Budget Gaming build - 15yrs since I put together a PC gaming rig!
I am so happy with this build, but there are 2 things I have in mind to possibly change/add later and those are:
Might pick up a Corsair CPU cooler with RGB that works with the existing corsair RGB system in the case, and possibly buying a sound card.
I had a great time building this with my kids and look forward to more gaming on it. I spent probably 2 months dreaming up different builds before I pulled the trigger and ordered the parts.
CPU - I5-9600k - Not the fastest at the time of this build but better than average budget choice. Runs the games I like, and it seems to run cool. - Very happy with performance and price.
CPU Cooler - Cooler Master ML240L RGB - An air cool solution would have been fine but I have never built anything with liquid cooling and the price of this thing, couldn't say no. The design is great and was really easy to install. I felt the hose length gave me more options on how to install. I do regret this choice only because my case comes with corsair RGB fans and controller, and after seeing what that can do with software control, this is very simple in comparison, like a starter/intro into RGB, it has a physical controller with 3 buttons to change light modes. - Happy with price and it definitely does its job well, but I find that I prefer the software controls and one app for all/most lights.
Motherboard - MSI Z390M - I wanted wifi built in so choices werent that many for matx. Initial windows install was HEADACHE FREE. Ties everything great, bios is great, updated bios easily. It pointed out the recommended slots after i installled the DIMMS in sub optimal config. I powered it for a test before completion of install and "uhh its glowing like ground effects!" was my newb reaction, happily surprised it has RGB lights on it, oh yea mystic lighting. I think i need help with the audio tho, had some problems with Discord, guess windows default drivers didnt like it, fixed with audio driver download from MSI site. - Happy with it, but somewhat pricey.
RAM - Corsair Veng 2x8DDR4 3200 - Works great, heat spreaders low enough to allow all my stuff to fit with enough room to work. - Happy with this ram, but maybe I shoulda payed $10 more for RGB?
Storage - Last time i built a PC, EIDE hard drives were close to new. This M.2 thing is like a dream so far. Windows boots FAST, install was easy, it saves so much space. WD seems solid like i remember them to be, still my go to brand for storage. - Very happy with this choice.
Video Card - I think the GTX1660 probably best value/price but someone at work convinced me to upgrade. I probably would have a 2080TI but I made a mental note to not spend more than $500 on a Video Card. 2070S at the time was around $500. So I looked at clock speeds and picked this MSI to go with the MSI MB. Again, not the best, but its a contender! i think i run 120-130 FPS during busy fights on APEX. - Happy with performance / price
CASE - Corsair Crystal 280x RGB - I saw another Corsair case that I liked it had vertical ridges where the tempered glass is on this one. While I was looking for that I saw the 280x and I was sold, i thought it looked better than the one I was looking for. Great case, lots of room, there are rubber gaskets for the main cable pass throughs. It can be made to really look clean. Taking off the Drive bays gives ALOT of room on the Power Supply side. My first experience with RGB and the included system on this is awesome, really adds to the look. I'm glad I decided on the RGB tempered glass version. - Dis case da bomb brah! If no can, no can... If can, Corsair Crystal 280X RGB.
Power Supply - SeaSonic 620W Bronze - Fully modular, when I found out what that meant, I chose the most affordable fully modular PS and it rocks! No unnecessary wires, helps make the inside of the case look really clean - Great Price