Note: I actually built this a couple of months ago, but only had time to post this now.
So this is my first ever PC build. I got my inspiration from a friend who also built his own PC, and I found all of this really cool as I originally found all of this really confusing and how my everyone makes it seem so easy.
I was going for a budget, beginner build that would give me sufficient FPS to play my favourite games like Overwatch, CS:GO, TF2, and a bunch of others. I do not stream, make videos, or do any heavy work, only gaming and school stuff.
I was also planning to get all my parts in store, as I did not want to risk getting things from etailers, and in the case that they did not work, go through the RMA process. The advantage was that I managed to get most parts on sale. The disadvantage was that they did not sell every part, and the lack of selection was surprising. I was originally planning to get a much cheaper Ryzen 5 chip, but since they only sold 2nd gen ones, I had to go for the cheapest Ryzen 2 chip. I also originally planned to go for Intel, but they only had 1 motherboard (B360 for i3-8100) for it, and it was unfortunately the most expensive model.
PC newbie struggles...
Anyway, this is what I managed to scrape through with. The SSD itself was cheaper than the combined price of the HDD and SSD that I was planning to get (1TB WD Blue + 250GB Crucial MX500), so I had to make do with the smaller SSD. The 75hz monitor was also a steal, as it was as cheap as the 60hz ones. I also managed to get a free BIOS update from the store.
I get (uncapped) up to 130 fps on Fortnite (medium), up to 100 fps on medium settings for Overwatch, and 200+ fps in TF2 and CS:GO on med-high settings. My temps are average, around 36 C on idle for the CPU and GPU, and around 65-70 C under load. The final price was around $1300 CAD, after tax.
At the end, am I happy? Definitely. It went better than I planned for my first build, and I look forward to using it for the next few years!
Great 6 core processor, a great budget for 2nd gen Ryzen. The stock cooler is also pretty good, and is not loud.
Its a decent motherboard, but not the best. The USB 3 port is at a terrible spot at the bottom (it would be so much better at the side), making it very hard to route the thick USB cable. The motherboard felt very flimsy on the edges when I push down on it, and the BIOS is a little confusing for overclocking (I still dont even know if I can overclock in the first place yet).
Good, fast memory. Also looks really stylish with the heatsink design.
Very fast SSD, great price to performance ratio. No complaints anywhere.
Excellent card for budget builds, gives great frame rates for the price, and is very quiet.
Good budget case from Phanteks. Cable management is extremely easy with PSU shroud and lots of space underneath. Solid build quality, it seems like its all metal. Only comes with 1 case fan (which isn't that good), the LED implementation is very small, and the dust filters on the front are tiny, causing lots of dust to enter.
No problems so far, works great, very quiet. A definite recommend for budget builds.
Great fans for the price, keeps the interior of the PC nice and cool, and is relatively quiet.
I only wish the LED was brigther, as you can barely see it during a bright day.
Excellent monitor, the stand looks very stylish (it does have red stripes and is not color neutral), all the images are sharp and well defined. Also a definite reccomend for budget setups.