So it has been 17 years since I built my last gaming PC which had Windows XP back in 2001 :) I built around 100 PCs before most of you were even born :) The struggle of SCSI ISA IDE PCI AGP big old fat IDE ribbon cables are things you will never know unless you google it or watch a YT video :) Voodoo 3DFX in SLI yeah man that was awesome! Matrox Millennium whoo hoo! Anway back to my build!
I decided that I was going to take a trip down to the nearest Micro Center near me which is 1 1/2 hours with $400 cash and build an entry level gaming PC. Honestly I was disappointed with Micro Center as the Micro Center I visited was old and very dirty. I kept being approached by very pushy salespeople so I couldn't enjoy my experience of browsing the store. I eventually had to go to a salesperson and they were very quick to get my parts and push me out the door to the next customer. Anyway I did accomplish what I was set out to do and spend $400 for a budget gaming PC.
This CPU is an amazing value! The APU is the best APU ever made hands down! Micro Center had this for $79.99 which is the cheapest price I could find.
So I didn't want to deal with the possibility of my CPU not booting with a B350 motherboard due to an outdated bios needing flashing with the 2nd generation Ryzen CPUs. Being that the only extra CPUs that I have laying around are old AMD Athlons I decided to go with a B450 motherboard so that I wouldn't need to worry about any compatibility out of the box with Ryzen 2nd gen CPUs. No I wasn't going to deal with an AMD boot kit as I need to have things instantly! I am very disappointed with this ASRock bios as it is not very feature rich. I am also very disappointed with the memory compatibility which I will get to under the memory review. I hope that future bios releases will up the features of this bios and expand the memory compatibility.
Ah so I learned the hard way about Ryzen memory compatibility! When I bought my ASRock B450M Pro 4 board they didn't even have the support page finished on their website for the board so I couldn't check the memory compatibility. To be honest I would have ignored the memory compatibility and went straight for this ram anyway. Well I can only get this memory to run stable at 2400mhz which I am very disappointed since I paid for 3200mhz. Ryzen needs faster ram to take full advantage and I might seek faster compatible ram.
I never owned a SSD hard drive so I wasn't going to change that. Yes I'm old fashioned and I can wait a few more seconds to boot my OS :)
Ah what can I say about this case? It was on sale for $29 at Micro Center and I decided to go with it for that very reason. It is flimsy but it gets the job done. Many complain about the lack of back panel space for cable management, but they are just being lazy. I was able to perform some cable management with some effort.
I honestly cannot believe how much attention power supplies get these days. When I used to build PCs 20+ years ago the power supply came with the case and you didn't care what the name was of the power supply! I went with this PS because it was a decent price at Micro Center and it didn't have the dreaded ketchup and mustard cables! Wow if you kids would have been around 20+ years ago to see the amount of ketchup and mustard cables we had in our cases you would have had multiple heart attacks :)