For once, a build by a kid not meant for gaming. I built this for heavy windows and linux usage, and will soon run a Virtual Machine server (I might also occasionally game on integrated graphics, but not what I built it for). I stuck with the i5 8600k because it has six cores, it is unlocked (OCed to 4.5ghz), and I can also upgrade it in the future, to a stronger coffee lake chip. I got 16gb RAM because, like I said, I am virtualizing. It is stably XMPed to 3000mhz. I got the PSU and case with $20 rebates each, hence the low prices. The i5 i got open box at my local Micro Center. The hard drive was sitting around in my old machine. My old machine was a hand me down pre-built with a Pentium dual core and a GPU that would literally crash upon even the mildest benchmarking. This is a huge upgrade, and building it was a great experience.
The fans I got actually had blue leds (otherwise same model), but for some reason I couldn't find the blue ones on PcPartPicker.
Edit: I have now started gaming on integrated graphics - couldn't resist. I get pretty good framerates on rocket league even at 1080p. Haven't measured fps yet, but haven't noticed any lag at all. (Measured FPS, and got an average of about 30-40)
Edit: I gave in and got a 1060 6gb on ebay for $250. I now play some Rocket league, Fortnite, Darwin Project, etc.
Great chip, have it OCed to 4.5ghz no problem. The six cores will be very useful once I start running VMs. The integrated graphics run rocket league at high settings at 1080p smoothly. Wish the boards for it weren't so pricey, but I definitely don't regret buying it.
Powerful little devil; Got it for $35 and it keeps my CPU below 90 on prime95, at 4.5ghz. Easy to mount, and the thermal paste seems high quality. Also incredibly quiet, assuming you don't keep it at 100 percent rpm.
Great cheap board. I got it on sale for only $90, and it keeps my i5 perfectly stable at 4.5ghz. It has nice LEDs on the back, and the overclocking options are GREAT.
Cheap 16gb kit at 3000mhz. Not much else to say.
It hasn't corrupted all my data yet :)
Great, powerful devil for 1080p gaming.
Great looking case with amazing cable management. Absolutely no regrets here.
Got it on sale for $35 with rebate. It works, but it only has 4 connectors, with each cable having multiple plugs -- not great for cable management if I had more components.
Quiet, cheap fans I picked up at Micro Center. (I actually got the blue ones but they weren't on PcPartPicker.