Hello again fellow builders!
Instead of using extra funds I set aside for a future upgrade on my system, I decided to use those funds and put together a budget build for a deserving kid that visits our local lan parties, sans computer. With Rudy being such a great and humble kid, I didn't hesitate to make his next lan party visit a more memorable one.
I wanted to keep the budget very modest, somewhere around the neighborhood of $300 dollars, so I hit up some of my best gaming buds and they happily donated a few extra parts they weren't using to help complete the build.
CASE: Cooler Master Storm Scout
GPU: EVGA GTX 570 HD
HD: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB
DVD-RW Optical Drive
OS: Windows 7
CPU: AMD FX 6300 (O.C. to 4.3 Ghz)
MB: ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970
RAM: Kingston HyperX FURY 8GB Kit (2x4GB) 1866MHz
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
PSU: Rosewill CAPSTONE Series CAPSTONE-550
This was my first time using the AMD FX 6300 and was pleasantly surprised on how easy it overclocks, especially on stock voltage. Hard to beat this budget CPU for price/performance.
What a great PSU by Rosewill. Gold Rated, Tier 2 and less than $40 after rebate! Even though it's non-modular they didn't go crazy with any unnecessary extra cables with molex connectors and the such. And it came included with extra zip ties to boot!
Found the 8gb set on Amazon for less than $50. Cha-Ching!
If I had a gripe it would be that I'd forgotten how long the load times are when using a mechanical drive as your primary scratch disk compared to SSDs and even SSHDs. But the drive was free and it's Western Digital black, so no real valid complaints.
Overall I'm very pleased with the outcome of the build. I've used CM's Storm Scout a few times on previous builds so I knew what to expect in terms of cable management as space behind the motherboard tray can be tight. Having a built-in handle is handy for transporting to and from your favorite lan party.
I am hoping to do another build in the near future for a deserving kid who has a passion for PC's and computing as I found the process very rewarding. So until my next build, thanks for taking the time read and I appreciate any constructive comments and questions you may have to offer.