I didn't have a large budget. I had to make do with a $350 usd budget. I found a motherboard locally that came from a Lenovo Thinkcentre m93p mini tower. The board itself is a 1150 sockect board and comes with it's I/O shield. I was hoping to find a board that uses 3rd gen intel cpus and was happy to find that this board can use 4th gen cpus for under $12. As for the cpu I went with, I chose the I5-4590 for $50 that I found on Ebay. I didn't buy any ram since I had some lying around. The ram is from Micron and its speed is 1600MHz. I had 3 sticks and they total up to 16GBs total. I wasn't sure what would be a good cpu cooler so I just went with what Amazon recommended. Amazon recommended a cpu cooler from thermaltake for $13. For the gpu I bought a gtx 1060 6gb single fan model on Ebay for $130. I spent $20 bucks for a 120gb ssd from kingston for the boot drive and then I bought a 500gb hdd for storage which costed me another $25. I wasn't sure what psu I needed so I went on EVGA's website and used their power meter to know what psu I needed. Afterwards I bought a 450 bronze psu for $45 from them. For case I bought a Rosewill FBM-01 micro atx tower for $21. I did have to spend $5 for an 24 pin to 14 pin adapter for the motherboard to use my psu. For case fans I bought both from Artic. One is a 80mm and the other is a 120mm fan. Both costed me $16. In total I spent $336 for my rig.
I did my best for cable management but I'm not sure if it's good enough. It's my first time building a computer.
A couple weeks later the gtx 1060 stopped working. Sad times. Luckily the seller offered a 30 day warranty so I got my money back.
Since Nvidia was a bust I went with a AMD card this time. I bought a rx 570 Sapphire nitro+ 8gb for $110. Card was used for mining for about 3 months according to the seller.
So I flashed the original bios for the card I got from the manufacturer and the card works great.
Took a little bit of time to get it all straightened out to the way I wanted but this is it.
I will be making more adjustments in the future as the placement of my desk is only temporarily in my Bedroom since we moved our son into the room that was my office.
This was the first from scratch build I've done since 2006, and the first time I've used a new case since then. So it was my first case with cable management and my first chance to make the slightest attempt at cosmetics. But I'm not exactly wealthy so I made performance more of a priority than the cosmetics, but it's the effort that counts right? Even with the specific tools for the job I couldn't get the plugs off this Corsair PSU and it ruined my sleeving plans entirely. The pictures with the lights out are before I upgraded to the Corsair PSU and my 6850's for an R9 270x, but it doesn't look much different.