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Project Skellington is a Nightmare Before Christmas themed budget build. All prices shown include tax and shipping.

Ryzen 5 1600 - Purchased at MicroCenter using their credit card that gives 5% off. Unmatched price to performance. A six core twelve thread processor for $80 is just insane...good time to be a builder.

AsRock B450M Pro4 - Purchased at Microcenter with a $30 discount bundled with the Ryzen 1600 using the MicroCenter credit card for an additional 5% off. Solid B450 board with most modern features (4 RAM slots, 3-pin and 4-pin RGB headers. The power delivery is okay, I would not recommend this board if you're a serious overclocker and have a Ryzen 7.

Adata XPG Gammix D10 16gb - I buy this all of the time off of Rakuten. They often come with 15% off with code ADA15. 3000mhz is probably the minimum I would recommend for Ryzen. For less than $60 these sticks look good and can be overclocked to 3200 at CL16 relatively easily. Haven't had any issues with them so far.

PowerColor Radeon RX 570 4gb - This is the only used part for the build. Purchased from Ebay for $80, this is the current budget build gpu king. I usually try to get the 8gb variant for $80...I can sometimes get the 4gb variant for a little less. A lot of pixels pushed for $80...

darkFlash DLM 21 - First time using this case and I'm impressed. Purchased from Newegg. It's definitely a budget case, the metal is thin and doesn't come with fans. Not much good looking options for less than $50 delivered out there. This one I think looks great.

darkFlash Aurora 120mm RGB fans - I've used these in the past. Good looking RGB fans that come with a remote control or they can be connected to the motherboard. I personally like the using the controller as it has more options than the motherboard manufacturer's RGB software.

EVGA BT 500W - Cheapest power supply I could find at the time that has black cables...I refuse to buy ketchup and mustard. Purchased off of B&H Photo.

First build in awhile that didn't have any rebates.

Planning on buying a used 1tb Western Digital Blue 7200rpm HDD when I can get one for around $20. The mods are simply black and white spraypaint, acylic, and vinyl cut on a Cricut Explore Air. I figure it's about $15 in materials. So total cost of build with the HDD and case mods is about $430.

UPDATE: Sold for $600 on Facebook Marketplace within 6 hours of posting.

Comments

  • 2 months ago
  • 7 points

Finally a feature that shows something unique and executed with passion and love for detail! It's been a while....

  • 2 months ago
  • 3 points

Yeah, capitalized passion and love for details! I won't lie, I'm kinda disappointed that they sold it on Facebook Market Place, but it's a damn fine build.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

I get where you're coming from. It detracts quite a bit from it. Like "oh that's cool looking but it's supposed to be cool looking and trendy so someone will buy it" and then the "sold within 6 hours" adds to it. Always felt like the featured build should be reserved for passion projects and smaller users.

  • 2 months ago
  • 4 points

I get where you're coming from and appreciate your comment. I just like designing and constructing PC's....and I can't keep them all. I have actually given away a couple in the past to my son's friend and my neighbor. Selling them helps me get to my next creative endeavour. It's my current creative outlet. Unfortunately I don't have the capital to put up for anything other than budget builds right now. Most people seem to willing to pay in the $600-$700 range. I'm not looking to make a bunch of money, just make enough to purchase the next parts.

  • 2 months ago
  • 3 points

wooooooooow

  • 2 months ago
  • 3 points

Gorgeous theme. Great job!

  • 2 months ago
  • 3 points

Oh my flipping god. This is one of the most gorgeous builds I've seen in quite a little while. The fact you did this on such a low budget is absolutely amazing. I'm astonished by how clean the cable management is, and how nice the artwork is. You, my friend, have done a great job. I'd pay $650 easily.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. The case actually has cutouts at the correct locations, minimizing any weird cable management runs. The darkFlash case designer did a good job.

  • 2 months ago
  • 3 points

spoopy

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

You beat me to that comment.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Great dedication to your decorative theme here, you've added a lot of value just by creative effort. The illustrations are applied professionally (that Cricut machine you mentioned looks like a great tool for PC customization). At first I worried about the side of your GPU but I guess it has rear exhaust. Lots of fun in this build. I'll have to look for your other projects after this!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. It's my newest hobby. I'm looking to get a laser cutter in the near future to really up the creativity. And yes, the GPU has a rear exhaust, after extensive testing I was in the high 70'sC and touching 80-82c max.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

What tools do you use for modding the cases? And do you make the decals?

