Hi all! Thanks for looking at my second build that I am going to show on this great website.
Last month I was drinking a beer with one of my friends and we started talking about consoles vs. PC, I told him that I could build him a PC which was going to outperform the next gen. consoles for about 600$. Why 600$ you ask, because I made a small calculation please keep on reading. He was going to buy the Xbox one which is going to be 400$. Most people forget that you also have to pay about 60$ per year to go online with the Xbox (also Sony is going to use this pay for multiplayer games system in the PS4). I told him that this PC could last for at least 4 years, to make it easy for all of us 400 + (4*60) = 640$. So he agreed with me and we started looking for parts.
And of course those freaky steam sales are going to provide this little monster with lots of great games.
I came up with the following parts list for him. We ordered everything at 8:00 PM and everything arrived at 11:30 AM. After I was done with work we drank a beer, I started teaching him about the components and we started building.
Why these parts:
CPU: I went for AMD because this PC was on a thight budget and the FX-6300 is faster than the i3-3240 which has about the same price. (I do not know why but the FX6300 had the same price as the FX6100, you may guess 3 times which one I chose :P).
CPU cooler: This PC was going to be overclocked and the FX series is known to be kind of a hot head, the huge amount of great reviews on this cooler made me decide to go for this one (and it looks very nice).
Motherboard: We were going to overclock this PC so we needed a AM3+ 970 chipset, this was the cheapest I could find which was a brand that I rely on.
Memory: Well it is a gaming PC so i need 8GB of 1600mhz of ram.
Storage: no room for a SSD in this budget, I already own one of these and know that they are quite fast.
PSU: I looked for a 500W powersupply which was 80 plus and about 50$ so here we go.
Case: I told him that we needed to route cables and needed the PSU to be in the bottom, so he came up with this one.
GPU: About all money that was left
By coincidence the PC got a black and blue theme which is a nice add-on to the build. He already owned the screen because it is his television and he already owned the keyboard and mouse. I still had windows 7 ultimate laying around so he could use that.
Things I ran into: The cooler works like a charm but was not that easy to install.