This is our second PC Build. This was a budget build for gaming and light video editing (for our youtube channel). We kept it under $650 (pretax) excluding the monitor. We made a video going over the entire video here: https://youtu.be/qBPKYMNSIUg
Hope you like the build! What stood out most to us with this PC was the surprisingly cool case. We usually are fans of NZXT and Corsair, although DIYPC's case looks really sleek and was just what we were looking for in micro ATX case. That said, here's an overview of the parts and little rationale as to why we went with the parts we purchased:
The processor, well Intel i5s are really great. It was between this an a FX6300. I realize the FX6300 is half the price, but I really wanted to fit an i5 into the build so tried to get a less expensive case and motherboard to make up for the $100 difference. Intel's Quad Core For The Win.
For the motherboard, the ASRock H97M Anniversary Micro ATX --- it was $60 on Newegg and didn't need a Z97 motherboard. It has 4 DIMMS and USB 3.0 Headers, also the blue matched the ram and blue LEDs. Pretty sweet motherboard for $60 --- no problems with it so far. :-)
For RAM, just went the cheapest two 4GB sticks I could find, $43.99, and it so happened to be a pretty blue color that went well with the color scheme. I don't think we need more than 8GB, if we do upgrade down the road... I', glad the motherboard has two more RAM slots.
For storage, just one 250GB Samsung SSD. Savannah doesn't use up her storage capacity, so we felt it was better to just go with an SSD as oppose to an 120GB + 1 TB WD HDD or just a 1 TB HDD. She's already loving the improvement in speed so much. She was coming from a 5400 RPM mechanical hard drive, so needless to say it's much snappier and the boot time is super fast.
For the graphics card, it was $185 on Amazon (and Newegg a couple days ago) with a $20 rebate from MSI. Made a rookie mistake and purchased the one on Amazon that does not come with the free game, Metal Gear Solid V while the exact same card on Newegg did. Go figure. Didn't want to hassle with mailing it back to Amazon and purchasing a different one as I felt it was already a good deal for a GTX at $165 and didn't want to wait longer to build this monster! :-)
For the power supply, nothing special but gets the job done and from a good company. 500 Watts should be plenty.
For the case, the DIYPC DIY-N8-White Micro ATX case. Loving this case. Looks like a mini-NZXT white Phantom, but sexier and less expensive. It was only $39.99 and felt it was the perfect fit for the Micro-ATX motherboard. Savannah had an Alienware Alpha, so she was used to a smaller-size form factor and this new Micro-ATX has truly delivered in both compactness, aesthetics, and functionality.
Very happy with this processor. Two thumbs up.
Satisfied so far with mine. Has four RAM slots up to 32 GB in a Micro ATX board, on board USB 3.0 header(s), can overclock after a BIOS update --- only one fan header excluding the CPU fan header. For only $60 an H97 Board --- pretty good deal.
Only $44 and really liked the aesthetics of them, kind of an aluminum gloss look. DDR3 1600 -- gets the job done while looking cool. :) I did a quick unboxing here: https://youtu.be/qBPKYMNSIUg?t=8m48s
Rig boots up in around 5 seconds and everything is so quick to load. Two thumbs up.
Was only $185 on both NewEgg and Amazon with a $20 rebate. Great deal for a GPU that's great for gaming in 1080p. Not really a CON of this card, but the one on NewEgg comes with a free copy of Metal Gear Solid V while the one on Amazon does not... be sure to read item description so you get one with a free game.
Reliable and at a reasonable price. I have two of these on 600W and one 500W --- no complaints whatsoever with either of them.