  • 2 months ago
  • 7 points

I use 1/4" acrylic sheets, spray paint, and I make the decals with vinyl sheets and Cricut Explore Air 2.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Easily one of the best looking, price/perf budget builds I've ever seen.

Great job!

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Dang didn't know the wraith spire could look so good in white

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Same here. I think am gonna paint mine too.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

I am so happy to see a budget build featured on this website! The amount of creativity here is amazing, as well as being quite affordable and powerful for the price. THIS is the kind of build I think about when PC gaming comes to mind.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

This PC lookin like it cost 2000 dollars, but it actually cost 400! That's an impressive job my friend!

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Nicee. +1

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Just wow, what you did on that budget is amazing. And looks amazing too. I though I did good with budget on my recent build you killed it. And yea I don't doubt it sold fast and you made a nice little profit too.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I frequent Slickdeals and Reddit Buildapcsales quite a bit to get the best deals I can. I also try to recycle all rewards points towards PC builds when I can.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you like working in that DarkFlash Case?

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

It was good. No issues at all. The metal is kinda cheap, but the layout was obvious, didn't have to look at the manual once.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

This build looks so wicked-cool!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Great work for the price and nice job flipping it for a decent profit, can see why it went so quick. +1

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

So thematic! Love it.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I've been building for a couple of years and I could certainly learn a thing or two from your artistic touch. Great shopping choices too. A+!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

THIS is Halloween.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

very impressed not necessarily with the specs, but I am impressed with them for the price paid and also with the aesthetics. for $400, you did good!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks amazing. I'm blown away with what you could do at the cost which you did.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

WOW... JUST WOW! love the theme!!!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Spectacular / the best I’ve seen posted here at this budget. Oh man you make my Build look ****** overpriced junk. I can’t believe you managed to pull this off at this price point. Creativity and the right skill = anything can be made possible!!! Killer work.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

hey I'm pretty new to buildings pc's so not too sure how powerful this particular pc would be how well do you think it would run fortnite, what kind of fps would it get. any info would help trying to build a good pc for fortnite on a budget

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I tested Fortnite and was getting 90-100 fps on high settings at 1080p

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

csgo and apex?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Apex was around 80fps on high. I did not test CSGO, I'm sure it runs great as it's less demanding.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

This really shows how you don't need tons of money to have a awesome PC!

100th +1!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing job. The case looks great. I'm not surprised it sold quickly.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome Build!! Great Profit too!!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

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  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh my god... this is the most clean and gorgeous build I’ve ever seen... and it only costs $400 too... I wish I could give you 100 upvotes... Amazing build! Truly the laptop killer!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Probably the best looking build in that price range ever. Bloody well done man. Nailed it !!!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

:0

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

The fact that you did excellent cable management with a non modular power supply is awesome. +1

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

How do I buy?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

how can you even do that within 400 dollars!?!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Lots of tracking deals and patience...having a Micro Center nearby helps.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

A cheaper feature that looks amazing? I upvote!

You did a great job chasing deals for great parts and turning a decent PC in a modern work of art! Thank you so much for the example and the inspiration! Keep up the great work!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

This is really nice. GJ

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, just a question, when you posted on facebook marketplace, did you use the "boost listing" feature? I just want to know if I should use it.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

No. Didn't use the "boost listing".

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Fantastic and clean build, A+ with all of the case mods! Seeing a rig fly with this much style and performance at such a modest budget really stands out above the crowd. It's much harder to find these parts at these prices outside the US, but you've definitely inspired me to try my next build doing something simpler but similar. Cheers, looking forward to your next project

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I like seeing the fancy featured builds with all their water cooling, SLI/Crossfire, etc. but they always seem so unrealistic when they cost as much as my car. This I LOVE; a good and affordable build that still is as clean and presentable as any other featured rig. I love the fact that you just build them for the love of it and are filling the demand for affordable gaming PCs in your area. Great job and keep up the good work!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

i would totally buy that for $600

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Genius! Standing ovation!