I did a refresh to my brothers old computer around Christmas time, a FX-8350 with 16GB ram, I added a XFX RX 480 and a SSD to it, beefing it up just a little bit in preparations for a larger upgrade once 7th gen desktop processor came out.
With Intel releasing their 7th generation line up of processors I was craving to do a build with one. What really caught my eye is the new Pentium processors within the 7th Gen series. Dual core with hyper threading; practically an i3 at half the price. I began doing researching hunting down sales.
I came to the conclusion that even though it has substantially less cores than the AMD FX-8350, the Pentium G4560 is just as decent, less power consuming, and can be upgraded to a better chip in the future. With room to expand on the board if he decides to buy a stronger i5 or i7, I figured giving him this starting platform and moving over his RX 480 would give him a better foundation vs the dead AM3 platform.
So far it runs everything pretty well, temps are cooler, and overall the system look a better and more sleek.
It runs PlayerUnknowns Battle Grounds in Medium settings at roughly 40-60 FPS instead of Very Low like the 8350 did (CPU being the bottleneck). Overwatch runs slightly better as well with the ram being the bottleneck at the moment and causing stutter lag in big fights. Rust, CSGO, and all the other random games he play either run the same or just a tad bit better now as well.
Now that he has a job, this gives him something to save up for and upgrade to maybe an i5 or i7 in the future. If you have any questions regarding the build or how it runs something feel free to ask.
You can definitely tell that this case cost $40. Very lightweight, plastic feels cheap. Cooling options limited, I had to drill some holes out in the front to add another fan (partially because I wanted the whole front to have blue illumination, partially to add another intake).
Cable management was a crazy breeze to be honest, a very nice surprise in a case this cheap. Overall I'd give the case a 7.5/10, just because the front panel is kinda chintzy.