My younger brother had been complaining about his 5 year old laptop was not cutting it and he wanted to start playing more games, After he saved up his money for over a year and getting some help from my parents and we got around to building it together. A lot of these parts where bought at Microcenter to save money.
Right now he mainly plays Roblox and Rocket league, but would like to get into more games when hes a bit older and play with me(currently hes only 9).
First off i want to state that at the time of this build the 7100 or ryzen where not out when this build took place. when looking for a mini-itx motherboard for this build i couldn't find one for amd so that limited me to intel, knowing i wanted to go with kaby-lake cause of the upgrade path it would leave for him if he wants to upgrade later on i went with the 6100, for the price i got it at i don't regret it, works well with what he plays with no problems.
Needed a mini-itx board that was on the cheap side and Microcenter had it in stock, so far no problems with it.
Needed a single stick of 8gb of ram and this fit the bill, only wanted one stick for future upgrades if needed.
Needed something for cheap and my friend had this laying around and gave it to me for free, saw Microcenter had some cheap refurbished hhd's.
Wanted something that would last a while and not go over budget, looking back i would have gone with a open box 1050ti cause Microcenter had them for $110 which is a good deal imo. Went with Evga cause of there legendary warranty (friend had a problem with his 970, they replaced it no problems. Later on he bought a Evga 980ti from Microcenter open box $280 and had problems with it, he rma'd it and Evga sent him a 1080 back no problems again).
Needed something on the cheap side that supported full size psu's to save money. Really tight inside and a pain to do anything but good for the price. He also has mentioned wanting a case with a window, i'm thinking a corsair 250d but if you have any ideas leave a comment.
Bought for really cheap and has extra wattage if ever needed.
Over all hes really happy with the build and it plays everything 60fps and he had fun building it.
Ok case for the price, horrible airflow for the gpu! my 1060 3gb easily hits 85c at 95% fan speed, the same gpu in my s340 only hits 71c at 90% fan speed. Very hard to build in, also a pain to change out your gpu.