Description

Once upon a time, my wife and I purchased a multitude of DVDs. Then, after many years of enjoyment, the DVDs started to become scratched and scuffed. Their playback skipped, and we both started to fear for a future without entertainment. And thus was built Icarus: a quiet machine fallen into the depths of the basement, forever serving instances of Plex standard-def video for our sport.

The Athlon 200GE was my pick for this specifically because I would only be streaming non-HD footage. While the Ryzen 2200G would have provided future transcoding headroom, the Athlon does have a lower TDP and is perfect for my needs. It is paired with a Gigabyte A320M and an Arctic Passive for cool and quiet performance. At the time of this build, the motherboard did not come with BIOS version F23 that supports the Athlon 200GE. After a quick flash, everything did boot up correctly. Note that the board also has only 2 fan headers (1 for CPU and 1 for Chassis), but the BIOS lets you configure temperature sensors and fan curves.

The RAM is about as basic as it gets and runs at its rated 2400Mhz speed.

This is my first time using a Seagate hard drive in a build. I was originally looking at a Western Digital Red, but then saw the IronWolf. Both hard drives were highly rated with the occasional "I lost all my data!!!1!" review, so I went with the cheaper IronWolf.

The Kingston SSD makes for a good fast boot drive.

The PSU is nice, semi-modular, and extremely quiet. I've never had a problem with EVGA so why break the trend? This machine won't be using the full 500 watts now, but the extra headroom does open up the door for more possibilities in the future.

I really like Tesseract for this build, since it is a large case that has a good amount of drive bays while at the same time looking fairly decent. Note that the top 5.25" bay isn't actually usable, due to the front port cables. 1 of the included fans wouldn't spin out of the box so I picked up a cheap 3-pack from Amazon.

Part Reviews

CPU

If you want something for gaming or video editing, this ain't it. But if you want something for web browsing and media playback and streaming... wowee! Does everything I need it to and doesn't break a sweat!

CPU Cooler

Paired with an Athlon 200GE. The fins are nice and solid. Installation is a bit of a pain, but if you follow Artic's guide videos everything works out.

Motherboard

Basic AM4 motherboard with an M.2 slot and a decent port selection, BIOS has a good amount of options and gives you full control over fan speed and temps. There are only 2 fan headers though... 1 for the CPU and 1 for the chassis.

Memory

Nice black color, as opposed to the silicon-green of other budget options.

Case

Nice large case with room for cable management as well as a multitude of drives. Acrylic window gets scuffed and scratched, but that is because it is plastic and not tempered glass.

Custom

Cheapo case fans. They get loud at high rpms, but keep it low and you won't even know they are there.

Comments

  • 12 months ago
  • 3 points

Cool, I'm building one with a Ryzen 5 2200g. :)

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Ryzen 5 2400g or ryzen 3 2200g?

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  • 12 months ago
  • 3 points

Hey, I have a question to ask you.

I will be building a pc build having the same CPU and MOBO. I was wondering if the MOBO had to be updated to be compatible with the CPU, or did the MOBO, out of the box, worked with the CPU?

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

I did have to update the BIOS to be compatible with this CPU. However Austin Evans used the same motherboard/CPU combo just a few weeks after I had bought my motherboard and it seems like his already had the latest update... so it might be a case of old stock lying around. Just to be safe, though, expect that you'll need to do the update.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Is there a way to tell before installation if the bios is up to date, like "Ryzen" on the packaging (unless all of them come like that) or a manufacture ID past a certain date/number? I'm considering a build similar to this but do not own anything to flash the bios, and it'd be a hassle to get a loaner from amd.

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

If the box says "Ryzen Desktop 2000 Ready" than it should work with most 2nd Gen Ryzen CPUs, including the 2200G and 2400G. However, since the Athlon 200GE was released a bit after the 2nd gen line, there isn't really a way to tell if the BIOS is the very latest F23 version.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

When did you buy your motherboard?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

It was purchased on November 11th through Amazon.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the advice ::)))

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

How’s benchmarks for the athlon I’ll probably be using it in my first build that’s I’m gonna build soon

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

It works flawlessly for web browsing, local video playback, and Plex streaming! I haven't tested it against any games or video editing (since it's not really made for that), but for what I have tried I am completely satisfied.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Well the only games I’d be playing are light games such as Minecraft and roblox

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Someone got Minecraft running at well over 120 fps with low settings. https://youtu.be/ud3vodwUnsE Though I am sure that could be brought down to 60 with some graphical elements turned on

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Why all those fans with a passive cooler? ...
Good looking build though. +1

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I just wanted some low rpm airflow in case things started to heat up. Granted... the passive cooler by itself gets barely even warm so in hindsight they probably weren't needed.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Question: What kind of CPU temps do you get on that passive cooler? I see exhaust fans at the top of the case so there should be some air movement through it. Also a 35w TDP chip must be nice especially comparing it to a pentium CPU. The basic a320 chipset is a good pairing with this CPU since it is a locked cpu and cannot be overclocked. I kinda wish they did allow OC on this CPU as then it would destroy the pentium gold CPUs hands down. IIRC the 200ge still has a better igpu than the intel CPUs but I also know that is not a high bar to beat. It should work great for a media playback PC and I would suspect it should even be able to play 4k videos. Though I haven't checked if its HDMI 1.4 or 2.0 but if you need 2.0 later on a GT 1030 or RX 550 video card is actually good for this kind of use.

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

200GE can be overclocked with the right mobo

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Alas, the board is only HDMI 1.4 :(

It's hard to get an exact read on my temps. I'm running Linux and can't seem to get any proper utilities working to actually read them... The physical touch of the cooler ranges from feeling bearly warm to "warmish"... Which means it's well below 70 degrees!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Love it. I think the 200GE is a great CPU right now for the non-gaming grandpa builds, nice to see some of them in action.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Quick question what is like to stream like minecraft or other like weight titles ill be using it to stream and record my xbox one footage with the elgato so i wondered if you knew because i could find anything on youtube about the stream performance

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't had any experience with Elgato, but from what it looks like this CPU should be fine for it... Is this page what you are looking for? The CPU is well above the minimum requirements.