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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.

Comments

  • 2 months ago
  • 3 points

Great build! These budget parts are awesome and I have many of the same ones in a build I'm looking to complete. My budget is $950 which includes shipping and taxes. The red theme is awesome as well. would give +2 if I could.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Question on the RX 580 though, where did you see only a 10% increase of the 2080 over this card? Videos? Benchmarks?

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

I was wrong, I meant 2060. I'll fix my post

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Only 4 pictures?

Its treason then...

nice build btw

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Are you threatening me master Jedi?

  • 2 months ago
  • 3 points

This is were the fun begins

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

The Senate will decide your fate.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

But they all died. Like the grey people we don't talk about.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

People will knock you for the 580 choice, but you are absolutely correct. Performance per dollar, it is the better choice. There is always going to be a bigger and better fish. Value for your money; that's the reason I went with my 570. Great part selection in your build.

... I know nothing about Star Wars, though. Hah.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

WTF did your parents never let you watch star wars? That's just cruel

  • 2 months ago
  • 0 points

I didn't know stars could go to war with each other.....

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build its a beauty, love it +1

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Ryzen doesn't have nor support integrated graphics. So if you plugged your hdmi into your mobo thats why.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I started in the GPU output, but there are two and I didn't think which one it was mattered. It does.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Shouldn’t really matter lol

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

^^^^^ might have to check that out because both should work

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

strange, shouldn't matter at all.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Great performance for great price... Nicely done.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Same case

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the same exact list almost. Like you I haven't built since early 2000s. Nice job. I will be doing mine shortly

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Did something similar incrementally with the 2200G and the 580 4GB for even less$$$ and it runs 1080p games like a champ. Nice look and price-to-performance is perfect! You're definitely set for now with plenty of room to grow in a few years +1

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I don't like red that much but you did a great job

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  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

I was wrong. It was the 2060. I'll fix it.

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