* Mail-In Rebates:
This was a build for a friend who loves to game but has very little income and is putting himself through college as a programmer. So me and another friend of mine decided that it was time for him to have a nice gaming rig for his birthday so he could play games with us :D We had a $600 budget and came in under $55 Yay!!!
CPU/MOBO--- We got a really good deal @ Micro Center. You get a free motherboard when you bought the 6300. I chose the Gigabyte for its USB3 since our buddy has a external USB3 drive he carries with him all the time. The one thing that bothered me about the motherboard was it has SATAII instead of SATAIII. But for the price of free it was hard to complain.
RAM--- So this was probably the most frustating part of the build. GSkills Ripjaws was on sale @ Newegg for $69.99. Went to the site .....OUT OF STOCK.... :( I was very unhappy. The next best thing for the price was the GSkill Sniper for $84.99 and I went ahead and ordered it. It came in the mail pretty fast but then figured out that the original RAM was now back in stock....UGH! it would cost me 15 bucks to return the Snipers and get the GSkill Ripjaws shipped. So I shrugged and moved on.
Storage--- Kingston has been a good brand to me for a long time and this was a no brainer choice for cheap fast storage for me. Even with the SSD on SATAII it still is a 12 second boot so super happy with that. I also had a Samsung 5400rpm 250GB SATA drive laying around and figured he could us that for backups or really whatever he wanted too.
Graphics Card--- I got this graphics card for free when I bought my 660ti from a guy off craigslist who was in my area. The only thing wrong with it was that the fan on the card was making a horrible clicking sound when it ran. I honestly didn't feel like just replacing the fan because the problem could lie with the fan cooling housing so I decided to go ahead and and throw an Arctic Mono Cooler which is a very nice air cooler. I figured since the card was free it was justified to spend $50 to make it a nice card that will last for a year or two.
Case--- Man this case is super nice and it is now my preference for building at the moment for budget machines. the only problem I had was with how much space was behind for cable management. There is almost no space for cables but I managed to keep the cables pretty tidy for what I was working with.
PSU--- Corsair seems to be the build choice for most PCs these days and it was a good price for a Semi-Modular PSU. I went with 600W so if in the future he wanted to do more with his PC he could.
He was super surprised lol
Ya'll let me know what you think and thanks for looking :D