I've been a console player all my life and recently switched to play games on my laptop. I decided its time to build a real gaming PC. Everyone told me this is the time to build, AMD is doing great things, nvme is affordable, and ram prices are going down. Now is the time!
I also want to give huge shout out to the people at micro center. Not only are their CPU/mobo combos awesome, their customer service and tech support is amazing. I originally built my PC with a Ryzen 3600 and an ASRock motherboard that I got from them. But after building the first time and failing to post, their tech specialist took a look at my PC and diagnosed the problem quickly and let me return the CPU and mobo for new ones and now everything works great. They turned my really bad day into the best day ever.
I got this for $200 at micro center and its great. Its a huge upgrade from the i7-7500U in my laptop. The included cooler works great but makes more noise than I expected at stock settings, but nothing I'm not used to coming from console and laptop gaming.
I got this for $90 at micro center after $30 off for CPU/mobo combo deal. This board has everything I need. Its mITX, its got wifi, the color scheme is nice, and it has a bit of RGB built in. No complaints here.
I got this for $60 using a coupon code on google express and I'm completely satisfied. Enabled XMP in BIOS and it runs just fine at 3200MHz with my Ryzen 3600X.
I got this for $111 on Amazon and I love it. It shows up in my system as "PCIe SSD" super generic name, but its fast. My computer turns on in like 3-5 seconds no problem.
I got this on sale for $290 at best buy. I have no problem hitting 60 FPS on Apex Legends with this thing, which is an amazing upgrade from the GTX 950M in my laptop. I haven't pushed it too far since I don't own many games, but I'm hopeful that it can handle anything I give it. It doesn't run that hot, but it does get audible. That said, my Ryzen 3600X with its wraith spire cooler is actually the loudest part of my PC.
I got this for $37 at Newegg. This case is cute and compact. Its got decent airflow as far as I can tell (my temps seem fine). My one complaint is this stupid module that houses the power button and the front panel I/O stuff gets in the way of some graphics cards. I originally had and ASRock B450 mITX board and my GPU wouldn't fit unless I took the module out. Then I switched to a Gigabyte B450 mITX board and the same card fit with the module just right. So that module was only blocking clearance by like a few mm and the new motherboard was just a few mm different...
I got this on sale at Newegg for $47. This PSU powers everything in me PC just fine. Its got a nice all black look with fully modular sleek black cables. No complaints here.