This computer was originally going to be for sale, but a couple days ago the onboard sound on my main rig died, so the motherboard is being sent in for RMA. For a few weeks this will be my temporary rig.
Ram and GPU were pulled from my main rig, hence no price. Once the computer goes up for sale it will have a Corsair XMS3 4GB Kit and either a GTX 750 or HD 7950 as the GPU.
Picked up a mildly used Prodigy for $55, got the motherboard, HDD, PSU and DVDRW for $120. Went with an i3 because ultimately it will be sold and the i5 broke the budget.
First time build with Ivy Bridge, and wow am I impressed with the temperatures (opposed to what I have read). The CPU on Prime95 does not break 56c. Stock cooler @ 80% fan speed (still quiet)
Said and done the total cost's will be:
With 4GB ram and GTX 750: $450
With 4GB ram and HD 7950: $470
Will upload some benchmarks so people can see how much of a bottleneck there will be with an i3 and GTX 780.
Game #1: Battlefield 4 @ 1440P, ultra settings. http://youtu.be/nVMG-oPwynA
Without ShadowPlay recording, FPS ranged between 55 and 89. Avg was around 65 FPS.
In comparison to my main setup (i7 3820 @ 4.3Ghz, 16GB ram), the i3 is still decent. Main rig FPS would range between 70-110. Avg was approx. 75-85 FPS if I recall correctly. Same map, approx. same amount of players. Will retest when rig is back up and running.