I'm 20, I just moved into an apartment w/ my best-friend a few months ago, and although we both have pretty strong rigs, I figured it'd be fun to do a budget PC build for the living room. So I started doing some research on cheap processors. I found the that the Xeon x3xxx series are dirt cheap and finding a motherboard (while kind of overpriced IMO) was still a viable price-performance option. I also wanted to use this build to learn how to do some basic overclocking, and considering that Xeons can be a bit touchy with OC, I feel that I learned a good bit. All in all, I love this build and gaming on the couch is nice. I use this for watching movies, Netflix, PUBG, Fallout 4, Hearthstone, Overwatch, Ark, Shadow of Mordor, and Witcher 3. Since my TV is 720p, I opted to just play at that resolution, which squeezes out some more performance in games, but it still runs just as well @ 1080p. Games run well maxed at over 60 fps, ARK is a mix up of medium / high / epic settings. Sadly PCPartpicker doesn't have this line of processors listed, so I chose the closest thing I could find.
CPU: Xeon x3440 4 cores / 8 threads Clocked @ 2.53 stock, OC @ 3.5 ghz got on E bay for $17.99 free S/H
Cooler: Cooler Master 212 (I've used these before and they're great) The fan was going to block ram slots, So I reversed it to a pull config, and temps are just as good.
MOBO: Biostar T5 XE Got it on E bay everything worked, but I think It may have a dead Ram slot but I don't see myself exceeding 8gb on this machine.
RAM: 2x4gb G.Skill- I haven't tried overclocking Ram yet, but I'm not really concerned about it, this chipset really only supports 1333mhz 4gb per slot.
SSD: I wanted a fast boot, but in the future I probably wouldn't invested in an SDD for such a low-price build. HDD: 1TB WD blue from Best buy
GPU: I browsed eBay for about a week trying figure out what would kick some *** for under $200. While a few months ago I saw some 970s going for ~$150 I couldn't find one go for under $200. Considering that the mining craze completely screwed up GPU prices, I was happy to get a 780 ti for $165 w/ S/H. Great Performance (it's slightly better than a 970 but it's really power hungry).
Case: Cheap and I wanted something with Orange color inside. We call it the MOLTEN CORE, but the GPU I got was green, lol.
PSU: Got this a year ago for about $35 at Best buy, I haven't used it, so I threw it in this build.
Asus DVD reader: This was left over from a pre built I got years ago.
Fans: The way this case mounts front fans by clipping on the dust filter didn't work as these specific fans had grooves right where the clips were supposed to attach, so I broke out the Krazy-glue and made it happen.
When I did this build I knew I'd be forfeiting some modern features like USB 3.0, faster RAM, etc. For what I use this build for, I think it does a great job regardless. Currently working on another one of these for a friend.