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A while back, my long time friend contacted me about possibly getting into PC gaming. At first he was going to get a prebuit from Best Buy and I told him that he would be wasting his money. Shortly after that I do some research for him to see how much it would cost to build a new (or even used) PC that could play games at good FPS at 1080p. I knew that it was easy and already had an idea on what parts to recommend, but sadly when I told him about how easy it is get a good budget PC he told me that he was unable to build one because he didn't have the money.
Fast forward a little bit to the holidays and I see that there have been some good sales going on and thought that I could buy the parts for him, build it and ship it to him. So after some research on what parts I should get for him I told him that I wanted to do this and he was all for it. The only thing he really needed to pay was the shipping so that I could ship it to him (shipping PC's can be expensive as hell sometimes). I'm calling this build Kamantra51 since that's usually what he calls himself on things like steam and Xbox.
Here are the parts that decided on:
CPU: i3 6100
I originally was looking at the g4400 and the Athlon x4 845 as I was going to do a $350 build instead of a $400 build. On one had I had a dual core on a newest platform but issue there is that there are a few games that don't support dual core CPU's. Even though the list is small, there could be more in the future and I didn't want my friend to not be able to play a game just because of his CPU. On the other hand I hand, a quad core that was on an older platform. The issue here is that there isn't much room for upgrade as I wanted to make sure he was able to upgrade is he wanted or needed to. This is definitely the best budget CPU you can buy right now. Doesn't get to hot and can chew through games at 1080p no problem.
Motherboard: MSI H110M Gaming
I bought this motherboard really just because it was on sale at Newegg, but there was one thing that really set this motherboard apart from the others and that is it has 2 fan headers on it. Yes you read that right folks, the main reason I went for this was because of its 2 fan headers and not much else. Don't get me wrong, it's a great mobo. It has all the things you need an none you don't. Thinks like: USB 3.0, 4 sata 6 connectors and a really nice UEFI. The fact that it looks nice is a plus. I just don't really understand why cheaper motherboards don't come with at least 2 fan headers in today's world.
RAM: Avexir Core Series 8GB
RAM is RAM and I was able to pick this up on sale at Newegg for $35. Much cheaper than any of the other RAM sticks I could find. The LED on it is really bright and looks nice with the red and black color scheme on the motherboard. I made sure to only get a single 8GB stick so he could upgrade to 16GB in the future.
Storage: Hitachi Ultrastar 1TB
I'm the biggest fanboy when it comes to SSD's, but since it's about $40 for a 120GB SSD (which is a great price for one) and $40 for a 1TB HDD, I think it's smart to get the drive with more storage than the drive that's faster. Honestly, this is probably the loudest thing in the whole computer.
GPU: Sapphire Radeon RX 460
For about $100, you can't go wrong. I know some people will see this and say "why didn't you get the GTX 1050?". The answer is simple: it was cheaper and offered roughly the same performance as the GTX 1050. I also knew he probably won't upgrade this system anytime soon so I felt like AMD was a better option because of that nice "finewine" tech that AMD seems to be known for these days. It can play games at a Mid-highish setting with about 50-60 FPS at 1080p. I find that if you turn AA, AO and motion blur down or off it really helps performance.
Case: Zalman T2 Plus
Yet another item I got on sale off of Newegg. I don't think I can't recommend this case enough. It has all the things most higher end cases have. It has things like 3 SSD mounts, 2 HDD mounts, room for longer GPU's, bottom mounted PSU, dust filters (yes dust filters this shocked me too when I first saw it) and cable management holes. The only thing that sucks about this case is the cable management. I was able to still make it look nice but there really isn't much room in the back for cable management. If you can, try to get a semi or even a fully modular PSU to help out.
PSU: Cooler Master v700
I'm usually against reusing PSU's and HDD since they usually don't age very well like most other components in a computer. The only reason why I used this was I just recently upgrade my PSU from this and new it still had about 2 years left on its warranty so if it did fail, my friend could just send it back and get a new one. I'm glad I used this PSU because the case didn't have much room for cable management, the fully modular design really did come in handy.
Case Fan: Corsair AF 120
I had this lying around from one of my older builds and thought I'd put it in here so my friend could have a good amount of air flow in his case. I personally think that every PC should have at least 2 case fans in it to help with temperatures.
All and all I'm very pleased on how this PC came out. It looks great and preforms very well for the money that I paid for it. I haven't shipped it out yet as of the time of writing this but I'll make sure to update it when he gets it. After all, it is his PC. Thanks to those that actually read this far down!