Are you looking to build a super cheap gaming pc as we head into 2022 if the answer’s yes you’re in the right place in this video I’ll be talking you through all the components that I’ve selected to build an uber budget gaming pc build but still a system that’s super upgradeable?

Now wireless check it out at the links in the description below let’s dive straight into the video though and kick things off by looking at some of our core components first up and by that I mean our processor I mean our ram or our memory and of course the motherboard at the heart of this build is the MSI b550m pro.

This is one of the cheapest motherboards on the market that I’d actually recommend people buy and there are a few key reasons for that not only do you get support for the latest gen 4 NVME drives but you also get four ram dim slots overclocking support for your processor and a black rather than a brown PCB making it actually quite stealthy as far as aesthetics go it also has display outputs on the rear panel important for our CPU or APU choice today as we all know buying a graphics card full stop over the last year or so has been next to impossible making AMD’s new app chips which look to combine a CPU and a GPU into one unit a really tangible option.

Now to be really clear with you all right out of the doors this isn’t going to be a system that smashes through cyberpunk at 60 frames per second and instead lends itself more closely to games like CSGO valiant Fortnite and even apex legends titles that are undoubtedly less demanding and more first-person shooter focused you’ll still get good mileage with racing sim games as well and we’ll cover the exact performance figures later on in the video so hang tight for those ones.

Now with this chip basically combining your traditional CPU and GPU into one unit you’ll need to pick yourself up some pretty decent ram or memory that’s because normally a GPU has its own ram and in this build, our APU has to share the systems 16 gigabytes of corsair’s vengeance RGB rt would do the trick very nicely two randoms on a four dim slot motherboard gives you dual-channel performance essentially this gives it more memory bandwidth and the 3600 megahertz speed is what I would recommend.

Most people go for when it comes to a Ryzen processor installing the memory in any build is pretty simple to go ahead and find the gold contact strip on the bottom of the dim and match the notch on this trip up to the notch on your motherboard this board’s got four slots and we’ll be using the second and fourth this is due to your motherboard manual which recommends different slots for different configurations as a rule of thumb basically any build you’re gonna do with two DIMMs uses slots two and slots 4.

Once you’ve done this we can go ahead and install the CPU cooler one major advantage of Ryzen processors is this bad boy the AMD stock cooler often referred to as the wraith or spire now this comes included for free with your Ryzen APU and does a really good job of keeping the CPU nice and cool aftermarket coolers like the cooler master 212.

Something like this one from being quiet is also a great option but if you’re really counting the pennies all the sense as my American viewers would say then this is the unit for you typically these will come with pre-applied thermal paste meaning you won’t need to bother applying your own but because I’ve used this cooler and CPU before I need to drop a dab of fresh thermal paste on you can then nice and easily pop the cooler along the four holes around the CPU itself and grab yourself a Phillips head screwdriver.

You want to screw in each of these screws a little bit at a time don’t finish them off completely as that can place undue strain on the processor essentially a little bit of screwing on each corner until the processor is nice and secure don’t forget as well to install your 4-pin PWM fan header this plugs up to the top of the motherboard and allows the fan itself to actually spin you can configure the speed and all that stuff in your motherboard’s bios a bit later before any of that though we can go ahead and move this now completed motherboard assembly as we refer to it over into the case choice today we’ve done as much of the build outside the case as possible.

This case is an awesome choice with lots of ventilation at the front with RGB fans that are addressable support inside for up to a full-size at or micro ATX motherboard and of course a beautiful tempered glass side panel that allows you to admire the hard work of your build when it’s situated on a desk plus it’s also super compact and won’t take up a great deal of room.

Next step I’m going to lay the case down flat on the table as this will make it undoubtedly quite a bit easier to work with and I’m also going to go ahead and remove the front and rear side panels at this stage once again allowing the case to be a bit more open and intuitive it’s at this stage of proceedings that we can then grab our motherboard and pop this into the case you can do this nice and easily by sliding it in but wait there’s one thing on budget motherboards.

You need to do first and that is installing this your motherboard’s rear io shield we’re going to install this down here where we’ve got a rectangular cutout at the rear of the case slide it in nice and carefully and then with the audio port situated towards the bottom it should just leave you with a satisfying click sound you can then be a little bit hastier and slide the motherboard in it’s going to pop through the ports on the rear io shield that’s how you know it’s perfectly lined up and over the standoffs that are installed in the case you can then go ahead and secure it down through each of these standoff holes which hopefully you can see nice and clearly using our fancy overhead camera angle once the motherboard is installed there aren’t actually that many components left to go but one of those is the power supply corsair cx-650f.

Now for a build like this I talked earlier about future-proofing the Ryzen 5 5600 processor is pretty incredible in its own right and the addition of great graphics are obviously a huge bonus but what it does mean is that you could swap out the GPU and add in something like an RTX 3060 at a later date and not actually witness any bottlenecking that means the app will just turn into CPU mode not using its built-in graphics providing.

You have a really really great upgrade path in order to make this upgrade path the reality though you do need to pick up a power supply with enough wattage to power any future upgrades that’s not to say you should go silly and spend 150 on a PSU but picking up a 650 watt 80 plus bronze certified unit like this one is equally not a bad idea I’ll be installing a few of our cables into the power supply and then into the motherboard the first of these is our 24 pin motherboard power connector which just adds on to the largest connectors on the power supply itself I’ll also be adding on one of these a SATA power connector these are what will power up our RGB fans in the case and any storage drives like hard drives or two and a half inch SSD and these go here on the power supply just below actually where we previously installed the motherboard cable.

Finally, the last cable that we need to install today is this now this right here is our 8-pin CPU power connector this makes sure our CPU has got plenty of power for not only the day-to-day operation but also overclocking and plugs up to the PCIe CPU power adapters on our power supply we can then go ahead and install the unit into the case itself a fan up or fan down orientation in terms of the power supply either like this or like this are both going to be suitable,

But for this video I think I’m going to go fan down go ahead and slide this into the rear of the case and then secure it down through the four screw holes at the rear that’s here here here and here lovely stuff once you’ve gone ahead and installed it you then just need to plug up the other end of those power cables to your motherboard the first of which will go to the largest 24-pin connector on the right-hand side of the board and then, of course, the CPU which goes to the four or eight-pin connector it’s eight in our case on the top left-hand side with that done there are only a couple of things really left to do alongside our storage.

It’s also now a good time to install some of the front panel connectors these are the cables that connect the top of the case to the motherboard the largest of these is the USB 3 front panel cable it’s notched and will only go in one way around we’ve also got a USB 2 connector to power the singular USB 2 port on the top of the case and has a pin missing so once again there’s only one correct orientation here we’ve also got HD audio which typically goes to the bottom left of the motherboard has a different pin blocked out and looks oddly familiar to USB 2.

This powers up and connects up to our headphone and mic jacks on top of the chassis finally you’ve got your one connector these are the fiddly small little pins with plus and minuses that will pop a diagram on your screen now to help things along with they are the most complicated of all the cables in a pc build but they make sure the power button on top of the chassis works as planned they’re actually not that difficult to install if you take things slowly with those in there’s one more thing left to go and that’s the storage.