Media PC Build for $575 – Ryzen APU Inside

This PC will be ideal for media center and by adding more storage you can easily turn it into storage center. With Ryzen 3400G and Vega 11 graphics you will be able to play games on lower settings and thankfully to Fractal Node 202 which supports full size desktop GPUs you can easily add some graphic card in and turn in into media gaming center.

Ryzen 3400G
Ryzen 3400G

Ryzen 3400G is AMDs latest generation Ryzen processor based on Zen+ arhitecture. It’s made on 14nm process and comes with 4 cores and 8 threads running at speed of maximum 4.2 GHz. It has integrated Vega 11 graphics with 11 graphic cores running at speed up to 1400Mhz. For $149 it is great low budget gaming processor if game settings isn’t most important to you. And if you are looking just for media/storage center and you won’t play games at all, you can buy cheaper Ryzen 3200G for $99. It comes with 4 cores but without hyper-threading, Vega 8 graphics and runs at lower frequency, but it will do all of your work.
Important thing is that APU takes up to 2Gb of system memory so we suggest adding more RAM and with APU CPU you will get better graphic performance if you are running dual channel memory at higher speed.

MSI B450I GAMING PLUS AC

MSI B450I GAMING PLUS AC is AM4 motherboard based on B450 chipset, but in Mini-ITX form factor with just 17x17cm dimensions. It comes with one M.2-NVMe slot, USB 3.1, steel reinforced PCIe slot, built in WiFi and with price of just $125 it is very budget friendly. Because of ITX form factor, it has only 2 DDR4 slots, with maximum capacity of 32GB 3466Mhz memory. CPU has 6+2 phase power design with cooled mosfets which will be enough to overclock our Ryzen 3600 to get some more juice from it…

 

Noctua NH-L9i

For this build we have choosen Noctua NH-L9i AM4 cooler. Reason for this cooler is that we need low profile cooler for slim ITX case and Noctua NH-L9a is one of the bests. NH-L9i comes with horizontal heatsink and 92mm fan. Also becase of small dimensions it won’t have any RAM and VRM interference. There is also Chromax Black edition of this cooler with black fan and heatpipes for $10 more, but because there is no windows side panel on this case and we are looking for best budget build we decided to put regular Noctua cooler in it.

G.Skill Aegis

This build comes with 16GB of G.Skill Aegis memory on 3000MHz which can easily be overclocked to 3333MHz. This memory uses cutting-edge hardware technology to ensure smooth gaming for the newest games, and with XMP 2.0 profiles, it will give you just more performance.

 

ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro 500 GB

ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro 500 GB is one of the best SSDs you can buy today. This drive futures speeds up to 3.5/3 GBps of read/write, and with  The black XPG heat spreader gives even better performance. It comes with 512 GB, 1TB or 2 TB capacity, and for this build we have chosen 500 GB model. If that isn’t enough for you, we added some Seagate BarraCuda Pro Compute 1 TB 2.5″ 7200RPM mechanical hard drive. For this build we need 2.5″ drive because of ITX case.

 

Node 202

Fractal Node 202 is slim console-like or amplifier-like ITX PC case. For this build we have chosen one with Fractal Design 450W 80Plus Bronze SFX PSU integrated because SFX PSUs aren’t cheap, and this one is bang for buck. The Node 202 can be stood both horizontally and vertically. This case has 2 120mm fan mounts, place for 2 2.5″ hard drives. It also supports full size desktop GPU up to 310mm, but CPU cooler is limited for only 56mm of height. Integrated PSU ractal Design 450W 80Plus Bronze SFX  isn’t anything special, but it comes preinstalled with cable length made for this case so it makes installing other components easier. With its 450w it is more than enough for our configuration, and there is a lot of room for future GPU upgrades from RX 5600 XT to RTX 2070 Super which are great cards for Ryzen 3400G.

PC Build

Name
Components
Image
Price
CPUs
  • Socket: AM4
  • Integrated Graphics: Radeon Vega 11
  • Maximum RAM: 64 GB
  • Included CPU Cooler: No
  • L1 Cache: 4 x 32 kB Instruction, 4 x 64 kB Data
  • L2 Cache: 4 x 512 kB
  • L3 Cache: 1 x 4 MB
Price: $148
Motherboards
mbo icon MSI B450I GAMING PLUS AC Mini ITX AM4
  • Size: Mini ITX
  • Chipset: AMD B450
  • RAID: Yes
Price: $125
Memory
ram icon G.Skill Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 CL16
  • Voltage: 1.35 V
Price: $50
Storage
storage icon ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro 512 GB M.2-2280 NVME SSD
  • Factory: ADATA
  • Serial: ASX8200PNP-512GT-C
  • Size: 512 GB
  • Drive Width: M.2-2280
  • Bus: M.2 (M)
Price: $74
Second Option
storage icon Seagate BarraCuda Pro Compute 1 TB 2.5" 7200RPM HDD
  • Factory: Seagate
  • Serial: ST1000LM049
  • Size: 1 TB
  • Drive Width: 2.5"
  • Bus: SATA 6 Gb/s
- 14$
Price: $60
Cases
case icon Fractal Design Node 202 HTPC Case w/450 W Power Supply
  • Max GPU Length: 310 mm / 12.205"
Price: $138
CPU Coolers
cooler icon Noctua NH-L9i 33.84 CFM
  • Speed (RPM): 600 - 2500 RPM
  • Noise Level: 14.8 - 23.6 dB
Price: $39
Total:
574$

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