My overall thought process for this build was to have a computer that is enough for my needs which at the moment is a lot of web browsing, youtube videos, CS:GO, and some League of Legends. I also kept the upgrade path a factor as I am planning on either an i5-6600k or an i7-6700k in the future as I will be using it for AutoCAD. I will be recycling the i5-6500 for a itx build that I always wanted to try sometime next year.
I got some rather great deals on parts that you might not be able to replicate, took me a good 3 weeks of parts hunting, so I guess it paid off!
I will list the items as I have bought them and explain how I got the pricing and my thought process behind it.
*I do not have a HDD as I only use about 100-130GB of space, a 240GB SSD is perfect for my needs.
**I was able to activate windows 10 directly by using an old windows 7 key I had from a laptop that is no longer in use. This saved me $100 and caused me absolutely no problems during installation. I installed windows 10 without using a key, updated it to latest updates and applied keys in settings afterwards.
Very fast i5 and does everything I can ask for, nice and cool with plenty of speed for most gaming needs without the need of overclocking. This saves me money on the cpu cooler as well! I bought this during black friday on tigerdirect with a visa checkout promo which came out to $165 no tax, free shipping. Definitely a steal and I think I got the most bang for my buck.
I was one of the lucky few to snag one of these when Amazon had a flash sale. I thought for $100, it wasn't that much more compared to the cheaper 1151 motherboards. It gives me a great path to upgrade for a K version i5 or i7 in the near future. Had absolutely no trouble installing Windows 10 on it.
Newegg messed up my previous build's order and sent me 2 SSDs, lucky me! So I threw this one on, one of the best in the market and have had no problems with Samsung EVOs in my previous 3 builds. It was "free" but I listed it as $70 for a more accurate price description.
Runs quiet and cool, and absolutely perfect price for my needs. Snagged this a couple months ago at jet.com for $120 shipped, no tax. Used it briefly for a previous build and put it in on this one after I sold it. CSGO with every setting on max runs 250-300fps, 350+ fps on League of Legends. Hard to beat this gpu in the $120 price range.
Worked on this case before and I loved the level of quality on it along with ample room for cable management. Even with using a non modular PSU, I was able to hide every cable behind the backpanel.
Newegg had a rebate/coupon deal on this PSU for $22 and I could not pass up on it as I was going for a budget build. Happy with its performance and it's hard to beat for $20. Non modular, but the case was able to accommodate it very well.