TL;DR I like this PC, and I build it for cheap. I play games on it.
Btw, sorry for the crappy pictures. I have a bad camera.
This build started out as a way for me to play the games I wanted without having to share with my brothers. (I know, not the most noble reason to build a PC.) I had an Xbox One, and got Overwatch. I liked the game, and played it often. But, alas, so did my brothers. I didn't really like sharing with them, so I looked for an alternative. I bought Overwatch for the laptop I had, and it sucked. The poor thing couldn't even manage 30 FPS at low settings, everything turned off or low, the render scale at 50%, and even at 720p. I knew it was time to upgrade. Enter the Ultra-Budget Rig. I knew I was going to have a tough time convincing my parents to buy a brand knew gaming PC. The one I wanted was a $600 PC with a GTX 1050. :| I thought that it was a good deal, but $600 was still way too much. SO, I entered the world of PC building. Every day after school, I'd hop on the laptop that had failed so miserably at gaming and research. It was kind of fun, but I was anxious to begin building. There were still two huge obstacles to get around; money, and my parents. Don't get me wrong, I love them, but they're definitely not the go to guys when you need tech help. I finally got the money part under control by mowing lawns for my aunt. I would take a loan from my parents and then mow lawns to pay off the debt. So with that out of the way, I had to deal with my parents. They weren't quite sure I would be able to build a PC. I remember my father referring to the idea of PC building as a "Ponzi scheme". After a long presentation about PC parts and how I knew for a fact I knew what I was doing, they finally gave the green light with one caveat; the PC had be under $400.
CPU: AMD Athlon X4 860K This quad-core was not originally on my mind. I wanted a Pentium that was hyper-threaded, but I realized that it would be too expensive to fit under a $400 budget. I finally settled for this CPU. I got $10 off on it during a sale on Newegg. It's a quad-core at 3.7 GHz, which is pretty good for the price. But, the IPC's on this thing suck. The clock speeds may look high, but they have to be in order for the weak cycles to have good effect. But oh well, it's a decent CPU for the price, and it gets the job done.
Motherboard: MSI A68HM-E33 V2 Pretty much the only rationale behind this is the cost. It was the cheapest board at the time of selecting my parts. This board is pretty mediocre. I like the low cost, and that's pretty much it. There's really nothing special here. There are a few things that should be noted. My RX 460 covers up two of the SATA ports, only allowing for 2 drives to be connected. There are only a total of 4 USB ports on the rear I/O, 2 USB 2.0 and 2 USB 3.0. There is HDMI, however, which is nice if you have an APU with strong onboard graphics. There is also 2 front panel USB headers, which is more than some high-end boards, so, VICTORY!
Memory: Team Vulcan (8GB) DDR3-1600 The rationale here is pretty much the same as the motherboard. It was the cheapest 8GB stick I could find. I don't really need 8GB, but I have it in case I need it. Also, it's red to match my AMD theme.
Storage: Kingston A400 120GB 2.5" SSD I was pretty torn about my storage choice. I really wanted the speed of an SSD, but I also wanted the capacity of a hard drive. I couldn't afford both, so I needed to make a decision. I eventually chose the SSD because it was on sale, and I figured I wouldn't need much storage anyway to just play Overwatch and a couple other games. I was wrong. This thing is fast, but I'm realizing that I need more storage. So, I'll probably end up buying a WD Blue 1TB hard drive sometime soon.
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon RX 460 WindForce OC I love this card. It was only 90 bucks, and it does a great job of running games. I get a smooth 60 FPS at high in Overwatch, and am able to crank the graphics settings all the way up in Phantom Forces and still get smooth gameplay (which, by the way, was the goal all along). However, this thing can get hot over a long period of time if you don't turn up the fans. I had an issue with it crashing very often, but was able to fix it with a downclock of about 100 MHz and a voltage increase through MSI Afterburner.
Case: Rosewill FBM-01 I got this case on sale for $20, and I have mixed feelings about it. Let's start with the pros. It's cheap, which is really good. It has two fans, an 80mm exhaust and a 120mm intake. They don't move much air, but it's something. It looks nice, being subtle yet sleek. The blue power LED looks pretty, which is very important. There some major drawbacks, however. The metal is somewhat flimsy. The PCI slot covers are a one-way ticket. They come out, and don't go back in due to them not being screwed in. The cable management is the worst, but I guess that's what you'd expect from a $20 case. I did manage to use duct tape and attach my SSD on the back of the motherboard tray, which keeps SATA cables out of the way. Every other cable gets stuffed into the unused 5.25" bay on top. For the price, I would say that this case is pretty good.
Power Supply: EVGA BV 450W 80+ Bronze I got this on sale for about $20 off. It's 450 watts and 80+ Bronze, so I can't complain. The only issue is that the power cable won't seat correctly. It sags down, causing the system to shut off. So, I used some tape to hold it up. Other than that. it's pretty good.
Operating System: Windows 10 64-bit It's Windows 10. With 64 bits.
EDIT: Hopefully, I can save up enough money to purchase this PC, reusing parts from this one. https://pcpartpicker.com/list/T7m3D8
Or hey, maybe I'll go with a Ryzen 3. If or when it comes out. :)
Cheap, gets the job done.
Also cheap. gets the job done. I really don't like the lack of rear USB ports and the fact that SATA ports are covered.
Good RAM that will last me a long time.
Fast, slim, and cool to say that you have it in a $400 PC. Doesn't hold much. though.
A power house in the $100 GPU price range. I would however, go with the GTX 1050 if you could spend 10 more dollars.
Cheap. looks nice, but is lackluster in build quality. The front USB ports are pretty tacky, and let certain USB devices to sag and not connect properly.
Great, except for the seating issue.
I paid $93 for a disc and a 25 character combination.