So this is a build that my first build actually started from, when I finally fished up building 'Ice Phantom' my brother approached me insisting that I build one for him as well. This was a teaching/family bonding build. I based it off of his need to play games such as Runescape or WoW, as well as being able to play currently gen and last gen games, albeit not on max settings but he has that option. I selected the parts based on price to performance ratios and am pretty confident that this build won't be touched for it's price point. Thoughts? Cable management was done as best as the case allows, I hid most of the unused cables in the second available 5.25 inch drive bay underneath the optical drive to get it as clean as possible. I think it was pretty successful and it doesn't look like heat will be an issue with the dual fans. Overall, I'm very proud with this build and think it packs one heck of a punch for its price point. You just can't beat it :D
CPU-Honestly the highest benchmarking CPU south of $80 with overclocking capability if he chooses to swap the board and add a cooler. Overclocking is currently NOT on the to-do list, but there's always that option. I would've put this cpu in my personal build but went with the fx so that I can upgrade later if needed.
Mobo- Cheapest trusted name brand board that I could find and also has 6gb per second sata ports, some other cheapo boards I looked at didn't have this option, plus I trust Asus. Board is nice, just wish they had another fan header but thats a minor complaint.
Ram-Board only has 2 slot for ram so i put in a single stick of 4gb so if he wishes to upgrade he can just buy another 4gb stick and be set. He currently doesn't need 8gb of ram because he doesn't do much other than video stream or web surf, and play runescape.
HDD- As I said, he doesn't need anything close to a 1tb hard drive and frankly I think that's overdoing it for most builds nowadays, but that it's become more of a 'standard' of pc building. If he fills this (unlikely) we can add another one later.
GPU- I love this gpu, you just can't beat it for $100 and is practically the highest price to performance card on the market. Sure I could have thrown in an extra 20-30 bucks and got a ti, but he doesn't need it and I wanted this build as close to $450 as possible with quality parts. This card will also play current and last gen games just fine at 30fps.
Case- Pretty sleek looking case and have seen this featured in other budget builds as well. It has 0 room for cable management but as long as you're not trying to cram too much into it, it's fine.
PSU- Didn't need more than 430w and it's also enough for him to add a bigger GPU if he starts playing more demanding games and wants high resolution.
Optical drive- basic.
OS- He wanted windows 8.1 because he is familiar with it. Also the current OS for Windows.