This build was a gift for my 16 year old neighbor Mark. Ericka (Mark's mom) and sisters come over all of the time to visit with my wife and I and our two sons (13 & 11). He plays Fortnite, Battlefield and many other games on my main gaming rig (See Stormtrooper in my Completed Builds list). Mark is a pretty amazing kid, he always asks if I need help when the boys and I are doing yard work. He's always very polite and well mannered. He is always very interested about my computer builds, always asking questions about how I put everything together and the case mods. Mark already knows what he wants to do with his life. He is currently in ROTC and plans on going into the military after High School. He plans on going to college for Engineering on the GI bill after serving.
So I wanted to build Mark a budget pc with a military theme. It turned out to be more of a Gold / Black theme. I got real lucky with an Ebay 15% off of everything sale to get some already budget parts even cheaper. I'm giving him a cheap 21 inch monitor from work for now and upgrading to a 1080p Freesync monitor soon. With the monitor's 34hz-75hz freesync range, it should pair nicely with the budget RX 560.
AMD Ryzen 3 2200g King of the 2018 budget build. Bought this at Microcenter for 79.99 before taxes. Can't beat it for the price. Painted the Wraith Stealth cooler gold to match. My advice - take your time with the masking tape if you're going to spray paint. Wouldn't want paint on the fins.
AsRock AB350M-HDV Micro ATX Bought off of the 15% Ebay sale from Newegg store. So far solid. Not the best VRM's, but for $50.99 shipped...not a bad find. I've found AsRock to always have solid budget boards.
Geil EVO Potenza 8gb What can say...it's RAM and it's cheap. Painted gold to match theme. Always be careful heating up and removing heatsinks when you paint them. Bought at Microcenter...cheapest they had.
Asus Radeon RX 560 - 1024 Decent little graphics card for 1080p gaming. I bought this used on Ebay. Pairs well with a freesync monitor with lower freesync range. Even has an RGB light Asus logo...bonus! Made a little gpu plate that goes with the theme. Acrylic, spray paint and gold vinyl. I use a cricut machine to cut vinyl stickers.
Thermaltake Versa H18 What a great case!!! $31.45 shipped with Ebay 15% off deal through Newegg store - with tempered glass!!! This is as premium as any case I've built in.
EVGA BT 450W 80+ Bronze What can I say? $9.99 PSU after rebate. Should be getting my rebate soon.
Cooler Master Masterfan Pro 120 Air fans For some reason when connected to the sata cable, the controller was killing the PSU. Not sure if it's faulty or what. Swapped out with some Corsair SP 120 RGB fans I had laying around. I'll test the Cooler master in another build to see if I need an RMA.
I hope this inspires some amateur case modders to see you don't need a lot of money to make a great computer. I hope you like!