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by saracatlee


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Date Published

Sept. 24, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.6 GHz


Project CRIMSON is a budget-oriented build for gamers who don't have a lot to spend but want to have a great looking PC to run a few games on. There are plenty of "budget" builds out there, but I wanted to focus on both decent performance as well as a PC that doesn't look cheap.

My theme for this build was red, as you can tell by the photos and it goes well with the "Ryzen" look and feel. 3 LED fans add a nice touch to Cooler Master's MasterBox Lite 3.1 case with the default red trim.

Powering the PC is AMD's Ryzen 5 2400g with built-in Vega graphics. It'll run most modern games at low-medium settings.

The motherboard is a mini-ITX board with built in wifi, so those who don't have the luxury of having a hardwired connection don't have to spend extra on a wifi adapter.

8GB of DDR4 RAM provide ample room for multitasking. The CPUs performance will benefit from the faster RAM speeds, offering better performance.

A 120GB SSD might be a bit too small for some people, but you can swap it out for a 500GB HDD if you prefer more storage space and still keep the budget under $500.

Powering this all is a 450W PSU.

While it's not what I would consider a "monster rig," for only $500 it's a good entry-level PC for those just starting out PC building or those on a budget who want something to game on and a cool looking PC to show off on their desk.

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customgtp 24 Builds 4 points 6 months ago

Wow.. Amazing photography

Eltech 20 Builds 6 points 6 months ago

Some internal photos would make it better and appreciative. ;)

Whenever OP can upload some that is.

saracatlee submitter 7 Builds 2 points 6 months ago


eopest 9 Builds 4 points 6 months ago

Hmm... needs more interior pics.

HydraHunter77 3 points 6 months ago

This looks great, some of the best photography I've seen on this site to date, but I wish there were more pictures and more components in the list. (Specifically, what's your GPU?)

+1 anyways!


saracatlee submitter 7 Builds 3 points 6 months ago

Thank you! It's using an integrated card; the 2400g comes with Vega 11 graphics

Eltech 20 Builds 2 points 6 months ago

(Specifically, what's your GPU?)

They are using their processor's integrated graphics called Radeon Vega 11.

loganbell2355 2 points 6 months ago

should of got 2 4g of ram but overall nice build!

saracatlee submitter 7 Builds 3 points 5 months ago

I know, I just preferred the room for expansion

loganbell2355 1 point 5 months ago

Ok I get it, and nice pics!

OolonCaluphid 3 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

I agree. The Ryzen really needs dual channel ram. It's using it as VRAM too. Performance needs all the help it can get in a budget build, and dual channel is a few $ more.

loganbell2355 1 point 6 months ago


bigpoopapop 3 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Nice photos, but its like a tease. More nudes plz.

saracatlee submitter 7 Builds 2 points 6 months ago

Haha thank you

velophilus 1 point 6 months ago

Why did you choose a mini ITX motherboard instead of micro ATX? It would be cheaper and match the micro ATX case better.

saracatlee submitter 7 Builds 4 points 6 months ago

I got it before I got the case, the first case I got was a mini-ITX case but it came defective so I ordered this one instead.

Cobbleborg 1 point 6 months ago

Looks cool, nice build +1

Jnathanroy 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

I appreciate your choice of memory. It would be hard for me with this mobo to pick between the performance boost of two sticks in dual-channel mode and the ability to upgrade later that you get by going with one stick. I'm planning a similarly specced build for my mom, and one thing I am really trying to ensure is that I pick a board that has four slots for memory so I don't end up sacrificing one of those desirable outcomes. With ITX though, you don't really have that luxury. Nice build, and I echo the sentiments of other posters who are requesting more pictures, especially of the internal components. Cooler Master's box ain't got nothin' on some nice circuits.

legendarypoet 13 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Beautiful photographed and budgeted!

Flika1999 2 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Really nice pictures, and good PC to!

Tensoinz 1 point 5 months ago

How much FPS in fortnite

fredointhecut 1 point 5 months ago

wow, just wow the 1x8gb stick instead of 2x4gb for later expansion is genius

laquino 1 point 2 months ago

agree about expansion, but ryzen depends heavily on ram speed and since he is using integrated graphics his APU uses his ram as VRAM as well and since its not duel channel (2 dimms opposed to one) the performance of his rig will suffer

n3me5i2 1 point 4 months ago

Are you having any problems with that RAM? Blue screens at all? It's not on the compatible RAM list for the motherboard so I am just wondering.

PreDragon 1 point 4 months ago

Hey, quick question. Did you have trouble installing the stock cooler provided from ryzen?

saracatlee submitter 7 Builds 2 points 4 months ago

Nope! Not at all. Just a little annoying to get it in there the first time.

JosephT251 2 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

How are Temps with the intake so close to the front panel?

saracatlee submitter 7 Builds 2 points 4 months ago

It's actually not that close! Haha it just looks that way. Temps are great :) nice and cool

FedbyFEEDERS 1 point 26 days ago

Great build I have been building a great PC! and even though I wouldn't make this PC because I am a streamer/youtuber and need to stream while gaming and render videos it is a good PC for gaming! (+1)

Savagefox14 1 point 4 hours ago

I noticed you have no graphics card. How are the integrated graphics running off the cpu? By the way.... great build. very clean

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