Someone came to me about building a gaming computer for their Nephew, and this is what it turned into after picking out parts and trying to keeping costs down (budget of about $500) and prices being kinda stupid. (I'm looking at your RAM and SSD's)
I chose the I3 for It's pretty darn good Single Core Performance, he mainly wanted it for Minecraft, (don't all kids what that) plus he has the option to upgrade the CPU in the future, as well as the ram, which is why I chose a single stick instead of two sticks of RAM.
Instead of buying a new video card for him, I figured my old 280X would work in this build, for $100, you won't get a new card that performs as well as this one does, 1060 3gb is about $200 and only slightly faster, 1050ti is about $140, but that's still a bit slower than the 280x ( Userbenchmark 280x gets 66% vs 1050 ti about 50% or 10603gb about 90ish%)
In the end, the Nephew is "absolutely in heaven" quoting the text I got from his Aunt which is Fantastic! :)
Here are a few thing I dislike about the build
GPU runs a little hot at 81C under max load In my old system, it used to max out at 73C, granted it was in a better ventilated case
It's a tad bit loud It only has ONE fan header and it CAN'T control a 3 pin fan, didn't test with a 4 pin to see it it can control a fan at all, I was expecting to have it run quiet when idle and pick up fan speed when the temps rose
It doesn't have a SSD I wish I could fit a SSD in this build, but the price for SSD's right now is not acceptable
The Case is BEYOND CHEAP This case in the build is the cheapest piece of... It doesn't... I... I just can't... if you decide to get this case, be prepared to get something that's literally laughably cheap, I laughed when I unboxed it and saw the included screws and it weighs almost nothing. It does, however, look pretty good, so I guess in the end it's not too bad... but still cheap
Great budget chip, Good Single core performance, Good price, only thing that would be even better is if it was unlocked, but... that's a dream...
It should handle 60fps games no problem even with a 1070. on Youtube "Mero" has videos of his I3 and a 1070 playing 4k games, although he is mostly playing WoW, I saw some BF1 and CoD on there too, it did pretty well.
I like ASRock, and this motherboard had everything I was looking for, Micro ATX, PCI-e 1x ABOVE the x16 slot, not too ugly, but the SINGLE system fan header MIGHT only work with PWM fans, It does NOT control 3 pin fans, one feature I was looking for.
I say might because I didn't test to see if it can at least control a PWM fan.
It's RAM, does things RAMs do.
It works as intended.
It's a 1TB Hard Drive and It's pretty fast too, used a few of them in builds and they just work.
The Case is BEYOND CHEAP
This case in the build is the cheapest piece of... It doesn't... I... I just can't... if you decide to get this case, be prepared to get something that's literally laughably cheap, I laughed when I unboxed it and saw the included screws and it weighs almost nothing. It does, however, look pretty good, so I guess in the end it's not too bad... but still cheap
Try to find a better case for $49, if you can't it's not that bad, but don't expect a whole lot.
80+ Bronze, 600 watts, more than enough even if you have a overclocked I7 and 1080 and a few Hard drives, although if you do, you'll have the money for a better 80+ rated power supply... if not, this is still good.
Update: The PSU has just died after about 2 years of use, still in warranty but I feel like it'd be more trouble than it's worth to ship it back at my expense.
Cheap, pretty loud at full speed fan, but it moves a good amount of air.
Can have some bearing noise that will annoy people like me.
Seems to be a good WiFi card, 2.4Ghz + 5Ghz for $25 and I got my full 125 Mbps over 5Ghz for once.
Needed it to split 2 non-PWM fans, It did it's job.