A buddy of mine wanted a step up from his gaming laptop but didn't want to pay a huge price. Figured I would mess around with overclocking to learn for myself and get him a cheap gaming rig. After building the rig and overclocking the CPU and GPU I only tested out Shadow of Mordor. Using auto detect for visual settings I was getting around 40 FPS, lowering the setting to medium I gained 6 FPS.
OC'd from 3.2 to 4.4 with no problem, I bet it could go even more but I didn't see the point in pushing it further. When testing the stability on Aida64 it ran for 30 minutes at 100% load. While Aida64 was running it was bogged down pretty bad, never locked up though.
I added an extra 120mm fan for push pull since I OC'd the CPU. The fan has a blue LED that matched the build perfectly, but I absolutely hate the installation due to it using the stock cooler.
Nice looking MOBO with decent features. The colors don't match the build but its a budget build so it's not a big deal
Got these off of Amazon.com cheaper than anywhere else with a discount because I am a Prime member. Matches the build scheme and does the job.
Snappy SSD for a decent price. Loads Windows in less than 5 seconds.
The owner couldn't sell this card so he just decided to trade for beer. I got 2 of these and an SLI bridge. They arent the greatest cards ever but for $25 USD you can't beat it. Gets fairly decent frame rates at medium-high details.
A $50 case is a $50 case. Cable management isn't that great and drive bays aren't removable but that's really the only downside. If I need another case around this price I'll probably Corsair 200R.
Good PSU, never had any problems out of it. Semi-modular. My only complains are the cables/cable sleeves and the price. The cables aren't all black so you have a slew of randomly colored cables hanging out on the MOBO. Plus it's a bit more expensive than other 600w PSUs.
Cheap fans to increase airflow and they did just that.