Description

I built this PC to do some basic CAD work as well as casual gaming with friends, so power really isn't a main concern. The main goal is to keep this as cheap as possible while maintaining an overall decent aesthetic. Went for an all black muted theme because welp, its cheap and more parts to choose from.

At first, I wanted to use a 3400g for the meantime and upgrade when next gen processors and graphics cards come out, but then I found 3600 onsale and a rx580 on the cheap so I decided to go with those parts.

The overall building experience is extremely pleasant, and since I didn't have to buy an SSD, the overall cost came down to less than $850 CAD (around $600 USD). The meshify c mini case has very well thought out cable management, and I was able to get the build looking clean even with a non-modular power supply.

Regarding overclock, I am really surprised that I was able to push a 4.2GHz overclock on the CPU at 1.25v while maintaining a load temp around 80 degrees. The memory was also able to be clocked up to 3200mHz. I didn't really bother overclocking the GPU as that would push my PSU, plus the temps on the GPU are already higher than I would have liked and I'm happy with the current graphical performance.

Next step for this build is probably to upgrade the GPU along with the power supply, other than that, I have no complaints. Its a really nice build overall with a decently powerful CPU which meets my needs. This build will likely be keep getting upgraded and I will keep updating this as a reference log for myself.

v1.0:

Base build ryzen 3600 using AMD stock wraith stealth cooler. CPU Clock: 4.2GHz CPU Voltage: 1.25v CPU Idle Temp: 43°C CPU Load Temp: 91°C

v1.1:

Upgraded the cooler to a deepcool gammaxx L240 v2 for better temps. CPU Clock: 4.3Ghz CPU Voltage: 1.275v CPU Idle Temp: 32°C CPU Load Temp: 69°C Interestingly, the increased airflow in the case dropped GPU idle from 54°C to 31°C at 0 rpm.

Part Reviews

CPU

Perfect CPU for the price, was able to reach 3720 on cinebench r20 at 4.2GHz overclock on stock cooler. Also games run much better on this than a 3400g with the same graphics card.

CPU Cooler

Perfect aio on a budget. I used it on my ryzen 3600, stock 4.2ghz 1.25v overclock is 91°C under load. With this aio, 4.3ghz 1.275v oc is only 69°C under load. And its about the same price as a budget air tower cooler and 2 case fans, so you're not even paying extra

Motherboard

Very good bios, no issues what so ever. Was able to overclock my ryzen 3600 and RAM with no issues. Probably the best budget B450M motherboards around.

Memory

Overclocked to 3200mHz with no issues.

Storage

Fast and reliable, enjoyed using it a lot. Barely noticed any speed difference on regular use compared to an NVMe SSD.

Video Card

Still a decent performer in 2020 in casual gaming. However the cooler is somewhat poorly thought out, and copper heat pipes don't cover the entire die so unfortunately liquid metal for improved thermal is not an option. Also had issues with turning off 0 rpm mode, when I disable it in the software the fan still stops spinning when under 54 degrees C.

Case

Very nice mid-range case with tempered glass, the cable management is very well thought out and the case if very easy to build in. Airflow is phenomenal, barely any difference in temps comparing open air to fully built in case with side panels on.

Power Supply

Great PSU for the price. The price is unbeatable for what it is, no ketchup and mustard cable is a huge plus. Ideal PSU for any budget build.

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Comments

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice clean build!

Tho I'm curious at how much you really paid for the parts coz the list's pricing are not that cheap to be a bargain tbh.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Except for the graphics card and SSD, I bought everything else brand new. I do value aesthetics quite a lot, so you can get a build with same performance for cheaper. Total costs came down to $730 for all the new parts after tax, and $120 for the 580 I bought second hand, so $850 total for the parts I had to buy. I had an 1tb SSD on hand, so the build would have been around $1k if I were to include the SSD in the pricing.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! What are your core and SOC voltages?

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! I kept the soc voltage on default automatic, core voltage is 1.25v and thats a stable 4.2GHz overclock. I also test 4.0GHz and that can run stable on 1.2v.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheers!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Not a huge deal but you got two separate RAM DDR4 sticks and they would both be single-channel. Ryzen chips benefit most from dual-channel RAM chips by a pretty wide margin. That would be my only comment, you picked some solid components and the price is very nice.

ONe further comment, so that wasn't my last one. The video card you got has only 4gb of RAM and today many AAA games are requiring up to 8g to play at high or ultra so the extra $30 to $40 is actually worth the bump up to a 8gb.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thats fair, I did test the RAM so the 2 sticks are indeed running in duo channel. I forgot to mention in the post, but I got the 580 second hand for $120 CAD, so not complaining haha. I would upgrade the GPU and PSU immediately when I have the money lol.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Glad to hear that it's working for you in dual channel mode. My critiques were just observations, you still have a good build. It's basically the same PC I made 2 years ago.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

U could've found an rx 580 for like $17]

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

haha, I bought the 580 second hand for $120 CAD (around $90 USD)

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hey jw did you buy thermal paste in your build or did you already have some lying around???

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Didn't have to buy thermal paste, both the stock cooler and liquid cooler came with thermal paste.