Here's my most recent build - WRAITH.
The objective here was to create a balanced gaming build for around $850 that didn't compromise on processing power, storage, power supply, and aesthetics. I did a video on the build process which you can find here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TBfqncvM9U&lc=z12hwhjjomucepnav04chfrgipvpspgqr5w
Let's talk about the components.
CPU Although Intel's i5 offering is still capable of decent gaming performance, I have observed the 4 threads to be limiting in some games. The AMD R5 1400 double's this thread count and i've even overclocked it to 4.05GHz @ 1.35v which definitely helps it catch up to the i5's single threaded performance which it's renowned for. A lot of enthusiasts will suggest the 1500X for the extra L3 cache and beefier cooler, however that extra cache provides a very minimal, if any difference in gaming performance when paired with a realistic GPU (RX470, RX480, GTX1060). I don't see the cooler to be an issue either, as i'm getting load temps of around 70 in prime95 with the chip OC'd to 4.05GHz.
GPU The RX480 8GB provides very decent gaming performance here and pairs nicely with the R5 1400. It's an AMD match made in heaven. The RX580 was just released and the hype was real, but seeing as the RX480 could be OC'd or flashed to meet it's performance, I didn't see the point of spending extra here. At the time of building, the RX480 was about $30 cheaper than the RX580, but that seems to have changed. I went with Gigabyte's G1 card, as it was the cheapest, had RGB, and a stealthy backplate that suited the theme of the build.
Motherboard I knew I wanted to go with the AM4 B350 Chipset, as I wasn't planning on X-Firing GPUs here, so the X370 chipset's extra PCIE Lanes weren't necessary. The MSI B350 PC Mate was the stealthiest option here. A neutral coloured motherboard is important to me - i'm personally not a fan of the camo / stripe / patterned boards that are coming out these days. Stay classy.
RAM Even know this is a budget build, I would consider 16GB of memory to be a minimum here for a comfortable playing experience without micro-stuttering. Games like BF1 and Battlegrounds are known to chew up 8GB+ of memory, and coupled with a some background tasks (Google, Discord / Skype), it's easy to agree. Corsair's Vengeance LED Memory clocked @ 3000MHz provided a nice option here without having to spend too much. The extra speed has given the Ryzen processor a nice boost and the Red LEDs look great inside the case.
Storage Not much to say here - seeing as I wanted to make this build nice and balanced, I didn't want to compromise on storage speed or capacity, so I went with a 240GB SSD + 1TB HDD combo. The SSD will provide enough space for the OS, some vital programs, and a couple most played games, whereas the HDD can be used for everything else.
Power Supply The choice here was between EVGA's popular 500B, or the Corsair CX450M. I chose the CX450M because it was semi modular and had neutral, black cables, unlike the ketchup and mustard scheme of the EVGA 500B. The bronze rated 450W provides enough headroom for the R5 1400 processor and even the power hungry RX480.
Case There are plenty of options for cases in this price range, but none look as elegant and clean as the Corsair 270R. This case has a beautiful black finish with no ugly accents, some good cable management options, and is not oversized. I love how the PSU is hidden away underneath the shroud, and the tinted window provides a nice touch, allowing some visibility to the LED Components.
Thanks for checking out my build!