this is a build I made for a friend and co-worker of mine. It was challenging because she had a lot of parameters for me to abide by: 1) Keep as close to $500 as possible while getting mostly quality components; 2) Build a mid/low level gaming rig (preferably mid); 3) Small size, she was adamant about this; 4) Wireless Capability; 5) Aesthetics a plus (black box was forbidden).
First of all, she paid quite a bit less than what listed for that RAM. Can't remember how much exactly but there was a rebate and it combo-ed with the graphics card for -$15.
Second, I asked her to get low profile RAM but... well you can see for yourselves. Of course, with that RAM the Hyper 212 didn't fit the right way so I had to install the fan on the opposite side. The airflow is thus "wrong", it should be pushing air to the back, I'm well aware of it. She didn't want to go through the process of returning the RAM.
However, I overclocked the FX-6300 slightly (4.2 Ghz on all cores) and it maintained very reasonable temperatures while stress testing it. She's not going to be OCing herself so we should be good.
Another issue I ran into, because of my n00btitude, is the cable management. I had it all nailed down beautifully: not a cable in sight, BUT I could not get the back case panel to close. I was extremely disappointed and I was forced to move cables into the front; nasty. Any advice or tricks of the trade on how to have better cable management would be appreciated.
The build is going to be used for the usual PC stuff, plus medium gaming. Her main goal was to be able to play Wizardry Online and for her husband to play some FPS at med. setting. I think this build is pretty good performance/price.
The monitor, mouse and keyboard in the pics are what I used to set it up, not what she's going to be using. She chose Win8.
Last but not least, I'm 100% sure a lot of you will ask me (or tell me off) about the 7870 over the GTX 660. The 660 went on sale shortly after she purchased the other graphics card. Bummer, I know...