This is a build I put together with an initial budget of $330 for a friend of mine. The price ended up being higher than I'd liked, because he insisted on buying from Amazon. I'll try my best to explain some of the part choices.
I had initially purchased a Pentium G4560 and an H170M motherboard, but the Microcenter employee there that day decided that what the guy told me last time I was there (that bios updates were free) was wrong and I had to pay $20. Rather than do that, I ended up returning the Pentium and motherboard and buying an i3 6100 and h110m. Why, you ask? Because at the time, Pentium prices were so bad that the 6100 ended up being cheaper after the combo discount.
I sold him the CX450M because it was a spare power supply I had at the time, and I figured $40 was a fair price given that it didn't look like it would ever go below $50 again and I had only used it for a month.
I gave him the monitor from my first build, Scrappy v1.1, since I upgraded to a 1080p monitor and never used it again.
If you can't tell, this is the laziest excuse for a build description I've ever put out. I'm typing this on my phone and just want to get it uploaded after 3 months of waiting for pictures. Maybe I'll actually fix this up into a decent description at some point when I'm not so tired.
Works great. Stock cooler keeps it nice and cool and it got 6,000 points in the physics test of firestrike. This is especially impressive considering my i7 3770 gets 10,000.
Knocking off half a star for the fact that it's a really ugly brown. Another half comes off for the low quality I/O shield and the poor manual. I'd knock off another half a star for the ****** BIOS, but you can't make it 3 and a half stars so you got off lucky MSI.
It's RAM. What can I say? The kit I received was actually black with no heat spreader, but honestly that looks better than the green featured in the picture.
It runs pretty cool, and it does just about everything my friend wants. He gets 50-60fps in Skyrim Special Edition at 1600x1000 at high/ultra.
I mean, for a $20 case, it's not horrible. It comes with 1 80mm fan and only the screws for that one fan. The screws are very poorly labelled and I honestly wasn't sure which ones to use for the expansion slots. There is literally no way you're gonna fit any cables in the back, so I had to route everything through the ODD space. The rack mount is hard to figure out if you've never done it before and the instructions don't help at all. At least it looks pretty sleek and it fits in small areas pretty well.