So I made 2 of these last minute for my step brother and step sister after my parents ordered the parts that I selected since they decided to take a peek at what their gifts were and we had to get them something else.
See part reviews for details regarding specific part choices.
EDIT: Since this, both of my stepsiblings had to move out for reasons I won’t get into (we were foster parenting them with the intent of adoption, and when we thought it was about to go through we had some issues). But anyways, point is that these builds moved out with them and I don’t can’t upgrade/benchmark/etc. with them anymore ¯_(ツ)_/¯
I would have gone with a Ryzen 3 1200 or even an Athlon x4 950 just so my step siblings could have some upgradability in the future to a modern platform with cheap boards that support overclocking, but my uncle works for Intel and my dad said that he'd get upset if we did that so I went with the G4560 since it was too last minute to get any sort of dicounted i3 set up. That being said, it’s still a good processor, even over a year after its release, just I would reccomend alternatives
A nice cheap mobo for a locked CPU, not much else to say, there hasn't been any issues so far but I would have preferred something with future support and overclockablity.
I just chose what was cheap (well for current ram prices anyways) and 1x8gb so it would allow for expansion to 16gb later, since speed really dosen't matter on Intel platforms. That being said, when i tried to swap it with my RAM on my Asus X99-A or my MSI X99A Gaming Pro Carbon (since that RAM is red, which would fit these builds’ themes and my build is otherwise all black) it wouldn’t post and gave me a memory error, so I wouldn’t reccomend it for HEDT platforms.
Just a reliable 1tb drive, not much else to say.
So I wanted to go for 1050ti's so it could last my siblings a little bit, even if they got into slightly more demanding titles and at the time of buying this, the Gaming X had a rebate that brought its price down to the same as a generic cheap 1050ti so I decided to go with that, plus a red/black theme is easy to pull off at a lower budget.
It's a cheap tempered glass case with a red trim to match the card (and if we ever decide to get red LED strips). I wanted an mATX case just so that there wouldn't be too much leftover empty space in the build, and it looks good but I will say that cable management was fairly difficult (I had to shove on the back pannel and there was a small buldge), there’s no PSU shroud and build quality isn’t the greatest. I feel like it sacraficed all this just to advertise tempered glasd for a low price, which shouldn’t take priority over these other things.
At the time of purchase, it had a rebate going that brought its price down enough that it was a good deal for a fully modular 520w with a decent enough reputation to trust in a $500 build.