We are fresh into the start of 2019. What is out there to buy today? and what should you buy? I spent a week building a new entry level system for someone in their early teens. Budget was everything and maxing the performance for the dollar was needed. The task build a gaming computer for under 400$ with windows activation that could play fortnite and various other popular games such as League of Legends and Dota 2. Here is what I came up with.
AMD Ryzen 3 2200g with Vega 8 Graphics -95$
ASrock fatality B350-gaming ITX-ac – 100$
Patriot 8gb DDR4 3000 (4gbx2) 55$
Corsair CX450 power supply 40$
Rosewill FBM-06 Case 26$
Team Group L5 LITE 2.5″ 120GB SATA III SSD 20$
Western Digital 2TB eco green 40$ (used)
Windows 10 Home Key $27
Total 403$ with the option of a few mail in rebates totaling 30$. All prices were as of 2/25/2019. Computer is up and running. Meets all requirements and then some. Wifi was important and buying a separate add in adapter was kinda expensive. Some of the higher end motherboards offer wifi built in so that was a no brainer. With the Vega 8 graphics overclocked in bios to 1600mhz, and Cpu turning 3.9ghz I was able to push past 3200 points in 3dmark Firestrike. It is quite respectable for an APU. Link below for firestrike score. Even in its overclocked state the entire system drew under 100 watts from the wall. Very efficient, very quiet, and cool. I didn’t want to push it to hard as it was going to live life in a 13 year olds bedroom for years to come, rock stable 48 hour Aida 64 extreme stability test. System offers a good upgrade path for demands down the road, and I’m beyond words with its performance. These AMD APU’s are simply awesome for the entry level gaming computer.