Hello! this was my first ever build, and it was a blast doing it. My goal was to build a computer that i could use for everyday tasks (youtube, microsoft office, email, etc) and also be able to play a few low end games (Minecraft, Star wars: TOR, Smite, Fortnite, ETC), and also look very nice. My parts goal were to keep it at $600 and below and have a dedicated graphics card (if budget allows), a SSD for my OS and a few games, and a good sized HDD for storing files and video from my GoPro and DJI Spark.
Parts: I3-8100, i chose this because it was a budget 8th gen CPU. it does everything i need it to do for now.
ML120L CPU Cooler- now i know what your thinking, why is the heck did this guy water cool his 8100? While the stock intel cooler worked completely fine keeping my CPU cool, i wanted something that didn't look as horrible. originally i was going to purchase the Pure Rock Slim from be quiet for 24.99$ on Newegg. a few days after having that sit in my cart the ML120L went on sale for $29.99 with free shipping, so i figured why not pay the extra $5 and get a watercooler and better looks. If i ever decided to upgrade by CPU (and motherboard to one that has overclocking capability) I would be able to use this cooler.
B360 Aorus Gaming 3- Not much to say about this one. Higher end of the B360 lineup, but it has a few LEDS that make it look nice in my opinion which is what i wanted. Also included the built in wifi and bluetooth which is great since i use bluetooth headphone quite often.
G.Skill Ram - Black and blends in nice with the case. Will probably upgrade to 16gb in the future but my budget limited my current amount of ram.
Kingston A400 - Cheap SSD, exactly what i wanted.
Seagate 2tb - reasonably priced 2td drive, works for me.
R9 270- With the 8th gen chip i tossed around the idea of running the integrated graphics till sometime next year till i could afford a dedicated GPU, but after about a week or so of browsing listings on ebay i found this card with a buy it now or best offer option and free shipping. I talked him down to $75 flat and free shipping. Its only a few steps better than the 8100 but it works for me and was in the budget.
D480 case - Cheap case that had some good reviews and offered a decent room for cable management. I bought the RGB version of the case.
CX 450W - works for what i use it for now and that was the plan. if i decide to upgrade components i will probably buy a larger PSU.
The rest of the peripherals are from when i had my laptop on top of a laptop cooler and plugged into an external monitor and keyboard / mouse for when i was in college. Worked great, had a "dekstop" computer with 2 screens and had a laptop for class at the same time.
I apologize for the low quality pictures, they were taken with my s7 Edge. For being my first build i tried to keep cable management as a top priority. after adding the ML120L i used some thin green braided fishing line to help with the GPU sag rather than using the cable from the PSU to hold it up.
I built this computer as best as i could within my budget to achieve something that functioned for what i do and also would end up looking nice. I realize some of the parts were unnecessary (CPU cooler), and some parts could have been upgraded in the purchase process or budget used differently on parts, and my cable management could have been better. For now, i think it looks great and does exactly what i need it to do. My next build will be fun, and will have a much higher budget for better specs.
Please comment anything i could have done differently or any suggestions! Thanks!