Not really much to say here. I've lived through 2 generations of prebuilt OEM desktop computers. The first was an eMachines Windows Vista computer. Yeah, I know.
Second was a much more recent, yet not so great HP 510-P127C sporting an A12-9800 and some obscure Radeon R9-M360 video card, which would have been passable maybe 2-3 years ago. After almost a year of use, and of constant fan ambience blasting my ears to Hell and back, I decided to get something, anything that could be considered an upgrade from the screaming thing.
Enter this build.
I'm not big on gaming to the point where I'd be buying the latest games released into the wild, but this build should be decent enough to handle most titles that I'd be interested in, with a little bit of leeway on the VRAM side. I'm not too iffy about overclocking so I don't really need a new cooler. I went with the APU because it was one of the cheaper ones and it's always nice to have a backup plan in case this used GPU flies off to the PASCAL afterlife.
Overall, the worst part about this whole build is definitely the case. Absolute garbage. The next chance I get I'm tossing it for something that feels like less of being wedged between a pile of rocks and metal pipes.
So basically I'm leaving a lot more room for upgradeability, especially with the case.
Came as a combo set with the Gigabyte AB350M-DS3H. I honestly bought this set on a whim because the voice in my head told me that combo = deals (YMMV). It's a decent enough APU - had the chance to test out the integrated graphics before my 1050 Ti came in. It ran most of my games fairly well, save for a few spikes in performance. However, the fact of the matter is that it does its job well. For those looking for perhaps low-end retro or older generation gaming, this chip should do the trick.
Saw this kit on sale on /r/buildapcsales on Fry's through Google Express. Managed to use my first purchase on GE to net a discount on it, which equalized the taxes applied. Overall, it's a decent set of RAM sticks, nothing much else to report.
Simply put, this SSD packs some punch considering its relatively low price point. Of course, with this storage size, you might be better off investing in a secondary storage drive for your files and leaving certain programs and files on the SSD.
I actually ripped this baby out of an old HP 510-P127C, but let's pretend that I bought it separately. It's a very reliable hard drive that has lasted me about a year of constant read/write torture and now takes up residence as speedy storage.
Snagged this lovely one off of eBay for a measly 152.75 - a little bit higher than MSRP, but definitely a steal considering the GPU trend. Though it has been going down as of late, so perhaps this deal would have been better off waiting a bit longer. Eh, I was never the patient type anyway.
Warning to all of those who are looking into budget cases: Please don't skimp out on this one at least. Look into a better one for maybe $10-20 more than this. It's not worth the hassle.
Since the motherboard didn't come with onboard Wi-Fi and I didn't want to some trashy USB adapter taking up a port, I opted for this PCIe Wi-Fi card. It does its duty, though with some caveats as I had to angle my computer to get a good signal. All in all, it could definitely be a worse investment for the price.
Came as a combo with the AMD Ryzen 3 2200G. Honestly I'm surprised at how there are no reviews for this board, since it's actually pretty decent with a nice pricing on it. One thing to note, however, is that there is only one other fan header for a case fan or the like, which is why my poor 140mm fan that I had purchased is still laying on a shelf, waiting to be installed. Despite the name, this motherboard actually sports an X370 chipset.