This is my second build. I enjoyed my first build way to much, that after I parted with my first build, I ordered the parts for my next that same weekend. My first build was a good quality entry level build; however this time I wanted to focus on building for the cheapest price while still maintaining a good gaming experience.
CPU: I wasn't going for much fluff with this build so 4 cores I figured was enough. It works just fine, but I think it may be a bottleneck. My benchmarks seem to suffer compared to my last build while gaming is still holding strong as I'll discuss later. Overall good CPU but not much oomph
Motherboard: I really didn't enjoy working with this board. First off, pcpartpicker SAID that the board had a usb 3.0 header and I have no compatability issues, yet it does not have it. I only saved $5 by picking this board over one I was farmiliar with and I had to spend that $5 on an adapter to be able to use the front usb. Also this board does not have a UEFI bios which I would have liked. Also struggled trying to get into the bios, turns out I had to hold the key until it pops up. The board functions no problem, but if there is a better option within 10 bucks, pick the better option its not worth the savings.
Memory: What can I say? 8 Gb of memory for under $40 with a heat spreader, nothing wrong with that. I do think the gold clashes with the color scheme.
HDD: Good price. Nothing wrong
GPU: Looks good. Didn't spend that much time testing games graphics this time. It does run 30fps at 1080p on high settings and up. Switching to 720p made no difference in fps whatsoever. It does get pretty darn hot at 70C during benchmarks, but sits at 60C during games. The fan does not get too unbearable but a little loud. All around though, a very good entry level card for a tight budget.
Case: Nice to work with. Hard drive mounting scheme was pleasant - for a budget case. It took some wiggling but not the worst. I think it can fit four 3.5" drives and one 2.5" drive totaling 5 drives. Cable management was pretty good. I was even able to run my cables through the back panel, which can be a tight fit with this size of case. I have the rest of the cables tucked in the expansion bays. Aesthetics are great. I didn't think I'd enjoy the mesh front that sticks out but it looks good and I like the removable fan filter.
PSU: Corsair CX, decent budget power supply for a great price, used it before will use it again
The build was frustrating this time around, but I'd attribute most of that to the motherboard which I plan on avoiding in the future. Overall the build was a good test of the low end of budget gaming.
This board does NOT have a usb 3.0 header. Functions fine, but I did not enjoy building with it. Pick another motherboard if you have the option