Lil Brother is back in school (Grade 12) and I figured he could use his own computer...SOO why not build one together?! With a budget of $500-700 here's what we came up with.
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2400G Dont have the cash flow yet to drop in a discrete GPU plus I've been wanting to build an AMD setup ever since the launch of Ryzen. Great value for budget and performance (Cinebenched 801pts/52fps). Quite impressive!
MOBO: Gigabyte GA-AB350N-Gaming WIFI Mini ITX Always been intrigued by the idea of small form factors and have been itching to try out a Mini ITX build. Slick color scheme, super easy BIOS, a nice hint of RGB (cuz 2018).
MEMORY: TEAM VULCAN 8GB (2x4GB) DDR4-3000 Went through several lists of RAM that would be compatible with the MOBO and CPU. Decided on these mainly because of their cost and clean colours. Defaults 2400mhz, enabled XMP profile and running at 3000mhz now. No Problems.
STORAGE: Kingston A400 120GB SSD & WD Blue 1TB HDD Really affordable SSD (perfect size for OS and space for a few of the latest games/apps), the HDD was for his school work and abundence of photos/videos.
CASE: Thermaltake Core V1 Mini ITX Been eager to get working on this case and loved the size factor of this thing. Decent room for cable management, tons of air flow and just a breeze to work with!
PSU: EVGA BQ 500W 80+ Bronze SEMI-MODULAR Best bang for buck I found during time of purchase. Never settling for anything less again, either its SEMI or its got to be FULLY modular. Makes cable management SOOO much more clean and easy.
Still have a few more plans but this should suffice until the bigger hardware comes through!!!
CPU - 209.99 MOBO - 141.99 RAM - 100.99 SSD - 34.99 HDD - 49.99 PSU - 74.99 CASE - 59.99