I've been planning on making a gaming PC for quite some time now, and have been keeping up with the latest in what's good and what's not for about a year. In May I began really keeping my eyes peeled for deals, and told myself I would try to get the absolute best price I could on every single component without skimping out of part quality. I've been playing around with builds on PCPartPicker since February, and have worked hard to stay within my $650 budget the entire time. I think that's the sweet spot for me as far as price/perfomance goes.
Back in May when I began getting parts, my pcppartpicker build looked VERY different, it's amazing how fast the technology moves and prices fall. Originally, it was going to be an R9 270/FX 6300 combo, but that quickly changed once I began saving $5-$10 here or there on all the little pieces. Every piece is brand new; no used/refurbished items allowed.
I think I did pretty well in getting the right deals. I've seen a lot of other "budget" gaming pc builds in the same price range, so I've always had an idea of what kind of computer I could get for the money; and this beats 90% of them spec-wise.
I have two more 120mm fans to install that came as a combo deal with the 8320 (Included in the $110!) that I plan on putting on the side/top exhaust, and I had a great time with cable management. It was strangely satisfying.