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super budget desktop PC build notes

Post by hitbyambulance » Tue Jul 31, 2018 3:59 am

i'm helping my son build his first desktop computer. he chose the parts, and i only vetted them and suggested a few additions. this is decidedly a starter build and, you'll note, extremely constrained by financial considerations:

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/YW3vbX

his mom purchased the components (as his 18th birthday present) and is having them sent to me - about half of them just arrived today. he's visiting in a few weeks and i'll supervise his build as he does it himself, then when it's verified working i'll ship it halfway across the country to his house.

AMD - Ryzen 3 2200G 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor

ASRock - A320M-DGS Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard

G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2666 Memory

Seagate - Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

Rosewill - FBM-X1 MicroATX Mini Tower Case

Corsair - CXM (2015) 450W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply

not on the list, but added later: wireless network card (PCIe) and DVD+-RW drive

now you may be asking 'but mr. ambulance, what is the use of a computer without dedicated graphics hardware?' to which i would immediately reply 'AMD Vega graphics are gonna suffice for Fortnite in low quality mode til kid gets a job to buy his own video card'. also there's no Win10 license - we're waiting til September when he can utilize his new .edu account for summadem student M$ discounts - so for now i'm installing Ubuntu on it and hoping that Linux Vega graphics drivers are good enough at this point.

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Re: super budget desktop PC build notes

Post by Zitterbacke » Tue Jul 31, 2018 3:50 pm

That looks like a smashing system given the pricetag. I have now clue about the Vega and Linux, but if I scan through my Steam Library, there are a few AAA games for Linux available. So even if he is going to buy a card (there is always donating blood, but I can only see vampire games being bought of such), he might not need to switch to Windows at all, at least for a couple of games.
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Post by hitbyambulance » Tue Jul 31, 2018 5:13 pm

i would be ok if he stuck with Linux, but i don't think that's gonna happen.

motherboard and DVD-ROM drive just arrived. this might be the cheapest mobo i've ever seen. 2 RAM slots?? hahaha oh dear. it doesn't appear to have the latest BIOS for Ryzen 2200G, so i am going through the rigamarole of writing ASScrack customer support to tell me i need a boot kit, which i can send on to AMD.

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Re: super budget desktop PC build notes

Post by gameoverman » Mon Aug 06, 2018 6:59 pm

I think you can still install and use Win 10 without activating it, you'll just get that nag message in the corner of the desktop. Also I don't think you can personalize the desktop.

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Re: super budget desktop PC build notes

Post by hitbyambulance » Tue Aug 07, 2018 7:16 pm

gameoverman wrote:
Mon Aug 06, 2018 6:59 pm
I think you can still install and use Win 10 without activating it, you'll just get that nag message in the corner of the desktop. Also I don't think you can personalize the desktop.
i totally forgot about that...


i sent in a customer service ticket to AMD requesting a BIOS boot kit. they wanted photos of the AMD processor (with the serial number clearly visible), the motherboard, a summary of the correspondence i've already had with ASRock and copies of the purchase receipts. all that documentation was sent today - more info: https://support.amd.com/en-us/kb-articl ... ootup.aspx

my son arrives in a week, so we're cutting this close - hopefully the stopgap CPU gets here by next Wednesday.

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Re: super budget desktop PC build notes

Post by gameoverman » Thu Aug 09, 2018 3:51 pm

I think it's pretty cool of AMD to do that, although I also think it's a bit misleading when they say their AM4 will accept CPUs until 2020 at least. You will have to jump through some hoops to take advantage of that, as you are now. Maybe one day in the future when they come up with a new generation, each motherboard or CPU might come with some kind of cheap mini CPU whose sole purpose is to fire up the motherboard and update the bios.

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