Hey. Hello. How ya' doin'? This is a new build. A new build I built for my buddy. He wanted a decent gaming computer for under $1000 and this is what we came up with. Enjoy!
P.S. I know the picture quality is horrible, but it's the best I have to offer with my current resources. Sorry about that. Just know that seeing these terribly pixelated pictures uploaded hurts me more than it hurts you. Trust me.
CPU: The i5 4460 is a really great processor for gaming. Just over $100, it will last my friend quite a few years. No overclocking ability, but if he feels the need to do that he can upgrade CPUs I guess.
CPU Cooler: The Hyper 212 EVO is the most popular air cooler on the market. We got this one from a friend for a couple bucks cheaper than retail. This cooler is more than sufficient for his locked processor, and will be sufficient if wants to get an unlocked one in the future.
Motherboard: We chose a Z97 motherboard so that if my pal ever decides we wants to get an unlocked CPU (such as the i5 4690k) he won't need to spend money on a new motherboard. This board came in just over $100 and is well worth the price. MSI is also a great brand and this motherboard is to be trusted.
Memory: This was probably the most discussed part of this build. We debated on whether we wanted 1x8GB, 2x4GB, or 2x8GB. We settled with 1x8GB so that if my friend decides that he wants to upgrade to 16GB of RAM he can buy a single stick and run it in a dual-channel configuration.
SSD: Awhile back I did some searching for the best price-to-performance SSD available, and this is what I found. There may be better options out there that I didn't see, but this PNY one is definitely a solid choice.
HDD: Just your standard 1TB mechanical drive. Costs less than $50. Stores data. Yep.
GPU: I know the 1000 series just came out. but that doesn't mean the last series is irrelevant. The 970 is still a pretty powerful card that should allow my friend to play games on high settings for quite awhile. It helps that we got it for just over $200 thanks to the same friend that we got the Hyper 212 EVO from.
PSU: Rosewill is a trustworthy company. You should only ever buy your power supplies from trustworthy companies. So we did that. 500w is enough for what this PC is packing and 80+ Bronze efficiency helps me sleep at night.
Case: The DIYPC S280-W is a really nice looking case for $50. It has plenty of cable management solutions and a nice side panel window to show the stuff inside that matters and not the stuff that doesn't. Also a positive, this case is very quiet. You can hear the slight hum of the 3 included fans (as well as the 970's and Hyper 212 EVO's fans), but that's all it is; a slight hum. I highly recommend looking into DIYPC cases if you're looking for a well designed chassis that's not going to make you and/or your wallet cry.
Mouse: My bud wanted some peripherals that were going to feel good on the hands, but he didn't want to break the bank for them. We went to Hardware Canucks' YouTube channel and watched their Top Gaming Mice under $25 video and the Talon Blue is what we chose. It's surprisingly well built for the $20 price tag.
Keyboard: I wanted my friend to get a mechanical keyboard. He needed to rid himself of rubber dome awfulness. We got this Rosewill RGB80 for around $50 and that was a huge steal. They don't have Cherry MX Blues, which kinda sucks, but I feel like Kailh is probably the next best thing. The keys feel really solid and the LEDs are quite bright. The keyboard comes with software for assigning macros and changing the color of the lights.
So there ya have it.