Another successful budget build completed for a friend.
As you can probably tell from my personal build/ builds I have done for others that I really am pro-AMD due to price:performance given, which makes it easy for anyone to get into PC gaming.
For this build a friend was wanting to transition from an aging laptop to a more suitable desktop in order to play WoW/ etc.
He reached out to see if I had any parts he could use for his build and luckily for him I had the Rosewill FBM-X2 case/ EVGA 450 BR PSU, Samsung 850 EVO 120GB SSD and Seagate Barracuda 500GB HDD laying around in my office just in the event that I needed/ wanted to do a build with some spare parts.
I didn't pay too much for the parts as they were fairly cheap so I just had him re-coup me for my expense and we could source the other parts to complete the build.
It just so happens that I was going to be in the Minneapolis region for a week so I told him I could stop by MicroCenter to see if I can source a deal.
I was able to snag the AMD Ryzen 2600x/ ASRock B450M PRO4 in a bundle to save $30. For the G.Skill Ripjaws RAM, I saved a few bucks by going Open-Box and was able to get a higher speed vs the initial 3000mhz I was planning on getting. For the GPU I found that the RX 580s were on sale for a decent price, with a rebate for the PowerColor Radeon RX 580 8GB.
I got home that same night and went straight into building the PC. No issues getting anything put together as it was MUCH easier to work in compared to my NZXT H200i. I had a spare AMD Wraith LED cooler so I installed that for him but not that it matters since it's not a tempered-glass case, I just thought it would give off a subtle glow. For the cable management, I did what I could with a non-modular PSU so I tucked the excess between the PSU/ HDD caddy area. If I weren't using a 3.5" drive i'm sure I could've stuff it all in the compartment.
(Side note: I was able to snag an Open-Box white NZXT H200i case from MicroCenter for $25! It was missing the tempered glass/ side panels but I reached out to NZXT and they said $25 shipped and I'll have the parts. Pretty good pick-up compared to $129.99 brand new! Saving it for a rainy day build perhaps!)