This build was originally designed for moderate to high demand gaming (and still is). The reason I say this is because the parts list you are currently viewing is the result of over six months of evolution; buying, trading, and selling parts as they come and go, eventually leaving me to settle upon this finalized list. Heck, I even finished this build last month and was too lazy to post it. Now, to ease your curiosity of the two $100 285s:
I had recently read about and downloaded an app called 'letgo', a buy/sell/trade used goods platform (I'm not trying to advertise - this is just a story), and had spent a couple hours browsing through its electronics feed. I came across a man named Robert, who was selling these two XFX R9 285 Black Edition GPUs. After exchanging messages back and forth for a few days and getting to know him personally, learning that the cards had only been used to complete Tomb Raider and then were removed, I decided to purchase them despite originally wanting a GTX 970. I'm glad to say that I pounced on his offer, because normal retail per (XFX Black Edition) R9 285 is around $230. I spent about $30 less on both (Basically new) cards together than if I had purchased one of them at normal retail. Robert, you are the man. With these cards combined via CrossfireX on the MSI Z97 Gaming 5 Motherboard, I am able to render Just Cause 3 on ultra-quality graphics at 1920x1080, and have yet to drop framerate below 55fps. Check out Robert's build
UPDATE: Removed CrossfireX 205's, added an MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Gaming X 8G
Now that we've settled this; let's get on to the fun stuff.
Fantastic processor. I see people now using these guys in rigs with 1080s, but now, I'm aware of why; for my use, the extra $100 for a standard i7 doesn't really produce all that much of a difference when it comes to the overall question, is it worth it? If you're edgy (And don't plan on OCing) on which CPU you should buy, go with this one. I promise that you won't tell the difference, and you'll be able to invest $100 more on something else. Also; this bad boy OC's to 4GHz like a pro.
212 Evo. Bam. That's it. This should honestly be the only one of it's type and size on the market. Does the job anything else can do (Sometime better) for $30. Processor is running about 45C under full load on Ultra GTA V settings. It's pretty great.
Most badass budget gaming motherboard I would say exists today. Fantastic location of all ports and power sockets, spectacular BIOS, unbelievable quality - MSI has it all. You need this motherboard.
They say that RAM is RAM, but this in particular was the cheapest priced and most durable - not to mention its incredible speed and sleek heat spreader. Kingston really blew the quality budget competition out of the water here.
Although I do have a spare HDD, I currently only use this guy. With boot speeds around 10 seconds, I'm no longer able to relieve my bladder's needs while waiting on my PC to boot like I was during my pre-built HP times... Not really a negative, just.. dang.
Just updated to this guy and it's incredibly fast. All games maxed out now, 100%.
Sleekest, most convenient, durable, and cheapest priced necessary case for a budget gaming PC. What can I say? Corsair knows their way around large hard things. :)
Don't give me flak for choosing the NEX edition of the 750 watt EVGA PSU. This one is sexy, and works just as well as any other.
It's Corsair. It's a fan. Need I say more? This is kind of their thing, isn't it?
Not pictured, but I do own it; I only currently use the media reader in this guy. However, I have tested the fan controlling unit before, which is honestly pretty bad. Good thing I don't really need it.