Description

 So this build came out of nowhere. I sold my first rig due to not being home to use it while I traveled for work. I changed jobs in March, and have much more time in the day. I started to price out a new build, and was blown away at the increase of gpu pricing so I decided to hold off until I discovered the new Raven Ridge APUs. I won a 250 dollar visa gift card at work and wanted to build a budget rig to hold off until the new nvidia cards launch later this year. I wanted to use the 2400g but that would put me over my 150 (ish) cash limit. I zeroed out the parts I used the gift card for, and the windows key was free from the IT department at work. 
 This build went a lot smoother than my first build except for two issues. First, I forgot to mount the rear bracket that the cpu cooler screws into, so I had to unplug everything and remove the mobo. Second issue was having to contact AMD for a boot kit in order to flash the bios in order to use the new raven ridge apu. So far rig runs well. Had an issue with the cpu not setting into the socket and it took a bit of umph to get the a8-9600 into socket. Once I got it running, I attempted to do some cable management. 
So far I'm happy. I have been reading every build that uses the 2200g, and I am convinced that this is going to become a very important cpu in future builds. I plan on two more phases for this pc. Phase 2 will consist of an m2 SSD, more ram, and some RGB fans mounted on the front of the case. Phase 3 is going to constitute the new GPU. I'm leaning toward the gtx1060 6gb since I am hoping that prices will drop when the new NVidia line launches. As always, thank you for viewing my build. Any constructive criticism is greatly appreciated!

Part Reviews

CPU

Seems to be the king of budget builds right now.

Motherboard

Nicer than my last build. Had to flash the bios which I have never done and wasn't hard at all.

Memory

Its ram. at the time it was the cheapest stick I could get. I'm planning on getting another one when phase two commences in September or October.

Case

Now this is the true star of my build. I love how easy it was to build in. The cable management was super helpful. Only complaint I have is that the magnetic screens on the exterior of the case fall off easily so I'm taking a star.

Power Supply

So much better than my last build which used a 15 dollar logysis 450w psi. Modular is nice.

Operating System

(In the rock voice) what can I say except its windows!

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Comments

  • 18 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice build! I built one myself a few weeks ago and it is the best budget APU ever made!

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

it seems like its going to be a great apu!

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Good ol'Elvarg. Nice build, I've built in that case and it wasn't the easiest, but it sure as hell isn't the hardest haha.

OT: I want that platebody lmao.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

right? I remember thinking how friggin awesome I was rocking my platebody and rune mace. I still play but now I know better ! ;-)

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Same. I'm all into end game content, still play it fairly often and I made an iron lmao.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

if you ever are interested my igns are sir man bro and nfectedpot8o

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll add ya mate.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Word to the R3 2200G and glad you have a B350 board so you can overclock. Word to your comments about learning new things while building too. The GTX 1060 6gb sounds awesome to pair with the processor in the future; I'm also thinking about that one or maybe the RX 580 if it's cheaper. Enjoy!

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice. Ever thought of using a used GPU? I've bought 5 over the years without issue. I have had to take two of them apart, thoroughly clean them and reapply thermal paste. I've gotten some pretty good prices. Lately my favorite is a Founder's Edition GTX 1070 to for $295 with free shipping.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

yes I have! I haven't been gaming muc recently so the need for a card hasn't been an issue right now. Im buying a gtx 750ti and a gtx 1050ti from a fried for really cheap and will use both in my current and next build.

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

That sounds good.

Just noticed "1070 to" meant 1070 ti

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

you have to be very lucky with used gpus. overheated thing will die soon even after "thorough clean up" ;) used is good idea when you know 100% TRUE story (good friend etc.) about how card was used. buying from an unknown person means 50%-50% you will get scammed or buy good stuff.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

I must have been lucky. I've gotten 6 good ones out of 7 now. The second to the last one had a custom bios that drove me crazy trying to figure out why it wouldn't update. It also won't over clock worth a damn. I wonder if I bought a mining card. My luck may have run out and the next ones will all be crap.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

also i've noticed the fact that there are many idiots selling old top-tier cards for the price of mid-range new ones, which will be same performance. and their "good condition" or belonging to high-end manufacturer lines (lightning, strix) is not an argument anymore. so for real money saving, it is better to buy "aftermining edition" for short-term, and then selling it back when it's still alive a few $ less. i've got 1070 for 200 and sold it out for 150 when i saw it couldn't hold OC more ;)

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks great!

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you have to update the BIOS on the motherboard?

  • 15 months ago
  • 0 points

i did have to. if you go to amd.com/bootkit they will send you a first gen am4 cpu to do this with. it was my first time and was pretty easy

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

not so easy and time consuming. i've read the conditions, i'll better pay $10 to local shop and it will be colossal time-saving over messing up with amd :D

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  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah! I love this case! I have currently installed two case fans and I love the colors.

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