Description

Made for my Dad.

After seeing some of the comments I figured it would be worthwhile to share the goals with this build:

  1. Reasonably priced and reliable. This will be used primarily for less-intensive tasks.
  2. Never made a MicroATX build before and wanted to do that. Also I really liked the cube case.
  3. Wanted to try a Ryzen processor given the more competitive price point and the recent Meltdown/Spectre issues surrounding Intel CPUs.
  4. Needed to have room to put a bear sticker on case.
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Comments

  • 25 months ago
  • 8 points

I can't help but want to wave back to the bear. It's like its waving hello.

  • 25 months ago
  • 7 points

I waved!! Don't hate me for waving!!

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  • 25 months ago
  • 4 points

No wave on them haters

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

I know there is some growing pains with the AMD apus that a lot of tech channels had with multiple motherboards so how is this one working out? I got that exact motherboard in my 1800x build. I got another family member that was thinking of upgrading their massively out of date gaming PC and I know the igpu in the 2200g with a bit of a OC is on par with a GT 1030 but stability is also important.

I only ask because this motherboard had its last bios update before the APUs were even released. Most like Gigabyte and MSI had to rush out bios fixes for the APUs after the launch.

For the price though a decent 4 core CPU with a half decent budget GPU together for that price does seem really nice for a low end gaming PC on a budget. Especially if you consider the outrageous GPU prices atm. Considering this is a PC for your Dad I don't know if he games or not but if it is only for facebook and stuff then this PC should last him for a very long time.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I was able to overclock the RAM and thus far (using DDR4-3200 preset in the BIOS) and it has been working well. This is using the latest beta BIOS.

So far as lasting a long time, that is precisely the idea behind this machine. It is not meant to be a gaming beast but rather to be a reasonably fast and reliable PC.

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

This is almost exactly what I am planning to build. Can you give us an update on how the motherboard and RAM are working out? My main concern is getting fast memory that actually runs as fast as it is supposed to. I keep reading that some 3200 actually ends up running at 2666, and that really affects the video performance. I'm not really wanting to overclock for the sake of overclocking or to get things to work the way they are supposed to, I would rather the APU/mobo/RAM operate optimally out of the box.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Could you recall when did you buy that ASRock mobo?, I just bought mine just to make sure which CPU to buy later, this is going to depend on the version of its stock BIOS.

Judging by how recent is your post, it might be the case that these are asrock mobos are already coming out with 4.30+ BIOS.

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

I bought it 2 weeks ago BUT it was on sale on Amazon as open-box. I fortunately got one that already had the new BIOS but I am not sure if they did that after opening the box.

It is possible to get a processor from AMD to specifically use to upgrade it though:

https://support.amd.com/en-us/kb-articles/Pages/2Gen-Ryzen-AM4-System-Bootup.aspx

  • 25 months ago
  • 4 points

I got good news!, not just for me, but for everyone considering this motherboard for Raven Ridge APUs. Mine just came with BIOS P4.50 out of the box :). Here's an image of the BIOS chip to prove it.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

you have no idea how this made my day

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

love it especially the bear sticker

how do you like the case?

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

how well does the ddr4-3200 work with your 2200g?

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  • 25 months ago
  • 3 points

why didn't u get ryzen 5? Was it unnecessary?

Poster did state the PC was for his Dad but didn't specify his usage so I can't really say if he would benefit from higher. That being said the r3 2200g is still a decent 4 core CPU and it seems the budget CPU for gamers today are 4 cores much like how i3 CPUs used to be 5 years ago. If all his Dad uses the PC for is facebook then most of the 2200g won't even be used so going higher would be pointless, it would just be great future proofing.

I am pretty sure that cutting costs on ssd or getting a cheaper 500gb ssd would have done the job.

The SSD in this build in the 500gb range is actually one of the best price per GB in costs for that bracket. Not going to save a ton finding a cheaper 500gb SSD. If this storage is all he needs then spending that bit extra for a SSD over a HDD or SSHD is more of a quality of life boost for even basic use for the PC. If it turns out he needs more storage that case has tons of room to add more drives later on.

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

why didn't u get ryzen 5?

He mentioned this build is for his dad. Probably doesnt need more than this.