I put this together for my friend about a month ago. To finally help him build it was quite a struggle through hell. Here's why.
Note: sorry for the lack of pictures, wasn't thinking of taking many pictures during the build :(
First off, because of the low budget, there are bound to be some issues. The motherboard we chose happen to be discontinued, so he ended up buying a used one for a good $25. It didn't come with an IO shield so he had to find one on ebay for that exact model - and it apparently was really hard. Once we started building with this motherboard, its definitely something not many people would recommend.
The front IO connections are directly under the graphics card causing it to slant/disproportion itself. It seemed dangerous at first but it still worked with all of it connected securely. Secondly, the 4-pin power connector is right next to the cooler, so took nearly thirty minutes to squeeze our hand between the cooler and the backside of the case. It hurt... Like hell. Speaking of motherboard connectors, installing Gigabyte wireless network adapter needed some improvising (unless this is how it was meant to be installed). For one, it uses an internal USB 2.0 connection for the motherboard, causing the case's front IO's USB 2.0 to be unemployed. Then, for some reason, the PCIE slot on the adapter was a "small piece of metal." It wasn't a PICE bracket/slot, but more of a smaller strip of metal. It definitely couldn't fit in the case's expansions slots so we had to cut some of the metal in order for it to fit. It's still a little crooked but frankly nothing can be done. Nonetheless, the connection is fit perfectly and the receiver goes through perfectly. Finally, the only fan case fan header available just so happens to be under the H7 cooler, uninstalling the motherboard and cooler just to install the 3-way fan splitter added a good 25 minutes to our build time.
On the bright side, the case was surprisingly easy to build in. It's sturdy and small, the perfect size for his desk. Although the cable management space in this chassis wasn't too great, the lack of the GPU PCIE cable was definitely appreciated.
This build is near dead silence to the point where I had thought the computer didn't even start up when I pressed the power button.
Overall, this shouldn't have taken the near 3 hours it did.
For my friend, he's coming from a 2012 HP laptop with a duo core processor at 2.1 GHz. Not the best. He played League of Legends at 15-20 FPS along with the occasional crashes. CSGO at 30-35 FPS, again, with the crashes; and tried playing WoW and played at 0 FPS with a Blue Screen of Death.
Being able to play the games he wanted at the highest settings 1080p, he was astounded.
- 200-350 FPS on League of Legends
- 200-400 FPS on CSGO
- 40-50 FPS on WoW (medium-high settings)
- 60-70 FPS on Overwatch (high-very high settings)
He hasn't played any of the newer titles such as Witcher 3, Rise of the Tomb Raider, The Division, etc. but he definitely plans to.
I know there are better builds than this one for 600$. The CPU cooler wasn't entirely necessary, nor were the two extra Fractal Design Fans; but he decided that the i5 6400 (2.7GHz), a better graphics card (originally going for the 470) and even an SSD were redundant compared to what he planned on using this setup for. Besides, upgrades are finally possible for him with a tower PC.