Sorry for the bad quality photos. My phone camera is garbage. I'll upload new ones later.
This is my first PC build in almost a decade. I built my first and only PC back in 2008 or so and as good as it was, it wasn't as up-to-date with hardware as it should have been. I used a newer processor for the time, but the GPU was a few generations old.
I didn't have the money to upgrade it often and after moving apartments a few times, I gave up on it and moved to console. I've been on console exclusively since around 2012. I decided to come back to the PC community because the kids took over the PlayStation and I just wanted something that I could enjoy with the best graphics possible and also a great modding community for many of the games I've been following. Mods are the one thing I miss from most PlayStation games.
Trying not to spend a lot of money on a new computer but also wanting the best value for my dollar, I posted to Reddit to ask what works in early 2019. I was given a list of parts from PC Part Picker and that started the addiction of looking for the best I could find within my budget. The only things that remained the same from the first initial build until I pressed "order now" was the CPU and the manufacturer of GPU. Day one I was advised on the Ryzen 5 2600 and RTX 2060, but looking more into the latter, I discovered the price to performance wasn't really worth it. After a bit of research, I settled on the RX 580.
The first iteration of this build was a lot cheaper, but when the day came to order the parts, I was met with lots of "OUT OF STOCK" messages. This forced me to pay more, but I still came close to my initial $800 limit somehow. I upgraded to a WiFi motherboard with RGB support, so I changed my case to accommodate this change and bought a few LED fans with a new direction in mind. In my first planned build, I had only a simple case and no plans other than a functional machine, but this slight modification made me realize that I could make it look good and perform well without sacrificing my budget.
Here I have listed only my tower build. That was the only part that needed to be within my budget as I wasn't sure what type of monitor to add to it. I was going to hook everything up to my TV until I could decide what to use. However, I will list the monitor here in the description because I'm quite satisfied with the one that I bought.
This PC is for gaming. It's not the latest and newest hardware across the board, but it came within my budget and looks great for what it is. I only planned to play games in 1080p and the few videos I would watch, I can watch in 4k on my television. So far after a weekend of light-to-moderate use because of stupid work, I'm very happy with the choices I made. Sure, some of the newer titles probably can't be run in Ultra settings, but my PlayStation didn't do that, either. I played the beta for The Division 2 on both and my PC by far was superior in quality while maintaining a very playable ~60fps. The smoke and rain effects made my mouth drop. PlayStation didn't come close.
The Ryzen 5 is on stock cooling and that is plenty, trust me. It idles at 3.4 GHz but when it is under the load of a game, it turbos up to 3.9GHz out of the box. Overclocking this thing isn't necessary and will only get about 100-150MHz more if you do it.
The one issue I ran into was solely on me. The motherboard comes with an HDMI output and the GPU has 2 more. When I plugged in and turned on to boot up the first time, I got no signal to the monitor. It was the third time I plugged it in to a different output that I finally received signal and all went well. No problems on boot, BIOS is easy to navigate, all fans are super quiet even at full load in 3DMark, and visuals are great on a 24" 1080p display. I didn't think I'd want RGB or LEDs on my build, but the red highlights make it look sleek and fit the overall Star Wars Empire/Dark Side theme I was going for. I'm still waiting on the final cosmetic additions for this build, but when I get them, I'll upload more photos.
Overall, I am very, very happy and impressed with the performance to dollar value of this build. I'd recommend it to anyone that wants a good gaming rig without spending a lot. Some money could be saved if you had parts left over from another rig.