EDIT : Cost is in CAD and the prices hhave changed since i built it. actual cost is $2100
CPU: I used a I5-8400. I didn't plan on doing any OC and this CPU seemed to have the best value. I didnt have any problems installing it to the Mobo and im satisfied with performance so far. if i had more room in my budget i would have gone with the i5-8600k
CPU Cooler: i went with the beast 212 Evo. On my build its absolutely not necessary but at the low price point and exceptional performance i dont regret it. It is a massive unit so make sure you have room for your ram slots and enough width in your case. Installing this wasn't very easy for me. I my first time applying thermal paste could have been cleaner but the biggest issue was getting the heat sink to sit straight after tightening up the screws. as you can see it is tilted a tiny bit but other than being a bit ascetically annoying, the performance is great. its not too loud either.
MOBO; i chose the z370-A Pro from MSI. in retrospect i could have saved some money by choosing a mobo that didn't support OC but iam not to disappointing. performance is great. BIOS was easy for a noob like me.
GPU: This was the hardest choice for me, is spent hours researching what card would be best for me. i eventually decided that the Zotac 1070Ti AMP Extreme edition was best. I wanted a 1080 just like everyone else but the market for gpu's was stupid because of bitcoin mining scum (I am just bitter XD) I paid $650 for it used with the receipt and warranty. I choose the AMP extreme edition because of its ablitily to OC to match 1080 performance. Installing this unit was easy. Ps.. this card is a thicc boi. So i am using a Bluetooth speaker to support it and prevent it from sagging.
RAM: I choose to go with the flashy G.skill Trident Z RGB kit for 16gb of ram. 0 complaints other than general price of ram these days.
PSU: Went with the Corsair 650W Gold rated. Nothing special went into this.
Case: went with the cooler master lite 5. lots of room for intake fans and cheap price point made this and easy choice. Not a ton of room for good cable management but i made do.
Monitor: ASUS MG248QR is beautiful i wanted 144hz because why run a powerful GPU if you cant enjoy the boost in frame rate.
OVERALL i found build this PC to be a fun challenge that wasn't overly difficult considering i thought you could download ram from the internet before starting to research the parts.
I am Currently Getting the following FPS on Max settings
Fortnite: 167 FPS PUBG: 134 FPS The Forest: 210 FPS