I'm a 15 year old who loves graphic design and uses programs such as Photoshop and Inkscape. I needed a PC that could handle these programs as my laptop is becoming obsolete. It also needed to be able to handle CAD programs if I decide to take classes in my sophomore year. Finally I don't game much but wanted the option.
I have been planning this for just under a year, scanning Reddit, getting a feel for prices and compatibility, and most of all figuring out how to get deals. I don't have a job yet and had a very confined budget, but I wanted to get the most for my money and for it to look cool without sacrificing performance.
To keep in my budget all parts were bought used or on sale. I bought my used parts on r/hardwareswap and got scammed once, getting my money back in the end.
Here is the list.
MIR = Mail in rebate
Case - Phanteks P400STG (Silent Tempered Glass) - $60 (90-15-15MIR) Really happy with it as it was easy to build in, came with an led strip controlled from the case, and had two fans as well as PWM fan header.
Power Supply - EVGA SuperNOVA 650 G3 - $70 (90-20MIR) Could've gone cheaper with a bronze power supply but energy efficiency is always good and it is fully modular (cables plug in allowing you to only use the ones you need eliminating clutter and making it easier to work with). 650 watts should be more than enough especially as parts keep getting more energy efficient.
Motherboard - ASRock x370 Killer SLI/ac - $100 (140-20-20MIR) - Came with built in WiFi which I wanted and is x370 so I can overclock the CPU later if I want. Obviously x370 is also required for Ryzen platform.
Processor (CPU) - Ryzen R7 1700 - $280 - I went with Ryzen over Intel because I don't game much, so having more cores and threads is more important than clock speeds. Ryzen's CPUs provide more cores and threads for the same price as Intel (the r7 has 8 cores, 16 threads). The extra cores will help Photoshop and other programs execute commands faster. The 1700 is the best bang for your buck high end CPU because other r7s are just better binned versions with higher overclocking headroom. It also comes with a overclocking capable fan unlike Intel's CPUs making this a steal.
Graphics Card (GPU) - GTX 770 - used $85 - I probably over payed a little but I was eager to get my last part after being scammed out of my other GPU. An older card but still beats out todays $150 cards. This was overkill for the programs I use but when I feel like gaming I can run games like Shadow of Mordor at high settings 60fps.
Storage - Samsung PM951 240gb - used $75 - I had to skimp on the storage capacity and am using my external hard drive until I buy a HDD. This SSD is actually an OEM model so its available to consumers but works the same as other consumer grade SSDs. Its an m.2 form factor so it is about 1x3 inches and insanely fast as it plugs directly into the motherboard. It installed Windows 10 in 2 minutes and boots it in 5 seconds.
RAM - Corsair Dominator Platinum 2666mhz 2x8gb - used $125 - Ram has gone up in price a lot due to shortages but this was a great deal as this ram is the best you can buy costing $200 usually. It might be nice to have 3000mhz as Ryzen loves fast ram but I haven't had any trouble with this and it's a great deal at the price. Also it looks awesome.
Total: $795 -10 because of a Newegg gift card = $785
And that's it! I hope you like the build.