In 2018 I was a lone console gamer. I had barely any friends online, all my old Xbox 360 friends were no where to be found, and it was a cold world.
The world got even colder when Microsoft decided to ban me over and over again. Two weeks at a time I would get banned with no space in between. I contacted Microsoft and they said there was nothing they could do. All my friends at school were actually already on PC, so I decided, why not.
I spent months researching, watching YouTube videos (Linus, BitWit, Jay, Paul, etc.) studying what parts did, which one were good price for performance, and what type of performance I could expect.
I made a lot of potential part lists on here with a budget of $300. Then threw it all away when my friend said he would give me a CPU, MBO, and RAM for some gift cards I had lying around. $136 worth of Walmart, GameStop, and Hallmark gift cards that I were never going to use. So technically I over paid for them, but to me I spent $0. He also gave me an extra PSU he had in turn of me doing some work for him.
With all that, all I needed was storage, a case, and a GPU. Found a R9 380 on eBay for fairly cheap, a 1TB Hitachi hard drive for $12, and that dreaded case on sale on Newegg.
The original build went great. It booted with no problems, and then I looked at the temps. With the stock cooler I was hitting 78c in the BIOS. Even running Minecraft would overheat. So I thought that I messed up applying thermal paste. I took of the cooler and cleaned the CPU and OH GOD OH NO I JUST SPILT ISOPROPYL ON THE CPU. Luckily it still worked.
Temps were the same so I got a cheap cooler that somewhat matched the blue LEDs, which were a complete accident, I never intended. to actually match any colors. It was now idling at around 47c, so much better especially for this oven of a CPU.
Eventually I upgraded that hard drive. Windows took 3 minutes to boot, Destiny 2 had loading screens in the middle of battle, smite took a full 5 minutes to load. So I got a cheap 2tb HDD from Seagate and a 512gb SSD from SP. I managed to get the SSD for free since the shipping was delayed.
My peripherals are a Corsair K70 Rapidfire RGB, Corsair Glaive RGB, and the Void Pro Carbon headset. All of which are bought used or open box on eBay for cheap. My toad seems to love jumping on the keyboard so that's why there is a couple of pictures of him.
If you can get this for around $50, it's amazing. It won't blow you away, but you will be able to play most games on med-high at 60fps.
Does fine for the price, even for a cpu that gets extremely hot.
I was able to get my CPU OC'd to 4.1Ghz easily. Everything is labeled and easy to find. Only downside is there is only 2 fans headers, and one of them is in the middle of the board.
Ram is ram. It works, and looks damn fine doing it too.
I've only used hard drives my entire life, this thing is outstanding for the price. Has a dram cache too.
Only $10 more than a 1TB HDD with outstanding performance. Around 200mb read and write.
One of the best and most overlooked budget cards out there in 2019. Runs most games at med-high settings 60fps.
I got this case because it came with three fans, a power supply shroud and good cable management. When it arrived I wish I went wit something else. The airflow on this thing is horrendous, the acrylic panel gets scratched up with your fingernail, and the cable management holes are placed horribly. It's flimsy, the brackets are not able to be put back on, and the fans don't push any air. Only thing good about it is the amount of room for cable management.
I am going to give this the title of my favorite budget psu on the market. All the necessary cables (including 1x 6+2pin which most cheaper psu's don't have). Only thing was I wish it was atleast 80+ Bronze Certified, not just 80+, but what do you expect for $25?