Goal: build a gaming desktop for $450 or less, that could game better than my laptop (850m gtx) and do it at a lower temperature. My laptop gpu can get into the high 70s/low 80s...
I also just wanted to build a PC.
For storage, I had a pile of Samsung 250gb HDDs from who knows what, put 2 of them in along with a
Seagate Barracuda 750 gb HDD from a previous desktop. - That died after a month, so I threw in another 250gb Samsung :p
I finally picked up an SSD for it, got a cheap SanDisk one. I felt rather underwhelmed after experiencing a Samsung 850 EVO in my laptop.
Had difficulty getting the CPU cooler and the RAM installed, they took a lot of brute force. And here I thought computers were delicate.
So far I've been able to play Borderlands 2, Dead Space, and CS GO at 60 fps or above, max settings, and at 1920x1200 resolution.
Solid CPU for gaming on a budget. Have yet to overclock but plan to soon.
Alright fan for stock cpu speeds.
Great budget mobo, worked out of the box with my AMD x4 860k. No heatsinks on the VRMs, wouldn't recommend overclocking. Maybe a small overclock.
It is what it is; a cheap SSD. Can't complain too much for the price.
Plays the games I want (mostly titles from a couple years ago) at high settings, 1080p.
Good case for first timers I think, and has a lot of features for a $30 case. Cable management takes a bit more effort. (effort I didn't put in :p)
Solid PSU. Didn't want to go any cheaper than this.