This is my 7th build, and this time I decided to bring the price as low as I can, yet at the same time keep it aesthetically appealing.
I've found myself mostly playing low-demand games these days, such as CSGO, AOE and Rocket League. So I decided to sell all my "old" parts (worth $1500) and build a new one from scratch.
And to be frank, I find the limitation of either budget builds or at times SFF PCs, to be more fun to research, find parts for and assemble at the end of the day.
Total price: $547.00
Memory - Newegg
Case and Power Supply - Amazon
CPU, Motherboard, Storage, Monitor, and Keyboard - Microcenter
This is the 2nd time that I've purchased this APU. This time I managed to overclock the core frequency to a stable 3800 (1.375v) and GFX clock of 1500 (1.23125v) with the stock cooler. It is possible to get a stable overclock with higher frequencies with both the CPU (3.9) and GPU cores (1600), but you would've to choose either or.
Clean aesthetics (especially at this price range), and easy to work with BIOS. The default fan control speeds are not as annoying as Gigabyte boards.
Changed it to 2933 in the BIOS for B350 board. The RGB is good (not as good as G.SKILL TridentZ).
It was stupid cheap and it works just fine. Great read/write speeds.
You can't get a better TG case of this quality, at this price range. Very compact, yet very easy to work in. The subtle RGB is a plus.
Runs silent when it's not under load, but this power supply has some of the, if not THE thiccest cables I've seen. Had some trouble routing 24 pin cable to the motherboard.
Great monitor for the price. I have had the chance to experience all types of monitors before. From 4K to 1440p, 144hz, 240hz, TN, VA and IPS, and curved panels. This is the sweet spot for what I do daily. Beside casual gaming, I mostly tend to multitask on my PC and the 21:9 aspect ratio really helps. Decent response time, refresh rate and great colors; surprisingly better than QLED monitor that I had. Looks sharper than my 24" 1080p that I had, perfect PPI for 1080p at this size. It has built-in speakers and they are OK for what I do. Good enough for YouTube, casual gaming and even having music played in the background.
I have tried different variants of Cherry MX switches, Razer Greens, Logitech Romer-G and knock-off mechanical keyboards in the past, but I never got used to any of them and always tend to mistype more on mechanical. So I decided to give this membrane keyboard a try, especially since it was on sale at Microcenter for cheap and I was going to do a budget build anyway. The typing is fine. I still haven't found a use for the micro keys. The dedicated volume and media keys are appreciated. The RGB effects are OK, not terrible.
Would argue that G305 is the best wireless mouse at this price point. I have big hands and would definitely appreciate larger mouses, but I have mostly found myself going for the claw grip, and if so do you, and are looking for a wireless mouse, get this over G703 or similar mouses in this segment.