So my little brother just graduated from college and needless to say he does not have a lot of money but does have a lot of debt. I have been slowly upgrading my on PC for the last few month and i started to have some old parts laying around that i was going to make into an HTPC.
Well my brothers old Pentium D dual core 3.0ghz isn't working very well anymore. it can barely run league of legends for him much less use skype at the same time. so i decided to put together a PC that could last him a couple years until he can get a decent budget saved up for an appropriate gaming PC. I asked what he could cover and i would cover the rest. Merry Christmas little bro.
CPU. I originally bought this when it went on sale for $80 and the fx6300 was still $120. It is a good little CPU. I threw it in my main rig with and r9 270 just to see how it would do and it handle all my games really well. Even Battlefield 4 and Crysis 3. It should be a more than enough for the games he plays and even for AAA titles on medium settings.
CPU Cooler. This is a whole lot quieter under load than stock and will allow for a little overclocking but i doubt i will on this mobo.
MOBO. I got this in a combo with my FX6300. I have a Asus 970 board and didn't need this one so it was pretty much free for this build. It has been stable so far and actually boots up pretty quick.
Memory. Good solid memory. I was starting to do video editing on my main rig so i updated it when i found a deal on a 16 gig kit. so i had this just sitting around. should be plenty.
I did not have any spare drives and i didn't trust his old drive to keep going. this should get him by for now i can always get a ssd for him later.
GPU. Found this on sale on New Egg with a mail in rebate. Awesome price/performance at this price and very little power draw. Should handle 1080p for at least a couple years.
Case. I bought this for my HTPC. Since i wont be making one now (my wife says i have too much crap as it is) it should do fine for this build.
PSU. Solid reliable 80+ bronze
OD. Why not, he still has a office 2010 dvd he'll need to install
This build should have enough for him to get by until he can build up some savings. I had fun and did what i could with cable management. it can be tough in a budget case like this. I hope it will work for him and will alleviate the stress on his laptop (hp with amd A10 5750m) which he currently games on. I appreciate any your thoughts and comments!