Greetings fellow PC Building enthusiasts!
This is yet ANOTHER build made using some of the used parts I have cluttering up my downstairs closet, we're a little bit closer to cleaning it out though! In any case, the CPU, GPU, and MOBO were all purchased used so this is a pretty good amount of performance for the price. My goal (again) was to build a gaming PC for cheap so that I could sell it to someone in my area who can't necessarily afford the newest/greatest hardware out there but still wants to break into the PC gaming scene, secondary objectives were aesthetics and extra air-flow in the case.
Here's a quick breakdown of the parts I chose!
The CPU I've had for a little bit over a year now, it was originally for a build that was going to be made for a co-worker of mine but they backed out before I transferred. It was a great price for the 860K at the time (and still is today) so I'm glad I was able to finally use it.
I was able to snag two Hyper 212 LED's for under $20 from Amazon on black Friday and used the LED fan from the other one as an exhaust fan for the back of the case.
The MOBO was my most recent purchase for this build, I scooped it up on eBay for about $50 and it works great!
Avexir RAM might have a bad rep because of it's flashy LED's but this set was cheap and it works out well with the aesthetics of the build.
For storage, I bought a generic Hitachi 1TB 7200RPM HDD and I'm beginning to think that I should just start buying small SSD's for budget builds from now on. The hard drive itself is fine but it's kind of loud (somehow louder than 3 case fans, a CPU cooler and a dual fan GPU) so I think I'll get 128GB SSD's for these builds from here on out, it's simple enough for users to add in a second hard drive later on down the line.
As for the GPU, the R9-280X is really a great card still, in all the benchmarks I ran I was pretty surprised with it's performance and it really is still a viable card for 1080p gaming, especially at this price! They go for about $80-$100 right now on eBay and Reddit so I highly recommend one if you're looking for a bargain!
I've worked with the Corsair 100R for a few builds now and it's a great entry level, mid-tower case that does everything it's supposed to at a sub $50 price-point. The biggest upsides for me have been the side-window and larger HDD cage to store extra cables in. The fact that it comes with 2 USB 3.0 ports on the front is nice and so is the fact that installing front fans is easier (IMHO) than on the budget Corsair "Spec" series cases. I Installed a spare 140mm fan in the front top slot and moved the 120mm fan that came with the case from the back to the front bottom slot to maintain positive air flow, it's been working out great! My only gripe is the fact that the 8-pin cutout for the CPU power isn't large enough to fit the connector after installing the MOBO but in a $50 it's a small gripe lol
EVGA makes great PSU's and the 600B is no exception to that. 80+ bronze certified, long 8-pin CPU cables to reach the top of the MOBO from a distance and a good amount of PCI-E/SATA/MOLEX power cables for the price-point.
Operating system wise, people like Windows 10 (for the most part) so I always bite the bullet and buy a license from whatever vendor is cheapest, usually it's around $90.
Well, that's it! I hope you guys enjoy the pictures/description and I'll try to upload pictures of the benchmarks soon. Feel free to leave a comment if you want and I'll try my best to respond to all of them, thanks for taking a look at the build!