This is my $600 build, give or take a penny, literally. I've been wanting to build my own computer for a while now, just never bought anything really. Ive been using a laptop for the last 7 years, and now that I have a fancy office in my house, with a awesome desk, I felt necessary to purchase a awesome desktop.
I think you'll find the parts are very meticulously planned.
I went with a FX6300,because they are a boss to overclock, and because I plan on using it for future video editing, programming, virtual machining, so the 6 cores will prove useful. Plus, everyone and their mom has been building intel since the new i series came out. I bounced back and forth with this build for a while, even trying a intel build for price comparison. My conclusion is the result of several months of research.
The cpu cooler is pretty much the standard amongst budget builders, nothing fancy there.
The motherboard took me about two weeks to reach a conclusion. and only after I added in my 7870 gpu did I reach it. It had good reviews, is capable of crossfire if I feel so later on.For $100 it really cant be beat, I wanted to go with Asus because the only other competitor was Asrock for the price, but with an i7 build we did in class, the Asrock mobo's felt under developed, and difficult to work with.
Ram is ram, nothing special. At most I wanted 1600ghz and blue to match the color scheme. This was the cheapest I could find that met the criteria.
The graphics card. I thought long and hard about this card. and ultimately decided that if I were to do an intel build, I was going to use it strictly for work, and just use onboard graphics due to the immense cost for intel. Once I decided to go with AMD, I had around $200 to fit in a nice graphics card. Sapphire makes quality parts, and I read positive after positive reviews. The 7870 was not that much more than a good 7850, and I wanted something with dual DVI ports. For OCD purposes. So far it will run skyrim at 60 fps on ultra high. and I hope to take advantage of a display link hub and run eyefinity. Once I save up enough for 3 21" monitors.
The case. It is a fairly new case, with only 2 reviews on newegg. I named the build after the case, because well, it looks like a stormtrooper, haha. I sacrificed more expense here than I wanted, but the case was beautiful, and met my criteria on being less than $50, have ample room for upgrading, and maintain a bottom mount PSU. Which brings me to the PSU, it is a run of the mill, highly reviewed and accepted unit, and was cheap with a mail in rebate.
The total cost for the build, all from newegg, before rebates, was $599.93. Just pennies short of my budget line.I dont think I could have stuffed any more power under the belt. I am able to keep the budget, by salvaging the hard drive and OS from a donor computer I got for free. I am also going to swap over the dvd drive. I have two monitors ready to be plugged in, and a cheap mouse and keyboard for now to get the ball rolling.