Build Date: 03JAN2016

Customer requested a quad core for some multi-threaded applications that he uses for school and he wanted a video card good enough to play CS:GO, Starcraft 2, and League of Legends, as well as some older games. Everything was sounding good until he told me that he only had $300 to spend on parts. Luckily, he already had a legit copy of Windows and I scored a lightly used 260X from a fellow builder in the area.


  • $310
  • Quad core


  • Only 4GB of RAM
  • Seriously outdated HDD
  • R7 260X GPU
  • The list goes on

Notes: Budget builds are BUDGET builds. I have to make the best machine for it's intended purpose while maintaining the budget. In addition to the used 260X, I was able to get some pretty good deals from newegg and actually found the Ranger-M case in stock on Amazon. My least favorite part of the build is the hard drive, which has sense been replaced with a 120GB SSD. I somehow managed to lose the pictures of the interior of the build, but it was very bland and un-imaginative. If you have any questions, please ask!

Part Reviews


Rosewill's case quality extends even to their most in-expensive products they sell. It's got everything you need for a basic build and comes with a solid quality bright blue LED fan in the front if you are into that. I love it, the customer loves it. This is my new go-to case for budget mATX builds. It also looks pretty good too.


  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Even though it may cost a bit, upgrade the ram to 8 gigs. In a gaming PC, you'll only ever need about 8 gigs.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

The customer is primarily using the computer for school with light gaming and didn't have the money for 8GB. His budget was really that tight. When he graduates, he is going to do an entire rebuild.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh, wasn't aware of that.