I enjoyed so much building my first PC, that I wanted to do it again! This time, it's more about getting the most Bang for the Buck. I'm trying to convince my friend to buy it otherwise, I'll probably just sell in on the internet. The prices might not be what I paid for. Overall, with shipping, taxes and the OS, it costed me 700$ CAN
CPU : I used to think that CPU was crap just because it has Pentium on it instead of i3, i5 or i7. Well, I was so wrong! This is probably the most bang for the buck CPU ever! It performs almost as well as an i5 in gaming at the 1/3 of the cost. I was able to overclock it at 4.5Ghz but it wont pass an Aida test and the Voltage is a bit above the safe limit of 1.3v. So 4.4Ghz it is!
Cooler : Since I was going to overclock, I went with this once again. This cooler is a great value! The only thing that bothered me is that, while it barely fit in my mini case, it wont allow enough space for either of the two side fan (unlike the newegg review of the case said) I first tried the standard vertical way. When I realised it wouldn't work, tried the horizontal way but it won't fit either so had to put it back vertical -_-
Mobo : Could have chosed a 10$ cheaper but I went with this one to allow the USB 3 for the header. As said earlier, I was able to overclock at 4.5Ghz, so no problem there!
RAM : I could have chosed 5$ cheaper but this one has 7 CAS instead of 11 CAS. I heard, the less the better.
GPU : I bought this R9 280x for 150$ used since it's the most expensive part and that I wanted to keep a competetive price. The fans are a bit loud over 50% usage though. The temps get to 70C at 100% usage.
SSD : Still went with an SSD in a value build cause it's not that expensive and it's just a must for me now that I've tried it.
HHD : The usual 1To Seagate 7200rpm. Best value out there.
Case : I went with this case, cause it's very cheap and yet, good looking! Cable management was a nightmare though.
PSU : I probably could have gone with a 500W-550W but went with a 600W just in case. With all the overclock and the AMD GPU who's more power hungry than his Nvidia rival, I wouldn't be cheap and risk it for 10-15$. Went with a bronze one cause I still want quality stuff in that PC and knowing that he's probably never going to upgrade that and it's not really much more expensive. Be warned though! Don't expect to have your in-mail rebate from EVGA. I tried with both of my PC and for some reason, they refused it!
Optical drive : Cheapest CD/DVD reader. Not often usefull these day, but you'll still have it in case.
Overall, it performs well in game for such a cheap PC. I can run all my games on ultra at 1080p If he'd want to upgrade it at some point, get a i5 4690k and a GTX 970 and he's got himself a High end PC!