This was my first ever PC build, so yeah... nerve racking. I mainly use it for light gaming and older titles (TF2, Terraria, Fortnite, Warframe, etc.), everyday computing, sometimes schoolwork, yeah that's about it. I thought long and hard about the components to use, and made a lot of part lists in the process (a lot of which were terrible now that I look back at them). The most recent edit before the final decision used a Ryzen 3 2200g and a GTX 1050, but I realized that by spending $225 ish on the CPU and graphics card I was skimping out on some other components. Yes, I realize that for a budget build I probably could have saved $27 if I hadn't bought a 5 pack of case fans, but I decided "whatever it doesn't matter I want airflow for like the next 5 or more upgrades. yolo". With the extra $120 I was able to get a better APU, faster ram, an SSD boot disk, a slightly better motherboard and a cpu cooler that is as good as a Hyper 212 Evo but looks way better. I'm very pleased with how this turned out and had fun building it (even if I got stuck in some blue screen loops and lost some drivers and had to jerry-rig a 10 year old graphics card into it in order to reinstall some drivers and update a BIOS), especially since I'm coming from an aging Dell OptiPlex 960 with a 10 year old graphics card. So yeah this is definitely an upgrade and I hope you like the build and this long description and yea, that's about all.
Also I'm hoping to put in an actual graphics card within the next year or so.
Update: I have the cpu overclocked to 4.0Ghz all cores and integrated Vega graphics clocked at 1500Mhz. I also used a rebate card (I believe from the psu) to buy a Phanteks RGB strip kit just because I can.
Best APU that you can get rn, imo. $160 for a good cpu and decent integrated graphics make this a good budget option.
Really good air cooler for an awesomesauce price. Also aesthetically pleasing, goes well with my build.
Nice AM4 motherboard. Definitely worth it if you can get it on sale for around $65. It's also got some nice features that other micro-ATX B450 boards don't.
Fast 8GB kit of ram, works well with Ryzen. Looks pretty sick too.
Nice little SSD for a boot disk. Nice and fast boot times, good quality for the price.
1TB of hard drive space. Can't go wrong with that. Also really fast for a mechanical drive.
Beautiful case with lots of airflow (if you get rid of the useless magnetic dust filter at the front) and tons of space for upgrades. Very nice, I'm gonna use this case for all future upgrades.
It might not be modular at all, but it does have really nice fully sleeved black cables and plenty of power for my system. Even if I did put in a graphics card down the line, I think that this PSU would be able to handle it.
These things move quite a bit of air and don't look half bad either.