Hello again! This is my second build, this time for a friend.
I named it the "Unexpected Commander" because when we visited Microcenter we only thought that we were getting a few parts, but we ended up getting them all there and building it the same day.
This will be mainly used for medium-heavy gaming for extended periods of time. His budget was $570, obviously we went a little bit over (the final price actually ended up as $666). We could have saved some money by waiting, but for convenience we bought all the parts at once at Microcenter (AMAZING store, by the way). Unfortunately, taxes.
AMD FX 6300 - Went over to his house and tested out a few games. Seemed very responsive and quick, couldn't be more pleased.
Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 MicroATX - Motherboard was free with the processor at Microcenter. I listed it as $10.00 because he hasn't done the mail in rebate yet.
Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB 1600MHz - Cheapest 2x4GB 1600MHz RAM at Microcenter. It works.
Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200RPM - He needed lots of space for games and couldn't swing an SSD with the budget, although he will get one eventually. Came with a SATA connector, unlike my WD Blue. Step it up, Western Digital!!!
Sapphire R7 265 - This is a strange card that lies in-between the R7 260X and the R9 270. I was looking at the former and asked fellow PCPP user Skemble what he thought. He led me to this, and Microcenter was able to bring down the price a little to match Amazon's. We tested out a few games (Crysis 2, Battlefield 3) and it ran smooth as butter on max settings. Very surprised and delighted with this card.
Thermaltake Commander Ouch. This case was a PAIN. Barely any cable management room at all, and the expansion card mounting system is weird. Also, the screws and screw holes suck. I hope to never build in this case again.
EVGA 500B Have this in my own system and it works. Not bad for the price.
Windows 7 He doesn't like Windows 8, which I guess is understandable.
Overall the build went ok. I spent about a half an hour trying to figure out why it wouldn't power on, only to find that I had plugged the power switch in the wrong place. DERP.
Funny story, because he didn't get an optical drive we had to install the OS using an optical drive while it was still in another computer (because we couldn't get it out). See the last picture.
Also, sorry about the low resolution photos. I took them with my iPod.