Welcome all to my very first build!
The reason behind the name of the build is that there have been floods of videos and articles about how right now (early 2018) is a horrible time to build a pc due to inflated part pricing. But I managed to keep my build on the 500USD (Mods excluded) mark and I’m really happy. Although, something like what I did is probably not going to be easily replicated because of how lucky I got. The build will primarily be used for gaming and a bit of CAD and video editing on the side.
Part List: Ryzen 3 1200: 140AUD, 112USD, 80GBP
Asrock AB350 pro4 Micro ATX: 90AUD, 72USD, 50GBP
G.Skill NT series 8 GB 2400 MHz: 120AUD, 96USD, 70GBP
Samsung 840 EVO 120GB SSD (Used): Free
Hitachi 500GB 7200RPM HDD (Used): Free
MSI Gaming X GTX 1060 6GB (Used): $280AUD, 225USD, 160 GBP
Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1 TG: Free
Gigabyte 550W PSU (Used): Free
TOTAL (Excluding modifications): 630AUD, 505USD, 362GBP
Parts selection: Ryzen 3 1200: Great price to performance, allow me to overclock, really solid upgrade path and cheap motherboards.
Asrock AB350 pro4 Micro ATX: Good price, tonnes of expandability with 4 DIMM slots, 2 M.2 slots and things like RGB headers.
G.Skill NT series 8 GB 2400 MHz: This ram was 80AUD a few months ago . Just the cheapest 2400Mhz at the time.
Samsung 840 EVO 120GB SSD (Used): Pulled out of an old PC that was recently refurbished but then made redundant. Got lucky on this one!
Hitachi 500GB 7200RPM HDD (Used): Again, pulled from an old PC.
MSI Gaming X GTX 1060 6GB (Used): Bought second hand for a really amazing price and still has 2 years warranty – works like a charm!
Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1 TG: This was the hook-up! My dad asked the IT man at his work if he had a Micro ATX cases lying around and he said say no more. A week later he rocks up with a brand new 60AUD (50USD) case and gives it to me for FREE! Not to mention this case is kind of hard to get as it’s sold out in most places. THE GOAT OF ALL IT MEN.
Gigabyte 550W PSU (Used): Pulled from an old PC
Modifications made (see original case picture online for reference): Custom acrylic PSU shroud, Custom NZXT H series case cable cover, custom acrylic GPU back plate, custom white paint job, Custom bamboo wooden panels, relocate front IO, custom 3D printed rear IO cover, 3D printed CPU fan ring and more!
For any questions, comment bellow and I’ll try and answer.