This is actually my 3rd build, but the first one I've posted to PCPartPicker.
I have a good friend who has been a console gamer all their life, and after completing another build for a friend (my 2nd, which I will hopefully post too once I dig up pics), they asked for one too, but with a pretty strict budget. Well being that I'd caught the building bug at this point and I was looking at upgrading my own first build from 2015, I decided use a lot of the parts from it to give them a no frills, decently performing mATX tower so they could see the magic of PC gaming.
I'm an uber-bargain hunter, and always looking for the best performance I can get for the price. That being said, the prices in the parts list are all what was initially paid for the parts. The CPU, mobo, ram, and PSU all came from my first build and were basically gifted at a steep used discount; my friend only paid roughly half the final total listed. So I guess they got the best price/performance! I'm especially proud of the RX 470 deal, what a performer @1080p for the cost.
I had to clone my ssd to the new one for Windows to carry over, since it was a copy of 7 that did the upgrade to 10, which apparently makes it an OEM-ish copy and is linked to the motherboard. I expected a lot of issues here, but after getting Marcium Reflect to clone from a larger ssd (240 gb) to the smaller ssd (120), it actually worked without a hitch.
Please excuse my horrid cable management in this build. Usually I'm pretty good and picky about it, but it was exceptionally difficult is such a budget case with literally NO room behind the back panel for routing or hiding my usual mess. (This is why I like building in chambered cubes like the Core V1 or Air 240). In the end I got a bit frustrated and had time constraints, and just made it as unobtrusive as possible for airflow, since the case has no windows.
The keyboard/mouse combo I threw in because it was literally the only one I could found that had a purple LED option, per their request. Its just a cheap rubber dome thing I found on amazon, but it actually works pretty decently and they love it!
The monitor pictured here is an Asus VX248H 24", which I'll also probably give them once my massdroped ultrawide arrives, but until then I kind of need it for my own upgraded build.
There's a reason this locked Haswell i5 is recommended as the minimum CPU for a VR setup. A great CPU that handled pretty much everything well.
Cools well for the cheap price, wouldn't recommend for anyone looking for an overclock though. After using the TX3 and Geminii M4 from CM though, I have to say I am really not a fan of the retention bracket style that applies to Intel configs used for the T4. Its a bit of pain to get on and just doesn't feel as secure as other coolers I've installed.
Not a fan of the yellow/gold accents, but a rock solid board. 3 4-pin fan headers in addition to the CPU header too, which is the perfect amount.
The biggest complaint is the 2 PCI slots. Yes, PCI, not PCI-E. Even when this was initially released surely these were becoming obsolete?
Its good RAM, and the HyperX's all in a row look neat.
Fast, cheap, performs well, a SSD for booting and core apps. What more needs to be said?
A great budget storage option.
Definitely not the best 470, but for the price on sale its hard to beat the out of the box performance. This one wont be overclocked and had no real issues so far.
Good option if you want a budget mATX tower and don't care too much about internal aesthetics. Basically a no frills, small black tower. Comes with a 3-pin exhaust fan installed, but mehhh.
There is no room for cables behind the back panel though, so plan accordingly. Probably a good thing this is the windowless version.
This thing is awesome. And honestly probably overkill for a locked i5 and a RX 470.
Still an excellent PSU though, never any worries with this one.
Works, cheap, a bit ridiculous imho, but it has a purple LED option!