When you’re building an entry-level gaming PC, you save a buck or more for best possible high-end 1080p gaming capable graphics card. Based on communication with many end users, while they prefer buying components fit for currently running titles such as Fortnite, PUBG, CSGO, Rocket League, DOTA2/ LOL, Escape to Tarkorev and many others, they need that comfort boot space to tweak the in-game settings. But they also buy the newer AAA titles or the older ones with many graphics-intensive mods. Unlike CPUs, new RAMs and graphics cards are sold in the market after its EOL until the stocks last. It is extremely unlikely you’ll upgrade a CPU in the distant future. But you are very likely to upgrade your system’s RAMs, graphics card and storage.
Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 2600
MB: A320M Pro-VD/S V2/ GA-A320M-S2H/ PRIME A320M-K
Why the Ryzen 5 2600 with an A320 motherboard?
For the intended purpose, the A320 motherboard does the job with the Ryzen 5 2600 locked Hexa-core CPU. If you can afford it, I would recommend the MSI Mortar B450 MAX or the ASROCK B450 Pro4. The reasoning here is that you are getting a good motherboard with a single PCIe x16 3.0 slot and two DIMMs. Cheaper motherboard lets you buy the Ryzen 5 2600 hexa-core CPU without breaking the bank.
RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB DDR4 3000
Why a single 8GB stick?
A single 8GB DDR4 3000MHz kit costs lesser than a dual 4GB DDR4 3000MHz kit. Also, its easier to buy another single 8GB 300MHz stick over another dual 4GB if there’s a need to upgrade in the distant future. The current availability of 8GB DDR3-1600 and DDR3-1866 for older systems reinvigorates that decision.
Graphics Card: Pulse RX 580 OC 8GB GDDR5/ GTX 1660 6GB GDDR5
Why not the RX 5500XT?
For the 1080p gaming performance it offers, the choices above is the best you can get for the price. The new Radeon RX 5500XT 8G is not well-priced, making the Radeon RX 580 8G look good. If you worry about power consumption, you could take a look at GTX 1650 Super. The RX 5500XT 8G makes you look at the RX 580 8G and GTX 1660 as a better option. But if you do that, you think of the GTX 1660Ti and GTX 1660 Super. I don’t know if this is intended, but Nvidia’s segment makes you feel guilty to purchase a GTX 1650 for your build. The RX 5500XT 8G’s pricing pretty much does that. But choosing GTX 1660 over an RX 580 8G is a reasonable jump for this build.
I would personally prefer GTX 1660. I would not look at the Radeon RX 5500 XT 4G. AMD Radeon really needs to up its game when it comes to drivers and hardware-level encoding.