During the black friday and boxing day season, a friend started looking into building a budget build at which point I got to work finding good deals on parts. Come January, we had the CPU, motherboard, ssd, case, PSU, and peripherals. All we needed now was a gpu (this was stressful with the current prices) and ram (same story), but lucky for her, she has great friends and an awesome, PC enthusiast boss!
I am short on pics because the acrylic is extremely reflective and with such a heavy tint you really can't see much of the LEDs unless it is pitch black. Hope you like cupcakes instead.
1300X - Being that it was a budget build I was originally going to go with a 1200, but I really had no interest in OC'ing (hence the A320 board as well) or potentially having to walk her through resetting said OC if something became an issue. At a $15 increase, it was worth the time savings for her and I.
A320 - I know I am going to get flack for it from the enthusiasts, but we just wanted a board that would work, and she has no intentions in fiddling around with OCing, she just wants a better gaming experience than her XBOne. Decent little board, lack of a third PWM header sucks, because TIL when you decrease the voltage of an LED fan, you are decreasing the luminosity of the LEDs as well.
RAM - She is so lucky she has great friends that are willing to buy her PC components for her Bday! Dual channel would be better, but I can't foresee her maxing out her CPU for a while with the games she plays. At least it is 2666, so that ups the performance to a nice sweet spot.
SSD - Good drive, was on sale, enough storage for now.
GPU - Oh man, so luck to have a boss that just happens to have a spare GPU laying around! It struggles a bit in this case due to the low air flow, but it will work wonders considering we were initially considering a 1050/ti.
Case - Was on sale, and it shows off a bit of the LEDs on the GPU and front fan. I will say the tint on the front acrylic is a bit too dark and really takes away from the effect of the front intake fan, but other than that and the lack of cable management space behind the motherboard tray, it's not a bad little budget case, and I would build in it again. Could be good for modding as well!
PSU - On sale, good brand, enough power, shame we didn't go with modular though, really should have pushed for that all things considered.
Monitor - Another great deal! A friend upgraded their monitor and gave her a good deal on this one. 144hz on your first gaming PC? Sounds good!
Keyboard and Mouse - She likes shiny, they were on sale and the G203 is well rated as a basic gaming mouse.
AF120 - Man these things are noisy at 100%! Unfortunately there are no settings in the BIOS for the 3-pin voltage adjustments, so I had to stick on a low noise adapter from another fan, which lowered the brightness of the LED, and paired with extremely dark front panel tint, made it a bit underwhelming.