Budget: ~$400 (some parts marked up after purchase)


So this was a build for a friend, who wanted to learn more about computers, along with having something to play games other than his laptop which struggled to run StarCraft 2.

This was mostly him building it, guided by me, and it went pretty well minus a few slip-ups with the case and cable management.

Each of the parts were selected by me, and the friend brought in an SSD he wasn't using in his old laptop.

CPU - Ryzen made sense for someone on a budget, not only for the lower Mobo prices, but also since this quad-core running on the Zen architecture allows for upgrading in the future. If he needs more cores in anything along the lines of video or photo editing (which the friend does as a hobby) Zen will more than suit his needs.

GPU - This wasn't the least expensive 1050 out there, and knowing on the AMD side with huge price increases due to the mining craze as of late, going team Green made sense. For the games he wants to play (e-sports, Triple-A medium/high) this card does the job fairly well. I didn't want to go cheap and get a single fan 1050, so I convinced him to pay a little extra for a two fan cooler. Worked great in games like MGSV and flying sims like Everspace

Memory - RAM is crazy expensive right now, as is all flash memory. 4GB should work fine for his needs, and he can upgrade to 8, 16, or 32 GB as he sees fit in the future.

Storage - Used 850 EVO he had in a laptop that wasn't in use, a great addition.

Case - Now this was the biggest challenge. Rosewill has some pretty decent stuff considering the price, and a upper end case wasn't on the list of priorities, so we got something inexpensive, but at the same time, something that would work. It does its job well, minus cable management and a few sharp edges that might cut you if not careful. Another weird thing is that the MicroATX board doesn't fit unless you give it a little "love" (putting it in at an angle) so be advised about this!

PSU - Can't go wrong with EVGA, even their 'budget' lineup. 8.5 from the man JohnnyGuru himself.

Overall, its good for lower end parts, though I wouldn't put anything beyond a 1050ti in a machine with this, it will peak at 430W under load with anything beyond that, and that isn't good for power efficiency.


A disk drive was a necessity for him, as he wanted to play some retro games too.

Overall a nice budget gaming PC up and running with surprising temps... AMD's new stock cooler runs very well. I'll have to admit, they are starting to convert the Intel fanboy in me.

Part Reviews

Video Card

Ran cool under load (55-60 C) and performed well in mid-tier games like MGS5 and StarCraft II. Great buy!


Its a $20 dollar case, you get what you pay for, since there is a few sharp edges and the cable management is a mess. Though it does come with 2 fans, and have some pretty nice lights on them, no vibration suppression anywhere on the case though. Overall surprisingly good case for the price. Would buy again for a budget build.

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  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Little extra cash and could have upgraded to the 1050 ti but overall nice entry level build.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

True, but the budget was very tight. I tried to fit the 1050ti in there, but the cheapest one threw us $60 over budget at the time. With the past pricing, we were already around $430, and I didn't want to push up any more. He's happy with it, i'm surprised with the great performance. Plus since its meant to be upgraded, I'm sure given time he'll put something like the 6GB 1060 in there!

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

The Case scares me

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

In these hard economical times.... you do what you got to do ;)

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

I wonder if you shouldnt have gone for an intel i3 8 series, since they are 110 i think , how is the PSU holding? i tell you because even though people say AMD is cheaper, you end up paying more in high speed ram and power supply.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

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  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, I didn't know that... gotcha, won't happen again. I'll let him know to buy another officially, he heard about it and was adamant.

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