I started doing builds about 3 years ago but never had the money to go for a system with new parts. My first build had a Q6600, 775 motherboard, a GTX 650 and 4GBs of crazy fast 800Mhz RAM. This cost me in total, around $70 which to me seemed like a pretty good deal.
Last year, around September a friend of mine told me he had an old system lying around with a dead PSU and motherboard. I asked what CPU it had in it and to my surprise he said it was a 3rd gen i7. Then even more to be surprise he gave it to me for free. A few months later, around Christmas I had most of my parts and then got a GTX 970 as a gift. I build the PC into a Sharkoon VG4-W originally and the specs where pretty good, considering the total price (including approximate costs of gifts) was around $500. It had a cheap KingSpec SSD, GTX 970, i7 3770, H77 motherboard and a 650W PSU.
However, I do a lot more content creation now and the 4 core 8 thread locked CPU wasn't really handling it. So I looked out for options on a new CPU, of course, still with a low budget in mind. Ryzen was appealing, but a kit of DDR4 cost more than my graphics card and I wasn't willing to pay that. So older intel chips became more appealing. I wound up after about 5 months, of searching for non-existent X79 motherboards, finding a perfect deal on an Asus P9X79 Pro and 3930k for $180, perfect. A new case and cooler came shortly after. I managed a small OC to 4.2Ghz on all cores and it has greatly improved my rendering times and timeline performance. Gaming has been great although I do plan on getting a new cooler to keep this CPU nice and cool, so here is the final build:
Notes: It is a Raidmax Cobra RGB 120 not 240.
It is a Kingspec 120GB SSD not Kingston A400
It is a WD Blue 2TB not Red
The power supply came from a mining rig that never saw any work, technically for free so I just set
I had to do some weird stuff to mount all 3 hard drives into the case, why do no budget options
have more than 2 bays