I built this PC for a mix of daily use and 1080p gaming. I currently use 2 1080p displays and It runs well with the potential for upgrades. I am hoping to get a 2k display soon and put the RX580 to the test. This was a good place to start on a budget and to play with some overclocking without breaking the bank. It also looks cool!
Lets break down the main components:
CPU- Ryzen 5 2600 I wanted to go with the AMD processor over Intel for 1 main reason. Price. I felt there was more potential in the Ryzen 2600 at the price when I purchased it. I did not go with the 2600X because I felt the difference in speed after overclocking was not significant and I was planning on replacing the CPU cooler.
Memory- TF1D416G3200HC16CDC01, Team- Night Hawk RGB 16GB DDR4-3200 This was the hardest part to decide on because there were a lot of opinions and options that are treated as black and white when really it is all grey. This memory was not on the AMD compatibility list for the AM4 series, however with some tweaking I was able to get it stable at 3200MHz. It is not at the best timings for Ryzen, but it looks cool and works well enough for the build as a whole.
Motherboard- Prime X470-Pro 90MB0XG0-M0EAY0 Decent MOBO that came bundled with the 2600 from Newegg at the time I bought it. I saved a few bucks and it had most of the essentials for the build I was going for. It also looks cool.
Storage- HP - EX920 512 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive Budget, Budget, Budget. It is going under the heatsink on the MOBO so looks were not an issue. This thing is not as fast as the Samsung equivalents, but not by much. When pricing it all out this was just a better value.
GPU- PowerColor - Radeon RX 580 8 GB Red Devil Video Card I found this card for $180 in the summer of 2018 at Microcenter. This was a steal at the time for about $50 less than comps at the time and about $100 less than most GTX 1060 cards. With a little overclocking I was able to get this to 1400MHz @90o C, but I backed it off to 1380MHz for better heat management and the performance was not a big difference.
After these were all set I was in the market for the best price to performance for the remaining parts, with some considerations for how parts looked as well.
EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply was a steal with the $20 mail in rebate
Cooler Master - MasterLiquid ML120L RGB 66.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler was the best looking cooler to match with the look of the rest of the build. This was a part that was mostly purchased for looks. I needed a decent cooler for the OC on the Ryzen 5 2600, but I also wanted something that looked good with the rest of the build.
Cooler Master - MasterBox MB520 RGB ATX Mid Tower Case was a choice I made after the front I/O panel on another case I had stopped working. I like how clean it looks with the large glass side panel, decent space for cable management, and I could mount the GPU in a vertical orientation if I wanted to with only a little customization.
Seagate - FireCuda 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive is a reliable HDD that I had from another PC that I added to this build for storage.
TP-Link - Archer T6E AC1300 PCIe x1 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi Adapter is a well reviewed and had a mail in rebate for $10 at the time of the build. I like to split out a point of failure (however unlikely) if there is room in the case and space on the MOBO. This way if something breaks replacement cost is less for each respective part. This was part of the decision to not buy a MOBO with a built in WiFi adapter.
There are a few things I am considering to add to this build. I would really like a USB bluetooth dongle so I can connect an Xbox or PlayStation gaming paddle (its not a controller!). As I mentioned I wanted to customize the case a little to mount the GPU in a vertical orientation. This will block some of the clutter at the bottom of the board and make for a cleaner look.
Upgrades should be easy when wanted/needed. AM4 socket will support the newest wave of AMDs Ryzen 3000 series (fingers crossed for PCI 4.0 on this MOBO but doubtful)
Any GPU upgrade will help when I get a 2k display
With the fully modular PSU I should be able to swap it out if I need to in the future (new GPU) without having to rewire much.