The $470 GAMING PC (2018) – Setup and Testing

The $470 GAMING PC (2018) – Setup and Testing
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►PARTS: Ryzen 3 2200G Quad-Core Processor + GPU (APU) –
Gigabyte AB350N-Gaming WIFI AM4 B350 Mini ITX Motherboard –
Team T-Force Vulcan 8GB (2x4GB) DDR4 3000 Memory –
SanDisk SSD PLUS 240GB Solid State Drive –
Thermaltake Core V1 Black Mini ITX Case –
Corsair CX (2017) 550W 80+ Bronze ATX PSU –

— Setup —
1:18 UEFI/BIOS Compatibility & Updates
5:49 DDR4 Settings
— Software —
8:32 Windows 10 Drivers
10:56 Monitoring Your PC (HWInfo64, MSI Afterburner, Rivatuner)
— Game Testing —
13:58 GTA V
16:49 PUBG – PlayerUnkown’s Battlegrounds
19:18 Fortnite Battle Royale
21:09 Overwatch

NOTE: I originally used a different memory kit and power supply —
G.SKILL Flare X 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 3200 Memory –
Cooler Master V650 650W Modular PSU –

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40 Comments on “The $470 GAMING PC (2018) – Setup and Testing”

  1. I like your channel.
    But look Paul, your settings about dedicated ram is misleading. Put 64 meg and you will see no difference in games: Windows will administrate the ram needed. When you put more dedicated ram, you just constantly sacrifice the ram for other tasks than games. Test it.
    Secondly, a 270x or 7870 is more powerfull than these APU. These are still quite cheap. That means any preference for the 2200g other the 2400g or vice versa in games is often misleading: they have both poor GPU performance from the beginning. Not only a 2200g with a 270x will beat the 2400g, but a used sytem with DDR3 and an reasonable Intel 4 cores ( or maybe even 2 cores ?) when paired with a 270x will be much cheaper and better then these APU for gaming.
    Still, the 2400g with its 8 threads is the better new CPU in the long run for a system with a dedicated graphic card. When comparing low framerates between the 2 APU reviewers tends to prefer the 2200g. Only if you never plan to pair this APU with a dedicated graphic card, used or new, or you are very limited in budget, is the 2200g a better bargain as a low performance gaming choice. But the DDR4 price does not really make it a bargain.

  2. I would love to see this same testing with incremental upgrades. Adding 16gb of Ram and then testing with more alocated to the GPU… Then adding a better graphics card and then running the test again. Great video though.

  3. The thing is more and more people see stuff like this where overpriced parts cause budget PCs to be crummy. And so they think, “why not buy a used PS4 for 150 bucks” it plays games way better”. Now this my friends is why pc gaming is slowly dying

  4. what would be a good graphics card that would work in that case. Im doing a similar build with that case just having a hard time finding a card

  5. I bought this same B350 board from Newegg last week and it arrived with a F21 BIOS that had raven ridge support already. Works great for my pfSense router, no issues at all. I underclocked it to 2.50 ghz and it stays at 32c at all times

  6. It would be so nice if the integrated GPU of these APUs work with existing or future AMD GPUs, like you're having some kind of a "crossfire" or "SLI" effect. I hope it's possible and actually doable.

  7. It might be cool to use a capture card when testing games and desktop/programs and whatnot in your testing. That way your cpu and storage isn't having to use OBS.

  8. Hey Paul, Msi Afterburner includes Riva tuner statistics with it, no need to download it separately 😀 Be aware that Hardware info reports incorrect CPU voltages

  9. Love your vids Paul. If I may make one critique: I believe it would be better if you provided proper in-game sound when using footage of you playing games. Hearing the game sounds only over your mic makes it sound a bit cheap 🙂

  10. Paul, thanks for the video it was great. I ordered almost this exact setup and will let you know how it does. Been needing a new PC for awhile and had a tight budget so this was perfect, thanks again!

  11. I have a question, if i buy these computer parts today, will the raven ridge cpus work without a bios update?

  12. I love all the details you give in your explanations Paul! Videos like this must be a huge help to newer PC builders. 🙂

  13. lol 15 $ for uefi update ?? New motherboards provides software to do it from the os right ? Even people who never entered a bios and are frightened by the scary warnings from 10 years ago can to this, its like installing an app . Even my curren 7 year old boar has dual bios and a recovery thing. Those guys should be ashamed to still use that line on people.

  14. Quit telling people they can game with an apu. If your lucky you can play some games at very low settings and it will still lag. Don't use an apu. Buy a gtx 1050 or 1060

  15. Aside from drivers, do these CPUs need to have a microcode update downloaded/installed manually or will Windows update handle it?

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