This build will be my first PC. After years of Macs and even a sorry, slow Chromebook, this will be a significant upgrade personally. After months of research, pain, and Linus Tech Tips videos, I found the budget I needed and took it upon myself to construct this beast. Some may criticize the perhaps over-the-top X470 motherboard, money better spent on RAM and extra storage, but I love my build and look forward to a prosperous entry into PC gaming, 16GB of DDR4-3000 or not.
Future upgrades will obviously include RAM, as well as case fans, but to shield extra costs the 500 GB 2.5" hard drive out of my aging PS4 will go towards bulk storage. Perhaps I can use StorageMI to speed things up, something not possible on any plebeian B450/350 chipsets. Once I get my hands on a Corsair H60 I will be able to overclock, hopefully to a conservative 19 GHz.
Finally, I must thank PC Part Picker for being my guardian angel in the difficult process of jumbling together a pile of disparate parts and getting them to work. I am open to recommendations about what I should do next, and whether or not Linux is a viable alternative to pirating Windows XP. The journey has been wonderful. Thanks! And Happy New Year!
Edit: I recommend looking into Corsair's AF series case fans. I think it's been a few years since they released, but they are still nice cheap LED fans that won't die after 3 months of use. Corsair fans in general seem nice.
One of the most solid processors AMD has ever put out. As games begin to require more cores and multi-threaded workloads become more common, the Ryzen 5 2600's 6 cores and 12 threads really get to show their colors in 2018 (and 2019). Performance like this is nearly unheard of in processors this affordable. Cheap power! Thanks, AMD!
A good kit of RAM that worked fine with my MSI X470 motherboard, despite not being directly supported by the Pinnacle Ridge compatibility sheet on MSI's website. Considering how important RAM speed is to Ryzen, DDR4-3000 RAM this cheap is a blessing.
A solid 1080p graphics card with some neat fan features and a factory overclock. Being a sweet-spot graphics card, I expected decent performance, but the quality and power the RX 580 provides is just exceptional. It's got more VRAM and a significantly larger memory bus than the 1060 6GB, and with new 2019 drivers being released, AMD looks to be the best buy. Plus, this MSI card comes with an adorable little quick start comic book! I'd pay 240 USD just for that.
A pretty old case at this point, but exceedingly solid and fully metal. It was really easy to work in and effortless to cable manage, so it's fine for a mid-range budget.