Hey! This is my very first PC build ever. I had a budget of around $650, and this is what I came up with. I use this PC primarily for gaming, but only older games, like World of Warcraft, Minecraft, Terraria, Team Fortress 2, Awesomenauts, etc.
CPU I chose this CPU because I heard it was a great budget CPU and it's an amazing overclocker. As of right now, I haven't felt the need to overclock it at all yet, but my mobo does support a slight OC. I feel like I shouldn't go crazy on this CPU's stock cooler, although it has been plenty cool under load on the stock 3.2 ghz.
MOTHERBOARD I chose this motherboard because it was pretty much the cheapest LGA1150 motherboard I could find from a trusted manufacturer. It supports a slight overclock, which is nice. NOTE: I HAD TO UPDATE THE BIOS TO USE THIS MOTHERBOARD WITH THIS CPU. To do this, I ordered a Intel Pentium g3220, which supports the motherboard's BIOS that comes stock out of the box. I used this CPU to boot into the BIOS and flash, which is extremely easy, just use a flash drive and click on the M-Flash button in the UEFI BIOS.
MEMORY I actually used a 1x4 1600 mhz DIM out of an old build which is unbranded, but this is the cheapest RAM I could find that's like mine, for those of you who would consider my build. 4 gigs is really all you need, but the motherboard does have 2 DIM slots if you want to upgrade to 8 gbs later on.
STORAGE This is just a very nice HDD for the money. 1 TB is plenty for my needs. I have pretty much all of my games from my Steam library and from Blizzard installed right now and I'm only using around 350 GB out of around 950GB (1TB of storage isn't ever truly 1TB)
VIDEO CARD This is one amazing little video card! I mean, for around $125, you're getting a very solid mid-range card that even I haven't been able to push to the limit quite yet. WoW runs perfect on this, I get 60+ FPS on ultra settings in 25 man raids, and around 110+ FPS just standing around in Orgrimmar or Stormwind. Dungeons or questing hubs run around 120 FPS. I should get a 144 hz monitor!
CASE Now, I know some of you are gonna go crazy in the comments, but no, I did not replace the PSU that comes with this thing. I know, I know. It hasn't blown out on me yet, which is a miracle beyond belief. I'm going to replace it with the Corsair 430W PSU. But as for the actual case, it's nothing special... But, that doesn't mean it's anything bad, either. I mean, it has a solid build quality and the LED's on the front of the case is a nice touch that other $20 cases don't have. I didn't spend a ton of money on the case just so I can aquire some better hardware instead. Overall, a pretty solid deal for the money, especially if you're tgonna be using the PSU.
OS You know, just Windows 7. Standard. Didn't want Windows 8, had it on my old PC and it sucks without a touch screen.
MONITOR OMFG. I CANNOT RECOMMEND THIS MONITOR ENOUGH. It's SUCH a great deal for a measly price of only $140! Not only are you getting a HUGE 24" display, but it's 1080p, 60 hz, AND it has an only 2 ms response time, which is something you don't see that often down in this price range. Picture quality is AMAZING, and if you get this monitor, just a side tip. PLEASE don't use the blue-light magic thingy or whatever it's called... It strains your eyes and the color with this enabled is just atrocious. But with this feature turned off, it looks picture-perfect!
KEYBOARD/MOUSE Again, another peripheral I cannot recommend enough! Solid build quality, and the LED's are bright and noticable even with other lights on in the room. The DPI switcher on the mouse is a GODSEND. If I had to describe the keys in a few words, I'd say they're light and clicky. I really quite enjoy the typing experience on this keyboard. The travel is a bit spaced out compared to what I'm used to, though, but it only took me a few weeks to really get used to it.
HEADPHONES/HEADSET I actually bought these a few years ago from a deal on Amazon where I got them for $50. Durability is... meh. The paint on the bit that actually goes up over your head (headband???) is starting to peel off on the back. But, it's been a few years... The sound quality as far as listening to music is absolutely AMAZING. They have some nice bass and a nice, punchy sound to them. The mic quality is decent enough, not the best I've ever heard, but definately nothing to sneeze at. My cousin on the other line of Skype never complains.
SPEAKERS Just some cheap USB speakers for when I want to take the Kraken off.
OVERALL CONCLUSION I feel this is a great build if you're on a budget! It runs all my games very well. I can Skype call, listen to music, have Steam open, and play a game full-1080p at 60+ fps all at the same time, it's truly amazing. So much better compared to my APU build I had a while back.
By the way, sorry about the limited amount of pictures. I'll be taking more this weekend to upload, including hopefully internals! Also sorry about the quality, they were taken with my LG Volt.
Amazing little processor for the money! It runs very fast even on the stock 3.2 ghz, and I still have the option to overclock if I ever need that extra horsepower. Overall great CPU for the money!
A standard, well-built low end motherboard. Doesn't have as many features, but for my needs, it's perfect.
Absolutely outstanding HDD! Loads everything on my build super fast. 1TB is plenty of storage. The price/GB on this thing is amazing as well!
A great mid-range card for anyone on a budget. Runs older games (WoW, Minecraft, Terraria, TF2) on the highest settings @1080p without breaking a sweat.
Decent enough for my needs. Solid build quality.
Absolutely amazing monitor for your money.
Great budget line gaming keyboard and mouse.
Meh, ok. Decent enough to get you by, but you'll want nicer.
Decent $10 speakers. Not amazing but for $10, you get what you pay for.