I have been debating on what parts and what form factor I wanted my first PC build to be for years. I finally made a decision and bought all of the parts recently. The budget went from 400 to 600 dollars as well.
Case: I wanted to go with a SFF build because I have been a console person my whole life, and it seemed fitting and convenient to make it small. What better case to go with than the Silverstone SG13
Mobo: ASRock Fatality B450 ITX, mainly because it has an M.2 slot and wireless Ethernet abilities again for convenience.
RAM: The Ram is pretty simple I just went with a standard kit of Crucial Ballistix 16 GB. Consoles of today are running at 8GB and plenty of games today are becoming more demanding so I figured I would hop up to 16GB.
CPU: The Ryzen 5 1600 is one of the best bang for your buck processors out there. A bit dated but can still handle most everything thrown at it in moderation.
GPU: Radeon RX480 8GB, this was a no brained choice if I would have had a bigger budget I would have went with the 580 8GB. But none the less this card will get the job done, especially when paired with the Ryzen 5 1600. Disclaimer/ this card was bought USED. I know that is a risky move but for a budget build of around 650 bucks I wanted it to pack so punch without hurting the wallet too much.
Storage: This is one place I got out cheap on I shard to find a HGST 3.5 HDD 3 TB and popped it in there. Yes it fits with the full ATX power supply I know you were thinking it.
Cooler: The H55 Corsair AIO was the perfect choice for this little build, it isolates the CPU heat to the radiator where I have it set to INTAKE to pass the cold air over the rad.
PSU: This might be a par that if I could go back and redo I would. I had some troubles getting all of the cables of a non modular power supply to fit into this chassis. But they all managed to fit and everything is still somewhat managed cable wise.
Now I know what you are thinking. He put a full ATX power supply in with a 3.5in HDD and an AIO cooler that should not have been possible. Well normally it wouldn’t be! I did some digging and these 3 items normally would counteract each other. The factor that I made sure I got was a PSU that measured 140mm long, instead of 150mm. If you put a 150mm PSU in that automatically prohibits you from using the 3.5in HDD. So with the 140mm PSU I was safely able to mount a 3.5in HDD and a full AIO cooler with them both. It’s a little cramped in the case but with the CPU cooler set to intake I pull in cool air. The GPU is a blower style so it sucks cool air in the side and spits it out the back. The PSU is flipped so it draws the hot air off of the mobo and exhausts it out the back. So I feel like it will get warm in my case, but not so warm as to damage any components. All in all this was my first PC build, I named it QuikBrik.
Thank you for your time.