My son wanted a gaming PC for his birthday/Xmas. His birthday is really close to Xmas, so he asked everyone for money, and ended up with a little over $800 (half of that from his father and I). He watched me build Eva, and wanted his own. So...here it is. He helped me VERY LITTLE I must say, but what can you expect from a 12 year old, LOL.
The storage HDD is actually a Samsung 500GB, a refurb. PCpartpicker didn't have the exact model, so I plugged in a similar one. The video card is actually the 4 GB version of the R9 270X. PCpartpicker, at the time, didn't have that part in their list either. Many of the parts were purchased because they were on sale, or on a rebate. The memory was from my EVA PC, I found some G. Skill 2400 on sale, so I grabbed that and swapped my RAM out for his. My RAM was also good, so...I don't feel guilty about it at all.
The only issue I had was I put it all together and BIOS didn't boot. I had no idea, and I ended up calling support from the small business I purchased the mobo from. Their tech support was really helpful in letting me know I didn't plug in the power cord to the CPU! How embarrassing. I had completely forgotten to do that, then had to make the boyfriend move the radiator (which was a real B to get in this case in the first place I might add) so I could access the CPU slot. After that, all was well! The Windows Experience rating seems low, but as you can see it's only the HDD that is holding back the score. I'll eventually upgrade him with a small SSD for the OS.
He named this PC "Apollo", after the "sun god". I guessed it was because it's AMD and they run hot... LOL, but NO, when I ask him, he says it's because it "shines bright". Whatever...kid.