The background: This build started out with myself and another co-worker trying to convince a fellow employee in our department to ditch the Xbox he never played and join us on the dark side of PC gaming. He had gotten his feet wet with an old I5-750 he bought from a local college when they decided they were outdated... That was a few years ago. Needless to say he needed an upgrade and a baptism into the ways of the PCMR. He had been "trying" to play PUBG on that system with a GTX 960 and it usually ended up with us waiting for him to load and then hoping he didn't drop during the match. He wanted a budget build that wouldn't agro the wife, but would still be able to crush all current games and have room for expansion in the future. Challenge accepted!
The build: Living in Canada can be a real pain, since our dollar is often weak, and ordering parts online can be expensive. In certain places (such as where I live), we also have a woefully lacking choice of local computer merchants. I live in a city of almost 400,000 and we have 1 major computer store.. so sad. Another sad fact is that Canada gets the shaft on parts supply as well. We went to our local Canada Computer and there were still cleared out from boxing day!! (it's a goofy holiday in Canada, the day after Christmas). Hype had exceeded safe levels, so we were determined to leave with a full build.
CPU: Easy choice, since in Canada, at this price you would have to settle for a G4560. I know from having built a few systems with that chip, that the Ryzen will benefit from being overclockable and also have 2 more actual cores. I have built 2 other Ryzen systems previously (R5 and R7), with no issues, so I was confident I could get it up to 3.8-4+ghz. Left it clocked at 3.8 rock-solid stable and well under 40c idle 65c load.
Case: Just a no brainer really. At that price it's hard to find a case that has tempered glass, metal construction, case lighting, intelligent layout with PSU basement, RGB button on top and great cable management. It looks great as well =). Easily my favorite component of the system, a joy to build in, especially at this price.
PSU: The price was right, I have had good experience with EVGA products and 600W will be adequate for this system. I personally own 2 other 600Bs and they have been rock solid.
Boot drive: I went NVME m.2 earlier this year, for my personal build, and now it's all I use for new builds. Corsair makes good products (usually) and this drive had no issues and posted read/write numbers right around what was advertised.
Video card: Wanted a 1060 and this was literally the only one they had in stock. I have never bought anything Zotac before this, but so far it has performed well and completed all benchmarks with no issues. The performance is comparable to my own 1060 OC (almost)
Memory: They had only 1 option for 8gbs of ram when we got there and they are basically the only game in town. Origianally an Adata single 8gb stick, it was returned due to what we hoped was only ram compatibility. Replaced with the single Gskill aegis 8gb stick (which, 1 day later, was the only 8gb option they had that day...). Was able to get the ram up to 2667 with some tweaking, but can't get it up to 3000. AMD has responded to customers saying this was not intended to be Ryzen compatible, but I am satisfied with the performance at 2667.
Motherboard: Origianlly an Asus B350 Prime-plus. After much testing, switching of ram, swapping of chips and the majority of an afternoon wasted, it was determined the mobo was dead, since it just would not post. Replaced with the MSI B350 Tomahawk (the only replacement they had..). It has been great so far, and the bios is easy to navigate and works well. Overall I am happy with the swap as this board has more fan headers, in better locations, and also debugging lights and metal reinforced PCI-E slot (among other things.
The rest: I thew some some freebie parts I had lying around in there (fans and HDDs). He will be replacing the old caviar black WD HDDs and buying another matching stick of 8gb. Replacing the stock cooler will also be up there on his list. So far so good though and PUBG is playing on ultra with no issues.