Built this to use as a low-cost gaming machine for specific games that will run just fine on it, namely EVE Online, but with potential to play other games such as Killing Floor 2 and CS:GO.
While the G3258 is the popular choice for budgeters, I went cheaper and selected the G3220. Still with a decent clock speed, it performs well in all games tried so far, and basic tasks such as web browsing are nice and quick. It also had the advantage of working with any LGA1150 MB, so there was no worrying over BIOS updates. Very impressed for a £40 CPU.
For just under £50, I grabbed a Mini-ITX Board with built in WiFi! It supports overclocking as well, but it was mainly purchased for being the cheapest board i could find that came with WiFi built in. Decent set of features for my money so can't complain here.
Went with a single stick of 4GB incase the need for an upgrade 8GB surfaces. Nothing much to say about the exact choice, it was decent according to reviews and the cover matches my Case I guess?
I decided to use a small SSD for now, primarily since this isn't really intended for mass storage and if I really need to, I can add a 1TB Drive later on. Having the SSD now means a fantastic performance boost even with budget parts. With Samsung's 120GB SSD, I'm getting 530 Read / 470 Write, which I'm very happy with.
This card was interesting. It's a normal GTX 750, but comes with 2GB of Video RAM rather than the 750's normal 1GB. This meant it performed on par with the GTX 750Ti, yet cost less overall. I've been able to run EVE Online, Killing Floor 2, Skyrim (Vanilla), CS:GO and Borderlands: The Pre-sequel all on 1920*1080 on high detail settings with smooth FPS. It doesn't need any extra power from the PSU other than the PCI slot, same as other 750/750Ti's, which meant one less cable to use. It keeps amazingly cool, even cooler than the CPU under load. I've not seen this card in use on builds, so I wanted to see it's performance firsthand. For the price, it's fantastic!
For a cheap case, it comes with some nice features. The Cube design allows you to switch the side and top panels around, so you can have the window on the side rather than the top if you prefer. This lets you configure it for the best airflow depending on where you're keeping the unit. PSU goes underneath the MB, and the cables can be stowed away in the space between the Case fan and the motherboard. No other cable management options exist, so make sure you at least go Semi-Modular with this! Case fan itself is fairly quiet on the sysfan connector, not sure if you were to 100% load it with a direct PSU connection.
Stuck with corsair for reliability. Semi-modular was used to keep the cables to a minimum, though fully modular may have been slightly better, but it was till fairly painless to manage. I went for 500W in case the CPU or GPU gets an upgrade, allowing the PSU to support them better.
For less than £370, I've gotten a fast dual-core, with a 2GB sub-1300MHz GPU and a 530/470 R/W SSD. It performs brilliantly through web browsing and office software and has impressive gaming performance given the price. I'm dead happy with it and it was great fun for my first Mini-ITX build.
Cheaper alternative to the G3258. Still quite powerful and good enough for quite a few games with the right GPU. Don't expect to play demanding titles with the Dual-core though.
Exceptional Value for money if you are currently in the UK. Has Overclocking support, comes with built in WiFi and has all the standard features of good Motherboards such as HDMI for Integrated graphics, USB 3.0 etc. It does only come with 4 Sata Ports though, so storage may be limited.
For less than £50 you cannot get much better than this. Just make sure BIOS is on at least version 1.6, as earlier versions had issues when restarting and shutting down the PC. Same applies if you intend to use Haswell Refresh CPUs.
Very good variant of the GTX 750. Performance is close to the 750Ti and has very low temps under load (Under 50C).