This build was on a $450 dollar budget. My girlfriend is working a summer internship and her boss mentioned that it was his son's birthday and that he needed a gift for him. When he also said that he has been asking for a computer lately my girlfriend swiftly volunteered my services haha. So since this is for my girlfriends boss, i really wanted to make sure it is a good build and his son would like it. The son is 15yo plays mostly League of legends and World of Warcraft, but mostly doesnt play other games bc the family computer cant handle it.
The $450 dollar budget is always tough, it started out at 400 but when he said he wanted a color theme and nice case, i said that it would cost a little extra. The color the,me he wanted was a blue and white since it is his school's colors. I had trouble making anything cheaper than this that would perform well with the games at hand. I originally wanted a i3-4130 for the CPU since WoW is a CPU sided game and i know he will be playing that, but microcenter didn't have a cpu/mobo bundle for any cheaper i3's, thus the fx-6300, which is still a fine CPU.
For the GPU i went with a r7 265 over a 750ti because the performance is much higher and i had the wattage to spare. The 750ti is a great card nice and cool and quiet, but i think that he would benefit more from the gpu speed performance than heat and noise.
I wanted to go with a phantom 240 case but i had trouble finding one in stock that i could get on short notice since his birthday is tomorrow. but this case turned out nice and fits the color theme well.
|CPU||AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core||$99.99|
|Motherboard||Asus M5A78L-M LX PLUS Micro ATX AM3+||$0.00|
|Memory||Kingston Fury Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600||$69.99|
|Storage||Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM||$49.99|
|Video Card||Gigabyte Radeon R7 265 2GB||$140.00|
|Case||Thermaltake Chaser A31 Snow White ATX Mid Tower||$62.03||Amazon|
|Power Supply||XFX 550W ATX12V||$26.00|
|Custom||NZXT CB-LED10-BU 1-Metre Light Sensitivity Sleeved LED Kit (Blue)||$6.95|
|Date Published||June 30, 2014|