I want to build a Mini mATX desktop to replace my 3-year old entry level laptop. This system satisfies most my need for home use, even using it to play some non-demanding games (such as SIM4 and Citis: skyline).
Actual costs: CPU: $125 from Newegg. Sell the Division 2 code for $25. CPU Cooler: $15 from Frys. It also has $10 mail-in-rebate. Motherboard: $74 from Frys. It has $10 mail-in-rabate. Memory: $90 from Newegg. Storage: SSD $60 from Newegg and HDD 0$ from a old device. Case: $27 from Amazon. Power supply: $60 from Neweggs. It has $20 mail-in-rebate.
Total: $451 or $411 if I can get all the mail-in-rebates.
Easy to overclock at @3200MHz
Pros: Small size and low price. It is really quiet. Cons: The cage-like part for the HDD and SDD makes the cable management difficult.
The SATA supply cable is not individual connectors. It is hard to connect and I have to bend the cable.