I couldn't play WoW anymore with my old 2011 imac, and it made me sad, so I built this to A) get my feet wet in regards to building computers, and B) come away with something with plenty of room for upgrading down the road.
Bear in mind I've never even considered building computers until my imac lost support for WoW and ESO in the past year.
Ryzen 5 2400G I paid $145 CAD So, I started by choosing whether to go with AMD or Intel, and there were a ton of pros and cons to weigh. Ultimately, the deciding factor was not so much what the current CPU lineup was capable of, rather, which company was more likely to not require me to buy a new motherboard if I wanted to upgrade to a 2019 or fingers crossed 2020 chip. AMD won that hands down. I wanted to save up and buy a much better GPU than I can currently afford, so I went with the highest performing APU on the market (At least from what I could find) the Ryzen 5 2400g (open box, verified as NEW from amazon).
Gigabyte X470 AORUS GAMING 5 WIFI I paid $156 CAD First off, wired LAN is not an option in my living situation, so I wanted something with build in WIFI, mostly because the idea of more parts to install seemed really intimidating at the time. I got a hell of a deal on this from a local computer store, it was $3.00 more than the cheapest B450 with built in WIFI, and cheaper than every other X450 (and the letter X just speaks to me, sue me).
G.Skill Ripjaws V 2x8GB @ 3200 I paid $176 CAD I had read that with an APU there wouldn't be any dedicated vram, and it all came from the system RAM. I went for the fastest RAM my motherboard officially supported (not that my CPU supported, because like I said before... I'm upgrading it out next year or the year after) Soooo... with this stuff, I actually didn't realize memory timings and such were a thing... so I got the cheapest 3200 RPM RAM available, not much to explain here.
Samsung 860 Evo 500GB M.2-2280 I paid $80 CAD not much to say here... at the time I bought it, it was cheaper than literally every other 500GB SSD I could find anywhere. I wish it wasn't M.2, to save room for NVMe upgrades down the road, but I can always plug it into a m.2 - SATA adapter if I need the slot. That's a long ways down the road though.
Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 5 I paid $75 CAD It looked pretty, and it was in my price range. that's about it. I would not recommend this case to anyone based on the lack of any airflow whatsoever with the front panel installed. I have forsaken my front panel in lieu of mesh filters on the fans. airflow is better, but I am still going to be installing 4 of the most airflow 120mm RGB fans I can get instead of the stock fans, before i even upgrade to a dedicated GPU.
I will say that managing cables with this thing is super easy. there are access points all over the place.
EVGA BQ 500W 80+ Bronze I paid $45 It's not a great PSU, but I just wanted something to get my build running, and the internet convinced me it wouldn't blow up, so I got it.
All in after sales tax and shipping fees, the whole thing cost me under $700.
To all the people who told me the 2400G couldn't play WoW Battle for Azeroth at any settings and expect better than 15 FPS... that was... inaccurate.
After OCing the igpu, I'm playing at preset 6/10 in 1600x900, with average of 60+FPS in unpopulated areas, with 30-40FPS in higher traffic areas, (35 in the newest zones main cities) l didn't touch the CPU frequency, and I boosted the Vega 11 igpu up to 1550MHz @ 1.26v and I'm running the RAM at the 3200 xmp profile. My temps got pretty damn hot, (like 85-90C) so I had to take the front of the case off (instead I mounted mesh filters on the fans, now I'm sitting at a mostly stable 83C under sustained max load).
Until I get better cooling I dialed back Vega 11 to 1350 MHz, framerate pretty similar to before, just on the lower end of the scale. My temps are below 75 for the most part (haven’t hit a high temperature alarm at 76 since slowing down the Vega 11 chip)
Very easy to build in. Incredibly easy actually. Don’t confuse the rgb cable for a 4 pin fan connector though!
The cooling in this case is really not great. I had to leave the front panel completely off and put mesh filters on the fans. It doesn’t look great like this, but the cooling is a little better. I will be adding more powerful fans and liquid cooling down the road, but for that cost I could have gotten a better case. If you don’t plan to overclock at all, you will probably be fine.