I chose the FX 6300, as with 6 cores for me it outperformed the Intel Pentium or i3 with dual core as they would struggle to run modern games. I could not afford the intel i5 or the amd fx 8350 or 8320 for this build, but I figured if I overclocked the cpu to around 4.1-4.5 ghz that would provide good enough performance for this build and I will save the i5 for an upgrade later on.
The Hyper 212 evo was an easy choice it provides great temperatures, even when overclocked at a very reasonable price and since I did not need water cooling this provides the perfect balance between price and performance.
I did not really know much about motherboards so I picked this one up as I could not afford the msi 970 gaming and for this build I did not need a really expensive motherboard. Also if I upgrade my cpu to an i5, then I will need to buy a new motherboard altogether, so this motherboard just had good reviews at a good price so that is why it is in the build.
For games 8gb is enough for me and I do not do any video or photo editing so the Hyper X fury work well and they were quite cheap.
1tb was the right size for a hard drive and right till the last minute (before my headset broke) I was going to buy a 120gb ssd as well, but with the unexpected cost of the new headset, I could not afford it. However I do not mind as the boot up times are fast and games can be transferred to an ssd at a later date.
Video Card (GPU)
This was a really tough one. In an ideal world I would have brought a GTX 970 for 1080p gaming but that was out of my price range. I play a lot of open world games also so 4gb of Vram was a must especially as I want to future proof this part as much as possible. So I was left with a choice between the R9 380 4gb and the GTX 960 4gb. I know that for high end cards amd can't compete with Nvidia, but for a budget-mid range card I wasn't sure. The GTX 960 was certainly more efficient and ran at lower temperatures, and Nvidia's drivers and game optimizing software are in a different league to Nvidia's. However through many benchmarks and frame rate tests on both the r9 380 was definitely outperforming the GTX 960. After some thought I decided on the R9 380 though. Although I am still not sure if I made the right choice as the R9 380 runs at very high temperatures making it too risky for me to overclock at the moment.
I only needed a 500w power supply for this build and when I brought it I did not know the difference between modular or not I just saw prices and that this one was cheaper for the same wattage, so I brought it and have tried to make the cable management work although difficult. The only thing that really annoys me is that the motherboard power connector is too short to go through the cable management holes in that case so I had to run it across the middle of the motherboard as neatly as possible!
I have not shown it in the list as I could not find it in the pc part picker product list, but it is a CiT Goblin Mesh, I know it is very cheap and a bit rubbish but it does the job fine and holds it all together and looks pretty cool. If I was to upgrade it though I would buy the NZXT s340.