I recently had built an A6 6400k potato HTPC and loaded it up with openelec. That build worked so well that I ended up putting my previously HTPC build (an i5 2300, 750ti) on craigslist. A person had previously contacted me wanting to buy just the case, psu, gfx card and memory from me. I asked him what he was building and he said he was doing a budget a8 and gt 750 ti build (i know, i know). Well lucky for him and me I had the A8 already on my server. So I ended up disassembling my server to pull the a8 and swap in the a6 6400k. Long story short New egg had a sale on Node 804, which I ordered and then I decided...since all my computers are apart lets change things up! So here is where we are!
CPU: I originally bought this on eBay to use for a build for my wife but she hasn't had time to really sit down with me and talk about a budget or goals for her computer. We talked and I got her blessing to sell off this Processor. So far it works really well and is very snappy. The difference between this and the 860k is almost nothing when it comes to gaming. At this point I decided to turn my spare parts into a budget 1080p gaming build.
CPU Cooler: Since I broke the fan on my stock a8 cooler a while back I had to install this in my server. I ended up using the stock x4 750k cooler on the a8 build for my new Craigslist friend. This thing works awesome, it keeps the temps nice and low and the new owner of this PC will be able to overclock without any problems.
MB: I bought this originally because of the amount of SATA 6gbs ports for my server. Its got one touch overclocking so the new owner can OC the easy way for more performance or they can dig through the menus. I have been really happy with this MB and I will be sad to let it go. Plus it looks really nice!
Mem: Blue to match the MB and it's a pretty decent speed for gaming. 8gb will be more than enough for gaming and running programs etc.
Storage: I had a spare 1TB laying around, so in it went. I was really tempted to order an SSD for this build for that little oomph, but I am really trying to cut down on spare parts lying around (mainly because I want to build whole systems for/with them). Windows 8.1 boots in 15 seconds from a completely powered down state to the desktop, I'm sure that will be a nice improvement for some people.
GPU: So this GPU was used in my G3258 build. I love this card, however, thanks to the crash in mining crypto-currencies you can pick used r9 270x's for around the same price as this card or cheaper. This card will play most AAA titles with high graphics in 1080p between 45-60 fps. Drop it down to 720p and you're talking ultra at 60fps.
Case: This is my new goto case for low budget builds, it is a complete pleasure to work with. Sure the elite has the better HD mounting system and usb 3.0, but its also $20 more on averge. This is what my old Server was housed in plenty of room for HD drives. My ONLY complaint is the dumb thing comes with 1...thats right ONE, UNO, UN fan...WTH!!!
Accesories: So to alleviate the Fan Issue I went and bought 3 nzxt fans and a controller. This was done to keep my server frosty and keep all the drives happy. I was too lazy to take them out so I left them in...Yeah its overkill but Im sure it will help immensely with any future Overclocks. Also my new Node 804 has a built in Fan Controller.
I plan on listing this beast on Craigslist and listing it for $450. I left the prices I paid so people can get somewhat of a sense of cost. But in reality there were no new parts purchased for this PC all these parts were purchased over a year ago. Hope You enjoy. Be sure to give this build a thumbs up if you like it or a thumbs down if you don't and subscribe to me for future builds!