Question Sanity Check: AMD Ryzen 5 2400G mini-ITX build

cKGunslinger

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Putting together a smal (mini-ITX) PC for my wife. A 2400G w/ Vega 11 should be plenty for her needs + light gaming (maybe WoW Classic.) Small is important. Trying for ~$500.

I was all ready with a cartful of parts (Microcenter + Amazon), when I starting second-guessing the parts. I haven't built a PC in a few years now, and 3x that for an AMD build.

Anyways, the current part list is:
  • AMD Ryzen 5 2400G w/ Steath cooler [Microcenter Combo]
  • ASRock B450 Fatal1ty Gaming-ITX/ac [Microcenter Combo]
  • Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 DRAM 3200MHz C16 Memory [Amazon]
  • InWin Mini-ITX Slim Case w/150W Power Supply [Amazon]
  • 1TB NVME m.2 [Amazon]

First concern is the MB + RAM. I'm a bit confused on RAM speeds and the Ryzen 5. I though the "spec" was 2933 MHz RAM. Can I just use 3200MHz?

Next concern is the firmware on the MB. I don't have an "older" AMD chip to update, if it won't post. Is there another mITX board that is guaranteed to work out-of-the-box? Or one better recommended? I was really just looking for WiFi + DisplayPort.

Thanks.
 

Steltek

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The Ryzen 5 2400G is supported by all BIOS revisions of that board, according to the Asrock support site. As a result, you shouldn't have to upgrade the BIOS.

You didn't link the DRAM or list its Corsair part number. It is always best to pick memory that is either on the motherboard's QVL list or that the manufacturer's DRAM compatibility finder (or whatever they call it) indicates that it is compatible with the motherboard.

These DDR4-3200 g.skill modules are shown by g.skill to be compatible in their memory configurator (and they are $10 less than what I think you had selected on Amazon).
 
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JWade

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have you looked at the asrock a300w ? if you dont plan on using a video card, it might be an idea. $150 at newegg. single 16gb ram is $61, newegg itself doesnt have the 2400g, your choice if buying from them and not someone else on their marketplace is the 240ge ($80), 3200g ($95), 3400g ($150), i picked a WD 1tb NVMe M.2 drive for a price ($100), high end it comes to $461 and thats with the 3400g.

the ram is g.skills ripjaw series
 
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cKGunslinger

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Oh, the Asrock A300W is interesting. I missed that when looking. That cuts-out any discrete GPU in the future, but cuts cost down a bit, too. Have to use SO-DIMMS as well, but that's OK.

That's puts it right at $500. And lower if I can ever catch a 1TB NVMe on sale.
 

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