I always intended for my original build to last me a few years, knowing that I would definitely upgrade the GPU and probably the CPU at some point as the platform was solid but budget restricted me at the time to the G4560 and a free GTX 560 Ti from a friend.

Fast forward 8 months and I'd upgraded to a very cheap GTX 970 and was pretty impressed with how the G4560 was performing in my favourite games - even if it was maxed out most of the time. So I struggled to justify a CPU upgrade until the Ryzen 1600 popped up for just £136 on Amazon!

I chose to pair it with the MSI Bazooka B350m and keep everything else in my build the same including my BeQuiet Pure Rock slim that was thankfully compatible with no mounts. (Seriously couldn't be easier!)

I've overclocked my 1600 to 3.9GHz and that seems to be all I'll get from it, which is still fantastic to be honest. I also sadly didn't get one of the rebadged 1700s!

The RAM is from my original Pentium build and was the fastest I needed at the time, I've only been able to get it stable at 2667MHz but I'm happy with that.. [insert complaint about RAM prices here].

Everything else is solid, could not be happier with the build!

Part Reviews


The value for money on this CPU is just unbeatable. Particularly with the price I paid. I was able to OC mine to 3.9GHz with 1.36v but that's as far as it would go, no matter the voltage it just would not boot with 4GHz.

It works fantastically for both playing and streaming my main games (Overwatch and WoW) so there's that too.

I get well Over 100 FPS in Overwatch with everything maxed out at 1080p by the way.

CPU Cooler

Another incredible value for money product! This cooler was severely under-utilised in my previous build where I'd used it to replace the insanely loud Intel cooler on my G4560. So I was curious as to how it would perform with an overclocked 6 core CPU.

The answer? Amazing. Max temps with 100% simulated load (Prime95) were 61 Degrees. It's also rarely above 50 in gaming too. As the name suggests it's also very quiet.

I dare you to try and find a better cooler for the same price.


I actually cannot fault this RAM, sadly though I am only able to OC it to 2667MHz. Nothing else will boot.

I do wish I had faster RAM but, well, you know what RAM prices are like right now.


Fantastic SSD and yes it's tiny storage capacity is a problem, however this was all I could afford at the time of my first build. It's on par with the 850 Evo for less money!


Solid and reliable if a tad slow. Probably not far off replacing them they've been in service since 2012.

Video Card

I paid a great price on this one through Facebook Marketplace and I could not be happier.
Shame about the loud and hot cooler though.

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  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

More fully built pics man!!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

For sure! I shall take some pics tonight!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Finally got pics...

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

I would love a GTX 970, they seem to be the best cards for the money if you can find them used and at a good price. Sadly, nowhere near me are there people who want to sell their graphics cards for a reasonable price.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah a used 970 has gotta be the best 'bang for your buck' GPU right now. I did get lucky and I only paid £85 for mine. It is a reference cool and goes to like 80 degrees!

However I just don't care for the price I paid!

I actually found mine on Facebook Market Place.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, did you see any FPS increase after switching to Ryzen? Because right now I'm using GTX 970 with i5 4590 and seems not enough.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point


So I went from a Pentium G4560 to my 1600 and yeah I definitely did see an FPS increase in GTA V, WoW and I think it was Dishonored 2. Honestly thought it wasn't substantial.

I get over 60 in all the games I play with graphics maxed out. But the main thing for me was going from 2c4t to 6c12t which honestly is amazing for me. I can stream if I want in max settings. I can also do freelance video editing work very comfortably too.

Is your 4590 maxed out during gaming?