Build this for a friend who was gaming on a Gateway or eMachine using some kind of integrated nVidia gpu. I guess he will mainly use it to play Civ V, CS:GO, and other new games, and browse the lastest dank memes too.
CPU: Got the FX-8320E for only 109.99! Plus shipping and handling. Got it from Directron, took them 10 days to deliver lol. First we were thinking about getting an FX8350 but since we couldn't find it for less than $145 it was way out of budget.
CPU Cooler: I don't like the coolers that come with AMD cards, they look so... bland. and got the GeminII from Amazon Warehouse (Damaged box) with a 15% discount during Prime Day. Switched out the fan for an LED fan because why not.
Motherboard: Didn't need something too fancy but at the same time couldn't go for something too cheap, so got this one. It was on sale in Amazon (New) and has 4/5 stars.
Memory: Got these for $90 (plus tax) pretty standard price. One of the sticks is bad so we'll run 8GB for now and replace it before the 30 day return window. Currently running PNY RAM on two computers and have had no issues, so I can't complain. Stuff happens.
Storage: Got it during Prime Day from the Amazon Warehouse with the 15% discount. It was not used, it only had a damaged box. 1TB is enough for now and didn't buy an SSD but if he wants he might end up buying one.
Video Card: First though was a GTX 960 but since the R9 380 is better, AND newer we went with it. Price was $229 from GPU Shack but we got the $10 Peasant Convertion discount. They are refurbished but have 2 years warranty so why no :)
Power Supply: I found some good-ish PSU for around the same price but they had Mail-in-Rebates. Since the budget was tight we couldn't simply spend more and wait months for the rebates to arrive (I'm looking at you, Corsair and Thermaltake rebates from 3 months ago, where are you?!) This was a refurb from Newegg (39.99+tax). The unit arrived in original box, with all accesories and no signs of wear. It runs silent and doesn't seem to have any issues. Maybe the guy didn't plug it in right.
Optical Drive: Its Blu-ray; got it from /r/HardwareSwap used it for a couple months and didn't have any issues. 10/10 Would buy new.
OS: Popcorn tastes good.
Case: Never heard of these guys before. I gave him options from cases I thought looked nice, and threw in this one as a joke thinking he wouldn't like it... Case came with 3 fans, cheap fans. An 80mm fan came mounted on the side panel that can hold a 140mm fan. It looked so cute :3 The case is compact for an ATX case and fit everything in nice and cozy. Unfortunately only 2 drives for the HDDs are usable with a GPU and the cable management was a bit difficult. The cables HD AUDIO and USB3 where not long so it took some "reorganzing" for them to reach their ports and not stick out. But the HD AUDIO was a lost cause, I had to leave it awkardly running over the GPU. I would personaly not buy this case but for $35 its good-ish
Case Fans: Had to take out the cheap fans, reviews said they were loud. Plus they looked cheap so I didn't even bother trying them. Switched out the CPU Cooler fan for an LED Cooler Master and the front fan for a BitFenix LED too. Removed the front fan filter since it was touching the fan. Fans were not included in the final price because they were a gift from me. They would probably add up to about $17
Afterthoughts: It is a good $690 build and can handle multiple dank memes at the same time.