Remember, this is a build using “Scrap” and what started out as a $150 budget, i.e. the ‘Case’ was a stripped and modified old Dell case, ‘Power supply’ is old Dell or older Antec, and memory is from the recent InWin build…the ”Scrap” probably costs over a $120 if new. A Ryzen™ build isn’t going to be cheap or easy, IMHO. Their market may be too small and limited when compared to Intel, other than gaming, and this is reflected in the lack of new components and updated older components. If you want to avoid most of the hassle of upgrading BIOS in older chip set boards, then you’ll need to go for a AMD X570 chipset MoBo, and I didn’t research many of the CPU’s…mainly just the APU’s (integrated Graphics) so I can’t say all the others work with it. Ryzen Threadripper is a whole different socket, so it probably has another chip set requirement. Most Ryzens require a separate GPU, i.e. only about 4 desktop versions are APU. Lots of ATX AMD X570 MoBo’s – which can be as low as $150; however, I could find no mini-ITX and found only 1 micro-ATX AMD X570 for $180. X570 boards are expensive; seem to mainly come in only ATX…which eliminates much choice for size.

After hours (and more hours) of researching and searching, I decided to go with the Ryzen 5 3400G ($132) instead of the original Ryzen 3 2200G ($78) choice, and stay with the cheapest micro-ATX $60 board that was compatible with the memory I already had. The Ryzen 2200G was probably going to need another processor to do a BIOS upgrade, so my original “$150 Budget” wasn’t going to be made anyway, and would need to be bumped up at least $40 more. At this point, Choice 1 was: $60 MoBo that is compatible with my memory, $78 Ryzen 3 2200G, and $40 for A6-9500 to upgrade BIOS for total before taxes of $178. Choice 2 was: $180 X570 micro-ATX MoBo plus $78 Ryzen 3 2200G for $258…*PLUS* whatever the memory would cost, because what I had wasn’t compatible (total would be close to $328). Choice 3 was: $60 for MoBo compatible with my memory, big processor upgrade to the $132 Ryzen 5 3400G, and $40 for the A6-9500 to upgrade BIOS for total of $232 before taxes. I went with Choice 3 for the better processor – as a reward for all my extra work on these Ryzen™ headaches. 😉

I bought the A6-9500 from eBay yesterday, because it had the lowest price and said if you live in Florida you would probably get it today (11/23/19)…this morning it says no later than 11/30/19. That’s the way this Ryzen™ ‘ExPeRiMeNt’ has gone from the beginning. MoBo and Ryzen 5 3400G did arrive yesterday, and I installed it – has a great heat sink & fan, and easy secure way of installing it, the Wraith Spire. If ‘N when I ever get this ‘Ryzen Test Computer’ up and running, then I will test it against the Rose and Antec Sr. computers … probably even test it using Antec Jr’s GeForce 1660 GPU to see how it works, since those integrated Graphics work good for desktop duty, but fail miserably on any real performance tests. The 3400G comes with Radeon™ RX Vega 11 Graphics, which is apparently better than Intel® UHD Graphics 630, from what I’ve read. Oh, that A6-9500 is slower than the Celeron G4900, so it’s not good for much other than updating the A320M MoBo’s BIOS.

I was waiting to post this until after the A6-9500 arrived and got tested; however, since arrival date is now in question, and since it is possible that the entire Ryzen Test Computer fails (or wants more money) I will go ahead and post it. The A6-9500 supports Ubuntu 18.04 as an OS, but it’s questionable if the Ryzen line supports any Linux OS since AMD doesn’t list that info. Michael Larabel at phoronix.com has done some recent tests with the Ryzen 5 3400G – using mainly Ubuntu (apparently other Linux Distros are like “Russian roulette”). Mainly a gaming processor (IMHO) the Ryzen™ line fully supports Windows 10.