I built this PC for my in-laws, who wanted a budget machine that could handle 1080p/60fps gaming for under $1000, peripherals included. We went with AMD for the CPU and GPU as the 2600X and RX 580 are a great value, and we got some good deals on the motherboard, NVME SSD, and monitor as well. The Thermaltake Versa H18 TG was particularly impressive for a MicroATX case under $50 – I love the look of the full tempered glass side panel and it was very easy to work in. I decided to fully embrace the long, blue power LED on the front of the case and added a few more blue LED fans to complete the look.
Using the stock cooler and not planning to overclock this machine, so picking up the 2600X for just $20 more than the 2600 made sense. The release of the 3600 has made these a bit more affordable as well... a great value at under $160.
Got a good deal on this board! The "RGB" is just a little strip by the audio noise guard and is pretty weak, but that's not really what I bought it for.
Got this for the same price as the 2.5" SSD I was planning on buying originally, so it was an unexpected bonus to get an NVMe boot drive in this build.
Found this card on sale, really affordable option for 1080p/60fps gaming. Card sags a bit, but nothing too terrible.
Great little budget case for $50. Plenty of room for cable management, PSU shroud, and a really nice-looking tinted tempered glass side panel. Good airflow too!