RAM settings on auto, so I assume so.

cheezmeister 1 Build 0 points 22 months ago

that mousepad.


Luckiestluck 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

that mouse!

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