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190413 Update: Current OC 3.9 GHz, though PCPartPicker won't let me update the CPU clock rate field :'(

I hadn't built a pc for about 10 years (last one had an Phenom II x2 Black Edition, to date myself.) When I saw Athlon making a comeback, I had to build one for myself.

This build focused on spending for parts that would be usable in the long run, with a mid range case that had a minimal aesthetic. Therefore, I went with the best reviewed B450 motherboard I could find, the MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC. Although its a bit pricey for B450, onboard AC wifi negated the need for a separate expansion card, and I didn't want to roll the dice with ASRock, with its VRM shadiness. The AM4 platform should last me a long time, and I am considering a Zen2 based Ryzen when they come out later this year.

The BIOS on this board was quite nice, although I am so used to white text on blue background so anything would impress me these days.

In the same vein, I spent on a solid PSU, the Seasonic FOCUS+ Gold 550W. I don't ever plan on having CrossFire/SLI setup, so more wattage didn't seem necessary. I just wanted a super-reliable PSU that had high efficiency and full modularity.

Crucial P1 was chosen due to its low price-point for a NVMe SSD, and T-Force Delta because of its low price-point for RAM with white head spreaders. Even though Athlon 200GE can only support 2667MHz RAM speeds, this kit is rated for 3000MHz and will last through upgrading the CPU in the future.

I was having trouble deciding between the Corsair 275R (white) and this NZXT H500 (white) case. Both fit the minimalist look I was going for, and ultimately my wife said she liked the NZXT case better :P I couldn't be happier with the ease of building in this case.

Just built it yesterday, and have upped the CPU clock to 3.6GHz. I will attempt to do more fine-tuning with OC this weekend.

Part Reviews

CPU

Amazing budget CPU. Overclocked via BIOS to 3.9GHz stable with stock cooler. Perfect placeholder while waiting for Zen 2.

Memory

Was the cheapest DDR4-3000 kit with a white heatsink and RGB at time of purchase. Have it at 2667 right now due to CPU constraints but it is working well. Also the RGB works with MSI Mystic Light with no issues.

Storage

Not the fastest NVMe drive but faster than a SATA or PCI-e drive and the best value right now.

Case

Great looking minimalist's case. Both the tempered glass and the side panel are easy to remove. The cable management is pretty easy, and the size of the case is perfect for an ATX motherboard without being unwieldy.

Included case fans are only 3-pin but they are pretty quiet. I will probably upgrade them at some point but they get the job done.

Power Supply

Fully modular, sleeved cables and absolutely no discernible noise with 80+ Gold efficiency. Still waiting on my mail-in rebate but can't complain about the quality of the unit. I expect to use this for the next 10+ years!

Comments

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Do you plan on upgrading when 3000 series is released? If so, what to?

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I do plan on upgrading to a Zen 2 Ryzen CPU, likely a Ryzen 3 or 5 series. Waiting for the specs and pricing for those CPUs...

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Last leak I saw, the 3300 would be a $100 hexacore, with an X version having higher clocks and a slightly higher cost.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Sounds good to me. Go AyyyMD B)

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

If you do upgrade, mail me that lil Athlon and I’ll give it a home.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

cheeky

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Your build looks nice!

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! A little bare with the stock cooler and no GPU, but that's temporary :)

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

my friends dad had an original athlon.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

The first computer I bought with my own money had an Athlon XP 2000+, whopping 1.6GHz!! It was paired with a GeForce 4 Ti 4200 (128MB)

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

OMG. That's so cool!

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you get the Athlon 200GE to be stable @3.9GHz? People have told me that the Windows won't be stable unless if you tweak it down @3.8GHz..

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe its the silicon lottery, but also helps to have a decent board with good VRMs I suppose.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Uh... I'm actually kind of new here, it'd be great if you can explain to me what VRM is. I'm planning on getting a gigabyte b450m ds3h, people say that this mobo will be good enough for OC on the Athlon 200GE, so I'm looking out for that.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

VRM regulates voltage. Stable overclocks are very sensitive to the motherboard providing steady and accurate voltage. Boards with good VRM can achieve higher overclocks typically. (dependent on the CPU as well of course)

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Your CPU is screaming for an upgrade. Remember that all 3rd gen ryzen processors with igpus have the same archecture as 2nd gen.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

NZXT... <3

  • 8 months ago
  • 0 points

You could've gotten a better CPU if you had used ram which was less expensive. The case really doesn't need to have a glass for you to see inside. If you plan on upgrading in the future then disregard this.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

As I mentioned in my description, I do plan on upgrading in the future (within a year or so). Definitely could have cut costs more if I was truly going for a budget build, you are right!

  • 7 months ago
  • 0 points

very solid build, but if this was me wouldve gone with a much cheaper psu and got a 2200g

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