[Background]---This is a build for a 12yr old who recently got into PC gaming. His parents didn't want something they would have to upgrade in the near future and gave me an excellent budget to work with. I basically already had the GTX 970 chosen since it'll use Geforce Experience & generally (in my opinion) Nvidia drivers just come around better than Radeon ones. Everything else was chosen for stability, reliability, & budgeting. Also i've noticed that probably not many people will ever need anything bigger than the N200 by CoolerM. and it makes the perfect case.
Needless to say all of these parts perform exactly to his standards (no OC, 1080p, easy use,etc.) my only regret is that dang stock cooler. I never wanna see such high temps on Idle or under load & hear that god awful fan. While some may sing praise for Intel or FX processors give my budget & my past experience with particular parts my conclusion is this machine should last him for 4-6yrs until he's old enough to get a job & upgrade it (starting with CPU Cooler > CPU & Mobo).
On W7 Firestrike Extreme: Graphics=5589 G. Test 1=30.10 FPS G. Test 2=20.38 FPS Physics Score=4412 Physics Test=14.01 FPS Combined Score= 2083 C. Test: 9.69 FPS
For ~$60-70 you can't find a better budget processor. I know that Intel has it's anniversary processor, but my hope is with DX12 around that corner this will put budget AMD back in the game. (Stock CPU Cooler sucks, but hey its fine for someone who is never gonna OC)
Best budget single stick of 8Gb Ram out there.
Really solid HDD & nothing beats that price.
Best,smallest, budget Mid Tower money can buy. It got everything you need: space, solid cable management (for a $50 case), decent stock cooler configuration, & much much more. If there is one thing that bothers me is that while the back side panel has an indented portion to allow more room for cable management it's really difficult to get the side panel back on because all your cables will be in the way for attachment until it's completely attached.
One of the best budget PSU that very solid money can buy. My only complaint is that where they decide on each cable the actual PCIe connectors or SATA connectors leave much to be desired (man you gotta really bend those PCIe connects if you're going to use both) & makes a clean cable build next to impossible.
Can't go wrong with this budget keyboard.