Ryzen 7 1700 + MSI B350 AM4 - Cheap graphic card?


Apr 28, 2017
I have the following build:

Apart from normal usage (1080p movies), I won't play games or do any heavy graphic processing work, so I've added one of the cheapest graphic cards I could find.

Is it compatible with my build? Would you recommend any other cheap alternative?

Thanks in advance.

Edit: I only mentioned movies because that's the most I'm taking out of my card. But I chose that build because this will be my workstation for home office software development.

Edit 2: I plan to connect multiple monitors (at least 2).


You don't need a Ryzen 7-1700 nor 32GB of RAM if you're only watching movies... And why pay $10 for an older card when you can get the HD 6450 for $10 less!

This is cheaper and still as good in every way possible.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 1400 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI - B350 TOMAHAWK ATX AM4 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws 4 series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($59.92 @ Amazon)
Storage: Crucial - MX300 275GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI - Radeon HD 6450 1GB Video Card ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT - H440 (Matte Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA - 430W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply ($31.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $616.86
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-07-02 23:58 EDT-0400



the 1700 is not worth it over the 1600

32gb of ram is not needed for anything short of a render box, 16gb is plenty for surfing and watching movies

PCPartPicker part list: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/WGMs7h
Price breakdown by merchant: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/WGMs7h/by_merchant/

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($199.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock - AB350 Pro4 ATX AM4 Motherboard ($83.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Team - Dark 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: SK hynix - SL308 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($145.89 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($48.44 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA - GeForce GTX 1050 2GB ACX 2.0 Video Card ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Phanteks - ECLIPSE P400 ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX - XTR 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply
Total: $763.27
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-07-02 23:36 EDT-0400


I have a HD 5450. It's one of those cheap, low-powed GPUs that's good to have around for servers with no integrated graphics (its original purpose) or for troubleshooting purposes (i.e. a known-good GPU to swap out when another model of AMD card is having a problem).

If you're buying a GPU, I'd recommend a newer passively-cooled model. What you'll likely get is better driver support, possibly HDMI 2.0 support, and possibly HW acceleration of 4k decode & scaling (which you might not care about today, but maybe in a couple years...). If you' watching any 1080i content, then a newer GPU might result in better-quality deinterlacing.

But you could just buy the cheapest GPU that has the specs you need and upgrade if/when necessary. According to this, HD 5450 = HD 6350 = HD 7350 = HD 8350 = R5 210: