Photon 4.0 Gaming PC Build (2018)

– Hey guys, this is Austin It's been a while, but I'm officially back with a brand new gaming PC build

Meet the Photon 40 The last year has been a really, really rough one for building a computer Thanks to cryptomining, it has been incredibly difficult to get your hands on graphics cards, especially the ones that most people wanna put in game builds When you can find them, they're incredibly expensive

More often than not, they're just going to be completely out of stock Then, to make things even worse, other components have also been driven up in price So high-end power supplies are really expensive right now, and memory is especially bad, with a lot of prices going for about double the price that they were last year Put all of this together, and it has been really difficult to recommend any kind of new build Well, at least until now

Thankfully, that changes today with the launch of AMD's new Ryzen processors with Vega graphics No, this is not a sponsored video However, AMD did send out a little press kit including both Ryzen 3 as well as Ryzen 5 I mean, Ryzen 3 and Ryzen 5 (laughs) The Ryzen 3 2200G is going to give you four Ryzen CPU cores that can clock up to 3

7GHz, as well as eight Vega GPU cores Very similar to the Ryzen mobile laptop that I recently reviewed At only $100, this guy looks to be a pretty good performance bargain, especially considering that with those kind of specs, some games are going to be playable even at 1080p However, for this build, we're going to be going with the Ryzen 5 2400G This adds hyperthreading to the quad-core processor, bringing the thread count up to eight, and you're also going to be getting a clock speed of nearly 4GHz

Almost more importantly for gaming, the Vega GPU cores have been bumped up from 8 to 11 on this guy This does come with a heftier $170 price tag, which, in context, makes Ryzen 3 look like a pretty good deal However, because this build, we're going to go a little bit higher-end, we decided to go with the Ryzen 5 2400G For the rest of the build, we're using 16 gigabytes of GSKILL Flare X DDR4 memory

With a super fast 3200MHz clock speed, this is specifically meant to work with Ryzen, and that extra power is going to be super helpful if you have a Ryzen APU However, at a price on Amazon right now of over $260, this is probably not the best idea to pair with your $170 processor (laughs) Instead, I detuned this memory to run at 2666MHz to simulate running a much more reasonable $100 HyperX FURY X kit, which is going to have eight gigs of RAM I will say, though, that if you're looking to pick up a Ryzen with Vega chip, make sure that at the very least you get some reasonably fast dual-channel memory Those graphics definitely need some memory to be fed

At this point, it's hard not to notice our slightly unusual case pick So this is the Thermaltake Core P1 It's a little different than what we usually do here, especially for budget builds With a solid piece of tempered glass up front, it looks really nice Of course, it's not going to be the most practical system, with the entire sides being open

However, it does mean that you have a lot of different mounting options, including on the feet You can even put this on a wall Now, because we're using a Ryzen APU, there's actually plenty of space here because we're not installing the graphics card However, if you do wanna do that, there is an included riser cable where you can just drop it in So, for example, if you wanna upgrade later down the road, you're set

For the motherboard, we're using the MSI B350 Pro AC This actually isn't out yet, so I don't have the final price, but it is a pretty loaded little board So in addition to full support for a Ryzen APU, including overclocking, you're also getting RGB, you have Intel Wi-Fi built in, and there's also a full-size DisplayPort, which means that, especially for a B350 board, you're getting a lot of features Storage is being handled by a 500GB WD Blue SSD Now I've used these in a few previous builds, and I like the price to reliability

However, one of the nice things about this guy is it is available in an M2 form factor, which, especially for a clean build like this, means that we can actually stick it on the back of the motherboard to make the cabling even nicer Even though the power supply, as you guys will see, leaves a little bit to be desired For that power supply, we're using a 500-watt EVGA Bronze unit There's nothing really wrong with it

I've used a lot of these in builds They're gonna last a while, and they're fairly quiet However, it's not a modular supply, which, even though it is a little bit cheaper, means that your cabling is going to be a little bit challenged in this guy Thankfully, though, especially on the back side of this Thermaltake case, there's a fair bit of room to be able to run some stuff Maybe not the cleanest thing in the world

It'll work With a system like this, especially if you're going with a Ryzen APU, a game that a lot of people are probably going to want to play is CS:GO Now here, with high settings at 1080p, as I die, we're getting a pretty respectable 50 to 60 frames per second One of the nice things is, because we are using a FreeSync high refresh rate monitor, if we do wanna turn the graphics settings down to something like medium, we could, in theory, take advantage of that full 120Hz refresh rate This is a bad idea

How do I do this? Moving over to Rocket League, another game that I think a lot of people would play on a system like this, we're getting high quality settings at 1080p with a pretty solid framerate of between 40 to 50 Just like CS:GO, if you do like that higher framerate over Oh, come on

Get it, get it, get it, get it, get it Yeah If you do wanna get that higher framerate, all you need to do is just crank the graphics settings down a little bit, and you can easily get well over 60 in pretty much all of these games Oh, that was not good It's funny, I've done a lot of videos on super budget systems lately

It's nice to see what Rocket League looks like when you actually crank the graphics up (laughs) I'm on low all the time, trying to get it to run on $200 laptops Moving on, we have Grand Theft Auto V Now here, running on normal settings at 1080p, we're between 40 to 50 frames per second Not the smoothest thing in the world, but GTA V, even for an older game, does run reasonably well

However, what I'm really curious about is how Ryzen, especially with those Vega GPU cores, are going to handle a more modern game When it comes to Middle-earth: Shadow of War, we're dealing with a much more demanding game So here, at 720p on medium settings, we're getting between 35 to 40 frames per second It's totally playable, but when you get into those newer AAA titles, the graphics settings are definitely gonna have to come down So, how does Ryzen with Vega stack up? For the most part, pretty well

You're getting a solid CPU, along with decent graphics If you're only doing lighter titles, it's totally fine, but if you wanna get into more hardcore gaming, at some point, you probably do wanna add a graphics card to this guy With the Photon 40 itself, there is a lot of room for expansion So you already have the really cool case, but there's lots of room in here to add that liquid cooling, to overclock your processor, add a graphics card, more drives

The sky's pretty much the limit Considering where the PC market is today, I'm pretty happy with how the Photon 40 came out It's a unique-looking system that won't break the bank So as always, links to check out all the parts you guys need to build this will be in the description

Something else you might wanna check out is my 2018 gaming PC tutorial, where I show how to build everything here, although in a slightly different case So, feel free to go check that out over here, and I will catch you guys in the next one

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