TL;DR: A great mid range build (Ryzen 2600 + RX 590), with a 8 yrs old iMac used as an external monitor!
I used to play videogames a lot when I was a kid, but growing old (job, wife and - recently - a daughter) changes stuffs a bit..
I'm a proud owner of an old but gold iMac (27-inch, Mid 2010), used for my freelance job (80%) and occasionally, for casual gaming (20%). Now that I changed my job and am going to work at the office, I decided to move onto something specifically built for gaming and, thanks to this great site, a lot of guides/videos on YT and a couple of friends, I finally completed my first build!
I was about to build it around a Ryzen 5 1600 plus a B350M motherboard, but with the 2600 model I got 10% to 20% of performance increase for just € 50 more. (Almost) the same happened with the GPU: I bought a Sapphire RX 580 NITRO+ at first on Amazon, but was defrauded and refunded. I bought it again (from a different seller of course), and, as soon as I received it, the new RX 590 went out, promising 10% to 20% of performance increase. Guess what happened: I returned it and bought the new one, again for just € 50 more. The nice thing is that AFTER the purchase, I found out that the site I choose to buy the card from was the ONLY one here in Italy selling the card together with the AMD Raise The Game Bundle, which will gift me three games in Q1 of 2019: Resident Evil™ 2, Devil May Cry™ 5 and Tom Clancy’s The Division® 2!!
But here comes the best catch of this build: the monitor. I was about to buy a new 27-inch WQHD monitor, with Freesync support and a refresh rate of 144Hz (€ 500 +), when I found out that my iMac supported the Target Display Mode! After struggling and failing with a DisplayPort to HDMI adaptor, I bought a DisplayPort to Mini DisplayPort cable on Amazon for just € 10, and the magic happened: my new build is recognized instantly as I turn it on, I can switch back to my iMac by pressing CMD+F2 and can hear both the Windows and Mac audio lines at the same time! This sounds incredible. The only cons are that it doesn't have neither Freesync support nor 144Hz (and a higher power consumption).
Long story short, I spent about € 900 for a really great machine, with a lot of room for upgrades in the future and three games € 180 worth!
Possible (and needed upgrades): a disk for further storage (was thinking about a 500 GB SSD, € 70), a better cooler than the stock one (maybe the Cryorig H7, around € 30) and another 2 X 4GB sticks of memory.
What do you think guys?