I build this computer to be used in our living room as an HTPC/light gaming rig. I wanted to keep the costs down but at the same time build a capable machine for some gaming. An AMD rig could have possibly been even more bang for the buck, but I wanted to go with Intel/nVidia combo.
The PC runs cool and pretty quiet, and can handle everything I throw at it nicely. In addition to watching series or movies, I play games with an X360 controller. Occasional couch-coop sessions with friends are great! I've also experimented a bit with Steam in-home streaming, and both streaming to this PC and from this PC seem to work nicely.
I'm happy with the current build, the only things I would change are the rear case fan and maybe add an SSD. These are not big things however, and might not happen for a while.
Overclocks nicely, runs cool and was cheap. I also considered an i3 prosessor, but based on reviews and my intended use I couldn't see the point in spending nearly twice as much money on it.
Great, cheap cooler! Compared to the Intel stock cooler, it runs around 20C cooler. I ran with the stock cooler for around six months, and was rather impressed how silent it was (compared to an AMD stock I had to use on another build around 2010), but the EVO is definitely a step up in every way.
A great pair for the G3258. Cheap and allows overclocking!
Bought these years ago, and I have no complaints. Can only run with 1400MHz in the current build.
A standard HDD, I've had no problems with it.
Runs quiet and doesn't consume a lot power, but can still keep up with today's games reasonably.
Good looking case that is easy to work with. It is pretty large, but then again it basically has space for everything you could want to put in. I have some issues with the quality though, as there was some bent panel pieces and my case was missing one screw for a side panel. I didn't find these so annoying that I would RMA, but still.. The HDD racks were nicely designed, but caused vibrations, so I took them out and hanged the HDD with some elastic string. No more noise from HDD! The rear fan is also somewhat noisy, I might change it in the future.
I know the VS series has got some flack, but it was the cheapest quality PSU that I could get new. It has plenty of power for this build, runs quiet and had connectors for everything I needed. The only problem I had with it was some rattling noise from the fan in the first couple of days, but it seems to have stopped, hopefully for good.
An old CD/DVD drive from another build. It's noisy, but works when needed. I also like that it has an all-black front panel, works well with the case aesthetic