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My gf has a niece who is extremely passionate about video games and the industry. It's been her primary hobby for year and she has mostly gamed on a laptop featuring specs like 4gb of RAM and a pre-Ryzen AMD APU with R4 graphics. It was time for an upgrade. Overtime, my gf and I convinced her family members to pool our resources and build her a decent budget setup that would handle anything that she plays with a decent upgrade path.

Normally, I would go with a Ryzen build but, at the time, the AM4 itx boards (especially those with built-in wifi) were at least $100 and I wanted to keep the cost as low as possible. The i3-8100 and Ryzen 1200/2200G were comparably priced so going with Intel for this specific build made sense. I know that the cable management is pretty rough and, at the time, it was something that I did not really care about (oops).

She primarily likes to play LOTR online and Conan Exiles which aren't particularly taxing titles on the hardware, so this setup was perfect for her. She was stunned to see these games in a resolution higher than 720p and ultra low graphics settings. There honestly really isn't much to tell here, and the most interesting aspect of this build pertains to the GPU.

I purchased the RX 560 from eBay used and it seemed like a good deal at the time. This unit MSRP'd for over $100 new at the time, especially the 4gb model so I thought that I was making a smart purchase and, as it turns out, that was sort of the case. When I finally had the 560 in my hands, I quickly learned that it was defective and did not work. I informed the seller and they were surprised and insisted that the unit worked just fine before they shipped it out. After some back and forth I learned that they had already spent the money on a new GPU. Great. Rather than sending the GPU back using eBay's money back guarantee feature, I decided to send it in as a RMA to Asus. I knew it was risky, but I was trying to give the seller, if they were telling the truth, a chance to get out of this situation. To my pleasant surprise, Asus accepted the RMA and sent me back a new unit! Talk about customer service!... and luck.

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  • 6 months ago
  • 4 points

Nice build, good to see the budget side of PCPP

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Hello, this computer looks beautiful (I'm a sucker for Blue).

I own a Thermaltake Core V21 MicroATX Mini Tower and I'm trying to make a build that stays below $700 and the most demanding program I would be running or hope to run is Guild Wars 2 on high (not necessarily max) settings; I mainly play League of Legends.

If I were to copy this build, would it meet my needs?

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Sure! But at that budget, you would be better off getting something much better. If you live near a Microcenter, you can buy the CPU and motherboard there for a steep discount. The Ryzen 1600 goes for $79.99 and the Motherboard goes for about $75-80. When you bundle a board and a cpu at Microcenter, you get $30 (most of the time). Awesome deal. https://pcpartpicker.com/list/fy9b8M

If you do not live near a Microcenter, you can try this list out.
https://pcpartpicker.com/user/jakster840/saved/WTdL23

These two builds are significantly stronger than this one.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much for the quick reply and parts lists! I decided to make a forum post about it and added the two lists you suggested.

https://pcpartpicker.com/forums/topic/333950-700-little-blue-build

Thanks!

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Good! I'm hoping that you got the help and advice that you were looking for. Do you live near a Microcenter?

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Unfortunately, I do not.