Today I'm going to be showing you the value build. This build saves as much money as possible while still guaranteeing excellent performance for games, video editing, and general tasks. I hope you enjoy!
CPU (Central Processing Unit)
We tried to find the best value CPU that still had six cores, and settled on the Ryzen 5 2600. This is an $120, competent CPU that will process most games at a nice frame rate (provided your other components are strong enough) and will be more than enough for day-to-day or school tasks. This CPU has a max clock speed of 3.6 ghz, and fits in nicely with a fairly standard AM4 socket. This CPU also comes with a CPU cooler as an added bonus.
GPU (Graphics Processing Unit, or Graphics Card, or Video Card)
We chose the XFX rx570 for the GPU. It comes with 4gb of GDDR5 RAM and only costs $120. This GPU will enable us to run most games quite smoothly while not even coming close to breaking the bank. It's overall an extremely solid choice for a budget build.
The motherboard that will suit all your needs while still having room for upgradeability is the Gigabyte B450M DS3H. This mid-ATX motherboard has 4 DIMM slots, so much room for expansion, and 2 x16 PCIe slots for a possible double GPU build. Obviously this motherboard will have the compatible AM4 socket for our processor, and the spread of usual ports including USB 3.1, HDMI, microphone and headphone, ethernet, and more. A last big bonus of this motherboard is that it has built-in wifi, so you don't need a wifi card. This motherboard is comparatively inexpensive at $85.
RAM (random access memory)
For our RAM we wanted something that would allow for expandability. This led us to select the Corsair Vengeance LPX 1x16. This is a single RAM stick that packs a full 16 gb, which is by common consensus the sweet spot of RAM quantity. Since computers become more powerful very quickly over the years, we tried to future-proof ours a bit by stuffing all the required RAM into one stick. Since we have 4 DIMM slots, this makes it possible to upgrade to 64gb of RAM, or theoretically even 128gb if we had 1x32gb RAM sticks. The Vengeance LPX boasts a base clock rate of 3000MHz, enough for almost any system.
Cooler Master's MasterWatt 650 is the power supply we chose because of the 650w output, semi-modularity, and efficiency. The output will be more than enough to power all the components we have inside, and more if we ever upgrade. The power supply being semi-modular means that the main power cable is not detachable, but all other cables are completely detachable. The efficiency is 80+ Bronze level, which is not amazing but means at least 83% of the power the PSU draws is being used.
The case we chose is the Zalman S3 Mid-Tower. This splendid case is just $45 and comes with three pre-installed back fans. It has space for up to 3 SSD units and up to eight 120mm fans, although I'm only using five. This case also includes a dust filter screen that's great for keeping your PC clean. The I/O is a bit minimal, with just one USB 3.0 port, but that can be solved with a USB hub.
We wanted a good deal of storage in the PC, so we got a Silicon Power 256 and a 2 terabyte WD Blue 2TB hard drive. Alternatively, you could get a 512gb SSD (for ~$70, the storage will be much faster but of smaller quantity).
Adapters & more
We needed the Rosewill Case Fan Splitter 2-pack because the motherboard we're using doesn't have too many fan headers.
That's the value PC build. It is optimized for cost efficiency while still being eons ahead of, say, a Macbook in terms of performance in games. Remember you can swap out any parts you please, as long as they are compatible with each other.
Thanks for reading and have a good day.