This build was strictly for fun as I have been wanting to put together a CAP (cheap as possible) build for a long time. My requirements? Well, just...cheap. I had no expectations in terms of performance so with that said, the part choice is rather obvious when trying to build a basic home PC while going easy on the wallet.
I will say, however, that even though the parts are cheap, this system actually feels rather snappy and it still blows my old(ish) laptop out of the water. It is perfect for basic web browsing and other light tasks. I haven't messed around with it too much yet but if anyone has any specific benchmarks that they would like me to run, I'd be more than happy to provide that information for you. Normally, this build would cost a bit more but I was able to score deals on almost every piece.
Motherboard was on sale at Micro Center but only after I purchased the CPU at full cost. (That's how they get ya)
RAM, HDD and Chassis were all purchased on craigslist. HDD was brand new.
I'm not familiar with this CPU but the idle temps seem a bit too high. I will be adding a silent 120mm fan to see if this makes a difference.
The clearance on the CPU cooler is very limited. I think I may be feeding the PSU all the hot air but oh well.
I absolutely HATED installing the CPU heatsink. The two push pins were difficult to mount in a somewhat simultaneous pattern while trying to avoid bubbles in the pre-applied thermal paste.
Did you notice the floating HDD? I didn't realize that this chassis does not have support for a 2.5 HDD. Instead, I just mounted it with 2 screws in place of the 3.5 bay. If you plan on using this case with an SSD or 2.5 HDD, be sure to purchase a cheap 3.5 to 2.5 converter.
UPDATE - added a 3.5 to 2.5 HDD adapter. (Last pic related)