That's what the name means... Make of that what you will.
I had some spare parts laying around, along with an old build I disassembled, so I decided to put them together into an entry-level gaming rig. Turned out OK I think!!
CPU: The Athlon 860K is positively ancient, but is still an amazing budget chip. Gave it a nice mild overclock since I was cooling it with a pretty overkill AiO liquid cooler, and it returns more than respectable results. The introduction of KabyLake Pentium processors with hyperthreading has made this budget Athlon a bit obsolete. However, with 4 physical cores, it can still edge the Pentium out in some multi-threaded workloads, even though the Pentium will crush it in anything requiring a higher IPC rate. Nevertheless, it is a great chip which will manage to keep up with the budget GPU... Speaking of which...
GPU: The RX460 is truly a wonderful little card. Cool, quiet, and packs a nice little punch way above its price range. Yes, the 1050 is a little faster in some games, but I plan on running Dolphin on this machine often, and Radeon GPUs truly do shine with their OpenGL performance (which most emulators use to a greater extent over DirectX). Gave it a very mild overclock as well.
RAM: Corsair's Vengeance line comes into another build. What a surprise. This is, however, my last kit of this fine memory. I can't say enough good things about it.
MOTHERBOARD: All our components need a home and, considering I have used this exact model in 3 builds already, I decided to use the Gigabyte GA-F2A88XN-WIFI mITX board. It has WiFi built-in, and is a nice board from a manufacturer I would trust again and again. Not enough fan connectors, but the AiO came with a little hub stick, so that was not a problem.
CPU COOLER: Only a little overkill for the CPU, but this Maelstrom 240 is a monster. I've used quieter AiOs, and definitely ones that have better cooling potential, but there is something about these DeepCool AiOs that I love: this is the third build with a Maelstrom cooler. I'll let the OC temperatures speak for themselves, but at stock speeds, I never broke 45C. Comes with a neat 4x fan splitter, which is a godsend with these smaller motherboards that never have enough fan headers. (Side-note: Could fan makers please start making fans where the actual connector has power prongs sticking up so we can daisy-chain them off a single header?! PLEASE!)
PSU: This Thermaltake unit is actually a rescue from an old build. The office PC this sat in was being upgraded to a proper workstation, so the 430W limit would have been far over-shot. It wound its way into this build simply by being a PSU from a brand I trust and having enough juice to get the job done.
CASE: It's been in my closet for over a week now. I finally built in a Cooler Master N200 for the first time ever. I thought that, by putting a mITX board into a mATX case, the build would be easy. It wasn't... The cooler actually gave me the most problems, as I had to remove ALL of my drive storage (the cage and the 3.5mm bay at the top). This meant I had to get creative with drive placement, forcing me to stick my SSD to the power supply and mounting the HDD on the floor of the case with two screws - using the rubber grommets included with the case as vibration isolators, and spacers to stop the back from resting on the bare metal. Now that the HDD was so close to the ground however, I couldn't fit SATA power into it, since the remaining length of the cable was pressing on the floor. I ended off chopping the rest of the cable off, leaving just one SATA cable on one wire bundle coming out of the PSU, and wrapping the exposed end in a tight layer of electrical tape to prevent it from shorting out on anything... I think it went well and looks pretty good... 10/10 case, just my mistake that I didn't read up on its features and limitations properly.
STORAGE: Typical setup: smaller SSD for quick launch, larger HDD for mass storage. My base configuration is 120GB+1TB but I found another one of these old Intel SSDs so in it went. They're rock solid and, while not the fastest, are pretty snappy and serve their purpose. Will probably replace it with a 240GB SSD later on, if I find a good one on sale.