My son wanted a desktop for his birthday (mostly to play Minecraft), and I wanted something that I could use for some mild video editing. So I decided to jump in headfirst on my first desktop build. I got some advice from a co-worker, and he pointed me to this site for more help.
I was going to go with a Pentium G4560, but saw that my local Frys Electronics had the G4620 listed online for $75. Well, I didn't get over to the store until the next day, and it was marked up to $92. They wouldn't honor the previous day's price, but they did have a special on the Core i3-7320 for $99. So I went with that one. Seemed like a good deal compared to what I was seeing for the CPU online.
I might have splurged a little on the motherboard, but I knew my son was going to get more into the whole building process if it had lots of flashing lights and looked cool. Newegg had it for $125 plus $4 shipping with a $20 rebate.
There's nothing special about the RAM ($98), hard drive ($50) or DVD writer ($14). They were just the right price with the right specs.
The case was more about visuals than anything else. It looked cool and has a blue LED fan on the front. It seems like a decent case for the price. It comes stock with one fan in front, two on the top and one more in the back. Two of the fans connect direct to the power supply and are controlled with a high-low switch on the top of the case. The other fans connect to the motherboard but don't have the speed control feature because they have only a three-pin connection. Newegg had the case for $50 plus $6 shipping. PCpartpicker showed SuperBiiz had it for $43, but they also wanted $13 shipping so I just got it from Newegg.
Routing the cables was a little tricky with this case. The access holes were fine, but the space behind the motherboard and the side of the case was pretty tight. I was able to tuck some of the extra cable length under the DVD writer, but that could become a problem if I decide to add anything else that needs an external drive bay.
The power supply is probably bigger than I need, but I wanted the ability to add on later. I like that it's fully modular. The price was right with a $20 rebate and free shipping from Newegg, making it only $34.
I also picked up Windows 10 on CD-ROM ($79) and a 24-inch LG monitor ($88) from Frys.
I haven't decided on a graphics card yet but will be on the lookout for a decent one at a good price. For now, we are using the CPU's integrated graphics capability. I'm leaning toward a GTX 1050ti 4gb. Seems like it will do ok and not break the bank. I'll probably wait until I get my rebates back and put those toward it.
It took me just over two hours to get it all put together thanks to my researching and reading everything I could find about assembly and cable management. It fired up on the first try, and I had Windows and all the drivers installed within about another hour.
My total for the build thanks to shopping around came to $650 after any sales tax and shipping and minus $40 in rebates. Didn't seem too bad for a system that should give us plenty of room to grow.