The title/name "=Banevader=" comes from the case... it looks kinda like Bane and Darth Vader in a weird way.
Anyways... this is what I built for my 10 year old sons Christmas gift 2014. Almost all the parts were bought during the "Black Friday" & "Cyber Monday" sales from Newegg. The total (including the operating system) was around $550, including combo discounts... when I redeem the rebates, the total will be around $500 USD. The other peripherals such as monitor, keyboard, mouse were gifts from family so the cost of those is not included. This pc will be used primarily for gaming... when he gets older he will probably use it for schoolwork and research.
*CPU - I build with AMD products when I can. The FX series of 8 cores have proven over time to be excellent for gamers/streamers. Yes, they are getting to be old tech... but this is the new E series chip (introduced 2014) that uses less power, and still is up to any task a 10 year old will need.
*CPU Cooler - Low cost/high performance air cooling. I removed the stock fan it shipped with, then I modded on 2 120mm red LED CM SickleFlows for more air movement... and Red case lighting.
*Thermal Compound - I had this leftover from past pc builds. Good stuff, I think it might be better than the grease that comes with the Coolermaster coolers... but I really don't know. All I can say is that it has proven to last a long time with consistent cool temps.
*Motherboard - I have built one other pc with a similar board by ASUS... it is great. Super nice quality and solid. The ASUS UEFI/Bios are very user friendly and they enable the user to control everything from fan speeds, to voltages.
*Memory - This DDR3 was on a super sale during "Black Friday". G.Skill is reliable, 8gb is standard for gaming.
*Storage - This is the second SSHD I've installed. With Windows 8.1, the system gets up and running within seconds. Since my son is only 10, I chose this because it is just simple to use... no complications when he has to select where he will store his media. When I compared the boot up speeds of my other hybrid Seagate SSHD to my Samsung EVO SSD, the time was unnoticeable... you would need sophisticated testing equipment to really even notice any difference between a SSD and a hybrid SSHD. All my future builds will be done with a hybrid SSHD... it seems like a better deal to me when compared to an SSD with a separate HDD setup.
*Video Card - This GPU is really good at running all games from medium to ultra settings 1080p single monitor. I recently upgraded my desktop when I won a SAPPhIRE R9-285 Dual-X OC... so I had a spare R7-260X waiting to be used. The software included from ASUS is excellent. The AMD Gaming Evolved powered by Raptr app is really nice because we can earn points that can be used for free merchandise/games... plus it has a free screen recorder that is very easy to use. My son uploads his gameplay to YouTube... the AMD screen recorder does it at 1080p60HD. Check out what he does with his other desktop that runs R7-260X with another 8 core FX - https://www.youtube.com/user/TheNDWorld/videos
*Case - This case was kinda tight to build in... but if done carefully it works fine. The side panels have bulged areas that enable cable management to be done properly. This thing was on a huge sale for less than $40... had to get it. Some good features of this case are: it is VERY quiet, even with all the added fans, and the side window is a nice bonus too. The only complaint I have about this case is that there is hardly any room above the motherboard to route cables, or install top exhaust fans.
*Power Supply - Nice 80+ Bronze semi-modular design. The cables are all black and flat, except for the main power to the motherboard. I've used the CX series in a past build, and it works very well. Yes... the wattage is very overkill for these parts, but the CX600M cost less than the CX500M during the e-retailer holiday sales.
*Optical Drive - Cheapest DVD/CD burner I could find. On my other pc's we barely ever use the optical drives, so I just chose one that was lowest cost... this thing is probably cheaper than a USB stick. All we will use this for is probably loading the operating system and driver disks. It is a quiet drive... despite what you may read in the retail e-store reviews.
*Operating System - Simple to use and fast. BTW... if you are a student, you can get these at a deep discount from the Microsoft website. All you have to do is prove to the phone operator that you are a student, which isn't hard... they only asked like 2 questions about school location and zip code. Microsoft didn't even ask for any paper verification. Go to the Microsoft website before you buy anywhere else... it's worth it.
*Monitor - Gift from family. Seems like a good one for gaming. Can't complain it was FREE.
*Keyboard - Gift from family. This is a combo set that is bundled together with a mouse, uses red LED lighting. Can't complain it was FREE.
*I rated everything in this parts list at 5 stars because they do exactly what I bought them for very well... except for the Corsair SPEC-03 case, I put 4 stars because there is no room above the motherboard... besides that it is a great case.
*Please, I encourage you to leave any comments/feedback... I'm still learnin'. Thanks.
**This build posted up the first time I switched it on. I was told "This was the best Christmas ever!!!!" ... guess I did my job.