This build was for my neighbor, a retired private pilot, who needed to replace his aging OEM desktop system that was no longer performing as desired while running Microsoft Flight Simulator X (FSX).
The parts were gathered after a couple weeks of deliberation regarding which CPU and motherboard combination would be best suited for the job. A TechPowerUp thread was dedicated to the discussion, click here. It was basically a choice between the Skylake i3 series, or the much older Pentium G3258 Anniversary Edition because of it's single core performance potential being that it is a factory unlocked chip. As you can see, the i3 won.
The next decision was the motherboard. At first, we were settled on the MSI B150M Mortar. However, we saved a few dollars downgrading the processor from the i3-6300 to the i3-6100 due to negligible performance differences, and put the money toward the more powerful chipset found on the ASRock H170M Pro4. The H170 included things like additional USB3.0 ports, M.2 storage capability, and additional PCIe bandwidth.
The memory choice was a simple decision - the least expensive highly rated 8GB modules that ran 2133MHz, 15 CAS, on 1.2V natively. With 2 DIMMs left available, the PC should have a little room to grow if needed.
The Seagate FireCuda was chosen because of it's balance between capacity, performance, and price. With more than enough space to store FSX with all of it's addons, it should hopefully delivery a great experience for years to come.
Another difficult decision was on the GPU. The latest generation of NVIDIA graphics are outstanding performers. However, the price became difficult to justify. Being a 1070 owner myself, it was difficult to go to the other side but ultimately it was very hard to beat the performance per dollar capability of the RX 470. With enough power and memory to play FSX on maximum settings and good frame rates on a 1080P monitor, I feel that the $150 investment was the right choice.
While browsing budget friendly Micro ATX cases on Newegg, I stumbled upon the Cuboid-R from DIYPC. It has a simplistic yet attractive design, more than enough room for expansion on the existing parts list, and a very attractive price point. Purchased for $55, the price then dropped to $50 just a couple days ago. Newegg was very friendly in issuing a refund for the price difference. During the install, I was able to remove just about every panel and piece of this case leaving behind a steel exoskeleton, which made installation a breeze. Cable management was superb thanks to a healthy amount of cable-tie holes and anchors throughout the chassis. There is more than enough space underneath the motherboard tray to tuck away excess cable, especially if coiled neatly and secured with tie wraps. Running the GPU power cable was a little awkward however, and I'm not completely satisfied with the route I took, so I may revisit that later. The case included a front 140mm 0.30A fan (unknown bearing type), and a rear 120mm fan. I had a spare 200mm 0.45A Cooler Master chassis fan that I opted to upgrade the front with to give the GPU a little added airflow. There's room on the top of the chassis for up to 240mm radiator, but I opted to leave those fan locations bare as I don't expect much thermal output from the locked i3-6100 processor, and the GPU is blower type which will help keep ambient temps cool. The last point to make about the case is the rubberized coating on all the panels. It's a nice touch and a welcome change from the powdercoated steel of all my previous builds.
Lastly, the Corsair CX650M was a product review sample that I had laying around unused. I donated it to the build as an act of good faith to my neighbor. After all, I do plan to get some hours in on the flight simulator once setup!