The storm has finally arrived. I have made the long awaited upgrade to Ryzen from my old FX rig, and couldn't be happier. Over the last 4 years I have slowly been upgrading my first PC piece by piece until it turned into a completely different system. The only part that still exists from my late 2014 FX machine is my old 1TB hard drive.
CPU: This CPU is a beast. I decided to go with the Ryzen 7 1700X because it was only $140 dollars at my local microcenter. For the price, this CPU is simply unbeatable. I have been able to overclock the 1700X to 4 GHz on all cores, which gives a nice boost in performance.
Mobo: The motherboard isn't the best, but it isn't bad for a cheap B350 board. I picked it up for $30 after a friend of mine upgraded to an X470 board.
RAM: I decided to go with the fastest kit that fit in my budget because Ryzen loves fast memory. This 3200 MHz kit runs with absolutely no issues on my board, and I was even able to tighten some of my timings up a bit to squeeze a little more performance.
GPU: The R9 390 is still a great card for gaming in 2018. This card still keeps up with the GTX 1060 and RX 480/580 and is a great buy if you can find it used cheap. Just make sure you have a decent PSU and AC unit, because the 275W TDP of this card is no joke.