Description

Hi everyone. I will explain why some of the parts are so expensive but here is a short description on how I got to this point.

It all started way back when I was fixing other people's pc with my dad but never my own pc, well cause I didn't own one (We did own a pc but that was my dads). Since fixing that first pc, I wanted to build one for myself. Couple of years later at the start of collage, I got myself a decent laptop with a GT 750m GPU and a i5 4210 CPU. This was a requirement for class as I was studying Software Development at the time. Two years later (2017) I started working but still used the same laptop for gaming and normal use at home but still no pc. Decided mid 2018 that I'm going to build a pc for myself even if its going to take me forever (Patience dialed to 110%).

Started with keyboard and mouse because the laptop keys started to stick while typing. Next was the monitor and used that as my second screen with the laptop. At that point I decided to start with doing research on budget builds and how much it will cost me. After weeks of research (forums and YouTube videos), I stumbled upon a video called "CHEAP Gaming PC Build - 2019" by JayzTwoCents. That video was so helpful with explaining the build and how the performance was and how much it will cost. That sparked the (PC)flame to buy my first part for very own pc. Took me 7 month to purchase all the parts but not before my laptop decided to give up the ghost a week and half before I completed the build :(.

I was sad for a couple of days right up to the point i received the final part of the build. After spending 6 hours building everything and doing some cable management to a point I could not anymore, pressing that power button was a HUGE relieve when it posted on the first try. I was so happy I literally stared at the case for like half an hour. After 11 years i finally done it.

The only issues i had with the whole builds was the CPU cooler which required a lot of pressure to hook the pin in place and of course the cable management. Everything else was easy to put in place. Did some overclocking already. RAM speed is at 3000 MHz thanks to the XMP profile, CPU is sitting at 3.925 GHz with 1.3875 volts (might lower that a bit.), GPU: 1400 MHz core clock and 2050 MHz memory clock speeds and but I did undervolt the GPU where it sits at 1100 mV under load using MSI Afterburner. Used SpeedFan to control the fan speeds as the Bios doesn't have much control. Buttom front fan is controlled by the GPU temp and the top front is controlled but the CPU temp. Both spin around 750rpm under idle.

Some of the parts may look expensive (I'm from South Africa) but I converted the local price (ZAR currency) to US Dollar currency on the day I purchased the part. So don't be alarmed when you see the CPU price is over $100, the ZAR currency is much weaker compared to the US dollar.

The Parts:

AMD Ryzen 3 2200g: Chose this CPU cause it was really cheap and backup for when the GPU packs up. And I don't really need anything faster, for now.

Deepcool Gammaxx 200T: I only installed this a couple of days after the complete build. Must say it keeps the CPU cool, 10°c cooler compared to the stock cooler.

Arctic MX4: Works wonders with the CPU cooler. Ordered from Amazon.

Asrock B450m Pro4: For a budget mobo, i'm very impressed especially with the amount of fan header(3) it has. Ordered from Amazon

G.Skill Aegis 8GB DDR4-3000: One of the cheapest if not the cheapest 3000 MHz memory out there and they work wonderful. Purchased the 2 sticks separately.

WD Blue 1TB 2.5: This was the HDD that was in my laptop.

Seagate Barracuda Compute 2TB: Its 2TB HDD, what more can i say.

XFX Radeon RX 580 8GB GTS XXX ED: This is the only part that is second hand but i can't complain at all. Plays games on high-ultra compared to ultra low on my laptop. And I got it super cheap.

Thermaltake Versa H18 mATX tower: This is actually my second tower cause the first one was damaged during shipping. I really like this case. Its small, quite when not under load and airflow is very good.

Super Flower Leadex 550W 80+ Silver: This might be a bit overkill but had future upgrade in mind. And because its fully modular, cable management was a little bit easier. And its super quiet.

Metallic Gear F140 DRGB PWM case fans: These are Powered by Phanteks. Not a popular brand but they work very well. I haven't hooked up the RGB yet but i'm happy with them.

Future upgrades: SSD for sure as everyone says it will change my live. Better CPU, say Ryzen 5 3600. More of the same fans, just the 12cm versions and a Phanteks RGB controller. Better GPU, maybe a 5700XT.

Thanks for reading.

Part Reviews

CPU

Was really cheap and its works wonderfully. A little beast of a CPU(APU) this.

CPU Cooler

Super quiet, can't even hear it when the side panel is off. Keeps the CPU much cooler compared to the stock cooler.

Thermal Compound

Its thermal paste. Much better compared to the thermal paste that was on the CPU and cooler.

Motherboard

For a budget mobo i'm very impressed, rocks features that other budget mobos don't have.

Memory

I'm very happy with these memory sticks. Cheap and fast. Was just a bit of a struggle to get the XMP profile to work.

Storage

Not very fast but I can't complain. Its been working since 2015 and still going strong.

Video Card

I can play games on medium-high settings on new titles. Just a bit loud when the fans are at 70% speed.

Case

I love this case. Small, very good airflow. Just a shame the front LED bar light is only one colour.

Power Supply

Can't even hear it when it spins. And its fully modular design helped a lot with the cable management.

Comments

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

i have bough ten those 200t's before, they do a good job and are quiet, but you are 100 percent right about getting them on they are a bear, i would losen the screws on the retaining place on the motherboard to give it extra slack when i installed them then tightened the screws. You got a nice build and it will do just fine!

  • 1 month ago
  • 3 points

Thanks, I did exactly as you described and worked perfectly :).

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Only a couple of comments (for now :) ). In order to run the RAM in dual-channel mode, you should install the DIMMs in the even-numbered slots. (You have yours in the odd-numbered slots.) You really should save up for a SSD to run the OS from and just use the HD for data storage (make that change and you won't want to go back), it'll be the next best thing you can do to overclocking your system. GL and have fun! EDIT: Stick with the 140mm fans unless you need RGB or they prove unreliable; they'll be quieter than the 120s.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the comments. I actually found out a couple of days after the complete build why the XMP profile didn't want to work, was cause I didn't add them to the correct slots like you said. Only after I switched them to the correct slots did the XMP profile work :). The last 4 photos have them in the correct slots.